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 & 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 models 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.