Title: Harrington & Richardson Model 158 “Topper” Single Shot 12 Gauge Shotgun
Make: Harrington and Richardson
Model: 158 Topper Shotgun
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: 1968. AE Barrel date code.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Action Type: Top Break, Single Shot.
Markings: The top of the barrel is stamped, “12 Ga. 2 ¾” Mod. The left side of the receiver is marked “Topper Model 158 / Harrington & Richardson, Inc. / AE US Pat 2876576 “.
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are varnished wood. There is a large mar to the surface finish on the left side of the stock and some freckling in the finish on the right side of the butt. There is a split beginning in the forend, which may need to be replaced/repaired. The LOP measures 13 ¾ inches. The stocks rate in about Fair overall condition.
Type of Finish: Case Hardened Frame, Blue Barrel.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear to the barrel, with some minor finish abrasions 2 inches and 8 inches from the muzzle. There is also some wear near the breech, on the top of the barrel. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, the barrel breaks open, the hammer cocks, and the trigger trips the hammer. We did not fire this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Harrington & Richardson Model 158 is one of those guns that used to be in every barn or garage in rural America. These things are just about bulletproof, and will last for centuries. They are as simple as it is possible to be, a single shot break-top, hammer fired gun, but that makes them great survival or zombie apocalypse guns! This one is in fine condition. It wants for a bit of attention to the forend, but a strip of glue, and it is back in the race, ready to last for the next century or two, providing solid, dependable service for coming generations of shotgunners!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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