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Old 02-25-2014, 04:37 AM   #1
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I've been looking for an older Model 17 to replace one I foolishly sold a number of years ago. That one I bought new in the late 60's. I've looked on line, but they usually want $700-900 for them, or they are in bad shape. The other day I walked in the pawn shop and saw what I thought was a M17. It turned out to be a 5 screw K22 Masterpiece. The serial number is K 192xxx and it is located on the butt, rear of the cylinder, on the barrel under the ejector rod, and on the inside of the right grip panel. It has the screw at the front of the trigger guard and the narrow-ribbed, pinned 6" barrel with Patridge front and adjustable rear sights. The hammer spur is upswept and it does not have a target trigger or hammer. It came with standard grips and a gold box with the little tips flier, a cleaning rod (no brush) and a S&W screwdriver. The box is marked K22 Masterpiece, but the serial number is not on the box. I'd guess the gun is in around 85-90% condition. The cylinder is lined from the bolt dragging and there is some holster wear at the muzzle. It's not pitted and the barrel and cylinder look good. The cylinder locks up good and from the feel of it, I think it was carried in a holster a lot more than it was shot. The pawn shop was asking $699. I bought it for $600.

Here are the pictures. Sorry, I'm not much of a photographer. I posted this on the S&W forum and they came up with a "born on" date of 1953. It sounds like it's a pretty nice S&W collector's piece. I'm kind of in a quandary now - I bought it as a shooter, thinking it was Model 17. Now I'm not so sure I want to use it. It may be a safe queen. If so, it will be my only safe queen. (Nah, I'm going to shoot it - just not every day.)













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Old 02-25-2014, 04:52 AM   #2
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Very nice, let us know how she shoots.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:17 AM   #3
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K22s are great revolvers and are made to be shot. You got a great deal on yours with box and papers. Personally, I would shoot it, often. I have one similar to yours and have shot thousands of rounds through it.



I prefer the feel of target grips so I have the original diamond Magnas put away.

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:27 AM   #4
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Another vote for get out and shoot it. Way too good a gun to sit in a safe collecting dust.

Now, if I ever did go back to owning and shooting a revolver, that one or an old Model 17 would be the one that would convince me to do it.
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Nice peice!
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There is no more accurate pistol then the K22 and are worth there weight in Gold in my book .
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What a great find!! I am another big fan. My Mod 17-4 is not a classic model like yours but I was so happy to find it a while back. Given it is not like new I think you should enjoy shooting it. You certainly won't shoot it loose.



With the Hogue Grips.

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Machinist, yours may not be as old but it certainly is a classic.!!
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Thanks! I was looking for one for about 15 years. I almost passed on this one because someone had done some work on it but I am glad I got it. The lockup is tight and the action is nice. I love shooting these.

I had one with an 8 3/8" barrel but did not care for it and sold it when I got married 28 years ago. I have been looking for a good 6" since then. About 15 years ago I found a pair, a Mod 14 and a Mod 17, used, in my local. I dithered trying to decide which to get and went home. I decided I really needed both and called the store to have him put them aside for me and both had sold. It had only been an hour or so but I lost the chance. I have been kicking myself ever since. I haven't run across one in proper condition at a suitable price since then. I bought a new 617 with 4" barrel and 6 shot SS cylinder but it just wasn't the same so I sold it unfired after about ten years. This was what I wanted and I am quite happy.

Of course I don't have to tell you how great they are. If I didn't have this I would be green with envy at you guys!
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Thanks guys and gals! You talked me into - it's going to the range on the next nice day. They are great shooting handguns. When I was in my 20's I lived near a big woods that was full of oaks and walnut trees. That old Model 17 killed a ton of squirrels. I'm guessing this one would too if my eyes would let me. I'm having my cataracts removed next month and I hope that will help me a little with shooting iron sights again. I still do ok as long the lighting is good.

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Looking forward to reading how you like shooting it.

I wish you the best with the eyes. My father had great results when he was alive.
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I wish you the best with the eyes. My father had great results when he was alive.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:57 AM   #14
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KS95B40, your gun looks just like mine, only in nicer shape.
Machinist, your gun looks like the one I owned years ago.
Both are really nice, and in my opinion, any K22/M17 is a classic.

I got divorced in 1979 and it cost me some really nice old Smiths, just to survive. I sold a 6.5" M29, a 6" M17, and a 6" M19, a 4" M19 and a 2.5" M19. I had sent the two 6" guns back to S&W to have WO rear and red ramp front sights installed. All of them had smooth Goncalo Alves target grips except the 2.5" M19. It had smooth Goncalo Alves round butt grips. They all pretty much matched each other and made a great assortment of revolvers. I also sold a 3.5" M27, a 4" Model 28 and a M50. I would give anything to have them all back. I NEVER sell a gun now unless I just don't like or want it anymore.

Thanks for the encouragement on my eye surgery! I'm hoping it will improve my shooting. Lord knows I can use all the help I can get.

I will post a range report soon. I probably will have to go to the indoor range - the weather is just not cooperating.

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