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S&W Model 19-4 2.5"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Snake Plisskin, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Snake Plisskin

    Snake Plisskin Member

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    I found a gem today at the gun show, 2.5" mint blued with original box 1974 vintage that I have been looking for , for many years.I added some Badger Goncalo Alves grips and now I have a classic snubby for my stable.
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  2. OARNGESI

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    That’s sweet model 19s are my favorite smiths
     
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  3. RealGun

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    My 19-4 is a longer barrel and is one my favorites. Yours is a nice find, but that grip looks too long to easily enough conceal. If just a shooter, I would rather have the longer barrel, never mind carrying it. Open carry would be a different game.
     
  4. Lucky Derby

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    Very nice.
     
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  5. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Ha, I was actually playing with my 19 snubbie when I stumbled on this thread, lol!
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    IMO, one of if not THE best looking snub revolver ever made. Congrats!
     
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  6. NIGHTLORD40K

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    The 2.5" is surprising my accurate- easily the equal of my 4" Smiths, perhaps due to the decreased fatigue from the lighter barrel?

    These are a bit chunky to conceal anywhere, at least for a civilian. For a detective who might flash it beneath his jacket from time to time without reprisal, they aren't bad....

    A minty vintage 19 is too nice and valuable to carry these days anyway when there are so many cheap, reliable, soulless, and semi-disposable polymer framed autos and revolvers available now.
     
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  7. Jonesy814

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    That's a great looking revolver
     
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  8. gotboostvr

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    Snake, you have fine taste in revolvers, grips and movies.

    I just thought you'd be taller.
     
  9. ilgac

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    I have it’s cousin, the model 66-1.

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  10. ColtPythonElite

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    Love the gun, but not the grips. I would prefer the factory set with a Tyler T.
     
  11. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Had it's brother in Nickel. Bought it for 600 at the time that easy only a few years ago I'm lucky to see them less than 800 now. Good choice let us know how she shoots.
     
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  12. BlueHeelerFl

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    Those are nice. I'd love to have a snubby K or L frame sized gun.
     
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  13. SGW Gunsmith

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    As the weather in these parts starts to "chill out" and clothing accommodates the "climate change" , I'll carry my Smith in a Kirkpatrick belt holster and two speed loaders. Figger if they get too close I can burn their cloths off:

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  14. roo_ster

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    The O-riginal .357mag snubby! And in beautiful condition no less.

    The grips on this one, though, are like big clown shoes on a midget. I'd expect something that meaty on an X-frame.

    Were I to carry, I'd go factory skinny grips and a Tyler T-grip.
     
  15. FL-NC

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    Nice looking wheel gun! I have my first handgun still, which is a 19 w/4" barrel. Not being a handgun expert, I was once told that a 357 with less than 4" of barrel robbed the round of so much velocity, it performed more like 38 special with more cost and recoil. Any truth to this?
     
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  16. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Check out this website:
    http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com

    It depends on the load, of course. Different bullet weights and powder burn rate can restore some of the power the .357 loses in super short barrels, but many .357 loads in a 2.5" are close to a hot .38 load in a 4-6".

    What's really interesting in BBI's testing is how powerful the lowly .38 can be in a 16" carbine barrel!

    Interesting stuff.:)
     
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  17. horsemen61

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    Love the looks of a 19 snub great find op!
     
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  18. gotboostvr

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    Always a fan of some M19 snubs...
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  19. Snake Plisskin

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    I got some new Hogue Pau Ferro grips , I think it looks pretty sweet , fit my hand better but I still like the Badgers a lot !!!
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  20. joed

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    The model 19-4 was the first new gun I bought. Beautiful blue, fit my hand like a glove and light compared to the model 28 I sold. Unfortunately it was the worst S&W I ever owned. The first time I shot it the cylinder fell out when I ejected the empties. It also had 2 chambers that required more force to fire DA.

    Replaced it in 2002 with a 66-5, same configuration ilgac's.
     
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    You have to love the S&W Model 19 guns. May it bring you many happy years of shooting it.

    Ron
     
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  22. Gordon

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    My love goes back 40 years for these here is mine. Those are Fuzzy Farrant Zebrawood grips P1020214_zpsaf97e605.jpg
     
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  23. Gordon

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    It was my Barbque gun for the 80s and into the late 90s on my silvermounted Tony Lama belt and TioSam Holster :)
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  24. joed

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    Here's my 66-5 that I bought in 2002. The Bangor Punta 19-4 that I purchased in 1982 was the worst gun I'd ever owed. I refused to buy another S&W between 1982 and 2002. The 66-5 is a sweet gun. I was so pleased with it that kept buying S&W revolvers until 2010.

    I would buy another 19 though if I came across one.

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  25. George P

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    I managed to snag a 19-3RB snubbie at, of all places, Gander Mountain before they closed. $349 OTD made my day. Wish I had had enough for the K38 Materpiece sitting next to it in the case.......
     
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