Harrington & Richardson Revolvers- Although Harrington & Richardson is no longer manufacturing revolvers but focused on rifle and shotgun production, H&R revolver models are still available. This article provides an overview of Harrington & Richardson revolvers and a brief company history.
Introduction to the Harrington & Richardson Company History
Nathan Harrington got his start in firearms in partnership with Frank Wesson, with whom he held a patent in common. It was Wesson who first started a business with Harrington’s nephew, Gilbert Henderson Harrington, in 1871. It was called Wesson & Harrington initially, until Harrington bought Wesson out in 1874. In 1875, a former employee of Wesson, William Augustus Richardson and Harrington formed a new company, Harrington & Richardson Company. They incorporated in 1888 as The Harrington & Richardson Arms Company.
After Harrington and Richardson died in 1897, the company passed to their heirs. They moved to a new factory in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1894. They were acquired in 1960s by the Rowe family, going out of business in 1986. H&R 1871, a new company;, was founded in 1991, and used original Harrington & Richardson designs to produce revolvers, shotguns, and single shot rifles. The company was acquired by Marling Firearms Company in November, 2000, and Marlin—and H&R 1871 along with it, was acquired by Remington Arms Company in December, 2007 and moved to Ilion, New York. At that time, Remington had already been acquired by the Freedom Group, which also had acquired, DPMS Panther Arms, Dakota Arms, AAC, and Bushmaster. No Harrison & Richardson revolvers are in production at this time.
Harrington & Richardson Revolvers
Harrison and Richardson manufactured both top-break and solid-frame revolvers branded as H&R or as New England Firearms (NEF), some identified only with a model number, and some with a name, like the H&R model Hunter, the H&R Bulldog, H&R Sportsman, as well as a “Young America” series and a “Vest Pocket” series.
The top-break revolvers were chambered for .32, .38, and .22 LR cartridges. The solid-frame revolvers were mostly chambered for .22 LR nine-shot revolvers, but some held other numbers of rounds (often 6) and were chambered for .32, .38, .38 rimfire, .22 rimfire, .32 rimfire, .44, .22 WRM, .32 H&R Mag., and .32 long. The top-break models featured some self-ejecting models. The sold-frame models include Single Action/Double Action, Double Action Only, and Single Action, and some featured a swing cylinder.
Four of the models that are frequently mentioned among those buying and selling in 2011 are the Model 732, Model 922, Model 929, and Model 999.
• H&R Model 732 is a six-shot revolver with a swing cylinder and chambered for .32 long.
• H&R Model 922 is a double-action only, blued finish, nine-shot revolver, chambered for .22 LR.
• H&R Model 929 Sidekick is a single-action/double-action nine-shot revolver with a blued finish, chambered for .22 LR.
• H&R Model 999 Sportsman is a double-action, nine-shot revolver, chambered for .22 LR, and with automatic shell ejection produced from 1991 to 1999.