Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Name73393, Jan 26, 2020.
Would like to know more about this gun it was passed down and don't really know much about it
I attached different images not sure why the original pictures are not showing up
Also the best way to clean it up? There is some surface rust on the sides and gunk in alot of spots
The year can be determined by the letters in front of the serial number.
1940 was A then continued to Z, 1964 was AA. They ended in 1982 with AY.
Value roughly a hundred bucks, cheap but decent little guns.
Rub it down gently with some 0000 steel wool and a liquid like WD40. Spray the gunk with auto brake cleaner.
I just sold a 3" 732 H&R on GB a few months ago and got $135 for it. Mine was in 32 Long also. It was a fine shooting gun but I have about reached the point of saturation on gun ownership. I have a few more I think I am going to sell.
it has to be an old, pure copper penny
These were not S&W, Ruger, or Colt, they were budget handguns back when the revolver was still the preferred handgun of choice due to reliability. H&R didn't build these to last, they can go out of time quickly from overuse. That said, I've always preferred the non swing out cylinder models for the pull pin ones because the pull pins ones seem more durable.
If you're looking to shoot it .32 S&W Long is easy to find online and is about $1-$2 more than .38.
H&R date codes.
The H&R 732 (blued) and 733 (early on, chrome, later nickel plated) were made from around 1957 up until 1986, IIRC. As was already mentioned they aren't in the same class as a Ruger, Colt, or Smith & Wesson but they are generally inexpensive, serviceable revolvers.
There was one weakness of the early production guns, up through the early 1970s at least. On those guns the doohickey on the end of the hammer strut, that presses against the hammer to push it forward, is made out of a poor quality plastic that deteriorates over time and will break. Luckily, Numrich Arms carries replacements with a steel doohickey on the end.
The plastic one looks like this (pic I found online):
Early last month I picked up a Model 733 with a 2.5" barrel for $125 + tax. Mine had the part as above and yup, it broke, when I disassembled the gun the first time. I bought the steel replacement from Numrich. It dropped right in and the gun shoots fine now.
They make a nice, inexpensive shooter with very mild recoil.
Accurate enough to hit a 10" steel plate at 30 yards almost all the time.
No, not all of them are from the H&R, it was self declared .32 Day at the range.
I labeled this pic as 8", maybe it is, dang memory.
A penny video was done by mixup98.
H&R thought of it mainly as a 22 caliber gun, for either 22 Long Rifle or 22 Rimfire Magnum. The only other caliber they ever offered it in was 32 S&W Long. This was more powerful (although only moderately so), and allowed H&R to pitch the gun as useful for self-defense. Although this was now a smaller part of the market, it was still useful to do so. Your gun is one of those.
(BTW, by the 1980's, the situation had reversed. "Plinking" was declining, because it was harder to find a place to do it, if nothing else, and demand for self-defense guns was rising. H&R's 32 Long guns were too low-powered to benefit much from this. So H&R funded the development of a new cartridge called 32 H&R Magnum. It was about as powerful as standard 38 Special loads, although not the high velocity "+P" loads, IIRC. They also introduced a strengthened 5-shot version of your gun to fire it, one type of which is shown in Walkalong's post. This did not prove popular enough to save H&R, and they went bankrupt in the 1990's.)
The finish on your gun is called "electroless nickel", which means it is chemically applied, rather than being bright, shiny, electroplated nickel. It is a very good finish, physically tough and with good rust resistance. Also, yours has a 4 inch barrel, a large grip, and a rear sight that can be adjusted left or right. H&R also made a small-grip, 2-inch barrel, fixed sight version and those sold in larger numbers. Maybe this was because the smaller guns were cheaper, or because they were easier to conceal if people wanted to carry them. I like your type better because it is much easier to shoot well.
32 S&W Long has not been a really popular cartridge for many years, but it has a dedicated following because it is very pleasant to shoot, very inexpensive to reload, and has an excellent reputation for accuracy. Also, there is more interest in collecting H&R revolvers than there used to be because so many other guns have become very expensive to collect. What these two factors mean is that at a local gun store or gun show, it is difficult to sell this kind of H&R for very much money (or even at all), but if you can tap into the national market via one of the Internet gun auction websites, the extra money can be worth the extra effort (or service charge). Guns like this, if they are in decent shape and not badly overpriced rarely go unsold. I used to look for them. (I have since gotten a very early version of your gun, but in blued steel, and have stopped looking. Before I found it, yours was the model I was looking for.)
PS - Your gun is ordinary steel, not stainless. Although the electroless nickel finish looks like stainless steel, H&R never made stainless steel revolvers.
I have read about the doohickey breaking in an article in the Backwoodsman magazine. I am so glad you used the proper gunsmith term for this part and didn't call it something goofy like "thingamajig". Thats what separates the pro's from the rank beginners.
Jean Harris used one of these guns chambered in 32 long to kill the Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower. IIRC she shot him once in the hand and once in the chest. Don't underestimate this round. Its no powerhouse but can still be deadly and provide a decent level of defense.
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