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Knight
06-22-2008, 10:55 PM
I thought I'd share some pictures with y'all that I took at my grandparents' place in Santa Monica a couple weeks ago.

The first set of pics is of an old S&W Model 10. This was my grandfather's duty gun when he was an officer in the Santa Monica Police Department. My grandfather doesn't know too much about guns (hates them actually :angryfire: ), and he wasn't able to tell me the origin of the custom work done on it. The gun has more or less been wrapped in a cloth, in a shoe box, in a closet, for 40+ years.

Without further ado, the pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel103.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel10004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel10007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel10008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel10010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel10009.jpg

Knight
06-22-2008, 10:57 PM
The second set of pics is of a S&W Model 640, with engraving done by the S&W Custom Engraving Shop. This revolver was presented to my grandfather after he retired from his position of Chief of Police in the Santa Monica Police Department in 1991. I'm not sure why they chose this particular model to present to him. The two unique engravings on the gun are the SMPD shield on the right side of the frame and the words "Chief James F. Keane 1979-1991" across the backstrap.

A few more pics for this one than for the Model 10:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640011.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640012.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640013.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640019.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640020.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640Case022.jpg

Knight
06-22-2008, 10:57 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640023.jpg

This gun was also on the back cover for one of S&W's law enforcement product catalogs, as a part of an advertisement for the Custom Engraving Shop:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640CatalogCover.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/KnightForums/Guns/Smith%20and%20Wesson/SWModel640CatalogRearCover026.jpg

And that's it. Any relevant info on either firearm, particularly on the Model 10's mods, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for letting me share these.

Saigon1965
06-22-2008, 11:10 PM
Thank you for sharing your family's history with us here. The guns are incredible. The model 10 looks like it's been thru a few things.

QuarterBoreGunner
06-23-2008, 9:25 AM
I do believe the 4" is actually a K-38 Combat Masterpiece "Pre-Model 15"; I have the exact same (and I mean exact; right down to the trigger shoe and the T-Grip) model, serial # K 204xxx. Made in 1948 same as yours.

And that 640 is absolutely brilliant.

Knight
06-23-2008, 11:18 AM
I do believe the 4" is actually a K-38 Combat Masterpiece "Pre-Model 15"; I have the exact same (and I mean exact; right down to the trigger shoe and the T-Grip) model, serial # K 204xxx. Made in 1948 same as yours.

You're probably right. I am by no means an expert on S&W revolvers. Thanks for the heads-up.

trashman
07-02-2008, 10:39 PM
Looks like the hammer and trigger have been jeweled, as well.

Nice lookin' M15! Don't see too many of those with .500 target hammers.

--Neill

edit: and do my eyes deceive me? looks like the trigger shoe is jeweled too! cool...

rivviepop
07-04-2008, 9:58 AM
Late to the party - nice! Those will hopefully be in the family for generations and continue to tell their story to grandkids in the year 2100. :)

QuarterBoreGunner
07-04-2008, 7:11 PM
Hey I just noticed that the T-grip is Smith & Wesson logo'd! That's pretty cool!

HowardW56
07-04-2008, 7:17 PM
I do believe the 4" is actually a K-38 Combat Masterpiece "Pre-Model 15"; I have the exact same (and I mean exact; right down to the trigger shoe and the T-Grip) model, serial # K 204xxx. Made in 1948 same as yours.

And that 640 is absolutely brilliant.


DITTO.... Beautiful engraving, and the jeweled hammer and trigger are a nice touch on the Combat Masterpiece...

Mickey D
07-14-2008, 12:58 PM
I like how the blue on that M15 has turned plum.
Both very nice.
Mike