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S & w mod.15-2 question

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Club' started by ghr1142, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. ghr1142

    ghr1142

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    Hello to all. I'm trying to find out how you can tell the differance between the standard barrel introduced in 1961 from the heavy barrel in 1964. I would guess it would be the outside diameter any help would be welcome

    Thank's
    ghr1142
     
  2. bac1023

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    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011

  3. ArtCrafter

    ArtCrafter ¤Hocker Mocker¤

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    In the case of the S&W Model 15 (a.k.a., Combat Masterpiece), outside diameter is only half the story, circa 1964. The rest concerns barrel length.

    In 1964, S&W introduced the 2-inch "heavy" barrel in this model. Prior to that, the Model 15 was only catalogued with a 4-inch barrel.

    In that sense, the longer barrel was "standard." It was also tapered, thus "lighter" (in appearance, at least).

    I looked on GunBroker for examples with decent photos and found those listed/linked below. (Note that, while the 'dash numbers' differ, the barrel profiles are the same as those you would see on a Model 15-2.)

    • S&W Model 15-3: 2-inch Heavy Barrel

    • S&W Model 15-4: 4-inch Standard/Tapered Barrel

    On a related note, the 2-inch Model 15 was 'developed from' the Model 56, which in turn was a US Air Force contract gun.

    HTH :wavey: