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Smith and Wesson Model 19-3

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by inthelineofire, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    I recently acquired a Smith and Wesson Model 19-3 "Combat Magnum" with original paperwork, warranty card, box, and unopened cleaning kit in PRISTINE condition. Probably less than 50 rounds through it. I was wondering how to determine the age and any possible information on this gun.

    If anyone has any information, please do not hesitate to add it!

    Thanks guys!
  2. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    Post a serial number and someone should be able to track down the approximate age. XX out the last two numbers if you like.
  3. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Well-Known Member

    I've wanted one for years! The timing will be right...one of these days!

    All I can say is..."atta boy"

  4. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    Be careful, my 19-3 turned into 4.:)
  5. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    Yeah... I'm afraid I have been bitten by the 19 bug. I feel a collection coming on....

    Anyway, the S/N is:


    Anyone who can give me an approx. age on this gun- it would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
  6. .41Dave

    .41Dave Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your "new" 19-3! According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd Edition, it was made in 1970.
  7. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! That is next on my list I think.

    Is it a 4"?

  8. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // inthelineofire Congrats on the great find ---if you click on the word revolvers at the top of this page you will be taken to the revolver main page.

    At the top of the revolver main page there are "sticky" post ( important or highly used revolver info ) the first " sticky" is a Date Of Birth thread.

    I'd be interested to know the year if you would not mind post it here.

    I know you are happy
    IC 1970 folks are fast here--nice
  9. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam


    I have a 4" Smith & Wesson factory nickel model 19-3, in this same kind'a
    condition; correct box, paperwork, blank warranty card, spec sheet, and
    tool kit. Mine is from 1975, and I've been offered as much as $575 for it;
    but it's NOT FOR SALE~! ;) :D
  10. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! I keep hoping to stumble across a pristine 4" 19-3, 19-4, or (I think) 19-5 when I actually have money in my pocket. I do love my Rugers, but there is something so "just right" about a blued Model 19.
  11. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    Rexster has it correct... I was INCHES away from putting a down-payment on a BRAND NEW 686+... That is, until I stumbled across the 19-3. My mind was made up as soon as I viewed the photographs. I will attach some pictures momentarily.
  12. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    See attached photos... First time doing this so let's see if it works.

    Attached Files:

  13. frankt

    frankt Well-Known Member

    Very Nice gun. I have a 6" 19-3 in about the same condition with box and papers.
    They really used a pretty, deep blue back in those days.
    I like the 66 stainless guns too, just not as classy!
  14. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    That finish is probably what made the decision for me. I wanted a blue finish, but when I saw the deep, shiny blue of that particular era I was SOLD.

    It's a shame they don't make a finish like they used to.

    Had the gun lock up on me today when shooting .357 ammo. Worked fine with .38 though. Anyone have any idea why it would do this?
  15. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter what you paid for it - you scored!
  16. messerist

    messerist Well-Known Member

    Loverly! One is on my list "to get."
  17. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 19-3 Combat Magnum was manufactured in 1970.
  18. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    Thou shalt not covet...
    Thou shalt not covet...
    Thou shalt not co....
    Thou shalt no.....
    Thou sha....
    Thou shall...
    Thou shall find thine own S&W model 19!!!!!

    Sweet gun! Congrats!!!
  19. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member


    Beautiful specimen. You did well.
    RE: Locking up. The previous owner may have fired a bunch of .38's in it and not cleaned it adequately before selling it. Did you shoot the .38's before you fired the .357's or did you clean the gun before firing it?

    The shorter .38's will leave a carbon ring in the cylinder, thus the longer .357's have a problem seating properly in the chambers. This may force the longer cases back against the breach face of the gun and cause it to drag somewhat when trying to rotate the cylinder.

    Look in the cylinder and see if there is a build up visible in the chambers. Clean the cylinder real well and I'll bet your problem goes away.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2010
  20. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    This M19-3 looks to be "pinned and recessed". Is that so? If so it might be hard to load .357 magnums in the chambers and be able to close the cylinder. S&W tend to have close tolerances at the cylinder to barrel gap. Check for fouling (lead and/or carbon) on the cylinder face and barrel forcing cone.

    When shooting .38 Specials [especially lead] you should clean the cylinder chambers well. Most critical is at the chamber mouths to remove carbon buildup from the shorter .38 Specials. Then go for it with the .357 magnums.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2010

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