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Thread: My strange love of the Combat Masterpiece

  1. #161
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary1911A1 View Post
    I'm curious. Is there any difference between the Model 14 also known as the K-38 and a 6" Model 15 like different front sights?
    Per 3rd edition of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Supica & Nahas: Model 15, The K-38 Combat Masterpiece
    "Originally offered with a 4" pinned barrel, and then offered with a 2" pinned barrel...later offered in 1986 with a 6" or 8 3/8" barrel, all of which were machined with a narrow rib on the barrel"

    So the primary difference between a Model 14 with a 6" barrel and a Model 15 with a 6" barrel was the width of the barrel rib.

    The standard front sights were also different
    The front sight of a Model 15 was the Baughman Quick Draw front sight on a plain ramp.
    The front sight of a Model 14 was a Patridge front sight (1/10" or 1/8" wide)
    S&W offered a variety of custom front sights, but these were the standards per the catalog

    FYI: the Model 15 with 6" barrel (and 8 3/8") was introduced in 1986 (Model 15-5)
    Engineering change to Model 15-6 in 1988 (same time that the 8 3/8" and 2" barrel were discontinued)
    The Model 15 with 6" barrel was discontinued in 1992, a short production run compared to the Model 14

  2. #162
    Quote Originally Posted by wlktheduk View Post

    Per 3rd edition of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Supica & Nahas: Model 15, The K-38 Combat Masterpiece
    "Originally offered with a 4" pinned barrel, and then offered with a 2" pinned barrel...later offered in 1986 with a 6" or 8 3/8" barrel, all of which were machined with a narrow rib on the barrel"

    So the primary difference between a Model 14 with a 6" barrel and a Model 15 with a 6" barrel was the width of the barrel rib.

    The standard front sights were also different
    The front sight of a Model 15 was the Baughman Quick Draw front sight on a plain ramp.
    The front sight of a Model 14 was a Patridge front sight (1/10" or 1/8" wide)
    S&W offered a variety of custom front sights, but these were the standards per the catalog

    FYI: the Model 15 with 6" barrel (and 8 3/8") was introduced in 1986 (Model 15-5)
    Engineering change to Model 15-6 in 1988 (same time that the 8 3/8" and 2" barrel were discontinued)
    The Model 15 with 6" barrel was discontinued in 1992, a short production run compared to the Model 14
    Yes in theory, but as they say on the S&W forum, "Anything is possible with S&W."


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  3. #163
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    Quote Originally Posted by okie john View Post
    Yes in theory, but as they say on the S&W forum, "Anything is possible with S&W."


    Okie John
    Agreed

  4. #164
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    Quote Originally Posted by wlktheduk View Post

    Per 3rd edition of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Supica & Nahas: Model 15, The K-38 Combat Masterpiece
    "Originally offered with a 4" pinned barrel, and then offered with a 2" pinned barrel...later offered in 1986 with a 6" or 8 3/8" barrel, all of which were machined with a narrow rib on the barrel"

    So the primary difference between a Model 14 with a 6" barrel and a Model 15 with a 6" barrel was the width of the barrel rib.

    The standard front sights were also different
    The front sight of a Model 15 was the Baughman Quick Draw front sight on a plain ramp.
    The front sight of a Model 14 was a Patridge front sight (1/10" or 1/8" wide)
    S&W offered a variety of custom front sights, but these were the standards per the catalog

    FYI: the Model 15 with 6" barrel (and 8 3/8") was introduced in 1986 (Model 15-5)
    Engineering change to Model 15-6 in 1988 (same time that the 8 3/8" and 2" barrel were discontinued)
    The Model 15 with 6" barrel was discontinued in 1992, a short production run compared to the Model 14
    Thank you Mike!

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