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Old 01-11-2017, 10:42 PM
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I had picked up this K-38 some time ago and it is time to get some information. Can anyone date it for me? It is a great shooter and has normal wear and I love it! I could not pass it up since I don't see too many. All matching numbers to boot. K 87397
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:04 PM
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The closest SN I have listed to K 87397 is K 867xx which shipped in 6/1950. The manufacturing SN range for 1950 production is K84,150 – K104,047

Yours is a relatively early K-38 Combat Masterpiece.

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Old 01-11-2017, 11:14 PM
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Most likely Jul/Aug time frame 1950, nice piece!
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:16 PM
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Verah nice. Hang on to that one.
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Nice fairly early example,
Can you post a pic that shows the front site and whole gun ?
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Sweet. It's almost unnecessary to say a Combat Masterpiece is "a great shooter"--they just seem to be.
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IMO made within the first full 12 months of production so a true "First Year" gun .
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I just checked IL laws and you are not supposed to have smiths made in 1950, which just happens to be my birth year. send to me for safe keeping you can visitation rights any time you want. happy to help. lee
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Thanks for all the info and kind words guys. Here a few more pics with the front sight included. There is wear on the end and the front sight also but I guess we all have wear after that long of a time. I have seen nicer ones on GB but to run into one and get to handle it just a great feeling! MET
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