Smith & Wesson S&W Model 17-5 22 LR 8 3/8” Revolver K-22 Target Masterpiece

SOLD FOR: $785

WOA#: WY240321DK001

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 17-5

Serial Number: AUN3873

Year of Manufacture: 1987

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 and yoke cut are marked with the serial number. The left side of the frame is marked with the Smith & Wesson monogram logo and the right side of the frame is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas. The crane, crane cut, and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.

Barrel Length: 8 3/8”.

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a red painted patridge blade on a raised base atop the serrated barrel rib.   The rear sight is an adjustable rectangular notch sight screwed to the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The grips are two-piece checkered Goncalo Alves Target stocks with speed loader cutout and S&W monogram medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks with only some slightly dulled peaks on a few of the checkers.  The checkering is crisp with sharp peaks.  The front of the right grip has a nick on the front edge. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.  This pistol has its correct “3 T’s Target Trigger, Target Hammer, and Target Grips.

Type of Finish: Blue, Case Hardened Trigger & Hammer

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 10/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish.  There is some finish loss on the extractor rod as well as on the front edges of the cylinder.   The cylinder has a thin faint turn line.. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action smooth. The cylinder lockup has some light side-to-side play on all six chambers. 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: None.

Our Assessment: The Model 17 was first produced as the K-22 Masterpiece in the Pre-War days before Smith & Wesson implemented the number system to their guns. It is a fun rimfire revolver built on a full-size K-Frame. The design was massively popular as its .22 chambering was perfect for use as an outdoorsman’s kit gun, and with its K-Frame also dominated target shooting and training for centerfire K-Frame revolvers. The revolver would go on to be named the Model 17 in 1957. 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 this, the 3rd Model K-22 Masterpiece or Pre-Model 17. This 17-5 is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its finish remaining, a great bore in its 8 3/8″ barrel paired with beautiful original grips. This revolver will make a great gun for what originally made the design so popular, target shooting, recreational plinking, or use as a training revolver to save some money on centerfire ammo. Considered on par with the greatest .22LR Revolvers ever made, the K-22, don’t miss your chance on this beautiful piece.  Please see our photos and good luck! -L.S.

Smith & Wesson S&W Model 17-5 22 LR 8 3/8” Revolver K-22 Target Masterpiece
Smith & Wesson S&W Model 17-5 22 LR 8 3/8” Revolver K-22 Target Masterpiece