When I was just a young fellow, I let Bill Jordan and Skeeter Skelton talk me into believing that the 4", Model 19 Smith & Wesson was the best all round handgun anyone could ever own. I bought my first handgun, a brand new, in the box, 4" Model 19, not long after that. Model 19's have come and gone over the years, but I've never seen anything to make me think differently. I've owned as many as three or four at one time, but thought I had sold off my last one a year or so ago. (I did keep a 66-1 however.) Then S&W announced a new "Classic" Model 19. I knew I was going to buy one. I hadn't bought a brand new S&W in forty years. This would be the one. It's not the same as the old guns. The new Mustang is not the same as the old one. Things change. The barrel is 4.2 inches, rather than just four. I'm told the extra .2 makes it legal for sale in Canada, but to me it just makes the barrel look a LOT longer. I know it's not, but I'm sort of a 4" barrel snob. I'll learn to live with it I'm sure. The finish is not the bright blue of the past. It's more of black than a blue, but still looks nice. The grips are thinner and more comfortable than the target grips of the past. A HKS speedloader also clears them with ease. The trigger is smooth in DA, and crisp in S/A. I only know two ways to describe a trigger..."good" or "bad." This one is good. I haven't shot it yet. I picked it up a couple of days ago, and just have been too busy. I probably won't this week because of the holiday crowds at the range. But next week, when the crowds go back to work, I'll see how it works.