H&R model 970 starter 32. cal. revolver


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samtdog
November 29, 2007, 08:37 PM
Greetings all, I finally got around to sorting through my dad's things. There were a couple of old carpenter chests that I had to cut the locks off of. Now I knew he bought and traded guns often, as he got older the 30/6 was downsized to him using his Browning 20. semi auto shotgun with a slug. By that time he had already given me his Winchester Model 1898 38/40 rifle with an octagon barrel. At 100 yds he could mangle a quarter. Many a deer rode home on his hood after that trigger was squeezed. But the chests were full of early H&R top break revolvers, hammerless models as well as early Iver/Johnson models of the same type, S&W 38s, 22s, New England Firearms, Astra and other European models and ammo like I never knew existed in original boxes. Never even heard of some of the cals. But the 7 shot 32.cal H&R starter revolver really caught my eye. Huge oversized butt with wood grips and in the 95% range as far as condition. Problem is I couldn't find one listed anywhere that matched mine.Being a 7-shot , the overall largeness of the butt and the short stubby compactness of the revolver. Sorry I have a habit of rambling on. Comes from writing reports. Does anybody know the year and possibly the value. I noted the newer ones were fairly inexpensive.I am certainly not the outdoorsman or as knowledgable as my dad was and I prefer to shoot targets rather than game. But mess with America and you will be game. Appreciate your time. SamT

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Pigspitter
November 29, 2007, 09:22 PM
I have a friend who owns a revolver like that. His is date around 56 and he got it for 120.

TEDDY
November 29, 2007, 09:28 PM
SAM:you have a number of gun shops around you.I dont think I J and H&R have much value.$100 if in good to excel condition.but given the prices today???the blue book could give you the answers but even that is not always right.go to a gun show.none around right now but should be in Jan or March.call GOAL they can tell you.:)

samtdog
November 29, 2007, 11:30 PM
To Pigspitter and Teddy, Thanks for the replies. I finally found one that sold at auction for $605.00. I think this one goes back to the early 1900's. Funny thing Teddy I went on-line to look for gunsmiths in Southeast Mass. and kept getting directed to a Missouri dealer. I do know of a couple local gun shops but I think they're more into retailing new stock and ammo than vintage. Never hurts to ask I guess but the gun show sounds like the right move. How many guns does one man need? Thanks again, SamT

peyton
November 30, 2007, 04:39 AM
The joy of collecting guns and finding unusual items is worth it. Take the time to find out what your Dad had before selling them off. Could be some "Gems" inside those carpenter chests.

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