H & R top break .22 Sportsman

H & R top break .22 Sportsman

Harrington and Richardson is another one of those Massachusetts-based firearms companies that is no longer in business. Back in the 1930s, they developed the ‘Sportsman’ which is a top-break .22 revolver with nine shot capacity.

We’re going to take a close look at this one today


  1. Argyl2094 on November 24, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    My buddy has one it’s a sweet lil revolver

  2. ken1911 on November 24, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Made the yr I was born. I had one of those in the early 70’s very nice fun revolver.

  3. bill porciello on November 24, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I think the H&R revolvers are overlooked by many 22lr shooters. I think that H&R made many different models in different finishes too. These can be found very affordable so let’s not say how good they are not to drive the prices up lol. There not a colt or s&w but there unique and have there nitch in the market.

  4. Jeffry Richardson on November 24, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Love the H&R pistols! 👍🏾😀❤️🇺🇸

  5. Karl Bjerke on November 24, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, great video, David! My very first handgun was an H&R Sportsman 22 , and I still have it 50 years later!! Trouble is, it’s a single action only, and the hand (with spring) is worn beyond redemption. So as it sits, the poor thing is unsafe to shoot. I’ve been searching on and off for many years to find a replacement, to no avail. That’s a shame, since it was a very nice shooter and I hate to see it languishing in the safe, longing to be brought out and exercised again. Any suggestions? Thanks for the video!

  6. Carl Cotton on November 24, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    I love 22 revolvers. thanks

  7. Craig Benz on November 24, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Nice find. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wink. on November 24, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I like it where can I get one or three of these?

  9. jpdaddy67 on November 24, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I have one my grandfather had..think it’s from like 39ish..shoots 8 out of 9 most of the time..second time around it will go off..really nice shooting gun other than that and adjustable sights are nice..good video I wish mine was in as good a shape as yours!

  10. Goodsnout on November 24, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    .38 Special? No way, not ever. H&R did make a 5 shot .38 S&W caliber break top revolver. If you actually have an H&R .38 special it’s fu@#king RARE. Please do a video with it.

  11. Mk Shffr on November 24, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I have one of 1930s vintage which is badly worn out. Sad as they are sweet guns.

  12. Bait Ammo on November 24, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Found a 32 like that, seemed to have shorter barrel, in the wall of an old house! It was in rough condition. That was in about 1990 and I don’t recall ever hearing a story on how it got there.

  13. mudhole9 on November 24, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    that sure is a a looker, very nice

  14. Michigun Santa on November 24, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Aww man that old revolver is in pretty dang good shape! Most from that era most the blueing is warn off. I’ve got some ancient 32acp that have maybe 50% of the blueing…my dad has a 1950’s model 15 that is like 95% but it was rarely shot and kept wrapped in a cloth in a lock box for decades. The thing is almost like a new gun, it’s absolutely beautiful and shoots like a dream! 👍🏻

  15. Brandon Harrison on November 24, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I like it wish i had it

  16. Hook-set Outdoors on November 24, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Saw your post on the FB group. Definitely a beautiful time test revolver. Great video!

  17. BillGoudy Outdoor Adventure on November 24, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    1957Shep sent me!! 😉

  18. Justin Wilton on November 24, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!
    I’ve been trying to rebuild mine for Years and never knew what parts I needed!

  19. All Outdoors on November 24, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Awesome video, my friend. I can’t really think of a good economical 22 double action that fits the outdoorsman’s niche like the old Sportsmans did.

  20. Son Baird on November 24, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Where can I get rear sight or at least the blade in it ? Son Baird on FB

  21. Bruce Reich on November 24, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    So you ready to sell it

  22. khalil Abu Kabeer on November 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Beautiful heritage revolver

  23. Noah Count on November 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Very nice-looking vintage .22 revolver that is capable of providing a great deal of enjoyable recreation at present. A fortunate find, Dave!

  24. Eric Hansen on November 24, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I ruined mine by removing the cylinder and closing the breech. I guess you have to go to the school of hard knocks with these revolvers as there is no documentation to warn you of not closing the breech with the cylinder removed. Thanks UNIVERSE!

  25. Jeffrey Camodeca on November 24, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    That was the first Handgun that I shot back in High School about 1976 or so. It was a nice shooter. I remember a shot a nice tight group at lose range. Thanks for the video.

  26. VAPatriot on November 24, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I have a H&R 999 in excellent condition except it was having the problem where after a cylinder or two of shooting when I’d break it open the cylinder would pop off the receiver post completely. I ordered the $6 replacement retaining spring from Gun Parts Corp. It is readily apparent that the factory original spring (which looks more robust than the replacement) was very worn down where there was barely any of the "hook" protruding through the cylinder post slot. The replacement spring has an actual hook to it that protrudes out farther. Replacement took 5 minutes. No binding. Operates smooth. Seems like it holds the cylinder on firmly. Will take it out to the range ASAP to give it a shooting test. When the cylinders get gunky from shooting the cases stick a bit which then puts upward pressure on the ejection star/rod. That new hook should keep enough tension to hold it in place. They are such cool revolvers. I paid more for mine than I planned ($400) but it’s metal condition and bluing is perfect, and the 2 piece wood grips are in very good shape. The 999’s double action trigger is pretty heavy, but the single action is crisp. Accurate enough. I also had to replace the hammer spring retainer plate when I first bought it. The original one was some plastic that had become brittle and broke the first time I shot it, but the replacement one from Numrich/Gun Parts Corp is steel and works perfect. A few more tips for 999 (and similar models) owners: the rear sight blades are notorious for their adjustment screws loosening and falling out; Loctite them after getting it to your desired POI. Also – never close the gun action without the cylinder in place. Apparently if you close it without the cylinder it will break the gun. I haven’t tried to prove that. Lastly, if you want the locking action lever to stay tight for a long long time, don’t snap it shut. Lift the locking lever over the two "ears" lugs, close it and put the top lever down. Snapping it over them while shutting the action will eventually wear them down to the point that the action is loose or it won’t lock shut.

  27. Mr45Bullitt on November 24, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Nice find. Thanks for sharing.

  28. SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS on November 24, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I have a 1936 and a 1951 and they are both great guns.

  29. RonKris on November 24, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve own two. The second one made in the ’80s is just as good as the older one made in the ’70s. Both can shoot shorts too. These all-metal guns and are heavier than modern plastic guns. You can’t go wrong with a 999 Sportsman.

  30. Mumtaj Alam on November 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm