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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #15 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 3:54pm
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I was quite fortunate to find it.  It's as close to new as can be had.

Unfortunately, it is a safe queen.  I can't bring myself to shoot it and never have. Cry

Thanks for your compliment.

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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #16 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 9:56pm
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Goodness, I don't think I've ever seen one really any nicer, even at the big shows.

I understand your sentiment, but I've had a great many arms pass through my hands, and with the rarest of exceptions, I've shot them all, if only a few rounds for the experience of it.

I love to look at every detail of the workmanship in fine old guns - inside and out - and think of the men who poured their time and talent into them.

It must be nice to leave something of value and relative permanance in your wake. On trips to the old home town, my Dad would point with pride at homes he had helped build in his younger years. In contrast, most of my working years were spent building things which were designed to go "BOOM!" Sad
  
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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #17 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 11:45pm
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So is that S&W Hand Ejector Target actually a 22/32 Hand Ejector "Bekeart" Target?  It sure looks like one to me.  If so there's a nice one currently on GunBroker for sale.
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I understand they were made with several different grip styles.  Here's more info on the model:
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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #18 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 11:57pm
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Yeah...I love S&W Bekeart Models;
  
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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #19 - Aug 22nd, 2019 at 5:49am
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As to the influence of Phil Bekeart on this S&W revolver, here are the pages from Neal & Jinks that tell the story.

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As I said above, mine shipped in February, 1923.  I don't know where it went from the factory, and I have no reason to believe it went to the Bekeart shop.  It's one of many made for general production.  It just happens to remain in pristine condition.  For full context, the s/n of my revolver is 364814.

I'm sorry to hijack this thread, although I think the OP's original question was answered.

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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #20 - Aug 22nd, 2019 at 7:05am
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Over on the Smith & Wesson forums there is currently an ongoing discussion of the Bekeart .22 revolvers where further information, some true, can be gleaned.

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Re: .22 rim fire question
Reply #21 - Aug 22nd, 2019 at 7:21pm
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And for a comparison here is my late 1935 K-22 Outdoorsman with recessed cylinder. (Really need to clean all the old grease off it!). The 22/32 "heavy" targets were built on the J frame which at 23 ounces is considerably lighter than the K frames.
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