Smith & Wesson Model 22
A S&W Model 22 Thunder Ranch Revolver w/ a Tyler "T" Grip installed
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson|
|Produced||1950 through 2007-|
|Weight||2.5 lb (1.1 kg) (Colt)
2.25 lb (1.0 kg) (S&W)
|Length||10.8 in (270 mm)|
|Barrel length||5.5 in (140 mm)|
|Cartridge||.45 ACP (11.43×23mm), .45 Auto Rim|
|Action||double action, solid frame with swing-out cylinder|
|Muzzle velocity||760 ft/s ( 231.7 m/s)|
|Feed system||six-round cylinder, loaded singly or with two three-round half-moon clips|
|Sights||blade front sight, notched rear sight|
The Model 22 is a large frame double-action revolver chambered in .45 ACP using half or full moon clips. It may also use .45 auto-rim as they were designed for revolvers chambered in .45 ACP or .45 GAP using the half or full moon clips. Built around Smith and Wesson's large N frame, it was originally sold as the Model 1950 and is normally fitted with a 5½" barrel with no under lug and fixed combat sights. Target models are the model 25 and 26.
The Model 22 was re-introduced as the second limited production Thunder Ranch revolver in 2007. This gun features a 4" match barrel with under lug, fixed sights, coccobolo grips, and an internal lock. The popularity of this revolver led S&W to continue its production in its classic line as the 22-4. It is quite an accurate revolver and has a smoother trigger pull than the original, most likely due to improvements in production. A limited production of bright nickel-plated, NON-Thunder Ranch models were made. Only select firearm dealers were considered to be allowed to sell this particular model. A certain number of Model 22s were made with a case-hardened (case color) finish by Turnbull Restorations. The finish done by Turnbull is a true case-hardened finish and not the chemical wash finish found on firearms by other manufacturers.