S & w 22 ctg


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ND1J
February 19, 2009, 08:23 PM
I've looked everywhere trying to find information on this gun. Its a Smith and Wesson 22 CTG, at least thats all it says on the barrel. The barrel is 3", nickel (but it's not in really good shape), wooden grips with S&W logo at the top, double action. It doesn't have the standard cylinder release, but instead has a button that has to be pulled forward located in front of the extractor under the barrel. The serial number is 18xxx, no letter or other prefixes. The patten dates located on the top of the barrel are Aug 4 96, Oct 8 01, Nov 10 03, Feb 6 08, Sept 14 09, This is a seven shoot revolver. Its a really neat gun, but I'd like to know a little more about it. I haven't shot it because I'm not sure if it's made to stand up to modern 22s.

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Radagast
February 19, 2009, 08:41 PM
You have a S&W Ladysmith 3rd model (.22 perfected). These were manufactured between 1911 & 1921 in a serial number range 13951 to 26154.
Ladysmiths were built on the M frame, the smallest swing out cylinder or hand ejector frame size. The nickel finish was a factory option, as was the three inch barrel and walnut grips.
In good condition the Standard Catalog of S&W 3rd edition lists a value of $400.

The Ladysmith was chambered in .22 long, not long rifle:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.22_Long
You could probably chamber .22lr in it but this would not be wise. Find some correct ammo to shoot.

ND1J
February 19, 2009, 09:59 PM
Thanks Radagast. Like I said the gun isn't in that great of shape, but for $12 it was a steal :) I'll try to post some pics soon.

Jim Watson
February 20, 2009, 12:45 AM
Find some correct ammo to shoot.

There IS no correct ammo to shoot in a Ladysmith. Certainly not modern .22 Long high velocity. A friend has one in very nice condition... until you see the split forcing cone. There may never have been really correct ammo that the little gun would handle, except perhaps black powder.

Ron James
February 20, 2009, 12:58 AM
At 12 dollars it is indeed a steal, the original Lady Smiths are very collectible and desirable The screws and parts are so small S&W had to use watch making methods to build them. I dislike the term collectible when used with most modern Smith and Wessons, but this one is not a shooter, it is truly a collectible. If it breaks, I really don't even think the factyory can repair it.

mp510
February 20, 2009, 01:28 AM
There IS no correct ammo to shoot in a Ladysmith. Certainly not modern .22 Long high velocity. A friend has one in very nice condition... until you see the split forcing cone. There may never have been really correct ammo that the little gun would handle, except perhaps black powder.
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CCI loads .22 Short and .22 Long CB caps.

XavierBreath
February 20, 2009, 01:41 AM
Twelve bucks? Good gorsch amighty!

Any part off the gun is worth that!

Jim Watson
February 20, 2009, 10:04 AM
CCI loads .22 Short and .22 Long CB caps.

Yes, I know. But I am not recommending even them for that dinky little gun.

ND1J
February 20, 2009, 04:22 PM
I donít think I'll be trying to shot this gun anytime soon. I've got plenty of 22s to mess around with. This gun really was a steal that I'm almost ashamed of considering I got it a Colt Police Positive Special 32-20 thatís in good shape, a Colt Model 3 41 cal derringer thatís in fair shape, and a 32 cal U.S. Revolver thatís not in good shape all for $50!

Ron James
February 20, 2009, 07:04 PM
I think I would keep checking for police cars out side the door. At that price they are bound to be hotter than hell.

ND1J
February 20, 2009, 11:15 PM
Maybe Ron James, you never know with people. This is a guy that I really do trust though. I've bought a lot of stuff from him. I have a ligitament recipet if it came down to it. I think he just like I didn't really know what they were at the time of the sell.

Bill B.
February 21, 2009, 07:48 AM
until you see the split forcing cone.

Most of these old Ladysmith's do have the split focing cone. I don't know if it was from the timing being off, cone being thin, or HV rounds shot in them. Very few I have seen in good shape.

ND1J
February 21, 2009, 05:13 PM
Is the forcing cone the very first part of the barrel that the bullet enters?

Bill B.
February 21, 2009, 07:11 PM
Is the forcing cone the very first part of the barrel that the bullet enters?

YES .....................

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