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    Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Hello everyone:

    I'm very glad to inform I bought the S&W K-22 Masterpiece, 1951 vintage, I had found a couple weeks ago.
    The asking price was $700. I offered $400 as it was or $500 if they had the original grips. It turned out they didn't and accepted the 400 bucks.
    It isn't in a really good conditions but doesn't seem it has been shot much. I have no idea how it shoots, though, but I think it is worth the risk.
    Any idea where I can find the original wood grips?
    I'm really happy with this purchase. I'd appreciate your comments, good or bad.
    Here the pictures. Cheers













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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Nice looking K-22 pistol. As for grips you might consider placing a want ad in the Other For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Give Away Items section on this site. There is probably someone with a pair of K-frame grips. Shenandoah
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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Kaweskar I hope it shoots good for you.
    Now you been doing a lot of other wish listing too...you going to get them guns from Miami Fl.
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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    The original grips for that '51 K-22 would have been the the diamond checkered service stocks known as "high horn" grips due the contour of the top curve of those grips. They were used on K-frames from 1946 through 1952 or so. An example of the high horns can be seen on the center revolver in this picture (disregard the Tyler grip adapter)...



    A better view of the high horn "edge" may be had in this picture...



    You may get lucky and find a set on E-bay but expect to pay dearly for ones in very good condition. Of course, if you're not concerned about being period correct, any K-frame grips will fit, from service style to the full target design.

    The search is half the fun...good hunting.

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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Congratulations on an excellent acquisition. It sure looks like it is in great condition.

    ebay is a good source for S&W grips. Gunbroker is also- but ebay prices tend to be better. For real vintage grips for that pre-model 17 that price will likely between "a lot" and "a lot more".

    The good news is you have lots of options. There are many real S&W grips out there that are not of the right vintage and while not correct to the period, are still S&W grips. This is an option, in case you don't want to spend the time hunting down the correct grips.

    That gun is a beauty and a rare classic. Great buy!

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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    That's a very good looking K-22 Kaweskar. Congrats on the acquisition! Let us know how she shoots.
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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Looks good Amigo, Only issue I see is someone dry fired it several times and you can see where the firing pin hit the cylinder face (tiny holes at the outside edge of where the cartridge sits. Only reason we can see them is you took very detail pictures!

    Good luck and hope to see some range pictures soon and I have to get to the range to shoot my new THUMPER - a Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull/.45 Colt beauty I just brought home today - -



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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Good catch GB. I hadn't really noticed the marks. I hope there isn't any trouble with the shooting capabilities of the revolver.
    Let's see how it goes at the range.

    Congrats on your new acquisition: looks fantastic. I also got a new one: S&W 617 6" barrel 10 shots cylinder. Should arrive about the same time as the K-22, next week.

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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Golfbuddy45
    Looks good Amigo, Only issue I see is someone dry fired it several times and you can see where the firing pin hit the cylinder face (tiny holes at the outside edge of where the cartridge sits. Only reason we can see them is you took very detail pictures!
    WOW! I am jealous. I would like one of these.

    And THANX GB for the heads up on the dry fire issue. Would not have known to look/check for that if I hadn't read this thread and your post. Very appreciative!
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    Re: Just bought a 1951 S&W K-22 Masterpiece!!!

    I always, always loved those nice, classic S&W 22lr revolvers!

    I almost bought one years ago, NIB - late 90's - pre lock.) but I bought the S&W Model 686 at the time. No regrets though in my past and present firearms.

    Beautiful guns. I wonder if they (Smith and Wesson.) are still making them now when they brought back some of the classics but with NO lock?

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