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S&W ID Help

Co-worker got this from their stepfather who passed away years back.We couldn't find a model or ser #'s anywhere on the gun.S&W and it is a .22 with a raised grip at the thumb.Any help?
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that is a known as a 5 screw, pre-model 17 to collectors. s&w called it a K-22 Masterpiece from 1947-1957 and in 57 and later they called it the Model 17.

the stocks are not original but appear to be period correct, i.e 50's. they are known as thumb rest target stocks and appear to be Sandersons.

that gun is late 40's to early 50's. the exact year could be determined by the serial number which will be on the bottom of the grip frame.

Your friend has a very desirable gun and stocks and it appears to be in nice shape. it is one of the best shooting 22 revolvers ever made.

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Ser # inside cylinder frame "KO" above "13XXX" and a "9" under that.Grips have "Made in Italy" on inside.
What frame would this be if he wants to look for origional grips?
Bottom of grip "K" 252XXX

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thats a K frame. if the grips say made in italy then they are not sandersons but appear to be very nice knock-offs. the serial number is on the bottom of the grip frame. the numbers inside the frame are not serial numbers.

the original stocks for that gun are known as square frame diamond magna's. keep in mind though that those years had them numbered to the gun so he won't be able to have an original gun, just period correct. heres an example of the stocks that would have come on that gun. note the diamond around the screw hole denoting an early set.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/923563071/Smi...lnut-GR0610.htm

they could have also come with diamond target grips which would have been larger.
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that gun was made in 1955

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Pumpgun, great reply. I can tell your a fan like me.

410-er, Here is one such gun that was auctioned off a while ago: K-22 Auction

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I have a K-22 like the one pictured ,it was my dad`s. I put 44 S&W grips on it. When it`s in my holster it looks like a S&W 44 Mag, I have the original grips put away in the blue box that the gun came in. This is a very desirable gun. I enjoyed reading this thread....


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vintage s&w revolvers can become addicting. they are a fine piece of craftsmanship and most shoot very nice. the k22's are especially nice. the only problem is they tend to multiple and cause loss of funds.

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vintage s&w revolvers can become addicting. they are a fine piece of craftsmanship and most shoot very nice. the k22's are especially nice. the only problem is they tend to multiple and cause loss of funds.
I can attest to that

There always seems to be some hole in my collection that needs filled. In N frame, I lack a 57 and a 1955 Target 44 spl would be nice. In K, oh where do I begin. I don't have a 19, or a 10 not to mention the holy grail model 16 Agh................

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I have a really nice 1969 or 1970 S&W Model 19-4 .357 mag with a 6 inch barrel. Wow, this thing is seriously well made and shoots just as good. I love mine and it`s a keeper forever and I rarely say that about a gun.

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