my inlaws showed me "daddys ol pistol" , like i'm some gun authority lol ,the forward end of the backstrap was seperated from the rest of the frame .
i think it was a 38 though , i dont know how it became broke ,but they still hold on to it as the dad is past .
h&r is a generally a cheaper version of any firearm but i think they are well enough made . mostly only being familliar with their single shot shotguns .
any doubts you have keep it in the safe .
good luck stay safe
just be watchful when firing it for the first few times , have a gunsmith check the timing to be sure of the condition .