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    K-38 Combat Masterpiece Revolver Model No. 15

    Greetings,

    My farther received this gun from his father and today passed it down to me. It's in pristine condition has a 2" barrel and has never been fired. Kept in it's original box with instructions etc. The serial number is K964524, I'd like to know when it was made and the value of the gun.

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    Mray

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    Shipping date 1970.

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    Welcome to the forumI believe your Model 15 Combat Masterpiece is from 1970. The S&W book says New in box at $450. Location can come into play as far as price goes. If it were me I would keep it in the family as it is unfired and as new in box. The value will only go up. I have a pre-model 15 combat masterpiece from 1955 in 98% condition for $400.with an old Heiser holster. I'll post a few pics. Very accurate. I'm sure some of the experts will jump in and give you all the ins and outs of your revolverName:  100_0576.jpg
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Size:  86.2 KB Pics would be nice. Best regards Dick
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    We would love to see your family heirloom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blitzen25cat View Post
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    Very nice looking revolver you have there, and it is one year older than me.
    Last edited by Rapidray; 08-19-2012 at 09:39 AM.
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    Cool

    Mray1456,

    A photo is really needed to see the condition of the revolver for a value estimate. ( OK most of us would just really like to see it )

    ANIB with 2" barrel unfired could bring some really good money from the right buyer.

    If it were me I would keep it in the family.

    My Model 15 is a 1977 and is a shooter.

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    First of all, Welcome to the forum. you have a very popular revolver in your possession. The K-38 Combat Masterpiece is an accurate, easy to shoot revolver well suited for protection by it's design. It the cousin of the K-38 Target Masterpiece, which has the same basic features, but with a 6" target barrel.

    There is no way I'd be selling it. It sounds as if you're looking more for an insurance value since it's now been handed down twice.
    Pricing in the catalog is old and very outdated, and should not be used for actual current values. Real values are regional, and can vary widely from one part of the country to another.
    For insurance purposes it's probably worth in the neighborhood for $700+ around here.
    But that is ONLY if it's proven to be never fired, and has all the original stuff in the box.
    There should be a pistol cleaning rod with a bore brush, A sight adjustment tool (a short fat screwdriver), a wax paper wrap around the pistol. and about 5 different papered documents in the box as well, including an ad for holsters, the instruction sheet, the warranty card, and a few other papers in there too.

    If you are considering selling it you should consider posting a classified ad with plenty of photos to document what you have with a set price and shipping costs too. If you are selling it, be prepared and willing to dicker for the final package price. The true value is what a buyer is willing to spend, and not necessarily what the seller is asking for a particular item.

    It's an heirloom, and I would truly hope that you choose to keep it and pass it down to the next generation. Insurance for it will only cost a few bucks a year, just in case something bad happened to it, including theft.

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    Here's some pics. There's a statement of liability on the bottom of the box dated April 15,1955
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    2 more Pics of of the whole package

    Anything anyone can tell me about this weapon would be greatly appreciated. It's a family aireloom and will stay that way.

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    The liability statement was issued in 1955. they still use a similar statement to this day on their guns.
    Yours was shipped sometime in 1970.
    It's a real beauty. It's a K-frame and is well suited for shooting the .38 SPL ammo. It is designed around the 158 grain bullet weight, and will place consistently on target with very little practice. It is accurate enough to easily place 3" groups at 25 yds with some practice, and getting used to the way it functions.

    You've got everything with it that's original. Your Golden!
    If you never fire it, it will continue to appreciate in value for many, many years to come. $600-700 is more than a fair estimate in my region as long as it remains unfired, otherwise $450-550.

    Regards,
    Gearchecker
    Last edited by gearchecker; 08-19-2012 at 05:46 PM.
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