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I'm new to this Forum, but have read all the previous Post regarding the H&R 922 Pistols regarding the Serial Numbers. Its saying the first version started in 1927 with the Serial Numbers starting with 125xxx. I inherited one from my Great Grandfather and the Serial Number starts with 124xxx. That is before the 1927 version starting with 125xxx. So, what year was mine made, would it be a different version?
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I have the same problem. I just bought a H&R 922 with serial # 123195. Not having much luck finding info on the ones before 1940. It was exciting to see your serial number because it's the only one I've seen on the internet that's close to mine.

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There was another one Posted on here with a 123xxx Serial Number, so that makes 2 older than mine. Mine is in Rough condition right now. It belonged to my Great Grandfather and I was told by my Mother that he carried it with him everywhere he went. The Wood Grip shows quite a bit of wear and the Cylinder just spins. The Mechanism that lock the Cylinder in place to line up the Bullet with the Barrel is broken. I have found a Gunsmith that says he can probably fix it, but there is a 3 month backlog and if he finds out the Pistol can't be fixed and it would still be dangerous to Fire, He legally can not return it to me. I am hesitant to send to him because it is a Family Keep Sake. Good luck in your search for more information. If you find out more information Please Post here so the rest of us will know.
 

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There was another one Posted on here with a 123xxx Serial Number, so that makes 2 older than mine. Mine is in Rough condition right now. It belonged to my Great Grandfather and I was told by my Mother that he carried it with him everywhere he went. The Wood Grip shows quite a bit of wear and the Cylinder just spins. The Mechanism that lock the Cylinder in place to line up the Bullet with the Barrel is broken. I have found a Gunsmith that says he can probably fix it, but there is a 3 month backlog and if he finds out the Pistol can't be fixed and it would still be dangerous to Fire, He legally can not return it to me. I am hesitant to send to him because it is a Family Keep Sake. Good luck in your search for more information. If you find out more information Please Post here so the rest of us will know.
Sorry to hear about the condition of yours. Mine appears to be functioning as it should and in pretty good all around condition. I haven't shot it yet because I just got it today. Hopefully tomorrow or Sunday. Here's a few photos.

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Sorry to hear about the condition of yours. Mine appears to be functioning as it should and in pretty good all around condition. I haven't shot it yet because I just got it today. Hopefully tomorrow or Sunday. Here's a few photos.

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following this thread

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evenin ya'll ,,..
following this thread as im having the same issues identifying and sourcing parts for my prewar 922.
mine is an octagonal 6" barrel, has the flat mainspring along with a with a serial number in the 150,XXX range.
over time ive been able to locate everything function wise except.....
the correct cylinder center pin and a spare 9 round cylinder.
any leads or direction ya'll might provide would be greatly appreciated.

current projects:
just finished a mossberg 151,
currently waiting on parts for a peep sighted marlin a1,
and just sourced an incomplete savage 6A
 

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Howdy fellas, brand new to the forum with a 922 of the first edition. Serial # first four 1257. It's missing pieces and I can't seem to confirm what pieces are the right pieces at Numrich or elsewhere online. I hope to attach a photo of what I have and I think I am missing a sear and cylinder stop but might be missing more. I would sure like to make this shooter function. I don't know if it was blued or nickle because the finish is gone but seems to be in pretty solid condition.

Any help anyone can give would be great. IMG_9049.jpg
 

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Hopefully an answer to an old thread.
H&R 922 Information
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MODEL 922 - FIRST MODEL
DOUBLE ACTION
LARGE SOLID FRAME
22 RIMFIRE CALIBER - made: 1927-1937

9 shot cylinder capacity, pull pin cylinder release, blue finish, 6 inch octagon barrel, two piece over size walnut grips saw handle shaped, marked with company name and address on top of barrel, right side of barrel H&R 922 and caliber on left side of barrel.

First Variation 1927-1930
serial number range 119600-145000 (*estimate)

Second Variation 1931
DIFFERENCE: new grip shape (saw handle shape eliminated)
serial number range 145000*-160000*(estimate)

Third Variation 1932 -1937
DIFFERENCE: new safety cylinder
serial number range 160000*-171000*(estimate)

VALUE: 100%=$205 60%=$75
add 40% premium for 1st Variation and 20% premium for 2nd and 3rd Variations

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MODEL 922 - SECOND MODEL
DOUBLE ACTION
LARGE SOLID FRAME
22 RIMFIRE CALIBER (birds head grip frame) - made: 1938-1952

9 shot cylinder capacity, pull pin cylinder release, blue finish, 6 inch octagon barrel, one piece over size walnut grips saw handle shaped, also may be found with one piece plastic grips. Marked with company name and address on top of barrel, right side of barrel H&R 922 and caliber on left side of barrel.

First Variation 1938 -1939 DIFFERENCE; new grip frame and round barrel
serial number range 171000*-192000*(estimate)

Second Variation 1940 -1947
DIFFERENCE; same as 4th variation except letter code prefix to serial number A thru H

Third Variation 1948 -1949
DIFFERENCE; a new barrel length, serial number letter codes I and J

Fourth Variation 1949 -1952
DIFFERENCE; all-in-one cartridge extraction system, serial number letter codes J thru M

Fifth Variation 1952 models for M922 Camper and M922 Bantam weight

VALUE: 100%=$195 60%=$55
add 20% premium for 1st & 2nd Variations

>> All Guns made before 1940 <<<
When looking for parts for this gun tell the supplier it is a pre 1940 model.
This should have the birds head grip frame called "RICE FRAME" by collectors and some people even call it the second model 922.
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hope this helps somebody
ps: the cylinder should spin freely clock-wise only in the hammer down and half cocked condition.
when the hammer is fully cocked the cylinder should lockup in line with the barrel bore.

for the person that has a gunsmith that will not return an unsafe firearm. I say to you, Ive never heard of a law like that in any state and I would find a different gunsmith.
 

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My serial number starts 159. Second version, 1931. Altered walnut grip (no upper horn). 1"' longer cylinder pin, front brass sight about 1/8" taller than first version. Very good original condition,FWO. My father bought it the day after Pearl Harbor at a pawn shop in Kansas City, KS for $6. Purportedly to help guard the farm in the event an invasion made it to Kansas. But he left for the navy in '42, and a carrier borne fighter plane I do agree was a much more powerful weapon to use for that. Fewer than 200 rds fired since 1945, rifling intact and no pitting, no exterior rust or scratches, original bluing and parts. Pretty proud of this little gun.
 

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Interesting to see this post. I have been researching my old 922 and could not find any serial numbers before 125... also. Mine is serial # 123083, My farther got it in Oklahoma in the early 1920,s. It is in excellent shape and in firing condition. I will pass it on to one of my grandsons. Does this earlier serial number mean it was made before 1927? If my farther was right, it means there were.
 

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First Variation 1927-1930
serial number range 119600-145000 (*estimate)

I'm guessing a 123083 serial number would put its manufacture sometime in 1927 - 1928.
 
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Thanks, very interesting. I also have his old N. R. Davis & Sons shotgun that was made about that time also.
 
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