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cashorcarry
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Lets use this sight!!

Post by cashorcarry » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:55 pm

While I don't have a large collection, here are a few to look at.

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Chrome Sportsman - 1937/38

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939 - 1977model

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Blue Sportsman - 1951 model

Dragoon
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Post by Dragoon » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:38 pm

I've never seen a nickeled Sportsman before. Do you believe it to be original?

Here's a Sportsman c.1932....

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Post by jamesjo » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:58 pm

Dragoon,
I'll let my brother tell you about his Sportsman pieces.
Here are a couple more Sportsman pics .
1939 Model 777 Ultra Sportsman, Single Action
Offered in 1938-1939 only
About 1000 made.
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Model 999, 1955
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Model 999
1955 Chromed
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H&R did offer a factory chromed Sportsman. Named the silver Sportsman
Available I believe for 3 years.
1964, 65, 66. Very scarce!
Jim

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Post by Dragoon » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:16 pm

I like all these H&R target types you guys are sharing here.

That 777 single action is cool. I wonder if in that period a gun with those specifications would have been used in serious competition. That'd be a interesting area to research.

On the 999, is that hammer machine turned? Would tend to indicate that H&R considered the model a top of the line gun.

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Post by jamesjo » Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:26 pm

Dragoon,
Thanks, yours looks good too!
My pics don't do it justice.
The model 777 was hand fit at the factory. Yes they were built for competition. Supposedly at the time they were THE most accurate revolver made. Cylinder is almost exactly the same length as a lr shell. Trigger factory set at around 2 lbs.( Feels lighter to me!! )
The only piece that was supposedly more accurate than the 777, was the model 196 Eureka Sportsman , approx, 250 made. Offered in 1940 only. I have no experience with the 196, but the 777 is a joy to shoot. Have to be careful with the trigger though. Look at it wrong and it fires!
I shot it a lot when I first got it.
Since then, I have kind of listened to my friend, Jim Hauff. He told me the gun is just too valuable and scarce to take it out all the time. I am not good enough that I can take advantage of what this revolver is capable of any way.
All this info is thanks to tutoring by Jim, a long time collector,and H&R expert.

Yes, I believe the jeweled hammer on the 999 is factory. Don't know how many years that was a standard feature.
The Sportsman was definately the flagship of the H&R line.

There was also 1 other excellent target shooter made.
It was the Model 199 sportsman, also a single action. I actually have one sitting here, that my brother, cashorcarry recently purchased. Excellent condition except the barrel needs reblued. No one has fired it yet, but, it also has a fantastic feeling to the trigger. It is not as rare, but still pretty scarce. He bought this one to be a shooter, I am anxious to see how it runs.
I am sure H&R had other noteworthy target models, but I am by no means an expert, just a beginner, trying to learn as I go.

Well at least we have 3 people using this forum!! LOL
I have told a few people, hopefully we can get some more posts going.
Later
Jim Ritchie
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