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S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 All 5-Screw & Vintage 4-Screw SWING-OUT Cylinder REVOLVERS, and the 35 Autos and 32 Autos


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Old 11-27-2013, 03:13 PM
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My son just recently recieved a Smith & Wesson pistol from his 101 old great grandfather. Here are the details
1) It is a Hand Ejector Pistol
2) Model is a K 145527
3) 38 S&W special CTG
4) 6 inch barrel
5) The sights are adjustable
6) It has a strain Screw
7) It is a 4 screw gun.
Any information you could provide would be great!!!
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:21 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

That revolver is called the K-38 Masterpiece. With that serial number, it probably dates to 1952.

After 1957, when S&W introduced numerical model designations, that model was called the Model 14.

The K-38 Masterpiece and its successors have been some of the premier .38 caliber target revolvers for the last 60 years. Many also saw service with law enforcement agencies.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:08 PM
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Welcome to the forum,It is nice to see a new member actually read and use the "ID your gun" thread.
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At one time (but not so much at present) competitive handgun bullseye target shooting was very popular all over the country. One stage in the course of fire involved the use of any handgun in a centerfire caliber of .32 or larger, and that was where the K38 made its reputation. Most bullseye shooters eventually gravitated toward the use of .45 autopistols in that stage instead of revolvers, and also various other types of competitive shooting events came into existence, many of which were designed around the use of autopistols in simulated combat-type shooting. Those drew way many potential bullseye shooters.

Even though the type of target shooting for which the K38 was originally intended has declined significantly in popularity, the K38 was, and is, considered one of the finest, if not the finest, of target revolvers.

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