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I have always been drawn to the late 1940's/early 1950's Smiths. These two, K22 Combat Masterpiece and K38 Combat Masterpiece are from 1952. The 22 was owned by Tom LeBleu, Police Chief of Seminole, TX back in the day. I don't have any history on the 38, other than I bought it from forum member KenL. I know some people prefer the high polish blue from a few years later than these two, but the post war satin finish whispers All Business. The pride and craftmanship always shine through with these, even if the finish is a little dull. Enjoy.
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Very nice, I too like them from that timeframe. Enjoy!

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The Model 15 was our issued weapon until they were traded on the new stainless revolvers.
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The one difference in the two, besides the bore, is the height of the front sight blade, which is noticeably taller on the 38.
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For quite a while I had a pair of fraternal twins like that, but mine were from 1948 and had 6” barrels. A few years ago they were joined by a cloned triplet when I had my Faux Model 16-3 built. Of the three, the 22 still gets shot the most.
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I have always been drawn to the late 1940's/early 1950's Smiths. These two, K22 Combat Masterpiece and K38 Combat Masterpiece are from 1952. The 22 was owned by Tom LeBleu, Police Chief of Seminole, TX back in the day. I don't have any history on the 38, other than I bought it from forum member KenL. I know some people prefer the high polish blue from a few years later than these two, but the post war satin finish whispers All Business. The pride and craftmanship always shine through with these, even if the finish is a little dull. Enjoy.

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Those really are a nice set!

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Ahhh, I share your attraction to this era. I was at the Rock Island event in Bedford this past weekend, and I was quite successful. No pics yet, but there will be soon. Teaser, a magnificent Highway Patrolman!
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Ahhh, I share your attraction to this era. I was at the Rock Island event in Bedford this past weekend, and I was quite successful. No pics yet, but there will be soon. Teaser, a magnificent Highway Patrolman!
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