Thanks to all.
Thanks to all.
It looks like the standard issue 38 that we carried in the 70's when I was a USAF Air police.
The hammer and trigger were standard too at that time.
I would go to gunbroker and see what they are going for now. I havent even fired one since 1980 so I dont have a clue as to its value.
If it is original, and in the condition shown, it may well be worth quite a bit more than the average S&W model 15 to a collector of military arms. Be aware, however, that it could be a Vietnam-era bring-back "duffle-bag special", and as such, the weapon/serial number may have been reported as stolen at some point in the distant past, depending on the conditions of its release from service. There was at least one legal way for an officer to obtain a personal weapon that he had used in a time of war (awarded to him at his request, during retirement), but that would seem to be inconsistent with the condition of this weapon (doesn't look like it was ever carried), and usually, there needed to be a personal connection to the weapon (used it save his life, etc.).
Interesting photos, in any case. I have a non-military model 15 that I purchased after my retirement, simply because I had spent so much time training folks in their use, and shooting them myself. It has a worn finish, but shoots well, and I enjoy taking it out and shooting it (on rare occasions) quite a bit.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane...
Thanks for the info.
In that case, it has a clean history, and would definitely be of interest to most military arms collectors. Heck, a plain-Jane non-USAF-marked model 15 in that condition is probably worth $450 or more; if the box and wrapper are included, I wouldn't be surprised to find out it's worth quite a bit more.
Edit: Here is a link to a similar gun I found on an auction website:
*U.S.A.F. Marked Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 Revolver - Cowan's Auctions
All the information I have says that a Model 15 with USAF markings will get 200 to 300% more than the same condition non marked M-15.
Sorry for such a tardy reply. Thanks for the replies. After much research and chatting with several collectors, I figure the piece is in about 85% condition with a fair value of about $1500. I plan to put it on auction hoping to get $1200. Very scarce with box and wrapper. Thanks again.