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Old 11-17-2009, 03:08 PM
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I am the 2nd owner of this Revolver, I bought the Revolver in May of 1977.I would like to know the Value of my S&W Model 15-3. I will give you the information that is on the end of the orginal box the Revolver came in.

Model No- 15-3
Fin -B
Barrel- 4
Special Features 7 -248
Ser no K38808

I am retired and only used this 38 once in a blue moon, I had this in my house for protection when I worked for the Dept of Corrections.

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They are available in my area for in the $350-400 range. The box with all the docs and tools would bring another $50 or so. The target trigger and hammer adds to the desirability some, but personally I wouldn't pay any premium for them. HTH
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thank you Dick........
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They are available in my area for in the $350-400 range. The box with all the docs and tools would bring another $50 or so. The target trigger and hammer adds to the desirability some, but personally I wouldn't pay any premium for them. HTH
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Your serial number appears one digit short. It should
have the letter K and six numbers. If the first three
numbers are correct the BOD would be 1960. Don
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You must have missed a number before the K. 15-3's didn't come out until 1967, so it would have beem made after that sometime, but as Don said, the serial you gave would make it a much earlier gun. Look at the bottom of the grip frame, and also in the crane recess. The numbers there should both be the same.
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Opps! Old age did it again! Thanks for the heads up, your right, looks to be the number 6 k38808, on the box and handle,does this change anything on price and year? thanks again for your help and Hi to the Michigan people on here from Jackson, Mi
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You must have missed a number before the K. 15-3's didn't come out until 1967, so it would have beem made after that sometime, but as Don said, the serial you gave would make it a much earlier gun. Look at the bottom of the grip frame, and also in the crane recess. The numbers there should both be the same.
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Looks like 1974 per my SCSW. If it was for sale in my neck of the woods I'd give $450!
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These guys are putting you on.
That gun is worth $100. However, since I'm an incredibly generous (as well as honest) person, I'll send you a check for $150 and take it off your hands.

Just kidding.

Seriously, I'll bet my wife would give you $450 for it. She shot more than 200 rounds out of our Model 15-2 (1963) last Sunday. She was grinning from ear to ear, having the time of her life. She even let me shoot it a few times!

I gotta admit, the 15 is one of the best damn guns ever produced.



We paid $350 last year for the one shown. It's worth more, especially with the box. I'd give at least $400.

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I am the 2nd owner of this Revolver, I bought the Revolver in May of 1977.I would like to know the Value of my S&W Model 15-3. I will give you the information that is on the end of the orginal box the Revolver came in.

Model No- 15-3
Fin -B
Barrel- 4
Special Features 7 -248
Ser no K38808

I am retired and only used this 38 once in a blue moon, I had this in my house for protection when I worked for the Dept of Corrections.

I bought a pre-15 production 1951 early this year. Price $299.00. This was in California. It has the target hammer and trigger. I would say the revolver condition is around 80 to 85%. Yours looks better than mine by the pictures. All revolvers have gone up since then. Now in California they about $350.00 to $450.00. Too me they are harder to find than a model 10. But the model 10 will bring about the same. The model 15 is the finest 38 special revolver ever made. The model 10 is real close. You should not have any trouble selling the revolver.
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I bought a pre-15 production 1951 early this year. Price $299.00. This was in California. It has the target hammer and trigger. I would say the revolver condition is around 80 to 85%. Yours looks better than mine by the pictures. All revolvers have gone up since then. Now in California they about $350.00 to $450.00. Too me they are harder to find than a model 10. But the model 10 will bring about the same. The model 15 is the finest 38 special revolver ever made. The model 10 is real close. You should not have any trouble selling the revolver.
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The Great Southern Gun Show was in Jackson, MS last weekend. I saw only one M-15 and the price was $465. I don't know if it had the box and papers, but the finish appeared to be more worn than yours looks to be.
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if you can place an fairly exact date, then would you have an idea of when mine was made...it is a blued 2" 15-3....serial #K965792
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I'm not home to look at my book but that's pretty close to the serial number on my 15-3 and it is around 1969.
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I really like the Model 15 and the Model 14 and the Model 17 well you get the point - Congratulations !!!!

My 15-4 I bought for $430.
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am i the only one that can't see the gun in the op's picture?
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am i the only one that can't see the gun in the op's picture?
This is a thread that for some unknown reason was revived from November 2009. The link to pics has probably been changed by the original poster since then.
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Brand new to the forum. I was left a 4" S&W from my father when he passed. My mother just gave it to me. There is some rust that can be fixed on the cylinder and barrel. What is the year of manufacture on s/n 3 K73836?

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sqhead, I'm with you. Looks like car door parts to me.
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Brand new to the forum. I was left a 4" S&W from my father when he passed. My mother just gave it to me. There is some rust that can be fixed on the cylinder and barrel. What is the year of manufacture on s/n 3 K73836?

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Welcome to the FORUM! It is always nice to receive a personal item from a family member. It does not help to ease the pain of the loss. My father left me a M&P, 6" .38. (shipped June 1919) a few years before he passed. My oldest son has it now.
Look at the sticky in the 1980-present section, for age help. I do not have the book of numbers.
Sounds like it needs a workout at the range. Bob
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Has anyone looked at the start date of this thread? The prices quoted would be really nice in today's market.
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Looks like the resurrection occurred yesterday when "tdsellaro" posted a question about his/her 15-3..................
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Hi all! I'm new here. I just purchased a 3913LS 9mm and was given a 15-3 .38 revolver as a gift. They are both in wonderful condition. I had been looking for the 3913LS for years and finally found one, but it's the 15-3 that is most interesting to me...I carried one in the USAF in 1987-1988 in Panama. With a serial number of 1K62006, would anyone have a guess as to when it was made? How would I find out for sure? Thanks!!!

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