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Hi. Here it is! My first S&W ever, but not the last one for sure - 14-3 Target Masterpiece. Thank you all, who helped me during my research... Here you can see my shooting results (15 meters but still) they show that the revolver is much better than shooter. By the way. Can somebody confirm that this piece was made in 1956 ?(serial number). Thanks a lot and waiting for your opinions.

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Great shooting with a classic firearm! The 14 looks to be in good shape and should perform well. Thanks for the pics and range report.:cool:
 

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These earlier S&W revolvers are remarkably well made. I have a K-22 from this period, and you can feel the difference.

The "Mod" designations are generally accepted to have started in 1957. The Standard Catalog sn K271374 listing places your pistol in the middle of 1956.

Don't forget that handguns like this were manufactured in batches. The model 14 is one of several constructed on the "K" frame. But... the SCSW lists the 14-3 model changes in 1967 with the change the relocation of the sight screw, and "D" series serial number prefixes starting in 1968.

Please take off the grips, and post a picture of the serial number on the base of the frame. Also a detail picture of the sights and their sight bases.

The characteristics will help identify what you have. It's possible that this frame was one of the very last with "K" markings used from a batch of frames in storage for several years, and that the revolver was made in 1967-1968 as they transitioned to the new style frame serialization.
 

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K-38 Target Masterpiece...

Your serial number - K271374

1956 - The serial number range is K266165-K288988
14-3 - 1967...serial number range K715997-K779162

I'm totally confused. Your gun, according to the serial number, should be a "K-38 Masterpiece, Pre-model 14" with no model number stamped on it. S&W didn't start using model numbers until 1957 and the Model 14-3 didn't appear until 1967 with the diamond grip (shown on your gun) also eliminated.

If you reverse the first two numbers of the serial number it fits the 14-3, 1967 range...possible?

???????????? What am I missing? Anybody?

Nice shooting though! Fine gun isn't it? Now you need a Pre-model K-22, (Model 17 after 1957) as a running mate. :) Good luck finding a K-32. They are rare and expensive.

Thanks for sharing.

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Very nice gun and very nice shooting. It is one of the best revolvers ever made. Thanks for the report.
 

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First of all ... welcome to the forum! Second of all ... beautiful S&W revolver! Third, excellent shooting! Sincerely. bruce.
 

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Your serial number - K271374

1956 - The serial number range is K266165-K288988
14-3 - 1967...serial number range K715997-K779162

I'm totally confused. Your gun, according to the serial number, should be a "K-38 Masterpiece, Pre-model 14" with no model number stamped on it. S&W didn't start using model numbers until 1957 and the Model 14-3 didn't appear until 1967 with the diamond grip (shown on your gun) also eliminated.

If you reverse the first two numbers of the serial number it fits the 14-3, 1967 range...possible?

???????????? What am I missing? Anybody?


Thanks for sharing.
you are right ArkieVol the visible serial number and model number do not align with standard wisdom..

so - most likely scenario is a serial number used well out of the normal range (not uncommon). Id suggest a letter if original poster was inclined to further resolve the question.

Since its a 3 screw frame, it was clearly manufactured close to the 14-3 window, not the 1956 serial # range..
 

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Nice find. I love my Model 14, it puts a smile on my face when I get to shoot her. Sadly, my targets do not look as good as yours!!!!! Shoot with pride.

Gary
 

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Nice looking gun! I just picked up a model 14-2 and shot it yesterday for the first time. VERY impressed with the accuracy.
Thank you, it was 15 meters only (I wish it was 25 :) and to be frankly there is one "6" hidden under barrel (not realy intentionally) :)
 

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Congrats on a great adoption. If you find the opportunity to fire any of the 148 flush seated full wadcutters, do so and the accuracy will please you greatly.
Best wishes.
 

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Your serial number - K271374

1956 - The serial number range is K266165-K288988
14-3 - 1967...serial number range K715997-K779162

I'm totally confused. Your gun, according to the serial number, should be a "K-38 Masterpiece, Pre-model 14" with no model number stamped on it. S&W didn't start using model numbers until 1957 and the Model 14-3 didn't appear until 1967 with the diamond grip (shown on your gun) also eliminated.

If you reverse the first two numbers of the serial number it fits the 14-3, 1967 range...possible?

???????????? What am I missing? Anybody?


Thanks for sharing.
you are right ArkieVol the visible serial number and model number do not align with standard wisdom..

so - most likely scenario is a serial number used well out of the normal range (not uncommon). Id suggest a letter if original poster was inclined to further resolve the question.

Since its a 3 screw frame, it was clearly manufactured close to the 14-3 window, not the 1956 serial # range..
Hi again. The number under the grip is the same that on the frame. Is this less misterious now? By the way. My next shooting with S&B WC ammo!
 

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