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Picked up a hitchhiker on the way home today

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TwoNiner, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. TwoNiner

    TwoNiner Well-Known Member

    For some reason every time I go to the gun shop I pick up yet another hitch hiker! Never had a model 15 before:



    Would anyone mind dating this bum? The serial is #K9301XX.

    I found it on the consignment rack and it appears to be in mint condition, aside from needing a good cleaning (there appears to be lead fouling in the barrel but the lands look good).

    Also interesting to note is the very wide hammer and trigger. The trigger is actually wider than the trigger guard. I've never seen a revolver...do you guys know if this was a special edition, or perhaps modified by the previous owner?

    Anyways I am looking forward to getting some range time on this 38 soon!
  2. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    K848782 - K946391 1969

    Congrats on a sweet 15
  3. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    Target hammer and trigger could be ordered on the gun or obtained and added later.

    Darn nice looking gun.

    Enjoy it.
  4. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Given the target stocks a former owner added I'd guess the hammer and trigger were also added at some point. These came with standard H&T and while the wider versions could be ordered I suspect very, very few were so optioned.

    A classic revolver in every sense. Probably a 15-3?

    Here's my pre-model version posed with baby brother in 22 caliber.


    And a 15-3 like yours made a few years later in nickel wearing polished elk stag stocks.

  5. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    A Combat Masterpiece with target hammer and trigger. No more enjoyable handgun ever made for an afternoon of shooting in my opinion.
  6. TwoNiner

    TwoNiner Well-Known Member

    You called it SaxonPig, yes it is a 15-3.

    The grips are are new to me...no S&W medallions or markings on them. Did S&W ever ship 15s with custom grips?
  7. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Those after market grips appear to be deluxe Herret's andd are indeed pretty. I'd try them before dumping them, they worked very well on the range.
  8. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful grips, and nice hitchhiker!!!
  9. 4D5

    4D5 Well-Known Member

    Very nice. You'll enjoy the heck out of it.

    I have a 15-2 4" and it's shiny brother 67 4". Both are a lot of fun.
  10. chriske

    chriske Well-Known Member

    Congratulations ! My two favorite guns are both 15's (one 2" & one 4").
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Great find and so nice of you to take in an itinerant traveller like that. About the grips: as soon as I saw your pics I was thinking maybe they were made by Fuzzy Farrant. Just Google his name and grips and see what you think. Congrats on a super sixgun.
  12. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Looking at those wonderful custom grips I do not share your opinion. I believe the gun came with target trigger and hammer spur. The only odd thing is short barrel length. Normally hombre like that would go for 6" or longer.
  13. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Smith & Wesson shipped a lot of model 15's with TH (Target Hammer) and TT (Target Trigger) as well as white-outlined rear sight and red insert front sight; as original equipment. Of course any of these items could be special ordered too.

    Carefully remove the stocks and see if a maker's name isn't somewhere on the inside. They are without question a top-quality product.
  14. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    The only way to know for sure, is to get it lettered by S&W. Cost is about $50.

    PS - I have a 2" Model 15 that has a TT combo on it. Don't know if it came that way but it's a real pleasure to shoot.
  15. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I'd have been sorely tempted by that one as well. How much did he run you?
  16. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    No. Smith & Wesson was incapable of producing quality grips to equal ones on your gun.
  17. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Glad you are the kind to give one in need a "ride home". I brought a needy one home about a month ago, a 15-4 4", 95%, it doesn't have the fancy grips yours has on it, but it'll grow on me I know. Congrats on a nice find!
  18. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Send an email to Herrett's, and enclose a photo of the grips. They look like a combination finger-grooved Troopers, with a thumb rest. They can probably tell you if they made them.
  19. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    Nice gun!
  20. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    Sweet hitchhiker.
    The father of a friend of mine (in high school in the 1980s) had a 6" (?) K frame .357 with grips like those. They were nice. Too bad I'm not right handed. :(

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