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Question about H & R shotguns

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Steve H, Sep 17, 2008.

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  1. Steve H

    Steve H Member

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    A friend has an old H & R " Topper Model 48 in 28 gauge. s/n is 16211 Can anyone tell me the age of value of the gun? He claims it is in "excellent condition" and he thinks his grandfather bought the gun in the early 1900's. I can't find any s/n info on the H & R website.
     
  2. DaleCooper51

    DaleCooper51 Member

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    I found this year chart on graybeards forum. It only goes back to 1940 and all of them begin with a letter.

    Year starting S.N. Prefix
    1940 A
    1941 B
    1942 C
    1943 D
    1944 E
    1945 F
    1946 G
    1947 H
    1948 I
    1949 J
    1950 K
    1951 L
    1952 M
    1953 N
    1954 P
    1955 R
    1956 S
    1957 T
    1958 U
    1958 V
    1960 W
    1961 X
    1962 Y
    1963 Z
    1964 AA
    1965 AB
    1966 AC
    1967 AD
    1968 AE
    1969 AF
    1970 AG
    1971 AH(snap on foecap)
    1972 AJ
    1973 AL
    1974 AM
    1975 AN
    1976 AP
    1977 AR
    1978 AS
    1979 AT
    1980 AU
    1981 AV
    1982 AW
    1983 AX
    1984 AY
    1985 AZ

    Second letter of prefix
    A= 1986
    B= 1987
    C= 1988
    D= 1989
    E= 1990
    F= 1991
    G= 1992
    H= 1993
    I= 1994
    J= 1995
    k= 1996
    L=1997
    M=1998
    N=1999
    P=2000
    R=2001
    S=2002
    T=2003
    U=2004
    V=2005
    W=2006
    X=2007
    Y=2008
    Z=2009

    The first letter N = NEF, H = H&R, the second letter denotes year of manufacture.
    You're looking for a N or later if you want to be able to order barrels marked with * an asterisk on the accessory barrel page.
     
  3. Sylvan-Forge

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    According to 28th ed. Blue Book:

    Harrington & Richardson, Inc.
    Topper - 12, 16, 20 ga., or .410 bore, single shot, top or side lever break open action, with ejector. 10 different variations of this shotgun, all are very similiar and values run too close to differentiate.
    Mfg. 1946-discontinued.

    This model was also designated the Model 48, Model 158 (not in 28 ga.), Model 162 Buck gun with open sights, and Model 198 (28 ga. or .410 bore only).

    100% $145
    98% $125
    95% $100
    90% $85
    80% $70
    70% $55
    60% $45

    Hope this helps.

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  4. Davandron

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    "Old" Shotguns

    I thought my Topper 162 was from my grandfather after the war... heck it sure looks like an old design! I called H&R and they said "Made in 1981." :) Talked with friends and family who confirmed it was a cheap deer gun for the areas / times when rifles aren't allowed.

    That said, she is very pretty, fun to hold, hard kicking beauty. An excellent example of a gun that is meant to be shot.
     
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