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I can't believe this hasn't been been started. The model 15 is the best .38 special revolver ever. Period. Let's see them is you agree! Post your shipping date if possible.

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K94566-oct 1950
K108880-Jun 1951
K117050-oct 1951
K132838-apr 1952
K157683-oct 1952
K167878-jan 1953
K199482-mar 1954
K239741-Jan 1956
K267496-apr 1956
k248399-Jan 1957
K285764-july 1957
k304434-dec 1957
K317946- may 1958
k355114-may 1958 (mine)(earliest on the list that is model stamped)
K120425-oct 1959 (not model stamped)
K467045-may 1962 (15-1)
K149495-jun 1962 (15-2)
K558758-oct 1964 (15-2)
K696564-Dec 1966 (15-2)
K725416-may 1967 (15-3)
K975863-july 1970( 15-3)
5K66690-feb 1974 (15-3)

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This one is mine. A very special gun to me, it was my first firearm purchase. I bought it on my 21st birthday, may 11th 2009. It is a m15 no dash shipped on May 11th 1958 according to Mr Roy Jinks. It is my baby, and will never leave my possession. Serial number is K355114.




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Dilly, I have a twin to your Model 15, Target Grips and all SN: K-353700
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I have two (one is a pre model 1957)

Model 15-3 s/n K975863. No shipping date yet. I have two Model 10-5 that are in the que for their's.
Edit: the 15-3 shipped in 7/70

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Stocks match and I have the original box and the brush.

K38 Combat Masterpiece K304434 (he's right in there with both of you on yours). Shipped in December of 1957

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He has a target hammer and the stocks are original. Might do a letter on him.
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I can't believe this hasn't been been started. The model 15 is the best .38 special revolver ever. Period. Let's see them is you agree! Post your shipping date if possible.
Here's thread I haven't seen up in some time. It may not be the ULTIMATE Masterpiece thread, but I think it's close and may be of interest to you.

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Does K304434 have SNs on barrel and cylinder? I think that's about the time those were omitted by S&W.
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Does K304434 have SNs on barrel and cylinder? I think that's about the time those were omitted by S&W.
You're lucky. I had it out after putting new Hogue's on it. No SN on either. The crane does have an assembly number and the barrel is as smooth as a baby's bottom.

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If you whip up all this interest I'll never be able to steal another 15....

That's gun porn right there!!!
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dilly your obviously a youngster but nice to hear you appreciate a good revolver! So few young shooters do. They think I am crazy when I say the revolvers are with proper handling far more accurate than the modern polymer autos,until they see it
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All matching including grips. Circa 1970. Paid $350 a few months ago. So, I'm cheap and patient. I had been missing a M15 from my collection forever. SN 1K488XX. Not really notable enough to letter, so I could be off on the ship date by a year or two.
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dilly your obviously a youngster but nice to hear you appreciate a good revolver! So few young shooters do. They think I am crazy when I say the revolvers are with proper handling far more accurate than the modern polymer autos,until they see it
Thanks. I've always been a Smith revolver fan, ever since as a youngster shooting my great uncles m18 and m29 (first handgun I ever shot, at 9, the men in my family had a nice laugh). I have his 18 no dash, the 29-2 is still mia...
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About three years ago I passed up a LNIB early 1950s CM for $500. I still weep silently when I think about it.
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Here's mine: K248399 shipped January 1957. Factory nickel too.


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Here are some pics of my 15-4, sn: 91K6483, circa 1980. She's a beauty. I named her, Polly.









Thank you for seeing Polly.

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Here is a stubby one.....3k12097
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I've added some serial numbers. Keep them coming guys! and please add your dated #'s!
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Here's a couple of Combat Masterpieces a 1956 4 screw K 2680xx, and a Model 67 1972 5K499xx
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My 15-4 from 1982. Serial # 208K437.

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This one shipped in April of 1956. S/N K267496.

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My K719922 model 15-2 from 1967-ish (corrected). Its been refinished a couple of times, Duracoated, bead blasted, repolished, reblued again, had the hammer and trigger replaced a couple of times, has a non factory front sight insert, a non original white outline .126 rear slider and wearing non-period correct presentation stocks.
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Combat Master 4” Blue Ship Jan. 1953 K167878
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I've only got one, a -2 from I've been told, 1964.

It has the target hammer, trigger, trigger stop, and diamond target grips. S/N K679203





I had watched it for several days on a local "gun for sale" board as the price dropped from $500.00 to $400.00, $25.00 at a time. I couldn't believe no one else bought it. The diamond targets are pretty pricey themselves I think.
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No pictures, but I have a S&W M15-2 .38 special 4” blue, # K696564. It shipped in December 1966. It's wearing incorrect diamond modified Magnas.
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How about a 5" (IL State Police special order) K k285764 shipped 7/3/57.



It currently wears some non-relieved Targets. When the original owner had it completely brought up to date and re-blued, they put then (1966) current Targets on it. I had to get it back to original.
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Here's a few more for the Data Base:

Ser.# K120070 (1951)
Ser.# K614638 (1965) 2" snubby
Ser.# K530437 (1962)

Ser.#6K43600 (1974) Mod. 67 but it's still a Combat Masterpiece. Yes?
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Ser.# K120070 (1951)
Ser.# K614638 (1965) 2" snubby
Ser.# K530437 (1962)

Ser.#6K43600 (1974) Mod. 67 but it's still a Combat Masterpiece. Yes?
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No I don't have months, years are estimate.
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It currently wears some non-relieved Targets. When the original owner had it completely brought up to date and re-blued, they put then (1966) current Targets on it. I had to get it back to original.
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Found this one at a local gun show a couple months ago.
Target hammer and non-relived stocks
K162671 1952 or thereabouts.

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I had a nickel 2" Model 15 that was stolen. Years later I made up for it when a Forum member posted this and I snapped it up; I will post the SN next time I take it out of the safe. I have no clue as to the ship date but I will see what the SCSW says.

It does shoot great; I mostly carry 2" K frames so I really should carry this one.

I have to admit that I have always been so enamored of the Model 10 that I never actually considered the Model 15 to be the best .38 Special ever but I understand the argument.
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Harry Jarvis engraved k38 shipped on my Dad's 36th birthday, Oct 20, 1950. Don't have the serial number here, but it starts with K107xxx. It shipped to gunshop in Harry's home town, and engraved outside the factory. One of the few Smith's signed by him.





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Harry Jarvis engraved k38 shipped on my Dad's 36th birthday, Oct 20, 1950. Don't have the serial number here, but it starts with K107xxx. It shipped to gunshop in Harry's home town, and engraved outside the factory. One of the few Smith's signed by him.





Hard to appreciated the deer image even in hand, until you get it enlarged on the computer screen.

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I’ll throw three into the mix.
15-2 nickel from 1968 s/n K803608
15-2 blue purchased new in May/June 1967 s/n K725416
Pre 15 blue 5 screw 1950 s/n K90139
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Model 15-1, USAF issue: K467045, shipped to Warner-Robbins AFB, Georgia May 15, 1962
Not the original stocks on the gun, but I do have them
https://i.imgur.com/YlaQg3X.jpg

Model 15-2, USAF issue: k558758, shipped to Warner-Robbins AFB, Georgia October 10, 1964
Not the original stocks on the gun, but I do have them
https://i.imgur.com/cXGv4vQ.jpg

Model 15-2, Missouri State Highway Patrol: K149495, 5" shipped June 13, 1962
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Pre Model 15: K120425, shipped February 1959
S&W Pre Model 15, .38 Special - Imgur

Pre Model 15: K117050, shipped October 1951
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I have a model 15 serial #904xx I believe is 1950 and
model 15 #1912xx with target grips, hammer and trigger from 1953 ?
the elder was my grandfathers the later my wifes uncle
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This is my 1952 S&W 5” Combat Masterpiece Missouri State Highway Patrol issued to and retiring with Lt. W.D. East, member of D Troop. Serial 157683, Factory Letter shows shipped Oct 3,1952.



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I found this one several months ago, lower left with the "wrong size" Combat grips that are on the gun upper right. The guy that traded it in found the original grips, numbered to the gun and dropped them off at the shop where I bought it. Got the original grips and a nice set of N Combats. #K148993. 1952.
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this is my only model 15-3 the sel. number is 3k3364 can someone give me the year it was made?
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Pre-15 K108880 shipped 6/1951 and a 15-4 (no pics) 26K1197 approx 1978/1979.
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Model 15-2 Story by Laketime1 | Photobucket


15-2 from 1965.
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This is my only model 15-3 the sel. number is 3k3364 can someone give me the year it was made?
1971-ish, or there abouts...
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Up top let's keep it going! I've added dates as I've received them. Sorry if you're number isn't I there, I'm only posting confirmed month/years.
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Here is my mdl. 15--grips # to the gun,4 screw ser.# K342608.(1958 ?)
The model 15-- had the nicest finish of any S&W hand guns.
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Bottom gun is my mdl.15-- Combat Master Piece .

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Dick I think you got your pics or serials mixed up, the photo posted above is a 5 screw more likely from 1953 with a serial between K-160,000 and K-190,000
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#K239741 shipped January 25, 1956.

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Dick I think you got your pics or serials mixed up, the photo posted above is a 5 screw more likely from 1953 with a serial between K-160,000 and K-190,000
I posted the wrong picture,thanks.

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Dropped off a RIA 10mm at my gunshop 2 days to ship to it's new owner and found this in the case. They had it marked as a 15, But when I opened the crane to inspect there was no model # and then I flipped it over and saw and that extra screw on the other side! No box and obviously the grips are not original though in nice shape, as is the gun, only one real spot of bluing loss on the cylinder and the very edge of the Barrel

I've wanted one of these for a while. Serial K169220 Dates it as 1952 production. I Gave it a little cleaning yesterday, had to pull the cylinder off the yoke as it wasn't spinning nicely and cleaned some gun out of it, now its ready for a trip to the range!




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