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Old 12-18-2012, 07:33 PM
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Here's one to start off with, this example dating to circa 1952.

What do you have, including later Model 15's, particularly if marked or documented as having been military or law enforcement issue?

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Great idea for a thread; thanks for starting it. I'm pretty sure I have one of those around here somewhere.

Yup, here it is...



K101707, shipped January 1951 and thus a fairly early specimen of the design (though I'm not ignoring the fact that several were shipped in second half of 1950). I acquired this one from a fellow SoCal forum member a few years ago.

I don't shoot this one anywhere near as much as I ought to. Now that I have reminded myself it is in the safe, I need to get it to the range.
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Harry Jarvis engraved K38 Combat Masterpiece wearing KB Redheart Ropers.

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Old 12-18-2012, 08:07 PM
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What do you have . . . particularly if marked or documented as having been military or law enforcement issue?
Goony, thanks for the opportunity.

My favorite documented law enforcement Combat Masterpiece is the 5" version special-ordered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in October 1952.








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Okay. I don't have one. But, I sure like looking at the pictures.
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A Muzzle comparison (L to R) of the Models 19-2, 14-2 Hanen, 15-2 and pre 10.

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How about another Missouri State Highway Patrol 5 inch .38 Combat Masterpiece. This one is owned by a friend of mine who was lucky enough to get all of the papers and gold box, which is factory labeled "Combat Masterpiece."
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here's a Combat Masterpiece from around 1955: K2487XX




15-2 K7728XX:

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It strikes me that the real challenge is to find the duty holster (or better yet, the entire ensemble) to go with one of these....
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15-3


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Is there room for a Model 15 in this Combat Masterpiece thread!?!

It's a little later than the other fine specimens, and posting after wetdog makes me wanna cry!



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Is there room for a Model 15 in this Combat Masterpiece thread!?!

It's a little later than the other fine specimens, and posting after wetdog makes me wanna cry!

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But he doesn't have those cool smooth dark relieved target stocks!
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Mine's not even worthy to grace the same pages as the other ones here.
Mine's an ol' workhorse from 1970 or so.....
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1 of 7 shipped to KC MO. PD in 1970
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No, I don't, but I sure would like to.They are beautiful GF.I'm not good with the ID of stocks. Are they Rosewood?
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A later revolver, but she sure is pretty - and fun to shoot!
Model 15-2, shipped in 1966
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Mine's not even worthy to grace the same pages as the other ones here.
Mine's an ol' workhorse from 1970 or so.....
Same with mine from 1970......
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Probably not what you were looking for, but a rather unique 15-3:





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Here' another old duty revolver. It does show some holster wear, but not too much, and probably carried more than it was fired. Numbers match all over it.
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Pay no attention to that J frame on top I picked this 15-3 Snub up at a gun show this last weekend. Dates to 1974. I will get better picks. It has no carry marks on it anywhere. Truly a 99% example. I
shot her on Sunday. Shoots just like her cousin Model 19 with .38's!

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Bright blue special order K137501 with "B" stamped on all major parts.


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Goony, my compliments on thinking of such an incredible thread topic. I simply must have a Combat Masterpiece for my growing collection!
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No, I don't, but I sure would like to.They are beautiful GF.I'm not good with the ID of stocks. Are they Rosewood?
Yep, they're Rosewood. I usually put dark stocks on nickel guns but this one came with those, so I left 'em on.

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Model 15-2 with TT & TH. Shipped 1962.

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Bright blue special order K137501 with "B" stamped on all major parts.
Also a 1952 or so gun. Have you lettered it to verify the special order status, and if so, who was it for?
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4 screw mdl.15 no dash.
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Myres holster.
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The .38 Combat Masterpiece seems relatively neglected here on the message board. Glad to see this thread.

Here's mine:



Made the handle for it back when I was in my "Fingergroove phase".
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^^^^^^ Nice pic and stocks.
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5 inch blue K38 shipped to Illinois State Police October 1957
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Maybe my favorite K frame?
Shipped Jan. 1953: Shown with T-Tyler, bench-made smooth English walnut magnas and recently acquired Colorado Saddlery half-flap holster.
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Wish focus was better on 15-3

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Here is mine. K 213949, purchased earlier in the month and now residing in my safe!

Some great pics on this thread! Still learning my way around the forum.





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My unfired Combat Masterpiece, K119114, shipped Feb. 1952.

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Harry Jarvis engraved K38 Combat Masterpiece wearing KB Redheart Ropers.

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The stocks were made by Forum member, Keith Brown, a master stockman if there ever was one.
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Nice stocks on yours SDH. Some beautiful stocks here.
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What a great thread. Some great looking Combat Masterpieces.
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The stocks were made by Keith Brown. The gun actually shipped with smooth rosewood target stocks. I have the original stocks, it's just that the redhearts really make the engraving stand out.

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For over a year I thought my CM was born in 1952. Roy looked up the number I gave him, K119114, but a forum member caught the fact that K199114 is too high for 1952! I just made another request from Roy for the right date.



I think it will be around Nov., 1953. Another forum member has one 26 #'s off shipped then.

Update: Roy says Nov., 1952. Interesting they are 1 year apart!

Being a picture thread....


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I'm almost embarrassed to even offer these two, but I will. A 1950 version I acquired and a 1953 shooter that my father carried while an LEO as his service revolver. Both have been lettered.

The 1950


The 1953 with one later carry duty holster circa 1970's


A much older S.D. Myres holster that carried the 1953 on duty
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Here's the same revolver I posted earlier in a thumbnail. Finally found out how to post full size pictures - so here it is again.
Model 15-2 3T that shipped in 1966.
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Hey Blackcloud, those safe queens sure are pretty, but I'll bet your dad's working gun could tell them stories that would make their toes curl... love a gun with that kind of history!
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One of three Model 15's that I own, a 1969 15-3.


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My two 15-3s and their big brother, a 19-4.

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Smoothest S&W revolvers I have. They were owned by an armorer of the California Highway Patrol. They are marked CHP....Models 67 and bigger cousin, a 68.


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15-4 This one just hangs around, maybe 30 rounds through it todate.
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Here's a couple of Model 15-3's Washington State Patrol didn't have a use for anymore. I traded for both in a "two fer" deal. I've since traded one for an eight and three eights Model 14-3. The other is my "house gun", life is good.

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That my friend is a SAC patch and a 416 SPS squadron patch. I was at Griffiss AFB from 1986-1992 on the security side.
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