Old Revolver

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by .40cal_in_Idaho, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Not as cool as the Colt .32 I posted about.... :lol: I believe it also belonged to my moms' folks.

    This is a .32 cal 5-shot, top-break revolver that was manufactured by Harrington & Richardson somewhere between 1887 and after the turn of the century. I did some research, and there isn't a whole lot of information regarding this company or most of it's firearms.

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    I did find that their earliest models were designed for black powder use. They were produced with the budget-conscious (like our Hi-Points are today :D ) consumer in mind.

    Based on what I could find out and the markings on the pistol, I can reasonably guess that this was an early 1900's production gun.

    Although not a high-value collectible, it is still a piece of history and a definite keeper. It is very, very likely that it will never see range time. I found out that they aren't considered very safe with today's production ammunition, and I really don't think it's worth the risk, even if a gunsmith ok's it for mild/light hand loads. So, back in the safe it went. :)

    I just thought I'd share another bit of firearms history, however relatively unknown it may be, with my fellow firearms enthusiasts (read "gun nuts" :D :D ).
     
  2. Another great find! My hat is off to you sir!
     

  3. Cool! Keep looking, who knows what you'll find next.
     
  4. My folks also have a couple of rifles. One is a .22lr target rifle that belongs to my mom, which she used to out shoot everyone on the rifle team in her school days in PA. The other is a .220 Swift that belongs to my dad. That was his target rifle. I'll get some pics of each sometime this week so you can enjoy more gun porn. :wink:

    Oh, and my dad also has a huge revolver (don't know what caliber, tho). My folks say it doesn't fire. Dad inherited from a friend after her husband died. That guy had 100's of firearms. IIRC he built them. The revolver was the only one my dad got, although I think he probably could have gotten as many of the guns as he wanted. Dangitalltoheck!
     
  5. AndrewST

    AndrewST Guest

    Very beautiful, is that the original finish or has it been redone?
     
  6. AGuyNamedMike

    AGuyNamedMike Lifetime Supporter

  7. Fairly certain it's the original finish. There are some nicks on the frame here and there, and some scratches on the cylinder.
     
  8. AndrewST

    AndrewST Guest

    Wow! For its age it is in fantastic shape! I hope my wife looks that good when she is 100!


    ....don't tell her I said that I want to live to see 100.
     
  9. That thing is just flat gorgeous to look at. Old guns are beautiful. Great find .40cal!