Scoped K frame Smith & Wesson 19

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  1. Malamute

    Malamute Member

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    Anyone have one?

    Been considering installing the 6" barrel back on the gun and scoping it with a Leupold 2x scope. I dont have any experience with scoped handguns. I think I'd enjoy shooting it.

    Is there any scope mounts that dont require removing the factory rear sight? If not, has anyone tried inletting the sight into the inside of the grips so it would always be with the gun?
     
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    My advice would be, Don't.

    If you want to scope a S&W, buy a newer L or N frame already drilled and tapped for a scope mount under the rear sight.

    Grip mounted scopes and a Magnum revolver would kick out of whack the first shot.

    rc
     
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    Buying a gun isnt in the picture, I'm trying to work with what I have.

    I can drill and tap this one, I was just wondering if there was some reasonably clean way to mount a scope that didnt remove the rear sight. I've seen a barrel clamp mount ages ago, but it was colassally ugly to me. A grip mounted scope mount wouldnt appeal to me in any event, so no worries in that regard.
     
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    I've used this style before, and another type of no drill mount also. I'll post a link to it also. Both worked very well.
    http://www.aimtech-mounts.com/Revolvers.htm
     
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    Thanks, I've seen them before but forgot about them. Looks like a possibility.

    Had thought about drilling and tapping the barrel rib for scope bases. Its not flat though. Wouldnt be drop on as far as base fit to the rib.
     
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    Model 19, no dash? My advice is to not molest a vintage Smith and instead look at other options. If it doesn't suit your needs, sell it and get something that does.
     
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    The dash (or lack of) is irrelevant. Its not a gun thats ever going to be sold in my lifetime.
     
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    Why not use a mount that requires rear sight removal? Of course you will have to drill and tap. I have an Allchin mount on a L frame. It is a nice mount.
     
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    I was partly thinking of having the irons available if I wanted to take the scope off, and that its possible to lose track of parts when taken off the gun. Thats the reason for thinking about inletting the factory sight into the inside of the grips.

    Mounted in the sight groove in the frame is a sturdy and clean looking mounting method. I may end up doing it, just looking for alternatives that may be possible.

    Mounting the scope on the barrel, drilling and tapping it, may be possible. The gun in its original form wouldnt be changed in that case, as its a 4" gun from the factory, I came into a 6" barrel that fits it well and have been thinking about swapping barrels back and scoping it for a fun shooter.

    I wondered if it was practical to have Ruger ring bases machined into the barrel rib, but thats probably not practical on my budget.
     
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    He's not talking about attaching the scope to the grips

    Hes talking about making a "pocket" inside the grip to hold the iron sights so they will always be with the gun
     
  12. ColtPythonElite

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    Before machining this, swapping that, or modifying something else, I would just buy another gun.
     
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    Buying a gun isnt in my budget.

    This gun isnt going to be sold in any event.

    I guess for many, doing any work on a gun is a significant obstacle. I dont find it to be too much of one if I can do some or most of the work myself. I know somebody that can do basic things like drill and tap if its not something I want to do, though I've done several D&T projects. Swapping barrels isnt difficult, I've done it a number of times, including on this one. Pinned barrels in particular arent that tightly torqued compared to later Smith barrels.
     
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    Budget gun

    I wanted a scoped K frame.
    Bought a cheap Model 65, drilled and tapped it myself.
    Works fine with a Weigand mount and a red dot sight.
     
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