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Old January 20, 2000, 06:35 PM   #1
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I have been contemplating the purchase of a 22 Caliber revolver, and since I've always wanted a break top, had decided on an H&R 999 Sportsman. I know this gun has been in production in essentially the same form since 1936, and therefore believe it is a quality piece which has served well for many years. I would appreciate any experiance, positive or negative, with tihs particular weapon that anyone can offer. Thanks in advance for your answers.
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Old January 21, 2000, 10:32 AM   #2
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I used to have the Model 666, the model that looked like a single action. It was a .22/.22mag convertible. It was a fun little inexpensive plinker. Never had any problems with it though it was more accurate with the mag ammo, as most convertibles are.
Have known people who have/had 999s. The general concensus is/was that they were a fun plinking weapon.
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Old January 22, 2000, 08:49 AM   #3
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I have a model 999 built in 1953, it is a pretty well built and fun gun to shoot. The break action is very convenient. I can't speak for the newer guns, but they should be OK too.
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Old January 23, 2000, 11:43 AM   #4
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I purchased an H&R 999 in the spring many years ago and had completely worn it out by summers end. Not because of a lack of quality on the guns part but because of the shear enjoyment I received from shooting it. Over the course of that one summer I fired in excess of 10,000 rounds through it. Granted the H&R lacks the glamor of a Smith & Wesson model 17 but I don't think it can be be beat in terms of accuracy or "fun factor". Mine was a 6" and I would highly recommend one to anyone.

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Old January 23, 2000, 02:12 PM   #5
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Anyone who might want one of these breaak-top revolvers had better buy one now. I recently read that H&R was discontinuing the production of handguns - another victim of the current program of legalized extortion by trial lawyers and socialist politicians.
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Old January 23, 2000, 03:47 PM   #6
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I really appreciate all the responses and have gone forward with my purchase. TMB2 is absolutley right! At this time, H&R is no longer manufacturing revolvers. I called H&R to get a catalog and told them I was interested in a 999. They told me there were no revolvers in their current catalog and that they were not going to produce any in 2000. When asked why, they stated increased liability insurance cost blah...blah...blah. Just another one of the many things attorneys have contributed to this country. In any case they stated that they may or may not resume manufacturing handguns next year (but if i were a betting man..I'd guess not). They went on to tell me that they had a distributor that had a few 999's left, but would not give me the distributors name since I am not an FFL holder. I had the gun shop I normally do business with call, he got the name of a distributor in California who had a few left, and, for $266 out the door, I should have one in about 10 days. I know $266 is somewhat high given the 999 normally sells for around $220, but considering that I live in the Peoples Republic of New York, and the gun is now not being manufactured, I thought the price was reasonable. I'm sure I'll love it every bit as much as all of the repondants have.
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Old January 23, 2000, 10:36 PM   #7
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pvq - This article from the Washington Post reprinted in the Detroit News tends to support what you were told about liability insurance by H&R. http://detnews.com/1999/nation/9911/27/11270092.htm
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