Good job. Love goals. Good luck on your K-32.
I already have a 15-3 from 1969 that is an excellent shooter with a really sweet double action trigger pull. I just wanted a Pre-15 with the superman hammer. Once the new purchase arrives, I'll give the 15-3 to my daughter because it has some sentimental value to the family.Sweeeeeeeet!
Those are fine shooting revolvers!!
That's why I snagged it. If they aren't the original grips they are at least period correct. I'm looking for the same type grips to put on my Pre-10 that has pre-war grips on it now, and they are pretty expensive for good ones! I had a 1951 pre-15 in my watch list but the grips were slightly damaged and a previous owners SSN was scratched in the frame opening. I had messaged and made an offer of $600 but they didn't bite, so I got this one that had only $20 for shipping and no CC charge.Congratulations! That gun was in my watchlist on GB, and I could not believe there was only one bidder, lol. A great price for a ~1955 year gun, AND with what looked like the original grips.
My pre-10 has Pre-war grips on it. As an aside, this is the second gun I got from gunbroker that had the flat headed sideplate screw in the center location instead of the far left position. Here it is-This was a good price and then some. I expected it to go for more. Agreed about the grips being hard to find and $$. Your Pre-10 (If between 1952 and 57) may have had a DIFFERENT version of Magnas though. PC version, with the slightly rounded bottom. The Pre-15 and Pre-17 and 18 would have the SB version with a flat base (I think).
The 4 line address was implemented in 1948.I think the last time those grips were used on K-frames was the 1920's, at least according to the SCSW book. Your model has the 4-line address, so it should date from between 1946 and 1957. I think it went from the SB Magnas with sharp shoulders and flat base to PC Magnas with rounded shoulders and slightly rounded base, in about 1952, around s/n C 224xxx, maybe (?)
The problem with all of this is that if one goes by the serial numbers stamped on the grips, and not by the style, the date ranges do not match up. Some of this can be accounted for by the fact that S&W continued to ship stocks (end boxes) past the date when the new style was introduced. Not like they had expiration dates!
No problem. I learned that on this forum as well. Paying it forward.Thanks for the correction!
I believe S&W called it the "Speed Hammer" or "High Speed Hammer".Nice revolver! Thanks for showing it to us.
"SUPERMAN HAMMER?!?!?!?!?!" I have never heard of that before. Could you please describe what makes it a "superman hammer?"
With the first revolvers after WW2 S&W introduced the "speed hammer" with an interesting upsweep... [It] matches the M&P in the opening sequence [of some episodes] of the Superman TV series in 1952.