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Inside a box inside another box containing some of my wife's grannie's stuff. Granny apparently had been a-packin.







Looks like a .32 with a 5-shot cylinder, load gate on the right. The cylinder won't open but it still turns. The hammer can be cocked with some difficulty and the trigger pulled. It's a mess. Cylinders rusty. Nickle platings all scratched and scored. There's no serial number just the words YOUNG AMERICA DOUBLE ACTION on top of the frame.

Anybody ever come across one of these?
 

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Is the cylinder suppose to open? Or does it need to have the rod pulled and it fall out.

Either way, I would not shoot it, but I would keep it as an heirloom.
 

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It's a H&R .32. Could be anywhere from 100+ years old to 70. good luck, looks like a nice conversation piece.
 

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The mother-of-pearl grips are nice!
Pull pin to remove cylinder then use pin to poke out the empties.
Most of those are fairly well worn and are not shooters.
 

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Young America Double Action (small solid frame centerfire revolver) Manufactured 1884–1941 Calibers: .22 rimfire and .32 Standard barrel length was 2½ with 4½ and 5½ inch extra cost options (1,500,000 were manufactured). First model manufactured 1884–1904 designed for black powder cartridge. Second model manufactured 1905–1941 designed for modern smokeless powder cartridge.

I think that one is a 1st Model. 2nd models had caliber maked on bbl. Serial number (if any) was usually on the underside of the trigger guard.

I have a Baby Hammerless .22 that belonged to my stepmother's grandmother. Seems a lot of the ladies were packing back when.
 

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This is an H&R model 32 in .32. I sold it last week for $150. It was like brand new though, never fired as best we could tell. I never traced down the year.
 

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Very cool, gents, thanks much for the responses. The rod cant be pulled out...maybe if I remove the grips and soak the whole thing in solvent the action will loosen up...but, no, I won't be shooting it.

Kind of fun to know that my great-granny-in-law was combat-ready. :cool:
 

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Wet the area at the front of the cylinder with a good penetrant oil- I like Kroil, but use what you can get. Let it soak for a day. Little doo-dad that looks something like a trigger sticking out from the frame ahead of the cylinder is the release for the cylinder pin. Hold it in while pulling the rod with the other hand.
 
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