Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The H&R 733 Guardsman Half III


Curious Relics #072: The H&R 733 Guardsman Part III

Welcome, in case you are a newcomer to this enjoyable bi-weekly section of! The final time round I coated the historical past and variations of a Harrington and Richardson revolver that had a brief staring function in a dumb 80s film, “dumb” in a loving method. I after all am referring to our H&R 733 Guardsman. Right this moment we’re going via its relationship, specs, and a listing of after-market components and equipment. Let’s dive proper into half three of the H&R 733 Guardsman!

Latest Curious Relics Protection:

Welcome to our recurring sequence of “Curious Relics.” Right here, we need to share all of our experiences, data, misadventures, and keenness for older firearms that one would possibly categorize as a Curio & Relic  – any firearm that’s no less than 50 years previous based on the ATF. Hopefully alongside the best way you possibly can garner a higher appreciation for older firearms like we do, and concurrently you possibly can educate us issues as properly via sharing your individual experience and ideas within the Feedback. Understanding the firearms of previous, their significance, and their growth which result in lots of the arms we now cherish at this time is extremely fascinating and we hope you get pleasure from what we have now to share, too!

Relationship: H&R 733 Guardsman

Very like the H&R Younger America that I coated earlier than this previous piece, a lot of the “relationship” may be fastidiously deciphered by wanting on the slight adjustments in variations. By simply doing that (with our final article) I can conclude that my private H&R 733 was made between 1975 to 1981. BUT understandably most of us need to slender issues down additional. Fortunately for us, 733 house owners Harrington and Richardson made a reasonably fashionable transfer and had discernable serial quantity blocks all decodable by the one or two-letter code earlier than a given serial quantity. Enable me to put out all serial quantity relationship out for weapons made 1940 and later.

My serial quantity begins with AT in order that implies that my explicit H&R 733 is from 1979.

1940 -1986 H&R Serial Quantity Relationship:

Publish 1940 Harrington & Richardson Letter Code Serial Quantity Relationship

Specs: H&R 733 Guardsman

The H&R 733 generally known as the “Guardsman” or “Sidekick” was produced from 1958 till 1986 when Harrington and Richardson shut down. It had fairly a life residing on via a number of variations and notable design adjustments comparable to barrel geometry, grip panel supplies, ending processes, and grip form. heck, they didn’t even produce a 4-inch mannequin till the top of its manufacturing.

All specs are 12 months/variation particular.

  • Years Produced: From 1958 to Roughly 1986
  • MSRP in 1969: $52.50 ($438.92 by at this time’s buying energy)
  • Working System: Revolver, Double Motion/Single Motion
  • Chambering: 32 Smith & Wesson Lengthy (Can Use Quick)
  • Barrel Size: 2.5 or 4 Inches
  • Capability: 6 Rounds
  • Single Motion set off Pull: ~ 6 lbs (My Private 733)
  • Entrance Sight: Mounted Entrance Ramp
  • Rear Sight: Windage Adjustable Sq. Notch
  • Grip: Checkered Black or White Plastic.

After Market Elements & Equipment: H&R 733 Guardsman

Proper off the bat sadly there’s little or no in the best way of H&R 733 equipment. Nevertheless, there are a bunch of components on the market. Some are from sources I’ve purchased from and others I’ve not beginning off with the stops that I’ve hit could be the plain Numrich which at all times has probability of getting components you want and a helpful components diagram. then there’s after all Jack First in addition to eBay. Past that, I discovered some components at Hog Island Gun Elements and Schluder Photographs.


Finish of Half Three: H&R 733 Guardsman

The previous H&R 733 Guardsman has fairly the story from its begin in 1958 via the top in 1986. You possibly can determine the 12 months of manufacture via serial numbers and design adjustments over time. These helpful double-action revolvers shot .32 S&W Lengthy out of brief 2.5″ or 4″ barrels with adjustable sights. Although equipment are scarce as of late, you possibly can nonetheless discover components to maintain your 733 capturing for a very long time to return. See you people on the vary within the subsequent one!


In closing, I hope our Curious Relics section knowledgeable in addition to entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We didn’t simply understand how weapons have been purported to look and performance. It was a protracted and tedious course of that has formed the world we dwell in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm on the market that you just really feel doesn’t get a lot notoriety?  What ought to our subsequent Curious Relics matter cowl? As at all times, tell us all your ideas within the Feedback beneath! We at all times admire your suggestions.

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