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Featured: The Perfect Collect & Shoot K-22 Masterpiece by Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson began production of these third model .22 caliber target revolvers in December of 1946 following World War II. So most of these third model guns you might run across were manufactured from 1947 to 1957. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson were at the top of their game in the 1950s. It was a unique time when manufacturing processes were very different.

"I'm not saying these third model versions of the K-22 are better or more valuable, just the period I chose to focus on."

The majority of the old guns I acquire and write about, are also guns that I want to take to the indoor range with my son and son-in-laws. The older I get, the less inclined I become to hang onto the safe queens. Oh, I still acquire unfired guns from time to time, just to photograph and write about. But the ones I really care about maintaining, are the ones I can shoot without thinking twice.

These 1950s Guns Fit The Bill...

The K-22 Masterpiece is an ideal gun to use for target practice. And with the ammunition shortage we've experienced in 2020 and 2021, .22 ammo is less expensive to buy, when you can find it.

Throughout the years of my gun collecting hobby (I'm really more of an enthusiast than collector), it was always in the back of my mind to acquire a special gun from my birth year. As strange as it may seem, that didn't happen until 2021 after I developed an obsession with this line from Smith & Wesson. I recently purchased this Model 17-1 just by chance.

On a final note, if you have an interest in these guns, you can find the Serial Number Table for the Smith & Wesson Third Model K-22 Masterpiece here. And in this blog post, I show how to easily tell the difference between 5-Screw, 4-Screw and 3-Screw guns without removing the grips.

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