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Really nice, early K22

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This was to be the start of my S&W collection a few years back.
I was at the Big Reno show looking for a nice M17 or K22 for a shooter. At the time, I was collecting Winchester lever rifles and didn't know anything about S&W's.
Anyway, I spotted this K22 #4339 and fell in love with the low number revolver. I had no clue as to the one line address or the LERK on this revolver.
After some research, I found these revolvers to be highly collectible. So, my shooter turned into a collectible, and I never fired it.
A little later, I lettered it. No biggie, but it was shipped on my 5th birthday in 1947.
I had the gold box numbered to the gun, and decided to get all the tools, which I have now. One of my favorites now and thought I might share it with the good folks on this forum. Big Larry
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Verah nice. 1947's are special to me as I have my father's. I lettered it as well and it shipped in Nov 1947. Original box but no original tools to my knowledge.

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after seeing your set up the aluminum hoop in the box could well be original.

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Mine came with both rods and the early Helpful Hints. I acquired the original type wax paper and the SAT later on when I got into collecting. What is your serial number? Must be close to mine, and could be even lower. Big Larry
That's a pretty one Larry, but I wouldn't call it "early". A prewar one from the 30's would be early.
True. I have one of those boxed as well, but I would consider a post war K22 # 4339, early. Entirely different revolver too. Big Larry
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Great looking K22's guys.
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Hey BL,

WoW! You sure know how to draw out some FINE REVOLVERS!!

Later, Mark
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Very nice K22's. Love seeing the pics.
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Very nice shooting iron there larry! I found a 1948 K22 combat masterpiece with original diamond magnas yesterday for 485$. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Its a clean shooter that i need like a hole in the head!
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Mine came with both rods and the early Helpful Hints. I acquired the original type wax paper and the SAT later on when I got into collecting. What is your serial number? Must be close to mine, and could be even lower. Big Larry
Nope. Mine is over twice your s/n. K8726. It shipped Nov 20, 1947. I'm guessing yours shipped in late Sept or Oct of 1947.
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Those are all great looking examples!
That LERK thing has me intrigued. As I'm such an old codger it'd probably be about my age. A 1947 with s/n 699 is sure pretty but looks like it would cost about twice as much (1000+) as I am willing to divulge to the wife. Sure is pretty. Is it worth going to the dog house for a while?
It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. :devilish:
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Maybe I could say "I gotta buy it so I can see what it looks like" (ala Pelosi!)
Nope. Mine is over twice your s/n. K8726. It shipped Nov 20, 1947. I'm guessing yours shipped in late Sept or Oct of 1947.
Mine was shipped on my 5th birthday. 9-23-1947. It is in way better shape than I am. Big Larry
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