Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 16-4, the K-32 Masterpiece
Serial Number: BEH2050
Year of Manufacture: 1989 – 1992
Caliber: .32 H&R Magnum (also .32 S&W and .32 S&W Long)
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 “BEH2050 / MOD 16-4” and the yoke is marked “309”. The left side of the frame has a large S&W trade mark while the left side of the grip frame is marked “B3O”, “313X9”, “F40” and with two circular “33” paper stickers. The underside of the grip frame is marked “BEH2050” and the grip frame’s right side is marked “3838”. The right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas address and the right side of the barrel is marked “32 MAGNUM”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade pinned to the serrated raised ramp on a solid rib. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Goncalo Alves wooden Combat grips with silver colored S&W medallions on each side at the top. They show only light handling marks with a few tiny spots of lacquer loss in the speed loader cut on the left side. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is shallow but sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. The bore does need to be cleaned to remove leading for the 1” closest to the forcing cone.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks and a small mar in the finish following “SMITH & WESSON” on the left side of the barrel. The cylinder has a light drag line through the finish. For some reason the finish on ejector rod appears striped, but it remains smooth to the touch. There is a checkered .500” wide target hammer and a serrated .400” wide semi-target trigger; both with nice case coloring. 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. This is a Square Butt, K frame with a full underlug barrel. It has a target hammer and a semi-target trigger with an adjustable trigger stop. It has the old style thumbpiece and a pinned front sight.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a Smith & Wesson Model 16-4, the K-32 Masterpiece with a 6” barrel in Excellent condition. There were only about 8,800 made in the combined three barrel lengths (4”, 6” and 8 3/8”) making them collectable as well as shootable. It has the appropriate Goncalo Alves Combat grips. It has a pinned front sight, if you want to change to a McGivern style gold bead or fiber optic tube. In addition to chambering .32 H&R Magnum it also fires .32 S&W and .32 S&W long, so you can use it for self-defense, target and casual shooting.