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Puttin' The K In K-Frame

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I now have the three 6" K Frames that I "need" and all three came from @Karl Beining over the course of the last year and a half. The 16-4 .32H&R on the bottom is the oddball of the three. It was made in '89 or '90 and of course has the underlug and S&W Combat grips. I picked that up in August of '21 and I am very thankful to have one. In the middle is a K22 Masterpiece from '56. I bought that one six months ago or so and not only is it from the year my father was born, it was advertised as "98% condition", but I don't know where the 2% loss is. It's still in at least 95% condition, but it has been potentially my very favorite gun since I received it. I had a '55 K22, which is the year my mother was born, but I gave it to my son when he pulled straight A's during his Junior year of high school. On top is a K38 Masterpiece from '51. I just got that one a few weeks ago and it's very special. I sold my last K38 a few years ago and it was high time it was replaced. I have a Model 67, which is a stainless 4" .38 K Frame and it's great, but it's not a K38 Masterpiece. S&W went to model numbers is '57 and the K38 became the 14 and the K22 the 17. The original K32 is impossibly rare and chambered in .32S&W Long. The K32 was designated the model 16 in '57, but they are very rare as well. When the .32 H&R was chambered in the gun, it reached something like perfection, but factory loads for the round have always been anemic. The S&W and Ruger guns can take very impressive loads if you make them yourself or buy them from a company like Buffalo Bore.

Heavy snow came early this year and I haven't had a chance to shoot the .38 but my desire got the best of me this morning and I walked west from the house and fired six into the snow. I like wadcutters for defense and target shooting. The bullets that I am shooting are from Rim Rock and they are hard. In the .32 I have found that they are very accurate at around 950fps. The .38's are loaded to the low 700's and I will use a softer bullet for loads that slow in the future. I also picked up a 6" Colt Officer's Model Match .38Spl. from Karl that I have yet to fire. That one dates to '37 and I look forward to shooting it side by side with the K38. The .22 & .32 are as accurate as any revolvers I've owned and I have no doubt that the .38 will shoot as well.

I really look forward to the snow breaking and getting back to my daily routine, but we're not even in January yet. We're supposed to have even more snow later today and tonight and it will be around for awhile. I would like to share some photos of targets, but for now I will share photos of snow and my makeshift snow target. I care as deeply for these revolvers as I may care for a gun or other inanimate object. They bring me joy and I can't wait to see my daughter grow into them. Happy New Year! Here's to this storm being a good one!
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That grouping looks a little suspect there Kip 馃槈

Enjoy the weather, I built a fire last night and let the kids sled while I burned the pile of Christmas boxes. We got a foot of snow in just about 2/3 hours.

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That grouping looks a little suspect there Kip 馃槈

Enjoy the weather, I built a fire last night and let the kids sled while I burned the pile of Christmas boxes. We got a foot of snow in just about 2/3 hours.

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Maybe I need to try .355 bullets???
We have another heavy moisture system moving in, but whether it's .25-.50 inches of rain or 6+" of snow, we'll find out in the morning. Honestly, given the timing I would be pretty happy to just lay in a bunch of firewood and wake up tomorrow to another foot on top of what's here now.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a Happy New Year.
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I now have the three 6" K Frames that I "need" and all three came from @Karl Beining over the course of the last year and a half. The 16-4 .32H&R on the bottom is the oddball of the three. It was made in '89 or '90 and of course has the underlug and S&W Combat grips. I picked that up in August of '21 and I am very thankful to have one. In the middle is a K22 Masterpiece from '56. I bought that one six months ago or so and not only is it from the year my father was born, it was advertised as "98% condition", but I don't know where the 2% loss is. It's still in at least 95% condition, but it has been potentially my very favorite gun since I received it. I had a '55 K22, which is the year my mother was born, but I gave it to my son when he pulled straight A's during his Junior year of high school. On top is a K38 Masterpiece from '51. I just got that one a few weeks ago and it's very special. I sold my last K38 a few years ago and it was high time it was replaced. I have a Model 67, which is a stainless 4" .38 K Frame and it's great, but it's not a K38 Masterpiece. S&W went to model numbers is '57 and the K38 became the 14 and the K22 the 17. The original K32 is impossibly rare and chambered in .32S&W Long. The K32 was designated the model 16 in '57, but they are very rare as well. When the .32 H&R was chambered in the gun, it reached something like perfection, but factory loads for the round have always been anemic. The S&W and Ruger guns can take very impressive loads if you make them yourself or buy them from a company like Buffalo Bore.

Heavy snow came early this year and I haven't had a chance to shoot the .38 but my desire got the best of me this morning and I walked west from the house and fired six into the snow. I like wadcutters for defense and target shooting. The bullets that I am shooting are from Rim Rock and they are hard. In the .32 I have found that they are very accurate at around 950fps. The .38's are loaded to the low 700's and I will use a softer bullet for loads that slow in the future. I also picked up a 6" Colt Officer's Model Match .38Spl. from Karl that I have yet to fire. That one dates to '37 and I look forward to shooting it side by side with the K38. The .22 & .32 are as accurate as any revolvers I've owned and I have no doubt that the .38 will shoot as well.

I really look forward to the snow breaking and getting back to my daily routine, but we're not even in January yet. We're supposed to have even more snow later today and tonight and it will be around for awhile. I would like to share some photos of targets, but for now I will share photos of snow and my makeshift snow target. I care as deeply for these revolvers as I may care for a gun or other inanimate object. They bring me joy and I can't wait to see my daughter grow into them. Happy New Year! Here's to this storm being a good one! View attachment 1161736 View attachment 1161737 View attachment 1161738 View attachment 1161739 View attachment 1161740 View attachment 1161741 View attachment 1161742 View attachment 1161743 View attachment 1161744
Looking beautiful up there, Kip. Happy New Year to you all up there in God's Country(except Portland)
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Looking beautiful up there, Kip. Happy New Year to you all up there in God's Country(except Portland)
Thank you! You all stay safe as well. I hope the New Year brings good things for us all.
I wish some of that snow would hit the New England region!
Seems all we get anymore is a quick snow storm, followed by rain or high temps that melts it all...
I like to hike with snowshoes on, and shoot a few mags while deep in the woods.
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I wish some of that snow would hit the New England region!
Seems all we get anymore is a quick snow storm, followed by rain or high temps that melts it all...
I like to hike with snowshoes on, and shoot a few mags while deep in the woods.
Our second batch of snow ended up as rain. So it melted away all the beauty of the fresh snowfall and now it's just a slushy mess, but it will freeze and snow again very soon.

I think a snowmobile may be in our future. It would be fun, but the practical ability to just get around in the snow on the USFS roads or open country is what I'm really after. I enjoy it, but like many things it gets old after a while. When the snow starts falling it's beautiful and nice to stay inside with a fire in the wood stove. After three months I begin to curse it and long for Summer. Of course, once the heat comes it is great and then within weeks I'm complaining that it's too hot. I suppose that's human nature.
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Awesome photo and wheel guns.
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