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Old 05-26-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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i have a smith and wesson .38 CTG Serial # 1K98644 on the butt. My grandfather was law enforcment and left it. not sure wear he got it. Any idea of the worth? Wood handle blue steel. Three inch barell Seven round cylinder.

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Old 05-27-2008, 01:06 PM   #2
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Seven round cylinder? You might want to check again that should be a six round cylinder. Smith did not start producing 7 shot centerfire revolvers until the 90's (?).
Judging by the serial number you have a K-frame revolver. Open the cylinder and look at the frame under the barrel. There should be a model number stamped there. Maybe a model 10? If there is no model number, how many side plate screws? Look under the barrel and above/ in front of the trigger guard. Smith's are normally grouped by the number of screws they have. Modern guns have 3 screws all in the side plate. Prior to that they had 4 screws, the three in the side plate and one in the front of the trigger guard. even earlier they had a 4th side plate screw on top near the hammer nose.

Hence the designations of 3, 4 or 5 screw models.

5 screw models are pre-WWII. 4 screws are up to about '61/'62.

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I will check on the cylinder and the rest and post the latest info when i get home tonight. Trying to get a basic value, i am going to keep it but want to get my guns insured

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Well I looked at it and it has only six rounds but it has only three screws but we serioulsy doubt it is pre WW2.

Inside it had "MDL 16-3" on it?

Does this help?


Still trying to figure out what it is.

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ato read but actually i think uit says MDL 15-3!!!!

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Here's some info on the Model 15.

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Thanks, it is a 15-3. Good condition. I guess it really can only shoot 38 special not +p due to the age.

Looking at others for sale they ae going for 200-250 or so does this sound about right.

My grandfather worked for Florida Dept of Transportation. Maybe they issued it?

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15-3 should have been made between 1967 and 1977. Adjustable sights, huh? Personally I would shoot std pressure ammo but carry +P's. Steel frame will not suddely blow up if fired with a cylinder full of +P's. A steady diet will cause acellerated wear.

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Model 15 was called the Combat Masterpiece.I have a Model 67 which was the same model gun only made in Stainless Steel.Mine was made in 1972 and has S/S sights on it.Fine gun but like already mentioned I wouldn't get carried away shooting +P's in it.

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The model 15 is a strong gun and can shoot plus P all day long day in and day out. The plus p we have today is not as powerful as the regular loads when the model 15 was made.
The plus p is a thing to cover the ammo manufacturers if some one buys some and stuffs it in a cheap gun. But any quality gun will handle plus P ammo.

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