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    Hi folks, brand new member here trying to find out just what my latest acquisition is. I think I have a version of the 22kit gun. It has a 31/2 inch bbl. a flat serrated cyl release and a serial # 16xxx. I'm trying to get some pics that I can send. It is in excellent shape, good shiny sharp bore and jut a bit of cyl. wear, checkered diamond grips with medallion. I know this is not much to go on without pics. but any info would be appreciated.
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    Welcome to the friendly forum. If that truly has a 3 1/2" barrel (measured from the cylinder to muzzle), not a 4", it's a Model 43 or it's predecessor the '22/32 Kit Gun Airweight'. They are not marked Airweight but had aluminum alloy frame & cylinder. After 1957 re-named the Model 43. OTOH if it's 4" & steel frame & cylinder it's a 22/32 Kit Gun or it's predecessor re-named the Model 34 after 1957. At any rate either of these are fairly desirable to collectors. Yours was shipped between 1955-59.
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    would agree it is a 22/32 kit gun, the Model of 1953 version. i dont have a close sn reference in my notes at hand, but id say 1955

    square butt, improved I-frame

    gun looks to be correct.. nice
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    It is a steel frame and 3 and 1/2 inch bbl . Hope I didn't overpay at 450. I used to collect S&Ws but kinda got away from it and concentrated on militaria for the last 40 years or so. Now the only Smiths I have is a 29-2 61/2 and a 38 bodyguard airweight, plus this one of course.
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    From the books I have the serial # range fits the .22 hand ejector 3rd model, but I don't think that the gun dates back that far

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    Welcome to the forum! Nice kit gun. It will be fun to shoot as well.
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    Very nice! I just picked up this Airweight Kit gun (pre 43) last summer. Looks just like yours and has a 3.5 inch barrel. My serial number is 157XX so its pretty close to yours. The barrel, yoke and ejector rod are steel but the frame and cylinders are aluminum. It can be hard to tell because a good magnet will have some attraction to the side plate and cylinder due to the steel parts inside

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    Welcome to the Smith & Wesson Forums from Arizona. Here's a photo of my Pre Model 43...
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    Thanks guys, and I stand corrected, a pre model 43 is what I have. May I ask what do you value these at? kinda dumb question I know, but it's late and Im tiredhave a good night all.

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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! You paid in the ballpark for that gun. It looks very nice. Congratulations!
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