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Old 07-29-2018, 09:34 PM
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This little revolver was found in the garage of an elderly collector in town who had gone on to his final reward. He had a remarkable and extensive collection which appears to have been amassed in the 1950s to 1970s time frame. All of it was found in his garage. A good pal, who knows I am a Smith nut, let me know that the estate was going to put it up for sale.



It came in its original, serial numbered box. The box had a paper label on the end, much faded, but no S&W logo of any sort on the top.



Only wrapping paper and the revolver were in the box. As this is an adjustable sighted gun, I am wondering if it should have had a sight adjustment tool with it? As far as an instruction sheet, none was present and there was no cleaning rod either. Perhaps it should have had a "Helpful Hints" brochure and nothing more.



The serial number puts it, I think, around 1956 or so on a ship date. Does anyone have a better estimate than that? The right stock bears the same serial number. It is all matching and appears to have been fired very little.



Although I don't consider myself a Kit Gun collector, I have always admired them and fully understand the appeal they hold to the Kit Gun collectors among us. I feel lucky that my pal thought of me when this neat little revolver became available.
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:40 PM
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Now that is a thing of beauty. Way to go, congratulations!!
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My only question is, where is the rest of that "remarkable and extensive" collection? Surely you didn't stop with just this treasure?

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Well you sure found yourself a screamer!

You have the vintage close, likely early 2nd quarter of 1956. It's still a 4 screw but just late enough to have the bright blue finish.

Yes it should have a SAT with knurled alum handle, cleaning tools, and Helpful Hints; no instruction sheet w/parts list yet, at that time.

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Charlie is that one of the blue boxes with the red metal corners? I can't understand why anyone would be interested in a .22 built on a .32 frame?????
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Nice catch Charlie. Let me know if you tire of it.
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I can't understand why anyone would be interested in a .22 built on a .32 frame?????
You are a funny guy, James!
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That very configuration is at the top of my wish list. You're a lucky man.
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My only question is, where is the rest of that "remarkable and extensive" collection? Surely you didn't stop with just this treasure? Jeff SWCA #1457
Hi Jeff:

You are correctomundo. No, I did not stop. How could I resist? I ended up picking up a small pile of guns from this collection.

Here are a couple examples in the bunch which I had posted on a few months ago:

Woodwork Yields Commercial Model 1917 .45 ACP

Woodwork Yields Another - .44 H.E. M1950 Military

The old man certainly had a good eye for great guns. I have a few more that I have not taken pics of yet. When I get them taken I'll post 'em up here.

Thanks again for all the nice comments.
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That one just sort of melts your heart...like a puppy. I'm envious...just want to take it home and snuggle. Congrats.
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If you don't know why any one would be interested in one, you haven't handled one. Just fondle one for a few minutes, then shoot one for a while and you wonder why you didn't already have one.

I have resisted one (I have a 34 & 63 4") because of the price always attached. If I could ever find one without an $800+ price tag I would probably grab it.
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H. Richard, not sure if you are referring to my comment but as JP@AK surmised, I WAS kidding. If you click on the photo that I posted you will see my collection of .22/32 HFT's that are .22's on a .32 frame.
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Really nice find. Makes me wonder what else your neighbor had.

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Nice find, Charlie!! The older gent must have had a climate controlled garage!! That little beauty is sure in pristine condition. What a charming little treasure. Thanks for sharing with us.

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The problem for me with this story is that I used to always look for that little old man with a collection of pristine boxed S&W's that I could go through and pick out a few gems.

Unfortunately, I'm starting to come to the realization that I'm becoming that little old man.......
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Hi Jeff:

You are correctomundo. No, I did not stop. How could I resist? I ended up picking up a small pile of guns from this collection.

Here are a couple examples in the bunch which I had posted on a few months ago:

Woodwork Yields Commercial Model 1917 .45 ACP

Woodwork Yields Another - .44 H.E. M1950 Military

The old man certainly had a good eye for great guns. I have a few more that I have not taken pics of yet. When I get them taken I'll post 'em up here.

Thanks again for all the nice comments.

Charlie, while not as pristine as yours, I too wound up with a Kit Gun (a Prewar 4") and a 1917 from an estate sale. I posted about them last year: Estate sale Smiths - 1917, .22/32 Kit Gun

I also acquired a .32 Bicycle Gun from the same source: .32 S&W Bicycle Gun
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Tom,

Those are nice examples of each.

It's nice to acquire Smiths from good collections.
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Charlie that gun is in excellent condition for having spent some 63 years in Florida garage humidity
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Charlie that gun is in excellent condition for having spent some 63 years in Florida garage humidity
It sure is. The only reason it and the others came out with their finishes intact is because the old guy had thickly coated the guns with heavy grease, maybe RIG, or something similar. Some without boxes were just wrapped in old socks or newspapers but greased.

There were about 225 guns in this collection. A few long guns but mostly handguns. Lots of Colts (Woodsmans, .45 autos, 1 or 2 SAAs, some .22 and .38 Officers Models), early Rugers and a very few foreign guns. There was one Registered Magnum (sold before I saw it), and at least 5 Triple Locks in there, which I passed on as being too far outside of my area of interest (although I confess that my area of interest was broadened considerably once I saw what was in there.) There were also some nice guns that would have been duplicates for me which I also passed on. Truly, there was no junk in this bunch.

This experience was like opening a treasure chest, waiting to see what popped up next. I passed on many, many more than I picked. Even so, my gun budget was shot to hell and gone with these buys, so I ended up selling a few of my existing guns to partially recharge the budget. I realized that opportunities like this one come along only rarely, so I picked carefully but quickly because of the time pressures involved. I could go to a hundred gun shows and not see half of what was in this estate collection.

I just got lucky, in large part because my pal, who knew this collection was getting ready to be disposed of, let me know about it. I wasn't the first collector to see this stuff, but I was able to see it pretty early in the process. I like to think that the old man would be happy to know that these pieces ended up with someone who genuinely appreciates them.
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