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Thread: Is this a reason to buy a S&W Mod 14?

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    Is this a reason to buy a S&W Mod 14?

    I was in my good old trusty gun shop today and found a bullet in my pocket while we were having coffee.

    It was one of my chamber throat check slugs, a .3583 that pushes through my silhouette 586's chambers with little finger force. That gun is working nice with .358 cast.

    We were talking,I found the slug and they brought some 38 Special revolvers on the table. Someone was coming to take a look at the guns. I got this brilliant idea of slugging their throats...

    A Mod 15 was too tight for my slug, a better looking Mod 14-3 on the other hand felt almost perfect,I figure it has ~3585 throats. Easy push through. The gun is fine,even tight.

    That 14 could most probably shoot my .358 boolits. It is not expensive,revolvers don't sell in this corner of the World right now. But I like older S&W's very much. I have no 38 but I have brass.

    No real need but a potentially good cast shooter...,a nice,mild practise gun...

    Do I have a reason?



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    Do you have one? If no you need one. If yes you need a spare.

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    That’s a gorgeous example. What a great shooter it would be

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    They want a fortune for them over here. I have been looking for several months without finding a decent deal. I say go for it. What -# is it?
    Due to the price of primers, warning shots will no longer be given!

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    A good revolver is always a treat. And if you only have one, that itself is enough to buy it. You can't have too many revolvers. james

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelguns 1961 View Post
    What -# is it?
    3K47xxx Mod 14-3.

    Can you find date/info? I forgot to ask in the shop,they often can track past sales.

    I don"t know what is happening but I enjoy shooting revolvers and casting from them so much these days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petander View Post
    3K47xxx Mod 14-3.

    Can you find date/info? I forgot to ask in the shop,they often can track past sales.

    I don"t know what is happening but I enjoy shooting revolvers and casting from them so much these days...
    It is called an awakening.

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    Buy buy buy buy buy if any reasonable price and it passes inspection for any issues.

    But I just love those things and I am biased. What a great outdoorsmans pistol that would be.

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    Have you bought it yet? They shoot SO GOOD. K38 is a legend in revolvers.

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    Buy it before I find it.

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    I would want one with target trigger and hammer.

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    I think that dates to 1971.
    Due to the price of primers, warning shots will no longer be given!

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    I have seen some really dumb questions posted here on CastBoolits, in fact I have posted quite a few myself, but I believe this may be the winner!!! One need NEVER ask if they should buy a good old S&W like that, just buy it.
    There are 550 million arms in worldwide circulation. This is 1 firearm for every 12 people on the planet. The only question is , HOW DO WE ARM THE OTHER !!? The Lord of War.

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    3K47xxx would be 1972. If you don't already have a K38, you can't possibly realize how badly you need one. There are 5 that live here, and I need a few more.
    Make them an offer for the M14 and the M15. It will save going back to buy the Combat Masterpiece later.

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    As if not having one isn’t reason enough.

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    I've got three M14 S&Ws P&Rs, one NIB. Both the ones I shoot are tuned for 148gr WCs at 825fps. I've had several others too and they are the Cadillac of 38sp revolvers. No one mentioned price. They are a bit of a sleeper around here too. Hi condition k38s can be had $600-$700. Nice shooters start at $500. There are some 4" K38s that will go higher because of collector value. I also have the forerunner to the K38, a 6" M&P Target which shoots as well. Nothing but cast goes through these revolver at target velocities.

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    So setting aside all of the hyperbole, the K-38 or Model 14 Target, is a legendary revolver.

    In reality it is just a S&W K-frame chambered in 38 Special with some extra features such as a trigger stop, target trigger, 6" barrel and target sights ......however.....that combination is epically awesome !

    Some people will say that the model 14's were assembled with great care and others will say that it really isn't anything more than a 6" model 15 with a few extra target features. I will say that both of those views are correct.
    A S&W Model 14 is more than the sum of its parts. That revolver may have been the pinnacle of the DA target revolvers chambered in 38 Special.

    So, if it's mechanically sound and hasn't been abused, it's almost impossible to go wrong with one.

    In the end, it's a 6" K-frame chambered in 38 Special but they tend to be closer to magical than just the sum of their parts.

    If the price is right and it is in good condition - BUY IT !

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    I have one that is a bit earlier than yours. Mine predates the model 14.
    I have shot a ton of cast through it and it is superbly accurate.
    K frame S&W revolvers are simply great guns.

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    My M-14 is my Favorite .38Spl Revolver for Paper. Manufactured in 1972 it is more accurate then I am these days.

    BUY IT. Heck, by both.
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