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Old 03-18-2017, 12:06 PM
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Hi folks. I'm new here and am looking for some help. I recently acquired a S&W 38 special. I would like very much to get the date of manufacture and any other info I can. The gun has a 6 inch barrel and has had the factory grips replaced with some monster size grips I can't use. I have attached the pics. Sorry a couple of them are upside down. Also, I'm looking for some nice rose or cherry factory grips if anyone knows where I can find them.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:13 PM
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I'm gonna guess pre model 14 by the front sight.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:24 PM
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Nice gun. Looks like it dates to 1954. I have no idea of who made the stocks.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:47 PM
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I don't know who made the grips either. They're terrible for my short stubby fingers. When I grip the gun properly my index finger won't even reach the trigger. That's why I'm looking around for some other grips.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:12 PM
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If you're looking for something inexpensive that works, try Altamont.

Their target grips are HUGE but the magna/service grips are just right.

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Made in 1954. It has five frame screws and is not a Model 14. It is a K-38 Masterpiece. It became the Model 14 in 1958. But no Model 14 was ever a 5 screw gun.
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...But no Model 14 was ever a 5 screw gun.
But Jack, just when I thought there were no absolutes with Smith's. lol.
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But Jack, just when I thought there were no absolutes with Smith's.
How's this for an absolute: "there were no .357 Magnum revolvers before the 1930s." Or, "there were no S&W hand ejectors before the 1890s." Some things can be declared "absolutes."
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How's this for an absolute: "there were no .357 Magnum revolvers before the 1930s." Or, "there were no S&W hand ejectors before the 1890s." Some things can be declared "absolutes."
Yep. Lincoln was absolutely NOT shot with a Glock. For instance.
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Can I jump in on this thread and get age of a 15-3 (k38 combat masterpiece)
Serial number 10k4xxx
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10K4xxx
10K001 – 24K9,999......1977 (manufacture)

K 217823 would have been manufactured (and probably shipped) in 1954. It's a K-frame. Look on eBay to find a pair of grips you like.
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