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S&W K-22, date of manu.?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Chilidog, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Chilidog

    Chilidog Member

    Hello THR subscribers:
    Back from a long silence since TFL days. I recently bought a K-22 with SN 688xx. Request assistance in checking approximate DOB. Inquiring minds also wonder when this model was superceded by M-17. Thanks in advance. Really pleased this forum exists to carry forward good work of its predecessor. Thank you Oleg and all!

    Good shootin'
  2. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    'Dawg, look for some sort of alpha prefix ahead of your S/N. Or, look on the butt of the gun, not under the crane for the S/N. I don't have my Standard Catalog of S &W (SCOSW) with me, but the S/N you are giving predates the K22, IIRC. By a considerable margin. As in, made during the Roosevelt presidency. The first one.

    Edited to answer the second Q: Model numbers were adopted in 1957 thru-out the whole S&W line.
  3. Chilidog

    Chilidog Member


    Thanks Hutch, I left out the K prefix.
  4. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Seems like it was made in 1948. Serial number range: K 18732 to K 73121

    Model 17's start in 1957.
  5. Chilidog

    Chilidog Member

    Many thanks Ol' Fuff, seems my K22 & I share a birthyear.

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