SOLD FOR: $1255
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model of 1953 .22/32 Kit Gun, Pre-Model 34
Serial Number: 18724
Year of Manufacture: 1953-1957
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 and yoke cut are marked with inspection marks. The right side of the frame is marked with the four Line “Marcas Registradas” address. The right side of the barrel is marked “.22 LONG RIFLE CTG”. The butt, barrel flat, rear face of the cylinder, rear of the crane, and front face of the ejector are marked “18724”. The barrel flat is also marked “D”. The sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is matched and stamped “18 / 724”
Barrel Length: 4″ Pinned with Solid Tapered Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade pinned to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a flat-topped square notched sight micrometer click sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is screwed to the top strap. The rib and rear sight base are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with smooth borders, smooth diamonds, and S&W medallions. There are a couple of minor marks from handling and storage. The checkering is mainly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
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 light marks on the barrel and frame. There are a few more noticeable scuffs and little marks through the finish on the cylinder. There is a turn line through the finish 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 light side-to-side play on all six chambers. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is 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 a two-piece Smith & Wesson box with a matching serial number in grease pencil, cleaning kit, & screwdriver.
Our Assessment: This is a S&W Model of 1953 .22/32 Kit Gun, the precursor to the later Model 34. The revolver has adjustable target sights and a pinned barrel paired with magna stocks on a square butt grip frame. The revolver appears to have seen gentle use over the last 65+ years, in about Excellent condition with 97% of its original finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. This is sure to be a great shooter and would also be a good addition to a Smith collection missing a Pre-Model 34. Please see our photos and good luck!