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Old 02-19-2024, 09:35 AM
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I would say this one is in excellent condition. Made 1978, it has the ventilated rib. Tried it out a couple weeks ago and it is a shooter for sure. I was pleasantly surprised.






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Old 02-19-2024, 02:05 PM
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At the time I bought the Sportsman that is pictured below in the box, the gun store also had the same model you have. It was also in the original box. I decided to take the older one, built around 1938. This was almost 20 years ago, and they were both priced at $150 each. How times have changed! I picked up the other one pictured many years later from a friend, along with a H&R 22 Special.

This picture was in another recent Sportsman thread, so you've probably seen in before.


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Old 02-19-2024, 02:24 PM
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These are very fun and enjoyable guns. It has been my experience that the market recognized this at some point more than 4 years ago, less than 10 years ago. They used to appear all the time for a $125-$225, now they all sell for 2-3-4 times that price.

My Sportsman dates to 1951 and does not have that vent rib.
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Wow, you sure don't see them in that condition these days! What a fantastic gun - thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

(Now I'll be obsessing about those for a while! )
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that is a spectacular example. and yes, they have had a rapid increase in value in the past decade... last one I saw at a gunshow was 80-90 percent, no box priced at $500
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I'd shown my modern Sportsman at the beginning of this thread: The Harrington & Richardson Sportsman Although mine is just a few years later production, by then the vents in the barrel had become mere flutes.
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I have one; much fun to shoot. I 'm starting to gravitate to my .22s simply because of the current cost of reloading components.

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