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WHAT IS THE MODEL OF THIS SMITH & WESSON 38 SPECIAL?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Denwhit, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    This gun does not have a model number anywhere on it. The serial number on the crane between the cylinder and frame is five digits: 75XXX. I've seen models 14-4 that look like this but they have that stamped by the serial number. I'm thinking that is what I have but just older. Does anyone know the year of manufacture?
    thanks for any help.

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  2. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    The model number is stamped behind the crane. ( I think that's the right terminology)

    Swing open the cylinder and look in the area of the frame just under the barrel's forcing cone.

    Maybe you already knew that. If so, sorry.
     
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Portland Member

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    It looks like a model 15 but with a target front sight and goofy hammer. The barrel roll marks aren't that old late 70's- early 80's. Might be a "Frankensmith" that barrel pin looks messed with. I would inspect the frame and grip screws also for tampering. Send those pics to the S&W forum, someone will know.
     
  4. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    This one only has the serial number at that location.
     
  5. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    I figured it was too easy...
     
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  6. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that you have a K-Frame .38 Target Masterpiece, also known as a pre-Model 14. From the serial number, it appears to have been made around 1949. The grips are not original to the gun, they would have more than likely had diamond magna grips (not targets as the trigger and hammer are not target variations). I see the fourth screw on the front of the trigger guard. There should also more than likely be a fifth screw on the top of the side plate. Value in this condition would be in the $400 to $550 range, depending on the buyer. Very nice gun!
     
  7. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    Thanks for the info. I added a couple more pictures. One of the screw in front of the trigger guard and one of the side plate.
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    yep, pre-model 14 target masterpiece...
     
  9. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    Thanks again. Do you think this gun can handle +P ammo? I always worry about "target" guns. I had a S&W model 52 and could not find loads light enough for the action.
    thanks,
     
  10. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    It could probably handle the +P loads, but I wouldn't make a habit of it. If you had it by the bedstand with some +P in it, fine, but that's not the ammo I would feed it at the range...
     
  11. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    Thanks for that. +P is too expensive to shoot at the range anyway.