S&W Model Pre-?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by montezumaz, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. montezumaz

    montezumaz Former Guest

    Just purchased a S&W .22 from my shooting buddy. :thumbsup:
    No model number on crane, adjustable rear sight, ramp front sight, 6" bbl, right side of bbl: "22 Long Rifle CTG" left side of bbl: "SMITH & WESSON" the "&" is elongated, right side of frame: 3 screws visible, one-line "MADE IN U.S.A." S/N K283X on butt, crane & cylinder; diamond grips; honest holster wear so condition is 90-95%.

    Oh yes, paid $250 but I did try to pay him a lot more. :dontknow:
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    You have a K22 made in 1947. Nice.

    I need friends like that.

  3. montezumaz

    montezumaz Former Guest

    Thanks, Alpo! Any idea if this is a Pre-17 or maybe a pre-18? :confused:
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Certainly it's a "pre", since model numbers didn't start until 1957.

    The 17 is the 22 version of the 38 Target Masterpiece. It came with a 6 or an 8 3/8" barrel and Patridge front sight. The 18 is the 22 version of the 38 Combat Masterpiece, and came with a 4" barrel and a ramp front sight.

    According to the book, it's a "Pre-17", with that barrel length. But, also according to the book, it should have a Patridge front sight. If it has a ramp, either a previous owner switched it (which would decrease value to the collector) or it was a special order from Smith (which would increase value to the collector). If you are thinking about the value of it, it might be worthwhile to spend 50 bucks and get a factory letter. If it came from the factory with the wrong front sight, and you have a letter saying it came that way, it makes it worth more.
  5. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Did you edit the serial number? I was pretty sure there were all numbers - no X - first time I saw this post.

    Just curious.
  6. montezumaz

    montezumaz Former Guest

    I did inset the "X" for the last digit as an afterthought.
    I may have to invest in another S&W letter to clear up the mystery. Since these have pinned barrels, it would be easy for a smith to trade-out barrels, but don't know why they would do that.

    (I already have a 4" pre-18 with S&W letter.)
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