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Old 01-18-2020, 07:35 PM
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Was looking for a NEF 22lr rifle of gunbroker and am now very very interested in a "top break open " revolver. Preferably a H&R if they are worth a hoot. For those that have such a beast, what model would you recommend.
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:50 AM
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Top Breaks

In H&Rs you can't go wrong with the 999 Sportsman. They are very well made and very reliable . The only negative thing is they can be expensive . G B has good examples of "shooters" and "collectors ".
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:00 AM
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Smith Wesson made some that are older and smaller. Not as comfortable to hold but better proportioned to the cartridge. They did not used to cost much, but; have gotten some collector interest (or the dollar does not go as far)

S&W did some little 32 top breaks as did H&R. Where things get interesting is H&R did some 32 H&R mags. Hence the name. I dont recall any top breaks, but; you could look into that. And H&R also made a fair number of 22 mags, but again, probably not top breaks.

I think, show_me did show you the best of the H&R top breaks. Those have adjustable sights. Expensive is relative ... say $400-500 for a good one. And you should avoid a beat up gun.

Numrich has parts, should the need arise. The flat main spring can become weak over time. I have seen that 2 for 2 from this period H&R.
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I had a very nice 999 until I let my oldest grand son shoot it. He now has it and I have not seen a good deal on another one. Prices are up there and climbing.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:12 AM
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there is a 4" H&R 999 on Florida's armslist , $ 400.00
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:52 AM
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The OP is from ND. I think best to use armslist for local deals. The 999 is fairly common. Around here anyway, close to the source. That is about what I was guessing for the price. Good info there.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll look around a little for a 999
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I have more than a few of these H&R top break .22RF revolvers, so here are a few of my items to check FWTW.

1. Check the tightness of the lock on the frame top. Break top revolvers are fun to snap shut and when this practice/play becomes excessive there will be wear and looseness in the latch (lock up).

2. Some of the newer H&R 999 Sportsman revolvers made in the 1970's and 1980's, with the two piece grips, have a plastic component to the main spring. This plastic main spring component does not necessarily age well and may be found broken or brittle, or will soon become broken at a later date. The earlier variation of this piece was made of metal and holds up well. Fortunately, Numrich has, or had replacements for this particular item.

3. IMHO, the older H&R Sportsman revolvers were better built and they were well liked. Unfortunately, most were also well used over their years of service and it can be somewhat hard to find one that's in fine, original condition, so check for all the normal revolver wear areas closely. Another thing to consider is that H&R, and Iver Johnson did not use the same high quality of materials (steels, blueing), fitting, and quality control that Colt and S&W did, but then they were much less expensive too.

Also, you might consider looking at Iver Johnson break top .22RF revolvers too. The higher end I-J TARGET, top break revolvers (844, 855etc.) were right up there with H&R 999 Sportsman revolvers and have not gained the attention of most collectors yet, but they do offer a nice alternative for this kind of revolver IMHO and they usually sell for quite a bit less.

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nodak,

There is also the "Single-action Model 199 SPORTSMAN", as is easily identifiable by its FAT trigger:





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Been after one of the 999's for a bit now, most good ones are north of $500 these days.....
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Here's my 1934 Sportsman, still going strong after all these years. And they are very reasonably priced.

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The one Ruger hasn't made yet. I pester their CEO on a regular basis. I'm picturing a top break similar to Bearcat in size, and stainless.
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The one Ruger hasn't made yet. I pester their CEO on a regular basis. I'm picturing a top break similar to Bearcat in size, and stainless.
If you get them to listen to you, sign me up for two of them!

To follow that train of thought, we need to get Smith and Wesson to bring back the S&W number 1.
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Actually, I'd rather see Ruger make a top break in a size similar to the Single six, especially if it came with a stainless steel frame and grip strap.

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For the Ruger break top, DA would maybe be the best, but that action would require it being larger than a Bearcat. Just hopefully still smaller than a Single-Six. I always thought the SS was a little too big for a .22.
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