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Old 10-31-2011, 12:19 PM
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I think the Model 15 is the classiest snub nose revolver ever made. It is not as small as the J frame or maybe some other things some do not like, but I consider it the finest looking snub-nose revolver ever. Have any to show?
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"I consider it the finest looking snub-nose revolver ever."

I agree, these and the 27-2's are at the top of the list.



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I like mine.
There is one for sale at a local shop with the original box.

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Here is a nickel Model 15 flanked by a model 12 and 66

Not really sure what niche the Model 15 hit with its Square butt, 2" heavy barrel and target sites.
Probably would have been better suited as a 3" or roundbutt .

It occurred to me recently the Model 15's frame is in reality a Model 14 frame with a snub 66 long rear site and 66 heavy barrel profile.

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Saw a short M15 at a gun show last weekend. Looked in good shape and had a T-adapter installed. Asking price was high at $500, I thought. And I was out of state so I didn't handle it.

Also saw an engraved M39 that looked good.
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I find the 2" M15 a Smith that got almost everything just a little wrong. A short gun with delicate and bulky fully adjustable sights, a difficult to conceal square butt, and too-big-for-38 Special K Frame. If one were to carry this much gun would it not be worth the slight difference in size to upgrade to a 2.5" Model 19 or 3" Model 13? If one must have a small 38 six-shooter then the Model 10 or Colt DS or Diamondback would appeal to me long before the 2" Model 15.
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love my 2 inch 15, it will out shoot alot of 4 and 6 inch guns i have owned it makes a perfect carry gun the people that have them love them, the ones that dont dont know any better!
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those are some nice lookin guns. ppl that are way into the tactical stuff are missing out. i use to be one. my last two purchases have been too revolvers, a smith, & a ruger. they are my favorites now, all tactical stuff is collecting dust. just the other day i was talkn to my bro about gettin another smith, he suggested lookin at a M15.
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I have lots of tactical stuff, and use it to teach with, but sometimes you just want to go bust a few caps and enjoy shooting a classic, and as soon as I find another (I passed one up about a year ago) 2in M15 I intend to add one to my collection. Took a while for them to grow on me but they have.
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I find the 2" M15 a Smith that got almost everything just a little wrong. A short gun with delicate and bulky fully adjustable sights, a difficult to conceal square butt, and too-big-for-38 Special K Frame. If one were to carry this much gun would it not be worth the slight difference in size to upgrade to a 2.5" Model 19 or 3" Model 13? If one must have a small 38 six-shooter then the Model 10 or Colt DS or Diamondback would appeal to me long before the 2" Model 15.
Please do not take this personal....just feel obligated to share a different view and I certainly do not want to degrade this pleasant conversation into an argument.
I tend to agree. For some time I have "overlooked" the M15 2 inch for the same reasons that you speak of. However...I don't carry "seriously" and therefore am a bit free to collect any Smith I want. Since I have a 4 inch M15 I bought last December I think I need a 2 inch as well.
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I find the 2" M15 a Smith that got almost everything just a little wrong. A short gun with delicate and bulky fully adjustable sights, a difficult to conceal square butt, and too-big-for-38 Special K Frame. If one were to carry this much gun would it not be worth the slight difference in size to upgrade to a 2.5" Model 19 or 3" Model 13? If one must have a small 38 six-shooter then the Model 10 or Colt DS or Diamondback would appeal to me long before the 2" Model 15.
Please do not take this personal....just feel obligated to share a different view and I certainly do not want to degrade this pleasant conversation into an argument.
Your observations certainly make sense, but they don't always work out to the expected conclusion. I'm not sure that the sights are delicate, but they are not as smooth as a M10 or M12 frame, for sure. However, they do not necessarily snag anything in every person's carry mode. I find the high M15 sights quicker to see and quicker to aim with than either of my M12 revolvers (one RB and one SB).

I would prefer a round butt because of my hand size, but Bill Rogers designed an excellent set of grips that are both thinner and longer than factory.

I have a DS and a Cobra, but for some reason, neither is as accurate as the 15, at least in my hands. I have thought about going back to my snubby 19, but at one time I felt that a .357 was improper for my circumstances, and now I'm not sure it is necessary.

The DB (I once had a snubby one) can certainly be shot well, but so can the 15. Your thoughts are, IMO, very much worth considering, but for some reason, the 15 with Rogers grips works out best for me in many circumstances.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:04 PM
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The Model 15 2" would not be my choice for concealed carry but would certainly be my choice as way cool! I have one but it isn't as nice as the ones pictured. I love it anyways!
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I think they look as good as they shoot. Terrific!
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I agree that the 2" 15 is the best snub nose ever. Mine still thinks it's a 4"! It's a 15-4 that came to me as new with the box:


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I consider this dash 3 one of my "prettiest" guns.

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I got a dash 3 that looks like 10 miles of bad road, but it's the best shootin snub gun I have and wouldn't take anything for it

And all the cartoon superheros love 'em
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On reflection, I'm sure the snub Model 15 existed so that a professional could have a 2" gun that was otherwise identical to the 4" Combat Masterpiece to which he was accustomed. The 22 caliber Model 18 exist as a mirror to the Combat Masterpiece for this very reason as well. Thus, a cop in the day when the CM (Model 15) was considered state-of-the-art could round out his equipment with an identical 22 AND a snubbie.
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Ga Johnny, I have one like that, too! Mine's a former police gun, stamped "BPD" (I'm told for Birmingham Police Department), followed by a 4 digit number . The patrol officers were issued M15's with 4" barrels, while the plainclothes officers got the 2" models, which I hear was common at the time.

I carry mine concealed at times, and it makes a nice trail gun. The trigger and action are very nice. I think of it as a model 36, except you get six shots, you can hit what you're aiming at, and it's actually comfortable to shoot, even with +P ammo.

Edit to add; mine has a pinned barrel, but the cylinders are not recessed. What's up with that?
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I don't think 38's had recessed cylinders, only the magnums.
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recessed cylinders was a magnum thing. also done on 22's. but 38's never had them (maybe the heavy N's like the heavy duty but I am not sure- definitely know k-frames were not recessed.)
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Thanks guys, I did not know that.
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Wonder why they never made it in a round butt??
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A great snub, no doubt. It does have a great look about it, too! I helped my BIL find one twenty years ago and then had an ex-FBI armorer do a carry trigger job on it. Actually it was OK out of the box.

It has done bed side duty ever since and probably hasn't been fired more than 100 times, if that much. When it came back from being tuned we fired it, a couple cylinder fulls each. At 15 yards it was awesome, shooting as well as my model 19 w/4 inch bbl. with hbwc factory target ammo.

The fact that these revolvers have adjustable sights shouldn't deter anyone from purchasing the gun. I have had so many S&W revolvers with adjustables that I have lost count. I have hunted in heavy brush while wearing them on a belt, I have taken some fairly nasty falls with them on and have never had a problem with them. They are easily replaced if damaged. I certainly wouldn't say they are bullet-proof but they aren't delicate by any means. That sums up my experience with them. I believe the gun is much more versatile with adjustables. To each his own.
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I've always thought (and maintained) that the Model 15 snub is one of the classiest snubs around (save the Colt DS). I wonder WHY S&W never made them in numbers with a Round Butt?

I think that the combination of a R/B with the adjustable sights would've made the penultimate snub revolver.

They never seem to appear in my area in the used-gun market. I got a S&W Model 10-5 several months back and had it "modernized" to bridge the gap until I'm able to find a Model 15 2-inch.

If I'm blessed to get one, I will most certainly round butt the gun, have Craig Spegel make up some Boots and have the hammer bobbed. The barreled action would go off to Chris McVety at Amerigun for his expert install of a front Trijicon night sight.



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I too like the 15 Snubies This was bought new in 1975
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I find the 2" M15 a Smith that got almost everything just a little wrong. A short gun with delicate and bulky fully adjustable sights, a difficult to conceal square butt, and too-big-for-38 Special K Frame. If one were to carry this much gun would it not be worth the slight difference in size to upgrade to a 2.5" Model 19 or 3" Model 13? If one must have a small 38 six-shooter then the Model 10 or Colt DS or Diamondback would appeal to me long before the 2" Model 15.
Please do not take this personal....just feel obligated to share a different view and I certainly do not want to degrade this pleasant conversation into an argument.
Like others have said...... your comments are spot on.... but for some reason the 2" M-15 is just soooo cooooool!!!!!

My primary carry revolver is a 3" M-66....... but I want a 2" model 15....... just cus!!!
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Again, the Combat Masterpiece was once a state-of-the-art fighting tool. Another reason for the 2" gun was so that LE who competed in PPC would have the perfect gun for the snub matches/off-duty.

So, in the 1950s or 60s a serious cop might have an battery something like this:

1. Combat Masterpiece (Model 15), 4" bbl: Duty
2. K-38 (Model 14), 6": Bullseye and PPC competition
3. Model 18, 4": practice, sporting use
4. Combat Masterpiece (Mod 15), 2" bbl: Off-duty, PPC competition
5. K-22 (Mod 17): Bullseye competion, practice.

Basically, this cop could master the same basic gun for all applications. Same basic trigger, weight, grips, sight picture, etc.
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Being a great fan of the M15 I own a few 4" but have been looking for a 2" for the past year or so. The problem I encountered was the only thing I found on GB and the likes were collector grade with box and extras going for $700 and up. I finally came across an example of a 2" that suited my wallet for under $500 on GB getting practically no bids and got all over it. I just received it gave it a cleaning and a quick Ren Wax. I couldn't be more pleased and the seller even threw in the holster that the individual who used it as a carry sold with the revolver, The brand is Hunter and it is a nice little piece although I think I am going to attempt to line it to preserve the near perfect bluing. What do they say about all good things come to those who wait? I'm usually not one of them but in this instance was forced to. By the amount of listings I have come across on GB I would have to guess not many of the 2" were produced or the folks who own them hold on to them. Here is my newly acquired Model 15-2 manufactured in 1969, the date of manufactured was supplied by a Forum member that was good enough to oblige my inquiry.
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Shooter grade 1975 vintage I picked up off
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...the seller even threw in the holster that the individual who used it as a carry sold with the revolver, The brand is Hunter and it is a nice little piece although I think I am going to attempt to line it to preserve the near perfect bluing...
Very nice gun!

You do not need to line the holster to preserve the guns finish; just keep the inside of the holster perfectly clean.

Accumulated dirt and debris embedded on the inside of the holster and rubbing against the gun is what wears the bluing. You can rinse the inside of the holster with clear water to clean it, then let it dry naturally (no heat).

Mink oil is good for the outside, but will attract dirt if you use it on the inside.

Spray the inside with silicone spray once in a while to keep it weather resistant.

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Looks like someone resurrected an old thread but hey who doesn't like seeing model 15 snubs. I've said it before, these 2" guns shoot more like their 4" cousins.

Here's mine. It's a 15-3.



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Re: M15 snub-I have friend who flew 105s to Hanoi and areas around there. He showed me his issue vest gun and it is a 15 snub. I can't recall now if it was blued or parkerized but I was surprised to see it. This was in about '65-66 and 67-68. He did 200 total missions and brought smoke on lots of folk deserving it.
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Can't see enough 15 snubs, here is my 15-3.
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Late last year I scored a NIB -4 2".
Oddly, it was from a batch of LE trade-ins, all the rest being rather worn-in 4-inchers, some with target triggers and hammers. The others all were in generic brown cardboard boxes but this one had the blue box, docs, and all the case candy, including warranty card, holster catalog, and an ad for S&W ammo. I'd love to know what the initials stamped on them all mean.

Anyway, it rides in a Galco shoulder rig and fits my bill perfectly.
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I just bought this snubbie yesterday. I have a question. The grips have the matching serial number for the gun but there is also stamped in large letters "KPC". Any ideas? Inspector stamp? Gun was manufactured circa 1968 according to S&W Catalog & Roy Jinks book.
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I just bought this snubbie yesterday. I have a question. The grips have the matching serial number for the gun but there is also stamped in large letters "KPC". Any ideas? Inspector stamp? Gun was manufactured circa 1968 according to S&W Catalog & Roy Jinks book.
I think...the "KPC" stands for K frame PC=Plain clothes.
If I'm incorrect someone will be along.
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I love my 4" CM, but for a K-frame snubby I'd choose a Model 64. Stainless, RB and fixed sights makes more sense and looks better, IMO. I bet the 15 shoots better, tho.
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Here is my 15-3 I inherited from my dad. It is very accurate out to 25 yards for me, it has the best trigger I have ever used
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More picture of my 15-3
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I carry a 19-4 snub every day.... this revolver would be no more a challenge than it. If I am fortunate enough to find one it will wind up on my hip for sure. Love the gun. I can kick myself in the a&* , I passed on a Nickel 15-1 for 300.00 at the gun show 2 years ago and have regretted it every day since.

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Everything seems wrong about the adjustable sighted, snub-nosed Model 15 with target trigger, ... but it works. This is a shooter grade I found several years ago and I love taking it to the range. It shoots more accurately than many of it's longer barreled cousins and just plain looks cool.

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I want one... So badly. I love this thread! Keep 'em coming!
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Here's mine with some grips my next door neighbor had laying in a drawer. I've never seen any like them but I think they look like they were made for mine. As everyone else has said this 15-3 thinks it has a 4" barrel, at least it shoots that way.



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