my first 22 handgun


April 17, 2011, 06:11 PM
Hello All.
today i picked up this H&R 922 4'' barrell 22lr.
in pretty good conditon. found a post by Bill Goforth and it seems like i have a
7th variation as the serial # starts with M which puts it make between 1949-1952.
gun store let me put 9 rounds through it before i made the purchase and all went fine. shot pretty good at 15 feet. single action is pretty nice.
the cylinder has some play but i am not sure how much side to side is acceptable? (help)
cant get a good light source in the cylinder because of the way the trigger is set up and all to see if it lines up good with the barrell?
looks like this gun will/could fire if accidently dropped, correct me if im wrong.
anyhoo i think i cant go wrong for 135 bucks.
probably give to my daughter if it is a good one. she dont like recoil of my other handguns she shot all of a larger caliber. (she didnt mind the 32 though)
the quality seems very good for the price range.
thanks for any info.
Mike (

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Jim NE
April 17, 2011, 06:38 PM
gun store let me put 9 rounds through it before i made the purchase

Wow, that's a first. Good for you! There are many guns I wish I'd had the opportunity to do that with. Cool gun...I LOVE those vintage looking plastic grips. I don't know much about H & R, but I have one of their revolvers myself, and it's FUN!

Come to think of it, there was a store that allowed me to try out a gun first. An antique store out in the country where I bought a beat up single shot shotgun for not much. (He also let me drive a beat up '55 Chevy pickup with a "for sale" sign on it up and down his driveway.)

April 17, 2011, 10:33 PM
M prefix is 1952 manufacture.
I have a 1950 with a 6" barrel.
My uncle bought it new.
Still have the box, receipt, hang tag.
He paid 24.50 for it.
I gave him $ 25 for it before he passed away.
He also gave me a box of shells that he told me he bought with the revolver. There were 17 rounds still in the box, the gun still looks new too!
Great revolvers, it should treat you, or your daughter well!

April 18, 2011, 05:34 PM
I just purchased one from a forumite for $125. Hoping it turns out to be decent.

April 18, 2011, 08:25 PM
Hello All
giving the gun a closer look it seems that if the trigger is not pulled then the hammer can not be made to set hit the rimfire case, im guessing this is the safety feature in case of gun being dropped.
it only easy if you know what your doing.
What is forumite?
can anyone help the newb and confirm this safety setup?
thanks again

April 19, 2011, 06:35 AM
"forumite" is internet-speak for a member of an internet forum.

I have no idea about the safety question on that revolver. If you are worried about it, carry the gun with the hammer over an empty chamber until you find out for sure.

April 19, 2011, 08:45 AM
I had late 60s one with flat-sided bull barrel and butt lock. The piece of plastic that couples hammer to the spring snapped and was pita to replace. The gun was made of high carbon tool still so it rusted easily. Good luck with yours I will never own another one.

April 21, 2011, 09:24 PM
See the little thing sticking out from the trigger guard right behind the trigger? With the hammer at rest, push that back. The hammer should fall maybe 1/16" more. If the hammer is resting on the frame already, the gun can fire if it gets a knock on the hammer. Take the cylinder out and pull the trigger. If the hammer ends up resting about 1/16" off the frame, it's working properly and is safe.

I had a bent 922 bought for parts and I decided to see just how sturdy that hammer held its safe position. Resting the muzzle on a piece of metal, I hit the hammer spur with a ball peen hammer hard enough to really dent the end of it but the notch held. It didn't slip.

April 22, 2011, 10:24 PM
like your safety test.
i checked it out specifically like you said and i am good to go.
pretty much what i thought but i dont want to take no chances with firearms.
i like older guns in general and think this one is pretty cool.
thanks for your help

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