H&R American #3

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 Bill Goforth wrote a great book on the H&R company and its firearms titled "H&R Arms Co. 1871 - 1986 - A Historical Reference for the Modern Collector".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


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 one early production ones. It is not marked with the caliber on the barrel or the manufacturer and it has a screw holding the front of the guard instead of the later pinned guard. The frame is marked 259 under the grip. The rear of the guard is slightly longer than the later models as well. It has a round barrel which appears to be an earlier feature over the octagonal ones. The nickel finish is about 65% with the rest of the metal having a slight surface rust. The grips are good condition with one chip out on the rear bottom of the left one where the position pin goes in. Both are numbered to the gun. 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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