SOLD FOR: $1,025
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 34-1 The Model of 1953 .22 Kit Gun
Serial Number: M66232
Year of Manufacture: 1973-1977
Caliber: .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action or Double Action Revolver with 6 Round Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON” and the left side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. 34-1”. The right side of the frame is marked with the 4 Line “Marcas Registradas” address. The right side of the barrel is marked “.22 L.R. CTG.”. The butt is marked “M66232”, the underside of the ejector star is marked “66232” and the inside of the right grip panel is stamped “90974”. The sides of the grip frame and the yoke have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a flat topped square notched target sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is screwed to the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with smooth borders on a round butt grip frame that have gold-colored S&W medallions at the tops of the grips. There are a few scattered light compressions and handling marks. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a faint turn-line, not through the finish. The trigger and hammer show minor operational wear in otherwise strong case color. Otherwise, there are only a few scattered light rubs and handling marks, none through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The barrel on this revolver is pinned. The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has almost no play on all six chambers. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece gray cardboard S&W box with metal reinforced corners, serial-matching label, wax paper, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and cleaning accessories including bore brush, mop, rod and grooved-alloy handle screwdriver. The box has scattered light storage wear, minor fraying at corners and a strip of clear tape on the exterior with light wear from the contents on the interior, in about Very Good condition. The cleaning accessories show little to no sign of use.
Our Assessment: This is a S&W Model 34-1 Model of 1953 .22 Kit Gun with a 2” barrel and a nickel finish. The revolver has adjustable target sights and a pinned barrel (the barrel pin was deleted on this model in 1982). The revolver is in about Excellent condition with about 98% of its original metal finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. With its adjustable sights and 2” barrel, it will be great for plinking and varmint control while still being compact and easy to carry. That said, in its high condition and with its original box, this is going to interest the Smith collectors, too. Please see our photos and good luck!