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    22 Long Rifle CTG

    I am trying to find out some information about a gun that my father left me. I know nothing about guns. It is a Smith and Wesson 22 Long Rifle CTG with a K serial #. Everything I can find on the internet seems to have different grips than this one. This some type of horns grips and the barrel is just over 5". As far as wear, I know he took excellent care of it, but it does show some signs of wear. Any information on it's worth would be appreciated.

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    Hard to tell for sure, but it sounds like you might have a model 17 or model 18. Use the thumb-piece on the left side of the frame to open the cylinder (holding the weapon in your right hand, use your right thumb to press the thumb-piece latch forward, toward the end of the barrel, and hold it, while rolling the cylinder out of the frame with your left hand). Look on the now-exposed cut-out part of the frame under the rear of the barrel, see if there is a model number stamped there (might say something like "Mod 17-2").

    If it's a model 17 or 18, it should be a blue-steel six-shot revolver. The barrel on the M18 will usually be 4 inches; the M17 had a 6-inch barrel (measure from the front of the cylinder to the end of the barrel to get the correct measurement). Usually this model did not come with horn/stag grips, but it is fairly common for revolver owners to replace the grips to personalize the weapon or make it fit their hand better.

    Pretty much any S&W .22 revolver in decent condition is worth $275-$300, but it might be twice that amount, depending on options and exact condition. Be aware that if you try to sell it to a sporting goods store or pawnshop, they will only offer you about half of what they think it is worth, so they can sell it at a higher price to cover their expenses and make a profit. That is how they pay their employees, keep the lights on, and the doors open.

    The below photos may differ from your gun in the sights, trigger/hammer shape, and the color and appearance of the grips, but everything else should be fairly close.


    A S&W Model 17 w/6-inch barrel:




    A S&W model 18 with a 4-inch barrel:

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    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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