There are those guns you dream of owning. You know the ones I mean. Where the price tags eclipse the one on the truck in your driveway and you know you’ll likely never own for fear of infinite nights on the couch. I have the same dream list, but I also have a wish list for guns that are more about function than price. These are guns that I’ve seen and thought I’d really love to own, but for one reason or another, have never bought.
The Harrington & Richardson Topper Deluxe Classic is one of these guns. It isn’t an expensive shotgun, but it is a great shotgun. The first time I saw one, I wanted it. It seemed to me to be a great gun for taking to the range for a round of clays or trap, and it also seemed like a great upland gun for those days when you don’t want a heavy pump or auto.
Many of us are familiar with the H&R single shot platform. For many of us, it was a first gun. If you’re like me, they are a great way to have a solid, functional gun for many occasions. I have several and am extremely proud of the ones I do have.
The Long Box
A friend of mine had the Topper Deluxe Classic in 12 gauge and we talked one day about it and how I thought it was a great gun and one day… Well shortly thereafter, I found a long box at my door with a note from my friend telling me that his Topper was now my Topper and I was to enjoy it to the fullest. It was very cool and one of those things that makes us in the hunting and shooting sports such a close-knit group. This gun will end up in the hands of my son one day.
The Outwrite Truth
The Topper has a nickel-plated frame that makes it a very distinctive looking firearm along with the American walnut stock. The 28-inch barrel has a vent rib and a screw-in choke system. The gun features automatic shell ejection and a classic brass-bead front sight. It has a very comfortable (for me) length of pull of 14-1/4 inches and 3 inch chamber. The trigger is, well, it’s an H&R trigger. They aren’t the best, but it works just fine.
Shooting the gun is a snap because it is a lightweight scatter-blaster that comes up nice thanks to the traditional lines and light weight. For hunting grouse here in the North Country, this gun is oh so nice. Just throw back the hammer and let the shot fly.
If you are in the market for a light-weight, classic-looking, great-shooting, single-shot shotgun with a price that won’t have you headed for the couch come bedtime, there is no finer gun out there than the H&R Topper Deluxe Classic. Now if you have one already, you know what I mean. And if you have one in 20-gauge, well, I’ll keep hoping and checking my doorstep.