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Old May 12, 2007, 06:34 AM   #1
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Advice on purchasing a S&W Model 19

For a birthday gift to myself. Tonight I walked in my usual spot and they have a model 19-3 blued 6inch white outline adjustable rear sight. It looks like maybe it has been fired about 50 times but no more at least I do not believe it could've been because there is no blue wear at all. Forcing cone is in perfect condition it locks up tight and no cylinder wobble. There is a slight line on the cylinder. The wood grips have no nicks not even scratches. They say an older woman brought it in and got rid of it after her husband past away and she did not feel safe with his collection around the house. I am sure they did not give her much for it or the other stuff she brought in which is really a shame but they are asking $399 for it. I was thinking about offering $365 to see if they will take that. They actually took it off display for me to come back tomorrow and get it because they see me as a good customer, thank goodness because I am sure it will not be there long.

I wish I had pictures but I don't. So what do you experts think?
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Old May 12, 2007, 06:58 AM   #2
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Thw way the older pinned barrel/recessed cylinder blued Smiths are rising in price you could buy it and still get your money out of it in several years if you decided to sell it. Although it seems the 4" in more popular in the 19. There was a 6" 19 like you describe that I recently was bidding on in an online acution and it went for over $430.

If he takes the $365 offer I would buy it in your position. If it is as mint as you describe the $399 does no sound bad. What can you buy from Smith today for $399 that compares to a Model 19?
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Old May 12, 2007, 07:05 AM   #3
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Grab it up quick. That 19 will make a great shooter and the price for that condition.
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Old May 12, 2007, 10:47 AM   #4
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From my understanding the 19-3 was the best of the Model 19s. I have been looking for the exact revoler you are considering for almost a year. Finding one in as good of condition as you described has been hard. I'm still looking. I'd give the $399.00 for it and not look back. If you can get it for anything less means you have more money for ammo. I wouldn't sit around and think about it too much longer- it won't last long.
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Old May 12, 2007, 12:42 PM   #5
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This is very nice IMO. I just got it home and the first thing I did was take it out of the box to post a picture here. I have not even cleaned it up or wiped the finger prints off of it or all the drool from the shop for that matter. I felt bad because there was a guy in there looking at it and really wanted it but he did not have the cash and wanted to put it on 90day layaway, the owner knows me and said well you see that guy over there he told me he was coming back for it today possibly, so if you want it you need to get it but he just did not have the cash. Me and my wife almost got divorced over this thing today because I told them I will be there when the shop opens after I do my research. I told them If not put it back out to the public. Low and behold I get up ready to leave this morning and there is mulch in my driveway blocking me from getting out. I am glad I got up early to find that or I would have had to give the wife her walking papers had I missed out on this. It is a 19-5 by th way, I was in a rush yesterday when I looked at it.

Nah no other woman is going to support me like she does she is a keeper LOL.


I feel like I got a really good deal he let it go for $365 as I suspected.

So what do you all think now?
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Old May 12, 2007, 04:30 PM   #6
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A steal.
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Old May 12, 2007, 10:13 PM   #7
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You done good, I loves me some SMITH & WESSON revolvers, all frame sizes. Never feel outgunned!!
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Old May 13, 2007, 08:06 AM   #8
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I have a 19-2 in 6 inches and can highly recommend the gun. With the way S&W pre MIM and lock prices are going, you were getting a good deal at $365.

As a side note, a good way to see if a gun has been fired a lot is the blueing wear on the extractor rod. A friend of mine, who is a great one on gun care, has a M19 with over 20,000 rounds through it and it is still a 98% gun - if you do not look at the extractor rod.
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Old May 13, 2007, 08:10 AM   #9
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Just saw that you posted it to be a 19-5, I got one of those, too . It's as nice as my 19-2s, with box, papers and tools it was $200 in 1992. So if you look at the general inflation, you got a better price than I did.
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Old May 13, 2007, 08:40 AM   #10
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I would have bought it at $365 too! Looks like a target trigger /target hammer which is not as common on the K-frames! No MIM , no lock , real wood with bluing! You done good and still managed to stay married!
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Old May 13, 2007, 10:11 AM   #11
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I have a 6" model 19-5 that is super acurate.I paid 350.00 for mine about a year ago,but I have noticed prices going up on older smiths.The 19's are awesome guns in my opinion and I would like a 4" inch to add to my collection.
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Old May 13, 2007, 10:58 AM   #12
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Your 19-5 looks sweet. I was looking for a 6" when I came across the same gun with a 4" barrel for $350. Like yours, it came from a "widder woman" who decided to sell off her late husband's guns. Out of about a dozen guns she was selling, she elected to keep the absolutely pristine Colt Courier .32 that I'd started lusting after. So I bought the 19 instead.

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Old May 14, 2007, 10:24 PM   #13
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A Colt Courier..... I'd sure keep in touch with that lady. Most shooters have never seen one.
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Old May 15, 2007, 05:30 PM   #14
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Folks, does anyone know of a source that will tell us what the different versions of the 19 entail? I mean, the difference between the 19-2, 19-2, 19-3, etc.? Thanks so much!
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Old May 15, 2007, 08:11 PM   #15
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In the beginning, there was Smith & Wesson...

Oh! Sorry... wrong beginning.

Pre-Model 19 - The Combat Magnum
Series Intro: 1955, starting S/N K260001

Model 19 - 1957 - Begin model number stamping on frame.
Mod 19-1 - 1959 - Change extractor rod, right to left hand thread.
Mod 19-2 - 1961 - Cylinder stop changed, delete triggerguard screw
-------------1963 - Introduced 6" barrel. 50 made w/2.5" barrel in a serial range K544672-K544721
-------------1966 - Introduce 2.5" barrel as standard offering
Mod 19-3 - 1967 - Relocate rear sight leaf screw. (1968)Delete diamond insert grip
Mod 19-4 - 1977 - Change gas ring from yoke to cylinder.
Mod 19-5 - 1982 - Eliminate P&R barrel/cylinder. Cylinder changed to 1.62" long
Mod 19-6 - 1988 - New yoke retention system/radius stud package. (1992) Blue finish only.
Mod 19-7 - 1994 - Synthetic grips, drill & tap, change extractor, change rear sight leaf.
-------------1995/96 - Delete square butt configuration.
-------------1996 - Discontinue 6" barrel. Blue plastic cases used.
-------------1997 - Change to MIM thumb piece, trigger; Ship with Master trigger lock.
Mod 19-8 - 1998 - Change frame design - cylinder stop stud deleted, eliminate serrated tangs;
---------------------change to MIM hammer w/floating firing pin; (9/98)Change internal lockwork
Mod 19-8 - 1999 - Discontinue 2.5" barrel, Model 19 discontinued 11/99.

Source: SCSW 2nd edition
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Old May 15, 2007, 08:18 PM   #16
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Thanks so much for the history of the Model 19. My sweetest shooting revolver!
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Old May 16, 2007, 07:22 AM   #17
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The 6" Model 19 I had was a tack driver. Great revolver, great price.
Keep the gun and the wife if possible.

Enjoy.

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Old February 15, 2010, 12:31 PM   #18
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Mr Revolver Guy

When I graduated college in 1976 My mother asked me if I wanted a senior ring...I said I would rather have a pistol. Bought a S&W Model 19-3 for $199.00 brand new in a box....being stupid at the time somehow I miss placed the box but would never lose this gun. Have shot is many times and it is dead on accurate and very powerful....saved my life once when being jerked out of my car and he got it shoved in his nose....4 drunk guys trying to beat me up over a mistake....it is very impressive, I am told when it is shoved in your nose, by the guy that luckily did not get shot. Love the gun and would never sell it....hold on to yours...might just save your life too....Congrats on your purchase.
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Old February 15, 2010, 01:00 PM   #19
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I paid more than $365.00 for a nearly a beater S&W 19-3,gun was stored under the seat of a pickup for a long time.Bluing not the best.I bought it for a trail gun it is all of that and more.I will carry the Smith and save my Colts,easier to replace a S&W than a Colt.
You did very well,
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Old February 15, 2010, 01:10 PM   #20
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You got a very good price. It is easily worth their asking price from my experience. I paid a little more for a NIB model 19-3 about a year ago.
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Old February 15, 2010, 01:37 PM   #21
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Good price on a superb revolver. I have a dozen 19's and more 66's. I won't part with any one of them. Regards 18DAI.
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Old February 15, 2010, 02:02 PM   #22
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Anybody else notice the date on the OP?

I would say that MrRevolverGuy's purchase has appreciated in value quite well!

Try finding an M19 in that condition for $365 today...
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Old February 15, 2010, 05:12 PM   #23
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The date... funny. Bobolink, you could have started a new thread if you have a question.
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Old February 15, 2010, 05:33 PM   #24
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Close this thread,Thank .22rimfire I had not noticed untill you mentioned it.

This is what you get for $366.00 today.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=156302822
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Old February 15, 2010, 10:11 PM   #25
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A great deal at $365, it is getting hard to find a nice Smith under $400.
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