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Old 02-19-2021, 11:41 AM
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Does anyne have information about the 4" versions of the Model 14, or can someone expand on what is published in the SCSW IV (only edition I own)?

When I owned a Model 14 the first time around I was led to believe it was only made in 6" barrel versions. I now enjoy shooting another Model 14-2, still 6", but I occasionally see 4" versions pop up online.

Some I see are the 4" heavy barrel version documented in the SCSW as a special run of 1040 called "Dayton", but some are outside that range of serial numbers, or predate the Dayton edition. Some sellers refer to more than 2000 of the Dayton-style 4" version. A little confusing.

I have read here that only a fraction of the 1040 went to the Dayton PD, which makes sense, because a thousand revolvers in a single order would be a lot for the Midwest (a retired LEO laughed when I asked him, his comment was "special order duty carry revolver? 1000 piece order? LAPD, maybe!")

Earliest one I noticed sold recently, but not a unique example:

K376764 from 1959 sold on GB:
S&W 38 Special Model 14 with extras. - Revolvers at GunBroker.com : 888281267
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I never paid attention to 4" Model 14s because I had several 4" Model 15s on hand, so I can not say too much about those

However, in addition to the 4" and 6" Model 14s, there were also 8 3/8" variations.

I do not have a photo of my 8 3/8" to post, but it is an amazing shooter. That long sight radius absolutly makes a difference
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My 14-4 is an early 70's model and is the 8 3/8th inch .. Fun to shoot and I do not use heavy loads.....and accurate (not for me but an old shooting buddy could nearly cut the center out of a target from 25 yrds)
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My 6" 14-2 is a great shooter, very happy with it. That was what made me curious about the 4" version, since I don't see the utility of one as a duty gun given that there were plenty Model 15's at the time.


I found some of what I was looking for in this thread in the meantime:


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