SOLD FOR: $1,202.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 19-3, The .357 Combat Magnum
Serial Number: K792554
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: SA / DA Single & Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON” the right side “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The right sideplate is marked with the S&W logo and the right side of the frame with the four line Marcas Registradas address. The crane cut is marked “MOD. / 19-3”. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The butt is marked “K792554”. The underside of the ejector star is marked “792554”. The inside of each grip panel is marked “KRD” and the inside of the right panel is marked “792554”.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp integral to a rise in the serrated rib. The rear sight is a square notch in a leaf base adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece high-horned checkered walnut with S&W medallions at their tops. The grips have scattered light handling wear with some light compressions and thinning finish. The checkering is well defined with light handling wear. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is light erosion throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are several scattered minor scuffs and small marks, light handling wear in the grip straps, thinning finish at most edges and the cylinder has a thin turn-line. The front of the ejector rod has some marring. The hammer and trigger retain strong case-color with light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition and would likely rate Fine but for the erosion in the bore.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action crisp. The cylinder produces almost no play in lockup on each of the six chambers. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece blue cardboard S&W box with metal reinforced corners, serial-matching label, wax paper and manual. The box has scattered light wear with slight fraying at corners, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The Model 19 was introduced in 1955 and built on a K frame that was slightly larger in the yoke area and was initially offered only with a 4″ barrel. In 1963 a 6″ barrel was produced and not until 1966 was this revolver offered in a more concealable 2 1/2″ barrel. This is one such example, built on a round-butt frame which conceals much better than the square-butt. Combine that with the 2 1/2″ barrel and you have a full-frame .357 with a 6-round capacity that can still be concealed somewhat easily. Even better, this example has adjustable sights allowing you to attain some accuracy with your concealable revolver. This revolver doesn’t just bridge the gap between home defense, concealed carry, and duty revolver, it can excel at all three! It shows wear consistent with a revolver which has seen some carry, and there is light erosion in the bore, but the mechanics are strong and this revolver has at least another lifetime of service left in it. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.