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I HAVE THIS OLD GUN ...

H&R Model 999 Sportsman
GUN: H&R MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN
CHAMBERING: .22 LONG RIFLE
SERIAL NO: D51XX
MANUFACTURED: 1943
CONDITION: NRA GOOD (MODERN GUN STANDARDS)
VALUE: $350-$375

I

n 1871, Gilbert Henderson
Harrington and his uncle, Frank
Wesson, formed a firearm manufacturing company that resulted in
Harrington taking on a new partner, William Augustus Richardson.
The resulting firm of Harrington
& Richardson Arms Co. went on to
produce a number of utilitarian and

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relatively inexpensive firearms for
more than a century.
One of its most popular was the
well-made H&R Model 999 Sportsman,
a nine-shot, top-break, double-action
revolver that made the term "sixshooter" passé. Introduced in 1932 as
the country struggled through the
Great Depression, the Model 999 was
chambered for the economical .22 Long
Rifle (and able to digest .22 Short and
.22 Long cartridges as well), and the
.22 WRF (Winchester Rim Fire). With an
introductory price of $32, the Model
999 appealed to recreational shooters
as well as ranchers, farmers and other
outdoorsmen who wanted an affordable handgun with a tad more capacity
than the standard sixgun.
Key among the Sportsman's features
was its top-break action; lifting the
adjustable rear sight unlocked the
barrel assembly, which pivoted on the
frame as an ejector snapped up and
ejected the shells-whether or not
they had all been fired. Barrel lengths
were 2", 3", 4" or 6". The Sportsman
featured a one-piece, hand-checkered
walnut stock on guns made before and
during World War II, which came in a
cardboard box with a wooden cleaning rod. Post-war versions are quickly
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identified by their two-piece walnut
stocks. Standard finish on the all-steel
gun was blue, but a nickel-plated
"Custom" version was offered, as was a
special "1 of 999" edition that sported
factory engraving.
The Model 999 ceased production
when the original H&R went out of
business in 1986 (although H&R 1871,
LLC, revived a transfer-bar version
briefly from 1991 to 1999). Three
different original H&R models were
produced over the years, all of which
sported heavy ribbed barrels (vented
on later versions) on what was a rather
clunky-looking handgun. The doubleaction trigger pull is heavy enough
to encourage single-action shooting.
And as far as accuracy, taking shots
at rabbit-size targets from anything
more than 25 yds. is somewhat of a
dicey proposition. On today's market,
pre-war guns are gaining in popularity, although as the Blue Book of Gun
Values points out, this is due more to
affordability than collectability.
This 90 percent gun, courtesy of
American Gun Works in Glendale, Calif.,
(americangunworks.net), is worth $350
to $375. Even in pristine condition, the
value would top out at around $525.
-RICK HACKER, FIELD EDITOR
Photos by author


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