I have been collecting break-top and
early solid frame pistols like these for many years. (I hear
you. I'm not sure why either except that they were cheap.)
There is still very
little research done on them as they haven't really come to
the attention of many collectors yet. Bill Goforth wrote a
great book on the Harrington & Richardson company and its firearms titled
"H&R Arms Co. 1871 - 1986 - A Historical
Reference for the Modern Collector". It's a
research oriented book with dates, serial numbers and
variations noted for most of the company's guns. H&R
also produced guns marked with the name "New England
Firearms". Iver Johnson was the big competitor who
made many of the same style guns that H&R was
producing. Iver Johnson also produced guns under the
"US Arms Co." and "US Revolver Co." name.
This pistol is one by H&R called "The American Double
Action" (a large solid frame centerfire revolver)
Manufactured 1883–1941 by Harrison & Richardson. Calibers: .32, .38 & .44
(850,000 were manufactured).
This pistol is in pretty good
condition overall. It is a pre 1905 (black powder)
manufacture as there is no manufacturer or caliber markings
on it. The number under the grip is 353. The nickel finish is about 80%. The grips
are excellent with no chips or cracks and numbered to the
frame. The bore has some
pitting which is not uncommon since the ammo of the day used
corrosive primers. The action works perfectly and the
cylinder locks up very tight.
These old pre 1905 pistols were designed for
black powder loads. Do not use the modern ammo. If you
reload, be careful to use minimum pressure loads or black
powder in these
pistols. Shooting any old firearm is done at your own risk.
pistol must be shipped to a C&R or FFL license holder or can
be purchased in person.