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Sell: Harrington & Richardson Aetna No. 3

  • Type: Sell
  • Country: Canada
  • Province/State: British Columbia
  • City: DELTA BC
  • Manufacturer: other
  • If other, please specify: Harrington & Richardson
  • Condition: Good
  • Model: Aetna no. 3
  • Action/Type: Revolver
  • Calibre: .38 rim fire
  • Listed: May 20, 2020 12:14 pm
  • Expires: 22 days, 17 hours
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H&R were the successors to Wesson & Harrington – Frank Wesson being the brother (and mentor) of Daniel B. Wesson of S&W fame, and Gilbert Harrington being his nephew. Small world… When William Richardson joined the firm in 1874, and Frank thought of retiring, the company name was changed to Harrington & Richardson. Frank Wesson continued to be involved for a few more years until he finally retired for good in 1878. From then on, the firm of H&R was in the hands of the two principals, and they remained in Worcester, MA until the mid-1970’s, when they moved to Gardiner, MA. H&R were mostly makers of small revolvers – pocket revolvers, “suicide specials”, bulldogs, and later small semi-automatics.
This model, the Aetna, came in three calibers – the Aetna 1 was a .22 rim fire, the Aetna 2 1/2 a .32, and this most rare one, the Aetna 3 a .38 rim fire, five-shot pocket revolver. This specimen is in very fine condition, with about 85% original nickel, mostly flaking on the barrel. It shows some case colors on the hammer, and very fine, undamaged hard rubber grips, lightly bleached to a dark brown. The action is strong and crisp, lock-up is tight and indexing is accurate. The bore is very good, with sharp rifling . 3 inch barrel, marked only “AETNA 3″on the top strap, SN 684, rated very fine overall.
DISCLAIMER: All Old Guns Canada guns are sold as antiques and we do not make any representation as to the shooting safety of any of them. The guns should be checked by a gun smith before being fired. As antiques, they DO NOT REQUIRE A PAL however you must be 18 to buy. Please provide proof of age with purchase. Old Guns Canada is in business to satisfy our customers and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Prices are subject to GST and PST where applicable. Please be specific about shipping requirements, insurance, etc. Shipping is usually by mail, using the most economical methods, and the charge is a nominal $20. We ship as soon as your payment has cleared our bank.

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