Sold For: $1,786.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 48-4 ‘The K-22 Masterpiece’, Square Butt Target K-Frame
Serial Number: 98K2487
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Supica & Nahas Page 398)
Caliber: .22 M.R.F. (Magnum) / .22 Short, Long & Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Hand Ejector Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “.22 M.R.F. CTG.” The right side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “C5 / 4 / F21 / 89265 / H12”. The butt is marked with the serial number and the right side is marked “Q” in circle, “L” in triangle and “04551”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial number and “MOD 48-4”, the yoke is marked “C5 / 89265”.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8”, with un-shrouded ejector rod and medium profile solid rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade, integral to a base that is pinned onto the solid rib. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a micrometer-click base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are walnut stocks with gold-colored S&W logo medallions, atop flank checkers. The stocks have superb fit to the grip straps, the stocks are free of notable damages, rating in about Excellent Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, with Case Colored Checkered Target Hammer & Serrated Trigger
Finish Originality: Factory 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. The barrel has rubbing marks at the muzzle and just behind. The front of the yoke has a few small tool marks. Both cylinders have faint drag lines that have not penetrated the finish. There is light wear on the .22 LR cylinder ejector rod. The serrated trigger and wide target profile checkered hammer still have beautiful case coloring. The screw head slots are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinders have nominal play in full lockup of all 6 chambers with no measurable back play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. The revolver’s chambers are counter bored. 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: The original two piece cardboard box are included, the end label correctly mirrors the serial number and configuration. The box has some fraying at the corners, the inside has scraping and gouges, the box is in about Fine condition. Also included is a group of factory paperwork, in Excellent condition. The revolver has a .22 Magnum cylinder as well as the installed .22 S, L & L.R. cylinder. We did not install the .22 L.R. cylinder so as not to harm its condition.
Our Assessment: This is a sharp 1981 Model 48-4 with the ability to shoot .22 Rimfire from Short to Magnum. The build quality is near perfect, these revolvers are known for their accuracy and tight lockup, promising tight groups even at a distance, especially with the extended sight radius and strong rifling. If the competitive shooters do not pony up, it may temp collectors looking for a REALLY nice 80’s wheel gun. Please see our pictures and good luck.