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    And oldy..H&R top break 22 revolver

    In my gathering of guns sits this old revolver. It's a sportsman model. Came to me via my mom's side of the family. It could use some work. Seems a little loose.
    At gun shows, I am always looking for top break 22, but have yet to find one.
    Noticed one listed on guns international in very good shape.

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    H&R's aren't worth much be there's a LOT of them floating around that are, like yours and one of mine, family heirlooms. Mine are from both ends of the original company's production run.

    One is a American Double Action in .44 Bulldog that was built in 1886- I think. I got it in a trade with a Model 1881 S&W DA revolver 15 years or so ago. Solid frame, 5 shot and nickel plated, it originally had a 6 inch barrel but I had it cut back to a 4 inch on the gun and a 2 inch spare. (don't freak, even if it was pristine it still wouldn't be worth $200)

    Kicks like a mule but it's a hoot to use as a Pocket Pistol Sidematch gun at big CAS events. Most shooters use .32's or .38's and break tops like your .22 or the S&W Lemon Squeezers are the norm. Solid frames have to be pull pin, no swing out cylinders. My H&R is pretty much the biggest midget at the sidematches. I get some seriously weird looks when mine goes BOOM! (200gr .430 bullet over about 18gr of FFFg since it's a BP era gun) after all of the folks shooting .32 S&W shorts or .38 Colt with a round ball over 10 or 12 grains of black powder.

    The other one is a Model 732 in .32S&W long that my Dad bought my Mom when he was shipped off to Viet Nam as a house gun. It's also the first centerfire pistol I ever shot when I was 8. I still carry it out every couple of years and put a cylinder or two of .32 wadcutters through it. DA pull still feels like it's got a truck spring for a main spring but the SA pull is adequate enough to put together a fist sized group.
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    Nice family heirloom. I would love to find a vintage top break in decent condition to shoot.
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    I have a RG 22 that I purchased in 1975. While they are on the lower end of list for being popular mine has had many thousands of rounds through it with no problems. It has 2 cylinders one LR and the other is 22 Mini mags.
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    Here is my H&R Sportsman
    My ex wife's grandfather passed away and we were asked to help clean out his stuff.
    I found this little gem tucked away. Have had it now for about 30 years.
    just had it re-blued last year.
    My gunsmith said it is in remarkable shape for its age.
    The serial number indicates it circa 1938-39

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    Here's my 9 round H & R 939 purchased around 1981 or so. Not a break top but a lot of fun to shoot.

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    Quite some time ago, I inherited my Mum-side Grandfather's H&R Top Break .22, which I understand, back in the day was often referred to as a "Muff" Pistol.
    Ladies would often conceal such Pistols in a fur Muff while riding in a Horse drawn Sleigh, in case some Highway Man decided to rob.
    It was rarely ever fired, and I've never bothered to shoot it, but I'm sure it functions well.


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    Guess I need to look mine over for a serial number. Wish it was in as good shape as some shown here.
    I don't guess any company is actually making top break 22s now?

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    IIRC Uberti still makes some top breaks. My H&R 22 though is not a top break but it's been serving me well since the 1950s. H&R serial numbers are often on the front strap and under the left grip.

    Here is an H&R top break, it was before model numbers and even model names but later was called the "Defender". It's a five shot 38S&W. Most likely made in 1937 or 1938.



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    Hey folks - I just wanted to say that I sure have enjoyed seeing all your contributions to this thread, they put a big smile on this old geeze-ettes face!
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