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    Here is my 39-2 from 1972.DSCN0828.JPGDSCN0827.JPG

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    Hello Walter,
    Thanks for the kind words. You have a very nice and interesting gun there!! Wow..
    The 5' gun as you know are very rare. It is interesting to note your shipped to SoCal and came with an order of 24. I assume you have lettered the gun. You should contact the SWCA and The SW Historical foundation. I am sure they have more info.. Thanks for the post!!

    I was under the impression the 5" gun were
    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Rego View Post
    That's a beautiful gun BigI1911. I have always thought that S&W should have produced more 5" K-38's and probably some K-22's also as regular production items. I have a 5" Model 14-2 that shipped 1/13/64 in a group of 24 identical guns to a hardware distributor in Long Beach CA. It came in its matching numbered box with all papers and tools. I have never been able to determine if they were for a local law enforcement agency. The handling dynamics of a 5" K-38 vs. a 4" Combat Masterpiece and a standard 6" K-38 need to be felt to be appreciated. To me it's just perfect. Here's a photo.
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    Red face I did it again...

    And, once again it's an "N" frame.

    This time it's a 27-2. 3 1/5 inch barrel.

    Another test to my patience.

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    I have always loved a 5" barrel on either K or N frames. they are just "right" aesthetically to me.
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    Best I can do is a 5" N frame...
    Living a dream.
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    I bought this one new in the early 1970`s. 5" 27-2. It had none of the extras. I sent it to the factory and got them all plus my name engraved in gold. I think the engraving was 66 bucks. It go`s to my great grandson "Carver" when he grows up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post

    Stunning, that may be the oldest and finest condition revolver I've seen. My ignorance and inquisitiveness is just boundless I guess. Can you share the details on that box ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by highway08 View Post
    Stunning, that may be the oldest and finest condition revolver I've seen. My ignorance and inquisitiveness is just boundless I guess. Can you share the details on that box ?
    Hello 08
    These cases were made especially for Smith & Wesson by Littlefield & Parsons Co circa 1860. They are a very early type pf plastic called Gutta Percha.
    Similar to the hard rubber grips on old revolvers. They will fit a First model 1st or 2nd issue. It is estimated that around 5000 were made.
    Check out the Rock Island December auction. There are several cased #1's listed for sale.
    P.S. Thank you for the comment.
    Mike
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    I'm honored Mike, thank you for the information. I knew the case looked period correct and suspected it to be gutta percha but had no idea if it might be a Smith & Wesson or aftermarket case. Now I know. I never cease to be amazed at how so many things can survive in such good condition or at the knowledge available here. Probably won't be within my grasp any time soon but wonderful to be aware of and study in case I stumble upon one.
    Thanks again,
    Alan.
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