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I just inherited a Smith & Wesson 22 long rifle CTS I'm kind of curious what year it was built and how much it's worth. The serial number looks to be 5K89484 mod. 17-3. Mine has gold inlay as well I don't know if my uncle paid for that aftermarket cuz I looked around and haven't found one like that.
 

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Your gun is a Model 17-3 shipped in 1974. It's built on the K Frame and .22 Long Rifle CTG is the cartridge the gun is chambered for. If you are referencing gold filling in the stampings It was most likely done by a previous owner and can be removed with acetone if you don't like it. Value depends on condition and included accessories such as factory box, papers, and cleaning tools. Rough guess $500 - $700.
 

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CTG stands for "Cartridge" which is the correct term, not "caliber" that everyone uses today. I have a 17-4 K-22 Masterpiece (just had it out today) and it is a great shooter. I paid ~ $600 a few years ago without box or tools or paperwork from a daughter selling her dad's gun at a flea market. I considered it a good deal.
 

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That would be a bizarre thing to do! And not an inlay anyway. A photo would clarify.
It's gold paint. Seen it alot with older guns to highlight the rollmarks.
 
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Your Mod. 17-3 is also known as the K22 Masterpiece target revolver, as Abby's Dad notes above. This is often shortened to the K22. The original gun was introduced in 1940 (the K22-40) and only a few were made before WWII. After the war, S&W brought it back with a top serrated rib and also made matching Masterpiece versions on the K frame in .32 (Mod. 16) and .38 (Mod. 14) caliber. These guns are nearly identical right down to the weight so a target shooter could alternate calibers without having to compensate for changes. Arguably, it is still the finest target revolver ever made. Congratulations on your inheritance!
 

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Your gun is a Model 17-3 shipped in 1974. It's built on the K Frame and .22 Long Rifle CTG is the cartridge the gun is chambered for. If you are referencing gold filling in the stampings It was most likely done by a previous owner and can be removed with acetone if you don't like it. Value depends on condition and included accessories such as factory box, papers, and cleaning tools. Rough guess $500 - $700.
Thanks for the info, I would post some pictures but I could not figure it out. It doesn't have factory box papers, just a gun and a zip up leather type case. Looks to be in pretty good shape. The grips seem odd to me though. Maybe I figured out the pictures.
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Here is a few more images, I did not realize how many people responded at first. That pretty cool! I was told from my aunt that my uncle had paid somebody to gold inlay one of the
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I'm assuming it's this one, because the other gun I got from her looks to be stock gold inlay.
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I just got this thing so I have been storing it in the case, I live in a hot dry area and I also have one of those silica canisters in my gun safe.
 

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I've often seen white paint (put there by idiots) but not gold.
My uncle did not cheap out on anything pretty sure you wouldn't have paid somebody to put paint in there I don't know the process of gold inlay if it's basically gold paint but I know everything that I got from him is high-end.
 

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I would not use a case but a silicone sock to keep rust issues at bay.
 
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