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    Officer\'s Model Special .22lr

    Hi:

    I recently acquired an Officer's Model Special in .22lr with serial number is 61XXX. The Proofhouse numbers don't match with Severen's as the .22 numbers seem to be in blocks during the 1949-1952 time frame. I believe it is a 1950 gun. I have seen a few in .38 special but very few in .22lr. Any idea how many of these were produced?

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    Re: Officer\'s Model Special .22lr

    Welcome to the forum. Yes, that series of numbers is a little confusing. The ability to present it differently and support it with text in the books makes them a little better to figure out. 1950 seems correct as the 22 LR OMS continued with the five digit serial while the 38 caliber had a different series. The OMS model, as you know, was only made for four years. In TBOCF, Wilson calculates and states the 38 production quantity as 2610 by simply subtracting the first from last serial numbers of the separate range. He further states that 22 production is indicated in the previous serial chart. However, it is much more difficult to determine the actual number of serials used from that chart and even Wilson doesn't do the math. One interpretation (mine) could result in a quantity of 4509, but it is subject to other opinions. While it makes sense that more "target" revolvers may have been made in 22LR, I agree that one seems to see fewer offered on auction. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Re: Officer\'s Model Special .22lr

    A1A:

    You seem to be reading it they same way I am. My interest is more in .22 caliber guns so I look for them and it seems that in most if not all Colt target guns the .22lr is rarer or at least commands a premium over the .38 special. OM Specials seem to be rather scarce in all forms.

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    Re: Officer\'s Model Special .22lr

    My two are from 1951 #62442 on top and #62431 on bottom.
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