22 Revolver


June 3, 2006, 04:10 PM
I'm thinking of picking up a 22 revolver but don't have the foggiest idea of what's out there. My dad has an awesome S&W that dates back about 50 years but that's the only one I've ever fired.

How about a pick post....show me what you got and how you like it? :D

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June 3, 2006, 05:21 PM
I picked up this "left over" 17-4 NIB about 4 years ago at a gun show.


Fun shooter...


June 3, 2006, 08:23 PM
A quick adding of up of the years on your father's revolver you speak of, would place it in the Late 40's. This is a Masterpiece series and Post War had the short throw hammer and improved Micro click rear sights. They also addded a barrel rib to increase the over all weight to match the rest of the Masterpiece series the K-32 & The K38. I Prefer the Prewar models Known as "Outdoorsmans" and they are a bit more money, A little tougher to find,but worth it if you are looking for a hand fitted revolver not everyone else has, with Immpeccable quality..and a glassy smooth action that was not mass produced as modern examples are.This revolver shoots better than any other K-22 I have or have owned. Hammerdown

June 3, 2006, 10:59 PM
My favorite is the K22:


Dates to around 1949 and is just wonderful in the hand. Taught my young son how to shoot a handgun with this.


June 3, 2006, 11:50 PM
K-22's, 17's - grab em :).

If you want some single action fun tho maybe find a Single Six Ruger - the later ones can be kept loaded full but earlier ones best kept loaded on empty chamber.



June 4, 2006, 11:02 AM
K22's/17's are probably the best .22RF SA/DA revolvers out there. And there are some super examples shown in this thread. As in Hammerdown's gun shown above - I can't believe the beautiful finish on that gun.

But if you are at all on a budget like most of us are. I highly recommend the Ruger Single Six. A very good gun at that can sometimes be found at discounts. I just got one in stainless steel and if it shoots anywhere as good as I hope it does I do not plan on ever getting rid of it. I have been lusting after a Stainless Steel Single Six for many years now and finally got into one in a excellent trade deal.


June 12, 2006, 02:48 AM
Excellent photos and advice folks!

I spoke with my pop tonight confirmed what he has. He says that his is a S&W 22 Masterpiece made in 1953 with a 6" barrel and a 5 screw frame. He said that S&W didn't put model numbers on them until a few years after his was made.

June 12, 2006, 07:44 AM
He said that S&W didn't put model numbers on them until a few years after his was made.

Your Pop is Partially correct.All S&W revolver's have the serial numbers on there grip frame bottoms. The Model 17 Revolver's produced Prior to 1957 had Number's on the Bottom of the grip frame which was the revolver's serial number.But they did not have the Model number model "17" in the crane area until after 1957.Your Pop's gun will have some number's in the crane area but these are plant assembly location points, and are not to be confused with the guns model number or serial number. All revolver's made after 1957 by S&W had the model number's of that gun in the crane area, and later this changed to the number and dash series as design changes took place in that model such as 17-1 17-2 17-3 and so on.Your Dad's revolver should also have the serial number stamped on the cylinder face,On the Barrel flat up under the extractor,Yoke Crane, Behind the cylinder extractor star,and if it had it's original Service style magna grip's it should have had the serial stamped into the right grip panel. An exception for the grip stamping would be in the Mid to late 50's one could have ordered a set of Factory over sized target grips that had diamond centers and these were not stamped with the guns serial number in most cases, as they were considered an add on customer requested Factory option.Sometime in the mid 60's the stamping locations changed and we saw the serial number's disappear on the cylinder face, Under the Barrel flat extractor location, Right Grip panel,and the under extractor location. These serial number's still remained on the crane area along with the model number and new dash series design changes along with the bottom of the grip frame, but the previous areas mentioned prior to this time frame, were not used anymore due to universal fitting on production revolver parts that were prior fitted by hand and matched to the revolver frame when assembled at different points of the production Line. Best regards, Hammerdown

June 12, 2006, 08:00 AM
A couple views of my Ruger Single Six. A great little shooter.



johnny blaze
June 13, 2006, 01:08 AM
Here is a newer version of the 17.
It is a 617 - 3. This is a very good shooter.

June 13, 2006, 05:46 AM
I have 2 S&W model 617 .22 lr revolvers. One is an older 6 shot model and the other is a newer 10 shot model. Both a LOT of fun to shoot and great for low cost training on a wheelgun. It's too bad they are almost as expensive as their full sized 357 counterparts.

Cocked & Locked
June 13, 2006, 08:21 AM
Colt Official Police .22 LR made in 1937

Colt New Frontier .22 LR made in 1972

June 13, 2006, 09:58 AM
This is my Rossi M511 Sportsman. It wasn't expensive and it is oh such a handy size for packing afield. The DA trigger is cannot be described as light or smooth, but the SA trigger and the accuracy of this thing is nothing short of phenomenal. This one is my most fired handgun. I shoot it every range trip and it's my primary plinker, though I have 4 autoloading 22s for such use.


Doug S
June 13, 2006, 10:20 AM
I like this one. I bought one recently and my son and I have been having a lot of fun with it at the range.

June 13, 2006, 11:18 AM
K-22's are excellent. My preference is for a 4" Colt Diamondback or 4" Colt Trooper Mark III for general shooting. It really depends on the kind of shooting you expect to do. Don't think of a 22 as having to be cheap. Think about buying a quality handgun and it will last you 50 years just like your father's.

The only current production 22 double action revolver that I would consider is the Smith Model 617.

June 13, 2006, 08:33 PM
There are many good .22 LR revolvers. I have a couple. But, I'd have to say my favorite is my 4" S&W model 17.

June 13, 2006, 08:38 PM
I have to say that is one beautiful k-22 you have. WOW

Ohen Cepel
June 13, 2006, 08:42 PM
Too bad there doesn't seem to be that many new options out there.

I have a novice shooter who wants to buy a DA .22 revolver. However, the 617 is almost $600!!!

I found a new Taurus 94 today that was right under $300. Seems like a no brainer to me. Not a big Taurus fan. However, can't justify the $300 cost difference.

They don't make them like the used to!

June 13, 2006, 11:41 PM
If you dont mind single action, the Ruger Single Six is a fine choice.
For the budget minded, the Heritage Rough Rider is not as rough as it used to be. I got one with the 5.5" barrel and cocabola grips new for $109. Its a great shooter.

June 14, 2006, 10:56 AM
Well, I am quite a big Taurus fan, but I haven't tried the .22s. I have a M66 .357 magnum and a M85UL that I'd not trade for a Smith. I don't think you can go wrong with the Taurus since it has a lifetime warranty. And, I mean, it's just a .22. How much wear can a .22 cause?:D Heck, I know of ultra cheap H&Rs that are still shooting, had tens of thousands of rounds through 'em.

June 15, 2006, 02:18 PM
Look for a High Standard Sentinel.
There are still lots out there in good shape for less than two bills.

June 15, 2006, 02:34 PM
I am a big fan of S&W Kit guns. I have yet to find a more satisfactory handgun for just walking about in the woods. This is the Model 63 I picked up recently.

June 15, 2006, 08:23 PM
Look for a High Standard Sentinel.
There are still lots out there in good shape for less than two bills.

Got a friend that has a small collection of HS Double Nines. He loves the things.

Hank Zudd
June 27, 2006, 10:50 PM
Cabelas in Buda has a .22Mag, 9 shot for around $170, as of this afternoon. How hard would it be to have a .22lr cyl. installed, provided I could find one?

June 27, 2006, 11:25 PM
for a single action, none better than the ruger single six. i love mine and wouldnt sell it for anything.

i also recommend the Taurus TRacker in either matte stainless steel for about $330 or the Blued one for about $295. i have one and am very happy with it shooting CCI Velocitors. its a large, sturdy gun that you will not wear out. the one in the picture is not mine, but i have the same one with out a scope.

good luck

July 1, 2006, 10:59 AM
my taurus holds 9 rounds, 4 inch barrel, $200. this will send pop cans tumbling at 75 yards. a cylinder is easier and faster to load than clips

July 1, 2006, 12:21 PM
I'm very happy with my little heritage rough rider. Great plinker for the money.


July 1, 2006, 06:09 PM
That's an extremely nice Outdoorsman! I have a S&W Model 35-1 J-Frame kit gun with 6" barrel in .22 L.R. It's basically a Model 34 with a 6" barrel. I had a set of Herrett Custom Zebrawood grips made for it.:D

July 1, 2006, 11:40 PM
The Model 35 "I" Frame was the starting point of which the Outdoorsman was born, and made of the larger K-frame and later named the K-22 Masterpiece. I hope to add a nice model 35 someday myself. I have been told the larger K-frame was used to make certain the K-22 was the same size and heft of the Other Masterpiece series in larger caliber's,and this was why they made the larger frame change Regards, Hammerdown

July 2, 2006, 12:23 AM
Yes that's true. The model 35 started out as an "I" frame then they went to the J-Frame which was the -1 designation making it a Model 35-1. The K22 is also an excellent gun and I recommend the Colt Diamindback with 6" barrel in electroless nickel. I missed out on a couple of those and kick myself in the A**!! I do however also own a Colt Trooper MKIII .22 Magnum with 8" barrel in electroless nickel!

I wish i could figure out how to post/download pictures on this site. i like to take a picture with a digital camera and then post them of my Smith M35-1 and Colt Trooper MKIII.:D

the 22 junkie
July 2, 2006, 12:28 AM
Smith & Wesson Model 63 stainless kit gun.

July 2, 2006, 07:48 AM

I had passed up .22LR Smith & Wesson revolvers over the years in the $400 price bracket because I had no idea just how good they were. Then I found this one, a Model 17-3 for $199. I bought it. These revolvers are well worth the $400 tags they command. I never should have waited!


January 30, 2009, 01:15 PM
Looking for a .22 to start with & want bang for your buck? Try the Heritage Rough Rider Single Action Rimfire Revolver RR22MBS4

It shoots either the 22 LR / 22 WMR, comes with a 4 3/4" barrel, Wood Grip, Black Satin Finish, with a 6 Rd capacity. It's very accurate, durable and a fun gun to shoot. Excellent trail gun or target shooting All for the excellent price of $200

‘‘Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn’t.’’ Ben Franklin

January 30, 2009, 02:05 PM
DA Double Nine convertible. Yes, I have both cylinders....


1961 Single Six Magnum Model


H&R 676 DA convertible. I'd say this is the best value for your money. This thing is a shooter!


January 30, 2009, 05:07 PM
s @ w 617 6 shot 8 3/8 not many better except freedom arms.

January 30, 2009, 06:20 PM
I hope the OP is not still looking...........(thread started June 3rd, 2006)

January 30, 2009, 07:55 PM
If you can find a S&W Model 17 in good shape - buy it... Its a gun you will shoot, your kids and your grandkids!


January 31, 2009, 09:43 AM
I hope the OP is not still looking...........(thread started June 3rd, 2006)

It's good timing for me, because I'm looking for a 22LR DA revolver for practice purposes. Does anyone have anything negative to say about the Smith and Wesson 617 ten-shot besides the price?


January 31, 2009, 10:42 AM
I inherited a High Standard Longhorn. 22/22Mag with 9 1/2 inch barrel. Shoots fantastic and the odd thing is that this single action has a swing out cylender. Different, but shoots great.

January 28, 2010, 02:54 AM
did you buy it?

Fat Boy
January 28, 2010, 08:00 PM
I don't have a photo, but a S&W model 18, 4" is my choice-

Heavy for a .22, but very nice to shoot with the target trigger/hammer-

January 28, 2010, 10:29 PM
I know this is an old thread but oh well.....

The Heritage Rough Riders are ridiculously good value. I was blown away by the accuracy when I shot mine for the first time.

They are not made out of steel, but they make models that are. Basically, the frame is pot metal, and the barrels and cylinders are steel. Anyways, for $150 it is hard to go wrong.

If a Single Six is more accurate it would not make a difference for me because my RR is is accurate enough to hit squirrels at 25 yards. I have actually taken it hunting and killed tree rats. That was proof enough for me.

Wether it will stand the test of time is another question, but for now it is about the best deal going on a new handgun.

The only other brand new gun I have bought that competes in value is a Pietta 1851 Colt Confederate Navy Brass framed Black Powder revolver from Cabelas.... purchased in 2010 for less than $100.

Bottom line is if you are looking for a cheap, accurate, 22Lr/ 22MWR single action revolver, the Rough Rider is an insane deal. It also kind of has this "old feel" to it. Because it is not pristine out of the box it almost whispers to you that it was made in another time.... maybe forged over a campfire by druken idiots, but that is ok because it costs less than a month of marriage counseling and feels better to boot

January 29, 2010, 03:25 PM
I kind of like the longer barrel.

January 29, 2010, 07:24 PM
I recently aquired a 22 Colt Frontier with both cylinders in very nice condition. Don't have photos to view. This is a good little shooter too.

January 30, 2010, 01:44 PM
Of all the .22s I own, my absolute favorite is the Ruger Bearcat. In fact, I've got five of them now, including two originals and a 50th anniversary model. My first gun ever was a Bearcat; I still take it to the range from time to time and enjoy its accuracy and dependability as much today as I did when I got it in the early 1960s.

January 30, 2010, 03:43 PM
i like my 617 6 inch 10 shot very fun to shoot and accurate gun

January 30, 2010, 03:54 PM
I have four .22 revolvers.

Two ruger sp-101's and two Taurus 94's.

The taurus's are great guns for the money and the 4" is always the one I grab for running the farm out here.

January 30, 2010, 04:12 PM
have a S&W K22 with a second cylinder in 22 mag. Big for a 22 but a great shooter.

January 31, 2010, 01:10 AM
I really love my Heritage 22/22mag. It is absolutely a fun pistol to shoot.

I think every one should have one. A good 22 revolver and a good semi auto or bolt action 22 rifle will feed you and protect you.

February 1, 2010, 08:35 PM
I love my K22. Handed down to me from my grandfather. This thing will reach out and touch something, anything!

Also have 351PD the wife carries.

I'd rather have a 22 than nothing at all!

February 1, 2010, 09:37 PM
It's good timing for me, because I'm looking for a 22LR DA revolver for practice purposes. Does anyone have anything negative to say about the Smith and Wesson 617 ten-shot besides the price?
I had a 6" 10 shot 617 that was a tack driver, but kind of barrel heavy. I much prefer the 4" version.

LOVE the Colt Officers Model .22 along with my Colt Frontier Scout, and my latest bargain basment Iver Johnson model 55, that I just scored this weekend. :)



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