H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

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H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by BarkeyVA » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:30 pm

I have a small frame H&R hammerless, 5-shot revolver, Serial Number 2546xx. Stamped on top of the barrel is:

Harrington & Richardson Arms Company
Worchester, Mass, USA Pat. Oct. 8 1895

Stamped on the side of the barrel is: 32S&W,CTGE

Anyone know when these guns were made?
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Re: H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:50 pm

BarkeyVA;

Finally found something that might help. It appears that this H&R is a Second Model Small Frame Hamerless. From the description and serial number, it should be a seventh variation made between 1925 and 1941. Production of the Second Model Small Frame Hamerless started in 1905. Barrel lengths of 3 1/4, 4, 5, and 6 inches were offered. Either full blue or nickel plate finish was available. After 1930, it was listed in the catalogs as HAMMERLESS No. 45 TOP BREAK 32 S&W 5 shot.
I hope this helps.
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Re: H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by BarkeyVA » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:56 am

Thanks for the detailed information. The fact that the gun was likely made between 1925 and 1941 makes sense. It was owned by my mother-in-law's second husband who died in 1989 at age 99. I think he owned a small grocery store in the 1930's so he might have bought the gun during that time. I tried to post a photo of the gun but it has too much resolution. This web site is the only one that I've found so far that limits the size of photos. If you are interested, provide your email address and I can email the photos to you.

After I posted here, I found the following post on-line that contains some of the same information as you provided:

http://www.northeastshooters.com/vbulle ... ld-designs

(It is post # 5 in the stream which contains other information about H&R revolvers).

H&R HAMMERLESS SECOND MODEL SMALL FRAME TOP BREAK (SMOKELESS POWDER)
- .22 rimfire or .32 S&W cal., 5 (.32 cal.) or 7 (.22 cal.) shot, double top post barrel latch, nickel or blue finish, hard rubber grips with target logo at the top, 3¼ (standard), 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, rebounding hammer, automatic cylinder stop, caliber marking on left side of barrel, designed for smokeless powder cartridge pressures only. Mfg. 1905-1941.
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Re: H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:39 am

BarkeyVA;

Reducing picture size is easy to do and only proper when sending photos over the internet. Just go into your photo editing area and reduce the overall size to screen size so as to not overwhelm someones inbox or website. I get photos all the time that are to big. Some internet providers only allow a certain amount of space per inbox, and when someone sends several photos that are to big, they can get rejected by the provider.
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Re: H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by BarkeyVA » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:29 pm

Here it is resized. Barrel is 3-1/4"
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Re: H&R .32S&W Small Frame 5-shot Revolver-Year made?

Post by atvmudder » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:01 am

By the serial number it was likely produced in 1940 or 1941.

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