View Full Version : Really Old S&W .22 Cal Revolver

12-27-2010, 7:31 PM
My buddies dad has his grandmothers old S&W 22 and we curious as to how old it was and if it was worth repairing. The SN is 12209 or 12200 it was hard to read. Thanks for the help.


12-27-2010, 9:03 PM
pre war ,and worth restoring? i would say yes it dont look that bad and is a piece of history now ..., look like a "lady smith" to me




12-27-2010, 9:05 PM
The S&W Collectors forum can tell you the approx year of manufacture etc.


12-27-2010, 9:27 PM
Just be careful. Today's .22 Long Rifle is usually too powerful for the older .22 guns. Can't say whether that's the case with this gun.

12-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Without seeing it in person, it does appear to be a LadySmith 22 Hand Ejector 2nd model. The serial # dates production of 9374 guns between 1906-1910. The guns did come with pearl or ivory stocks. Some better pics would help out.

12-27-2010, 10:49 PM
The grips are real "Mother of Pearl", please be careful with them.

12-27-2010, 11:26 PM
Just be careful. Today's .22 Long Rifle is usually too powerful for the older .22 guns. Can't say whether that's the case with this gun.

Good point for many guns, since .22 rf goes back to about 1870 (IIRC) and there were lots of strange mechanisms.

But for a conventional Smith revolver like this (guessing at post-1900), I doubt its a problem.

12-28-2010, 8:39 AM
+1 on high speed ammo... you may be limited to the match or similar low speed ammo assuming it can be made to fire.

Definitely have it evaluated by a competent pistolsmith. "Fixing" it may be as simple as turning the strain screw back in on the front of the grip frame. The grips do indeed appear to be genuine MOP, so absolutely take great care with them.

As to refinishing... to a collector the gun will almost certanly be more valuable in the condition it's in now. Refinishing kills value on old guns. For a gun of this vintage I'd definitely invest in a factory letter from S&W (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757825_-1_757814_757812_image). Concurrently I'd seek out an appraisal from a professional who specializes in antique firearms.

You might be surprised.

12-28-2010, 4:00 PM
Don't refinish it. Don't do anything with it. It's worth more the way it is. I've seen so many old guns ruined by people who want to fix them up.

Someone was smart enough to take the strain off the mainspring by unscrewing the adjustment screw. Don't try to cock the gun because there isn't going to be enough tension on the mainspring to keep the hammer and sear engaged properly.

And be careful with the cylinder latch. When you close the cylinder, hold the latch open then release it after the cylinder is in place. Don't snap it closed.