Used Smith And Wesson Model 15-4 Value Of S&W Model 15, Age And Value Of S&W Model 15

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I would like to know the year my gun was made. It says model 15-4 and other numbers are 34K4650 and 54662 and F24. I would like to know what the numbers mean also. I saw on Wikipedia that the model year is between 1977-1982.

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Model 15-4 means it”s a Model 15, 4th engineering change, also known as K-38 – K frame Combat Masterpiece. Serial # 34K4650 shipped from the factory 1978-79, this # should be stamped on the bottom of the grip frame. The other #”s are now meaningless assembly #”s used to keep certain fitted parts together (many parts are not interchangeable). A frame may sit on the shelf for days or even years. After an order is placed it”s completed in correct caliber, barrel length, etc., a serial # assigned & shipped. Shipping dates are the only dates recorded by S&W.
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Thanks, this was my dad’s gun before he died. Do you know how much it would have cost when it was new?
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Thanks, this was my dad’s gun before he died. Do you know how much it would have cost when it was new?
It probably cost about 1/3 of what it would sell for now. Prices vary w/ location but it would likely sell for around $500 now. If I inherited that it would be priceless to me. I”d shoot it, enjoy it & pass it on to another generation or 3.
Welcome to the forum!I bought a similar S&W 38 new in 1979, a model 64, and paid about $180. A model 15 may have cost a few dollars more because of the adjustable sights so, adjusting for inflation, that would be about $550-$600 in today”s dollars.Nice heirloom and since it was your father”s, it is priceless.

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I didn’t want to sell it, I am just curious to know about the gun. It shoots good. My dad bought it at a pawn shop around Albany, Ga. He died in 2005 on Easter.
Hey Warren,Welcome to :bluelogo: Way to go! Pics of a fine M 15……….right out of the gate!!Later, Mark
Duty is the sublimest word in the English language. Every man should desire to do his duty, no man should desire to do less. Robert E. LeeMarlinitis Symptoms: More daily. Active rescuer of Marlin Rifles, S&W revolvers, 1911″s, Mil/Surplus rifles, shotguns………:bluelogo::37-36ls:
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Hey Warren,Sorry to hear of your Dad”s passing.The M 15″s are kind of “favorites” around here…Later, Mark
Duty is the sublimest word in the English language. Every man should desire to do his duty, no man should desire to do less. Robert E. LeeMarlinitis Symptoms: More daily. Active rescuer of Marlin Rifles, S&W revolvers, 1911″s, Mil/Surplus rifles, shotguns………:bluelogo::37-36ls:
Welcome to the forum from Ohio . Your Model 15 is a fine example of what I think is one of the best . 38 revolvers ever. Accurate and reliable it”s a gun that can be handed down with pride .
Welcome from SE Indiana! Many believe the M-15 to be the best production 38 revolver ever made. As a Law Enforcement instructor I have handled and inspected hundreds of them from brand new to 10,000 rounds+ fired through them. I never saw one I didn”t like. Most LE agencies that weren”t permitted to use 357 Magnum issued M-15″s.

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welcome01 to the forums from the Wiregrass, cross the river neighbor! One side of my family migrated over here from around Sylvester. Around the same time, my great grandfather and grandmother on the other side were raised in Hilton and crossed over to set up his medical practice in the 1880″s. In the 1940″s, General Van Orden and his wife owned Evaluator”s Limited, a gun distributor in VA. They both killed Japanese during WWII, were both S&W enthusiasts and had quite an influence on S&W. First, they recommended S&W make a pedestrian (cheaper) version of their flagship N frame, The .357 Magnum, which they could market to law enforcement. Mrs. Van Orden suggested they call it the Patrolman, then the Highway Patrolman which is what S&W eventually went with. S&W had been making a target 6″ barrel version of their .22 K frame since before WWII. After the war, they added .32 Long and .38 Special versions in nearly identical 6″ barreled versions. Mrs. Van Orden again recommended that S&W make a 4″ version but with a ramped front sight so it could be holstered more easily. She called it the Combat Masterpiece and in 1957 S&W made it the Model 15. The US Air Force adopted it for a while as its official sidearm. These guns came with magna grips, like on your gun, but could be ordered with target grips.

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