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The Harrington and Richardson Single Shot 20 Gauge Shotgun

A Wonderful Shotgun for Less Than $200

I've owned a Harrington and Richardson single shot 20 gauge shotgun since I was 12 years old. I can't imagine NOT owning one. I saved the chore money, and the allowance money that I had until I had the $65.00 that it cost for me to purchase it from Walmart. You'll have to picture in your mind the child's glee that filled my mind and my face as we, my father and I, left the store. I wonder if I've ever been so happy since then.

The Harrington and Richardson single shot shotgun is a fine gun, and it's the ideal gun to start a child off early with, and I DO believe children should all be educated concerning firearms at an early age. We've the right to own guns, and hunting isn't even the reason that we have this right. I don't and won't ever care what the US Federal Government has to say about it, it's not their decision—YOU were born with the right to own firearms for hunting or to defend yourself.

Fearmongers are universally cowards, and no one should ever pay attention to anything streaming through our utterly and completely corrupt mass media here in the USA, or anywhere else that I know of either.

The Pardner Model

The Pardner Model


I Can't Miss a Target With This Gun

I've owned several shotguns. I've been bird hunting, and shot clay pigeons for target practice with more shotguns than I'll ever remember. I say this in all seriousness though. I can't seem to miss with the Harrington and Richardson single shot 20 gauge.

When I was young and would go dove hunting with my father and my grandfather, they both had pump-action shotguns. Sometimes we'd hunt with other members of the family, and people that they worked with. Sometimes those guys had automatic shotguns. I asked my father why he didn't have an automatic. Usually these guys worked for him, or with him, and I was positive that my father was the hardest working, wealthiest man in the world. That's a 12-year-old's mind and perception there. My father told me,

Automatic shotguns aren't fair. It's more sportsmanlike to use a pump.

Well, that may be true, and if it is—then it's even more sportsman-like to use a single shot. You get one chance, and maybe I got to be a good shot because of it. All I know is that I can't miss with mine, and I don't.

This Is Me With My Harrington and Richardson Single Shot 20 Gauge.

This Is Me With My Harrington and Richardson Single Shot 20 Gauge.

Respect must be paid to singular simplicity, even when it is fundamentally a long piece of pipe and a trigger mechanism on two pieces of wood. In every era, frugal or frivolous, what firearm is more cost-effective than the cheap, no frills, single shot shotgun?

— Mark Wynn

The Beauty of Simplicity

I liked the quote up above so well that I couldn't bring myself to NOT copy/paste it, and credit it. Mr. Wynn then went on to say that he'd bought one of these timeless shotguns at a gun store clearance sale for $124.00. You can see already that the price for one of these has doubled over the past 24 years—the time that has elapsed since I first bought mine.

I'll tell you the truth here, you'd have to give me more than double that for mine, and I probably wouldn't sell it then. Sure, I've got another single shot 20 gauge almost just like this one—but sometimes in life, for me, some things just won't ever be for sale.

The Trooper Model

The Trooper Model

From researching these guns on the web, I've determined that the gun that I own is a Pardner model. Also available for a bit more money is the fancier Trooper model. You can clearly see that the "Trooper" model features some nickel finish and a recoil pad. If you remember, I was telling you about how my dad and I went to Walmart to buy my gun, well, I didn't tell you—but for the same price, I could have purchased the same gun in the larger 12 gauge model, or the smaller 410 gauge model.

I guess that at this point in my life I really wish that I had purchased the 12 gauge. Facts are this though, to my small, 12-year-old frame, the 20 gauge kicked like a mule. My Dad wound up buying me an after-market recoil pad for my Harrington and Richardson. That rubber recoil pad lasted until this year.

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Overall Thoughts

The Harrington and Richardson single shot shotgun is an American classic. This gun is available in the standard Pardner, or the fancier Trooper models, and either can be purchased as a 410 gauge, a 20 gauge, or a 12 gauge. The Harrington and Richardson single shot shotgun is a very lightweight, accurate shotgun, and it would be impossible for a gun to be more reliable. The single shot shotgun provides the greatest challenge and the highest level of sportsmanship for the hunter, as you have precisely one shot to use.

This gun makes an outstanding gift for a young man or woman who wishes to pursue hunting, and is an excellent catalyst for an appreciation of the outdoors. These guns can still be purchased for less than $200.00, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better or comparable model with such a high level of quality and value.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How much is a Harrington and Richardson Single Shot 20 Gauge Shotgun worth?

Answer: I've seen these on the used market for about two hundred dollars. I've never had another gun which I could hit what I was aiming at so well, and so I'd never sell mine. I would like to buy a 12 gauge version of the same gun though.


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 08, 2020:

Is it really that old? I guess I'm not familiar with how long they've been making those guns, but I'd sure think it would have to be worth something.

As simple a gun as it is, it's really a fantastic tool. Just can't miss with the thing.

Tim Miller on January 08, 2020:

I have an old H&R 20 gauge single shot . Date on it is 1907. Is it worth anything?

Clamhoe on August 08, 2018:

Nice write.Note topper not trooper on the model,I believe.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 24, 2013:

kendall 80 bucks??? That is an OUTSTANDING deal!

kendall on April 24, 2013:

This is good news. I am getting one this weekend from a fella for $80.00

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 30, 2011:

He thanks miesniewski! Mine is right here next to me!

mlesniewski from Upstate NY on May 30, 2011:

Great job on the article. You are right this is an excellent gun.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on December 18, 2010:

Thanks, ryan day; I've had mine for 24 years. It's really hard to miss something with, and man, the $65 I paid for it can't get you one as nice as mine nowadays!

ryan day on December 18, 2010:

Nice hub. Nice gun.

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