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Old December 20, 2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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.38 Revolver Can't Get Any Better?

14-2 Three T

I can't think of a way to improve on this timeless design.
(OK, remove the Tyler T for you hardcore purists!)

Smooth action, natural in the hand, inexpensive, and shoots like a little rifle.

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Old December 20, 2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Is that not a model 15? I thought all 14's had longer barrels.
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Old December 20, 2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Model 14's came in 6" and 8 3/8" barrels with partridge front sights. You can still get a Model 14 Classic with a 6" barrel.

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Old December 20, 2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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I guess Smith must'a mis-stamped this one.
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Old December 20, 2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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Perfect (and it's not even a Glock ) just the way it is.
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Old December 20, 2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Well, you've got me baffled. What would be the difference between a 4" Model 14 and a Model 15?

I'm not so much on this new Model numbering system, I knew them as the K-38 Masterpiece (6") and the K-38 Combat Masterpiece (4"), then came the Combat Magnum (Model 19) and Distinguished Combat Magnum (Model 586).

Could your gun have been rebarreled?

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P.S. Whatever it is, you've got a great old revolver!
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Old December 20, 2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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I've got a NIB 4" blue 19-4 with the three T's and I just realized I don't have a pic. My camera went South too and I'll I've got is a cell phone too.

Its a fairly rare pistol since its got the combination of the 4" barrel and Three T's, thats Target hammer, Target trigger and Target Stocks by the way, for those of you unfamiliar with the expression Three T's.

Even so, without consulting my S&W history book, I'm going to guess that your 4" 14-2, with the Three T's is rarer still. It is also in very nice condition, as I'm sure you know.

Like I said, I don't have a pic of that Triple T 19-4, but here is a pic of my shipped in 1950, S&W .38 Special Combat Masterpiece, as a consolation prize.

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Old December 20, 2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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Nice looking .38! Bet it shoots as good as it looks.

One nitpick, the Three Ts are Target Trigger, Target Hammer and Target Stocks. Not sights.
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Old December 20, 2012, 08:33 PM   #9
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This one could well be a Dayton gun. A number of 4-inch, heavy-barrel 14-2s were shipped special order to Dayton Sports in Dayton, Ohio.

Here's the story (and it's a good one): http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-rev...yton-guns.html

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Old December 20, 2012, 08:34 PM   #10
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serial #K52591*

added the third "T"

fixed
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Old December 20, 2012, 08:43 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Nice looking .38! Bet it shoots as good as it looks.

One nitpick, the Three Ts are Target Trigger, Target Hammer and Target Stocks. Not sights.
Thanks very much for catching that for me. Here is a pic of my shipped in 1965, 4" Model 19-2 as compensation.

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Old December 20, 2012, 11:10 PM   #12
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On that 1965 Model 19...Is it safe?

Where is the Internal safety lock and where's the inscribed 'WARNING' lingo?
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Old December 21, 2012, 05:46 AM   #13
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lovely. The only thing better then a revolver like that is 2 of them.
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Old December 21, 2012, 06:23 AM   #14
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arguably the most underrated andor underestimated firearms of all time
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Old December 21, 2012, 09:43 AM   #15
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Those sure are some beauties, I really need to find an old Smith.
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Old December 21, 2012, 09:59 AM   #16
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Hard to beat the old smiths M-15's both of these are -3 2 inch nickle and standard 4 inch in need of a pair of proper wood grips.
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Old December 21, 2012, 12:08 PM   #17
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I have had this 1950 vintage K38 Masterpiece for over thirty years now. It is hands down, one of the most accurate guns I own. Think one hole six shot groups at 15 yards.



I got it to go with this K22 Masterpiece that was made a couple years earlier.

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Old December 21, 2012, 10:42 PM   #18
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Well, if this is gonna turn into a K Pic Party....here ya go:

complete 1953 K-22 kit: SAT, Helpful Hints, cleaning tools, and box
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Old December 21, 2012, 10:58 PM   #19
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Old December 22, 2012, 01:06 PM   #20
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DOC540, that K-22 is indeed a very special treasure to own.
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Old December 22, 2012, 05:42 PM   #21
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That K-22 is very nice doc540. I have a shipped in 1952 S&W K-22 Masterpiece. I only have the Gold Box and have no idea, if its original to the revolver, no grease pencil, etc, but it came with it. I wish I had the tools and paper work like you do. Its a 98% pistol though and I went over it with a microscope. I can't find where the finish has ever been tampered with. Its super accurate too. I even shot it at 50 yards one out of my friends Ransom Rest. It groups tight, I wish I could hold it that tight.
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Old December 22, 2012, 07:27 PM   #22
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doc540,

How does the weight/diameter of that barrel compare to a Model 19 or a heavy barrel Model 10?

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Old December 22, 2012, 07:56 PM   #23
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Love my S & W 642 Airweight .38. Can just stick it in my pocket and go.
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Old December 22, 2012, 07:57 PM   #24
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I've just picked up a shiney 15-3. It has 2 of the T's and I have a set of target grips for it but I'm going to leave the Hogues on it for some shooting.

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Old December 22, 2012, 07:58 PM   #25
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Bob, I'm not enough of an expert to make an accurate comment.

Iv'e sold both my M19 and M10's.

The target hammer and trigger are, to me, its most endearing feature.

And it is very well balanced.
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