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S&W 19-3 Combat Magnum

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Deaf Smith, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    4 inch, excellent condition, with box, cleaning equipment, papers...

    Yes pinned in barrel, recessed chambers, target trigger and hammer, S&W 'magna' stocks.


    So what does one do? Is it to much?

  2. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    It may be a little high but if I had the funds I'd buy it. They don't make K frame magnums anymore. The 19 is very sought after.
  3. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    A fair deal IMO.

    I stole my last 19-4 but bent over quite far on the one before that, so on average, I'm where you landed. Congrats.
  4. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a very nice gun, with box and accessories. Though for a 4" example, I'd say it is a bit high. I'd try to negotiate a price no higher than $550 plus tax, perhaps offering $500 cash plus tax and go from there. But I wouldn't let the gun go over $50.
  5. oldbear

    oldbear Well-Known Member

    With the box, and all the extras $600.00 is on the high end of a fair price, but not a deal breaker, to me.

    Look at it this way you can over pay (?) by a SMALL amount now, or kick yourself for not buying it at the asking price in 12 -18 months.
  6. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    Make the counter offer of $550, but don't let it get away.
  7. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Tad high but there are several I've regretted not snagging and later spent more for less.
  8. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I walked by a mint 2 1/2" Model 19 at a gun show 6 years ago for $350.
    Came back 3 minutes later to buy it and somebody else was filling out the paperwork.

    Still kicking myself on that one!!

    They ain't ever gonna get any cheaper if you find a nice one you want.

  10. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    And sadly gents the same gun store manager also offered me a pre-64 Winchester 30/30 for $400 today. Decent condition one to.

    Both these guns are on consignment so they want cash.

    Ops.. I forgot to get a lottery ticket today. Bummer.

    Anyway it's not that I need any of these guns (I feel one can do fine in life with a 30/30, .357 mag revolver, and a 12 gauge pump) but yes, they don't make them anymore!

  11. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    That would be good to go in my area. A wad of cash in hand is usually a good negotiating tool. ;)

    Shorter the barrel, generally bigger the bucks.
  12. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Not a total deal breaker, but I did get my 66-5 (stainless version) for $400 in excellent, almost new condition. But then the deal I got was one of those can't pass it up for the price deals too.

    I also bought a 66-2 back in 1980-ish for $175, but that was a realistic price for a 66-2 in the early 1980's.
    I'm no help at all!
  13. Doc3402

    Doc3402 Well-Known Member

    If it has the target trigger and hammer it is worth $600 around here. Maybe a little more. I would buy it in a heartbeat.
  14. bigtubby

    bigtubby Well-Known Member

    With the extra's that is what it would be priced at around here and if paying cash they would probably give it to me at that price OTD or maybe $575.00 but I wouldn't let it get away.
  15. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Well-Known Member

    What does one do? One BUYS IT!! :)

    Just take a look at the asking prices on the current production junk. I'll pay $600 for a good conditon example of the finest revolver they ever made all day long.

    Let us know how it shoots! ;)
  16. paravil

    paravil Well-Known Member

    I'll join in on the chorus. I think the key term here is "excellent" condition. I see K frames in "good" condition going for between five and six hundred on a pretty regular basis. For an "excellent" 19 with box and papers, if I had the cash I'd throw it down and run straight to the range.
  17. Hapworth

    Hapworth Well-Known Member

    Looks like I'll be taking the minority opinion here, but...that is an excellent price for what you describe.

    You're talking a collector piece in this kind of set-up: a 19-3, true NRA Condition Standards "excellent", with original box, paperwork and tools. The only caveat is the magna stocks, which 19s generally did not leave the factory with, though they could be a special order for that particular gun; suggest you remove them and see if they're numbered to the gun (S&W was still numbering stocks in the 19-3 era). If they match, great; if not, it knocks only a very little off the value, given the other accoutrement (the box should be determined to match the gun, too).

    Take a look at the broker sites and see what closed auctions on identical or similar items sold at -- $600 will look like a very good deal.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  18. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    When I bought my mid-90s% 19-3 in 2005 for $295, I overpaid by about $40-$50.
    These days the gun would fetch mid $400 range easily. I'd never ever sell it though.

    Seriously, even if it's not a GREAT deal, it's a good deal and will only get better as the years go on. As has been said numerous times, you're not overpaying. You're just buying it early.
  19. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I bought an unfired 19-3, the cased Texas Ranger Sesquicentennial, for 550.
    I thought it was a decent price for what it is.
    But, I can't bring myself to be the one to put the first round through it, so I think I'll trade it off for something I'll use. :)
  20. Doc3402

    Doc3402 Well-Known Member

    Would you settle for first born child? She's kinda cute, but she can burn a grilled cheese sandwich in the blink of an eye.<grin>

    Seriously, I would keep it and haunt the guns shops for another 19 if that's what you want

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