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Old 11-08-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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True S&W classic, the Model 19

If you ask a S&W fan which S&W model is a must to own, the Model 19 would be on just about everyone's list, especially an earlier Model 19 with a pinned barrel and recessed chambers. A few weeks, ago, we found one at a local shop that had just come in one trade and I made the mistake of putting it in my hands. Truly, love at first sight. Thought I would share a little about this gun with you.



It is a Model 19, 357 magnum, built on a K (medium frame), 1971 vintage. It is the blued counterpart to the equally famous stainless steel Model 66 (we recently bought one of the new Model 66s). This one sports a 4" barrel, by far the most popular length in this series.

Shown with our new Model 66


Now, if you're new to S&W revolvers, what's the big deal about a pinned barrel and recessed chambers? Truth is, they really do nothing as far as actual function or performance, but they do represent S&Ws philosophy of making guns better than they needed to be in those days. As a cost cutting measure, those features were phased out on all S&W revolvers starting in the first years of the 80s.

Recessed chambers


Pinned barrel (pin is just above and a bit to the left of the barrel throat)


What makes the Model 19 so special to us S&W fans? A couple of things.

First, you will never understand until you actually pick one of these up and hold it. Some guns come immediately to life when you hold one and the Model 19 is one of them in spades. You just can't help but sigh with satisfaction when you pick one up.

Second, to shoot a Model 19 is to love it. Of all our Smiths, this individual gun has the finest trigger, both in SA and in DA, that you can get in a production gun. Not a hair trigger, mind you, but a trigger absolutely devoid of grittiness, creep and all the things we detest in a trigger pull. With this Model 19, line up the sights on the target and the next thing you know you are shooting the center out of the bullseye. I won't bore you with an accuracy report, but I will say that if you cannot shoot this revolver, well, you should give up on handguns, entirely.

Now, I knew all the facts of the Model 19 legend before we brought this gun home with us. Bill, however, did not. Last week at the range, I stopped only long enough to check the sights, made a couple of adjustments and then left the gun with Bill as I made my way over to the rifle range to work with the big 308 Encore pistol.

About forty five minutes, later, Bill came walking up to me with a huge grin plastered on his face. He started telling me how he could not miss, how he was having a great shooting day and so on. I assumed he had been using his beloved Model 28-2 Highway Patrolman - a gun that always comes to the range with us - but he quickly corrected me on that score. Nope, he had been shooting our "new" Model 19 using 38 Specials. To my further amazement, he even told me he liked the Model 19 as MUCH as his Highway Patrolman.

Will wonders never cease! Just didn't think I'd ever see the day when Bill liked a gun as much as his Highway Patrolman, but, hey, that's the Model 19 for you.

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Old 11-08-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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I am glad that you finally added a Model 19 to your S&W collection. For me, S&W K-frames are the best handling DA revolvers, ever.
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Great report. I would take a smooth heavier trigger over a gritty light one anyday.
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Congratulations NCG. That is a beautiful 19.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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Good machine glad u got it. Had a 4" nickle 19 in the early 70s. Made some money on it.

Like the SS Ruger Security Six tuned by Jim Clark w pachmyer grips and a Clark replacement rear sight that I got later. Then the 6" S&W 29-2 came home w me - 3 Ts and trijicon nuclear powered glow in the dark sights. Love Keith style hard cast at .44 Spl velocities and flame throwing loads w Gold Dots.
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Congratulations NCG. That is a beautiful 19.
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Thanks, guys.

Rocklock, I also have a soft spot for S&W 44 mags ... and TC 44 mags ... and Marlin 44 mags and ... yup, even Ruger 44 mags. Did I mention I like 44 mags?
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So another great revolver finally found it's way to the perfect home. Congrats again on your perfect timing, I am sure that one wouldn't have been in the shop very long.
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Thanks, Seabee. Actually it was still sitting behind the counter with about a dozen other used revolvers, waiting to be put out on display and - you know me - I picked it out immediately and asked about it. The shop owner hadn't even decided on a price , so I helped him out a bit. There is simply no way you can die a Marlin or a Smith or a TC without my radar going off.
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Do you find most of these at one gun store or do you have several that you go to?
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I am glad that you finally added a Model 19 to your S&W collection. For me, S&W K-frames are the best handling DA revolvers, ever.
That is my favorite by far. They really hit the sweet spot. Target revolvers, service revolvers, concealed carry guns, the K frames can do it all, and have. That Mod 19 is a great prize. My NP 4" Mod 19 is and old one with pinned barrel and CB chambers.
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303, we have three shops in the area and each one knows us on a first name basis.
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303, we have three shops in the area and each one knows us on a first name basis.
I have two that I go to. One has one of the largest selections in the state. The other one is near the range but is much smaller. He is a one man store and has the best prices on new firearms but tends to be high on used. Its also kind of a hangout and its common to see several people there just talking to everyone that comes in.
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303, we have three shops in the area and each one knows us on a first name basis.
I reckon!
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303, we have three shops in the area and each one knows us on a first name basis.
I am envious of all of you that actually have local gunshops. There are two about 45-50 miles away from me; i rarely have an opportunity to stop in at either.
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Look at all the money yer savein ks
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Beautiful revolver.
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