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From Heritage Manufacturing . . .

Heritage Manufacturing, Inc., producers of classic-style single-action revolvers, is pleased to announce the newest member of the family—the Barkeep.

This pint-sized revolver has an Old West flair and was inspired by the 19th Century Colt “Storekeeper” model. The single-action Barkeep comes chambered and ships with the affordable .22 LR 6-shot rimfire cylinder and two-inch barrel. This revolver is also compatible and designed to work with an interchangeable .22 WMR 6-shot cylinder option.

Built for optimal concealability in a light and portable package, the Barkeep boasts fixed open sights for fast action and a clean sight picture. Several grip options deliver classic western styling to compliment the standard black oxide or case-hardened frame finish. With a two-inch barrel configuration, this compact carry revolver also includes a stylish ejector pin with a turned wood handle with an “H” logo on top to give it the full days of yore feel. The Barkeep checks all the boxes for form and function.

Product Specs:

Caliber: 22LR Cylinder Material: Alloy Steel
Capacity: 6 RDS Cylinders Included: 1
Twist Rate: 1:10 RH Cylinder Finish: Black Oxide
Firing System: Hammer Frame Finish: Black Oxide or Simulated Case Hardened
Action Type: SAO Overall Length: 7.95 in.
Safety: Manual Overall Width: 1.50 in.
Front Sights: Fixed Overall Height: 4.86 in.
Rear Sight: Notch at Rear
Grip: Custom Scroll Wood or Gray Pearl

Heritage has announced their Barkeep Giveaway to help celebrate this launch. Click here to enter:

Item No: BK22CH2WBRN10 / Custom Wood Scroll Grips MSRP: $180.30

Item No: BBK22B2GPRL / Gray Pearl Grips MSRP: $189.39

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  1. i like it. “bartender, barkeeps for everyone!”
    i note that there is no mention of zamak in the frame, which is restricted in “some” locales.
    so the cylinder is steel… did i miss the frame part?

        • I enjoy my Heritage 6 shooter very much. A great gun for less than $100 brand new. Back in 2010. Not so law anymore.

    • “i note that there is no mention of zamak in the frame, which is restricted in “some” locales.”

      That’s a damn good question.

      It’s more expensive than a standard Heritage, so it’s a possibility.

      I really hope it is, or at least it’s aluminum, since as you mentioned, “Melt Laws” are a thing, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Chicago still had that on the books…

  2. It would seem preferential for all of Heritage’s revolvers to be 9-shot instead of 6-shot, but it seems as if only the 6-shot models are consistently offered.


    • Peter Gunn,

      I am also dumbfounded at all the revolver manufacturers who continue to offer 6-shot revolvers chambered in .22 rimfire calibers. It makes absolutely no sense as far as I am concerned.

      If you want such a revolver for plinking fun (which is a compelling reason to have one!), then you want as many shots as possible before having to reload. And if you want such a revolver for self-defense (another compelling reason to have one!), then you also want as many shots as possible before having to reload.

      At this point in the game I refuse to purchase firearms chambered in .22 LR or WMR with less than 9-shot capacity.

      And don’t even start me on the uselessness of a .22 caliber rimfire revolver with a 2-inch barrel — sheesh!

      • I have a 8 shot revolver in .22 and I agree it’s nice having a larger cylinder. I’m just not sure if I can load all 8 in New york.

      • Doubly curious since it appears the six and nine round models share the same frame.

        As for short barrel rimfires… for decades I suggested to potential buyers that they should be acceptable for defensive use if discharged in an aggressor’s nostril.

        NAA= nostril attack acceptable.

      • Because not everyone cares about capacity in a plinker. I have a Ruger Single Six .22lr/.22wmr among other high capacity .22’s and I can assure you it’s just as fun to shoot. Among other things it’s great practice for shooting my larger caliber six guns. There’s also the whole western “cowboy” aspect. As someone who was raised watching all the old westerns I very much enjoy living out a little bit of that with the .22 six gun.

        • That’s the only .22 handgun I have. It satisfies the need and is fun to shoot.

          Plus, it’s easier to ration hard to come by ammo with a gate loading six shooter.

      • “And don’t even start me on the uselessness of a .22 caliber rimfire revolver with a 2-inch barrel — sheesh!”

        Now you’ve done it!

        You hurt my NAA Mini-Revolver’s feelings, you BIG MEANIE!!! 🙁

        (*Snicker*… 😉 )

        • Now I know you’re being funny, because no self respecting man has ever owned, carried or so much as handled a .22 lr revolver with a 2” barrel 🤣!

        • “…because no self respecting man has ever owned, carried or so much as handled a .22 lr revolver with a 2” barrel”

          My NAA Mini’s barrel is 1 and 1/8 inches long, and that’s nearly twice as long as your pathetic excuse for a dick… 🙂

        • Yo, Geoff. Speaking of dickless cowards, you hero Donald Trump just conceded. What do you think about them apples 🤪??

        • “… What do you think about them apples 🤪??”

          At least my dick actually gets some use with a woman I don’t have to pay to spread her legs, little incel.

          And every single day for the rest of your life what you see in the mirror is a waste of viable protoplasm… 😉

      • Clarification: I own more than one Heritage .22 rimfire revolvers and I like them a LOT!

  3. I prefer the Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper in that it actually has an ejector rod. It looks like this thing uses the NAA method — remove the cylinder and poke out the empties with the cylinder pin. ETA: Sorry, I see it says it has an ejector pin. Is it kept in the grip? ETA 2: No, it’s not kept in the grip. I found a photo at The ejector pin is a big ole thing.

    • Also, the Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper with a 3″ barrel actually has a smaller overall length than this with a 2″ barrel, because of the Bearcat’s diminutive frame and grip.

      I’ve got a Heritage revolver with a 3″ barrel and a birdshead grip and I don’t really actually need to go any smaller than that.

  4. It’s a shame to see Read Manual Before Using engraved in the side. My ruger has Instruction manual available from ruger on the barrel.
    I assume the lawyers require it.

    • When you see some warning labels, you have to realize someone was stupid enough to do what they are warning you not to do.

  5. A single action .22LR 6 shot snubbie carry gun? What boxes do they check in the carry gun category, other than they do look kinda cool and are in the mouse gun price range?

  6. A bit awkward with that chopped-short barrel, but overall pretty darn cool. Love the look, actually.

    If I had a shop to keep, this would be a badass little holdout to hide under the counter. Looks like it’d be a hell of a lot of fun to take out to the range and execute pop cans for their sugary crimes.

    • With rat shot loads, it would be great as a hiking snake gun…

  7. I owned a Heritage Rough Rider back in 1994 or 95. Fully loaded, the 22LR cylinder would not rotate, a round would get hung up on the frame. The internal parts were made out of pot metal produced from 1970’s zinc match box cars. After less than 50 rounds those internals broke and fell out of the revolver. I tossed it into a pond.

    Maybe they have improved. But for an inexpensive single action plinker, the Ruger Wrangler wins hands down.

  8. The six versus nine round conundrum was going on when I bought my first handgun, an H&R 649. The 9 shot model 999 Sportsman had a lot more appeal in many ways but the six shooters had the magnum option. Could not get the .22WMR cylinder in anything but a six shooter.

    It’s a shame this is still going on. There’s no reason with modern metallurgy that a .22LR or .22WMR cylinder could not have 8 to 10 rounds.

    • I’ve had a Taurus 8-round .22 WMR revolver for about 20 years, so metallurgy hasn’t been a problem for a very long time, if ever.

  9. Cute, but I have a Ruger Wrangler for plinking and lots of real calibers for self defense, so no need for this revolver.

    • Ralph you may have sold a gunm for Ruger. Went to Hickock45 and he had a lot of powder residue on his hands, does yours do that or had he been shooting it a lot?

  10. I’ve had two with longer barrels. Both spit lead and powder, something wrong with the lockup. Absolutely do not like the safety, never used it. Once shooting at a Copperhead the safety had some how been activated, maybe the holster? I do not attempt to dissuade anyone from purchasing a gunm, however if asked I would tell them it’s not the best buy out there. To bad too as that short barrel would have made a dandy Kit gunm

  11. To me, that’s a novelty gun – not much practical use, but fine if you just want it for collecting or just cuz.
    I wonder what the old-west bar keeps and cowboys would have to say about having “READ MANUAL BEFORE USING” stamped on the side of their firearms?

  12. fyi
    There have been many articles about CCW a single action revolver over the years. There lots more than these. Any gun is better than no gun. Always train with whatever you have.

    1. “Single Action Revolver For Self-Defense?! It Could Actually Work”

    2. “How People Use to Practice Concealed Carry With Old West Guns”

    3. “Concealed Carry: Concealing A Single-Action Revolver”

    I’ve been looking for a short barrel SA revolver.

  13. I have a 9 shot Puma 22lr trainer. It has the same weight and feel of a police .357. I bought it many moons ago for $88 it is the most accurate 22 pistol I own.

  14. If it had an ejector rod attached to the barrel I might consider it, but this has an accompanying stick that you have to carry with you to punch the empties out. I have an H&R like that and while fun to shoot, its not useful for much. Takes too long to empty and reload.

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