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Top break revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by LHRGunslinger, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    I absolutely love them. I have no real reason for it. I just do. I was wondering what would be a good top-break to get to shoot to death?
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    Here's a few to check out...

    Uberti Model 3 in .45LC, .38Special, .44Russian or .44/40
    H&R Model 999 Sportsman in .22LR
    Webley Mk VI in .455Webley
    Webley Mk IV in .38S&W

    The Uberti is the only one that's still in production.
  3. Auto426

    Auto426 Well-Known Member

    I feel that same way. For some reason, I just like top breaks. Unfortunately, they aren't the strongest revolver design out there, and they are very expensive. I'd love to have one of the Webley's, but collectors are scooping them up and driving prices through the roof.

    The easiest thing to do if you reload is pick up one of the old S&W top breaks in either .32 or .38 S&W. They are dirt cheap and should be easy enough to find. If you are looking for something new then you are pretty much limited to the Uberti clones of the S&W No. 3's.
  4. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    @ Quiet I'd only be intrested in the Uberti & H&R Model 999 right now because I'm not ready to get into handloading right now. About how much does the Model 999 run usually?

    @ Auto426: Izhmech designed the MP412 REX in .357 magnum. Unfortunately the Clinton/Yeltsin trade agreement has made it impossible to import it.
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    You should be able to score a H&R 999 for $300 or a bit less. I really enjoyed the top break design on mine. It was my first revolver. I eventually turned to Colts for a higher quality revolver. The timing may have been off on mine and the cylinder gap was a bit wide. I would check whatever you find out as carefully as you can.
  6. harqueb.us

    harqueb.us Well-Known Member

  7. Auto426

    Auto426 Well-Known Member

    I've looked into that one quite a bit in the past. I don't believe it ever got past the prototype stage. IIRC, it was specifically designed for export to the U.S., and once the Clinton agreement passed they canceled development on it. It's a shame though, as it seemed like such an interesting concept. I would have loved to see it get some real testing to see how well a modern design top break would hold up.
  8. mr_goodbomb

    mr_goodbomb member

    Did you post on Reddit, too?
  9. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    This is my trail gun: Sportsman 999 22LR 9-shot. Absolutely no tool marks like some of the newer revolvers. The bluing and quality for a low priced revolver (during its time) had no equal. The low end revolvers now are peppered with tool marks and sloppiness, but that is just a sign of the times......:(......sad but true.



    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011
  10. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    I recently purchased a new Taurus (for the price) and I don't have enough fingers and toes to add up all the tool marks.
  11. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Iver Johnson 3rd model for smokeless... not real strong but could pop away with light 32's all day long.
  12. jamesjo

    jamesjo Well-Known Member

    Here's a few of my favorite top breaks.
    Two 4", and two 6" H&R Sportsman, all 1980 manufacture.

  13. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    jamesjo-- Nice looking collection!!
  14. Zebraranger

    Zebraranger Well-Known Member

    Nice looking top breaks Jamesjo. Those look like Jay Scott grips you have on them. This is the only top break that I own, its a 125 year old Smith & Wesson 3rd Model Double Action that my Dad gave me.
  15. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Not to sidetrack the subject, but if you didn't like all the tool marks, why'd you buy it? :rolleyes:
  16. jamesjo

    jamesjo Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I like your Smith too!!
    Good eye, they are Jay Scott grips.
    Started out with white, then found a set of the black, and fell in love!
    Bought another set of white, then waited 2 years before I found the 2nd set of black pearls.
    Was worth the wait!
    I still like the original grips, but this 2 pair set is just cool!
    I found another set of white grips, and replaced the yellowish set.
    Really a nice match now!

  17. jamesjo

    jamesjo Well-Known Member

    Thanks, that's a very nice 4" you have also!
    I have several other Sportsman pieces also, I may post a few of those later.:cool:
  18. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    Yea like mine!


  19. Morrell

    Morrell Well-Known Member

    Anyone here get one of the NAA mini top break revolvers?
  20. btz

    btz Active Member

    aren't the NAA top breaks like 200 bucks more than the non top break version for no apparent reason?

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