Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 15 K-38 Combat Masterpiece
Serial Number: K423152
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single and Double Action Swing-Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON” and the right side of the barrel is marked “38 S.& W. SPECIAL CTG.” The yoke cut is marked “K423152 / MOD 15” and the yoke is marked “54591 / M”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “2”, “54591” and “M”. The underside of the grip frame is marked “K423152”, and the right side of the grip frame is marked with a “T”. The right sideplate has a large S&W logo and there is the four line “Marcas Registradas” address on the right side of the frame.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is fixed serrated ramp. There is an S&W micrometer click adjustable rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered Magna style walnut with the diamond at the grip screw and silver colored S&W medallions at the top. Both grip panels show usage and handling marks as well as small compression marks. The right grip panel has a chip out of the checkering at the bottom towards the front and has “538998” pressed into the wood on the inside. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is shallow. There is fouling near the forcing cone but no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. The ejector rod is almost bare and there is a drag line on the cylinder. The leading edges show thinning or loss, possibly from holster wear. The screw heads are from sharp to slightly distressed. The hammer and trigger are nicely case colored. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The single and double actions function correctly. This is a Square Butt, K Frame, 4 Screw, pinned barrel revolver with a .500” wide checkered Target hammer and a .265” wide serrated Service trigger. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is the type of gun most people think of when they picture a double action revolver. Blue steel, walnut grips on a square butt frame and a four inch barrel with adjustable sights. These were standard issue revolvers to law enforcement officers for years, because they work, they are reliable and they last. That’s not a bad reputation to have. If you are looking for a home defense handgun, this .38 Special will do the job. If you want to practice, you can join the IDPA or maybe ICORE and meet some new like-minded people and get in some practical trigger time. You can hardly go wrong with a well-cared for S&W K-38 Combat Masterpiece.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun cannot be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun can be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R's and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents.
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