H&R 38 S&W Top Break Revolver by Harrington & Richardson

H&R 38 S&W Top Break Revolver by Harrington & Richardson

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Harrington and Richardson 38s&w topbreak revolver

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100 year old pistol

Top-Break Auto Ejecting .38 S&W cal., 5-shot (.38 cal.) mother of pearl grip panels, ​3 1⁄4 in. barrel, modified American Double Action mechanism and frame, blued finish, First Variation marked on top of barrel with company name and address only and two guide rods for ejector (1885-1886), Second Variation patent date 10-4-87 marked on top of barrel along with company name and address, extractor does not have extra guide rods (1887-1889). Mfg. 1885-1889.


  1. Michael Timeless on December 9, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Was helping out a friend cleaning out his mom’s house after she died. Found one almost identical to this one, but in much better shape. Took me a bit to figure out what it was (wanted to make sure it was unloaded never saw a top break before). Trying to decide what to do with it. Have the original 1952 registration paperwork. Was wrapped in oilcloth and looks pretty decent.

  2. Jim Avato on December 9, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I have one in perfect condition (just had it X Rayed) and the gentleman who looked at it remarked that it has rarely been fired. Just put 20 rounds through it. If anyone can help me put a value to it I’d be happy to share more info including pictures.

  3. dustin ramer on December 9, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I have this one. Do you know where I can get a few rounds for it.

  4. Chris Sproles on December 9, 2021 at 10:51 pm

  5. A Cut Above on December 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    beautiful piece of history!

  6. Cadillac Jack on December 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I have my fathers old S&W Model 10? chambered in S&W 38 CTG he carried as an MP during W.W.II. I am told a 38 S&W Special will not fit in the cylinder. However, mine does. Will it do any harm to fire a 38 S&W cartridge?

  7. Mr. FASTB621 Mare Island on December 9, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Very nice, I like old school since I am old school. I may have carried that in a former life. Thanks Semper Fidelis.

  8. Bryan Browning on December 9, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I have one identical to this, with the exception of grips. I checked the timing on it, got some ammo, and was pleasantly surprised! At 10 yards offhand, it’ll keep all five rounds on a standard paper plate! Considering the sights, and the age of the gun, I think that’s very respectable! Very mild recoil, and it points very well. Please show us the grips when they are repaired! I really like those pearl grips! Thanks for sharing 😁.

  9. Garnet Guy on December 9, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I like it. You should shoot it at least once in a blue moon. Those old cartridges are not very powerful so not much to worry about. Don’t let it become another paperweight! Remember you can’t take it with you.

  10. Antonio Montana on December 9, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I just bought one with my C&R FFL and plan on reconditioning the steel frame and handle. I’m hoping I can find the obsolete .38 S&W cartridges as I’d love to fire this at the range to see how it handles.

  11. Levi Warner on December 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    What grain bullets do you shoot for that old top break action gun?

  12. COYOTE ADVENTURES on December 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my goodness. That is identical to my grandmothers one and only handgun. Have not thought about that thing in 20 years. lol I actually got to put 20 shots through it back in 1992. Thanks for sharing this vid. Brings back a almost forgotten memory. 😉

  13. open peace on December 9, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Does backround check still apply for one of these.

  14. Michael Gonzalez Gonzo’s world on December 9, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Hey buddy hope your well I picked up this pistol for pennies but I need a part for it .. the part is CALLED THE CYLINDER STOP for this pistol can you help me find it please .the cylinder stop is a little clip like part that goes right over we’re the trigger opening is when u break open the pistol thanks in advance
    Mike G… please reply

  15. Jim Avato on December 9, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I have one in excellent condition. Does anyone know what they are worth?

  16. Mende Woltman on December 9, 2021 at 11:06 pm


  17. Paul Collum on December 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    A friend has a H R like that but its chambered in 32 s and w. Do they still make that ammo?

  18. TUNGNA DANNEE on December 9, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Very good

  19. Jade Schafer on December 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    That’s so cool. I really want to get a nice revolver down the road. I’m going to trade my 22 one. I also bought a Sig Sauer p320 Tuesday.

  20. Ivan Belial on December 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Very nice. Just acquired a six shot 32 sw H&R top break made in the black powder era

  21. GunCollector007 on December 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Ivor Johnson Topbreak revolver:https://youtu.be/KamDZruPEw4

  22. som_maxo on December 9, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Jesse’s gun

  23. Shotgunner on December 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Beautiful revolver! I’m in the market for one of things in good condition. Thanks for sharing. 🤠

  24. Scott F. on December 9, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Cool little oldie as definitely a blast from the past….Thanks for the share….Good stuff….

  25. GunCollector007 on December 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Good article about top break revolvers. https://americanhandgunner.com/handguns/grandpas-top-breaks/

  26. Joe Gonz on December 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve always had a soft spot for old revolvers. Nice gun my friend

  27. TheReindeer TheRabbitTheBat on December 9, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Always wanted a top break in 38s&w. Been looking for one for a while now. Love that cartridge. I reload the 38 Colt New Police (basically the same cartridge). Load it for my grandads old Colt police positive he gave me years ago. I’ll load 95gr all the way to 158gr projectiles. The cartridge is more versatile than most folks realize. Fun stuff. Thanks for sharing 👍

  28. MPGunther1 on December 9, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I like your old revolvers too. Thanks for showing your collection

  29. Iron Wings 3-187 on December 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    I got a chuckle today when I found this video. About 4 years ago, my dad and grandfather went to Oklahoma to visit my great uncle near Tulsa. The man, despite being the only house for about 10 miles, only had 2 guns in his home. He had a old shot out Ted William’s Winchester 94 above his kitchen door and this revolver with the original shattered rubber or bakelite grips held on with electrical tape in a chewed up leather holster. He only had 12 rounds for the thing, all soft lead bullets his buddy hand loaded for him. His daughter who lived about 13 miles down the road visited and was having trouble with strange dogs attacking her dogs and he gave his little H&R to my dad and I, asked us to stay the night with his daughter, and to shoot the mutts if they showed up at some point during the night or morning. I looked the gun over and I swear by all that is holy the thing didn’t have a lick of rifling in the barrel or was so filthy and corroded you couldn’t make it out. I was seriously terrified that the gun would blow up and hurt me worse that anything I was aiming it at should I pull the trigger. Still, with all its faults it was a neat little pistol

  30. Sierra Bravo on December 9, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Very Nice condition! I wish Smith&Wesson would rerelease the Schofield in their Classic line. Taylor’s&Company produce a reproduction of it, but Smith&Wesson should do them, in My opinion. Great looking revolver, Thanks for sharing it! 👍🏻

  31. Eric on December 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    When you acquire an old revolver like this do you have a gunsmith examine it before you shoot it?

  32. skoggit on December 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Hey my friend, I love that gun. For being 100 years old it’s in good condition. Would like to have one. Really nice gun. Stay Safe & Take Care!