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S&W K-22, c. 1946
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A an old friend and I took her late father's near-mint S&W K-22 from just after the Big War to the range today.

They dubbed these iterations of the model "The Masterpiece."

They weren't kidding.

I have to admit, I was poleaxed by just how exquisite that piece of machinery was. I mean just to start with the quality of the piece itself. Loading .22LRs into the cylinder was an essay in craftsmanship.

But then when it came to the shooting, beauty is as beauty does. Perfect balance, grouped as well at 50 feet as at 25, and anything it did wrong was my fault and mine alone.

Not too heavy, not too light. Balance perfect. Easy action, perfect trigger, everything falls right to hand.

There were some mighty fine gun-makers around in 1946, that's for damned sure.
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
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The K-22 or Masterpiece were always known for their accuracy. Look at some old (real old) shooting magazines that dealt with NRA bullseye shooting and you will see a lot of shooters on the line with one in hand.

Although the news ones are still very good, the old ones are what brings in the money. I sold one for a friend that for some reason was getting rid of guns he didn't shoot any more. It was a late 50's model and I put a pretty steep price on it and the first person who saw it bought it without a blink and said even if it would have been priced $200 higher he would have bought it without any dickering.

A 1946 model in good shape is worth a good bit, but if it were mine with the same circumstances I would never sell it, it would get handed down to future generations.
Xringshooter, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Xringshooter;109616 Wrote:A 1946 model in good shape is worth a good bit, but if it were mine with the same circumstances I would never sell it, it would get handed down to future generations.

Yep, my friend's is a "legacy gun." It's her "cold dead hands" gun. If I want one, I'll have to find my own.

Her Ruger Single-6 in 17HMR jammed due to a wicked squib on the 3rd shot so I didn't get to shoot it. She was all apologetic.

My response was... "I don't care; all I wanted to do was to keep shooting that old S&W anyway."

I shot it until I was tired and getting ugly-shaky, which took a lot longer than it does with either my SR22 or Buckmark Hunter.

(BTW, I'm in SoCal, where the gun culture is really f'd up due to the laws. Picture being at an indoor range with fan-boys in the next lane shooting an AR15 with a cheap red dot at a whopping 25 feet. Really?)
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
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gascolator;109661 Wrote:(BTW, I'm in SoCal, where the gun culture is really f'd up due to the laws. Picture being at an indoor range with fan-boys in the next lane shooting an AR15 with a cheap red dot at a whopping 25 feet. Really?)

Yeah we did a lot of that out there. The rules suck even worse at the outdoor ranges. Don't want to contaminate the wilderness or start a wildfire or anything. But CA gunners love their guns! They're almost as fanatical as those Canucks with theirs.

I've had my eye out for one of those old S&W's. My sisters father-in-law has a huge collection of guns and I shot his. It was really nice.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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