Smith & Wesson Model 15

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Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special

The Smith & Wesson Model 15 "Combat Masterpiece" was in common use with police and private security officers from the 1950's to the 80's. The four inch barrel configuration was manufactured throughout its production history (1949-1999).

At various times it was also available with a two inch barrel (1964-1988), six inch barrel (1986-1992) and the eight and three eights inch barrel (1986-1988). The last two longer barrel lengths were issued after Smith and Wesson ceased production of the Model 15's target version the Model 14 "Target Masterpiece" in 1982.

The Model 15, and later the stainless Model 67, was issued to officers of the L.A.P.D. for many years. It was, at the same time, a standard issue to pilots in the United States Air Force as well as the Air Force Security Police.

It was a counterpart of the Smith & Wesson Model 10 with adjustable sights and a "target" action. It is also the "duty" version of the Smith & Wesson Model 14 "Target Masterpiece". The biggest difference between the Model 15 and Model 14 was the Model 15 had a four inch barrel and the Baughman quick draw front sight while the Model 14 was initially only available with a six inch barrel and the Patridge front sight. The Patridge was not conducive to a "snag-free" quick draw while the Baughman was.

It was discontinued in 1999, but a stainless version, Smith & Wesson Model 67 is still in production. Chambered in .38 Special only, it has only approximately 50% power of the modern .357 Magnums. This gun is also the ancestor of the Smith & Wesson Model 19 "Combat Magnum".

The Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece Revolver was a K-Frame revolver chambered for .38 Special. The Model 16 was a target model chambered for .32 S&W Long (and is not a common revolver). The Model 17 Target Masterpiece was a .22LR Model based on the same frame but for most of its production was made only with a six inch barrel. The Model 18 Combat Masterpiece (.22 LR) is a duplicate of the Model 15 with a four inch barrel.

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Specifications

(1949 - 1999)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special
  • Weight: 2.13 lbs (0.96 kg)
  • Length: 9.13 in (23.2 cm) (4 in barrel)
  • Barrel length(s): 2 in (5.1 cm), 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Smith & Wesson Model 15 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Smith & Wesson Model 15 with factory target grips - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 15-4 Combat Masterpiece with Hogue Grips - .38 Special

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Mean Streets Robert De Niro Johnny Boy . 1973
The Dove Joseph Bottoms Robin Lee Graham 1974
Shriek of the Mutilated Jimmy Silva Policeman . 1974
Mr. Majestyk Taylor Lacher Gene Lundy . 1974
Jaws Roy Scheider Chief Brody . 1975
Assault on Precinct 13 . . . 1976
Two-Minute Warning Charlton Heston Capt. Peter Holly . 1976
Two-Minute Warning . LAPD officers . 1976
Halloween Donald Pleasence Dr. Sam Loomis Target Grips 1978
Rolling Thunder thug 1977
Jaws 2 Roy Scheider Chief Brody . 1978
Hopscotch . FBI agent . 1980
Halloween II Donald Pleasence Dr. Sam Loomis . 1981
Sharky's Machine . Atlanta City Police Patrolman . 1981
Fighting Back . Vigilantes in news footage . 1982
The Star Chamber . Police officers . 1983
Deadly Circuit (Mortelle randonnée) Bank security guard 1983
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator Nickel-plated 1984
The Terminator . LAPD officers . 1984
Death Wish 3 . Civilian . 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. John Turturro Carl Cody . 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. William Petersen USSS Agent Richard Chance . 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. Jack Hoar Jack . 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. John Pankow Vukovich . 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. . Airport Police officer . 1985
Cobra . Police officers . 1986
Cobra . Security guard . 1986
Iron Eagle . USAF Security Police . 1986
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home . Police officers . 1986
52 Pick-Up John Glover Alan Raimy 1986
Lethal Weapon . LAPD officers . 1987
The Monster Squad Ryan Lambert Rudy Loaded with silver bullet 1987
The Monster Squad Bryan Kestner Rookie cop . 1987
The Monster Squad Police officers . 1987
Beverly Hills Cop 2 Brigitte Nielsen Karla Fry . 1987
Beverly Hills Cop 2 . Security guard . 1987
Beverly Hills Cop 2 Dean Stockwell Charles Kane . 1987
Extreme Prejudice Dan Tullis Jr. Sgt. Luther Fry . 1987
Extreme Prejudice . Bank guard . 1987
Best Seller . Shooter at gun range . 1987
Die Hard Reginald VelJohnson Sgt. Al Powell . 1988
License To Kill . Seaplane pilot . 1989
Batman Jack Nicholson Joker 15-3, with custom 21" telescoping barrel 1989
Bullet in the Head Waise Lee Little Wing . 1990
Bullet in the Head Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ah Bee . 1990
Bullet in the Head Jacky Cheung Fai . 1990
Fire Birds Nicolas Cage CWO Jake Preston . 1990
Fire Birds Sean Young CWO Billy Lee Guthrie . 1990
Fire Birds Bryan Kestner CWO Calvin Breaker . 1990
Fire Birds Dale Dye Col. A.K. McNeil . 1990
Fire Birds Scott Williamson CWO Scott Buzz . 1990
V.I. Warshawski Kathleen Turner V.I. Warshawski . 1991
Ricochet Denzel Washington Officer Nicholas Styles . 1991
A Perfect World Kevin Costner Butch Haynes . 1993
A Perfect World Keith Szarabajka Terry . 1993
Cop and a Half Burt Reynolds Det. Nick McKenna With pearl grips 1993
Natural Born Killers . Police officer . 1994
Open Fire Paulo Tocha A psycho 1994
Nick of Time Christopher Walken Mr. Smith . 1995
Village of the Damned . CHP officers . 1995
Rumble in the Bronx . NYPD officer . 1995
Eraser James Cromwell William Donohue . 1995
Se7en Morgan Freeman Det. Lt. William Somerset . 1995
Heaven's Prisoners Vondie Curtis-Hall DEA agent Minos P. Dautrieve snub nose 1996
L.A. Confidential James Cromwell Cpt. Dudley Smith Combat Masterpiece 1997
Conspiracy Theory . Security guard . 1997
American History X . Employee . 1998
Evolution . Woman . 2001
Spider-Man . Mugger . 2002
Survival of the Dead Julian Richings James O'Flynn . 2010
Seven Psychopaths Tom Waits Zachariah Rigby 2012
Seven Psychopaths Brendan Sexton III Young Zachariah Rigby 2012
Seven Psychopaths Phantom Killer 2012
100 Bloody Acres Angus Sampson Lindsay 2012
100 Bloody Acres Jamie Kristian Wes 2012

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Hawaii Five-O (1968) Yaphet Kotto Lance Corporal John T. Auston "King of the Hill" (S1E14) 1968-1980
Hawaii Five-O (1968) Multiple characters over the show's twelve years 1968-1980
Adam-12 William Boyett Sgt. MacDonald 1971-19751
Adam-12 Martin Milner Officer Pete Malloy Seasons 4 through 7 1971-1975
Adam-12 Kent McCord Officer Jim Reed Seasons 4 through 7 1971-1975
The Dukes of Hazzard James Best Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (ivory grips) 1979-1985
The Dukes of Hazzard Sonny Shroyer Deputy Enos Strate 1979-1985
Hill Street Blues James B. Sikking Sgt. Howard Hunter (EAT Sgt) "Hill Street Station" (PilotS1E01) 1981
Dempsey and Makepeace Hitman on boat "Wheelman" (S02E02) 1985
Dempsey and Makepeace Eric Deacon Paul Davis "Set a Thief" (S02E07) 1985
Dempsey and Makepeace Gary Shail Eddie "Set a Thief" (S02E10) 1985
The Stand Patrick Kilpatrick Ray Booth 1994
Firefly Melinda Clarke Nandi "Heart of Gold" (S01E13) 2003
Firefly Tracy Ryan Petaline "Heart of Gold" (S01E13) 2003
Psych Mercedes Ruehl Detective Goochberg 2006-????
Jericho David Meunier Russel 2006 - 2008
The Kill Point Adam Kroloff Henry 2007
The Kill Point Frank Grillo Albert "Mr. Pig" Roman 2007
The Beast . Bodyguard . 2009
Parks and Recreation Nick Offerman Ron Swanson gold plated, engraved, ivory grips, "Sister City" (S02E05) 2009
Community Donald Glover Troy Barnes "Critical Film Studies" (S02E19) 2010
Detroit 1-8-7 Shaun Majumder Det. Vikram Mahajan "Blackout" (S01E18) 2011

Video Games

Title As Mods Notes Date
NCIS: The Video Game ".38 Pistol" not usable 2011
Dead Island "Revolver" 2011


Smith & Wesson Model 15 Snub

Smith & Wesson Model 15 with a 2 inch barrel .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Msterpiece Nickel - .38 Special

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Ho! Jean-Paul Belmondo François Holin 1968
Ho! Stéphane Fey Schwartz-younger 1968
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Alain Delon Roger Sartet 1969
Dirty Money Alain Delon Commissaire Edouard Coleman 1972
Dirty Money Catherine Deneuve Cathy 1972
Killer (Le Tueur) Fabio Testi Georges Gassot 1972
The Laughing Policeman Walter Matthau S.F.P.D. Detective Sergeant Jake Martin 1973
The Laughing Policeman Bruce Dern S.F.P.D. Detective Leo Larsen 1973
Raw Deal Steve Holt FBI Special Agent Blair Shannon 1986
Raw Deal Joe Regalbuto Marvin Baxter 1986
Raw Deal Ed Lauter Baker 1986
Homicide Joe Mantegna Det. Bobby Gold 1991
Heaven's Prisoners Vondie Curtis-Hall DEA Agent Minos P. Dautrieve 1996
Blow Undercover agents 2001
We Were Soldiers Greg Kinnear Maj. Bruce "Snake Shit" Crandall 2002

Television

Title Actor Character Notation Date
NCIS: Los Angeles Jeffrey Pierce Navy Commander Neil Corby "Past Lives" (S1E12) ; Combat Masterpiece Nickel 2010


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