SOLD FOR: $1150
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 34-1, The Model of 1953 .22/32 Kit Gun
Serial Number: M172795
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .22 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 “M172795”. The sides of the grip frame and the yoke have inspection marks. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “N”. The barrel flat is marked “N”.
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 magna stocks with smooth borders and S&W medallions on a square butt grip frame. There are a few little scuffs and marks through the finish, most noticeable on the top and bottom of the right panel, and at the very top of the left panel. The checkering is mostly sharp. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
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. A small bit of epoxy has been added to the rear of the trigger as an overtravel stop. There are a few little scuffs and draglines from use and storage. There are some slightly cloudy little spots, most noticeable on the sideplate. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has very light 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: Included is paperwork including the manual and a blue box that has been written on by a previous owner.
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, this is going to interest the Smith collectors, too. Please see our photos and good luck!