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WTB a nice S&W .22 Straightline pistol. Must be in excellent condition. Price range: $2000-$2500 (with box and tools); $1500-$2K without. Looks like this:
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A-37:
What price range would you consider "priced right" for an excellant condition Straightline ?

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A 37, see PM. Ed.
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Northfield Gun has one for sale. Real nice condition. Call Jim at 330-468-0676. Closed Sun & Mon. Larry
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There is also one here in a Billings Montana pawn shop. Will check out if you would like.
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Any info will help, Randy. Thanks.

Also, thanks for the posts and PMs.

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A-37:
I hope the Billings gun works out for you.
If it doesn't, could you tell me which pawn shop it is in?
I'm through Billings every week, or so.
The Straightlines are fascinating guns.

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Thanks to Larry's tip, I now own a Straightline and it's a winner. The finish is at least 98% (not reblued). Tight as a vault.

No metal case or tools but the case that came with it has an impressed area for the gun, maybe from age. Did S&W ever provide a case like this?

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Nice find. Since you posted your willing willing amount to spend, would you be willing to post what you paid?
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$1600 out the door. Deduct the 6.5% sales tax and the gun was $1502, a reasonable price for this 80-year old gem that someone took good care of.

SN is 518. Were there any changes to the later numbers?

Now I'm looking for an exploded view.

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Glad it worked out for you ED. Thats a very nice gun. Again, hope you make it to the NE Ohio bunch. Good luck with you're gun, Larry
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Ed, Nice gun. The case is not the correct factory case for the Straightline, but it probably protected the gun from handling scratches, etc. I'm not aware of any exploded views of the Straightline, but they may exist. I'm assuming yours chambers the .22 LR cartridge, as most of the Straight lines do after the first production runs, which have the 'Olympic" chambers, a carry over from the 3rd model Single Shots. A correct case for your gun would be the blue metal case with the tools held in by the spring clips. The design of the 4th model single shots ( Straightlines) came about after a survey by the Wessons of top match shooters asking them what they would like the 4th model to look like & do. Answers were varied, of course, such as "Make a single shot American or New Model #3" ( Custom gun makers of the 1920s era were producing .22 SS
by converting those early S&W revolvers.) I have a .22RF SS American in my collection. It's a masterpiece of gunsmithing, with a 9 in. barrel and resembles a Colt Camp Perry single shot, at first glance. as it has a flat cylinder. Roy Jinks said he had seen one other such gun, but we can't prove S&W made them as prototypes to test the idea. Single shot S&Ws are a fun category to research & collect - hint - look for factory shipped guns with smooth bores for .22RF shot cartridges. Yes, there are some and they will letter, if they are original. But also be aware that there have been a few "odd" guns in some auctions the last few years that have such things as zero prefix serial numbers and odd chambers, like .22WRF. Caveat Emptor - if it won't letter, don't pay big $$ ! Ed.

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I've looked for an exploded drawing for years and have come up empty. There's a "radiograph" (X-ray photo) in N&J (right and left side views) which served me well-----which is to say I got it all apart, cleaned, and put back together-----and there were no pieces left over and it even worked!!

Ralph Tremaine

And as far as changes go, early guns have an adjustable trigger and a non-rebounding hammer (and the short chamber Mr. Ed mentioned).

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Ed,

Thanks for the background info. There's more to S&W single-shot pistols than I thought. Can you recommend any reference books and can you post a pic of your .22RF SS American?

Ralph,

I came up empty looking for N&J (X-Rays). Please post a link.

Info: My Straightline chambers a .22LR round.

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