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Old February 14th, 2018, 10:01 PM #11
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Similarly, Harrington and Richardson pistols seem under-appreciated, even though they were quite decent, especially the target versions. I have a Sportsman 999 top-break .22LR revolver that I really enjoy shooting and seems very accurate.

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I had one of those in 1979 and the rear sight would not stay on the piece of crap. Brand new gun when I bought it. Took it to the range and after firing the first 9 shots, I opened it, reloaded, closed it and raised to fire. Where the heck did the rear sight go?!
Looked everywhere and couldn't find it. Took it back to the LGS and he sent it back to H&R. They returned it with a new sight and said that they used locktight on the setscrews.
Back to the range. After about 100 rounds, the rear sight was gone again. This time it disappeared before the gun was empty so I noticed it right away and this time found the rear sight broken on the ground at my feet.
This time, H&R bought it back and that is the last one of their guns I will own.
The sight was poorly designed and the two points that contacted the setscrews were very thin and fragile. Couldn't withstand the recoil of a 22LR!
I would hope that they have changed the design of that sight.
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Old February 15th, 2018, 12:05 AM #12
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Being a transplanted new englander living below the mason dixon, i nominate hi standard manuf co of hamden conn for it old line of target pistols and it sentenial line of revolvers. I recall seeing the revolver in the window of a sporting goods store ( when baseball gloves and pistols were still sold in the same store) and thinking, man thatís really nice. ( never did own one).
I'll second a Hi-Standard. I have one that was my Grandmother's bedside piece. My Grandfather bought it around the time I was born. I guess I lived up to his expectations.

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I'll throw in Roth-Steyr and Steyr-Hahn. Ugly and rugged. One of the first semi-auto pistols adopted by a country along with the Parabellum and C96. Not as convenient as the P08 because it had a fixed magazine in the grip loaded by strippers, but more ergonomic and weldable than the Broomhandle. The Nazis converted tens of thousands to 9mm Luger after taking over Austria...
Well, she slapped me when I asked her to "load my magazine"

I agree the Steyr-Hahn is still under-appreciated (or at least under-valued).
The one exception does seem to be the E/L-stamped converted guns (German police), which typically bring $1k-2k.
It's an interesting design with a rotating barrel, pretty simple internal parts, built like a tank.
Finding a nice, unmolested original is getting a lot harder.
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I agree the Steyr-Hahn is still under-appreciated (or at least under-valued).
The one exception does seem to be the E/L-stamped converted guns (German police), which typically bring $1k-2k.
It's an interesting design with a rotating barrel, pretty simple internal parts, built like a tank.
Finding a nice, unmolested original is getting a lot harder.
I like the Steyr made pistols, Iike to find a nice M1912. Saw this video on one a few years ago.

https://youtu.be/36yZHueEZLY
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I agree that the Steyr-Hahn is very underrated. My Bavarian Contract is my favorite pistol in my collection. I’d say most Austrian pistols are also underrated, like the M1898 Gasser, Roth-Krnka, and the huge M1870 Gasser revolver.

A few others I would mention are the French Mle 1873 and Mle 1892
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I had one of those in 1979 and the rear sight would not stay on the piece of crap. Brand new gun when I bought it. Took it to the range and after firing the first 9 shots, I opened it, reloaded, closed it and raised to fire. Where the heck did the rear sight go?!
Looked everywhere and couldn't find it. Took it back to the LGS and he sent it back to H&R. They returned it with a new sight and said that they used locktight on the setscrews.
The later ones (70's, 80's) tended to be garbage. Mine is from the 50's and built like a tank. Only issue I've had is replacing the 50yo mainspring because the plastic portion of it disintegrated with age. The replacement all-metal mainspring was inexpensive and simple to replace.
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A few others I would mention are the French Mle 1873 and Mle 1892
Beat me to it. My thought exactly. Very underappreciated as vintage/antique military revolvers.

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