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    S&W model

    I,ve tried to research but run out of ideas.

    Model 15-3 .38

    Any body know about dates of manufacture?
    Or other info?

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    1967-1977, according to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Third Edition, page 182. The 15-3 relocated the rear sight leaf screw and the 15-4 relocated the gas ring from the yoke to the cylinder.

    I have one in factory nickel, serial 3K2XXXX, which I date as 1971.

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    Soo I assume 8K2XXXX is some time after 1971?

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    It seems to be circa 1975.
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    Per page 398, Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson:

    "K Serial Prefix by Year, Postwar

    Models 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 48, 53, 66, 67, 68 and their pre-model variations. Note all K prefix frames are normally target frame revolvers.
    Year of introduction (not serial range)

    1975 7K26044-7K70577; 6K58918-8K20763; 8K20764-9K1; 8K20000-9K100000"

    So, it DOES look like yours is 1975 vintage!

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    K8179xx is here and is a Model 15-3 that dates from late 1967.

    The Model 15 is one of the most useful of revolvers and there should be enough demand for such a quality revolver that Smith & Wesson should still be cranking them out.

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