SOLD FOR: $1225
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 14-3, The K-38 Target Masterpiece
Serial Number: 10K1557
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Cylinder Hand Ejector Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial number and model number “10K1557 / MOD. 14-3” and the yoke is marked with inspection marks. The right side of the barrel is marked “38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The sideplate is marked with the “S&W” trademark logo, and below the cylinder, the frame is marked with the four-line “Marcas Registradas” address. The butt of the grip is marked with the serial number “10K1557”. The sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge-style blade on an elevated base. There is an S&W micrometer click square notch rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation. The rib is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood target stocks with S&W medallions at the top and a football cut. There are some scattered little nicks, light compressions, dings, and light scratches. There are some scattered patches of finish loss and thinning. There is a little scrape on the back of the right panel. There are some light handling marks. The checkering is mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good 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 95% of its metal finish. The trigger has been polished. There are some scattered light marks through the finish and draglines from use and storage. There is some light thinning on some of the edges, most noticeable on the edge of the muzzle. There are a few more noticeable spots of wear on the sideplate towards the bottom. There are some light operational marks including a turn line through the finish. There is a hardly noticeable turn line on the cylinder. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup produces light side-to-side play on each chamber with the trigger depressed. The double-action trigger is smooth. The single-action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a matching S&W box with serial number written in marker, paperwork (no manual), cleaning kit, and a pair of smooth wood Cobra wood finger groove stocks. The extra grips have a couple light scuffs and there are a few little marks through the finish on the bottom faces. They rate in Fine Plus condition.
Our Assessment: For anyone looking for a quality target revolver the gun just about sells itself. When it comes to revolvers Smith & Wessons of this era have never disappointed and this is certainly no exception. Smith & Wesson weren’t just bragging when they called this model the “Masterpiece”, the 6″ barrel, adjustable sights and smooth action all promise to make this a tackdriver. This one has had the trigger polished and the action worked on, our consignor has informed us that Chesire & Perez did the work. This revolver is in more than good enough condition to add to a S&W collection and it would also make a fine revolver to pass down through the generations. Please see our photos and good luck!