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Old 04-05-2019, 12:53 AM
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Default USAF Aircrew 38 Revolver?

Someone help me remember here. I know before we changed the aircrew over to the M9, they carried the S&W 38. What model was it? I think it was the model 15, but a Google search shows various dash (-1, 2, 3, 4 etc) versions of the model 15 so I'm at a loss.

Looking to get examples of the weapons I carried during my 23 years in the AF.

Beretta M9
S&W Model 15 ?
AR15 w/ triangular hand guards
A515 w/ round hand guards....This one I have
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:34 AM
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The Vietnam era Smith & Wesson was the Combat Masterpiece later designated Model 15; couldn't tell you which suffix. Mine is a 15-4 police trade-in sitting next to me in my night table. If you qualified with one it would have been with the super light 130 gr fmj cartridge specified for the aluminum cylinder aircrewman.
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Old 04-05-2019, 04:57 AM
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I was in USAF '72 - '94. I was issued a Model 15, either 2" or 4", even after the transition to the Beretta began. (I actually carried a 1911, but that is a different story.) Once I was issued an old five-screw M&P. M-16s had triangular guards, no forward assist.
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:58 AM
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The 2" pistols were stamped Mod 56 - very uncommon. Never sold to the public.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:45 AM
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The 2" pistols were stamped Mod 56 - very uncommon. Never sold to the public.
Were those the 15s or the aluminum guns?
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:25 AM
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Naval aviators and flight officers carried the Smith and Wesson Model 10 (aka Military and Police) in .38 special, with a standard 4 inch barrel throughout WWII, Korea, and the Vietnam wars. I carried one as late as 1982 when flying.

The Model 10 had only a sighting groove in the top strap, and a rounded front sight.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:31 AM
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I collect the pre-10 Victory. Wood grips,parked. Cool. GHWB carried one when he was shot down.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:49 AM
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I know this is mainly an air force thread, but when I was in at ft polk, la - we had S&W model 10 4 inch and Ruger Security Six's for female MP's or dog handlers. There were 2 inch Detective specials and I think a 2 inch S&W version too - I used to do inventory on them.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:02 PM
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The 2" pistols were stamped Mod 56 - very uncommon. Never sold to the public.
Were those the 15s or the aluminum guns?
They were basically what would have been 2" Model 15s, but were marked by S&W as Model 56. These were NOT the Aircrewman - all steel. Never sold to the public as Model 56. Last saw one in '74.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:03 PM
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I know this is mainly an air force thread, but when I was in at ft polk, la - we had S&W model 10 4 inch and Ruger Security Six's for female MP's or dog handlers. There were 2 inch Detective specials and I think a 2 inch S&W version too - I used to do inventory on them.
Saw the USAF cops with them in the '80s at Cheyenne Mountain.
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