Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 48-4, the K-22 Masterpiece Magnum
Serial Number: 25K0896
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Caliber: .22 Magnum with .22 Long Rifle Cylinder.
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 “25K0890 / MOD.48-4” and the yoke is marked “E4 / 42656”. The butt is marked “25K0896”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “E4 / 42656 D10 H12”. 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 right side plate is marked with the S&W logo. The butt is marked “25K0896”. The right side of the grip frame is marked with a “G” in a circle, “4551” and an “X” in a triangle. The lower portion of the right grip is marked “9680”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. There is a tiny mark on the bottom corner of the left grip. The right grip shows some compressed checkering. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All 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. This revolver has a light dragline on the cylinder; otherwise there are only light handling marks on the revolver. The .22 Long Rifle cylinder has a compression mark which has created a sharp burr. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly in both single and double action. The timing is great and the lockup is rock solid. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in its original box with matching end label. Inside the box are the original owner’s manual and various informational materials along with a .22 Long Rifle cylinder and the original S&W wrapping paper. The box rates in Fine condition with light storage wear.
Our Assessment: Attention Collectors! This pistol is in near new condition and retains its original box. Currently mounted with the .22 Magnum Cylinder, this revolver should appeal to both hunters and collectors alike. Available as a factory option, one could order a .22 LR cylinder such as this package includes. You can hunt small game with the .22 Magnum cylinder and have a full day of target shooting fun with inexpensive .22 Long Rifle ammo all with the same gun. Don’t let this beauty get away.
Make: Smith & Wesson