Newb with an H&R 922


July 20, 2008, 12:29 PM
Hello. Thank you ladies (?) and gentlemen for allowing me to join your forum.

As a relative newcomer to the handgun hobby, I've found myself rapidly collecting as many guns as I possibly can. My most recent addition to the family is a cosmetically challenged but mechanically sound H&R 922 for my first resto project. I've been lurking on this forum for some time now and have found that you have a number of members that are extremely knowledgeable about these guns. I knew if any questions arose, this would be the place to get them answered. So here I am.

I'm a bit confused about the exact model. There is no doubt that it's a 922 because it says so on the 2.5" barrel. It's a 9-shot and the frame looks like many other H&R's I've seen online and in person. But the grip is what has me puzzled. Instead of a two piece affair, like every other 922's, this one has a one piece plastic grip that attaches with a single screw almost at the bottom of the backstrap. And the proportions make me think Colt Banker's Special as the grip is much larger than other 922's. Has anyone ever seen one of these, and what can you tell me about it such as model name or age? Also, although Iím not in it for money, any ideas on the approximate value?

Thank you in advance for any assistance or guidance you can provide to this enthusiastic newb.

P.S. If it helps, the serial number is J113xx. Thanks again.

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July 20, 2008, 12:34 PM
hp-hobo, welcome to the forum. We hope you enjoy your stay.

The H&R .22s have a lot of value as shooters, but they rarely have monetary value as collector's pieces unless they are in pristine shape (the case with most guns). However, H&R .22s are extremely affordable, so they make a great plinking gun and a good alternative to the (much) more expensive Smith & Wesson .22 kit guns.

That said, I'm certain that you'll get many rounds of enjoyment out of yours; I have seens oversized grips similar to those on various H&R models on several occasions. Most recently I saw those style grips on an H&R .32. Oversized-grips are usually a sign of someone wanting a more comfortable shooting.

So take your little gun out and enjoy the heck out of it. Again, welcome!

July 20, 2008, 12:41 PM
Most snubbie 922s came with the smaller grips. You got an uncommon one there. Yours was made in 1949, btw. Try it with Aguila Super Maximums. Have fun with it; they're great guns.

July 21, 2008, 06:24 AM
Thanks very much for the info guys.

Can anyone recommend recommend a place to get info on older firearms like this, either online or in print?

July 21, 2008, 06:37 AM
Google "Bill Goforth" and email questions to him. He is the source for Iver Johnson and H&R info.

July 21, 2008, 07:12 AM
Welcome to the forum and remember this forum is addictive. The revolver appears in good shape. Does it have an adjustable rear sight? From your picture it appears to have one. Fun revolver, .22 is cheap to shoot.

July 21, 2008, 04:17 PM
Woad_yurt. Thanks for the Bill Goforth tip. At first a thought it might be a newbie trick. ;)

Peyton. No, the rear sight is non-adjustable... Just a machined valley on the top of the frame. What you see is the cap end of the Sharpie holding the gun up. You're right on 22's being cheap and fun to shoot, that's why I bought two of them in the last week. This one when ready is gonna be used to teach my daughter in law about firearm and shooting safety along with getting in some major practice before she upgrades to a .38 for personal defense.

On the other hand, now that I know it's almost 60 years old, I might not let anyone shoot it. She can get her own. :what:

We made a range trip yesterday after my initial post. Along with firing my Gecado 22LR revolver for a postal match on another forum and goofing with a couple of our 9mm's and my wife's new Walther P22, I also put about 90 rounds through this little jewel (the 922). All I can say to the gun snobs who told me it was a waste of money to purchase an H&R because they're "junk", is keep preaching it brothas. Guys like you help to keep the price low for people like me. Good job.

July 21, 2008, 07:31 PM
I have fond place in my heart for the old H&Rs. I learned to shoot a revolver with my uncle's Model 622- it was a pretty new gun then. I own a couple of 622's and a 999 with a 6 ' barrel (which someone ought to offer today-' Ruger?)
I wouldn't consider them collector pieces, but they go up in price, not down. They are very solid revolvers built in machine shops. Enjoy the gun!

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