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Old Man River
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2011 :  12:54:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello. Im new to the forum. I just bought an H&R Sportsman 9 shot .22 cal double action revolver. It breaks open like a single shot shotgun would and has a round ejector. The barrel is shaped kind of like a keyhole. It has a wooden checkered grip, but doesnt have a round medallion in it like some I have seen. It loooks like both sights might be adjustable but not sure about that. The serial number,(I assume), is on the inside of the handle in between the wooden grip. The number is 79563. All other stamping is on the side of the barrel except for this number as far as I can tell. It needs a good cleaning but it is really a fun gun to shoot. Can you tell me about how old this gun is? I gave 100 dollars for it. That might be too much but I just really liked the gun so I bought it. Any info is appreciated. Thank you.

32 Magnum
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2011 :  1:16:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Old Man,
With that serial number it is a 1st Model Double Action Sportsman and was made in the 1938-39 era. $100 is about the bottom RETAIL value for one of these in fair condition - many SPORTSMAN parts guns sell in that range. If your's has a decent finish and works as intended, you did very well.
On that one the front sight is adjustable for height (use the screw in the top rib at the muzzle end of the barrel; rear sight is adjustable for windage - it has two screws, loosen one side and tighten the other to adjust. Good luck with it and enjoy. My favorite range .22 revolver is a similar piece made in 1933 - very accurate.

Jim Hauff H&R Collector/Researcher
~ thanks to Bill Goforth, RIP my friend.
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Old Man River
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2011 :  05:25:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info. It looks like the bluing is gone, and the gun is just kind of a brown color now. I guess its surface rust, but its not pitted or anything. And it doesnt rub off on your hands. On the side it says .22 longrifle or ctg. I dont know what ctg stands for. I guess shorts can be used also? I shot 2 cylinders of shells through it and it never misfired or anything. I really like the trigger. Its still crisp. The ejector works very well. It doesnt look like any of the screws are missing. I shot low and a little to the left with it, so I should be able to get that dialed in. Thanks again for the help and the great information.
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Old Man River
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2011 :  05:29:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also, do you know where I could get a hip holster to fit this particular gun? It has about a 6 inch barrel. A holster that is period correct would be nice but anything would be fine. Thanks again.
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32 Magnum
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2011 :  09:14:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Old Man River,
Clean the surface rust off with a good grade gun oil (I use Breakfree CLP or REMOIL, sometimes both) and a super fine 0000 (four ought) steel wool, there's probably some of the bluing left under there.
H&R marked these for the .22lr cartridge (ctg = cartridge. Of course shorts and longs and cb caps, etc. will fit, but H&R specified long rifle - supposedly because the other shorter cartridges caused a drop off in accuracy and gunked up the cylinder. The earliest Sportsman examples are simply marked .22 RIM FIRE CTG.
Check e-bay for period holsters - HUNTER holsters are fairly commonly found from that era. Check gun shows, etc. The SPORTSMAN will fit in most holsters made for S&W 'K' frames.

Jim Hauff H&R Collector/Researcher
~ thanks to Bill Goforth, RIP my friend.
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JIM STARK
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Posted - 04/04/2011 :  07:56:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kroil and a rough clean cloth will not remove blueing...0000 steel wool might...
JIM........
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32 Magnum
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USA
818 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2011 :  10:46:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim Stark and Old Man River,
I've used 0000 steel wool, gently, on quite a few pieces with extensive surface rusting. Properly applied, gently, with oil, the surface rust can be removed and if any bluing remains - those remnants will show. On lightly rusted pieces, I use oil and a rough cloth, followed by an application of a paste polish, usually FLITZ or METAL BRIGHT.

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