Older H&R Revolver Info.

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My dad gave me an H&R revolver yesterday that came from grandfather. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on it or tell me where I could look for information. My grandfather was killed in WWII when my father was 2 years old, so we don't know much about the gun. I think it is a .32 caliber, but I don't have any 32 ammo to check it with right now. I can't find a serial number anywhere. The face of the cylinder in stamped with 532 and the top of the barrel rib is printed with: HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO.
WORCHESTER MASS. U.S.A. PATD OCT 4'87

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My dad gave me an H&R revolver yesterday that came from grandfather. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on it or tell me where I could look for information. My grandfather was killed in WWII when my father was 2 years old, so we don't know much about the gun. I think it is a .32 caliber, but I don't have any 32 ammo to check it with right now. I can't find a serial number anywhere. The face of the cylinder in stamped with 532 and the top of the barrel rib is printed with: HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO.
WORCHESTER MASS. U.S.A. PATD OCT 4'87

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I'm pretty sure it's an Automatic Ejecting Second Model.

It's a first variation, because the patent year is labeled as 87. Made 1890-1892.

If It's a 32 it is 32 S&W. I believe it is also made for black powder since it doesn't have a cartridge stamp on the left side of the barrel.
 
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I'm pretty sure it's an Automatic Ejecting Second Model.

It's a first variation, because the patent year is labeled as 87. Made 1890-1892.

If It's a 32 it is 32 S&W. I believe it is also made for black powder since it doesn't have a cartridge stamp on the left side of the barrel.
Yes, it is an automatic ejector model. I should have included a picture with the ejector showing. You are also correct that it does not have a cartridge stamp on the barrel. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Looks like yours is a DAO since the hammer is covered, correct? Also, what is the small button above the cylinder for. I can feel that it is spring loaded but can't tell what it does.
Yes mine is DAO. The button releases the catch so you can remove the cylinder.
 

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Mine shoots pretty decent, but the ejector doesn't return after ejecting.

I have a love affair with 32's especially older ones. I'm always quite jealous when Leadeye post pics of his stuff.
I had no idea that it was that old. I was thinking maybe 80-90 years old. It has more sentimental value to me than anything since it is one of only a few things that remain from my grandfather that I never knew. Unfortunately, his Purple Heart was stolen a few years ago. I've never had a 32 or even fired one. I also don't have any experience with BP cartridges. Can you still buy them, or do you have to make them?
 
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I had no idea that it as that old. I was thinking maybe 80-90 years old. It has more sentimental value to me than anything since it is one of only a few things that remain from my grandfather that I never knew. Unfortunately, his Purple Heart was stolen a few years ago. I've never had a 32 or even fired one. I also don't have any experience with BP cartridges. Can you still buy them, or do you have to make them?

The ammo is available from Buffalo Arms, but if you reload already it's not very hard to make. Just rememeber to wash the gun with plenty of hot water and the cartridge cases as well. Buy a can of Ballistol.

Here's a Merwin Hulbert 32 with some home made ammo. merwin 32.jpg
 

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I had no idea that it as that old. I was thinking maybe 80-90 years old. It has more sentimental value to me than anything since it is one of only a few things that remain from my grandfather that I never knew. Unfortunately, his Purple Heart was stolen a few years ago. I've never had a 32 or even fired one. I also don't have any experience with BP cartridges. Can you still buy them, or do you have to make them?
I'm not sure if anyone still produces them. I make my own.

I do know a person who shoots smokeless out of his, but I wouldn't suggest it in something you care about.
 

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The ammo is available from Buffalo Arms, but if you reload already it's not very hard to make. Just rememeber to wash the gun with plenty of hot water and the cartridge cases as well. Buy a can of Ballistol.

Here's a Merwin Hulbert 32 with some home made ammo. View attachment 176162
I'm not sure if anyone still produces them. I make my own.

I do know a person who shoots smokeless out of his, but I wouldn't suggest it in something you care about.
Thanks for the info guys. I have never reloaded, so I'll try to pick up a box. I probably won't shoot it much but would like to try it once. I have a few cans of Ballistol. I use it on all my guns.
 

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