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ghr1142
12-24-2011, 14:43
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

bac1023
12-24-2011, 19:55
Outside diameter


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ArtCrafter
12-29-2011, 01:51
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


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 (http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=266700884)

S&W Model 15-4: 4-inch Standard/Tapered Barrel (http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=267172082)

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: