Smith & Wesson 22 Long Rifle CTG

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  1. umasterlink

    umasterlink New Member

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    I recently inherited this revolver. The grips were removed because there was mold on them. They are plastic aftermarket target grips that were covering up the SW trademark. I have searched through the boxes of ammo and cleaning gear that my uncle gave me and the originals are not here.
    On the butt is stamped a "K" and then 143xxx.
    Inside of the crane is stamped like this:

    8

    42099

    4

    The barrel is pinned.
    Capacity is 6.
    My uncle left this gun in a plastic bag in a damp basement for many years so the finish has light rust in many places. The bore and all 6 chambers in the cylinder are clean.
    Can anyone please help with the following:
    1. What model is this?
    2. Any idea of year of manufacture?
    3. Any range on value?
    4. Where can I find the proper stock grips?

    Any help is much appreciated.

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  2. Dog Soldier

    Dog Soldier New Member

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    You have a S&W Mdl. 17 Masterpiece 6" .22 rim-fire revolver. These were the classic target revolvers of their day. Any "K" frame square butt grip will fit the grip frame. It would be impossible to value the gun without more pictures. If it has surface damage the value drops dramatically. The complete serial number can be found on the butt.
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  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Actually (and just to be picky) it's not a Model 17.

    They did not come out with model numbers until 1957. That gun was made in 1952. It is a "K-22 Masterpiece". This is important because, generally, "pre-model number" guns are worth more.

    The correct grips would be "diamond magnas".
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    See the little diamond around the screw. In 1968 they quit putting that there, and the entire interior part is checkered. So you would need to specify "Diamond Magna" grips. K-frame, square butt.

    Real S&W ones will run at least 50 bucks. There are people making copies. They might can be gotten cheaper.
  4. Fatstrat

    Fatstrat Well-Known Member

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    Too bad it's a square butt. I've got several sets of K round butt target grips. And I'd have given you one.
  5. umasterlink

    umasterlink New Member

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    I appreciate the thought. Thanks to Alpo giving me this very specific information I was able to order some. This gun is a keeper and I want it correct for when I hand it over to my son.

    Thanks for all of the info gentlemen. I will work on getting some better photos. The lighting is really tough.
  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Outdoors, in natural light, gives the best pix.
  7. umasterlink

    umasterlink New Member

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    More photos.
    Used factory Diamond Magna grips on the way.

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  8. ejkoechling

    ejkoechling Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a nice piece. going to be nice with those new( to you) grips.
  9. umasterlink

    umasterlink New Member

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    I thought I had loaded this one.

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  10. umasterlink

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    Thanks to Alpo for setting me in the right direction. The diamond magna grips showed up today and look great. Light rust removed and oiled up. Can't wait to shoot it.

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  11. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Now that's purty, that is.
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    Saweet!
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