I have a s&w model 48 4 screw with
diamond grips no dash ist year production. What is it worth?
Smith & Wesson Model 48 ( K-22 Masterpiece Magnum ) Introduced in 1959 & is identical to the model 17 OR K-22 except that is chambered in .22 Winchester Rim-fire Magnum. Offered in 4", 6", & 8 3/8" barrel lengths, with a blue finish, Discontinued in 1986.
You didn't state condition , SO
$100.00 in poor , to $700.00 new in box...................JOE
It is in excellent condition with a small chip on
one grip but no box it is 1st year production.
I'm sure your estimate is correct, according to the blue book, but I'll tell you that I would buy all the NIB 4-screw Model 48s I could find for $700 a pop. Seems like the compilers of the value books don't take into consideration variations such as "it is a 4-screw made in 1960" vs. "it is a 3-screw made in 1982" when they assign values to these older Smiths. To a collector it makes all the difference in the world.
Just for jollies, I just looked in Smith's bicentennial catalog and the Model 48 in the great year of 1976 sold new for $140 with 4 or 6 inch barrel, and $146.50 with the 8-3/8 inch barrel. Of course, these would be 3-screws, but my, how things have changed! I guess we should remember, however, that in 1972, when it became legal for private persons to hold gold again, you could buy it for $35 per ounce.
S&W web site shows a new 48-8 Classic in 4 or 6 " at $950.00
should have been 48-4