SOLD FOR: $1854.97
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 17-6, The K-22 Masterpiece, SKU. 100540
Serial Number: BEW6162
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “.22 LONG RIFLE CTG.” and the left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked “BEW6162 / MOD. 17-6”. The left side of the frame has an S&W logo and the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas address. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. There are inspection marks on the sides of the grip frame and on the yoke. The interior of the grips have numbers in ink including the year “1991”.
Barrel Length: 6” with Full Underlug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade pinned on a serrated ramp on a serrated solid rib. There is a square notch S&W micrometer click adjustable rear sight installed on the topstrap, it is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth goncalo alves combat stocks with S&W medallions, a speedloader cut, and finger grooves. There is a little spot of finish loss on the left panel on the rear below the butt of the grip frame, otherwise, there are just light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks are in 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 98% of its metal finish. There is some finish wear on the front sight. There is a small spot of finish loss on the top of the frame behind the hammer. There are some scattered handling marks. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action smooth. The cylinder lockup produces almost no side-to-side movement. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching S&W box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Model 17 was first produced as the K-22 Masterpiece in the Pre-War days before Smith & Wesson implemented the number system to their guns. It is a fun rimfire revolver built on a full-size K-Frame. The design was massively popular as its .22 chambering was perfect for use as an outdoorsman’s kit gun, and with its K-Frame also dominated target shooting and training for centerfire K-Frame revolvers. The revolver would go on to be named the Model 17 in 1957. This is a nice later Model 17-6 Full Underlug model made in 1990. This example is in Excellent condition with about 98% of its finish remaining, a great bore in its 6″ barrel paired with Combat stocks. This revolver will make a great gun for what originally made the design so popular, target shooting, recreational plinking, or use as a training revolver to save some money on centerfire ammo but in its condition is destined for a growing Smith & Wesson collection. With its pinned barrel and classic craftsmanship, 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 that we don’t see much of these days. Please see our photos and good luck!