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Old 02-23-2020, 07:12 PM
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H&R 999 Sportsman - Manufacture vs Inspection Date



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Hi guys, my first post here at RFC. I recently acquired from my father a nice 999 which my grandpa bought 'way back'. The revolver came with what was left of the original box and a few used targets, but of most interest was an Inspection Slip. Using some other information about the 999 in a thread here on the forum, I figure the revolver was manufactured sometime in the later 1930's, but if you look at the photo I've included of the inspection slip, it wasn't signed off until June 12, 1944. I find this somewhat interesting and am curious if there are any other examples of an original inspection slip of this nature, and how the manufacture/inspection dates relate to one another. Also curious to know what some of you may think the reason for the long delay between build and inspection might be?
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:14 PM
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Here's a shot of the 999. It is in really nice condition and I'm very pleased to have it. It's a keeper.
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Wow, very nice! WELCOME TO RFC!
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It is indeed a keeper, enjoy it in good health.
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Old 02-24-2020, 08:16 PM
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ill add congrats to that it is a keeper indeed ,
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:21 PM
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This (below) is likely the H&R model/dating info you referenced, as posted online numerous time by the late Bill Goforth (and me too, since his passing) before it was published in his book on H&R Firearms.

You got a nice one there -- enjoy it.

Just do one thing...

OPEN the top latch when CLOSING the gun, just as you would when breaking it open to reload/load. That prevents excess wear in the critical frame-to barrel assembly fit, and she'll feel like a new gun after decades and many thousands of rounds.

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SPORTSMAN DOUBLE ACTION MODEL 999 LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK
1932-1952
Large frame double action top break revolver; Caliber 22 rimfire (short, long & long rifle) cylinder capacity 9 rounds, 22 Winchester Rim Fire (WRF)cylinder capacity 7 rounds; Safety rim cylinder; blue finish only; barrel length 6 inches (ribbed); Automatic cylinder stop; Sights: rear adjustable for windage only, Three different front sights used, full Blade, Partridge type & Partridge type pinned to barrel top rib, all non-adjustable; Finger rest trigger guard; One piece oversized checkered Walnut grips (birds head grip frame shape, Rice frame); frame mounted firing pin, hammer face is flat. Cylinder release is long pivoting lever on right side of frame (there are two different version of this). Serial numbered in its own series from 01 up to at least 89761 by the end of 1939. Starting in 1940 letter codes were used.
Early production until about 1933 the letter code “D” was used to denote double action
First Variation; round heavy weight ribbed barrel with Blade non-adjustable front sight ----1932- to before April 18,1933
Second Variation; adjustable front sight------------1933 (after 4-18-1933)-
Third Variation; firing pin moved to hammer-------------------------1934
Fourth Variation; three inch barrel was offered----------------------1935
Fifth Variation; two patent dates marked on cylinder (before there was only one)---1936 (after 3-17)-1937
Sixth Variation; top of barrel markings moved to right side of barrel---------------1937-1939
Seventh Variation; 22 WFR caliber dropped, 3 inch barrel dropped--------------1940-1941
Eight Variation; one piece over size plastic grips are standard, limited production during WWII years----1942-1952

MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN SECOND MODEL (NEW FRAME)
1953-1972
Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches, Adjustable Sights

MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN THIRD MODEL (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION)
1973-1986
Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 4 & 6 inches (4 inch not added until 1979, Adjustable Sights. In 1979 Only the Model name was advertised as Model 999 Automatic-Ejecting and it was offered in that year only in 32 S&W Long caliber, 6 shot.

MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN I OF 999 – ENGRAVED (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION)
1979-1986
Engraved with Fitted Wood Case, Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches, Adjustable Sights VALUE: Collector value only if unfired, with all original tags, manuals, commemorative medallion, wooden presentation case and cardboard box.

POST 1940, H&R SERIAL NUMBER LETTER CODES AND THE YEAR OF THEIR USAGE:
A=1940 B=1941 C=1942 D=1943 E=1944 F=1945 G=1946 H=1947 I =1948 J =1949 K=1950
L=1951 M=1952 N=1953 P=1954 R=1955 S=1956 T=1957 U=1958 V=1959 W=1960 X=1961
Y=1962 Z=1963
AA=1964 AB=1965 AC=1966 AD=1967 AE=1968 AF=1969 AG=1970 AH=1971 AJ =1972
AL=1973 AM=1974 AN=1975 AP=1976 AR=1977 AS=1978 AT=1979 AU=1980 AX=1981
AY=1982 AZ=1983 BA=1984 BB=1985 BC=1986

Notes:
1. AK prefix was used on a special series of handguns to commemorate the Kansas Centennial.
2. H&R ceased operations in February of 1986; firearms with the letter codes “BC” are scarce.

“SECOND LETTER” OF PREFIX STARTING WITH N OR H:
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
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:03 AM
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"Just do one thing...

OPEN the top latch when CLOSING the gun, just as you would when breaking it open to reload/load. That prevents excess wear in the critical frame-to barrel assembly fit, and she'll feel like a new gun after decades and many thousands of rounds.

Old No7"




I probably would not have thought to do this but it is good advice. It locks up very tightly now, pretty sure my grandpa didn't take it out too often.

Still curious about the duration of time between manufacture and factory sign-off/inspection. It is four, perhaps five or six years. The obvious thing is that WW2 was raging, and I believe H&R made Garands so perhaps the factory was busy with the war effort and an inventory of other firearms languished in storage till the war's end?
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