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Old 12-17-2010, 03:26 PM
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I have what I thought was a K-17 but now thinking it is a pre 17. It has 5 screws, pinned barrel, and the serial no. is 544XX. It has a marking of V7. Can anyone help?
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:51 PM
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I assume there is a K prefix to this serial number - somewhere to the
left of it on the butt . That is a part of the serial number. Does this
full serial number appear on the rear face of the cylinder, and on the
flat area under the barrel ?

This V7 mark - where is it on the gun ?

Assuming the serial number is K54xxx, this is a 1949-ish gun. Its a
K-22. This is way before model numbers.

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Old 12-17-2010, 04:07 PM
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The V7 is above the serial no. on the frame when you open the cylinder. There is no K prefix anywhere. Could it be an outdoorsman? Thanks.

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Like to see a picture, of course. The Model 17 was the first model of the K-22 series. Otherwise known as K-22, maybe Outdoorsman too.
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The V7 is above the serial no. on the frame when you open the cylinder. There is no K prefix anywhere. Could it be an outdoorsman? Thanks.
The number on the frame when you open the cylinder may not be the Ser No. - It may be an assembly number. Please show a photo if you can.

Look on the bottom of the butt (grip frame) Like this

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It wouldn't be an Outdoorsman because those had six-digit serial numbers starting a little above 630000 . Also, an OD would have had a round-top barrel -- no grooved rib of the type seen on the postwar Masterpieces.

Some pics would really help.

If this gun has fixed sights, the serial number would not have a K-prefix. Starting in 1948, fixed-sight K-frame .38s (the Military & Police model) had a C-prefix serial number.
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Without pics I'm guessing J frame.
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I'm thinking its a K-22 3rd model and he looked inside the crane for the SN since many S&Ws and other revolvers have the SN there.

If he took the SN of the butt, I suppose it could be a pre model 34, 35 or 43. Anything else is a six digit or has a prefix.

Many people don't know to check the butt for the SN because they always check the crane or because the grips cover the butt of the frame.
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Thanks to all. I found the s/n under the grips. It is K 1265XX. Now does anyone know what year it is? Thanks so much.
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That should be 1951.
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Amy-Looks like yours was made in 1951.
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Thanks DC. Do you know where I can find the correct grips for it?
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your k-22 should be wearing a set of diamond magna's,there are lots of posts on these forums that will show you exactly what you need,and i'm sure someone can fix you up with a nice pair,good luck,curt.
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Following this thread.
Great info from folks who actually want to help!
Maybe one day I will be able to contribute.
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Thanks Curt. Everyone here have been very helpful. Glad I got on here but hard to leave. Very interesting stories and pics.
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