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coasterfreak
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USA
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Posted - 07/19/2004 :  5:49:15 PM  Show Profile
My father has a Harrington & Richardson TOPPER M48 .410 ga. shotgun. It does not have a serial number on it, at least that I can find obviously. It is more that 50yrs. old, exact age is not known. What can anyone tell me about this shotgun? Thanks in advance.
Jason

J Ward

captkirk3@dslextreme.com
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5098 Posts

Posted - 07/19/2004 :  6:19:54 PM  Show Profile
Topper, No.48 Single Shot Hammer Shotgun, Similar to the Model8 Standard.Top Lever, Auto ejector, Made from 1946 to 1957, Came in 12, 16, 20 and 410 Value in Excellent Condition...$85.00...Maybe $100.00 in the Midwest Farmbelt....

Captain Kirk, Tech Staff


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b.goforth
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966 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2004 :  1:42:28 PM  Show Profile
jward,
on the left side of the frame under the harrington & richardson name is a single letter (usually just below the h in harrington. if you can find this letter code it will give the year of manufacture.

the model 48 was actually introduced in 1943 and discontinued in 1954. it was produced in limited numbers during wwII.
letter codes are as follows; 1943=D, 1944=E, 1945=F, 1946=G, 1947=H, 1948=I, 1949=J, 1950=K, 1951=L, 1952=M, 1953= N, 1954=P. the letter o was not used. if your shotgun has any letter code other than one of these i would certianly like to here about it, as i am doing research on H&R firearms.

the value that the captain gave you are good but you usually want find a 410 at any gun show for under $100 unless it is a piece of junk.
b.goforth
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hoodytwin
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1 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2007 :  3:05:08 PM  Show Profile
I have a Harrington & Richardson Topper 48. The letter underneath Harrington & Richardson is a "R". In a previous reply "R" was never mentioned. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks.
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fastmonteus
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USA
2 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2010 :  9:17:13 PM  Show Profile
i have a topper m48 its a 410 but i cant find a letter under the (h)where else would it be

tim brown
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rjins
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2011 :  7:45:33 PM  Show Profile
I have a M48 410 Harrington Richardson in mint condition. It has the letter W under the H in Harrington. What year would this be? I got it as a gift from my uncle back in about 1962 or so. It has been fired about 15 times in all these years and stored in a lined gun carrier all this time.

quote:
Originally posted by b.goforth

jward,
on the left side of the frame under the harrington & richardson name is a single letter (usually just below the h in harrington. if you can find this letter code it will give the year of manufacture.

the model 48 was actually introduced in 1943 and discontinued in 1954. it was produced in limited numbers during wwII.
letter codes are as follows; 1943=D, 1944=E, 1945=F, 1946=G, 1947=H, 1948=I, 1949=J, 1950=K, 1951=L, 1952=M, 1953= N, 1954=P. the letter o was not used. if your shotgun has any letter code other than one of these i would certianly like to here about it, as i am doing research on H&R firearms.

the value that the captain gave you are good but you usually want find a 410 at any gun show for under $100 unless it is a piece of junk.
b.goforth


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32 Magnum
Member

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2011 :  8:24:31 PM  Show Profile
rjins,
'W' = 1960

Jim Hauff H&R Collector/Researcher
~ thanks to Bill Goforth, RIP my friend.
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smarn
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Canada
1 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2011 :  10:08:50 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by b.goforth

jward,
on the left side of the frame under the harrington & richardson name is a single letter (usually just below the h in harrington. if you can find this letter code it will give the year of manufacture.

the model 48 was actually introduced in 1943 and discontinued in 1954. it was produced in limited numbers during wwII.
letter codes are as follows; 1943=D, 1944=E, 1945=F, 1946=G, 1947=H, 1948=I, 1949=J, 1950=K, 1951=L, 1952=M, 1953= N, 1954=P. the letter o was not used. if your shotgun has any letter code other than one of these i would certianly like to here about it, as i am doing research on H&R firearms.

the value that the captain gave you are good but you usually want find a 410 at any gun show for under $100 unless it is a piece of junk.
b.goforth




I have a H&R Topper 12g
it says this on the left side of the frame

Model 48 Topper
H&R Arms CO.LTD
Drummondville PQ Canada

No clue on the year since there is no letter any tips or clues?
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mrs102
Member

USA
592 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2011 :  11:01:01 PM  Show Profile
The serialization section at the back of the Blue Book of Gun Values lists serial number prefixes for H&R from 1940-1982 and the dates manufactured for the single barrel model numbers. It's too long to list here.
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LoneWolfLodge
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - 05/12/2011 :  7:11:21 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by mrs102

The serialization section at the back of the Blue Book of Gun Values lists serial number prefixes for H&R from 1940-1982 and the dates manufactured for the single barrel model numbers. It's too long to list here.



My Topper M48 is a 16-ga. single shot and only has the numerals 17 under the name on the left side of the gun. Says it was built in Massachusetts. Any idea when it was manufactured?
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john w
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4060 Posts

Posted - 05/13/2011 :  12:24:06 AM  Show Profile
I have been looking for a buttstock for a M48 topper square tang for a long time. If anyone has one reasonable let me know
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