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Smith & Wesson Model 15

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Smith & Wesson Model 15 with factory Magna slimline grips - .38 Special

The Smith & Wesson Model 15 "Combat Masterpiece" was in common use with police and private security officers from the 1950s to the 80s. 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 eighths inch barrel (1986-1988). The last two longer barrel lengths were issued after Smith and Wesson ceased production of the Model 14 "Target Masterpiece" in 1982.

The Model 15, and later the stainless version, the Model 67, was issued to officers of the LAPD 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. The Air Force would continue to use it for dog training, due to the lack of a blank adapter for the M9, and only began phasing them out in March of 2019 when the M17 and M18 (which had drop in blank fire kits) entered service.

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.

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.


(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


Title Actor Character Note Date
The New Centurions Scott Wilson Officer Plebesly 1972
Stacy Keach Officer Fehler
Mean Streets Robert De Niro Johnny Boy 1973
Walking Tall Joe Don Baker Buford Pusser 1973
The Dove Joseph Bottoms Robin Lee Graham 1974
Newman's Law George Peppard Vince Newman 1974
Victor Campos Pete Jimenez
Louis Zorich Falcone
Shriek of the Mutilated Jimmy Silva Policeman 1974
Mr. Majestyk Taylor Lacher Gene Lundy 1974
Bucktown Gene Simms Josh 1975
Jaws Roy Scheider Chief Brody 1975
Dirty Hands (Les innocents aux mains sales) Paolo Giusti Jeff Marle 1975
Romy Schneider Julie Wormser
Framed John Larch Lt. Tad Bundy 1975
Brock Peters Sgt. Sam Perry
Roy Jenson Deputy Haskins
Paul Mantee Frank
Police officers
Assault on Precinct 13 James Jeter Precinct Captain 1976
Two-Minute Warning Charlton Heston Capt. Peter Holly 1976
Larry Manetti LAPD SWAT Officer Pratt
LAPD officers
Halloween Donald Pleasence Dr. Sam Loomis Target Grips 1978
Rolling Thunder thug 1977
Jaws 2 Roy Scheider Chief Brody 1978
Flatfoot in Africa A hitman Suppressed 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
Blue Thunder James Read Los Angeles police officer 1983
The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger) Jean-Claude Dreyfus Bertrand 1983
Jean-Pierre Bagot Alexandre
Steve Kalfa Édouard
Zlata Numanagic Jacqueline
Julien Bukowski Arnaud
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator Nickel-plated 1984
LAPD officers
My New Partner (Les ripoux) A police detective 1984
Against All Odds security guard 1984
Red Dawn Powers Boothe Lt. Colonel Tanner 1984
Death Wish 3 Civilian 1985
Into the Night Iranian gunman 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. John Turturro Carl Cody 1985
William Petersen USSS Agent Richard Chance
Jack Hoar Jack
John Pankow Vukovich
Airport Police officer
Pray for Death Norman Burton Lt. Anderson 1985
Police officers and criminals
Cobra Police officers, a 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
Tough Guys Nathan Davis Jimmy Ellis 1986
LAPD officers, Sheriff deputies, Border Patrol agents
Armed and Dangerous John Candy Frank Dooley 1986
Eugene Levy Norman Kane
Kenneth McMillan Capt. O'Connell
Meg Ryan Maggie Cavanaugh
Larry Hankin Kokolovitch
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Bruno
Security guards and LAPD officers
Lethal Weapon LAPD officers 1987
Near Dark Tim Thomerson Loy 1987
The Monster Squad Ryan Lambert Rudy Loaded with silver bullet 1987
Bryan Kestner Rookie cop
Police officers
Beverly Hills Cop 2 Brigitte Nielsen Karla Fry 1987
Security guard
Dean Stockwell Charles Kane
Extreme Prejudice Dan Tullis Jr. Sgt. Luther Fry 1987
Bank guard
Best Seller Shooter at gun range 1987
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 Eric Freeman Ricky Caldwell 1987
A police officer
The Presidio Jenette Goldstein Patti Jean Lynch 1988
Die Hard Reginald VelJohnson Sgt. Al Powell 1988
Dead Heat L.A.P.D. patrolman 1988
Colors R.D. Call Baines 1988
The Blue Iguana masked gunman 1988
China O'Brien Cynthia Rothrock China O'Brien 1988
Patrick Adamson Marty Lickner
Licence To Kill Seaplane pilot 1989
Batman Jack Nicholson Joker 15-3, with custom 21" telescoping barrel 1989
Wild at Heart (1990) Neil Summers Police officer 1990
Downtown Anthony Edwards Officer Kearney 1990
Bullet in the Head Waise Lee Little Wing 1990
Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ah Bee
Jacky Cheung Fai
Fire Birds Nicolas Cage CWO Jake Preston 1990
Sean Young CWO Billy Lee Guthrie
Bryan Kestner CWO Calvin Breaker
Dale Dye Col. A.K. McNeil
Scott Williamson CWO Scott Buzz
V.I. Warshawski Kathleen Turner V.I. Warshawski 1991
Samurai Cop Various extras 1991
Ricochet Denzel Washington Officer Nicholas Styles 1991
Passenger 57 robber 1992
A Perfect World Kevin Costner Butch Haynes 1993
Keith Szarabajka Terry
Cop and a Half Burt Reynolds Det. Nick McKenna With pearl grips 1993
Loaded Weapon 1 Larry Wilcox Larry 1993
The Shawshank Redemption Seen in a pawn shop display 1994
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
Casino Mob assassins 1995
The Way to Dusty Death A guard in Vincennes' estate 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
The Game Michael Douglas Nicholas Van Orton 1997
American History X Employee 1998
Evolution Woman 2001
Monster's Ball Heath Ledger Sonny Grotowski 2001
Spider-Man Mugger 2002
Cash Truck Albert Dupontel Alexandre Demarre 2004
Watchmen N.Y.P.D. officers 2009
Survival of the Dead Julian Richings James O'Flynn 2010
Seven Psychopaths Tom Waits Zachariah Rigby 2012
Brendan Sexton III Young Zachariah Rigby
Phantom Killer
100 Bloody Acres Angus Sampson Lindsay 2012
Jamie Kristian Wes
World War Z Ernesto Cantu Tommy's father 2013
Fabrizio Zacharee Guido Tommy
V/H/S/2 L.C. Holt Kyle 2013
We Still Kill the Old Way Street gang member 2014
The Bad Batch Suki Waterhouse Arlen 2016
Halloween Kills Thomas Mann Deputy Hawkins 1978 flashbacks 2021


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Hawaii Five-O (1968) Multiple characters over the show's twelve years 1968-1980
Yaphet Kotto Lance Corporal John T. Auston "King of the Hill" (S1E14)
uniformed police officers
Adam-12 William Boyett Sgt. MacDonald 1971-1975
Martin Milner Officer Pete Malloy Seasons 4 through 7
Kent McCord Officer Jim Ree
Columbo Peter Falk Lt. Columbo "Fade in to Murder" (S06E01) 1976
William Shatner Ward Fowler
Part of the murder mechanism "Columbo Goes to College" (S10E01) 1990
The Dukes of Hazzard James Best Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (ivory grips) 1979-1985
Sonny Shroyer Deputy Enos Strate
Magnum, P.I. Thug "Black Orchid" (S1E16) 1980-1988
Tom Selleck Thomas Magnum "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02)
Hill Street Blues James B. Sikking Sgt. Howard Hunter (EAT Sgt) "Hill Street Station" (Pilot/S1E01) 1981-1987
Charles Haid Officer Andy Renko
T.J. Hooker William Shatner Sgt. Hooker "The Protectors" (S1E01) 1982
Adrian Zmed Officer Romano
Dempsey and Makepeace Hitman on boat "Wheelman" (S02E02) 1985
Eric Deacon Paul Davis "Set a Thief" (S02E07)
Gary Shail Eddie "Set a Thief" (S02E10)
Bergerac David Kershaw DC Ben Lomas "In Love and War" (S08E06) 1990
Police constables "My Friend Charlie" (S09E05) 1991
The Stand Patrick Kilpatrick Ray Booth 1994
Rob Lowe Nick Andros
Homicide: Life on the Street Lee Tergesen Officer Thormann 1995
Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle Michael Garibaldi "Grey 17 is Missing" (S03E19) 1996
Jeff Conway Zack Allan "Grey 17 is Missing" (S03E19)
The X-Files - Season 4 Tucker Smallwood Sheriff Andy Taylor "Home" (S4E02) 1996
Firefly Melinda Clarke Nandi "Heart of Gold" (S1E13) 2003
Tracy Ryan Petaline
Amphibian Man. Sea Devil (Chelovek-amfibiya. Morskoy dyavol) Levan Uchaneishvili Pedro Zurita 2004
Psych Mercedes Ruehl Detective Goochberg 2006 - Ongoing
Jericho David Meunier Russel 2006 - 2008
The Kill Point Adam Kroloff Henry 2007
Frank Grillo Albert "Mr. Pig" Roman
The Beast Bodyguard 2009
Parks and Recreation Nick Offerman Ron Swanson gold plated, engraved, ivory grips, "Sister City" (S2E05) 2009
Community Donald Glover Troy Barnes "Critical Film Studies" (S2E19) 2010
Detroit 1-8-7 Shaun Majumder Det. Vikram Mahajan "Blackout" (S1E18) 2011
Murder in the First SFPD officer "Family Matters" (S1E09) 2014
The Last Ship - Season 2 Militia "Alone and Unafraid" S2E07 2015
True Detective Multiple characters 2019
Endeavour Regan Garcia Mark Lunn Probably .22 caliber Model 18-4; "Scherzo" (S08E02) 2021
Wayne Carter Ifan Roberts

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 2 inch barrel - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece Nickel - .38 Special


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Ho! Jean-Paul Belmondo François Holin 1968
Stéphane Fey Schwartz-younger
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Alain Delon Roger Sartet 1969
Dirty Money Alain Delon Commissaire Edouard Coleman 1972
Catherine Deneuve Cathy
Killer (Le Tueur) Fabio Testi Georges Gassot 1972
The Laughing Policeman Walter Matthau S.F.P.D. Detective Sergeant Jake Martin 1973
Bruce Dern S.F.P.D. Detective Leo Larsen
Raw Deal Steve Holt FBI Special Agent Blair Shannon 1986
Joe Regalbuto Marvin Baxter
Ed Lauter Baker
Outrageous Fortune Shelley Long Lauren Ames suppressed 1987
Bette Midler Sandy Brozinsky
Johnny Sanchez Puerto Rican Kid
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Ricardo Montalban Vincent Ludwig 1988
Homicide Joe Mantegna Det. Bobby Gold 1991
Donato and Daughter Charles Bronson Sgt. Mike Donato 1993
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


Title Actor Character Notation/Episode Date
Fabio Montale Alain Delon Fabio Montale 2002
Fabio Montale Mathilda May Hélène Pessayre 2002
NCIS: Los Angeles Jeffrey Pierce Navy Commander Neil Corby "Past Lives" (S1E12) ; Combat Masterpiece Nickel 2010
Julie Lescaut Ferdinand Milon Clément Bonnet "Les risques du métier" (S21E05) 2011

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