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Old May 17th, 2017, 04:45 AM   #1
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S/W K 22 revolvers?

The K 22 models revolvers seem to be a top choice, they are always present at the local Gun Show. Hand guns in general are my anathema, but would like to try a quality 22 cal. revolver.

Being a handgun ignoramus I would appreciate help in selecting one. Share with me the best choice in the K22 models, and which to stay away from.. I hope to make a trade of some sort, offering my S/W model 27-2 357 cal.. Need advice.. Art


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Old May 17th, 2017, 04:53 AM   #2
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keep the 357,that is the holy grail of 357's. buy the k22 with cash,then get the k38

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keep the 357,that is the holy grail of 357's. buy the k22 with cash,then get the k38
" Buy the K22, than get the K38",,, could you expand on that?

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Old May 17th, 2017, 05:37 AM   #4
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the k22 masterpiece 22lr is a great revolver,as is it's twin,the k38 masterpiece.the 38 special revolver.then,there comes it's big bad brother,the model 27 in 357 magnum.
why trade a great model 27 for the 22.you would have a nice set of triplets

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Old May 17th, 2017, 05:54 AM   #5
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Got it..

Thank you for the baseline to purchase.. Art

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Old May 17th, 2017, 06:20 AM   #6
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Art, You simply can't go wrong buying a K22 Masterpiece. K22's are the best cal. 22 revolver you can purchase. If you can find one with a target hammer and target trigger, that's all the better. You can either use the standard grips or the larger target grips. I personally favor the target grips but a lot has to do with one's hand size.

Polack is right that it is nice to have a big bore twin for a K22 but the best twin, in my opinion, is a 6" barrel Model 19 Combat Magnum. Both are built on the K frame and the feel is identical. Rick

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Old May 17th, 2017, 06:22 AM   #7
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K's are nice, but if you are partial to smaller pistols, and the .22 performs in any platform, there is the J-frame model 34 and 63 (blue and stainless, respectively.) I had a 4" 63 for a few years, still regret selling it... it was a fun and handy little pistol. There is no denying the value of those K-frame rimfire pistols, however.

Unless you just don't use the 27, I would hold on to it... particularly if it's in good condition.

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K22- newer version Model 17 in 6" and 8 3/8" barrel length, Model 18 in 4" length. All fine in make and craftsmanship, some older ones better in quality. Options were target hammer and trigger (wider) , target grips, which were larger and more hand filling. The M18 may have had a red ramp sight option, not sure on that though. All were square butt in grip size and shape but many aftermarket grips are available.

Newer models are in a heavy lugged barrel style, stainless and blue finish, some have a round butt grip frame for those style and type of grip. Square and round do not interchange.

Late models were heavy barrel but 10 shot, all previous models being 6. The ten shot models have an alloy cylinder and usually have a more flat finish, may have the round butt frame, but I'm not sure on that.

I've 4, 6 and 8 3/8 older models right now, had a 6" blued hvy barrel 6 shot some time ago but it was a little heavier in my hand, one handed, than I cared for so it went down the road.

If you want to have a pocket, small easy to carry revolver the j frames are nice, but lack in steadiness of hold for bullseye or informal shooting. Had a 2" once, couldn't hit squat with it though, too short a sight radius.

HTH, 30cf.

BTW I wouldn't sell the 27 either.

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Old May 17th, 2017, 10:13 AM   #9
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Keep your M27-2, they are a great N frame .357 that are highly sought after. The K22 and the newer M17's are K frame .22 revolvers that are really the best .22 revolver ever on the market. If you want a 4" barrel look for a M18.

The way that it worked was that you start with a K22 in .22 long rifle and then you bought a K38 in .38 Special. The K22 and the K38 are the same size and roughly the same weight

I really enjoy my 1948 K22


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the k22 masterpiece 22lr is a great revolver,as is it's twin,the k38 masterpiece.the 38 special revolver.then,there comes it's big bad brother,the model 27 in 357 magnum.
why trade a great model 27 for the 22.you would have a nice set of triplets
K38= K15, AKA Combat masterpiece, then there is the K19 Combat Magnum.
The K 15 is one of the best ever made by Smith.
I traded mine for a S&W Mod 66, 4 inch, both served as a duty weapon.
The stainless was more practical for the job.
Should have kept it and bought the 66 outright.
The 66 then gave way to a 639 when they came out.

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Keep your M27-2, they are a great N frame .357 that are highly sought after. The K22 and the newer M17's are K frame .22 revolvers that are really the best .22 revolver ever on the market. If you want a 4" barrel look for a M18.

The way that it worked was that you start with a K22 in .22 long rifle and then you bought a K38 in .38 Special. The K22 and the K38 are the same size and roughly the same weight

I really enjoy my 1948 K22

At one time you could add a K-32 to your battery, also.

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K38= K15, AKA Combat masterpiece, then there is the K19 Combat Magnum.
Well, not quite right.

Smith & Wesson Model 14.38 Special. Previously the "K-38 Masterpiece".
Smith & Wesson Model 15.38 Special. Previously the "38 Combat Masterpiece".
Smith & Wesson Model 17.22 Caliber. Previously the "K-22 Masterpiece".
Smith & Wesson Model 18.22 Caliber. Previously the "22 Combat Masterpiece".
Smith & Wesson Model 19.357 Magnum. Previously the "Combat Magnum".

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If your going buy a nice K22/M17 you had better get one now, they are only going up in price seems like everyday. I have a K22 made in 1953, it is probably the most accurate hand gun I have, at least as far as revolvers go.
I have a Model 41 and I think my K22 shoots just a bit tighter groups, here is my K22...

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The K 22 models revolvers seem to be a top choice, they are always present at the local Gun Show. Hand guns in general are my anathema, but would like to try a quality 22 cal. revolver.

Being a handgun ignoramus I would appreciate help in selecting one. Share with me the best choice in the K22 models, and which to stay away from.. I hope to make a trade of some sort, offering my S/W model 27-2 357 cal.. Need advice.. Art
hey that 27 is worth big bucks what is the barrel length?

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Old May 17th, 2017, 06:29 PM   #15
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hey that 27 is worth big bucks what is the barrel length?
Just over 8 inches, 40 rouinds fired, 158 gr. cast bullets, open to a trade.. Art

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