View Full Version : H&R 999 - Cylinder Retention Problem

Capt. Charlie
May 1, 2011, 12:09 PM
A friend recently inherited an H&R model 999 "Sportsman" .22 cal. top break revolver. This gun is in excellent shape, but there is one small problem: When the gun is opened, instead of the ejector popping the empties out, the whole cylinder pops out.

There is a notch at the base of the cylinder arbor near the cylinder face. It appears that there is a part missing there that retains the cylinder. Numrich has an exploded view here (http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=7937), but I can't figure out which part actually retains the cylinder (not to mention that trying to trace what goes where in these drawings makes me dizzy :D.)

So here's the two-part question: Which part(s) does she need, and can this be remedied without a gunsmith? A search here revealed that these guns can be a nightmare to work on, and I can assure you, I'm no gunsmith.

May 1, 2011, 02:56 PM
It doesn't have a pin, like the 929 my wife has. I think you need the cylinder catch. See if it isn't just missing? Numrich part #272280, number 9 on the diagram.

May 1, 2011, 05:52 PM
Your Cylinder Catch is probably missing or Broken . They are available from GunParts Corp for a paltry $4.25 . They do require a little fitting though . It goes in a slot in front of the Cylinder on the left side of the frame , where that little notch is . I just replaced one day before yesterday ! Piece of cake you shouldnt need anything but a File .

May 1, 2011, 06:54 PM
This is an older one but I think the part is about the same. i think you can see it in this pic ok. It's a spring loaded catch.


May 2, 2011, 12:52 PM
Actually the whole catch is a spring , the new one you get will be long but try it first .

Capt. Charlie
May 3, 2011, 11:57 AM
Thanks tons, guys! :) I'll be ordering the part in the next day or two, but I hope y'all stick around so you can hear my cry for help when I try to install it :D.

May 4, 2011, 07:31 AM
PM me if you'd like and I can walk you through it , its quite simple !

Capt. Charlie
May 13, 2011, 03:10 PM
Alrighty then, I got the catch from Numrich today. Tiny little thing, I can see how it could easily be lost.

From the exploded view, it appears that the "hook" on the spring faces aft, with the hook opening facing outward from the gun. Is that correct?

PM me if you'd like and I can walk you through it , its quite simple

I may just take you up on that, Oneoldsap. I used to tinker with stuff like this all the time, but over the last few years, it seems like I have trouble figuring out how to put a paper clip on paper :o. Besides, I can hear my gunsmith now: "Looks like he screwed up another one". :D

Capt. Charlie
May 19, 2011, 03:01 PM
I tell ya guys; any more, when I work on something, I expect a half-hour job to turn into a half-day, or worse. When I work on my Jeep, it ends up that I always need a special tool, or I got the wrong part, or I busted off a bolt, etc. etc.

Or putting together the kid's bicycle. Parts missing, holes don't line up, etc.

So when I started on this, in spite of what you guys said, I expected a lot of fussin' & cussin'. I sat down to this with determination, a set jaw, and a deep sigh.

Well, it took me all of about 30 seconds. Open gun, remove cylinder, insert cylinder catch, replace cylinder, close gun.... FIXED! :cool: :D The catch was a perfect fit, no filing required.

So many thanks to all that replied; my confidence is restored (at least until the next fixit job on the Jeep ;))

May 19, 2011, 04:00 PM
Congrats on a job well done.:cool:

May 19, 2011, 07:02 PM
:) Yes Sir , that's why I said " try it first " .

May 19, 2011, 08:03 PM
I don't have anything constructive to add except that I have always wanted one. Gonna have to do it one day. How is the accuracy?

Capt. Charlie
May 20, 2011, 12:12 PM
Thanks guys! :)

publius, the gun isn't mine and I haven't fired it (yet ;)). From what I've read though, this model was and still is very popular. All of the reviews I've seen claim good accuracy.