Sold For: $1,227
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 14-4, The K-38 Target Masterpiece
Serial Number: 88K0018
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single & Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON” and the right side is marked “38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The yoke cut is marked “88K0018 / MOD. 14-4”. There is a large S&W logo on the side plate and there is the four line “Marcas Registradas” address on the right side of the frame. The butt is marked “88K0018”. The yoke and the sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8″, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade integral to a ramped base pinned to the barrel’s wide rib. The blade has had a white plastic insert installed. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notch in a base, micro adjustable for windage and elevation, screwed to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with S&W medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few light marks, most notable on their bottom faces. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light nicks and scratches. The cylinder has faint turn wear, mostly not through the finish. The hammer and trigger have operational wear, most notable on the trigger, in otherwise strong case color. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth, the single action is crisp. The cylinder locks up with very little or no play on each chamber with the trigger depressed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Smith & Wesson 14-4, the K-38 Target Masterpiece, and S&W weren’t messing around with that name. This K-frame .38 revolver has an 8 3/8″ pinned barrel, target hammer, target trigger, adjustable target sights, and a tight lockup. This example shows light use with minor operational wear and a few minor scratches and nicks in its beautiful finish. Whether you need a 14 to round out your Smith & Wesson collection or want a .38 Special Masterpiece to take out to the range, this is a great revolver to add to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This revolver CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.