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Old 02-10-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone, This revolver was passed down to me from family. Not sure what type or how old it is. Was told it was 40-50 years old, and .38 special. The only markings on it are the numbers underneath the trigger, as shown. Any information on this revolver would help. Make, Age, Ammunition size, anything. Thank you for your time.



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Old 02-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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welcome to the forum and stop over in the introductions section and say hello.

hopefully C3shooter will step in here and enlighten you. he's pretty much the older firearms guru here on the forum.

good luck and welcome again.



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I would say it is NOT a 38 spl. Either a 32 S&W or 38 S&W. It has what appear to be poorly fitting H&R grips. I would guess the barrel has been cut down and the gun nickeled. Make is Iver Johnson or H&R. Age is about 80 to over 100 years old.

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.38 S&W, not special. Barrel cut, bumper chrome plating job.

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Smith and Wesson ".32 Safety Hammerless?"

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You probably have a Harrington & Richardson Double Action Hammerless- it matches the profile. These WERE available in nickel plate, but the trigger guard was usually blued, so yours is likely refinished. That IS the serial number on the guard. They were made in .32 S&W (6 shot) and .38 S&W (5 shot) Barrel appears to have been shortened (nicely) since shortest factory barrel was 3.25 inches. My references show only discontinued prior to 1942.

The downfall of the top break action- it was weak- and could not handle higher energy cartridges. These WERE well made little revolvers- not a Cadillac, but a decent Chevy. Unfortunately, the brand is poorly researched. Mr. Bill Goforth and a couple of experienced collectors had been researching them (Bill wrote the definitive book on Iver Johnson handguns), unfortunately, Mr. Goforth passed away before book was published (still waiting to see if it makes it out of the publisher's)

Cylinders on these are usually free wheeling until the gun is at the point of firing. .38 S&W is shorter, fatter, and less powerful than .38 Special- it DOES NOT interchange. If you remove the cylinder, you may find the serial number repeated on the underside of the top strap.

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Thank you all for your replies..after searching Iver Johnson and H&R pictures...it looks like H&R
to me...

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Here are a couple more pics..thank you guys again..



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