Last time I was at the gun shop - perhaps a month ago - I fondled a S&W Model 67 (no dash) that had been lying in the case for better than a year. It was in good shape and priced pretty well. I left it there then but decided it'd be a good acquisition at some point. That point came today.
I tried to talk the shop guy down a little bit, but it's a consignment from an estate, the executor isn't a rush for money and hates returning calls. Also, this dealer is my favorite and I'd rather not cause him too many headaches, and a few hours of work over $25 qualifies as a headache in my book.
Serial dates it to 1973, pinned barrel, easy 95%+ and will be pushing 98% with a little bit of Flitz and some Hoppes. Lock-up is the tightest I have EVER seen on a wheelgun. Trigger is great SA, little gritty DA - probably needs to be hosed out. The grips are fugly yellow plastic things, and will be replaced at some point, when funds allow. I'm leaning towards birds-eye maple magna-style grips. A few minor differences between this and the "book description" of the 67: it has a grooved target trigger instead of smooth combat, no red ramp in the front sight. Hammer *may* have been replaced, but not sure.
Regardless, I now have a K-38 "Combat Masterpiece" in the safe. Range trip sometime this week!
7 months ago