H&R American #1

in .32 S&W


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Goforth wrote a great book on the Harrington & Richardson company and its firearms titled "H&R Arms Co. 1871 - 1986 - A Historical Reference for the Modern Collector".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 18831941 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.

This pistol must be shipped to a C&R or FFL license holder or can be purchased in person.





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