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    smith wesson 22 revolver

    I looking for any information on a Smith Wesson 22 long rifle revolver with wood grips. Serial number K401xxx. I cannot locate a model number. I received it as part of an estate and would appreciate any info, age aproximate value, number made etc. My dad left a number of pieces that are collectors items that are about a hundred years old. This one looks like a fine weapon but seems of more recent vintage. It is in excellent condition blueing is complete with the exceptions of the trigger and hammer they have what seems to be heat discoloration very minor but there. any assitance would be appreciated.
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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    From the serial number, K401XXX, it would appear to be a K-22 mfg'd in 1960. The odd color on the hammer and trigger is what is referred to as "case color hardening." A picture would enable some to make a rough guestimate as to its value. It should be a Model 17-1. You can locate the model number when you open the cylinder. It's on the frame opposite the crane. A very desirable gun to hang on to.
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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    Thank you i found the model number and it is 17. The options for posting pictures on this site are somewhat different but I will see what I can do.

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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver


    Quality is not great but its what I was able to get uploaded.

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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    You have a very nice looking Model 17 and it appears to be a four screw. By that I mean, there is one screw in front of the trigger guard, and three screws on the side plate (on the right side of the frame). One of the screws is hidden under the right side grip panel. It also looks like it has a nice set of diamond checkered stocks, and the if they match the gun, there will possibly be a number stamped into the one of the grip panels that will match the gun's serial number, minus the "K". Model 17's are very desirable and a lot of fun to shoot.
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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    K-22's are a passion an collecting focus of mine.

    This is a fine specimen.

    There were alot of "Magical" and wonderful guns being build by Smith & Wesson during the K300,000-K400,000 serial range production.

    Note yours has a very high polish finish. Immediately previous to the era of your gun this was a "special order" finish, but around the turn of the decade 1960, this fine polish and blue was made standard. The depth and detail of this finish is striking and an example of the pinnacle of the Gun Maker's Art.

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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    Wow, that is great. Looks like my dad had a great eye. Thanks for all the info.

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    Re: smith wesson 22 revolver

    That is very nice, a treasure for sure!!
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