November 1999

Four-inch .22 LR Revolvers: We Test Three Pretty Good Plinkers

H&Rís Sportsman 999 offers nostalgia as well as training for the beginner. Taurusí wheelgun may prove more suitable for some, but the experienced shooter will want S&Wís fine Model 617.

[IMGCAP(1)] Regardless of which firearm you shoot most often, the only way to ensure its safe and effective use is through constant practice. Enter three revolvers chambered for .22 Long Rifle: The $359 Taurus Model 94, Smith & Wesson’s 617, $534, and the $280 Sportsman 999 from Harrington & Richardson, now known as H&R 1871, Inc. While the Taurus 94 appears slightly smaller than the company’s medium-sized revolvers, the Smith 617 is a standard sized K-framed revolver with full lug barrel bored to fire 10 rounds of .22 LR instead of .38 Special or .357 Magnum. We’ve lost count of the old hands who first learned to shoot on the break-top H&R, and the other two guns in this test offer an inexp...

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