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Old 11-17-2020, 07:38 PM
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Hello gentlemen, I'm new here and seeking some expert opinions.
I have a K22 revolver with two serial numbers, 98xxx on the butt and cylinder with 53xxx on the crane. Why two different numbers? I've had this piece for a long time and just noticed the two numbers. What do i have? It's an excellent shooter and works perfectly. Thanks for you help.
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The number on the cylinder/butt is the S/N

The Number on the crane is a build number that should match with the number right above it on the frame.

You should also find the S/N on the face of the crane (looking through a chamber on larger caliber guns, hard to see on a k22), also under the barrel.
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Welcome! Any letters on the bottom of the grip frame in front of the 98xxx are part of the official SN. It may be a K with or without a number in front of it. If you can tell us we can tell you how old your gun is fairly accurately.
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! If there is a K in front of your numerical serial number, your K22 was made in 1950. It just has to be a post-war K22 because the pre-war Outdoorsman and K22 Masterpiece serial numbers are too high for it to be one of those guns.

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If it is a prewar gun it will begin with a 6, be six digits, and have no letters anywhere.

If yours is K98xxx you already have the info you need. If not, post the complete serial # or a picture of the butt of the pistol.
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The others have answered your questions. I will just add, "Welcome to the Forum."

How about some pictures of your relatively early K-22 Masterpiece? We all love those revolvers and pictures of them!
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WOW! Thanks for the rapid response. No K before the serial numbers and it is 5 screw gun. JP I'll attempt pictures but no promises from this computer challenged senior. Thanks All!
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WOW! Thanks for the rapid response. No K before the serial numbers and it is 5 screw gun. JP I'll attempt pictures but no promises from this computer challenged senior. Thanks All!
I'm also a computer challenged senior but I find imgur.com an easy way to post pictures.
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Something is fishy. A five digit number on the butt beginning with 98, and no K prefix, cannot denote a K-22, unless the number has been altered.

Now we need pictures more than ever.
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Does your gun have an adjustable rear sight? If it does look again on the butt for a K. It may be separated from the numerical part by quite a distance. Also is the gun butt a round butt or a square butt?

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It could be a Kit Gun from after 1953, when they started a new serial prefix. But by 98000, it would have a model number in the yoke cut. And, of course, that would not be a K frame revolver.

How long is the barrel, Bob?
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OK, if it was a snake I'd be bitten. Yes, there is a K prefix on the butt and it has a target rib with adjustable rear sight on a 6" barrel. I'm having no luck with photos, but thank you all for your help.
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Hi Bob easy way : Post Reply - Go Advanced - Manage Attachments - Upload Files from your Computer - Browse ( find the file saved on the desktop) and hit the Upload button.
Hope this helps, regards, Ray
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Hi Bob easy way : Post Reply - Go Advanced - Manage Attachments - Upload Files from your Computer - Browse ( find the file saved on the desktop) and hit the Upload button.
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The pics also have to be reduced in size to 500KB or less......Ben
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Yes and to do this I usually open the file with Paint and then resize it.
Thanks for remembering, regards, Ray
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Yes and to do this I usually open the file with Paint and then resize it.
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Yep, that's the easiest way I found...I just have to remember to save it......Ben
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Thanks All, I'll try again.
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