SOLD FOR: $2351
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: U.S.A.F. 15–2, K-38 Combat Masterpiece
Serial Number: K750270
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The left side of the frame is marked “U.S.A.F.” below the cylinder. The yoke cut is marked with an inspection mark and “K750270 / MOD. / 15-2” while the yoke is marked with inspection marks. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number “K750270”. The sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks. The side plate has a large S&W logo and the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas address. The right side of the barrel is marked “38 S. & W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The interior of the right grip panel is stamped “750270”. “ARR” has been written on the bottom face of the left grip panel.
Barrel Length: 4” Pinned
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a serrated ramped front sight fixed to a rise in the solid rib. There is a square notch micrometer click adjustable rear sight screwed to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut manga stocks with S&W medallions. There are a few compressions and minor dings, mostly on the bottom faces. There are a few light draglines and handling marks. There is some stubborn residue on the bottom of the left panel. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine overall 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 revolver retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few little nicks and marks into the finish on the left and bottom of the barrel with some thinning at the muzzle. There are a couple of little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation on the trigger guard. There a thin turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single action is crisp and the double action is smooth. The cylinder lockup produces light side to side play. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a Brauer Bros leather shoulder holster. It has been marked “HARRIS”. There are some scattered little scuffs, a couple light scrapes, and creases. One of two of the stitches have ripped. The holster rates in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Smith & Wesson Model 15, also called the K-38 Combat Masterpiece, is another classic from Smith. Though firearms development has progressed since the ’60s, the name “Combat Masterpiece” was well earned by this revolver. Often issued by law enforcement agencies in the mid-20th century, this revolver embodies the reliability for which Smith & Wesson is famous. This one was made in 1967 as part of a contract for the Air Force. From 1960 to 1969 the Air Force purchased large quantities of Model 15s in this configuration; 4-inch barrel, square butt with magna stocks, blued finish, target hammer & target trigger. Most were shipped to Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, which is home to the Air Force Logistics Command who manage small arms procurement and maintenance. This one looks good and only has a couple of light marks to the finish. If you are seeking a nice revolver to add to your collection the search is over. Please see our photos and good luck!