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Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece, 1955

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by GrumpyBear, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear New Member

    I have a Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece model #17, year 1955
    6 inches blue, THTT TS, and I am trying to determine the value of the gun.

    The gun is in as good as new conditions with its original box, and I also have the 2 cleaning brushes that came with it. [/LEFT]The serial number 359,XXX.

    Any informations you can give me will be gladly appreciated!

  2. Rampant_Colt

    Rampant_Colt Well-Known Member

    From my 1955 9th edition Gun Digest the K-22 is listed with a 6" barrel, with checked walnut Magna stocks with S&W monograms. Grooved tangs and trigger.
    It is shown next to the K-32 and K-38 in S&W's new Masterpiece line



    I LOVE vintage handguns

    sorry i couldn't give you any current pricing information
  3. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator

    Are you sure about the serial # and age? I'm at work, and don't have access to the Standard Catalogue, but I seem to recall the serial # ought to include a letter prefix. Also, The K-22 became the Model 17 in 1957 - does the box say Model 17?

    Anyway, a non-5-screw K-22 ANIB with box (and original grips), would likely fetch $550-ish around here.
  4. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    In excess of $500.00
  5. Bullet Bob

    Bullet Bob Well-Known Member

    I have one made in 1955, shot it yesterday in fact. I might take $1,000,000 for it, or I might not.
  6. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    $500-$600 depending on the buyer's eagerness, the seller's reluctance, and other competition in the room.
  7. dbracin

    dbracin Well-Known Member

    I am very fond of my K-22. It's about the best shoot pistol I have. Period.

  8. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    $500 range for sure.

    There is nothing finer than a K-22. I like mine with 5 screws.

  9. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    The last 2 that were comparable on the S&W forum went, IIRC, for 550 and 575 ... can't recall if those were shipped prices.
  10. BruM

    BruM Well-Known Member

    how much extra for a Target masterpiece with second cylinder in 22 mag?? S/N 309XXX
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  11. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Should have a letter K prefix. I hope you aren't thinking the gun was made in 1955 because that's the date printed on the box lid. That's the copyright for the printed material. You call it a Model 17 but model numbers were not stamped/used until 1957 so there goes the 1955 date of manufacture if so marked. If the 359,000 number you gave is the correct serial minus the K that would be 1959 and it would indeed be a Model 17.

    If truly like new with the box I would ask $650 for it. If it has correct period target stocks I would ask $750.
  12. Rem.222

    Rem.222 Well-Known Member

    I have a Winchester 9422 I would trade for a K-22.
  13. kelbro

    kelbro Well-Known Member

    Mine is a documented 1955 model and the serial # is K152xxx. It shoots so well that I wouldn't take $600 for it.
  14. ggibbs

    ggibbs New Member

    My dad just gave me his K-22 w/6" barrel. I remember shooting it as a kid 50 yrs ago. It has an oversized grip but the original is still in the box, serial # is 132,5xx. Dad also has a Colt Woodsman from same era, he was a gunsmith so they are in excellent condition.
  15. MR.G

    MR.G Well-Known Member

    I would say at least $650.00 in like new condition with original box and tools. Right buyer would probably pay more.
  16. aHFo3

    aHFo3 Well-Known Member

    pictures are always helpful
  17. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    these guys are nuts...125 bucks tops.

    BUT being a nice guy, I will give you 150
  18. jdomin

    jdomin Well-Known Member

    If it has a gold sw box add 125. If it has the knurled screwdriver add 125 and if it has the narrow rib on top of the barrel add 125. They are at a premium dont let anyone tell you different.
  19. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    I went a little nuts when Old Fuff found a 1948 version on an OnTarget auction.

    Two of us wanted it pretty badly and I believe I coughed up 750.00 a year or so ago.

    Seemed kind of silly at the time but similar product seems to be listed at 1K plus on Gunbroker recently - note that that's not the same as selling for 1K - it's an optimistic seller's appraisal of the issue.

    The pic doesn't do the colors justice.

    No box or papers, by the way.

    The "750 no box" is probably unrealistic. But I'll still bump Guillermo - put me down for 175.

    ETA: I had to look - it was closer to two years ago.
    Last edited: May 11, 2010
  20. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // 2010 Standard catalog of firearms:

    NIB 650/Exc 475 /VG300 / g 175 / f125/p100
    The book prices are lower than FTF or store prices here in upstate SC.

    1955 with box might tempt the right person toward the high end , depending upon your location they might be hard to find as hens teeth. I know I don't often see them.

    My model 617 was the first I found for sale locally in the 3 years it was on my list. ( I despise shipping and FFL fees, takes the fun right out of finding a deal).

    It looks like post #6 by XavierBreath is about right for an end result.

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