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Old 07-19-2021, 09:08 AM
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So, yesterday a lady I have known forever gave me her deceased husbands Model 67. He was a retired police officer, and passed away in 1990, but I do not believe this was his service weapon. He was a detective in the late 60s and this model did not come out until 1972, the year I graduated high school. I checked with some officers who worked with him and none of them remember them being issued or authorized to carry a Model 67. So, it's probably just one he bought. It's a very nice pistol, lots of drawer gunk but clean and very functional...very accurate also. I shot 50+ rounds yesterday afternoon and it shot really well...also, I really like those grips...I don't know who made them, but they are smooth, but with just enough purchase to handle the pistol well. I will clean them up a bit. It's serial #3K8xxx, so I'm guessing 73-74, maybe even a bit later. I'm a fool for redheaded cheerleaders and K-Frames...both have cost me a lot of money.
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:21 AM
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I'm having a terrible time getting my phone camera to talk to my computer...so here's another picture.
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What a great, and beautiful, revolver!

Enjoy!
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:57 AM
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Unlatching the cylinder is not a real smooth operation, it feels like it's catching just a bit at the back. it might smooth out with use.
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That is a fine one.

What makes you think the stocks aren't factory?
I'm not expert, but I would think they are S&W Smooth Football Targets. Or Presentation Targets or whatever S&W called them that day.
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It appears to be an early no dash with stainless rear sight and no front sight insert ?
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The grips may be factory, but doing a Google search of images I don't find any grips like that in pictures...they may just have been an obscure item. They are a very dense walnut I believe, but cracks are starting to appear on the insides of the grips, which tells me they are probably as old as the pistol. Also, they have shrunk some and they don't quite match up with the backstrap. Very nice grips however.
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Here's my model 67 no dash. It had lots of scratches and pits when I got
it, so I had my gunsmith bead blast it. I like the results. While he had it
he also put the red insert in the front sight. I like the Uncle Mike's Craig
Spegel designed Butler Creek made stocks. On the right is the 67 in one
of it's favorite rides. Myres Model 624. The silver dollar belt
buckle is my birth year 1935.
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A great looking old Smith!!! The holster is not bad either. Enjoy your new toy.
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Old 07-19-2021, 10:55 AM
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Nice revolver and Nice Lady! I'm sure her husband would approve of your gift.
I too have a no dash 67, but the grips are much smaller and numbered to the gun. I've thought about getting the red insert addded and maybe changing out the stainless rear sight (it can be troublesome to see in the sunshine!)
It's hard not to like a K frame Smith in .38 Special!

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Here's my 67-1, vintage of April, 1978. I obtained it from the estate of a neighbor who passed away at age 100 a few years ago. It's in perfect unfired condition; I'm pretty sure it was kept in a sock drawer as a "house gun." The red ramp front sight and black rear sight are distinguished from the no-dash version.

I had one many years ago when I was a neophyte reloader, and I bulged the cylinder with a massive overcharge. The thing held together, and I learned to read the powder scale more accurately since then! I sold the gun, stating that it needed a new cylinder.

These are some of the best .38 special K-frames ever made.

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My no dash has a really smooth action. Had a chance to buy it cheap many years ago. It will NEVER go away. The Combat Masterpiece configuration is the K at it's very best.
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Gotta love the model 67. One of my absolute favorites. Beautiful gun, OP, with outstanding stocks.
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Your grips look like the smooth rosewood grips I used to buy in the seventies. They used to sell Smith and Wesson accessory target grips in a blister pack. The model 67 was the least expensive used revolver in the Smith and Wesson line for several years. I finally broke down and bought what appears to be an unfired dash something with the red insert. It has a very smooth action and at $200, I wondered why it took me so long to take the plunge. Enjoy your wonderful 67, they are a treasure.
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From one USAF bb stacker to another...

Great looking gun, enjoy the heck out of it!

Oh, & I hear you on the redheaded cheerleaders
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Unlatching the cylinder is not a real smooth operation, it feels like it's catching just a bit at the back. it might smooth out with use.
Check the ejector rod, it may have come unscrewed a bit. It should be a left-hand thread. Also check that front locking pin moves freely. I've had both happen to me.
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My no dash was shipped in 1973. It's serial # is 5K193xx. Of course the early ones had the all stainless rear sights. My wife was at the gun club with me one day. She shot it, and claimed it for herself. {I let her think that}
The stocks look good on your clean 67! The only pics of mine are not that good, but posting them. Bob
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Here is my 67-1 that I purchased last year.

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The 67 is just a stainless Combat Masterpiece with all that means. Due to the evil concepts of finite funds and “you can’t keep them all” I sold one I bought as a donor for a project gun when the project went off in another direction. Although it cleaned up nicely and shot as well as expected, I didnt need that one so I sold it for a small profit. OTOH, it would surely provide pride of ownership if I still had it.

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Another M67 ND, simple but elegant.
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So, last night I took the pistol apart and gave it a really good cleaning. I found some hardened gunk or carbon in front of the cylinder, that may have contributed to the tough opening. I also used Murphy's Oil Soap on the grips to clean them. I considered spirits or turpentine, but I was concerned that they would hurt the finish....the parts are soaking and I hope to get it back together tonight.
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I acquired a stainless sight 67 ND several years ago. The finish was rough but not unsalvagable with some Mothers Mag polish. It shoots very well. My wife stole it for her bedside gun.
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You may want to pay attention to the lug holding the cylinder latch and the tiny screw securing the rear sight. On the early stainless Smiths, both can loosen when firing. It was a problem on my 67-no dash until they were Loc-tited securely. I've never liked my 67 because it was not a 66, but it's the gun I've shot the most and the one I use for perfect scores on CCW qualifications.

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I have a Model 67 with a 1 over same Ser. #3K89xxx that I got in a swap with a fellow officer as he wanted my Chiefs Special as he was going into the Detective Bureau and it was too heavy for him to carry. I wound up carrying it as a duty weapon and went to the NJ Bergen County Police range to qualify with same. Qualified with a score of 150 out of 150 all double action, it seemed like I was in the groove while firing . I blackened the back of the rear sight with a laundry pen and using a yellow lumber crayon stippled the back of the front sight, the backstrap and front strap were naturally grooved as well as the face of the trigger and with a two handed grip and bent at the knees I couldn't miss the black. Well they couldn't believe what I fired and had me do it again which I did. The range officer tried about a dozen rounds and hit the black every time. He couldn't believe how that trigger was so smooth in Double Action and in single action it was like he was using a cookie cutter on the bullseye, I then copied him doing the same. He asked if I had it tuned and I said thats the way it came from the factory, no work ever done on it. I only put about 500 rounds down the barrel before this and it was the same then. I have put about 5,000 rounds thru it since then and is still as accurate as before.

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I agree with you on K frames. I have to disagree on cheerleaders. My late wife and at least one earlier girlfriend were blonde cheerleaders.
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