Angelo Bee Engraved Smith & Wesson S&W Model 63 .22 LR 4″ Revolver 1980
SOLD FOR: $5470
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Angelo Bee Engraved Model 63 No Dash, 1977 .22/32 Kit Gun Stainless
Serial Number: M148732
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “.22 LONG RIFLE CTG.”. The yoke cut is marked “MOD.63”. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The back of the cylinder is marked “V”, the barrel flat is marked “S”. The butt is marked with the serial number. The revolver has Angelo Bee scroll relief engraving. The left side of the frame depicts a relief engraved raccoon in gold while the right side has a relief engraved bald eagle, also in gold. The left side of the frame, below the cylinder window, is marked “A BEE” and with a bee.
Barrel Length: 4” Pinned, with solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, integral to a rise in the solid, serrated rib. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth mother of pearl. There are some areas of wear on the edges. There are some draglines and light handling marks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There are a few machining marks. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some light marks on the butt of the grip frame. There are some scattered draglines and a few scuffs, there are no major defects. There are some scattered handling marks. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screwheads are sharp to lightly used. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces very little side-to-side play. The double-action trigger pull is smooth, 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: None.
Our Assessment: Introduced in 1977, the model 63 is a J-frame, stainless steel, rimfire revolver. Its smaller frame and .22 LR chambering make it a nice training revolver for new shooters, especially those with smaller hands. These handy revolvers are dubbed “Kit Guns” for their usefulness in one’s “kit” on hiking, fishing, camping, or other outdoor excursions. This is a No Dash model from before they eliminated the pinned barrel.
This one has custom engraving by one of the best…Angelo Bee! A Master Engraver at Browning, Angelo would eventually move to America to ply his trade after he had honed his skills to become one of the finest engravers in the nation. This skill shows in his breathtaking mixture relief engraved game scenes and scroll work. The gun is in Excellent condition with some scattered light handling marks and operational wear. It looks phenomenal and has a great bore, it will be a fantastic addition to a collection lacking a 63 and this will certainly improve any collection it joins! Please see our pictures and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!