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    H&R manufacture date from serial number

    Hi,

    I saw a used H&R single shot in .223 at the gun shop this morning. Is there any way to find the manufacture date from the serial #? I know this can be done for my Marlins, but I haven't been able to find similar info for the H&R rifles.

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    Re: H&R manufacture date from serial number

    See the build year list in the FAQs and Help sticky in the H&R Centerfire Rifle forum at GBO.

    Tim

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    Re: H&R manufacture date from serial number

    Thanks! Much appreciated.

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    H&R 20 gauge

    Would like to know the manufacture date of my H&R 20 gauge from serial # - I'm also interested to know if it has any value - where is the FAQ mentioned above located (I'm new!)
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    Hey Guys: A buddy of mine just gave me an old H & R Topper Model 48 16-gauge. I know NOTHING about these. As a single-shot bird gun, it should be fine. I'm looking for the production date as per the serial number, but am not having any luck. It indicates that it was built in Drummondville, Quebec. If anyone has some ideas, I'd really appreciate it. Serial #36642

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    Canadian made H&R's, a new one on me, try www.go2gbo as stated above, much good H&R info there.
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    Yes - it's actually stamped 'Drummondville, PQ' on the receiver. I've checked that site, but no joy so far. Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreybeardGunner View Post
    Hey Guys: A buddy of mine just gave me an old H & R Topper Model 48 16-gauge. I know NOTHING about these. As a single-shot bird gun, it should be fine. I'm looking for the production date as per the serial number, but am not having any luck. It indicates that it was built in Drummondville, Quebec. If anyone has some ideas, I'd really appreciate it. Serial #36642

    Thanks.
    What else is marked on the left side of the frame? Goforth's book H&R Arms Co 1871-1986 says the M48 was made 1943-1957, no mention of any Canadian production. Factory letter code should be on the bottom of the tang for early production 1943-1946 (D - G), 1947-1957 (H - T) on the left side of the frame.

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    Morning everyone!

    Quickdtoo, there's definitely no letter anywhere on the receiver, tang, barrel or anywhere else. That's the specific thing that's been causing me issues. However, I have now managed to determine the age using the 'Blue Book of Gun Values' (and assuming that the serial numbers were generated consecutively). 1938 is the manufacture year. This is a great tool to find the production date of a firearm using the guns serial number. Here's the link:

    http://bluebookofgunvalues.com/Info/PDF/Firearm/Serialize.pdf

    Thanks to all!
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    I have the hard copy 33rd and CD 34th editions of the BBGV, you're looking at the High Standard brand which starts at the bottom of the page after H&R and continues on the right side of the page, the M48 wasn't made until 1943.

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    2332 SERIALIZATION, cont.
    HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON SERIALIZATION 1940 -
    1982, cont.
    Year starting s.n. PreFiX
    1960 W
    1961 X
    1962 Y
    1963 Z
    1964 AA
    1965 AB
    1966 AC
    1967 AD
    1968 AE
    1969 AF
    1970 AG
    1971 AH
    1972 AJ
    1973 AL
    1974 AM
    1975 AN
    1976 AP
    1977 AR
    1978 AS
    1979 AT
    1980 AU
    1981 AX
    1982 AY
    H&R SINGLE BARREL SHOTGUNS
    The following is a years of production listing for all Main
    Line single barrel shotguns produced by Harrington &
    Richardson with a cross reference to Deluxe and Youth
    variations.
    mOdel dates Years mFg.
    1900 1901-1916 15 Years
    1905 (Small Frame)
    1906-1915 10 Years
    1908 1909-1930 32 Years
    1915 (Small Frame)
    1916-1930 15 Years
    No. 5 1931-1942 12 Years
    No. 8 1931-1942 12 Years
    48 (First use of the TOPPER name)
    1943-1956 14 Years
    188 (Deluxe variant of Model 4
    1943-1956 14 Years
    148 1957-1961 5 Years
    488 (Deluxe variant of Model 14
    1957-1961 5 Years
    480 (Youth variant of Model 14
    1957-1961 5 Years
    158 1962-1973 12 Years
    198 (Deluxe variant of Model 15
    1962-1973 12 Years
    490 (Youth variant of Model 15
    1962-1981 20 Years
    058 1974-1981 8 Years
    098 (Deluxe variant of Model 05
    1974-1981 8 Years
    088 (Economy model)
    1979-1986 5 Years
    088 JR (Youth variant of Model 08
    1979-1986 5 Years
    099 Deluxe 1982-1986 5 Years


    HIGH STANDARD
    SERIALIZATION

    The author wishes to express thanks to Mr. John J.
    Stimson, Jr. for the following information.
    The serial numbers listed represent the highest serial
    number shipped for the year. Regular serial numbers
    began with 5,000 which was shipped October 15,
    1932. Although it appears the guns were generally
    assembled in numerical sequence, the shipments were
    not and some guns may have remained in inventory for
    weeks, months, or even years between assembly and
    shipment.
    Year serial number
    1932 5,102
    1933 6,567
    1934 8,313
    1935 11,651
    1936 18,751
    1937 30,026
    1938 39,430
    1939 50,619
    1940 70,715
    1941 91,986
    1942 104,520
    1943 115,423
    1944 135,659
    1945 145,817
    1946 174,194
    1947 233,402
    1948 301,349
    1949 326,123
    1950 335,693
    1951 356,899
    1952 357,295
    1953 442,984
    1954 475,186
    1955 508,613
    1956 652,405
    1957 776,129
    1958 913,111
    1959 1,044,802
    1960 1,147,641
    1961 1,224,652
    1962 1,285,049
    1963 1,353,764
    1964 1,418,870
    1965 1,507,541
    1966 1,610,707
    1967 1,853,513
    1968 2,030,404
    1969 2,172,356
    1970 2,232,503
    1971 2,828,293
    1972 2,356,207
    1973 2,424,175
    1974 2,469,497
    1975 is the last year of the regular serial number series
    (except for Sr. No. 2,500,811 shipped August 28, 1976)
    and marks the beginning of the letter prefix serialization.
    Year sr. nO. sr. nO. sr. nO.
    1975 2,500,810 G 04,566 ML 06,747
    1976 G 13,757 ML 23,065
    1977 G 18,298 G 162,590 ML 29,707
    1978 G 20,223 ML 41,270
    1979 ML 63,483
    1980 MLG 20,408 ML 81,629
    1981 SH 18,446 ML 90,000
    1982 SH 25,964
    1983 SH 31,558
    1984 SH 34,034
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