S&W Model 19-3 {56K warning!!!}


October 27, 2004, 07:52 PM
Just picked up this little beauty yesterday. 1974 vintage. About 99% blue. All the paper work, unopened tools and original blue box.

I have a S&W 642-2 but this is my first .357.

Thought I'd show her off.






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October 27, 2004, 08:24 PM
Shore is purty! You made a good choice, congratulations!

October 27, 2004, 08:36 PM
The 19-3's sure are nice and I love mine. I expect mine looked like that one when it was new, but mine rode in the holster of an LEO long before I bought it. Mine has scratches, wear on the edges, freckling of the finish, and a very deeply pitted backstrap where the officer must have walked around with his hand or arm resting on it. The interior is almost new and it shoots great.

October 27, 2004, 09:06 PM
That is a nice one for being 30 years old! I am always surprised that you can still find nice older S&W revolvers in such great shape. A lot of time, they are not too expensive either. I have one just like that but mine does have some wear. It is still pretty but not that pretty. I shoot mine so I don't want a mint one, I couldn't bring myself to shoot a mint P&R Smith for some reason.

NoTsO cLeAn HaRoLd
October 27, 2004, 09:30 PM
Very Nice!

There's just something about a blued P&R smith!

Brian Williams
October 27, 2004, 09:43 PM
Nice pics of a great gun, now in my wallpaper rotation.

October 28, 2004, 12:51 PM
Beautiful! Looks tons better then mine!

October 28, 2004, 07:13 PM
Beautiful. "sniff" Just beautiful.

P. Plainsman
October 28, 2004, 08:57 PM
Lovely gun. Cleaner than mine, which is otherwise its twin.

And I love mine.

October 29, 2004, 02:42 AM
Nice looking gun, and some very good pictures!


October 31, 2004, 02:06 AM
Really nice pictures and a nice S&W!

rick newland
October 31, 2004, 05:57 AM
triage1998 great photos of a great gun. About ten years ago I sold a model 19 and a Walther PP to a friend while we were stationed in Germany. (mistake I know). The ten years he owned them he never shot them. Yesterday he sold them back to me for a total of $600. Nice to have a 19 back in the house.

October 31, 2004, 10:33 PM
That is a great looking revolver. Congratulations.


October 31, 2004, 11:03 PM
Awesome, beautiful revolver. Thanks for sharing. Very, very sanitary! :eek:

Does the "3" in the model number denote a 3" barrel? It looks more like a 4" to me, but I'm not sure.

I'm about to have my vintage 66 rebarreled from 2.5" to 4", but perhaps S&W could make it a 3"... hmmmm. On second thought, I have a 3" 65.... I guess I'll make mine a 4".

Sure do like that blued steel... mmmmmm.

October 31, 2004, 11:49 PM
Does the "3" in the model number denote a 3" barrel? It looks more like a 4" to me, but I'm not sure.

No. The "3" does not denote a 3" bbl. It is just the third variation or update on the model. A 19-3 is older than a 19-5 because the 19-5 is the fifth change. That is a 4" bbl 19 in the pic.

November 2, 2004, 05:14 PM
Can anyone go down the list of what changes were made for every number? Im curious as to which one I would prefer the most. (or are the changes too subtle to notice?)

November 2, 2004, 06:55 PM
19 - 1957: Stamping of model number.

19-1 - 1959: Change extractor rod, right to left-hand thread.

19-2 - 1961: Cylinder stop changed, delete triggerguard screw.
1963: Introduce 6" barrel.
1963: 50 manufactured with 2.5" barrel, serial range K544672- K544721.
1966: Introduce 2.5" barrel as standard.

19-3 - 1967: Relocation of rear sight leaf screw.
1968: Delete diamond-insert grip.

19-4 - 1977: Change gas ring from yoke to cylinder. (not really an "improvement". It did make it slightly easier to clean if you had heavy leading, but basically was a cost-cutting measure.)

19-5 - 1982: Eliminate cylinder counterbore

November 2, 2004, 07:15 PM
triage... I have a 66-2 with 2 1/2" barrel which I bought as a new model in about 1975, I believe.... any idea on the dates and variations on the 66 models? Also, would you or someone else happen to have the variations for the 586/686 line?


November 2, 2004, 07:41 PM
Wow! You Guys are amazing on what info lurks in your memory! What version do you guys like the most?

November 5, 2004, 12:57 AM
That sure is a pretty gun!

Mine (a 19-3 built in 67) was carried by my grandfather during his tenure with the LAPD. She isn't as pretty as yours, but the history behind it gives its thin finish and well worn grips a bit of character. I'll never part with her.

November 5, 2004, 08:54 AM

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