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Info on H&R 686?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mouse, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Mouse

    Mouse Member

    My local gun shop has an H&R 686 .22 LR / .22 mag. revolver for $200. I can't seem to find any information on this particular model, but I'm hoping someone here will have experience with it. It has a double action trigger, but it's built on a single action style frame. I didn't know such a thing existed. :uhoh:

    Considering that I'm on a pretty tight budget, am I better off buying a Ruger Single Six for more money, or would this H&R be a solid purchase?
  2. Lonestar

    Lonestar Well-Known Member

    H&R were decently made Saturday Night Special from the turn of the 20th century to about the 1980's. While I don't know that model and its condition I have seen too many H&R revolvers go for more than $150. I would get the Ruger, it is real hard to fix a H&R revolver.
  3. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Harrington & Richardson revolvers are certainly much better than Saturday Night Specials.
  4. Lonestar

    Lonestar Well-Known Member

    Ohh don't get me wrong there probably the best made Saturday Night Special, but they are still a very cheap pistol. I owned a few over the years, but I never spent more than $120 on one. $200 for an H&R revolver is a ripoff.
  5. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Another vote for a used Single Six: I've seen them at pawnshops under $200.

    !!! Make sure that it comes with the .22LR cylinder, not just the .22Mag cylinder, if you buy a used one!!!

    Used ones at decent prices come up pretty frequently on www.Gunbroker.com

    You're familiar with the process of ordering online and having a firearm mailed to your local FFL dealer?

  6. BluesBear

    BluesBear member


    It's obvious you've never fired a nice H&R 999. :D
  7. pharmer

    pharmer Well-Known Member

    I have a 929 I gave $60 for new about 20 years ago. Except for the trigger its a pretty decent gun, certainly not a SNS. Joe
  8. Mouse

    Mouse Member

    Okay, thanks for your help.

    Does H&R / HR1871 / whatever they call themselves now service these guns or supply parts? Their Customer Support FAQ page says:
    I really don't want to be stuck with a broken gun further down the road, so unless I find that there's still a good source of parts for this particular model, I'll probably go with the Ruger instead.
  9. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    WHen Marlin purchased the rights to the H&R/NEF names they only bought the machinery.
    The vast stock of NOS parts was purchased by Numrich.
    There is no shortage of H&R parts. But to be safe call them and ask. They are one of the most helpful companies on the telephone I have ever encountered.
  10. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine has an H&R 686 he bought for ~$150 about 20 years ago. It looks pretty solid to me, though I have never fired it. If I could find one for $200 out-the-door, I'd buy it. But then, I'm partial to H&R's and Iver Johnsons.
  11. Lonestar

    Lonestar Well-Known Member

    Blue Bear..Again I owned a 999 a 929, and a 733 .32 SW. Great fun guns but I never paid over $120 for any of them. The newer ones are over 20 years old now (H&R stopped producing pistol in 85). The going rate for a H&R revolver is under $200, the going rate for a used S&W or Colt is between $200 and $300. If someone paid $900 for a NIB Glock, I would say he got ripped off . I'm not knocking the gun, I'm knocking the price.
  12. hpg

    hpg Well-Known Member

    I had one years ago and loved it, someone broke into my house and stole it along with some jewelry. Gun has never resurfaced to this day. hpg

    KINGMAX Well-Known Member

    Go w/ a RUGER

    If you are looking for a GREAT SA Revolver, GO w/ the RUGER. :cool: For the $$.$$, they are hard to beat. :scrutiny: A GREAT Company, if anything goes to the bad, you have some of the best costomer service anywhere.

    I speak from years of satifaction: I currently have in my little collection the following RUGER's 10/22, Super REDHAWK in .44, New BlackHawk in .357 Blue Steel, New BlackHawk Stainless 7.5 in .45LC, Bisley Stainless w/ 5.5 in .45LC, P90 Stainless in .45 acp.:)

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