nice, that looks super sweet. Ill bet that shoots great
Yeah buddy.. your looking at a K-38 target masterpiece.. made right after WWII and thru till the early eighties..
The 14 is the target version of the 10.. target trigger, and sights are part of the 14's standard features.. most were "pinned, and recessed" .. you can see bbl pin at the top of the frame.
The frame is the same size on all k's and there for you have a longer forcing cone on those that are fitted with 38 spl length cylinders. ie.. if you look at a 19 for example (66 in stainless) the cylinder is that 1/10 of an inch longer to accomadate the longer 357 round..
The same frame is used, but the forcing cone is shorter to accomadate the longer cylinder.
This piece has what i've always felt are the best sites for target shooting.. beautiful sharp site pic.The only problem with these "bowman" types is that front site, that while it gives a perfect site pic (again for target use, not IPSC plate banging) has a tendency to drag due to the 90 degree sharp front edge..
These are becoming rare.. This one is the 6".. As they were target pieces they were only made in 6 and REAL RARE 8" models.. They might have made a few 4".. but i've never heard of one.. This is the gun that the "wad-cutter" ammo was made for..
It seems like its almost exactly like the Colt Official Police .38 special....SO FUN, SO PRETTY. lol
Right on that one Bob.. have to tell you that the Official Police prices have gone thru the roof after Colt stopped (with obvious exception of custom shop and SAA's) making revolvers..
Couple of differences.. first off the cylinders rotate in different directions.. not an issue today, but back when either Colt or Smith supplied all the LE agencies it was..
First thing to look for on Colt revolvers is the latch.. the early ones were whats called "flat latches".. just what is sounds like a piece of steel shaped like an L on its side.. later this gave way to the rounded latch you see today..
All things being equal.. yeah like that happens a lot.. buy the Colt.. and this from a guy who collects Smiths..
Thing is as stated they no longer make them, so obviously the Colt will be worth more.. also the Colt is "in general" better made.. Smith guys (self included) like to talk about how much better the action is.. DA thats a fact.. Colts have a "stack" thing in DA that only a good gun smith can correct.. SA.. and lets face it thats the majority of the shooting.. absolutely equal..
One way or the other.... Part of our heritage and as you said.. so right, so fun, so pretty..