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S&W model 19 Opinions?

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  1. rblack

    rblack Member

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    I found a very nice looking model 19 at one of my dealers and was wondering about your opinions of this 357 mag
     
  2. HSMITH

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    The finest 357 magnum DA revolver ever made. It is the PERFECT size and weight for a 357 and will hold up to absolutely massive amounts of fast DA shooting.

    Give it a check with the checkout procedure that is outlined at the top of this forum and if it passes you are good to go.
     
  3. Watch-Six

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    I like K-frames, especially the 19 and stainless 66. Watch-Six
     
  4. Jason Demond

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    The model 19 is a great gun!!

    I have fired many thousands of rounds through my M19, with ZERO problems what so ever.
     
  5. JoeHatley

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    S&W model 19 a classic.

    19_4l.jpg

    Joe
     
  6. rbuck82

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    I bought an S&W 19-5 last month in really good shape for $299 and it's a great shooter. Handles .38, .38 +P really well and .357 is perfectly manageable. It's well balanced and about the perfect weight for me. I recommend it highly!
     
  7. stans

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    The model 19 is a great 357. I have an old 19-3 with a four inch barrel and love it.
     
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    I carried a 19 6" on duty for over 10 years of 20 in LE. Great revolver and only parted with it when I went to a 6" Mod 66 which was the same revolver in stainless.

    For qualification I shot Master with them. I had shot other .357 revolvers but none could compete with them for duty carry.

    If you get it check out the timing, cyclinder lockup, crane lockup and take a streight edge open the cylinder and spin the cylinder with the streight edge perpendicular to the cylinder to check that the cylinder rod is not bent.

    If it checks out good you will have a great revolver.

    Good luck
     
  9. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

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    It is the .357 magnum by which all others are measured. Strong enough to withstand a reasonable diet of full house loads (you can kill it with screaming magnum rounds, but your wrists will be hating you first), does not suffer from the timing problems of its larger brothers (M27 and M28), it is very very handy and reasonably light.

    Personal opinion? Perfection.

    Mike
     
  10. Combat-wombat

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    I have a 2.5 inch barrel M19, and it's my favorite gun (well, out of 4). I'm not all too sure of the history (it might have had a trigger job), but it has an extremely smooth DA pull, and overall, it's just a great gun.
     
  11. rblack

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    Thanks for all the replies. This one appears to be in like new condition, has the 4" barrel and he has it priced at $295. He always gives me a great deal, and I could probably get it out the door for around $275. I'll go back tomorrow and check it out further. Thanks again for all the info..............
     
  12. Coronach

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    If it is like new, that would be considered a pretty darned good deal around here. Of course, prices around here seem to be a little on the high side for old S&W revos in good shape.

    To give you an idea, a local gunshop has 3 S&W M19s with a lot of finish wear. They're priced above $325. No idea about the action, the (lack of) bluing was enough to make me just continue on.


    Mike
     
  13. Tamara

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    :scrutiny: I dunno about that... 27!

    It is, however, a well-balanced all-round sweet-handling piece that's small enough to tote easily and big enough to be controllable. I love my 4" factory round-butt 19. :cool:
     
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    I have a Model 13 3". What's the difference between the 13 and the 19? Is is that the 13 is fixed sight and the 19 has adjustable sights?
     
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    Trebor...

    "I have a Model 13 3". What's the difference between the 13 and the 19? Is is that the 13 is fixed sight and the 19 has adjustable sights?"

    They are both in the same family of firearms, the S&W K-frame family. The Model 13 is the .357 magnum version of the Model 10.

    The Model 19 has the adjustable sights and a shrouded ejector rod. There may be a few more minor differences I cannot think of right now, but these are the major ones.
     
  16. ruger357

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    I have the stainless version (66). Can't go wrong, they are great classic combat handguns.
     
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    The model 19 also has the ejector rod enclosed in an underlug while the 13 does not. That combined with the adjustable sights that you mentioned account for all the differences between the two that i can think of. Both are FINE revolvers.

    Probably the absolute best carryable six-shooter one could ever hope for.
     
  18. Coronach

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    To me the 27 is too big for what it does. Plus, it (allegedly) has trouble with the pounding of fast DA shooting...something about that big heavy cylinder spinning and stopping and spinning and stopping and spinning...

    ...but, to be fair, I don't think anyone has ever claimed to have shot a 27 or 28 loose from using screaming magnums in them. Same cannot be said of the 19.

    And no, I've never shot a 19 loose or shot my 28 out of time. *shrug*

    Tomayto, tomahto. Lets call the whole thing off.

    Mike :D
     
  19. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Opinion.

    Wonderful all round design.
    Earlier the better....usually.

    Sam
     
  20. rblack

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    Went back today to further check it out and guess what? Yes, it had already been sold. I did buy a a Springfield GI 45 to console myself thou. :D
     
  21. FPrice

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    rblack...

    You have learned a valubale lesson (one I have learned over and over...)

    He who hesitates ends up buying something else.
     
  22. tbeb

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    I've owned a 4" nickel model 19, and 2 1/2" and 6" model 66's. No problems with any of them. I've owned 4 other .357's--3 Rugers and a Dan Wesson. My 2 3/4" Ruger Speed Six is pretty slick but I'd have to say I like the 19/66 a little more.
     
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    I have two S&W 19s, one is a 19-5 with 6" bbl and the other is an older P&R 19-3 with 4" bbl. I really like both of them but the 19-3 is my favorite. I also have aRuger GP-100, Ruger Speed Six and a Ruger Security Six both in 4". I really like the Speed Six but if I had to only keep one .357, it would be the 19-3. It seems to be almost as accurate as the longer bbl 19-5 but has a better blue job and balances just a tad bit better. The 19-5 doesn't feel bad at all with the 6" bbl though. Both my 19s are more accurate than any of my Rugers that I own now or have owned.
     
  24. vwfool

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    Had one model 19 , 2 1/2 " round butt. I got rid of after just one week .....
    of shooting my new 2 1/2" RB model 66 with an action job:D .

    I wish I could find the picture of them together during that week. It looked almost as cool as the picture of my 3 1/2" (unfired) nickeled Mod. 27 and my 3 1/2" blued Mod. 27 side by side.

    You can't go wrong with one of them. Too bad about the one slipping through your fingers, but at least your new 1911 can help comfort you.
     
  25. bela

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    s&w mod 19 / 66

    Once upon a time I owned a M66.
    After five years and 10000 rounds anything was loose what could get loose...
    Now I shoot Ruger..
     
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