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Old 06-07-2011, 10:22 PM
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Default Model 14: 8-3/8"

The reference books I've seen don't mention the long barrel Mod 14. One followed me home recently, and I am sure glad. It had a custom target stock and an added trigger shoe. I'd say the trigger has been lightened a little too. I put regular Smith K frame target stocks back on, and it shoots as good as it looks. Were many 14's made in this configuration?
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I don't know how many were made, but I regret selling mine to my brother.
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I bought mine new and still have it. It is a great gun and nicer to shoot than the heavier 8 3/8" K-22.
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I've got a model 14-4 with an 8 3/8 inch barrel and I love mine. I think that less then 10% had the long tube but maybe someone else can be more precise.
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I just sold a 1979 14-4 8 3/8" tube to a fellow forum member. Please see the pictures.









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I've been keeping my eyes peeled for one of these for awhile. No luck yet though!
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Thanks for the pics, and I notice the wide trigger already there. As I said in first post, mine had (still has) add-on trigger shoe, which is OK. Curious?
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My 8 3/8's is a 14-4 also. It had a rough time before I got it. Looks like it must of stayed in a holster and rusted along the left side of the barrel and cylinder cause you can see some small pits and it's been parkerized. Shoots great but the trigger coud use a little TLC. If memory serves correctly I boughtr it from a member here.
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Here is one of mine, a 14-4.These are excellent shooters!!

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Bought mine new back around 1980. Used it and a M17 as companions to the 8-3/8" M29 that I used in the centerfire matches. Great revolver. Came with magna stocks and standard hammer/trigger. I added the 3Ts immediately.

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My buddy has a couple of them and they're great shooters! I am looking for a good deal on one for myself. A lot of people are fascinated with the snubby barrels, but the longer tubes are a lot more fun to shoot. I have a 686 and a 53 with the 8-3/8" barrels and I wouldn't swap them for 2 with 4" barrels. We get as many of them as we can.
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...one at a LGS, for a song. It had the "standard" target stocks, etc. It's also a great tack driver.

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I have a 14-4 that is 8 3/8 " It is the only Smith I have ever owned in a Presentation box.
It has the three T's and is unfired, although it is in that kind of shape you see in a Gun store when it has been hanging around and was dry fired and handled a lot.
It is still tight and new feeling , but has little tiny flaws all over it.
I have had it for years and have never shot it.
I shoot my 14 no dash Single action a lot and next up is my 14-6 full lug.
I have always been against being the first to shoot an older gun, but I might based on what you guys are saying !!!
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What is the difference between a 14-3 and 14-4? I have one I inherited from my father that I am considering selling.
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What is the difference between a 14-3 and 14-4?
The gas ring was moved from the yoke to the cylinder in 1977, resulting in the dash 4. This was a subtle, but important, engineering change. So far as I know, the revolver remained the same in other respects.
After about 1982, the pinned barrels were dropped on the 14-4.
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Default Smith & Wesson Model 14 with 8 3/8" barrel

I bought one of these in 1978. It had the 8 3/8" barrel and is a dandy to shoot. I paid $265 for it as I recall. It does not come out often so it looks like a new in the box revolver. Don't know what I'm saving it for but I love this gun, my first revolver.
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Here's both of mine. I have a six-inch too, but I really like the longer barrels. Both are one hole shooters if I do my part. I'm currently looking for another six-inch.
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