View Full Version : Scored a S&W model 17 .22 this weekend!

AZ Dave
February 21, 2016, 10:42
I was standing in line at the Phoenix gun show yesterday and an older man had a super nice 6" Model 17 for sale. I've always wanted one so I snagged it! It was not cheap but it was a fair price. My Dad had one when I was a kid. This one is almost perfect. Just a few light nicks on the stocks. It came with a cheap nylon holster that it will NEVER ride in. A nice gun rug will be it's home during trips to the range. I had 3 Taurus 22's I sold off with the plan to buy a 17 but was not willing to pay the sky high prices people wanted for marginal ones. I passed on a decent one at the last show and now I'm glad I did. This one is much nicer and the same price. :wink:

Bawana jim
February 21, 2016, 11:24
I scored some 22lr this week:bow:

February 21, 2016, 16:40
Very nice. Out of all the S&W's I've had and sold, I still have my .22's. Timeless and useful.


February 21, 2016, 16:49
Good score. :bow:

If you can't find ammo, send the gun to me and I'll run several hundred rounds thru it for ya just to be sure it works and is safe to use. :biggrin:

February 21, 2016, 17:48
Excellent! I have owned a few and have a 1950's one in the gold picture box now. My favorite is the 4 inch version, the Model 18. I bought it new in 1977 and have put more rounds through it than any gun I have owned.

Every shooter should have a nice .22 handgun.

P.M. me your serial number and I'll look up when it was made.

AZ Dave
February 21, 2016, 20:25
Thanks BUFF. It's inbound now

L Haney
February 21, 2016, 20:26
You know we want a picture, yes?

February 22, 2016, 11:56
Hey, Buff, I have the same one in the gold box. A fine shooter, indeed.


February 22, 2016, 16:27
Nice- the finest 22 handgun ever manufactured IMO.

February 22, 2016, 20:59
Yep, pics of said revolver would be GREAT!! :)

February 23, 2016, 06:04
FUUN063 sez, "Hey, Buff, I have the same one in the gold box. A fine shooter, indeed.


Leland, my gold box gun is serial number K1063xx, which shipped from the factory in May, 1951. Patridge front sight blade, checkered diamond (around the screw and escutcheon) walnut Magna stocks, standard hammer and trigger. Magna stocks are the same size as the steel grip frame leaving the grip straps exposed.

The standard finish on Smith's revolvers immediately after the war is a soft blue. The high polish blue was about $6.50 extra, as was nickel plate. Early 1950's, only the N frame .357 Magnum got the high polish blue as standard.

The K-22 were known as the K-22 Rimfire Masterpiece until 1957, when S&W adopted model numbers, and the K-22 became the Model 17. As they made engineering changes, they added a "dash number" to the model number. I sold a 6 inch K-22 with the serial number BEB01xx in 2012 that I had owned but never shot, and by then, engineering changes had reached to Model 17-6 when the gun was shipped about 1989 and I bought it.

S&W adopted a new serial number system about 1980, beginning with AAA0000, AAA0001, AAA0002 and on up, 3 letters and 4 digits. Work in progress used the old system until finished frames with numbers were used up, which was couple of years.

AZ Dave's new K-22 was made in 1980 and is likely a Model 17-4.

The same gun chambered in .22 WMR began shipping in 1959 as the Model 48. Unlike the K-22 which split off the 4 inch gun to a separate model number (4 inch Model 18; 6 and 8-3/8 inch Model 17), all three barrel lengths of the K-22 Rimfire Magnum used the same model number, Model 48, and had the same options for sights, stocks, triggers, hammers and finish. One extra was the option to buy and have fit to your Model 48, an extra cylinder for the .22 LR, letting you shoot both cartridges in the same gun..