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How old is this .22 rev ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 788Ham, Nov 23, 2010.

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  1. 788Ham

    788Ham Member

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    I've got an old H&R .22 revolver that's been around a long time. My Pop had it forever, its a H&R 922, 5" otc. barrel, ser.# 121562. Still shoots okay, had a new hammer spring put in years ago. Thanks for your help. It also has a Brauer Bro's, St. Louis leather holster with it.
     
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    H&R made the Second Issue 922 from 1950 to 1982.
    As far as I know, there are no factory records available to date it any closer then that.

    I believe Brauer Bro's, St. Louis went out of business in the late 60's - early 70's.

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    Thanks rc, appreciate your help!
     
  4. 32 Magnum

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    788HAM,
    With that serial number (121562) and an octagonal barrel - your 922 is a 1st Model 1st Variation and was made 1926 - 1927. It originally had two piece "Saw Handle" checkered walnut grips (hump at top). The barrel, measured from the front of the cylinder to the muzzle, should be 6". This model proved to be very popular and went through 8 distinct variations up to late 1952, when the 2nd Model was introduced and catalogued in 1953. I have, in my collection, examples of each of the 1st Model variations as well as the 4 variations of the 2nd Model and it is interesting to see the evolutionary changes made during the roughly 60 years of production. Your gun should match up with the one below.
    IMG_1231_2.jpg IMG_1229_2.jpg
    Below is a picture of a 2nd Model 1st Variation (1953) - for comparison.
    IMG_1294_2.jpg
     
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