S&W model 15s

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S&W model 15s

Post by Cardboard_killer » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:33 pm

I went to the Tampa gun show yesterday. Seems like prices were a bit down. The 22lr mafia was trying to strike up some deals for $0.10 - .20/round, so maybe even they are running out of steam.

The one good thing I saw were the last of the police trade-in S&W model 15s being blown out by shoot straight for $230. Lots of holster wear, but those things are probably worth that much as parts. I have two already, or I would have bought another. If you've ever wanted a quality, made in the USA, wheel gun, I'd say go down and buy one. Hard to find a better price/quality deal.
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Post by neverenoughguns » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:08 pm

Great deal! [smilie=cheers1.gif]

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Post by TC6969 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:42 pm

I got mine!

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Post by Odessaman » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:22 pm

Great deal. A Model 15 was my first centerfire handgun, back in the 80's. The mother of a friend of mine retired from the local PD and it was her personal gun. She wanted something smaller for purse carry, and sold it to me for $150.00. That or a Model 10 is a great for someone getting started in handguns - and they aren't bad for experienced shooters, either.
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Post by rug357 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:33 pm

It's my favorite revolver.
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:37 pm

TC6969 wrote:I got mine!
Nice looking target grips on that; the ones I saw at SS all had rubber, no wood.
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Post by rug357 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:17 pm

Anybody know if Shoot Strait still have any of these revolvers?
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:54 pm

rug357 wrote:Anybody know if Shoot Strait still have any of these revolvers?
A friend bought one from the St. Pete store last Wed.; he said they had five or six left. His was in quite good shape, with very little bluing loss--better than most of the ones I saw at the gun show. He paid the $229 plus tax etc., but also got a free hour of range time tossed in. He said he didn't dicker very hard as the price was so low he didn't think there was much point in going full bore.
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Post by rug357 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:31 pm

I'll check out their Tampa store this weekend as I'll be driving by there on I-75.
I hope they have few left.
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Post by dieselbeef » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:49 pm

I bought a very nice nickel unit from them for an exceptional price...
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Post by Revenant » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:16 am

I agree with the kudos this model has garnered. I have a nickel-plated K-38 Combat Masterpiece. The serial number K 239**6 dates it to 1955. In subsequent years it became known as the Model 15.
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Post by Doyle » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:33 am

I'm jealous. I move away from FL and Shoot Straight actually comes through with something I'd like to have.

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Post by Richard2003 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:33 pm

Anyone know if they have any left at the Tampa store?

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Post by rug357 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:13 am

Richard2003 wrote:Anyone know if they have any left at the Tampa store?
They had 4 left this morning.
One was pretty rough but 3 were okay finish wise but all 4 were mechanically good.
Great deal for the price.
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Post by rug357 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:57 am

I spent 3 hours last night going over each one and clean them up.

I opened the side plate to see inside and found some minor rust in one. Nothing out of the ordinary for 20 year old service revolvers and it was easily cleaned out and re-lubed. Other ones were dirty inside but no rust. Bore on all were sharp and clean. One front sight looked like it was banged up pretty good in storage and other had just minor dings. All rear sight blade had some minor problems and rust from getting banged around in storage. I spend about an hours cleaning up each front sight and rear sight with file to remove rust and square up the profile. I applied cold blue to all sights where I had touched up with file. The finish was very worn on one but they all had worn spots on the sides of the barrel and on front of cylinder from being holstered and drawn from ill fitting holster. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for 20 year old service revolver. They all do have serial numbers etched on the frame...ugly but it gives it character.

One part that I noticed that's different on these model 15 revolvers compared to my earlier skinny barrel version is the trigger. My older version had grooves on the trigger but these have smooth trigger.

I finished cleaning them up and I put a clean factory wood grip and Tyler T-grip adapter on each one and they look great. The trigger feels smooth in DA and crisp in SA with little to no creep...very nice trigger.

This is one of the best deals I've seen on revolvers in long time.
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Post by neverenoughguns » Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:24 pm

Rug, did all of the model 15 revolvers have the serial numbers etched in the side?

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Post by rug357 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:36 pm

neverenoughguns wrote:Rug, did all of the model 15 revolvers have the serial numbers etched in the side?
Yes, all the ones I saw did. Some were huge while some were small and not obnoxious. Personally I don't mind it too much as they give character.
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Post by dieselbeef » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:57 am

they got these at almos every gun show...dang if i dont buy a 10 or a 15 model everytime
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Post by TC6969 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:41 pm

Cardboard_killer wrote:
TC6969 wrote:I got mine!
Nice looking target grips on that; the ones I saw at SS all had rubber, no wood.
Mine had rubber too.

I stopped at a pawn shop and told the guy to bring out that big box of old grips that EVERY pawn shop in the world has!

I got those for $10.00
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Post by madman » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:09 pm

I just got back from the Shoot Straight in West Palm. They had fifteen of them, now they have fourteen.
Funny thing I noticed, 14 of the 15 had the S&W rollmark on the left side of the frame. One had it on the right. You think it came from a different armory?
btw, it's not the one that came home with me, though it was in the finals.

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