8 3/8" S&W 14-4 for $300?


September 4, 2008, 03:56 PM
I saw one by chance today in a Pawn Shop. Is it worth it? It seems to be in pretty good shape, a 95+% finish and one scratch on the grip. It has an 8 3/8" barrel and adjustable sights. Any S&W experts out there? I looked on Gunbroker, AuctionArms and GunsAmerica to see what they're going for but there weren't enough there to enable me to get a sense of what was a decent price. Thanks for any help.

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September 4, 2008, 04:06 PM
I would not hesitate to purchase a Model 14 at that price in the described condition with any barrel length. Of course, 8 3/8" is a long barrel... but it could be neat, right?

September 4, 2008, 04:32 PM
No need to consult the S&W gurus on this one; If it passes the usual revolver checkout routine then the answer is a resounding YES!

Unless you have some unhealthy aversion to great deals on quality vintage wheelguns :)

September 4, 2008, 04:38 PM
I'm sure that it is easily worth $300, but that barrel length is much longer than I care for. That's just a personal preference, though.

September 4, 2008, 05:20 PM
Buy it and if you find that you really don't like the barrel, sell it for a definite profit.

September 4, 2008, 07:11 PM
This is a range gun which may do double duty as my or my girlfriend's house gun. I have a P3AT for carry. Thanks for the advice and encouragement, all.

ATT. Publiuss: I have a 12" barrelled revolver already and love it. This one's a little baby in comparison.

PS: I bought it and it's next to me now. :D It is mighty impressive in the hand. GHODDD, these older S&Ws have nice triggers.
PPS: The bore is perfect and the cylinder lock up is tight, tight, tight.
PPPS: Buffalo Bore +Ps in an 8 1/2" barrel? Hmmm....

$300, out the door!



September 4, 2008, 07:59 PM
Great deal!

September 4, 2008, 08:39 PM
Very Nice!

September 4, 2008, 08:54 PM
Model 14's are also known as Target Master Piece revolvers, a name well earned. You have a very nice specimen at a whale of a price.

S&W says you can shoot +P's through any gun with a "model" designation, but I would use them sparingly.

If you can't hit it with standard velocity rounds, get a rifle.:D

September 4, 2008, 09:31 PM
Now that M-14 is a beauty! For $300? Man, you must be doing something good.

Had one just like it; gave it to a friend 15 yrs ago before I moved to this country.

With 158 grain LSWC above 3.0 grains Bullseye, it could group 6 inches at 50 yds standing, at least that's what I hear the gong saying. On my Chrony, that load averaged around 1,000 fps, too. At that velocity, that's serious .38 special power.

I thought my Chrony was miscalibrated but then all my IPSC loads made major at 175-176, right where I loaded them.


September 4, 2008, 09:48 PM
you know, it is terriable, you goofed...

I will be nice, and i will pay $301 for it....

Just kidding, great buy, congrats!

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