Harrington and Richardson Topper 88 12 Gauge

Harrington and Richardson Topper 88 12 Gauge

H&R Topper 88 Single 12


  1. boomstick 779 on December 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    You can’t beat an old H&R. Remington owns H&R they should start making them again. It would probably put them back on their feet. Henry is the only American gun company that I know of that still makes a single shot. All the rest is foriegn made. But you really need to take that recoil pad off the stock. So you can get the full experience. Your not having fun unless you come home with a bruised shoulder lol.

  2. bbarton84 on December 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I have an H&R in 10 gauge. It’s a beast!!

  3. Dave MacFadyen on December 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Sir, I’ve got the exact same gun; it’s the one shotgun I have for my small farm…very versatile and very cool; thanks for the nice review. Take care, Dave

  4. Steven Curtis on December 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    The H&R 12ga was the first Gun I bought with my own money when I turned 18. That was in 1984. I used it for 5 years hunting. I still have her and we still use it for family clay shooting.

    You mentioned (and showed) that eject. One of our jokes is to place a box behind the shooter. We shoot the clay and then have to eject the shell into the box to make it count. After all these years “Punchy” still does what ever called upon to do. Punchy is a family favorite when ever I bring her out.

  5. Jeffrey Elliott on December 2, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Yep I still have my H&R Topper Model 58 12ga. modified choke in mint condition or like new that good ole Santy Claws brought me for x-mas of 78 and the ole shotty was made in 77 and was my very 1st real gun !!!  And I remember shooting a round of skeet which was a consecutive 25 straight shots back in the early 90’s and boy was that a big mistake at least to my right shoulder anyway because it left my right shoulder black blue and purple and sore for at least 5 days and I never shot it since then !!!!  But now I put on a green fiber optic front sight so I can see to hit with targets with it and a nice soft leather sling and to top it off a nice limbsaver recoil pad so my shoulder will thank me for that !!!!  I would never part with that gun above all the other guns I have !!!

  6. Unbalanced Redneck on December 2, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I love seeing the old guns. I had a single shot 10ga and the only ammo I had was 3.5 shells and the recoil was pretty bad.

  7. Gian Francis Garcesto on December 2, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Hi may I now the max effective range on #6 and 4# birdshot on this shotgun ?

  8. Beaver Creek Trapping on December 2, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Them things kick like a mule

  9. William Babcock3 on December 2, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I’ve got the same gun from new England Federal we call it the shoulder hammer guns like that have no mercy when it comes to recoil

  10. Armor Vestrus on December 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I gave you a like first, now I have a question, how does the forearm release? Does it snap loose or do you need to turn the screw head. I would really like to know. Have one never had it apart for oiling and cleaning. Don’t want to take anything apart that should not be. Cheers.

  11. Scott1Lori2 on December 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Still have mine (20ga) from 1982. It was my 1st gun at 11 years old. Got my grandma quiet a few squirrels and rabbits with it. I’d get off the school bus and she’d say "get your boots on!". She made the best squirrel dumplings you’d ever have. I’ll keep this gun till I die. Still works as good as it did back in the 80’s.

  12. Alan Lutz on December 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t know if you read these on these videos this old, but I love an old single shot! Grandpa taught us with only single shots, so we would learn to make that one shot count. I could outshoot all my buddies who had semi automatic Ruger 10/22’s..

  13. Trenton Emerson on December 2, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Can i shoot slug with this gun i need to know like deer hunting can i use it too deer hunt?

  14. That Shiner Guy on December 2, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I have an old H&R Topper 12 gauge that I inherited from my Grandfather 25 years ago. It isn’t fancy, but it is fun to shoot.

  15. Tommy Miller on December 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I have a 20ga

  16. Steve Obee on December 2, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    First shotgun i ever shot when i was 5 years old i shot 2 boxes of old paper hulled 12 ga rounds all i had was a brused sholder and i never got knocked on mu butt like my dad was telling me i proved him wrong great weapon

  17. T Bone on December 2, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Best i ever had shot many a deer and rabbits went to college and my roomate pawned it- i forgave him yrs later when we deployed to iraq 2003- wish i could find one again

  18. RagaMuffyn Garage on December 2, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Love my H&R topper bud…great video!

  19. Adrian Malone on December 2, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Awesome gun, shot one when I was 7 and learned on that gun to shoot have one of my own from a pain shop it’s no mossberg but it’s the memories it preserves love these old H&R pardners awesome guns most versatile

  20. Austin Martinez on December 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    My grandpa gave me one of these bad boys.. I love it and take a lot of pride in it… the reliability is amazing never a problem just a simple shooter.. thanks for the vid was looking for some info on it

  21. Jerry Hudnall on December 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I started hunting long ago on a old shotgun it’s name and brand was Long Tom with 36 inch barrel. Wish I still had it, I have a youth model New England it’s in .223, Stevens 410 and Stevens 20 both the little shotguns comes with all the bells and whistles, all gotten for younger hunters when they go with me, but I love all 3 of them, I actually killed a turkey this past spring at 50 yds with the 410, if God will permit me I plan on using the 20 in the spring. since I am getting close to that 80 mark the lighter guns are more fun and much easier to pack, I have other 12 ga magnum guns in semi auto and pump actions and they are nicer looking and impressive shotguns, but now days I’ve hung them up. I thought long and hard about light guns the 20ga 3in in a custom turkey load may be hard on the shoulder even if it is after patterning it the hunt will not take but couple fired rounds. packing the 410 weight just does reach 5 lbs the 20ga is under 6 lbs about much as a package of chicken.

  22. Finley Farms on December 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I love it man. I love tham old shot guns

  23. Israel Nava on December 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Shotguns are always fun to shoot 👌🏻

  24. HighVoltageMayhem on December 2, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    My first gun was my granddads old model 88, I cant tell you how much fun that thing has been and sure does perform well even after all these years.

  25. David Demma on December 2, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I have one and love it

  26. Setec Astronomy on December 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I just bought one in almost showroom condition, I had one years ago and loved it and seen one at the gun shop today and had to have it!

  27. Joshua Boyér Official on December 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    For hunting purposes, I’m I able to put a scope on this shotgun. I have the same exact model

  28. MrJamesman07 on December 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Can you shoot a slug out of one?

  29. Tricia Stanke on December 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Would that handle 00 buck?

  30. bryan burdick on December 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Was just looking up my topper 158! 1980 ( as you said farm gun ) Looks the same . Love mine Im always looking for 2 more . Such a fun backyard toy 🙂

  31. Joe Biker on December 2, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    My first shot gun,bagged many a critter with that ole PokeStalk .
    Safety Tip= Just remember’d, I Got me some Pumpkin balls for big critters and figgered I better see how they shot so I made a X on a tree with my pocket knife stepped off 20 yards and let fly with one.That blooming ball bounced back and whizzed right between me and my Bro. It was whizzing too not just strolling by easy HaHa Years later experinced same deal shooting my 44 Navy Colt. Beware fellers round balls bounce off trees HaHa

  32. David Hallman on December 2, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I enjoy the single shots just as well! I own an old Topper M48 circa 1946, chambered in 20ga with the 30 inch barrel in excellent condition. Haven’t shot it in years but enjoy it as much as my double barrels or semi autos even. Just simple, but fun! 10 foot extraction on the spent hulls is a hoot! That model you have there isn’t really that old. The last run in production for H&R was the late 80’s I believe? I’m guessing yours to be early to mid 80’s due to the side lever barrel break button.

  33. Dave MacFadyen on December 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Great gun; I’ve got the exact same one and I love it, so you are "preachin’ to the choir" in my case, but I still like the video; thank you. 🙂

  34. Edward Price on December 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    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

    Serial number prefixes changed in May 2008 and on, CBA for SB2 and CAC for SB1, the only source for build year is to call and ask.

  35. Cj McGrath on December 2, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I have the same shotgun it
    was my grandfather’s

  36. jeff robertson on December 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    They were good guns at a good price wished they still made them still have a 410 and 12 gauge many a squirrel fell out of the tree with these still have the h&r single shot deer slug gun also I think the model is the tracker 12 gauge it kicks like a mule good shooting Paul

  37. Sgt. Armor on December 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Love them old basic shotguns! I had one like that years ago, wish I had kept it, but I ended up selling or trading it, like I did a lot of others I wish I’d kept.

  38. Steve Allred on December 2, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I have one I’ve had it for years my son loves it it’s well made shotgun even if it is a single shot it’s a great gun

  39. richard on December 2, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    That is what just pulled out of storage along with a 410 choke version. I know 410 is older than me but the 12 gauge??? I learned to shot on the 410. I varmint manage in horse farm with 12 gauge. Have to sell as now too crippled up to shoot.

  40. Paradise Road on December 2, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    …should set the camera up on your right since you’re right handed…
    …could see the gun instead of your back that way…

  41. James Smith on December 2, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I have same gun for 29 yrs now..still works fine.good video.even though gun is 40 yrs old its been on wall most time oiled well not shot much.so like new still..

  42. Bruce Coleman on December 2, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    This one just popped up on my feed! One I hadn’t seen.

  43. Tyquavious Brown on December 2, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I bought one of these last year and I love it glad to find these video to help my research on it

  44. James Willingham The Watchman on December 2, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    What’s the intro song

  45. Leo Aquino on December 2, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    this video and shotgun was great thankyou !!!!

  46. Longtrailside on December 2, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    It doesn’t matter to me what you bring out there to shoot, old new, middle aged, disabled, or all of the above. I just enjoy watching, take care.

  47. James Peters on December 2, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I had one as a kid. I took a couple turkeys with it. You can definitely tell when you shoot 3 inch turkey loads. But they are great guns. I have been looking for one. I found some but close to $200. Just seems high to me.

  48. Jason Miller on December 2, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I love my old topper 12 Gage it’s my best friend not sure what year it is I think my dad bought it at western auto downtown back in the day it shoots aliens and shaving cream cans just fine!

  49. Neil Peel on December 2, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Liked & Subbed. Enjoyed the heck out of your vid. Single shot 12-gauge is a ton of fun and great to teach new shooters!

  50. Ernest Walden on December 2, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    My single shot shotgun is the first one I grab