The New England Firearms Trademark
New England Firearms is a trademark of the H&R Firearms company. H&R Firearms (Harrington and Richardson) manufactures firearms under two trademarks - New England Firearms and Harrington and Richardson. Their factory is in Gardner, Massachusetts and they've been in business for over a century producing high quality firearms.
H & R Firearms History
The original H&R firm was in business from 1871 to 1986. In the company's founding year, Gilbert H. Harrington created a top-breaking, shell-ejecting revolver. This was the first handgun that was easy to load and to unload. To sell his new invention, Harrington joined forces with William A. Richardson and they created the H & R company. In 1893, the company opened a facility in Massachusetts and were so successful that they expanded their factory after only a few years in business. During these years, they saw a great deal of success and produced many firearms for the American market. One such firearm, the single-barrel shotgun was an innovative success with its automatic shell ejection.
During the 1900s
In the year 1932, an H&R pistol helped its shooter to set a new U.S. pistol record. This helped the pistol to become the most famous firearm of its type as a single-shot target pistol. It was so successful that even the U.S. Army Pistol Team adopted it as their official pistol. During the World Wars, H&R supplied a great deal of firearms to the U.S. military. In WWI, they produced the shoulder-type flare guns. In WWII, they produced the U.S. M1 Garand rifle, were the largest manufacturer of the M-14 and they were a major producer of the M-16.
The 21st Century
The company went out of business in 1986, and a new company, H & R 1871, Inc formed in 1991. They produced revolvers, singe shot rifles and shotguns using the old H&R designs for their production. In the year 2000, Marline Firearms Company purchased all of the assets of H&R 1871, Inc. Today, H&R 1871 makes single shot shotguns and rifles, double barrel shotguns, pump shotguns and dog training blank revolvers. Their brand names include Harrington & Richardson, New England Firearms and Wesson & Harrington. They are the largest manufacturer of both the single shot shotguns and rifles in the world.
Today, H&R 1871 has many firearms from which to choose. They have shotguns, rifles, combos, and dog training starter revolvers. The combo is a hand-rifle in either .44 or .357 mag that is available in combo slug gun packages. The dog training starter revolvers are available in either .22 or .32 caliber blanks. They are made entirely in American and are both durable and reliable. They include a bright orange cap on the barrel to remind the user and observer that the revolver is not a firearm. In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has designated these revolvers as non-firearms. This means that they aren't liable for any of the Federal firearms restrictions.