Lee PrecisionStainLess Steel MediaTitan ReloadingBallisti-Cast
Graf & SonsRotoMetals2MidSouth Shooters SupplyInline Fabrication
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27

Thread: Show off your K-38's!!

  1. #1
    Boolit Master waco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Springfield, Oregon
    Posts
    1,603

    Show off your K-38's!!

    Here's mine. Smith 14-2 target masterpiece
    Made in 1968. Super slick action and trigger. Loves the NOE version of Lyman's 358477 over 5 grains of Unique, or 3.2 grains of Titegroup. Sized to .358 and lubed with BAC.
    Let's see your .38 target gun!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	79.9 KB 
ID:	86345
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    Proverbs 1:7

  2. #2
    Boolit Master brotherdarrell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    southern N.M.
    Posts
    551
    I am not much for mutual admiration societies but for this I will make an exception.

    This is my 14-1. A couple of years ago I had some credit at the local gun store. The owner asked my if I wanted a Model 14. I said yes, what is a model 14?.
    Attachment 86356

    It is completely humbling to shoot this revolver, I am not worthy.

    Darrell
    "It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear the fool than to open it and remove all doubt"

    Eph. 2:8-10

    Kill da wabbitt!!! KILL DA WABBITT!!!!

  3. #3
    Boolit Master waco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Springfield, Oregon
    Posts
    1,603
    I kinda feel the same way Darrell.
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    Proverbs 1:7

  4. #4
    Boolit Master TCFAN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Missouri Ozarks
    Posts
    757


    14-6 bought new in the late 1990's

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    2,041
    Yep, 14s are very nice revolvers. They were (in a modified form) the No. 1 platform for most serious competitive PPC shoots back in the day. Up until recently had a pre-14 and a 14-3. The 14-3 was in nearly unfired condition but it was not quite as accurate as the pre-14 so on the sale block it went. The only one I have now is this 1955 pre-14.

  6. #6
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,061
    My son likes to fill the air with 9mm cases in one of his high capacity semi-autos. They all usually land somewhere on the paper. Every once in a while, I hand him one of my K-38's and have him shoot it single-action. His groups are usually tighter than mine. Then he hands it back and says, "That's no fun. You can't miss with it."

    I have two of them. Both are equally accurate even thought they were built about a dozen years apart.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Central VA
    Posts
    1,233
    If you want a lot of K-38/Mod 14 eye candy, take a look at this thread over on the S&W Forum;

    http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-han...ariations.html

    I've had to wipe the drool off my screen repeatedly. :coffee com

    Froggie

  8. #8
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Deep South Texas
    Posts
    10,185
    I have not been without a K-38 in over 40 years. As that would suggest I have had quite a few. The only one I have left, was purchased new me by me in 1980. It is a scary accurate handgun.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

  9. #9
    Boolit Master



    cbrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Kalifornia Escapee
    Posts
    8,818
    Those are nice, one thing Char-Gar is as good at as he is making the wood is firearm photography. Getting a picture of a firearm to turn out really, really well is kinda tough but not for him. I've got boolit pictures down pretty well but guns are tough.

    Rick
    "The people never give up their freedom . . . Except under some delusion." Edmund Burke

    "Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack on our liberty, we encourage it." Samuel Adams

    NRA Benefactor Life Member
    CRPA Life Member

  10. #10
    Boolit Master
    WallyM3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arlington, VT
    Posts
    1,204
    No dash:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC_17110001.jpg 
Views:	22 
Size:	95.8 KB 
ID:	86443

    Had a single action in the 1970s.

  11. #11
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Deep South Texas
    Posts
    10,185
    Rick...I just go out on the screened in back porch and lean the handgun against the plastic pumpkin and take a pic with a cheap camera. Not much to it. Most of the time, the flash does not even kick in.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

  12. #12
    Boolit Master waco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Springfield, Oregon
    Posts
    1,603
    Quote Originally Posted by char-gar View Post
    rick...i just go out on the screened in back porch and lean the handgun against the plastic pumpkin and take a pic with a cheap camera. Not much to it. Most of the time, the flash does not even kick in.
    ha!!!!!
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    Proverbs 1:7

  13. #13
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    sw missouri
    Posts
    622
    I have a couple of 4" ones that are not pretty to look at. Pretty is as pretty does, scary accurate. I'm sure Jerry will be in to blow us away with some pics.

    Ebner

  14. #14
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Left Coast Of New England
    Posts
    223
    Here is one that my Sister inherited from Dad...It is a 14-4 from 1977...
    The grips are Magna 'style' that I did out of Ash for her...
    She has the original grips, box, and paperwork...


  15. #15
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    217
    Not a K-38 but an unusual Distinguished Combat Magnum, a 586 with a 6" Python barrel. Most accurate handgun I have ever owned.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PB190006.jpg 
Views:	18 
Size:	86.5 KB 
ID:	88074

  16. #16
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Central VA
    Posts
    1,233
    I have had a long running love affair with the S&W K-frame Targets. I have a couple here that have been favorites. Top; a 1950 vintage K-38. Bottom; a 1948 Vintage K-22. Everybody should have one of each!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	rimfire:centerfire.jpg 
Views:	13 
Size:	80.5 KB 
ID:	88155

    Froggie
    "It aint easy being green!"

  17. #17
    Boolit Master

    Scharfschuetze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Puget Sound
    Posts
    879
    My Model 14. A tried, true and accurate revolver. Seems like it's always been around and waiting to go to the range or to the field.
    Keep your powder dry,

    Scharf

  18. #18
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Phx Az
    Posts
    1,247
    This is my 14 no dash. Got it in trade in pathetic and neglected shape but the interior was well oiled. No exterior pits but spots of freckling and a finger print on the back strap. Rifling is sharp and no rust inside the barrel or cylinder. Guy I traded with said it was left to him by his Grandfather and hadn't been fired for at least 20 years. I had the Model 14 re-finished, gunsmith strip clean and oil and I installed after-market grips. I got the original grips but haven't got around to giving them the TLC they need. At the range despite its awful appearance it shoots on par with my 38/44.

    Pawn shop only offered the previous owner 85 and he wanted a deer rifle in exchange. I gave up a sportorized K98 8MM Mauser for it. The Mauser would be better described as chopped. The original WW2 German and Nazi markings had all been over stamped with a checkerboard type stamp. Israeli I suspect as it had a Star of David stamped on the receiver. All original with the exception of the chopped short stock and removal of the handguard. I gave about 35 - 45bucks for the Mauser about 25 years ago.


  19. #19
    Boolit Master
    NoZombies's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Havana (not cuba)
    Posts
    1,641
    Well, this one is pretty early, roughly 1915. it predates the heavy barrels, but has target sights and is very accurate:



    It was a pawn shop rescue a few years ago, and I take it to the range every few months or so. It keeps up with much newer target guns in the accuracy department, and has a pretty serious cool factor.
    Last edited by NoZombies; 11-26-2013 at 01:58 AM.
    Nozombies.com Practical Zombie Survival

    Always looking for .32 molds and Reising magazines and parts

  20. #20
    Boolit Master
    9.3X62AL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Imperial Beach, CA
    Posts
    11,079
    I have a K-22 (Model 617 x 6") and a K-32 (Model 16-4 x 6") on staff, but haven't had a K-38 Masterpiece Target for 20+ years. I should remedy that oversight.....I really should. For now, a Colt Officer's Model Target x 6" (c. 1949) does good work on paper and varmints, so I'm not exactly laboring in a deprived state here. But a Model 14 of some sort would be welcome, if the tariff wasn't excessive. The prices tagged on the few I saw at the August 2013 Reno gun show surpassed ridiculous.
    "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."--Winston Churchill

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check