cheap revolvers


Mauser lover
July 13, 2011, 11:14 PM
I am looking for a cheap .22 LR or .22 WMR double action revolver. Anybody know of any kind/brand that is cheaper than $300.00?

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July 13, 2011, 11:18 PM

The price shown is MSRP. You should be able to get it for just under $300

July 13, 2011, 11:34 PM
My local shop sells a brand new heritage .22lr revolver for $200, and usually my areas is slightly more expensive. I have no personal experiance with one, but know people who do, and they love it.

I know a few pawn shops that often have a .22lr revolver is vsrious brands, conditions, for as low as $100.. you can check there.

Heres the heritage list on there site:

3rd and 5th down. Again I CANNOT SAY THSTS ITS A GOOD OR BAD GUN, you will have to research that your self. Or see if anyone else states so. I just know a few local shooters that i see often at the range that like them.

Mauser lover
July 14, 2011, 11:08 AM
Double action would be nice, but thanks anyway for the heritage website, I will keep that site name for future reference.

July 14, 2011, 01:03 PM
The cheap revolvers may spit out lead. But the cheap revolvers typically all have really horrendous triggers. If you're looking for a decent level of accuracy in your plinking I suspect you'll find that few or none of the cheap guns are going to serve you well.

Before I tripped over a deal on a S&W Model 17 from a shooting buddy I went through a couple of cheaper used .22's. Both have terrible triggers. So bad that in the case of the Hi Standard Double 9 I treated it as a single action pistol since the style of the grip is so cowboy gun like. The other, an H&R Sportsman top break, I'm still working on as a project gun to get the DA trigger effort down to a tolerable leve while still having enough hammer energy to reliably fire the primers. But even when done to a nice degree it will never match the smoothness and feel of the 17.

All of this is intended to warn you that buying a cheap revolver may end up being very expensive. A gun isn't cheap any more if it's so lousy to shoot that you never take it out. Far better to look into this a little more and get a gun which you will smile at every time you shoot it. That means you'll take it out more. So even if it ends up costing twice your $300 budget over the years to come the cost per range outing will end up being less.

Granted you haven't said how or where you'll be shooting your revolver. But either way it's something to think about. And frankly, as much as I love my revolvers, if the budget is that tight for this gun due to where it'll live or what it'll be used for then I'd seriously suggest a cheap semi auto. You can get a lot more gun when it comes to cheap .22's by sticking with semis than you can looking for wheelguns. But if the goal is to have a nice revolver for range sessions seriously consider bringing up the amount you can afford to spend to allow getting a gun with a known good trigger.

Up this way no one sells Charter Arms guns. So I can't really comment directly on what it's like to shoot them. But there's been more than one thread here in the revolver forum about just this topic when it comes to .22 wheelguns. You may want to review those threads for some more suggestions.

July 14, 2011, 03:09 PM
Go to a gun show.
I can usually find .22 revolvers for less than $150.

July 14, 2011, 11:52 PM
If I were you I'd hit up some of the local pawn shops and gun shows and scout around for an older H&R or NEF revolver.

July 15, 2011, 08:42 AM
Check out some H&Rs. They're all over the place used; Gunbroker is swimming in them. I have a few and have owned many more and they've all been great. My cheapest Gunbroker purchase was $69.00. If you spend $200, you should be able to get one in fantastic condition. They're DA, too, and most hold 9 rounds.

They do make a 6 round convertible, the 676. Mine's a tack driver.

There's a guy on here who goes by the name of "Jamesjo." Maybe he'll pipe up. He's got a ton of them w/lots of pictures.

My 676:

July 15, 2011, 08:56 AM
Another vote here for an old H&R. I've never had a problem with any of them.

July 15, 2011, 11:57 AM
A used Taurus 94 should come in under that, and a new one for right around that.. Had one years ago, and had a lot of fun with it. Taught my then-wife to shoot with it, then let her keep it when we divorced.

Mauser lover
July 15, 2011, 06:09 PM
BCRider, I only wanted something that I could pull out of a pocket and shoot a snake at my feet with, without having to pull a slide back and let it go before being able to shoot the snake. I do not really care about horrible trigger pull in that situation, nor do I care about bad accuracy at that point. As long as I can hit the snake, and disable it quickly, before it can strike. If I scared it by racking the gun, I probably am toast, and I do not want to carry an auto with a cartridge chambered, nor do I want to carry a single action revolver that I must cock before I can shoot it.

MedWheeler, Thank you for your suggestion, I was already thinking of a Taurus, but didn't know what to think about them, as I have heard horrendous reports of that brand as well as excellent reviews of their guns. Have you had any problems with yours?

July 15, 2011, 08:42 PM
No, Mauser, I never had problems with it, but I have not owned it since my then-wife and I divorced in 1996. It did get shot a pretty good bit before that. I had it maybe six years. I wouldn't mind picking up another one if I could find it for about that price, and if my current wife expressed an interest in learning herself.
Incidentally, my first handgun was a Taurus as well. It was a Model 66 (.357 Magnum), purchased in 1987, and has performed as it should, even after spending 2 1/2 years on the street changing hands who-knows-how-many times after being stolen in a burglary. I still own it, and it does bedside duty quite often (taking turns with my Ruger Police Service Six.)
Yes, Taurus has a less-than-level record with many people, but it's pretty easy to check one out for fit and finish before buying it.

July 16, 2011, 04:11 PM
Mauser lover, if that's the case then any of the options mentioned would do fine. It also sounds like you're a prime candidate for a short barrel "kit gun" snubby sort of gun with a 3 or less inch long barrel. Loaded with snake shot rounds such a gun should do fine.

Do you reload at all? If so and if you like the idea of owning a .38Spl revolver at some point then a 3 inch snubby K or J frame loaded with some lower power snake killing shot rounds would be an option. And then you'd have a gun which might suit you more at the range or for daily carry. Not saying you should go this route in favour of the .22, but it's an option to consider. Even if you don't want to get into reloading in bulk at this point a small setup to punch out primers and put in new ones and load some shot rounds would not need a lot. In fact with empties that are in good shape which slip in and out of the cylinder easily you would not even need any dies. You'd use a method similar to the videos in this section on loading black powder shot shells. A pin and support block with a metal washer to allow punching out the spent primer. A wood dowel and hardwood or metal block to permit setting the new primer and then pour in a suitable amount of some powder, a felt wad or two, some shot and then cap it with a card stock end. LIkely seal and glue the top cap in place with a coat of nail varnish or some other fast drying lacquer like product.

Given the short distance you'd use such a load over a VERY conservative approach would work well. I'd say maybe 90 to 100 grains worth of a small size shot such as #9 to #11 with a couple of the thin 1/16 felt wads between the shot and some powder. For powder a light charge similar or slightly less than the minimum powder charge for a similar weight bullet of some regular smokeless powder would do fine and should be entirely safe for the gun.

I also found this when I googled for ".38 shot shell loads" from the Firing Line Forums.

38 Special/.357 Magnum Speer Shotshell capsules data:
630--9.0 grains---1001fps 6" barrel
overall length 1.500" for .38 and .357
#9 shot used
Speer says give the case mouth a moderate roll crimp into the side of the capsule sleeve being careful not to break the plastic.

It doesn't say how much shot weight they are using in the capsule but the amounts of powder seem like a lot to me. I doubt you'd need over 800 to 900 fps to kill most snakes if using #9 shot. Also the fact that a shot round loaded tight would also need to be reduced quite a bit since there isn't any air gap in the shot shell loaded as per the black powder style. So you'd need to start with half or less for the powder amounts suggested above compared to a shot capsule and work up to a load that gives a soft but firm recoil similar to a wadcutter target round.

Anyhow, as I say, I'm not trying to steer you away from a .22 if that is what you want. But I thought that this may intrest you and show you that there's other options.

Mauser lover
July 16, 2011, 07:12 PM
BCRider, Thank you for your suggestions, but after hearing some of the feedback from the Taurus Judge users, I do not think that bird shot in rifled firearms is a very good idea (I do not know how short barrels, 1-2 in., would influence this kind of bird shot, .38 Spl. or .357 Rem. Mag., but I am completely unimpressed by .22 LR bird shot) I was thinking, after hearing of old NEF/H&R revolvers in other posts that a 3 or 4 inch R92 would be perfect for me; especially since I do not want to get into reloading. And one other thing, I really do NOT want to only wound a snake that is coiled at my feet with #9-#12 shot; that being said, I do not want to wound a snake with a .22 slug either. I should probably just get a Desert Eagle and blow the snake up completely. By the way, nice tag line.

Remo223, I looked into the Charter guns and their reviews on other websites, and as far as I could tell that gun would have been perfect for me, if nobody had mentioned H&R/NEF guns. Thank you for the suggestion though, I will keep that brand in mind if I do get a .38 snubby.

July 17, 2011, 03:38 AM
Well, reports from other threads about using shot rounds for snakes seems to suggest that anything of medium or smaller size is dispatched promptly with even a .22 shot round. And keep in mind that you're only talking about 5 to 8 feet distance. So the dispersion produced by the short barrel and the rifling may be extreme but over that distance it'll still be tight enough to do the job nicely. Search out some threads on this aspect so again you're able to figure out which way is best for you. You may not change your mind but at least you'll know that you had more facts to make your decision.

And given that the sights are not set for dealing with such a short distance if you're shooting a .22 bullet you'll want to practice to ensure that you know how much "Kentucky elevation" to use for such close in shots.

Whichever way you go best of luck to you on the finding of a suitable gun for a good price.

Mauser lover
July 17, 2011, 05:09 PM
What if I encounter a big snake?, or maybe I will put a shotshell in the first chamber and mini-mags in the other seven (leaving the ninth chamber empty while I have it in my pocket).

Vern Humphrey
July 17, 2011, 06:17 PM
If you have a modern revolver, there is no need to have an empty chamber.

But there is a need for good sights and a good trigger. You mentioned shooting a snake at your feet. You want to hit the snake, and not your feet.

Kendal Black
July 17, 2011, 06:32 PM
In general I agree about the problems with firing shot out of a rifled bore. However, the single shot .45/.410 pistols have solved this problem with choke attachments. The TC Contender probably costs more money than you want to spend on this, but then there is the Super Comanche, under $200; here is a demonstration:

Just IMHO and YMMV, but I think a .410 shotshell is better snake medicine than anything you can fire out of a .22.

Ammo expense? You are unlikely to need to shoot a snake anyway. That makes the ammo costs equal. ;)

July 17, 2011, 07:31 PM
What if I encounter a big snake?,

How big do the HARMFUL snakes get in your area? Well... other than the plaid suit wearing variety that inhabit used car lots? :D

I don't know the real answers for you as not only are there nothing bigger than garter snakes around here but I'm not permited by law to carry firearms of any manner in the usual nature walks that I take which are all within city or municipality bounds. And as far as I know I'm not allowed to carry firearms in our provincial or federal parks either. So it's pretty much all an acedemic thought game for me. I just thought it worth pointing out that you have some options that are worth exploring. I'll leave it to the other members to provide first hand accounts of snakes taken out, size of said crawly critter and how effective the "solution" was for them.

For grins and giggles I'm going to make up some shot rounds for my .38's and try them out at a typical snake range into paper. I'll post pictures of the shot patterns.

Vern Humphrey
July 17, 2011, 07:34 PM
I've seen rattlers 5 -6 feet long in Arkansas (but none that big for a long time.) I make up snake shot rounds for my .45 Colt revolvers, but hardly ever carry one. In the woods I'm usually carrying my Colt Woodsman with hollowpoint bulk pack .22s and if I run up on a poisonous snake, that's what I use.

Mauser lover
July 18, 2011, 10:54 AM
Vern Humphrey, I hope to see the snake before I am actually standing on it. I should see or hear the snake while my feet are still three feet or more from the snake. Hopefully I will be good enough at "Kentucky elevation" at that time to miss my feet, as big as they are.

Kendal Black, as far as I am concerned, .410 would be far better medicine than .22, however, with the Super Comanche, I would only get one shot, and it does not fit in any pocket that I possess.
"Just IMHO and YMMV" what do those mean anyway, I am not a texter so I am not up to snuff on all of those modern abbreviations. Ammo cost, what if I want to practice? But I guess .410 is not really that expensive.

BCrider, we get good sized rattlers around here, and my family has an orchard so I can carry it on private property. Thanks for the testing.

Vern Humphrey again, do those .22 HPs kill a snake quick enough for them not to strike?

Vern Humphrey
July 18, 2011, 10:59 AM
Vern Humphrey again, do those .22 HPs kill a snake quick enough for them not to strike?

My experience, however, is that you rarely encounter a snake that is about to strike -- and when you do, you usually get bit. Snakes that bite are the ones you don't see -- under a woodpile, in a corner of the barn, and so on.

Most snakes you see are several feet away, and I have killed snakes with everything from a Colt .45 to an 00 buckshot from a .30-06 equipped with a Hammond Game Getter.

Mauser lover
July 18, 2011, 11:07 AM
Vern Humphrey, thanks for the, er, good? news. Hope I don't get bit. Thanks.

Kendal Black
July 18, 2011, 11:27 AM
YMMV = "Your mileage may vary."
IMHO = "In my humble opinion"

Here is a pretty thorough netspeak guide, if you're interested:

While the Comanche pistol is a single shot, and no pocket gun, I place it in the category of being highly adequate for the job in view. A .22 revolver I would rate as merely adequate. The lack of a quick second shot is only important if you miss. :)

Mauser lover
July 18, 2011, 02:56 PM
Kendal Black, I just logged on since I remembered something about firearms laws in my state and found that you had responded already. Yes, it is highly adequate for the job, unfortunately, in CA, my state, to my firearms locker's chagrin, has restricted so called "assault weapons." among these "assault weapons" are short shotguns. The Super Comanche and the Taurus Judge and the S&W .410 pistol are classified as short shotguns, and therefore not legal in CA to my knowledge (unless the law has changed, or has been revoked since I last checked). Thanks for clarifying what those abbreviations mean.

Kendal Black
July 18, 2011, 03:17 PM
^^ Well, for goodness' sake!

Back to the topic of .22 revolvers, then! Others have already mentioned that the H&R or NEF revolvers (both the same) are serviceable and don't cost a lot (in comparison to other stuff in today's gun market--everything seems bizarrely high to me these days). But they are out of production and spare parts might be a problem, for some models.

Vern Humphrey
July 18, 2011, 03:24 PM
Vern Humphrey, thanks for the, er, good? news. Hope I don't get bit. Thanks.
Watch where you put your hands and feet during snake season and you'll be all right.

July 18, 2011, 05:55 PM
I test snake loads by shooting snakes. I like an even patern at 10 feet about the size of a dinner plate. Sights are meaningless. Point the gun at the snakes head and pull the trigger. This works for me. I use the CCI shot loads in 22 and 38 special. It is dirt simple and its cheap. Plus it works.

Mauser lover
July 19, 2011, 05:22 PM
Kendal Black, revolvers don't wear out, do they? If an H&R / NEF revolver wears out on me:mad:, I can just replace the entire gun for less than I could probably get the part for anyway. Just kidding, if that revolver wears out on me, it was probably not worth getting, and definitely not worth getting another one of the same model; or at least that is the way that I see it. If it does sometime down the road a few years wear out on me, I will probably have replaced it with something of higher quality by then anyway.

Vern Humphrey
July 19, 2011, 05:59 PM
Kendal Black, revolvers don't wear out, do they?
They certainly do.

But a quality .22 revolver that isn't abused will last several lifetimes.

Kendal Black
July 20, 2011, 09:57 AM
Kendal Black, revolvers don't wear out, do they? If an H&R / NEF revolver wears out on me:mad:, I can just replace the entire gun for less than I could probably get the part for anyway. Just kidding, if that revolver wears out on me, it was probably not worth getting, and definitely not worth getting another one of the same model; or at least that is the way that I see it. If it does sometime down the road a few years wear out on me, I will probably have replaced it with something of higher quality by then anyway.

While a very reliable machine, a revolver is still a machine, thus subject to the foibles of machinery in general. If it were not so, we would not have spare parts merchants for the things, but of course we do--and they have parts not just for the economy brands, notice, but the top shelf ones, too. Anyhow it's easy to look into parts availability.

I may be over-thinking this! :) But a final point to ponder is you can sell a gun that works for more than a busted one, so it's often worth keeping even your collection's temporary guests in good repair.

Mauser lover
July 20, 2011, 10:32 AM
Are there any other cheap revolvers besides H&Rs? If there are not any H&Rs at the pawn shops, what are some others that I should look for? The Hi Standard double nine has already been mentioned; so what are the others?

Mauser lover
July 20, 2011, 10:50 AM
Vern Humphrey and Kendal Black, I definitely hope not to see enough snakes to wear it out, and I would rather shoot a rifle in practice so I probably would not shoot it that much, hopefully not enough to wear it out. Although if I start shooting .22 LR handguns much I might begin to like them more...

July 20, 2011, 01:07 PM
For me shooting any guns in local matches has made the whole effort of getting my legal permits in order all worth while. I seldom even bother to look at the results. It's more about testing myself. But it IS a helluva lot of fun. Look into what is available in your own area and base whatever hand gun you buy from that. I'll bet you start shooting handgun a lot more if you have one that fits into one of the classes.

Mauser lover
July 20, 2011, 04:35 PM
BCRider, I do not really like shooting against other people, probably because I always lose. My little brother shoots better than me, with MY gun. However I am trying to get into a rimfire shooting match, just waiting to get the schedules all lined up, with my church on that day, that time specifically, and all of the other stuff. I just want something to stuff in a backpack, pocket, tackle box, etc... As I already mentioned, I do not really need something that is really accurate, or outfitted for competition, I just want a list of cheap revolvers at this point, and if I get one, and if I get good enough with a pistol, I might enter some competitions.

Elm Creek Smith
July 21, 2011, 01:42 AM
.38 wadcutters may be a better choice for snakes than a .22 since you're not looking for shotshells. Armscor makes what looks to be a Colt Police Positive/Detective Special clone in .38 (non +P) for around $235.00-$250.00. I've seen them at gun shows but haven't messed with them. You might be surprised.


July 21, 2011, 01:59 AM
Watch gunbroker or go to the gunshows and pick up a High Standard Sentinel revolver. You can generally find a nice used one for $200 or less. Might even find one of the short barreled ones. They are extremely accurate, decent triggers, and the best feeling grip ever put on a handgun. They had some features that should be copied by current manufactures like positive lockup of the cylinder both front and rear.

July 21, 2011, 09:14 AM
I just saw that you live in California. What ever you decide on, make sure it is on your "State approved safe gun list" before you buy (assuming you are making an internet purchase to transfer to Calif).

In fact, you might want to START with that list before you even go looking, might narrow your search down a bit!

Mauser lover
July 21, 2011, 02:15 PM
Elm Creek Smith, I would rather get a .357 Rem. Mag. and shoot .38s through it than get a .38 Spl. non +P just because I can use the .357 for other stuff that I couldn't use the .38 for. Thanks for that company name though, never would have thought to look for pistols from them, and I will keep their name for future reference, maybe if / when I get a 1911.

denster, Thanks for that name, I just looked that sentinel up on the internet, and wow, I will definitely be looking for one of those, but how do you get the cylinder out of the gun for reloading/ejection? I just hope that I find one before I get an H&R.

mgkdrgn, I definitely will check for guns that are legal in CA; but I simply refuse to buy a cheap revolver off of the internet, I am too afraid of buying a non working gun, or one that is off on its timing, etc,etc,... Plus I don't want to have to pay a "dealer transfer fee" of $65.00 or more on a gun that is only worth $150.00. I hope to check out some pawn shops soon, and if I do not find one there, I will have to go to a gun show. I have already been to several gun shops looking for a used .22 revolver, but all that they had were a couple of overpriced (my opinion) Ruger single actions at one shop and an old Colt single action at another shop (not really overpriced, but still too expensive for what I want to use it for).

July 21, 2011, 03:58 PM
To release the cylinder you pull forward on the ejector rod. The sentinel was designed to be an inexpensive revolver not because of lack of quality of parts or machining but by simplicity. I bought my first one in 1971 and had it for years until I let a friend talk me out of it. I've recently bought two more of them and these are staying put. Expect no less than 1&1/2 in groups at 25yds with good ammo and you will get about 2" with the junk promo ammo. Keep it clean and oiled and it will last darn near forever.

Mauser lover
July 21, 2011, 08:18 PM
Thank you denster, definitely hope that I find one before I get one of the H&Rs. By the way, what barrel length are those group sizes for?

Anybody else know of any other cheap revolvers? Or did I exhaust all of the cheap ones.

July 22, 2011, 12:15 AM
Any of the barrel lengths will do it even the short barrel although I confess with it I need a rest to get that kind of accuracy. That's my failing though not the gun.

Mauser lover
July 22, 2011, 10:24 AM
denster, WOW, never thought you could get that kind of accuracy with a short barrel (with or without a rest). I always use a rest when going for small groups anyway.

July 22, 2011, 12:42 PM
Denster, if you can shoot 1.5"groups at 25 yards freehand then you sure don't have much in the way of "failings"! ! ! I only know a few folks that have a keen enough eye and steady enough hand to get that good. And when they get serious about their accuracy it's humbling to watch. With my old guy eyes and arms I'm happy to hit a 5 inch circle at that distance. And that assumes that the target has a good enough contrast and shape to let my fuzzy eyes see it half decently :D

In any event it certainly confirms what I know about my own H&R. Mauser Lover, it may seem like a lot of trouble to pull the pin and flop the cylinder out for reloading but you'd be amazed at how quickly you get good at this. So yeah, if you can find one of the H&R's with the "remove to load" cylinder I sure would not turn your back on it.

And if you're a handy sort you could use the cylinder to mark out and then drill a block and set it up with brass ejector pins so you can punch out all 9 empties at once for the range. It's not something I'd carry in a back pack but it would make the reloading at the range a lot quicker. And with a bit of practice you'll find you get pretty good at picking up and chambering two or three rounds at a time when the cylinder is out in the open like that.

Mauser lover
July 22, 2011, 03:44 PM
BCRider, I do not mind "flopping" out a cylinder, especially for the price of H&Rs these days compared to S&W or Colt or Ruger or etc, etc..I'm not really much of a "speed shooter", I would rather make every shot into the bullseye than a bunch of boxes spent reloading quickly. I was actually looking at a NEF model r92, nine shot, swing out cylinder, but only if I didn't find a Sentinel, once I learned the name, and I wouldn't reject an old H&R or NEF double action just because it has a remove and flop out cylinder to reload; if I can't kill a snake with nine shots, then I probably am not meant to kill it. One other thing, in the first "Indiana Jones" movie (Raiders of the Lost Ark) Jones uses an auto in his first firefight. In his girlfriends bar, he can be seen shooting a 1911 at a "bad guy". Although Jones uses a revolver several other times, I think that it should not be forgotten that he uses an auto as well.

Here is a link to a description of the r92:

July 22, 2011, 04:21 PM
I picked one of these up earlier this month for $208 and IMHO it is one of the best gun buys that I've ever made. It certainly isn't a pocket gun but you could put it in a cheap holster or a large winter coat pocket. Nice looking, accurate shooting and reliable for me. .22lr/.22WMC convertible.

Mauser lover
July 23, 2011, 11:49 PM
RevDerb, Thanks for the thought, but that revolver is single action, and I was looking for a cheap double action, although I do like the idea of interchangeable cylinders; and I live in central California, the last time I put on a winter coat with pockets large enough for that gun, I was on vacation to a much colder place. Nice tag line, I was thinking of putting that same verse on mine, I just couldn't figure out how to put on a tag line on my account.

July 24, 2011, 06:43 AM
If I had been paying attention, I'd have noticed your CA location. Sorry.

Regarding the tag line, if you'll go into user options section on the site, you'll find a "signature" field where you can enter whatever you want to be your personal sig.

Happy searching.

July 24, 2011, 06:44 AM
The H&R 929 (blued) or 930 (nickel-plated) has a swing-out cylinder and holds 9 rounds. Look on Gunbroker et al; they're common.

Mauser lover
July 24, 2011, 12:34 PM
RevDerb, thanks for the instructions on the signature line, and don't worry about the winter reference in your post, there are cold places in CA, in fact, the place that I was on vacation with my winter coat was in California. Lets hope I did the signature right and it works...

woad_yurt, that revolver looks about the same as the NEF R92, so I will be looking for one of those H&R 929/930 as well.

Mauser lover
July 29, 2011, 12:08 AM
Thanks everybody, it seems that I have exhausted all of the possibilities that any of you know of, I will definitely be looking be looking for one of these guns that all of you have suggested. Maybe I will put up some pictures of the one that I get, if I get it, and if I can figure out how to put pictures on the web. Thanks again.

Mauser lover
January 9, 2012, 06:44 PM
Hi ya'll,
I finally got a .22 revolver. It is an H&R model 999 Sportsman, double action, nine shots, .22 LR. It is about 1934, or 1935 manufacture, and is in pretty decent condition. I don't know if anybody will read this, but thanks all of you for suggesting guns. If I didn't get your suggestion, well that is because I live in CA and the S&W is the only double action .22 that is legal here. I was able to get this H&R under private transfer, so it did not have to be on the "California Approved" list. Sorry, I don't know how to upload any pictures. Anyway, thanks all of you for your help.

January 10, 2012, 01:11 AM
You did good!

They are nice little guns. Here is a picture of mine.

Mauser lover
January 10, 2012, 12:12 PM
Is yours nickel or blued or what? It is kind of hard to tell from the picture. Mine has completely smooth grips, and it seems that the grips are bigger on mine. It does not have a vented rib on top of the barrel.

When you break yours open, does the barrel swing all the way down, to where the extractors pops back into place? Or do you have to push the barrel down slightly?

January 10, 2012, 12:18 PM
I inherited a 1937 mfg Sportsman with 6-inch barrel. The grips are the ugliest thing this side of the dirt, but, it shoots sooooooo very well! I think you will really enjoy yours!

Mauser lover
January 10, 2012, 12:58 PM
OldCavSoldier, Thanks, I plan to. I will ask you the same question; when you break yours open, does the barrel swing all the way down, to where the extractors pop back into place? Or do you have to push the barrel down slightly?

March 4, 2012, 03:43 PM
Under Federal law, they are considered pistols, due to their bore size and rifled barrels.
I have no idea whether Cali considers them to be SBS.

Mauser lover
March 21, 2012, 03:44 PM
I think that it is because it CAN fire a shotshell, which apparently trumps a rifled bore. Don't try to apply logic to it, it will not work, as the lawmakers don't use any when they make up these restrictive laws.

March 22, 2012, 01:50 PM
Buy quality and GOOD LUCK with finding cheap anywhere.

March 22, 2012, 06:40 PM
Definitely not "cheap" any more.
But, H&R's are still very well built revolvers, and the values, especially the sportsman series, are really rising!
Great revolvers.

A few sportsman

Some 22/22 mag convertibles

A pic of some various other models

March 22, 2012, 07:35 PM
jamesjo, I aquired one of these from a local pawn shop for free. Never worked right so gave it away on Greybeards Outdoors for free just shipping costs.

March 22, 2012, 10:13 PM
What do you expect for free?
there are countless 3's of H&R's out there that have been shot for years with no care or upkeep, and they just keep going bang.
By the same token, they were a budget priced revolver, and I'm sure there were some duds produced.
All I know is that in all my 40 or so H&R's, there is not one I am unhappy with!

Mauser lover
March 23, 2012, 12:34 AM
I am definitely happy with the one that I got.....
Still haven't found anything for free yet...

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