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H&R Model 732?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Joe Link, Apr 9, 2007.

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  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    As I said in a post in the Autoloader section, my dad found two of his guns he hid from us kids back when we were young (15+ years ago, I guess he hid them very well and forgot where they were). One of them is this old H&R Model 732 revolver chambered in .32 S&W. I'd like to know more about the gun, if it's decent, approximate value, etc. What can you guys tell me?


  2. Jim March

    Jim March Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    The Harrington & Richardsons of the era yours was made were respectable little critters that didn't get near enough love :).

    Note the pinned barrel like an early S&W, and the Rugeresque lack of side plates. Primary lockup is at the crane in a semi-Dan-Wessonish manner, but different :). This gun and the Charter Undercover were great designs backed by small companies that didn't survive rough times. Quality control on H&Rs was more even than Charter's, which went up and down like a yoyo. (Mine is excellent, others were ghastly.)

    I've seen them in 38Spl and 22, but not in 32S&W - that's an oddball. It can probably take 32S&WLong. Unfortunately, defensive ammo for that isn't going to be available, you'd have to handload 60gr JHPs meant for 32ACP in 32S&WLong cases.


    You know...

    If we knew the Rockwell numbers for the 38 variant and then tested your cylinder, we might find that the heat-treat is the same. Your gun pre-dates the 32Magnum being popular, I think. I wonder if it's safe to ream that cylinder a tad deeper?


    After all, the 32Mag is technically the 32H&RMag, the only caliber that company designed I think?
  3. JohnBT

    JohnBT Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    I used to have one of those in .32 Long, so let me think on this for a bit and maybe it'll jog my memory. My aunt bought it at Best Products when she was still an R.N. at Hopkins in downtown Baltimore. I only had it for a few years after she retired and gave it to me. This always happens in my family - they buy without asking and then years later when they give it to you it's still not a S&W or a Colt in a caliber you like. ;)

    IIRC, they were made from '58 to '86 and came in .32 S&W and .32 Long. Barrel lengths were 2.5" and 4". I had a 2.5.

    I sold it 10 or 15 years ago for $50 and still feel guilty about it. :) It was reliable, but I couldn't hit the proverbial side of a barn with it.

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