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S&W Pre Model 19 Value/Questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 68lemans462, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. 68lemans462

    68lemans462 Well-Known Member

    I am looking at the revolver pictured. It is advertised as a pre-model 19 made in 1955. My blue book says this gun is quite valuable. 90% is $825 and up from there! Is this indeed a pre-model 19? Given the condition, is this still a good collector? What would be a rough value on this? Thank you.

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    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  2. slick6

    slick6 Well-Known Member

    Do you have the original diamond target stocks that would've been original for your pre-M19? The target stocks on your gun are not correct. The serial number on your gun should have a K prefix. Check the serial number on the butt of your gun.

    Here is a picture of the correct target stocks on my pre model 19 which has an earlier serial number than yours(S/N 26300x):
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  3. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Three screw - 1955 ? Need the serial number off the butt.
  4. 68lemans462

    68lemans462 Well-Known Member

    Serial number off the butt is: K26043

    Can you guys now tell me more?? Thanks in advance!
  5. 1 old 0311-1

    1 old 0311-1 member

    Serial number off the butt is: K26043

    Can you guys now tell me more?? Thanks in advance!

    Something ain't right. That number was made in 1948 and SHOULD have been with diamond grips and FIVE screws on the right side.:what:
  6. 68lemans462

    68lemans462 Well-Known Member

    Correction: K260439. Sorry about that!

    Also, if this number is indeed a 1955, what would be an approximate value OR condition rating so I can look up in my blue book? I'm guessing this gun is less than 90% condition???
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  7. 1 old 0311-1

    1 old 0311-1 member

    With THAT number it is a 1955. Hard to tell by condition but probably $450 on low end, $575 on high end.
  8. bamabiker

    bamabiker Well-Known Member

    The Combat Magnum started in 1955 at serial number K260001 and a first year CM in 90% condition with the original grips probably would be $800+.
    Your pictures are not clear enough for me to see what condition that gun is in but it is clear the grips are wrong.
    With what I can see and those grips I'd think around $500 to $600 but I could be way off. You don't see too many of these early CMs for sale. What are they asking for it?
  9. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    It's not unusual for scallywags to sell off desirable stocks separate from the gun to maximize profit.

    ...or maybe sometime in the past somebody put on a set of something or others and the present owner had to settle for later model stocks.

    Wish I had a bin in my back yard in which all the beautiful original S&W stocks that have been discarded over the years would magically appear! :D
  10. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    From what I can see of the finish, grips or no this gun is not collector grade and hence not top dollar.

    The collectors pay the most and it all has to be right. Not necessarily NIB perfect, but a definite step from "shooter grade" which is what this looks like to me.

    I am a "shooter grade" kind of guy. I buy classic smiths that are not collector grade but have perfect functionality because they are the best guns/best deal to be had. I shoot them, I use them because there is nothing else available that isn't in some way inferior.

    Without seeing the gun personally, I think this gun fits that mold and I would offer/pay accordingly.

    Colt inflation right now is off the hook and I am no "seer" of the future. I buy the best revolvers available for use and this could easily be one.

    P.S. I got my model 19-3 for 425.00 on gunbroker with better (original) grips and a similar finish. I don't think I got a killer deal, but a fair one.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  11. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    19-3 started in 1967. If you look at the changes since '55, they don't amount to much as far as use goes. The price you see is for collectors. The gun itself is for shooters. Don't gamble 800+.

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