breakthrough so important that it alters the course of an industry is rare
indeed. But it happened in 1871, when Gilbert H. Harrington invented the
top-breaking, shell-ejecting revolver. For the first time, handgunners had a
firearm that was not only durable and accurate, but easy to load and unload as
In 1932, an
H&R pistol was used to set a new U.S. pistol record, and would go on to
become the most famous firearm of its kind-the U.S.R.A. single-shot target
pistol. This pistol was so accurate that it was adopted by the U.S. Army Pistol
In wartime, H&R answered the call to duty.
During World War I, H&R was an important producer of shoulder-type flare
guns. In World War II, the company was a major producer of military firearms,
earning many commendations from the U.S. armed forces. It produced the U.S. M1
Garand rifle, was the largest single manufacturer of the M-14, and one of the
major producers of the M-16.