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Old August 2, 2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Help with S&W Identification and Value Appreciated


I inherited a Smith & Wesson from my grandfather (who was a customs officer) and would sincerely appreciate any help ID'ing it further.

The side of the barrel states "38 S&W SPECIAL CTG."

The serial number is: 1K13xxx

Behind the trigger it states: PACHMAYR GUN WKS.

Any idea when this gun was manufactured or any other specifics?

Any thoughts as to value?

Any information sincerely appreciated!
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Old August 2, 2010, 10:34 PM   #2
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You might try posting in this thread:
There are quite a few S&W aficionados there who should be able to help with the "born on date."
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Old August 2, 2010, 10:43 PM   #3
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Should be 1970. Tell us a little more about the gun. What barrel length? Fixed sights or adjustable? Grips? Pictures would really help.
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Old August 2, 2010, 11:31 PM   #4
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A fine gentleman from the other thread says "The serial number dates it to 1970.
The "K" in the serial number identifies it as an adjustable sighted K frame.
So, you either have a model 14 or 15. If you open the cylinder you will see the model number stamped on the frame cutout. (see pic)."

It is a model 15-3...

Anyone have an idea what it might be worth if sold through

Thanks again!
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Old August 5, 2010, 06:21 PM   #5
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It is a model 15-3...

Anyone have an idea what it might be worth if sold through

Thanks again!
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Old August 5, 2010, 07:02 PM   #6
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Without photos its hard to value a gun ....

but if its got a lot of holster wear $ 100 - $200 / if its pretty clean $ 200 - $250 / if its very clean $ 250 - $350 probably in my area.

yes, I agree it is a K frame, built in 1970 according to my S&W reference book. Don't sell it / keep it - unless you really need the money -- because you will regret it 20+ yrs down the road......
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