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PastorClyde
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USA
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  7:47:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I picked this an H&R .32 Safety Hammer Double Action handgun. As I'm not familiar with antiques, I have a question-

It fires well and locks up when cocked but the cylinder free wheels when its not cocked. I'm assuming this is not a characteristic of this firearm?

Thanks for your help,

Clyde

hrf
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  8:00:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by PastorClyde

I picked this an H&R .32 Safety Hammer Double Action handgun. As I'm not familiar with antiques, I have a question-

It fires well and locks up when cocked but the cylinder free wheels when its not cocked. I'm assuming this is not a characteristic of this firearm?

Thanks for your help,

Clyde



That is normal, the cylinder is only locked in place at moment of firing with trigger pulled fully back. However, the hammer should be on the safety notch when cylinder is turned or the firing pin may drag on rear of cylinder.
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BigLoop22
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USA
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  11:54:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Clyde,

To reiterate what hrf said, your gun is functioning normally. Depending on which model & which variation, Harrington & Richardson revolvers may have a free-wheeling cylinder. Also, as hrf said, "the hammer should be on the safety notch when cylinder is turned ". Some of us call that "safety notch" the half-cock safety. Have fun with your new H&R!

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32 Magnum
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Posted - 04/22/2011 :  10:06:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pastor Clyde,
Your "SAFETY HAMMER DOUBLE ACTION" is a variant of the H&R AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION, equipped with the patented spurless hammer. If you provide the serial number (maybe stamped into the butt strap, but will always be stamped into the grip frame under left grip panel) and whether there is any stamping on the left side of the barrel - I can tell you approx. date of manufacture, including Model and variation.

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