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March 29, 2008, 19:34
I have a line on a S&W K-22 in the 298,000 serial number range, can anyone tell me what year it was made?

March 29, 2008, 21:52
Go have a look at the URL's below. There's a lot of info listed.

K2427** Serial No. was made in 1955. This is from Smith and Wesson collectors site.

You might have to join the site to get to the URL's.


"...serial number K1726XX, was shipped from our factory on February 20, 1953."

K171xxx (Pre-17) was shipped 1/25/54.



Blue Book of Gun Values has info. Is your serial preceeded by a "K"?
Ck this URL


You should be able to figure out the approx. production year from the Model # and dash numbers.

If not get the book listed below.

Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Hardcover)
by Jim Supica, Richard Nahas
at Amazon.com
Price: $26.39.
This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping


Model numbers were adopted in 1957 thru-out the whole S&W line.


March 29, 2008, 23:47
Going by the serial it was made in 1957. In that year After serial number K317822 they began model number designation. The K-22 Masterpiece became the model 17, the K-22 Combat Masterpiece became the model 18. That would make it a pre-17 or a pre-18.

March 30, 2008, 08:52
Thanks quack and onegunshort, I appreciate you guys taking the time to research it and reply. :bow:

It does have the K prefix and is in about 90-95% condition. It is very tight with a crisp trigger but at $500. I'm not certain it's worth it now according to the BB, I guess I'll have to think on it for a while.

March 30, 2008, 09:23

That Blue Book page is old.

28th Edition ( Which is one year old ) - has the Following:

Post War K-22 Masterpiece pre-model 17

100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70%

N/A $775 $725 $650 $575 $500

If it's 90% - 95% then it 's a reasonable investment.

If you decide not to get it, email me contact info for who ever has it.

March 30, 2008, 10:06
Well, that changes things a bit...thanks! I'll let you know if I pass on it, and if so give you his contact info.

March 30, 2008, 10:24
My mom sold her "old .22 gun that she kept in the sock drawer" for less than $75 during a garage sale while I had stepped away for a moment to go get us some cold sodas from the store.

Some old guy stopped by with his wife and asked if she had any old guns to sell. She wanted to make a sale 'cause things were slow, so she got the old sock drawer gun out in a flash, and he bought it.

She threw in the beautiful hand-tooled western style holster to "sweeten" the deal.

Oddly enough, the old guy was in a hurry to get the deal done and leave(most likely because she told him I was at the store, and would be back shortly), and he didn't even need a receipt. Imagine that.

When I got home and she told me what she had done I almost cried. That "old sock drawer gun" was a K-22 Masterpiece in EASILY 98-98% condition. It had belonged to my Grandpa, and had been in the family from the 50's.

It had been rarely, if ever shot, and certainly not by my mom. The bluing was almost flawless and the overall condition was superb. mom almost choked when I broke it to her about how much it was actually worth.

I sure miss that gun, and I hope that old guy chokes on an empty shell casing someday.