Sold For: $1,325
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 48, the K-22 Masterpiece Magnum Rimfire
Serial Number: K405187
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Caliber: .22 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked “K405187 / MOD. 48”. The butt is marked “K405187”. The right side of the barrel is marked “22 M.R.F. CTG”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address. The sideplate is marked with the S&W logo. The butt is marked “K405187”. The yoke and the sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The inside of the right grip panel is stamped “405187”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade with serrated, ramped base pinned to the barrel rib. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with S&W medallions at their tops and smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor marks. The cylinder has a thin, light turn line. The hammer and trigger have minor operational wear in otherwise strong case color. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single action trigger is crisp and the double action smooth. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play when the trigger is depressed. 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 pistol comes in a two-piece blue cardboard S&W box with gray steel reinforced corners, the serial number hand-written on the bottom in white, and cleaning accessories including rod, brush, mop and grooved alloy-handle screwdriver in a wax paper sleeve. The box has scattered scuffs, storage wear, and light fraying at corners, in about Good-Very Good condition. The cleaning accessories show little to no sign of use.
Our Assessment: Though the .22 Magnum cartridge was developed by Winchester, their development of a firearm that chambered the cartridge lagged and Smith & Wesson was able to modify their Model 17 to accept the new cartridge in a matter of months. Voila! The model 48 was born. Since then, to this very day, it has remained a popular companion gun for rifles chambered in the same caliber. This example is a fairly early one, produced in 1960, built on a 4-screw frame. The revolver is in about Fine-Excellent condition with 97% of its original finish, a great bore, strong mechanics, and minor wear in its original stocks. The revolver also comes with what appears to be its original box, a perfect addition for a Smith collector or a .22 Magnum fan. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.