H&R Model 922 9-Shot Revolver – Rare, Early Model – Shooting Review
H&R Model 922 9-Shot Revolver – Rare, Early Model – Shooting Review
The low serial number on my H&R 922 revolver shows that it is one of the first ones produced in 1927. Watch as I shoot this fine revolver for the first time in many, many decades.
Does the early model’s cylinder have the ejector mechanism?
If you punch out the center of the cylinder with the pin -in the ones I’ve seen, it should eject all the rounds.
You mentioned that you love the smell of gunpowder in the morning. Me too. I love it so much that I started adding about one half of a teaspoon of unburned gunpowder to my morning cup of coffee. It’s an acquired taste. My work production was greatly increased too. Anyway, thanks for another great video.
Nice video. I’ve got an old 929 from the 60’s. Thank you, Chris
I once got hold of a .22 revolver that I thought was a Harrington and Richardson. My Dad told me to get rid of it because he thought it was not of the quality of a Colt or Smith & Wesson. So I ended up selling it at cost despite the hundreds of rounds I enjoyed shooting through the old gun. A year later, the new owner displayed the .22 and said that it is one of the best that High Standard has ever made. What I once owned was a High Standard Sentinel which had its markings a bit thinned out due to sanding and refinishing.
That was a lesson that I would remember for years to come and I took it upon myself to research extensively before owning or selling an older pistol. And I will watch out for the H&R 922 in this long barrel. Nice video Mixup!! Brings back those old memories.
Got a cherry 1950 model 922. No octagonal barrel and grips are rounded. I hate the pull pin. If it was my dad’s old gun I would probably dump it. A dresser messer with Velocitors.
It was during the 1960s that Americans became "concerned" about handguns and began regulating them strongly nationwide. Before those days between the 1920s and until the 1960s, it was not uncommon for many men who made their living outdoors to carry a handgun on their trouser belt rather than carry a rifle because, while working outdoors, they often had other long tools to carry. Such men worked as stockmen, farmers, surveyors, foresters, landmen, and those contractors who built the pipelines and high power lines across America. Such men worked very hard and had to be self sufficient in the wilderness. Such a revolver as this, full sized yet lightweight and with a large capacity, would have been ideal especially in the versatile 22 Long Rifle chambering. Like you said, Mixup, with nine rounds it should last all week. With 22 LR in standard and high velocity, 22 Long and Short both producing about 700 fps, and 22 shotshells all available at gas stations, hardware and Western Auto stores, the ammunition could be easily found and, often, for less than a dollar. Such a handgun could be used to punch holes in leather, tin and lumber as well as be counted upon to dispatch small game and wounded game and destroy pests and dying livestock all with a mild report too. Imagine, for a minute, that you are working on a farm during the American war years, 1940s, when ammunition is hard to find and both food and fuel are rationed for the war effort. You could often find yourself spending substantial time hunting, fishing and helping your neighbors dispatch and butcher hogs or other livestock. Such a revolver would be just the tool to have on your hip as often as a folding knife in your pocket.
You can tell previous owner,s loved it too. Sweet little tin can killer.
Cool find and piece of history! As I’ve seen your other videos on the Barkeep and Wrangler, I think a .22 revolver would be fun to have. I do however want to get a semi-auto first. I did just discover the new "Diamondback Sidekick" DA/SA with both 22lr and 22mag cylinders.
*nice video 👍
They are great cheap little revolvers. I picked one up not as old as yours For a 125 bucks that wasn’t in great condition buts shoots great. Still prefer my old Hi Standards
When I push the spent cases out I use a chop stick and leave the cylinder in the gun. Kinda slow to load and unload but fun to shoot.
Awesome old revolver! 👍🏻
Nice Find! Thanks for sharing.
Had one called the sportsman auto eject got for 120 buk
I love the smell of gunpowder ANYTIME! But I’m sure it smells extra sweet in the Nevada desert. That is one sweet .22 ! Love it.
That tiny little .22 short packs quite a whallop.
This revolver was made before the advent of .22 high velocity ammunition and does not have recessed chambers. It should, therefore, be fired only with standard velocity .22 cartridges.
I bought one for 90 bucks well after taxes 110 bucks like 2 months ago I call it the Lincoln killer
Mine has a 117 number
I picked up a two inch 922 a few years back. It was 150 bucks and looked like it had never been shot. Mine’s a later generation, the barrel is pinned and it has a coil spring. It’s deadly accurate and can crack off nine rounds fast. I’m like you, best buck fifty I ever spent. I carry the fool thing all the time.
I inherited one of these from my uncle. Been trying to find out more because the serial number is way lower than what I’ve seen. First three digits are 117. It looks exactly like the one in this video. Only difference is the complete serial is also printed on the cylinder
Had an older 999, good shooter.
For less than $500 you can own pre-war H&R Sportsman break open 9 shot .22 revolver. These are beautifully finished and are very good shooters as well. Plus, the sight are adjustable.
I was so excited to see this video because I have the exact same gun, it was my fathers, it even pulls to the left as well. No idea where he got it from but he had it for years, then after he died it got miss placed. Well when my mom moved she found the gun minus the cylinder. We looked for it but never found it but I kept the frame just because. Well through the magic of the inter Webs I found a replacement cylinder, extremely hard to find, but it didn’t quite fit because these early models with the octagon barrel have a thousandth of an an inch (or something like that) variance to the later models. So I almost gave up again but mentioned it to my gunsmith at the time and he said bring it by. Well that old fella got everything working perfect and I have been enjoying that gun ever since. This is also the first gun my son started shooting, just seemed right.
You see a lot on H&R 22s but they usually have the round barrels, the ones with the octagon seem to be more scarce. Great to see someone else enjoying the gun, you got my subscription.
Love that music
Cool looking little gun
Mine was made in 47 I think. Ive redone the grips to a marksman style like these. Those grips make sense to me. If youre looking to replace a 9 shot double action you’ll pay a lot for it.
nice revolver, you got a piece of history there!
Thanks for the info, you’re helping me get a better idea of when mine was manufactured. My 922 has been in the family for over 60+ (?) years. The serial number is 155162 and has the pinned barrel. So fun to shoot, and pretty accurate once I got used to the sights.
Great video, I just purchased a 922 with identical features as yours with a serial number 117393.
An impressive gun. Little recoil too. I got here because I interracted with a similar model earlier today, and I can’t quite identify it. It wasn’t in the best condition, and wasn’t around it enough to get a quality pic of the barrel where it said what model. I think it could’ve been 926 or maybe somewhere in the 6 or 800s. definitely 2 in the middle though.
Plinking with an oldie but a goodie. .22’s are the best for having fun, target, plinking and affordability. The H&R looks to be a great addition to your collection. Don’t get the “thumbs down” folk, must of missed the idea of your videos.
I bought mine back in the 90s at a gun show for under $100 it just needed grips and cleaned. Luckily for me I own a gunshop and didn’t have trouble finding grips for it out of N Y.
Amazing for this VERY old REVOLVER look like tough REVOLVER for its AGE
Your Barrel appears to be pinned, because the outline of the pin shows slightly under the buffing/blueing.
i.e. Your Barrel was buffed/blued AFTER pinning. vs.
Pinning the Barrel after buffing/blueing.
Your high quality, high resolution video shows the very slight outline of the area of where the pin was ground down and then buffed to match the surrounding area and THEN finally blued. Closer observation under magnification will disclose this.
I wonder how many cylinders were lost forever out in the rough. Mine was.
What a nice revolver.
I put various .22 short through my Henry rifle. Some of those are pretty stout…even sonic. The CB ones are no louder than an air rifle.
WE have one in the family that the front of the gun breaks like a shogun to load/unload.
Wow that was one helluva find . Great pistol !
Btw, I finally sourced all the different rounds I wanted to try thru my Bond Arms 45/410, As expected the 410 slugs had the most kick. But acceptable. Accuracy was about an 8” pattern at 20yds. The 45 long Colts were more accurate and less kick. The 410 defenders ? Haha , accuracy not important !
I was most comfortable using my middle finger as the trigger finger. Overall, happy I bought it . Take care!
Can’t be too rare. There’s often one or two for sale on Gunbroker.
Try the H&R 944 "Special" 22 heavy frame – 9 shot, crack open top with ejector, fixed sites, and a "hair trigger" too
I have one of these a friend was gifted by an old lady years ago.. he gave it to me to clean up for him but it’s just been sitting in it’s original holster for well over a year. Unfortunately the timing is a little off with it…I also have a 922 but don’t have a cylinder for it so just the frame.. the cylinders seem hard to find
I had the h&r 929 which is a 9 shot .22 revolver…I loved that gun& I really wish I still had it
I have a H&R 922 serial number 123080… No pin on the barrel
I had an H&R in the early 70s but it seems to me it was a round barrel. I was not impressed with its accuracy and it did not have the same grip as yours. I have no idea what the serial number was, I got rid of it not long after I got it.
That grip and barrel make it a Trapper.
That’s a gorgeous gun👍👌💯
Very sweet pistol. I have a low number 1931 second series 922. Still has the octagon barrel but it’s the first year with the round top grips. Not as nice cosmetically as yours but still operates and shoots fine. Found that you have to make sure to have empty shells or snap caps in the cylinder when dry firing or the firing pin can contact the cylinder face and peen the edge of the shell hole making it very difficult to load and unload.
This is great! I have this same model with the serial number 146068. It’s got a pinned barrel. Can anyone help find more info on the web that I can look at?
Mine has a 117 serial number