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Hello, I am new to this forum, I have just been given a S&W 22 LR CTG. I do not know much about this gun. I have tried to look up information about it and all answers lead me to this forum and to a catalog book that I dont have and at this time do not wish to spend $30 on. If someone could help me out on to what year it was made and any other general information on it.

I was told all you need is the letter and first 3 of the serial number.

SN B655xxx

Also the original grips were removed and someone made a custom grip. Is there places to find original grips?

Thank you for any help
 

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There is no S&W revolver that has a serial number starting with a "B", are you sure you are taking the serial number off the butt of the gun?
 

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Are you sure it's even a Smith & Wesson?

There were many foriegn copies that infringed upon the S&W name and trademarks.

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Is it a revolver? or, a small pocket semi-autimatic?

The only S&W B-serial numbers I am aware of are for a M-61 "Escort" 22 semi-auto made between 1970-73.

My reference book shows that the M-61 production ended in the B-654xx range.
 

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I have taken a closer look at it, and I had to remove the custom made grip to look at the placement for the serial # There is no letter attached to it, just 655947.

In the place where the one post says to look for the model # there is just has a 9576.

It is definitely a revolver, 6 inch barrel, says Smith and Wesson on the left side, and 22 Long Rifle CTG on the right side. There is also writing on the top of the barrel, "Smith and Wesson Springfield Mass USA"

I plan to upload a few pictures when I can find my camera.

Thank you all for the posts
 

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Sounds like a pre war K22. If he is reading the the number of the bottom of the barrel flat it may have a B prefix. The 6 number serial in the second post is in the range of early K22's.

Joshuwan.
By your description, your guns sounds to be a late 1930's vintage K22. K frame in .22LR caliber. They are a good one to have. Can you describe the complete rear sight assembly and how many screws you see in the top of it.
A picture will confirm what it is.
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Hi Joshuwan, welcome to the forum.

Here's a link to a thread that features other examples of the same model you have.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3716

From the serial number, your gun was probably shipped sometime in 1936, though low levels of Depression production and S&W's shipping policies may mean it sat on the storeroom shelf for longer than that.

The gun is called a K-22 First Model, or K-22 Outdoorsman.

Pictures would be great if you can. A lot of S&W shooters and collectors are nuts about the company's .22 revolvers.
 
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