Anything I need to know about the S&W mod 14?


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glassman
July 30, 2008, 07:56 PM
Went to the range the other day and saw a mod 14 w/ 6" barrel in the case. It is pristine with an asking price of $450. Do I have to worry about type of ammo I use as in the mod 19? Are there any other known problems with this model pistol in general?

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belus
July 30, 2008, 08:05 PM
Remember that it's .38 special only, you don't have a choice of ammo like you do in the M19.

$450 seems a little high to me too.

glassman
July 30, 2008, 08:11 PM
I guess my question is about bullet weight. In the mod 19, I'm told I should stick with 158gr as opposed to the 125gr to avoid cracking the forcing cone. Is there any kind of restriction in the M14. For instance, will it take +p ammo?

rcmodel
July 30, 2008, 08:19 PM
Yes.

A K-38 will take any .38 Special ammo made today, in any bullet weight.

A +P .38 is still a long way from a .357 Magnum.

rcmodel

cdrt
July 30, 2008, 08:38 PM
You might want to check. I doubt if it is one, but some Model 14s came out of the factory as single action only for the old Bullseye shooters. If so, it would be rare and maybe why he's asking $450.

nwilliams
July 30, 2008, 09:06 PM
My first handgun was a S&W model 14 with a 6in full lug barrel. Man I wish I hadn't sold years ago, I'd love to have that gun back:banghead: I bought it used from a guy I knew and it was basically brand new in the box and I paid a whopping $250 for it, that was about 15 years ago now.

I had no issues ever with mine, other than the fact I was dumb enough to sell it.

bluetopper
July 30, 2008, 09:15 PM
It sounds like you didn't know the Model 14 was designed to be the finest, most accurate S&W revolver ever made. Made for target competition. And yes, it will shoot +P ammo all day long.

I have two 14-3's, cast lead target loads is all they ever see. Mine are range/pleasure guns only.

I now own some nice pistols, but I enjoy none better than my model 14's.

CSA 357
July 30, 2008, 09:30 PM
I Have A 14-1 It Maybe The Best Shooting Handgun In The House, Mine Was Used By The Usaf Shooting Team In The 60s, It Also Is A 4 Inch , I Am On The Look Out For A 6 Inch , The Mod 14 Is A Fine Revolver, As To The Price Seams A Little High, But You Dont See Them Every Day, Csa

glassman
July 30, 2008, 09:37 PM
CDRT: This pistol is double action so i'm sure it's not what you are describing.
Around here, $450 is not a high price for this pistol in this good a condition. I paid a bit more for my M19 and don't feel like I was taken advantage of.

PARISITE: You're right in assuming that. I have a great fondness for the older S&W's. There's something about the look and feel of them that is satisfying to me. The M19 is my favorite revolver to shoot in my small collection and needs a baby brother.

Phydeaux642
July 30, 2008, 10:47 PM
Around here, $450 is not a high price for this pistol in this good a condition.

Same for me. Most of the shops that have any older Smiths usually ask top dollar. I found a 1981 nickel model 15 yesterday for $429 with the box. There was a chunk off of the right grip panel that looked like it may have been there since new, though. I had to pass it up since I just picked up a couple of wheelguns this weekend.

Yours, for $450, sounds like it is a fair deal to me. And, these guns are going to do nothing butt go up in value.

Gator
July 31, 2008, 12:03 AM
$450 might not be high at all, a lot depends on what revision it is. For example, a mint in the box 14-1 or 2 would be a steal at that price. A single action 14 would command a premium too. I sold my 6" 14-2 last year for $475 and it had some wear and no box.

earplug
July 31, 2008, 12:09 AM
Buy it, shoot it and you will be happy.

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