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Old 07-23-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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A buddy of mine came by with a .22 revolver today, neat little gun but I wouldn't dare fire it. It is made by H&R Arms of Worcester Mass, called a Young American Double Action. Looks to be nickel plated, the cylinder is really loose and does not clock correctly, let alone well. I am not sure but it appears as though there is a missing loading gate and ejector rod and the grip has been replaced with a home-made job. It was originally a bird's head grip. Anyhow here are some pics of it.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:12 AM   #2
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That is a pretty interesting gun. Are you going to fix it up and get it in working condition?
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I honestly don't think I can make it workable. The clocking mechanism is virtually nonexistent. The cylinder rotates freely when the hammer is down and I am not sure all of the parts are there. Since it belongs to a friend I have advised him to never try and fire it.
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Well, those did not HAVE an ejector rod, not a loading gate. After shooting, pull cylinder pin, remove cylinder, use pin to poke out empties.

The H&R and Iver Johnsons had a cylinder that was free wheeling UNTIL the gun was at full cock. Allowed you to load them w/ hammer down. Check alignment/ slop with hammer at full cock.

Would not use any hi-speed .22 ammo in that. They were made from late 1800s up til around 1930s.
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That looks like a nice one, I have several H&R revolvers & yes they are very repairable................

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Well, those did not HAVE an ejector rod, not a loading gate. After shooting, pull cylinder pin, remove cylinder, use pin to poke out empties.

The H&R and Iver Johnsons had a cylinder that was free wheeling UNTIL the gun was at full cock. Allowed you to load them w/ hammer down. Check alignment/ slop with hammer at full cock.

Would not use any hi-speed .22 ammo in that. They were made from late 1800s up til around 1930s.
There is quite a bit of slop at full cock. Much more than I would be comfortable with in any case. Any tips on how to tighten it up?

Oh, and we were thinking maybe using some SSS or shorts in it if anything.
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That looks like a nice one, I have several H&R revolvers & yes they are very repairable................

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=7978
Any estimation of what vintage this one is, or where to look for clues?
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The Young America .22 caliber revolver was produced by Harrington & Richards from 1890 to 1942. The 1st model was a black powder design and then in 1905 they started producing a smokeless powder version (model 2), which they made until 1941. The original name was the Young America and later in the production life of the revolver it changed slightly to Young American - which just added the N to the end of the name................
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Bumping this thread to ask if anyone has a value estimate for this little gun. San Francisco has a gun buyback program tomorrow and I am considering turning it in for the $200 they are giving. Any thoughts?
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My thoughts are not but id guess you have figured that out by now I keep stuff even if it dosnt work
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