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Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece, 1955

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

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  1. GrumpyBear

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    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!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rampant_Colt

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    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

    $71.07

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    I LOVE vintage handguns

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

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    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

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    In excess of $500.00
     
  5. Bullet Bob

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    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

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

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

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  8. GunTech

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    $500 range for sure.

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

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  9. Canuck-IL

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    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.
    /Bryan
     
  10. BruM

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    how much extra for a Target masterpiece with second cylinder in 22 mag?? S/N 309XXX
     
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  11. SaxonPig

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    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

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    I have a Winchester 9422 I would trade for a K-22.
    Rem.222
     
  13. kelbro

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    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

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    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

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    I would say at least $650.00 in like new condition with original box and tools. Right buyer would probably pay more.
     
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    pictures are always helpful
     
  17. Guillermo

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    these guys are nuts...125 bucks tops.

    BUT being a nice guy, I will give you 150
     
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    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

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    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.
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    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.
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=372299
     
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  20. content

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    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.
     
  21. SharpsDressedMan

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    I bought a .22 Masterpiece about five years ago in your age range, either late 1940's- early 1950's. It has the slight humped hammer. I paid $425 and thought that I stole it then, as it was mint, possibly unfired (I can't remember, because I shot it, and shoot it, and it sure has flash on the front of the cylinder now). I would not sell it for $750 now, as it is so good a shooter, and so beautifully made and finished. I see them for $600 and up in similar condition on Gunbroker.
     
  22. vanagon40

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    Do all of you realize that GrumpyBear made one post over two years ago?

    You are probably giving pricing advice to a ghost.

    That said, I have no objections to discussions and pictures of the K22 Masterpiece.

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  23. SharpsDressedMan

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    No, I didn't know that. But, I too like pretty pictures!
     
  24. MCgunner

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    That gun is a total POS. Don't fire it, could be dangerous to the shooter.

    But, being the nice guy I am, I'll take it off your hands for 200 bucks, charity, ya know. :D I mean, if you're still around after two years............
     
  25. Guillermo

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    just to take a dangerous Rohm-like gun off the street...I will go 225
     
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