Rifleman Q&A: Where Did the USAF Combat Masterpieces Go?
In the mid-20th century, The U.S. Air Force had many Combat Masterpiece revolvers in its service, later known as the Model 15.
America’s Military Revolvers
Though some fixed- cartridge revolvers were used during the American Civil War, it wasn’t until the U.S. Army officially adopted the now-famous Colt Single Action Army revolver in .45 Colt cal. in 1873 that the cartridge revolver came into its own in U.S. military service.
U.S. Air Force Combat Masterpieces
The complete history of the S&W .38 revolvers began during World War II with the Victory Model, which was followed by several “Aircrewman” models. The Combat Masterpiece was introduced to the commercial market in 1949, and it became the Model 15 in 1957 when S&W began using model numbers.