H&R Model 949 .22 caliber 9 shot revolver
This is my latest find, and I am very surprised as to how I acquired it. During vacation at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Virginia, a friend of my Dad's came to visit. He had a property nearby of about 10 acres and invited my dad, little brother, and I to shoot targets at his property. One of the guns we shot was an H&R Model 949 .22 caliber revolver. He let me wear it in an all leather western style side holster. It shot .22 shorts, and it was very fun to shoot. The only thing was it shot low to the right. But I really liked to shoot it and I let the owner know that it was a wonderful revolver. After awhile, he came over and asked when my birthday was, so I told him. He said "Darn, I missed your birthday, well, it's yours." and I was stunned. I can not describe how happy I was. He said he bought it when he was 22 for $100, and now he's 67 in the year 2010. So that means it's from around 1965 as the date of manufacture. The only thing is, I heard my Uncle say awhile ago that .22 short ammunition was hard to come by, so the store we bought the ammo to shoot with, I stopped by and bought another box of 100 rounds. It is in beautiful condition, the metal is nicely blued, and it's been well taken care of, except for the wooden handle, where it looks like the middle third of the wood (where it touches your palm, directly behind the hammer to the bottom of the handle) broke off. It looks like it was reattached, but the cracks are still visible, with the original wood. To tell you the truth, I don't care about that and am just happy to have received it. Also, if anyone has tips on how to adjust the fixed revolver sights, it would be very helpful. Will be posting picks of it when I get my camera working. It also has a transfer bar ignition so the hammer never strikes the pin without the trigger also being fully pulled which makes it safe to carry in the holster fully loaded, but you can't feather the hammer with the trigger pulled. And if anyone can find the year it was manufactured with the serial number, it would be greatly appreciated. The serial number is AN30393
Last edited by Nate B; 08-14-2010 at 12:31 AM.
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