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    It has become apparent, recently, that there are some holes in the H&R SPORTSMAN history and development both in the Double Action 999 and the Single Action 199. More research is warranted to fill in those holes. IF you own any H&R SPORTSMAN and would like to contribute to the research, I would appreciate the following information (pics would be a great asset):
    1. Serial Number (partials are welcome, but entire numbers will help more)?
    2. Firing pin on hammer or mounted in frame?
    3. Safety rim on cylinder? PATENT APPLIED FOR; one patent number; two patent numbers?
    4. Cylinder release: 1" long lever on right side -or- small push button on left side of frame right in front of cylinder.
    5. Location of Manufacturer's address - on top of barrel -or- on right side?
    6. DA or SA?
    7. Adjustable or fixed front sight? If fixed - soldered in slot or pinned in slot?

    Thanks in advance. I'll provide era of manufacture and Model and Variation determination for your SPORTSMAN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32 Magnum View Post
    It has become apparent, recently, that there are some holes in the H&R SPORTSMAN history and development both in the Double Action 999 and the Single Action 199. More research is warranted to fill in those holes. IF you own any H&R SPORTSMAN and would like to contribute to the research, I would appreciate the following information (pics would be a great asset):
    1. Serial Number (partials are welcome, but entire numbers will help more)?
    2. Firing pin on hammer or mounted in frame?
    3. Safety rim on cylinder? PATENT APPLIED FOR; one patent number; two patent numbers?
    4. Cylinder release: 1" long lever on right side -or- small push button on left side of frame right in front of cylinder.
    5. Location of Manufacturer's address - on top of barrel -or- on right side?
    6. DA or SA?
    7. Adjustable or fixed front sight? If fixed - soldered in slot or pinned in slot?

    Thanks in advance. I'll provide era of manufacture and Model and Variation determination for your SPORTSMAN.

    OK Jim, lets see if this one will help....

    #1 - Serial Number is A459.

    #2 - Pin is on the hammer.

    #3 - It has a safety rim and only one patent on the cylinder.

    #4 - Release is a tiny little square button on the left side in front of cylinder.

    #5 - Address is on right side of barrel and appears to have been struck twice.

    #6 - DA.

    #7 - Front sight is pinned but with a spring under the sight. There is a tiny hole above the bore on the end of the barrel where a small piece of something could be inserted to raise the front sight against the spring pressure.

    Additional info.... there is no model number anywhere on the gun. On left side of the barrel is stamped "H&R Sportsman" and below that in smaller letters is stamped Double Action.

    Cylinder holds 9 shots.

    Has a black or dark brown, one piece, plastic (bakelite?) grip.

    On the face of the cylinder, chambers 4, 5, and 6 are numbered.

    Anything else that will help just let me know.... you need pictures?

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    Hmmmmm.... do you need pictures? I knew that!

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    Don,
    Thanks for the info - Your gun is a 1st Model SPORTSMAN DOUBLE ACTION 6th Variation made in 1940 ('A' prefix) - all is as it should be with this variation - EXCEPT - that little hole in the front of the barrel should have a small elevation adjustment screw. Here's where you can get one: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    Nice PICS!
    The monogrip on your piece was made of a form of nylon and was used during the build up to and during WW2 on the few H&R handguns made during those years.
    A little history of the SPORTSMAN - first production in 1932 had a fixed/non-adjustable front sight - three different versions are known, and a windage adjustable rear sight. In 1933 an elevation adjustable front sight (like yours but with the screw in place) became the norm and was used until the end of production in 1999. There are probably two lightly stamped PATENT nos. on the cylinder in very small letters - one may be partially or wholely too light to see without magnification. The partial serial number on the breech of the cylinder should match the last three digits of the serial number found on the front strap of the grip frame. The 6 should be a 9.
    The other questions I asked delineate changes in internals or external characteristics or in some cases merely changes in markings that the late Bill Goforth and I noted when preparing data for his H&R book. Well, some pieces have turned up lately that seem to not fit the variation scheme Bill came up with - so all new research should help (hopefully) clear up some of the ambiguity.
    Thanks to all who can and will help out.
    BTW - the H&R Book by W. E. 'BILL' Goforth should be on the shelves before the end of the year - hopefully in time for Christmas. I'll keep you folks up to date as I receive more info from the publisher. Thanks again. Jim
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    NOTE: That should read 1st Model 7th Variation.
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    I just received this H&R Sportsman. I assume it may be from the first year of production since it has a very low serial number. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you.
    “H&R Sportsman” - on barrel (left)
    1. Serial # 1784 (no prefix) - Number 784 stamped on cylinder
    2. Firing pin mounted on frame
    3. Safety rim on cylinder -yes
    4. “Patent Applied For” on cylinder
    5. Cylinder release - Right side, in front of cylinder
    6. “Harrington & Richardson Arms Co. Worcester MASS USA” - Top of barrel
    7. Double action
    8. Front sight pinned in slot
    9. “22 Long Rifle CTC” - on barrel (right)
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    Mike,
    Thanks for the info - it's logged.
    You do have an early example: 1st Model 1st Variation (non-adjustable front sight) - probable period of manufacture seems to be late 1932 into very early 1933. It is also one of the earliest examples that I've on record with a rimmed 'safety' cylinder and the PATENT APPLIED FOR stamping. I actually have one with a slightly higher serial number (18xx) that has neither.
    Nice pics - always good to have visual confirmation.
    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32 Magnum View Post
    It has become apparent, recently, that there are some holes in the H&R SPORTSMAN history and development both in the Double Action 999 and the Single Action 199. More research is warranted to fill in those holes. IF you own any H&R SPORTSMAN and would like to contribute to the research, I would appreciate the following information (pics would be a great asset):
    1. Serial Number (partials are welcome, but entire numbers will help more)?
    2. Firing pin on hammer or mounted in frame?
    3. Safety rim on cylinder? PATENT APPLIED FOR; one patent number; two patent numbers?
    4. Cylinder release: 1" long lever on right side -or- small push button on left side of frame right in front of cylinder.
    5. Location of Manufacturer's address - on top of barrel -or- on right side?
    6. DA or SA?
    7. Adjustable or fixed front sight? If fixed - soldered in slot or pinned in slot?

    Thanks in advance. I'll provide era of manufacture and Model and Variation determination for your SPORTSMAN.
    I have a sportsman that I need to try to find a replacement cylinder and ejector for but I'm not sure of the model.
    1. Serial 69016
    2. Looks like firing pin on hammer
    3. Has 2 patent numbers on the cylinder
    4. Has push button cylinder release
    5. The manufacturer address is on the right side of the barrel
    6. Double action
    7. Adjustable front sight

    Thanks for any help. I wanna try to get this pistol working for my grandpa. The ejector seems worn down to the point that it won't turn for the next round.

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