Picked up this interesting little piece from a friend at the Indy 1500 gun show this past weekend.
The most obvious visual clue is the spring-loaded underbarrel ejector rod assembly, à la the Colt Peacemaker.
I would LOVE to know the history of this gun. The work is immaculate and the re-nickel job is quite nice.The frame dates to 1898, making it an antique, although the cylinder is later, so it's unlikely that the conversion dates to the twenty-year stretch from 1881-1901 where S&W didn't have any .22s in their lineup.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
|H&R Self-Loading .25 pistol. The safety worked backwards from the usual, in that up was "fire" and down was "safe".|
"In a firearm, the combination with a frame having a forward extension, a reaction spring mounted in said forward extension, and a barrel, of a breech block or bolt carrier having a semitubular, forward extension to inclose the barrel and to engage said frame and to slide thereon..."In other words, Colt's had the patent to the one-piece slide and breechblock. Remington and Savage dodged this patent with their designs from John Pedersen and Elbert Searle having the breechblock as a piece separate from the slide. H&R went in a different direction by licensing designs from English gunmaker Webley & Scott in which the slide did not "inclose the barrel".
|From top to bottom: Webley .455 Auto, H&R .32, H&R .25, Webley .32|
|No sights, but it has a loaded chamber indicator.|
Although in the catalog from 1912 until 1920, some sources say that production of the .25s actually stopped in 1916, and remaining sales after that date were out of unsold stock. At any rate, only 16,000 were produced, making it one of the rarer early American pocket autos.