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Old 06-08-2018, 10:34 PM
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At one of my favorite local gun shops I came across a Pre 17 today. I was in a hurry to get little man to ice cream after finishing 1st grade, but hereís what I know from my quick look at it.

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Has the ribbed barrel so Iím thinking 1956
Has later model Target football stocks

They just brought it into the store & didnít have a price on it. Not in perfect shape cosmetically but mechanically felt tight. Maybe 80% give or take. They know me in there & made a point to show it to me. Iíll go back tomorrow & look at it again plus they will have it priced by then. Iím already thinking Iíll take it home. It would make a nice sibling to my Model 48 from them.

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Did the deal. Here are some photos. Also did the deal on a Winchester pre 64 Model 70 in 338 Win Mag. I couldnít let her be alone at the store when my family would welcome her also.

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Some more

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Nice pick up! I hope they gave you a good price on it!
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Nice early 4 screw with older style High Speed hammer.
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I felt it was fair. I am there often enough that we both decided on the price. Really anxious to shoot it. Although the stocks are not correct they felt great & a nice addition in my hands at least.

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Nice! There weren't a lot of 4-screw pre-model # targets made (less than a year?). I have a K22 and a K38. Both are great shooters.
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I have a habit of requesting a letter on most of the older Smith’s I buy. My desire to know where they went makes me do it. This one will be no exception.

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Unless they charged you an arm and a leg, that was definitely a good one to pick up. Looks to be in quite decent shape and will make a great shooter - practically guaranteed.

The serial number puts production in 1956, as you noted.

The one thing I didn't understand about your post, however, was this:
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Has the ribbed barrel so Iím thinking 1956
All postwar K-22 revolvers had a ribbed barrel.

On the other hand, 1956 was the year the fifth screw was eliminated. And four screw guns with no model number were made for nearly two years (1956-1958). Numbers were assigned in June 1957, but no Model 17 shipped until sometime in 1958.
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The ribbed barrel comment came from a mix up of what I was reading. I checked the serial number against the SCSW & it’s a ‘56 gun according to that.

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Nice early 4 screw with older style High Speed hammer.
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...and the 10-line backstrap.
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I certainly has that K frame balance going for it.

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Letter arrived the other day & it shipped to Schwabacher Hardware Co. Seattle WA on December 12, 1956. Wholesale price was $46.72 & there was 10 of them in the shipment.

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Letter arrived the other day & it shipped to Schwabacher Hardware Co. Seattle WA on December 12, 1956. Wholesale price was $46.72 & there was 10 of them in the shipment.

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Cool I have one close K282xxx so I guess Iíve got a 57.
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You live in "Pac NW" so apparently that gun hasn't traveled very far in 62 years. I have a Highway Patrolman that shipped to Seattle in 1954. I was born there in 1955.

The stocks are incorrect but very nice looking.

I had a 17-3 but I found this K22 at a local show for $425 so I bought it and sold the 17. all things being equal I prefer the older ones. I guess I am the only who doesn't mind disclosing prices on guns I buy?

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I paid $800 for it

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That didn't hurt a bit, did it? Big Larry
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