H&R .22 Special, circa 1932

H&R .22 Special, circa 1932

Let’s go old school, not really old, old, but 80 years old with the Harrington & Richardson 22 Special. This is one of my first firearms I owned and it brings back some good memories. This break action 9 shot revolver is from the early 1930’s, so we’re treating nice with some 22 shorts, which helps out with the ears also. A 6″ barrel, nice (modified) wood grip, and in single action the trigger is not too bad. Really pretty accurate for the small sites, it points and shoots well as shown in the video hits the targets about every time from approximately 35 feet. It can fire Long Rifle, Longs, and of course the shorts I use in the video. This isn’t really a review, but more of a look in. Plus a look back on my interest in firearms and a carnival story some may not believe.


  1. Luke Petray on August 22, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Have this exact one with the knob it is only a seven shelter weird

  2. captain edwardo on August 22, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Those h&r 22s are actually slightly collectible. They will bring around $400 in very good condition. At least the sportsmans will

  3. John Fisher on August 22, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I am looking for parts for a vintage H&R "22 Special" like the one shown in the video. Any suggestions?

  4. Eric Hansen on August 22, 2022 at 8:13 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!

  5. papawx3 on August 22, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I am a proud owner of a 2nd variation 22 Special. That front blade sight is GOLD PLATED, not brass. It was the top of the line 22 pistol that H&R offered in their line. Everyone who see’s mine wants to buy it. I have a standing offer of $300. It is not for sale. It is too much fun, besides, everybody at the range wants to shoot it.

  6. yamati150 on August 22, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Yours is 3 gen and the rear "bump" in the grip isn’t supposed to be on your gun.. The photo you showed is 2nd generation..

    Your’s is correct and not modified.

  7. pea nut on August 22, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I have one that looks just like that. It’s a 22 special 6". Its only a 7 shot serial 517,XXX. Any idea how old it is?

  8. Nicole Scully on August 22, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    cool old gun I have always wanted one of these

  9. S A on August 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Ive been looking for a 22 revolver for a while. You said that this can shoot longs and shorts. Do you need to swap out the cylinder for that?

  10. grimtopia on August 22, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I own one of these and mine has a problem with the ejector/rotate lock so it has problems rotating the cylinder

  11. m nagaoka on August 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Nice review white rook.  Just saw one at the store for sale…$200.. was in decent shape.  I didnt think it was that old..circa 1930s…  checkmate king2 out!

  12. Ron on August 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I love the way they made these revolvers. So easy to load and eject shells. I have an older one too,the H&R Sportsman Double Action. It’s actually my favorite .22 revolver to shoot..There are so many variations of this revolver.Mine has an adjustable front, and rear sight .   How do I go about looking up the serial number to find out the exact year it was made ?  thank you for your video 🙂 

  13. John Davern on August 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Interesting video. I have one of these; a double action that has been in the family, probably since it was new.  Mine is stamped "H&R 22 Special" on the left side of the barrel and clearly says "Harrington & Richardson" (not Richards), "Worcester Mass" on the top of the barrel. "22 Long Rifle CTG" is stamped on the right side of the barrel, and and serial number "557545" is on the front of the hand grip.  Some of these pistols were 22 WRF (Winchester Rim Fire), which have a slightly bigger cartridge diameter than regular 22s. H&R also made the Reising submachine gun, the M1, the M16, and the M16A1 for the military.

  14. Charles Koski on August 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I have a double action H&R 9 shot revolver, hammer will not cock. Fires smoothly as double but won’t hold cocked. any ideas?

  15. whiterook85 on August 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the info on the front site, was told it was brass a long time ago, never questions it. Like yours mine is not for sale no matter what the offer. Thanks again.

  16. Tariq Khan on August 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of .22s, but damn this is a fine looking firearm! What’s the trigger pull on the double action like? 🙂

  17. Thomas E. Vaughan on August 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I have this exact handgun but the cylinder stop will not allow the cylinder to actually lock up. Can anyone advise where I can ship this solid pistol to pay a gunsmith to fix it. Other than this issue, the gun is in excellent. Thanks for anyone`s help on this.

  18. Charles Dodson on August 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Sir would the grip fit H&R top break .38 ?

  19. JBHickok on August 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Beautiful old revolver.

  20. yamati150 on August 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    The "22 SPECIAL" was introduced in 1925 as a 7 shot .22 r.f. and "saw handle" grips,this was the 1st Variation. 2nd Variation introduced in 1928, with same type grips, 9 shot .22 lr and 7 shot .22 WRF. 3rd Var. introduced in 1931 with rounded at top grip panels. 4th Var. introduced in 1933 with "SAFETY CYLINDER" (with rim around breech end to contain blown heads and rims) and new type "RICE" (bird’s head shaped) grip frame, one piece grip with screw through back for attachment.

  21. whiterook85 on August 22, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    The double action is as you would think a little heavy, but manageable. You can fire it from single action which makes it a lot smoother.

  22. Michael Brooker on August 22, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    RichardSON, as you know by now. Great you have your first firearm, wish I did.

  23. Joseph Birbeck on August 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I was got one after my uncle died. It’s only a 4 inch barrel. And no serial numbers. Any idea what it’s worth?

  24. t chase on August 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    anyone besides me have a first edition 22 special with the seven shot cylinder? seems like everyone has the later 9 shot models

  25. Andrew Carlsen on August 22, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I just found this gun digging!! but the shorter barrel. Super rusted and not ever going to shoot again.

  26. Noz Surfer on August 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I have one of these and they are are lot of fun! Sights are OK and the cylinder jams up every so often. I think it’s because I shoot cheap ammo through it.

  27. apugnamed stalin on August 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve got one of theses and now I’m glad I finally know what it is too bad mines broke

  28. James Woodward on August 22, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Mine holds seven

  29. TheOutDoors Guy on August 22, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Can you pull the cylinder and possibly change it out to shot .22 mag?

  30. Eagleguts on August 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    The one I have is a seven shot with the early humped grips, but has a pretty high serial number . I thought it was mid 30’s but must be earlier, anyway it is in perfect condition.

  31. Martina Dejaquiz on August 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    nice vid! i thumbs-up’ed it! i’m rewatching it. i watched it sometime ago, too. i’m currently looking for one. a 6" break-open top medel like this. i had one years ago. wish i hadn’t sold it. i currently have a s&w model 617 in SS with a 4" barrel – a 10 shot. i bought it approx 20 years ago brand new and haven’t even put 100 rounds thought it. i bought it thinking i could use it to go single out one of my chickens and just shoot it instead of chasing it down, but that was a bad mistake. you shoot a chicken it traumatizes the hens and they won’t lay for a month afterwards. then i just for some reason used rifles for other stuff and didn’t use the 617. lately, i want another h&r and i wanna sell this 617. i paid over $600 20-years ago for the 617. so, that did not work-out well for me. i’ll find an h&r eventually. thx4vid!

  32. 1digitalwatcher on August 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    The gun is beautiful the sights look like  they would be hard to get use too.
     I looked these up they have different versions and they arn’t junk they look solid.

  33. Diamante Telas e Redes de Proteção on August 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Sem dúvidas é uma arma belíssima.
    Tive a oportunidade de manusear uma igual a essa e é realmente fantástica.

  34. NVRSAWU on August 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    can anyone help me narrow down the serial number/manufacturing of my pistol that is exactly like this please?

  35. whiterook85 on August 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the info! The person I got it from way back in the day said he did something to the grip but he could have been wrong, that was a long time ago. Thanks again.

  36. aviationgrade on August 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Theses are great little revolvers. I bought one about ten years ago for $89.95, and I love it. At 15 yards I was able to hit empty 12 gauge casings. I’ts a real tack driver.

  37. EVENCIO GUZMAN on August 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    a video for repairs, plis

  38. George Cox on August 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    It is a Harrington Richardson not Richards.

  39. Class Clown on August 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Just purchased one no handle need info please thanks.

  40. We ALL BLEED RED on August 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Need one in my life! Lol n9 but seriously! Anyone have one please hit me back!

  41. Víctor Ribero on August 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    El revólver muy lindo, bella pieza de colección
    , Pero el relator habla tantica m….

  42. Newtire on August 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Sight is adjustable, see the screws? Was wondering about the caliber as it says "Special". there was a cartridge called the .22 Special. Same cartridge as the .22 Winchester Rim Fire. It was the same diameter as the .22 magnum. Wondered about that. So apparently this is a normal .22 short,long, long rifle diameter.

    As far as carnivals go, I remember those days. They also had a little clay target setup called "Mo-Skeet" that used .22 birdshot rounds. The carnival tent wall would stop the stuff. Those were the days huh!?

  43. whiterook85 on August 22, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I agree with you, I guess they were the good old days when no one would think of doing anything else than shooting at the targets to win a prize (even if the sites were bent). Thanks for watching.

  44. Robert Kraker on August 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    It’s Richardson….thank you!

  45. SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS on August 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Too bad the grips were ruined, and it was reblued. Totally destroyed any collector value.

  46. Jeff Seznak on August 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Nice informative video..It’s been years since I used this gun and I had since forgotten how to open the gun up to load..Thanks for refreshing my memory & now I can load it up !!

  47. Dave Troyka on August 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Enjoyed your post.  Try lead target speed LR, they’re pretty quiet and super accurate too!  I have a Sportsman and I’m with you.  Value, who cares, not for sale.

  48. Allen Jensen on August 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I have the 2nd gen 9-shot with the bump on the grip (I think, has flat trigger spring) and gold front site. Hand is worn out and jams between star/extractor and shield. Think I may have a replacement hand on the way if Bob still has some.

    Fixed, now have working “.22 Special” ! Sear spring is PITA.

  49. Kjklump on August 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Any idea where to get parts for these? I have one and just need a few parts.

  50. Janie Verhoeks on August 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Hi there… I complete novice in regards to this handgun… could you shed some light on the reason my lil H&R 22 special spits at me when firing? Is this caused by cheap bulk ammo and or a problem with the alignment of the barrel and cylinder. Thanks in advance for your expertise. 🙂 – Jane