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Old December 10, 2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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S&W Model 15, 4" barrel, blued

Call me a geezer but today I came across an S&W model 15 at a local gun shop. It was in great condition for 300 bucks and I'm totally stoked!

It isn't mint but it is certainly in great condition.

Totally unmodified with original grips too!

It is as if it was pulled straight from a rookie cop's holster back in '70 and stored to be sold in 2019!
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Old December 10, 2019, 10:32 PM   #2
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If you're a 60 plus firearms aficionado and can resist a deal like that, you're a stronger person than me!
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Old December 10, 2019, 11:45 PM   #3
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That’s good deal on what I think might be S&Ws best offering ever. Certainly my favorite. What’s the dash number?
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Old December 11, 2019, 06:57 AM   #4
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That was a steal, congrats. I have to start hitting more pawn shops.
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Old December 11, 2019, 08:45 AM   #5
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That was a steal!

Decent older Smiths around here are showing up less and less, and are usually in the $500-750+ range.

Old beat up police trade-ins are often in the $400-450 range.

Nice old guns at a good to great price are a "just do it" proposition. No thought involved. At least till you get home and have to explain it to the old lady.
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Old December 11, 2019, 08:56 AM   #6
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I'd have been on that like a Hobo on a ham sandwich. The Model 15 is my favorite Smith and Wesson...(Ask me about Model 19's and I'll tell you the Model 19 is.).

Because every thread needs pictures. Here's my -2 from 1966. TH, TT, and target stocks.

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Old December 11, 2019, 09:12 AM   #7
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I have had an infatuation with the Combat Masterpiece for many years, at one time I had three of them, but I sold off a couple and only retain the one made in 1954.

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Old December 11, 2019, 09:42 AM   #8
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My pawn shop find was maybe twenty years ago. I bought a a 1953 vintage five screw Combat Master Piece for $135.00 dollars. The gun was sound with really nice original grips. Not a high condition specimen but a good gun.

These are really great revolvers. I had lent the gun out and it came back goofed up. I had it brought back to specs. Getting the gun back became a major problem with one disaster after another happening to the gunsmiths. It was a hot topic in one forum until the moderators shut it down.

I need to get a letter on the gun and three other Smiths. I think this was among the Combat Masterpieces' that were traded in for 9mm's in the day. Local guns store would get three or four those in at a time.
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Old December 11, 2019, 11:59 AM   #9
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Congratulations!

You now own what many consider to be,,,
The finest .38 Special firearm ever created.

Aarond

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Old December 11, 2019, 12:27 PM   #10
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Howdy

You can call me a geezer too.

This K-38 Combat Masterpiece, the precursor to the Model 15, left the factory in 1953. One of my favorite Smiths. Unfortunately I paid considerably more than $300 for it. I'm thinking you got a great deal.

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Old December 11, 2019, 12:52 PM   #11
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I should have added earlier this morning, but Smith and Wesson also made a "22 Combat Masterpiece," which is nothing more than a 22 Long Rifle version of the Model 15.

I don't have one right now, but I used to have a 1954 22 Combat Masterpiece that I traded off to a buddy for something else. This weekend we're going to meet up again, and going to make another trade, and the 22 CM is coming home with me to stay.
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Old December 11, 2019, 01:05 PM   #12
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I should have added earlier this morning, but Smith and Wesson also made a "22 Combat Masterpiece," which is nothing more than a 22 Long Rifle version of the Model 15.
My local shop has a nice one for sale now. He wants $800 for it.
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Old December 11, 2019, 01:42 PM   #13
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"...if it was pulled straight from a rookie cop's holster..." It'd likely be rusted shut. Cops aren't well known for looking after their issue kit. Especially their firearm.
$300 for anything is a decent price these days. Everybody seems to think that 'old' is automatically worth more.
I am a geezer and proud of it. Hard work living this long. snicker.
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Old December 11, 2019, 01:49 PM   #14
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I think the "22 Combat Masterpiece" is aka Model 18. I have one made in 1977.
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Old December 11, 2019, 03:21 PM   #15
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I bought and traded a five screw 22 Combat Master Piece, Revolver was used but still in the box with the old style screw driver. This gun was extremely accurate. That revolver came from a pawn shop. It was traded it to a friend who gathers S&W's. Point being is to keep an eye on pawn shops. Friend's last find from an estate sale was a high condition King Modified 1917 S&W. That gun is "over the top." King did custom work and had a line of sights and the like. This friend passed along 38/44 Outdoorsman to me. That don't make'um like that anymore!
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Old December 11, 2019, 04:04 PM   #16
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Call me a geezer but today I came across an S&W model 15 at a local gun shop. It was in great condition for 300 bucks and I'm totally stoked!

It isn't mint but it is certainly in great condition.
That is an incredible find at that price! Less and less appreciation these days for fine revolvers like your Model 15. I remember some 30 years ago shooting in an indoor bullseye league and there were several shooters with Model 15s.

The Model 15 has always been a great choice for the handgun marksman - something of a lost art in these times. Hey , call me a geezer too!
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Old December 11, 2019, 05:30 PM   #17
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Wow, that's a great deal. Congrats on the new addition.
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Old December 11, 2019, 07:14 PM   #18
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Call me a geezer but today I came across an S&W model 15 at a local gun shop.
If that makes me a geezer, so be it. Prices on K-Frames have gone through the roof the last few years, and I thought I lucked out paying $400 for one without the original grips three years back.

I believe it's the finest service handgun ever made, and anyone who disagrees can kiss my grits.
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Old December 11, 2019, 07:55 PM   #19
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I still feel giggly like a school girl on her first date.

Pinned barrel and all, very clean, including even pristine original grips. Per the serial number, it left the factory sometime in 1974.

It is in better condition than the 586 I obtained back in the early eighties although in all fairness the bad guys made sure my 586 got a good workout including some ground scrapes diving for cover.

Sorta nice to finally get a good deal on a firearm purchase. The guys at the shop seemed overall savvy but nonetheless not very big on revolvers. I can't help but assume their perspective impacted there underestimation on the value on the Model 15.

They also had a pristine, very clean, darn near mint condition S&W Model 10 with a bull barrel for around 550.00 too. I'm just not that big on the 10 although it would certainly be nice to own too.
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Old December 11, 2019, 08:35 PM   #20
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Actually, that model 10 might have been 450.00. I'm going to have to go back and take a look although a purchase will most likely result in my untimely death at the hands of my SO.
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Old December 12, 2019, 05:10 AM   #21
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Getting it fixed

My Experience: What kind of new revolver could you get for 400.00. Smith can do some basic repairs if the gun has a model number. Also, if a gunsmith had to do with it ,Smith will not work on the gun. Back in the day I had several guns modified for Patridge front sight. The factory is unwilling or unable to mill a slot for that sight blade today. Things are different these days. There is nobody local that can do any real work on these revolvers.
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Old December 12, 2019, 11:12 AM   #22
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I have the pre-model 10, Model 10, Model 13, Model 15 and a couple of Model 19's and Model 65's. I love revolvers as I get older. My son and those his age carry auto's but as I get older the more I revert to revolvers. Currently carrying a Ruger 100 3 inch stainless in my truck and feel well armed.

Nice pickup!
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Old December 12, 2019, 02:50 PM   #23
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Did somebody say K-22 Combat Masterpiece (pre-Model 18)? Quick, can anybody tell it apart from my K-38 Masterpiece (pre-Model 15)? Other than the caliber marked on the barrel, the different hammers, and the pin up near the rear sight on the 22 holding the frame mounted firing pin in place? Both left the factory in 1953.








Geezer? Absolutely. I've loved revolvers for over 40 years.

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Old December 12, 2019, 03:21 PM   #24
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The Combat Masterpiece was one of my Grail Guns ever since I read about it in W.H.B Smith's Small Arms of the World over 50 years ago. I have one, made in 1953.
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Old December 12, 2019, 08:27 PM   #25
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I feel like it is one of those types of guns that everyone should own, at least one!

Including a derringer, a single action revolver, a 1911, a ...... Hold on a second! I'm liable to make this a three page post!
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