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Re: H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 16 July 2011, at 4:39 p.m., in response to H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?, posted by Steve on Saturday, 16 July 2011, at 3:28 p.m.
As far as I know, they were produced in 1971, or very close to it. They were H&R's first venture into reproduction TDs, so I would think they were made ahead of all of the other versions.
I doubt VERY much that they were assembled in any sort of strict sequence, or that any one number would be "better" than another. I further believe that 10,000 OMs were made, staring with number 1 (not 0001). They also made 1000 full length rifles, and an unknown number of plain carbines, plus several very garish commemoratives which I suspect are worth less today than when they were first sold. Sort of a trashy "Franklin Mint" deal.
The H&Rs can suffer unexpected breech openings, due to a seriously flawed thumblatch - made much differently (cheaper) than the originals. It IS fixable - the cam must not be allowed to pivot on the shaft. The best feature is that off-the-shelf jacketed ammo (except the HV loadings!!) is both safe and accurate.
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