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Identify Smith and Wesson for a new guy

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Danny540, Dec 31, 2006.

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  1. Danny540

    Danny540 Member

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    Identify Smith and Wesson just received for Christmas

    I am a new member and saw in a closed discussion that you, Old Fuff, were able to identify an old Smith and Wesson for someone. Could you help me here?

    Blue Steel
    Serial: 3K33277

    From what I can tell it is a K38 Masterpiece. Can you be more specific?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Danny I put this in a new post, Sound like a Masterpiece, but pictures or at least a better descrpition would help
    serial number sounds like late 60s - early 70s, not near my book so will check later.


    Better description would include the barrel length, fixed or adjustable sights, Square or round butt and any unusual markings.
     
  3. XavierBreath

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    It sounds like a K frame S&W from 1972, but it could be a Model 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 48, 53, 66, 67, or 68. To identify the gun, you need to describe the gun

    Even better, simply swing open the cylinder, and take a look at the model number engraved in the frame underneath the yoke. The model number has been engraved there on S&W revolvers since 1957. ;)

    A Model 14 or 15, and arguably a Model 67 would be considered a K-38. The "Masterpiece" designation denotes adjustable sights. Combat or Target Masterpiece denotes barrel length.
     
  4. Danny540

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    More info

    Thanks very much so far.

    Square butt.
    Adjustable sight.
    6" barrell.

    Upon opening the cylinder: Below the serial no. it says MOD. 14-3

    Is that enough info?

    Another question; should I stay away from +p ammo?

    (Your web site is great.)

    Thanks and Happy New year.
     
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    There is your answer right there. It's a Model 14-3, AKA the K-38 Target Masterpiece. It's a very fine target pistol and was also used by the LAPD as an issue firearm. +P Ammo should be just fine in this revolver.
     
  6. Old Fuff

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    (SNIFF) (SOB!) I'm not needed anymore... Unloved and Unwanted...

    While I was out you guys came up with the answer without me. A nice model 14 is a find indeed. While it will handle Plus-P ammunition I recommend a lighter diet. Mid-range wadcutters will batter neither the revolver or it's owner, and will turn in groups that will turn others at your local range green with envy. :evil:
     
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    Aww..Fuff Ok, so this one was an easy one, but you know half the time we get there before you, it's because we were paying attention the last time someone asked you. ;)
     
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    That's not true. I want you. To put me in your will for about a hundred of those original Colt 1911 magazines you obviously have squirreled away some place.

    :neener:
     
  9. EddieCoyle

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    Can it be? It's not even 2007 yet and Fuff is losing his fastball?


    Just kidding.
     
  10. FPrice

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    At Old Fuff's age it's hard for him to stay awake at night unless he has had his afternoon nappie.
     
  11. Old Fuff

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    (SNIFF) (WHINE) Now you'se guys are being mean. Of course I was taking my nappie. I understand that at midnight a whole bunch of folks are going to be shooting off guns, and it takes time to get my flintlocks loaded and ready in case some of them are hostile. When you live as close to the border as I do you never know when the invasion will come. I was going to use my S&W Volcanic, but it's pure murder trying to find any ammunition, especially at Wally-World. I may have to settle for an American Model .44, but I never did trust them metalic cartridges...

    What kind of magazines does Frosty want? I got Ameriacan Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, SWAT, ... :neener: :evil:
     
  12. Danny540

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    Many thanks anyway Mr. Fuff

    Well, I sure know where to come for my firearms questions.
    Thanks all.
     
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR UNCLE FUFF!!!!
     
  14. Old Fuff

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    Well it's been fun... :D

    Now if I can just last for another year.... :)
     
  15. Old Fuff

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    Well it's been fun... :D

    Now if I can just last for another year.... :)

    It's a real hardship not being able to buy guns for '49 prices... :neener:
     
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    Hey look, Fuff double posted like me, a NOOB!

    Still groggy from that afternoon nappie, eh?

    :p
     
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    Nope. We think Alzheimer's. (short-term memory loss)

    :what:
     
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    Ah didn't do it... It was my stupid mouse. I got'ta get a cat. :what:

    Who is you guys..??

    What day is this.... ??

    Does anybody know who I am... ? :uhoh:
     
  19. XavierBreath

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    If only we could download the Old Fuff database and turn it into a repository of gunnie goodness......
     
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    Many years ago when the Old Fuff was much younger he got an unexpected opportunity to get job within the firearms industry that positioned him to meet many of the legendary shooting figures of the middle-later 20th. Century. At the same time he was actively engaged in various shooting sports and other activities that provided first-hand experience. He was also smart enough to lay his hands on any published material he could get (this was well before the Internet came along) and read it until he understood what the author was saying. He also made a practice of buying (or trading) for guns that he would disassemble, examine, shoot (when appropriate), and then exchange all but a few favorites for another one. It can be safely said that he never met a gun that didn’t teach him something. Thus one lives and learns. He is now in his dotage, (what day is this? Who are you?), and advises others who are younger to follow as much of this path that is possible within their own circumstances. Obviously not everyone can get a job within the industry, and I suspect that the majority wouldn’t want to.

    He reads a lot of comments about how worthless gun shows have become, but always remember one can sometimes examine and handle guns that they couldn’t possibly afford to buy. One in particular that I remember was a Colt Single Action Army revolver with the serial number 1! And when you aren’t looking at guns go see what the used booksellers might have to offer.

    You too may become an Old Fuff… ;)
     
  21. FPrice

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    As in, "Old Fuff, the Younger"?
     
  22. Old Fuff

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    Oh boy, now what have I done...? :D
     
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