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38 S&W special

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gilbeat, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. gilbeat

    gilbeat New Member

    My Dad gave me 38 Smith & Wesson Special several years ago Ser#K913969
    mfg Marcas Registarads Springfield Mass. Could someone tell me the year this gun was mfg,???????Thanks
  2. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    Welcome. Does it have fixed or adjustable sights? Is it 5 or 6 shots? Blue, nickle, or stainless? If you could post some pictures someone should be able to give some info on it.
  3. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    K848,782 – k946,391....1969
  4. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    The K in the serial indicates it has adjustable sights. Either a Model 17 Masterpiece (usually with a 6" barrel) or a Model 18 Combat Masterpiece (with a 4" barrel).
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    But the OP said it's a .38 Special.

    Is that revolver even a S&W?
    If it is there is a thread specifically for dating S&W revolver and this thread should be there.

    Welcome to the forum. I hope your revolver is in good condition and you can shoot it...
  6. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    They made the 17 in 38 special for sure, the 18 too, didnt they?
  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I did a quick check in the SCSW 3rd Edition and unless I missed something the M17 and M18 were made in .22 only.
    The M14 was the .38 Special Target revolver.
  8. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    You're right, had the numbers wrong in my head. I guess I shouldnt be posting after taking ambien.
  9. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    Could be a model 15. We need photos.
  10. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    DOH! I meant 14 Masterpiece or 15 Combat Masterpiece. The 17 and 18 are the 22 caliber cousins.
  11. Husker_Fan

    Husker_Fan Well-Known Member

    I just want to say, I'm a newb at the whole gun IDing thing, and it's refreshing to see folks like SaxonPig and ArchAngelCD, who have forgotten more about these guns than I'll ever know, get confused on the dang model numbers.
  12. jhvaughan2

    jhvaughan2 Well-Known Member

    As Iggy mentioned it was '69.
    As Saxon said the odds are strongly it is a Target sighted, but in his first post he made a typo.
    If it is .38 special is most likely a Model 15 if 4" or a 14 if 6" (there are some exceptions)
    However if you at the frame inside the crane the part that swings open with the cylinder it should say "Mod 1X-X" (either 14 or 15.)
    (The Model 67 did not come out till the 1970's so I am assuming this piece is not stainless.)
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  13. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    LOL, I knew you mixed up the numbers...
  14. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    That serial number is not far from my M14 8.375 .38spl.


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