FRI | MAY 13, 2022

Scholastic 3-D Archery currently provides two (2) main levels of coach certifications: Basic Instructor, and Advanced Instructor. To become a coach in the S3DA organization, any interested party must complete the Basic Instructor Training Class.
Apex Tactical Specialties is headed to Houston and inviting attendees of the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, May 27 through May 29, to stop by booth #1137 for a hands-on look at the popular line of aftermarket trigger kits from Apex.
AGM is set to demonstrate AGM products at the Utah Shooters annual Shootah event this year on May 21st.

The Wall of Guns isn’t just “a wall of guns” to admire at the NRA Annual Meetings, it’s a chance to support the NRA, the future of shooting sports, and have the opportunity to win firearms.
Dead Air Silencers will be attending the 2022 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from May 27th through May 29th, 2022.
AGM Global Vision announced their participation in the Primary Arms Optics NRA Range Day event. Attendees will get the chance to try a range of products from various vendors – including AGM products.

The Hornady Security Wireless Hygrometer monitors temperature and humidity in real-time, all without opening the gun safe.
Hornady® has supplied ammunition to freedom fighting forces in Ukraine in partnership with Adams Arms, Leupold & Stevens, PROOF Research, Rise Armament, Radian Weapons and Luth AR.
As part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, Federal Ammunition announces the release of their hardcover book, Federal Ammunition: The First Hundred Years. This 244-page hardcover book highlights Federal cartridge production and innovation over the past century.

SIG SAUER is pleased to support Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation with an exclusive SIG MCX-SPEAR package for the Task Force Dagger SOF Auction and Raffle occurring in conjunction with the upcoming Special Operations Forces International Conference show.
Liberty Ammunition, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of high-performance lead-free ammunition, is celebrating the California court ruling.
Blackhawk will attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C. May 12-15. As a steadfast supporter of law enforcement since the brand’s founding, Blackhawk is proud to participate and support National Police Week and the many events throughout the week.
A 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a favorable decision in the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF)-led case of Jones v Bonta, holding that California’s age-based firearms purchase ban is unconstitutional and the district court had “erred in not enjoining an almost total ban on center semiautomatic center fire rifles for young adults.”
Rival Arms has expanded its offerings to include electro-optics, beginning with the new X1 Micro Reflex Sight. The X1 is a 3 MOA red dot ideally suited for use on defensive pistols, target pistols, rifles, hunting and defensive shotguns.
High Speed Gear releases the new Vigil EDC Belt, the brand’s newest, low-profile everyday wear belt. It is rigid enough to support both inside-the-waistband and outside-the-waistband holsters and has a low-profile magnetic buckle that fits through standard belt loops.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control focusing on a spike in gun-related violence pulls data out of context and demonstrates how the CDC is “up to its old tricks” under the Biden administration, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says.
This week, Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio features self-defense, gun rights and more.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close the Pontiac Lake shooting range for renovations on Thursday, May 19. The project is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, May 26.


Today's feature is from our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

I was hoping the U.P.S. truck would arrive a little early, but no such luck. Out in the country deliveries are rarely early. I dialed Editor Rich’s number. “I’m waiting on U.P.S. to deliver a pistol,” I explained. “The Wire’s going to be a little late today.” Finally - right on time - the truck arrived. In the box is a great looking Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 – with a two-inch barrel.

The S&W Model 15 – “The K-38 Combat Masterpiece” – never got the attention it deserved. “It’s only a .38 Special,” was a common comment. Keep in mind all this is way before hollow-point/defensive ammunition. With today’s “modern” ammo the .38 Special is a potent round.

The “Pre-Model 15” .38 Special was introduced in 1949. It’s a K frame pistol, a “five-screw” model – as opposed to four or three - with an adjustable rear sight, a square butt and a four-inch barrel. The first “15’s” were released in 1957, originally with a four-inch barrel, with the 15-2 two-inch barrels appearing in 1964. There are a few differences between the K-38 and the later 15, but all the good things carried over with the “new” pistol. Later, as different models were released, features were discontinued. The 15-1 was changed so that the extractor rod had left-hand threads. Definitely a good thing. The -2 deleted the trigger guard screw – another good change. With the 15-5 they stopped pinning the barrel.

I had been looking at 15’s with two-inch barrels for a while. The older I get the more I appreciate short-barrel/light-weight pistols. Friend and fellow S&W fan Roger alerted me to some recent additions with an on-line dealer I knew it was time. They had a couple that were really nice looking. After he bought one of them, I knew it was time to get mine.

I looked into the safe to see what I didn’t need. The older I get, the less I find that’s really needed. But, I really “needed” a Model 15 with a two-inch barrel for a build I’m planning. After clearing a spot in the safe, and some transferring of funds the 15-3 was on its way to the shop.

With the box open, it was time to inspect. Since there’s a deadline, I don’t get time to take it all apart for a serious look, or even head to the range. After looking it over I don’t anticipate any troubles.

The 15-3 was produced in 1967. Sadly, the Combat Masterpiece was discontinued in 2002. The present sample is a fifty-five-year-old pistol that looks almost brand new. There’s minimal wear around the cylinder where the cylinder stop rubs. It locks up tight, and the timing is good to go. When you stroke the trigger, it takes you back to the 1960’s. It’s a nice, smooth action. Anyone who shoots older ‘Smiths will know immediately what I’m talking about. Some of the fit/finish is lost in later model pistols.

Next, it’s to the range to test fire. Then, I’m faced with the difficult decision of whether to modify it or not. It’s a nice revolver, but in order to carry it there’s going to have to be a few “me” changes. Stay tuned.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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