SOLD FOR: $1550
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: K-22 Outdoorsman, K-22 1st Model
Serial Number: 646624
Year of Manufacture: 1931-1940
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Hand Ejector Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “22 LONG RIFLE CTG”. The butt of the grip frame, rear face of the cylinder, underside of the ejector star, barrel flat, and the rear face of the crane are marked with the serial number. The barrel flat is also marked “B”. The left side of the frame has the Smith & Wesson monogram logo and the right side of the frame is marked “MADE IN U.S.A.”. The crane, crane cut and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The top of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS U.S.A. / PATENTED FEB 6. 06 SEPT. 14. 09 DEC 29. 14”. The rear of the hammer and trigger are marked “REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”. The interior of the right grip is stamped “646624”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a small circular metal insert on the rear face and is pinned to a base integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top, square notch leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation. The rear sight base is flush with the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with smooth diamonds and S&W monogram medallions. There are a couple minor marks from use and storage. The checkering is mostly strong with light handling wear and one or two nicked peaks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about 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 is some light thinning on the edges of the barrel at the muzzle. The most noticeable mark is a scrape on the right side of the frame at the rear corner. There is some thinning on the edges of the trigger guard. There are some scattered light marks and draglines, a few of the marks go through the finish. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action smooth. The cylinder lockup has some light side-to-side play on all 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 red S&W K-22 Outdoorsman box.
Our Assessment: Introduced in 1931, the K-22 saw a few improvements such as the now-iconic micrometer adjustable rear sight introduced in the 2nd Model and the barrel rib introduced on the 3rd Model K-22 Masterpiece or Pre-Model 17. This example is a first model and is in about Excellent condition with about 97% of its finish remaining, a great bore in its 6″ barrel paired with nice stocks. This revolver will make a great gun for training a new shooter to use a revolver, target shooting or just recreational plinking. With its 5-screw frame, pinned barrel and classic look, they quite literally do not make them like this anymore. This is a wonderful opportunity at an old-school Smith & Wesson with all of the quality craftsmanship they were known for in the early years, and in its high condition will be a great addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!