Here is a veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, a Smith & Wesson Combat Masterpiece, numbered Model 15, 3rd Engineering change, that has a problem, and we are including the solution. The slight bulge in the barrel is visible under the letters CTG stamping on the right side, and the SMI in Smith on its left side. A Squib load can happen with even Federal Match ammunition; that is where a cartridge case does not get properly charged during the loading or manufacturing process, and then when the round fires, there is not enough pressure to make the bullet leave the barrel. Then, when the next round follows behind that one, the best result is a bulge in the barrel, and the worst result, of course, is a blown barrel or frame. The squibbed area on this 15’s barrel extends above the ejector rod lug, so cutting the present barrel to 3 inch is probably not a good option. We just happened to have, however, an extra 4 inch barrel of roughly the same age, one that came to us from a retired Armorer’s collection, and one that had its sight built up to high partridge configuration. The original front sight ramp is still intact, and the high patridge can readily be milled back down. Finish on the 15 itself shows extensive freckling; back strap serrations have pronounced rust residue; and there is some residue on the sides of the .312 serrated face service trigger and matching hammer. Both those pieces show still strong casehardened finish; and apart from its problem, we rate this 15 as Good, Perhaps Very Good finishwise, 70 percent vicinity by our estimate. Photos, at any rate, ought to suffice for our distinguished shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. Grips are period correct late 1970s Sile Walnut and speedloader friendly. Other than its barrel, this 15 is Excellent mechanically. Double action trigger pull is smooth and consistent, and the hammer travels a full 10 to 15 degrees after the cylinder times into place on all six positions in double action. On single action, the hammer travels 25 degrees after the cylinder times on all six, and the single action trigger pull is a crisp original 3 7/8 pounds. Lateral play to the cylinder is minimal with the trigger relaxed, 1.5 mm by our estimate; and negligible with the trigger fully depressed. From its K990000 range serial number, this Smith & Wesson 15-3 was manufactured in 1970. We’re offering the complete set, revolver with both barrels, for only $ 269.00. $20 off if we keep the extra barrel. Note that we have a Model 14 Blue 6 inch Barrel listed on Guns America, too, our #XBSW14, search XBSW14 + Robertson and it’ll pop right up. This Revolver is Not transferable to civilians in California, D.C., or Massachusetts.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> $10 lower 48; $30 Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, USPS Priority Mail, insured with Delivery Confirmation. Don’t let your buddies use your account, that kind of thing smells like felony level straw purchase attempt. MC/Visa/Discover/USPS MO paid orders shipped same day. 7 day hold on checks. FFL ok by fax, e-mail or mail, please ask your dealer to put your name on there. We offer 7 day money back on used guns and items, but No Returns on New in Box guns or on Lay-aways or ammo. We do not pay transfer fees or return shipping. New guns have factory warranties and we are not a warranty station. We accept lay-away with 20% down, balance in 90 days - lay aways not refundable, though. Internet phone hours 8:30 – 4:30 CST Mon - Fri CST. Local pickup available. Robertson Trading Post 117 Front Street PO Box 365 Henderson, Tennessee 38340 We Buy, Sell, or Trade. We always have, since 1952.