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Some years back I glommed this old S&W 5 screw K-22 at an online estate sale.

The gun is all matching, including the grips. It doesn't look bad for a gun that is 65 years old--bluing excellent and only a few minor scratches. Based on the condition, I would say that this did not get fired much. There is a little blue wear at the muzzle, on the cylinder and at the front of the crane





 

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That is a beauty. More than likely shipped in early 1956.
Now that’s a looker! I’ve got a 5-screw from 1947. A good shooter , but not as nice as yours. Hank
Thanks, guys!

You know, I have a K38 5 screw in pretty good condition and a few years older than this one (I think 1952), The bluing on that one is nice, but not as shiny as the bluing on this K22. Did S&W make a change in the bluing in the early 1950's?

https://www.smithandwessonforums.com/forum/s-w-revolvers-1945-present/209663-5-screw-k38.html
 

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Sweet K-22. You must be proud to have it in your collection. Thanks for sharing the pics.:cool:
 

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Hey Mustang,

That is a swell looking K 22!

Shoot it well and often.

Later, Mark
 
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Very nice K22 any super fun to shoot. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautiful!
What's not to love about a K-22. It's pretty close to perfection.
Thanks for sharing
 

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Thanks, guys!

Anybody know about any possible changes in the manner of bluing these revolvers in the early/mid 1950's?
 

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By the mid 1950s the "Bright" finish had become standard. Before that the bright finish was a factory option and those were marked with a large "B" on the barrel flat. The bluing stayed the same. It was the level of metal polishing that gives them the brighter look. Here are a couple of my K-22s with "Bright" finish.


K-22 '55.jpg K-22 1955 KB.jpg
 

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By the mid 1950s the "Bright" finish had become standard. Before that the bright finish was a factory option and those were marked with a large "B" on the barrel flat. The bluing stayed the same. It was the level of metal polishing that gives them the brighter look. Here are a couple of my K-22s with "Bright" finish.
Wow! Nice looking revolvers!

Thanks, Leo. That explains it. I noticed a difference between the bluing on my K22 and my K38 that is a few years older.

 

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That is very nice looking!
Thanks, Wendy.

I was fortunate to find it at an online auction.

Unfortunately, California has a very limited "Roster of Approved Handguns" that can be purchased. The only handguns that are "Roster exempt" are C&R handguns and Private Party transactions. Luckily both the K22 and the K38 are C&R.
 

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Some years back I glommed this old S&W 5 screw K-22 at an online estate sale.

The gun is all matching, including the grips. It doesn't look bad for a gun that is 65 years old--bluing excellent and only a few minor scratches. Based on the condition, I would say that this did not get fired much. There is a little blue wear at the muzzle, on the cylinder and at the front of the crane





Just curious, on 3 of the chambers there appears to be offset hammer nose strikes outside the recess. This might indicate a problem. The old 5 screws are a thing of quality, made back when fitters took pride in their work. Some of the best shooting S&W's to ever leave the factory
 
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