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Old 02-09-2012, 09:18   #1
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S & w mod.15-2 question

I understand that in 1961 it had a standard barrel and in 1964 had a heavy barrel. My question is how to tell the differance ? Maybe diameter ?
Any help would be welcome.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:46   #2
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Well, yes, the diameter would be the difference but I don't know that I've ever seen a CM with a true heavy barrel. I'm not an expert, but they all pretty much have the same barrel conture.

Let's see...1951 Combat Masterpiece

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And a 1971, 15-3

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On the other hand, this is an example of a heavy barrel.

13-2 from 1978.

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This might not be any help at all, but if you look forward of the point where the barrel joins the frame you can tell the barrel on the 13-2 is straight, whereas the two on the CM's has a distince taper.
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Old 02-15-2012, 15:00   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I just don't understand why S & W said this year 15-2 had a heavy barrel ? any other feedback would be very welcome.
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Old 02-15-2012, 20:05   #4
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I understand that in 1961 it had a standard barrel and in 1964 had a heavy barrel. My question is how to tell the differance ? Maybe diameter ?
Any help would be welcome.
Thanks,
GHR1142
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Thank you for your reply. I just don't understand why S & W said this year 15-2 had a heavy barrel ? any other feedback would be very welcome.
Thanks,
GHR1142

Let's see if repetition helps.

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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

Here's hoping you "get it" this time around.

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Old 02-17-2012, 14:31   #5
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Hello ArtCrafter, Sorry for my late reply, My Mod 15-2 has the 2" barrel so I guess that model had the heavey barrel ? I wish I could send a pic. to show you.
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Old 02-17-2012, 16:33   #6
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Hey, that M10 looks familiar.
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Old 02-17-2012, 19:33   #7
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Hello ArtCrafter, Sorry for my late reply, My Mod 15-2 has the 2" barrel so I guess that model had the heavey barrel ? I wish I could send a pic. to show you.
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No need for a pic: All 2-inch Model 15s have the "heavy" barrel.

This includes the Model 15-2, 15-3, etc.

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Thought you might recognize that one...

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Hey, that M10 looks familiar I'd recognize that heavy barrel anywhere.

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No need for a pic: All 2-inch Model 15s have the "heavy" barrel.

This includes the Model 15-2, 15-3, etc.

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I thought so.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:52   #10
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No need for a pic: All 2-inch Model 15s have the "heavy" barrel.

This includes the Model 15-2, 15-3, etc.

HTH
Thanks , ArtCrafter, I bought this 15-2 new in 1965 and just love it ! Thank you again for your help.

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Old 02-19-2012, 15:04   #11
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The 2" had a heavy barrel.

The 4" had a tapered barrel

The newer Model 67s with the two piece barrel has a heavy barrel profile, but again, it's two pieces.
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