S & W Model 22 Thunder Ranch New Variant


September 1, 2007, 09:19 PM
The following link is a video presentation of the newest Thunder Ranch
S & W Model 22 'Defense" variant in .45 ACP/.45 Auto Rim


THere is a mounting for a light rail, and doesn't the
Barrel look thicker ?

Nice Platform.

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September 1, 2007, 09:30 PM
When they first came out and demand was extremely high, I managed to snag serial number 22 of the Thunder Ranch Model 22. I thought that it was so cool that I paid extra to get that s/n.


I sold it one year later for several reasons. Took a huge beating and lost $250 when I sold it. The collector who got it has frequently posted that he is quite pleased with it.

September 1, 2007, 10:26 PM
nitesite, why were you not happy with it? I want one, but older S&W take precedent over "lock" guns. A 586 dash nothing popped up today that I just HAD to have.

September 1, 2007, 11:10 PM
I just had my local dealer snag me one from Lew Horton. Serial # 195x.

The cool serial # belongs to my 21 TR - 1044.

September 1, 2007, 11:12 PM
I'd also want to know why nitesite sold it ???

I think you both missed the point - this seems to be
a bariant of the original TR Mod 22 = seems THunder Ranch
has some on their web site but the new one with the Light Rail
isn't available yet.

Heck, I like the regular Mod 22 w/o the light rail

September 1, 2007, 11:56 PM
It was a combination of things.....

It really was a gorgeous handgun

I wanted to help with the cost of my wife's graduate school and was looking to part with a gun to help defray some of the expenses. I had so many to choose from, but I needed to decide which one should go. At first I didn't even consider the TRR Model 22 since I felt it was truly unique.

I finally selected the Model 22 over all the others for several reasons.

The rifling was so shallow that it was almost like a smoothbore. Speer Gold Dot 230-gr bullets were barely etched by the lands. :barf:

As a reloader who likes to shoot cast lead bullets, this was totally unacceptable. :banghead: It shot jacket bullets OK but lead was another story. :(

And the roll markings on both sides of the thin-walled barrel were struck so hard that they were actually plainly visible inside the bore... :what:

I emailed S&W with the following message and pictures:
"I have noticed that on my New Model 22-4 Thunder Ranch Revolver the rifling grooves inside the barrel have visible "bumps" on both left and right sides of the bore from the roll-stamped lettering."

Mr. Frank Branchesi ( fbranchesi@smith-wesson.com ) had only the following comment for me:

Mar 3, 2006 9:29 AM
"Sir, if the accuracy is good there's is no reason for concern."

Gee, thanks for offering some sort of remedy, like a new barrel.

A-Hole... :mad:

Then there was the fact that I bought a S&W with "The Lock", which admittedly I went into willingly with both eyes wide open. It still bothered me sufficiently enough that I later grew to hate my decision to buy it.

The fact that the first few hundred Model 22s had front sights that were much too high, causing them to shoot way too low, was not a consideration. That only required a simple sight blade replacement at the factory if one chose to do so.

I have witheld mentioning any of this for a long time because the collector who purchased it seems quite happy with it. I don't think I misrepresented it when I sold it, as it was in NRA Very Good/Excellent condition. I had shot fewer than 200 rounds of factory WWB 230-gr ball thru it when I sold it. It still carries the lifetime warranty if he wants to avail himself of any of their services.

Tom C.
September 2, 2007, 04:07 PM
I like the new Thunder Ranch Model 22, but I won't buy an aluminum framed gun again. If it were stainless, I would strongly consider it. As it is, I will make due with my 25-2 and 625-8JM.

September 2, 2007, 05:29 PM
To Tom C.

The S & W Model 22 TR is carbon steel.
like all two digit models - the ones starting with
6 as in 6n or 7nn are Stainless Steel. THe 3nn/4nn
series have the Scandium/Titanium mix of

Old Fuff
September 2, 2007, 06:26 PM
The last thing the Old Fuff would be interested in would be a model 22 (by any name) with a light rail. :cuss: :banghead:

The rest of you are welcome to them... :neener:

It will be interesting to see if S&W finds much of a market among buyers that generally lean toward autopistols... :uhoh:

September 2, 2007, 10:13 PM
I've always been intrigued about the production numbers and actual sales of the Model 327 TRR8 Revolver.



I would love to shoot one just once; though I'm not sure I would love to own one.

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