This is my beater, an old S&W Model 15 revolver in .38 Special. Perhaps most of us have one or two underappreciated handguns like it. This revolver came from one of the super-sized Tulsa gun shows back in the mid-80s, shortly after the Air Force sentenced me to a year in nearby Enid. I fished it out of a very large cardboard box filled with with Model 15s. The dealer said they were police trade-ins, if I recall correctly, from somewhere in up in Minnesota. There were several boxes with hundreds of revolvers, nearly all Model 10s and Model 15s. It seems this was a period of time when many departments were transitioning to autoloaders, so they were giving these away at about $100 each. For slightly more you could get a better grade. I don't have any great affection for DA revolvers. Indeed I'm mostly a 1911 guy and absolutely go weak for a nice old Colt single action. Yet this revolver has spent more time strapped to my side that all others combined, a regular accessory while cutting brush, mowing, scouting, or taking part in other outdoor activities. Shamefully I admit that it gets a thorough cleaning only about once every decade or so, but it doesn't seem to care. So my hat is off to Smith & Wesson for producing this superbly accurate revolver that seems so nearly indestructible.