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Default Fair Price 15-2 4Ē in Box ***Pics Added***

Just saw one. Looks totally unfired. Matching box with a little wear. No rips just creases. Has the wide target trigger and hammer. Hardly a turn line. Donít know if the tools are in there. I should have looked. Iím considering getting it and selling some other more modern guns I hardly shoot. Ive never owned a vintage Smith in the box. Then again I wonder if itís too nice to shoot. Store wants $550. Serial number K721070. Anyone know DOB? Thanks.

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K721070 is from 1967. It is right near the end of 15-2 production. The dash 3 was introduced that year, with the difference being that the sight leaf screw was moved away from the barrel/cylinder gap.

The .38 Combat Masterpiece is among the best of the postwar hand ejector adjustable sight revolvers. Many of us carried them daily in Viet Nam. For what you described, $550 is very decent price. I would be down there purchasing it now if I were in your shoes.

Here is a dash 2 I received as a gift from my late father* many years ago:


* We lost Dad eight years ago today. A veteran of the D-Day invasion, his P-38 was shot down by FlaK ten days later. He survived 9 months as a POW of the Germans and was liberated by Patton's 3d Army in 1945.
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Thanks. But would you shoot it being so pristine?
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Shoot it ,clean it real well! They were built to shoot! It's yours do with it what you wish! Take care of it and it will Last a Lifetime!
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Shoot it ,clean it real well! They were built to shoot! It's yours do with it what you wish! Take care of it and it will Last a Lifetime!
Youíre right. I had a 19-2 in perfect condition like 5 years ago. Got it for stupid cheap and tripled my money by selling it. I regret selling that gun big-time. I shot it a few times and couldnít bear to shoot it more for fear of messi g it up.
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To nice to shoot! What the heck are you talking about?
Buy and shoot the poop out of it. And clean and repeat.
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Thanks. But would you shoot it being so pristine?
If you take care of it, where's the problem in taking a 99.5% gun to 99%?
It's not a museum piece or ultra rare commodity or million dollar item.
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K721070 is from 1967. It is right near the end of 15-2 production. The dash 3 was introduced that year, with the difference being that the sight leaf screw was moved away from the barrel/cylinder gap.

The .38 Combat Masterpiece is among the best of the postwar hand ejector adjustable sight revolvers. Many of us carried them daily in Viet Nam. For what you described, $550 is very decent price. I would be down there purchasing it now if I were in your shoes.

Here is a dash 2 I received as a gift from my late father* many years ago:


* We lost Dad eight years ago today. A veteran of the D-Day invasion, his P-38 was shot down by FlaK ten days later. He survived 9 months as a POW of the Germans and was liberated by Patton's 3d Army in 1945.
Jack,
Your Dad was one of the thousands of heroes of WWII. As they say, "All gave some, some gave all". But thanks to all of them who defended us, we can sit here tonight and express our opinions without fear of reprisal from a tyrannical government.
And he gave you a fantastic memory!
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Default Model 15.

If you want it and it is a good price, buy it and shoot it. Your kids won't have any problem shooting it after your gone so enjoy it! It really does look nice!
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I wonder if the grips are original though. If itís a 1967 gun and Iím sure it is, it should have the diamonds on them, although since it was later in 1967 I guess it could be original since I believe the diamonds were phased out in 1968.
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Buy it, that's a good deal where I live.
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I bought a 15-2 2" barrel that was NIB and paid accordingly. The day I received it I took it to the range and shot it and continue to shoot it. What a treat to have a brand new 1967 gun to shoot today.

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I bought it. Unopened tool packet in the box. Pics later. Iím gonna lightly clean it and wax it. One thing is that the cylinder sticks a touch as I open it. On used revolvers I normally open up the side plate and clean it out and lightly lube but I donít know if I should take a screwdriver to this one even though I have the appropriate ones.
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Default Good score, a little high in my book but still a good score.

If you do not want to take the sideplate off of it just get a can of Aerokroil and use the straw to spray some inside the lockworks. It should be fine after that.
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Here are the pics. The grips are not diamonds but the serial number on them matches the gun. The black label with the number was hanging off the hammer spring and fell off when I touched it.


















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At $550 for the condition in your pics....
I’d buy it yesterday
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Lovely. Shoot the **** out of it and enjoy it.
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At $550 for the condition in your pics....
Iíd buy it yesterday
I'm glad I did. Let too many nice guns get away for a few dollars. Now to thin the herd a bit in the safe to justify the purchase. I always regretted selling that mint 19-2 I had. No box or docs but similar condition. Same year as this 15, even. 1967. Be nice to hand it down to my son one day if he inherits my firearm interest which I believe he will. We go shooting together and he already asked me when he could shoot this one.
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Here are the pics. The grips are not diamonds but the serial number on them matches the gun. The black label with the number was hanging off the hammer spring and fell off when I touched it.

















kbm, DO NOT BUY THAT GUN!!!!!!!

I'm going to!!

Just beautiful,

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OP Very nice, plus you got the TT/TH options. The one below shows no evidence of being fired. The Italian olive Culina grips where for a 66 that I never got around to buying. I think I paid 600 a couple years ago delivered. The model 15 is one of S&W's best efforts IMO
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Thanks. Gun store owner said he’s gonna be getting more from the guy he got this from. Same old story. Old guy who’s been collecting for 50 years selling off his collection. He said he would buy guns and just stick them in his safe unfired where they sat untouched. I guess that black label with the number is some inventory label or something.
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Thanks. Gun store owner said heís gonna be getting more from the guy he got this from. Same old story. Old guy whoís been collecting for 50 years selling off his collection. He said he would buy guns and just stick them in his safe unfired where they sat untouched. I guess that black label with the number is some inventory label or something.
Ö.can you just say "older guy" please? ;-)

Not an uncommon scenario.Some folks just take whatever the LGS gives them for their collection pieces (smarter ones do consignment for more $$) when the time comes from them to go. Their fun was in the collecting and having, not to beat themselves up with trying to squeeze every nickel out of them for some crazy investment notion.
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I have a recently-developed fondness for that model gun too except I fell for its stainless cousin, the Model 67. I have a no-dash with the stainless sights for which I paid $300 with no stocks. It had been polished to I guess look like a car bumper so I put $115 in having it gone over completely and the brushed finish restored. With a set of nicely-figured checkered target stocks, it's a beautiful example of a somewhat basic handgun.

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I recently bought one for $499 but I'd still grab that one at $550!
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Congratulations. That one is a beauty. I've got a 15-2 from roughly the same time frame (1966) but is shows considerably more wear. Like yours it has the target hammer and trigger, but wears a set of diamond target stocks.





I need to shoot mine...just as you do yours.
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At $550 for the condition in your pics....
Iíd buy it yesterday
I'd probably hem and haw over it... and then end up losing it to a more well-heeled buyer (or at least one with a speedier thinking brain than mine).

I still regret losing a flawless, pristine perfect Model 15-3 with outstanding matched targets over the tagged price ($500+Tax). Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Yes, I eventually found a substitute (Model 15-4) for less, but not pristine perfect and no perfectly matched target stocks.

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Sometimes people fret over the silliest things. It is a $550 gun that is not going to be worth a fortune in your lifetime. Save the box, go to the range with the knowledge you are shooting a gun that costs $300 less than a current model.
Come back after you have 1000 rounds fired.
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Had I been in your gunstore before you, you would never have seen this gun. Congrats on finding a beautiful model 15 in pristine condition. By all means shoot this gun to fully enjoy it. Just clean it afterwards and cherish the ownership.
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I would have bought that instantly.

I've gone back and forth on my revolvers, shooting or not, diminished value blah blah blah.

Nothing I have is a one of a kind and likely, at best will only double in value by the time I am dead in 30-40 years. With inflation its a wash. I am shooting my stuff with just some extra tlc to keep things as nice as possible.
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Shoot it! It's incredibly satisfying to let a few off out of a pristine vintage S&W.
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Fine example of an excellent revolver.
And MAN - you got a good deal.

(I would be reluctant to take that side plate off...)
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Thats a nice late 15-2.
The stocks are correct early non diamond Magnas , if you look closely you will notice they have the deep SS escutcheons that carried over from the diamond era, this changed to shorter brass escutcheons fairly quickly so the early non diamond Magnas are unique that way.

On a side note while the "dash 3" revision relocated the rear site front mounting screw, its location was only an issue on the Model 19 because in order to accommodate its longer cylinder they had to shorten the K Magnum barrel protrusion into the frame window,
In doing so it put the Mod 19 barrel cylinder gap (and blast) right under the rear site mounting screw hole.
S&W could have just relocated the screw hole on Model 19's but that would have resulted in two different K target site units instead of having one unit for all K target models.

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Fine example of an excellent revolver.
And MAN - you got a good deal.

(I would be reluctant to take that side plate off...)
The plate is NOT coming off. No need to.
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Thats a nice late 15-2.
The stocks are correct early non diamond Magnas , if you look closely you will notice they have the deep SS escutcheons that carried over from the diamond era, this changed to shorter brass escutcheons fairly quickly so the early non diamond Magnas are unique that way.

On a side note while the "dash 3" revision relocated the rear site front mounting screw, its location was only an issue on the Model 19 because in order to accommodate its longer cylinder they had to shorten the K Magnum barrel protrusion into the frame window,
In doing so it put the Mod 19 barrel cylinder gap (and blast) right under the rear site mounting screw hole.
S&W could have just relocated the screw hole on Model 19's but that would have resulted in two different K target site units instead of having one unit for all K target models.
I donít follow you about the stocks. What are escutcheons?
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I donít follow you about the stocks. What are escutcheons?
The little metal pieces the stock screw goes through and screws into on the other side.
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Here is a dash 2 I received as a gift from my late father* many years ago:
* We lost Dad eight years ago today. A veteran of the D-Day invasion, his P-38 was shot down by FlaK ten days later. He survived 9 months as a POW of the Germans and was liberated by Patton's 3d Army in 1945.
Wonderful gun with cherished memories and history of your Dad. He was the great generation. Thanks for sharing.
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