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TheBeholder1805
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  5:17:45 PM  Show Profile
My father recently gave to me a Smith & Wesson revolver he said he had purchased around 1977. It says "38 S&W Special CTG" on the barrel and the serial # is: 30K4521. Can anyone tell me what the model is and around what year it was made? Also, he uses .38 Special +P HP's with it, but I've read that the +P rating shouldn't be used on guns that don't say "+P" on the barrel. Is it ok to be using these bullets? The HP's are for home protection only and won't be used at the range, so I can't imagine firing the +P's much. Thanks, everyone!

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CS8161
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  5:24:26 PM  Show Profile
If its a K frame S&W, six shot revolver, +P loads are safe to use in it. Is there a model number inside the frame, when you open the cylinder, it should be on the crane?

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Edited by - CS8161 on 07/02/2008 5:24:41 PM
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TheBeholder1805
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  5:29:51 PM  Show Profile
Thanks for the quick response! When I open the cylinder, it says "Mod. 67-1", so I'm assuming that's the model number. Also, how do I know if it's a K-frame?

Edited by - TheBeholder1805 on 07/02/2008 5:30:22 PM
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Pearyw
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  6:18:54 PM  Show Profile
A model 67 is a K frame. It is the stainless version of the model 15.
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CS8161
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  6:52:53 PM  Show Profile
You got yourself a good, solid, reliable revolver. You would have to shoot ALOT of +P loads to cause any concern. We had K frame model 10's in the police department and qualified with +P loads, never had a problem.

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Laredo Lefty
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USA
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  01:35:01 AM  Show Profile
The model 67 is a good solid revolver. The "K" frame designation is the frame size. Your gun was made in 1978. S&W has made several frame sizes over the years. Yours can handle +P ammo OK.

There are currently 5 frame sizes:
"J" small
"K" medium
"L" med to large
"N" large
"X" huge

Your model 67 should look like this....




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Edited by - Laredo Lefty on 07/03/2008 01:37:10 AM
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TheBeholder1805
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  01:38:52 AM  Show Profile
That's EXACTLY what it looks like! Thanks alot for the help, guys!
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Xracer
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Posted - 07/03/2008 :  09:47:24 AM  Show Profile
According to the Blue Book, the S&W Model 67 Combat Masterpiece is rated for +Ps.
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iceracerx
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USA
6527 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2008 :  6:57:42 PM  Show Profile
Frames made from stainless steel is softer then carbon steel frames. Watch that you don't start eroding the top strap if you feed your Mdl 67 a steady diet of +P's.
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TheBeholder1805
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Posted - 07/04/2008 :  12:10:12 AM  Show Profile
What is the top strap?
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Laredo Lefty
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USA
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Posted - 07/04/2008 :  12:18:19 AM  Show Profile
The top strap is the portion of the frame above the cylinder. The area just above the gap between the cylinder and barrel is the part that can show signs of eroding.

Joe
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CS8161
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Posted - 07/04/2008 :  12:19:06 AM  Show Profile
The top strap is what the rear sight is fastened to. Its the upper part of the frame of the revolver.

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