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Old November 26, 2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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H&R .38 hammerless revolver

Have acquired a h&R .38 hammerless pistol, have the serial number, trying to find out how old this gun is. thank you
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Old November 26, 2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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Your hammerless H&R was made sometime between 1895 and 1942. Provide some more detail - such as the stamping on the top of the barrel, caliber and number of shots, full serial number and maybe a pic of the left side, and I can tell you when it was made. As of right now - I don't have enough info.
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Old November 27, 2011, 02:37 PM   #3
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H&r .38 hammerless revolver

Stamped on the top of the barrel is: Harrington & Richardson Arms Co.
Worcester Mass U.S.A

On the left side is stamped: .38 S&W CTGE.

serial number: 119629
with 629 stamped on the cylinder.

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Old November 27, 2011, 02:57 PM   #4
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smarinik,
Thanks for the follow-up info.
You have a 2nd Model LARGE FRAME HAMMERLESS 4th Variation (1913 - '15).
The serial number (119629) is VERY low in the range (below Bill G.'s estimated starting number) so it is almost certainly made in 1913. The last three digits will be found on the rear face of the cylinder and the extractor star and confirm originality with the rest of the gun.
Your piece was made to handle smokeless/Nitro powder loads in .38 S&W (as stamped on the barrel) and if in safe condition to fire (have it checked out), will be capable of handling any of the current factory loadings for that cartridge (NOT .38 SPECIAL.)
Depending upon condition the current RETAIL value (it has some collectibility as well as shooter appeal) can be as high as $300+ for one in as New condition; down to less than $100 for a parts gun. In average found condition (80% to 90% finish remaining and all works as intended) these currently retail in the $175 to $200 range.
"Standard" issue for this model is: Nickel plate, with blued finish scarce; 5 shot .38 S&W - or - 6 shot .32 S&W (short and LONG); 3 1/4" barrel; molded, black, hard rubber grip panels with the "Target logo" at the top.
Options include: 4", 5" or 6" barrels; checkered wood, Mother-of-Pearl or Ivory (extremely rare) grip panels. Optional features will add extra value, up to 20% premium for longer barrels.
This was the first, commercially successful H&R revolver with an "automatic" cylinder stop feature.
Here's a pic of one of mine with a rare 5" barrel:
IMG_2136_2.jpg
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