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ITEM 1897 – SOLD – Smith &Wesson Model 53 In First Year Production For 22 Jet With Original Box and Papers


Item Number 1897 Category

This Smith & Wesson was produced in 1961 in the first year of production. The pistol’s serial number is K448280. It has the early 4 screw frame. It has the standard 6 inch 22 cal. barrel. The barrel is properly marked 22 Magnum. This pistol has the original diamond around the screw hole grips. The frame is fitted for the two firing pins. One for the 22 Jet centerfire cartridge and the other for 22 Rim Fire. The hammer also has the dual selector striker at the hammerhead to select the correct firing pin to use. The sights are the standard target model sights. The color cased hammer and trigger have strong vivid colors. The original bluing would rate a 98% or better condition. The action works correctly and smoothly. There is the usual faint drag line between the cylinder stops. Also included are six cartridge inserts to convert the 22 Jet chambers to shoot 22 rimfire ammunition. The original box has the accessories and instruction manual intact. The box is sound with no damage. There were 14956 of these 22 Jet pistols produced between 1961 to 1974. There are very few first-year 4 screw frame pistols produced. These first-year model 53’s are very collectible and especially with the original box and accessories intact. This is one of the nicest ones to come up in many years!