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Post-war production of the K-22 Masterpiece began in 1947. With yours being from the late '40s, it is highly collectable. From that time period, yours will be a much sought-after five-screw "pre-Model 17" K-22.


Have any pictures for us? I'd love to see it.
 

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Not sure when they went from 5 to 4 screw, but this one has the screw in the trigger guard, but not at the top of the sideplate. I guess I could be wrong and it be a little later (50's), but it had the diamond magna grips. These grips are bookmatched ebony.
 

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Not sure when they went from 5 to 4 screw, but this one has the screw in the trigger guard, but not at the top of the sideplate. I guess I could be wrong and it be a little later (50's), but it had the diamond magna grips. These grips are bookmatched ebony.

If it has the screw in the trigger guard, then it should be a five screw. Looking at your photo, it appears two of the screws are beneath those non-original grips.
 

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Somewhat older, traditionally made Smith revos are enjoying a renaissance in popularity.
As well they should; they are great machines.
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You can see four of the five in the photo below. The one just above the hammer spring, below and behind the trigger, is often hidden by the grips. The one you don't see, and the first one S&W lost when the gun went from five to four screws, is at the front, just above the trigger guard.


 

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Correct. My gun, being just a tad later, is a four screw, with the screw at the top omitted. The 1938 above is a true example of a five screw.
 

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Not sure when they went from 5 to 4 screw, but this one has the screw in the trigger guard, but not at the top of the sideplate. I guess I could be wrong and it be a little later (50's), but it had the diamond magna grips. These grips are bookmatched ebony.
You can find the production year by serial number.

K Series K Frames (Adjustable Sight Models)

K101 – K614……………......1946
K615 – K18,731…………....1947
K18,732 – K73,121……..…1948
K73,122 – K84,149……..…1949
K84,150 – K104,047…...1950
K104,048 – K136,690...1951
K136,691 – K175,637...1952 <<<< mine
K175,638 – K210,095...1953
K210,096 – K231,255...1954
K231,256 – K266,154...1955
K266,155 – K288,988...1956
K288,989 – K317,822...1957
K317,823 – K350,547...1958
K350,548 – K386,804...1959
K386,805 – K429,894...1960
K429,895 – K468,098...1961
K468,099 – K515,478...1962
K515,479 – K553,999....1963
K555,000 – K605.877....1964
K605,878 – K658.986....1965
K658,987 – K715,996....1966
K715,997 – K779.162....1967
K779,163 – K848,781....1968
K848,782 – K946,391....1969
K946,382 – K999,999....1970
1K1 – 1K39,500.........1970
2K1 – 2K22.037.........1970
1K39,501 – 1K999,999...1971
2K22,038 – 2K55,996....1971
3K1 – 3K73,962.........1971
2K55,997 – 2K99,999....1972
3K31,280 – 5K6,616.....1972
4K1 – 4K1,627..........1972
4K1,628 – 4K54,104.....1973
5K6,617 – 5K73,962.....1973
4K54,105 – 4K99,999....1974
5K73,963 – 6K58,917....1974
7K1 – 7K26,043.........1974
7K26,044 – 7K70,577....1975
6K98,918 – 8K20,763....1975
8K20,764 – 9K1.........1975
8K20,000 – 9K100,000...1975
9K1,001 – 9K99,999.....1976
10K001 – 24K9,999......1977
25K001 – 56K9,999......1978 – 79
57K001 – 91K6,800......1980
91K6,801 – 124K000.....1981
125K000 – 269K9,999....1982
270K000 – 311K273......1983
https://www.northeastshooters.com/xen/threads/how-to-identify-date-a-s-w.68254/
 
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