1936 Pre-17 Smith & Wesson K22 Outdoorsman .22LR DA Revolver W/ Box C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,425

WOA#: WY240224CC080

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: K-22 Outdoorsman, K-22 Pre-17

Serial Number: 669641

Year of Manufacture: 1936

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle

Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Hand Ejector Revolver

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “22 LONG RIFLE CTG”. The butt of the grip frame, rear face of the cylinder, underside of the ejector star, barrel flat, and the rear face of the crane are marked with the serial number. The top of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS U.S.A. / PATENTED FEB 6. 06 SEPT. 14. 09 DEC 29. 14”.  The rear of the hammer and trigger are marked “REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”. The inside of the crane is marked “169691” the cylinder is marked “66 964 1”. The serial is 669641. It is matching on the butt, barrel flat, crane, cylinder and ejector. The grip serial marking is non-matching.

Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade with a brass bead, the rear sight is an upside down crescent with a white crescent underneath attached to the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with smooth diamonds and S&W monogram medallions.There is no notable wear. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Like-New condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates at a 10/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is a small hairline scratch on the right side of the frame. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Like-New condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action smooth. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Comes with original box, paperwork, and a cleaning cloth.

Our Assessment: Introduced in 1931, the K-22 saw a few improvements such as the now-iconic micrometer adjustable rear sight introduced in the 2nd Model and the barrel rib introduced on the 3rd Model K-22 Masterpiece or Pre-Model 17. This example is a first model and is in about Fine condition with about 94% of its finish remaining, a great bore in its 6″ barrel paired with nice stocks. This revolver will make a great gun for training a new shooter to use a revolver, target shooting or just recreational plinking. With its 5-screw frame, pinned barrel and classic look, they quite literally do not make them like this anymore. This is a wonderful opportunity at an old-school Smith & Wesson with all of the quality craftsmanship they were known for in the early years, and in its high condition will be a great addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck! -R.E.

1936 Pre-17 Smith & Wesson K22 Outdoorsman .22LR DA Revolver W/ Box C&R
1936 Pre-17 Smith & Wesson K22 Outdoorsman .22LR DA Revolver W/ Box C&R