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Old 09-11-2020, 09:38 PM
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I recently inherited a k14 from my grandpa and as near as I can tell I can't find any Dash indications on it it has a k 219 XXX serial number and other than that I don't know for sure what it is can anybody help me identify this and do you have a serial number book that could indicate what year it is
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Your target revolver was made in 1954. That is before S&W created model numbers. If you can post some pictures of all sides of the gun, we might be able to tell you more about it.

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If it has a 6" barrel likely a K38 Masterpiece. Essentially the same gun with a 4" barrel is the Combat Masterpiece. Both are sought after models. In 1958 they become the models 14 and 15 respectively.
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First, welcome to the Forum!

As you can tell from the previous posts, there is no such thing as a "K14." Let's assume for the moment it has a 6" barrel and a Patridge front sight. That would make it a K-38 Masterpiece. It would have the wide rib, straight-sided barrel and five frame screws. As Guy mentioned, the serial number points to 1954.

At the time, it would still have been called a K-38 Heavy Masterpiece, and the end label on the box would have said that. That was a carry-over from the short period when both tapered and straight-sided barrels were used on the K-38. That actually stopped a couple years before your gun was assembled, but the nomenclature didn't disappear right away.

If it has a 4" barrel and the Baughman front sight, it would be a .38 Combat Masterpiece. Those did still have the tapered barrel.

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I assume by K14, you may have assumed it was a Model 14. It is not. In the late 1950s, the K-series revolvers were given model numbers. Specifically, the K-38 Masterpiece became the Model 14, while the .38 Combat Masterpiece became the Model 15. But in 1954, model numbers were four or five years in the future.
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