H&R American #2

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 Bill Goforth wrote a great book on the H&R company and its firearms titled "H&R Arms Co. 1871 - 1986 - A Historical Reference for the Modern Collector".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


The American Double Action (large solid frame centerfire revolver) Manufactured 18831941 by Harrison & Richardson. Calibers: .32, .38 & .44 (850,000 were manufactured).

This pistol is one of the later post 1905 ones as it is marked with the caliber on the barrel. This was done when H&R started making pistols for smokeless powders. It also has a serial number 56188 and the manufacturer stamped on the barrel. The nickel finish is about 30% with the rest of the metal having a bright polish to the surface. The lower left side of the muzzle has an odd flat where there may have been a bad ding and someone filed it down. Very light surface pitting. The grips are very good with one very minor chip on the edge of each grip but no cracks. Also some slight smooth wear spots at the bottom of each. They are marked with what appears to be inspectors initials on the insides. 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 tight.

I have fired this one and it is a fun gun to plink with. Fits my large hands comfortably. New-made ammo is available as well as brass and dies for reloading. The new ammo is low pressure and should shoot in the early pistols with no problems but don't quote me on that. 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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