Gun Report

S&W Model 14/K38 Masterpiece 38 Special, $484 (Grade A-)

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Though not as versatile as the 686-5, this gun shoots. For pure range work, it would get the nod over the stainless Smith.

S&W Model 14/K38 Masterpiece 38 Special, $484 (Grade A-)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The specially designed cylinder latch is relieved for speed loaders. Also, the ejector now meshes cleanly into the cylinder instead of setting over pegs that were prone to break off.
The money in this gun was spent on fitting the barrel and tuning the action. Result: It shot three of our test ammos better than the other guns. Also, the Model 14 was the only gun in our test whose single- and double-action pulls are ready for competition.

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