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Old 07-24-2018, 04:14 PM
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Recently, I have been looking for a 4" Model 15 to add to my collection. I came across this beautiful little 2" version that I just couldn't say no to. From the looks of it, this revolver has been shot very little, if at all.

It's a Model 15-3 with a serial number of 8K59xxx.

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Old 07-24-2018, 04:27 PM
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Very nice purchase.
I never quite "got" the usefulness of adjustable target sights on a 2-inch barrel revolver, but I think the short Model 15s are great looking guns.
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It's a Model 15-3 with a serial number of 8K59xxx
From 1976, in case you are interested.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:45 PM
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That's absolutely gorgeous. I have a couple Model 15 Snubbies myself. They are a blast to shoot and are extremely accurate as well. Nice acquisition!
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:49 PM
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Very nice purchase.
I never quite "got" the usefulness of adjustable target sights on a 2-inch barrel revolver, but I think the short Model 15s are great looking guns.
Same as on a 4" barrel revolver.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:55 PM
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From 1976, in case you are interested.
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Recently, I have been looking for a 4" Model 15 to add to my collection. I came across this beautiful little 2" version that I just couldn't say no to
Sir, you are almost as bad as I am. Just bought a nice but used model 36, I found in the for sale section, here. All I was planning on doing was posting a few photos for a friend
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Sir, you are almost as bad as I am. Just bought a nice but used model 36, I found in the for sale section, here. All I was planning on doing was posting a few photos for a friend
You knew you were putting yourself in harms way.
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You will find it shoots like a target gun. I don't know who could pass up one like that.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:27 PM
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Take it to the range, ... you won't be disappointed.

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Great find, I have a close relative.
My serial is 8K82xxx
Picked it up last summer.
Most accurate snub I ever owned.
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Old 07-25-2018, 05:17 AM
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Actually mine 15-3 X 2" will arrive today 1973). Same condition as yours. Hard to tell if it was fired. I did manage to get a super deal on a 4" same condition a month ago, but no box. I have a WTB ad going for a 6" but no luck. I want a 2, 4, 6 collection.

Good luck with yours, beautiful find!
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Old 07-25-2018, 05:28 AM
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Actually mine 15-3 X 2" will arrive today 1973). Same condition as yours. Hard to tell if it was fired. I did manage to get a super deal on a 4" same condition a month ago, but no box. I have a WTB ad going for a 6" but no luck. I want a 2, 4, 6 collection.

Good luck with yours, beautiful find!
2" , 4" , and 6" barrel is a set, but the collection is Blue and Nickel. My wife inherited a nickel 4" M19 from her father. I found out that collections really look much better than just the set. It made 'gift shopping' for her very easy.
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Congratulations on that "BEAUTY". I looked for 1 for around 2 years off & on, and gave up. Ended up with a 10-5 snub instead. Later got a 66-2. Am happy with them, but would still like the 15. Enjoy! Bob
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I had been looking for one for several years and was finally able to grab one. Whether they have any practical use or not is irrelevant. They are just plain cool looking. You will be happy with yours.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:33 AM
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I had been looking for one for several years and was finally able to grab one. Whether they have any practical use or not is irrelevant. They are just plain cool looking. You will be happy with yours.
I have to agree that they are really cool looking. Out of all the S&W revolvers, these 2" 15's and the 3-1/2" Model 27's are the most unique looking in my opinion.....
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The m15 snubby is the 2" that thinks it's a 4".
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No doubt the Model 15 with a 2" barrel is one of the best looking revolvers by S&W....
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Very nice purchase.
I never quite "got" the usefulness of adjustable target sights on a 2-inch barrel revolver, but I think the short Model 15s are great looking guns.
All you need to do is fire one and you will "get" the usefulness. Model 15 snubbies are sweet shooters.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:37 PM
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I had been looking for one for several years and was finally able to grab one. Whether they have any practical use or not is irrelevant. They are just plain cool looking. You will be happy with yours.
Exactly! I don't see the need for the adjustable sights but I love mine, anyway. It just happens to play third fiddle to my Model 10 and Model 64 snubbies.
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Great find on a great revolver! Congrats!!!

I had one of these and a 4 inch. For whatever reason, I shot the 2 inch better than the 4 inch!

I think it was the best shooter I ever had other than my Sig 210 (m49).

I stupidly SOLD it! UGH....

Do not ever sell it... ok?
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I never quite "got" the usefulness of adjustable target sights on a 2-inch barrel revolver, but I think the short Model 15s are great looking guns.
THE USEFULNESS OF ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS ON ANY GUN--INCLUDING A 2" REVOLVER--IS THAT POI IS MADE TO COINCIDE WITH POA, AT A DISTANCE GREATER THAN 20'. THE EFFECTIVE RANGE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL M15 IS MUCH GREATER THAN THAT, AND THERE IS NO REASON WHY THE GUN CAN'T BE ENJOYED, OUTSIDE OF ITS ROLE AS A SHORT RANGE SD WEAPON......

IMHO,THERE IS NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATING THAN HAVING TO USE KENTUCKY WINDAGE ON AN OTHERWISE BEAUTIFUL, FIXED SIGHT GUN.....
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A 2" round butt K frame S&W has been on my wish list for decades. Given the choice I would want adjustable sights. I just haven't come across a deal yet.
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The 2" model 15 has an interesting ancestry; it was preceded by an Air Force 1962 contract for a similar pistol. Prior to that S&W didn't produce a 2" M15 commercially. Whatever S&Ws motivation, the M15 2" came out around 1964, just after the USAF contract. The Air Force version was a Model 56, of about 15,000+ being made. Most are now destroyed and any survivors are worth $8,000+(check Collector value books & GunBroker for S&W Model 56). The M56 was a dull blue, no checkering or serrations, a "56" inside the crane, and had "U. S." stamped on the backstop. All were square butt, as are all 2" M15s only square butt that I'm aware of. I've got a M15 that I picked up with a so-so finish remaining so I did a round butt on it before refinishing. Love it; it shoots fantastic!! In the late 1970's we were issued the M56 as our duty gun on Coast Guard Intelligence. Since we couldn't keep those when we left, I know several of us chose the 2" M15 as an alternate prize. ;-)
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HEY budhall, YOU JOINED THE FORUM OVER 5 YEARS AGO, YET THIS VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE POST IS ONLY YOUR 4TH.....

I FEEL COMPELLED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE FORUM, AND I MUST THANK YOU FOR BREAKING YOUR SILENCE. I HOPE THAT YOU HANG AROUND TO SHARE MORE OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH US......

BTW, AUGUST 4TH, 2018 IS THE 228TH BIRTHDAY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD. ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW, BROTHER......
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No doubt the Model 15 with a 2" barrel is one of the best looking revolvers by S&W....
I agree. Was about to post the same thing. Just a mean-looking little sub. I think they look better than the snub nose 19's, too.
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Congratulations on that "BEAUTY". I looked for 1 for around 2 years off & on, and gave up. Ended up with a 10-5 snub instead. Later got a 66-2. Am happy with them, but would still like the 15. Enjoy! Bob
A 10-5 is a beautiful piece. Love mine in 2 and 4"
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The 2" model 15 has an interesting ancestry; it was preceded by an Air Force 1962 contract for a similar pistol. Prior to that S&W didn't produce a 2" M15 commercially. Whatever S&Ws motivation, the M15 2" came out around 1964, just after the USAF contract. The Air Force version was a Model 56, of about 15,000+ being made. Most are now destroyed and any survivors are worth $8,000+(check Collector value books & GunBroker for S&W Model 56). The M56 was a dull blue, no checkering or serrations, a "56" inside the crane, and had "U. S." stamped on the backstop. All were square butt, as are all 2" M15s only square butt that I'm aware of. I've got a M15 that I picked up with a so-so finish remaining so I did a round butt on it before refinishing. Love it; it shoots fantastic!! In the late 1970's we were issued the M56 as our duty gun on Coast Guard Intelligence. Since we couldn't keep those when we left, I know several of us chose the 2" M15 as an alternate prize. ;-)
I just got my 2" model 15. The fellow I got it from never fired it and had it for years. It is 1973, and hard to tell if it was ever fired
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I was finally able to score a real nice 4” Model 15-3 last week from an auction site. I got to pick it up yesterday. The serial number is 3K15xxx.


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CONGRATULATIONS, THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL REVOLVER.....
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