S&W MODEL 22 THUNDER RANCH


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Hagen442
April 1, 2007, 09:46 PM
Need some knowledge on this one.
Did S&W make this gun in a Square & Round Butt Frame.
Mine is the Round Butt but I have came across a set of Square Butt Thunder Ranch Grips.
Where there other Thunder Ranch N Frames other than the Model 22 ?

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dbarale
April 1, 2007, 10:07 PM
The M21 TR was a round butt in .44spl, the M22 TR is a square butt in .45ACP.
The M21 was (is?) available with or without the gold TR logo engeaved on the sideplate.

nitesite
April 2, 2007, 01:06 PM
Agree with the first answer. The Thunder Ranch Revolver Model 21 .44 Spl was round butt.

Here's a shot of the square butt Thunder Ranch Revolver Model 22 that I bought (notice the serial number?).

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/nitesite9/TRRModel22-4gripsandserialnoweb.jpg

The Model 22 grips usually had some gorgeous wood!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/nitesite9/TRRModel22-4fullLH2web.jpg

Those grips you have are worth some impressive money!

loplop
April 2, 2007, 01:43 PM
nitesite: I have the same revo (different s/n of course). It's a heck of a shooter... The grips are beautiful but it tears up the the web of my hand when shooting it. I have to tape up like I'm going to play football :what:

A great revolver, the 45ACP is a hoot to shoot.

Lone_Gunman
April 2, 2007, 01:50 PM
Its just a shame it has an internal lock.

nitesite
April 2, 2007, 03:12 PM
Its just a shame it has an internal lock.

I removed it from mine. :) For me the biggest issue is that the frame mounted firing pin design changes the DA trigger pull tremendously vs. S&Ws with hammer mounted firing pins. :( They had to re-engineer the mainspring strain screw to get a harder hammer fall and that means a heavier double-action pull.

Well, a few months later I sold it to a collector. When I owned it I put rubber Hogues on it to preserve the beautiful grips which I thought were too small for my tastes anyway.

Anyway, sorry for the temporary thread drift.....

loplop
April 2, 2007, 03:42 PM
My DA pull is ridiculously sweet. I don't know why this one is so good, but it is nicer than any of the 100s of S&W's I've felt as of late (including 4 other Model 22 TR's!). Its almost like it came with an action job. <shrug> That's why I bought it on the spot.

Maybe I'll try some of those Hogues. It sure hurts to shoot.

Pappy John
April 2, 2007, 05:26 PM
Those grips you have are worth some impressive money!


So, nitesite, just what kinda money do you think the M22 grips are worth?

I just can't use magna style grips on anything. They don't work with my hands at all. I swapped mine out to Eagle Heritage grips, and never plan on going back, so I just might sell the originals off. What have you seen them go for?
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-2/1151859/model22.jpg

nitesite
April 2, 2007, 05:48 PM
Pappy John~

I've seen people looking for them offering $40-$50. Your 22-4 looks so much more practical and comfortable IMHO. I filed down the early-production sight as well but had a correct replacement blade, two pins and a drill bit sent to me by S&W. The parts kit went with the gun when I sold it.

loplop~

My hand hurt as well. Glad it wasn't just me! And I'm glad that the DA trigger on yours is better than most. Mine wasn't atrociously bad, like some I've felt. The collector who bought mine said that he was very happy at the smoothness of the DA trigger, although it was a bit heavy.

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