SOLD FOR: $1776
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 16-4, The K-32 Masterpiece, Product No. 100562
Serial Number: BEF9790
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Caliber: .32 H&R Magnum, .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long
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 “BEF9790 / M / MOD 16-4”. The left side of the frame has an S&W trademark logo. The right side of the frame has the four-line Marcas Registradas address and the right side of the barrel is marked “32 MAGNUM”. The butt is marked with the serial number. The sides of the grip frame and the crane have inspection marks. The inside of the right grip is dated and marked “MAR 10 1992”.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8”, Full Under-Lug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge-style blade pinned to a rise in the serrated solid rib. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation. The top of the rear sight base and rib have serrations and a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with a speedloader cut and S&W medallions at their tops. There are a few light handling marks. The grips are slightly uneven along the front. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent 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 little nicks, dings, and small scratches on the barrel, most noticeable on the right side towards the front. There are a couple of light marks on the frame, the most noticeable wear is are a couple of little scratches on the front of the trigger guard. The cylinder has a faint turn line. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder has very little play side-to-side on each of the six chambers. 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: Included is a serial matching box, miscellaneous paperwork, and a cleaning kit. The box has some surface material loss, edge wear, scotch tape, creases, and scuffs, in about Very Good condition. The cleaning kit has a mop, brush, rod, and screwdriver.
Our Assessment: This is a Smith & Wesson Model 16-4. The K-32 Masterpiece was discontinued in 1974, but was reintroduced in 1989, chambered for .32 H&R Magnum with a full under-lug barrel. There were only about 8,800 of these revolvers manufactured from 1989-1992 in 4″, 6″ and 8 3/8″ barrels. This example of the K-32 Masterpiece has an 8 3/8” barrel, target grips, and little signs of use. This would make a great addition to any Smith & Wesson or general revolver collection and with so few made, you won’t see these every day. Please see our photos and good luck!