SOLD FOR: $1,138.57
Make: Smith & Wesson
Serial Number: 2K43751
Year of Manufacture: 1971
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 sideplate has been engraved with a bighorn scene with the animal in raised gold. The engraving is signed “A.BEE” with a small bumble bee marking. The right of the frame has the four-line marcas registradas address. The yoke cut is marked “2K43751 / MOD. 19-3”. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The butt is marked “2K43751”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “3”. The underside of the ejector star is marked “2 43751”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp with red plastic insert 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 Goncalo Alves target stocks wtih gold-colored S&W medallions at their tops. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to the engraving.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is a spot of wear on the left of the frame in front of the cylinder stop bolster. The cylinder has a thin turn line. There is light wear along the bottom edge of the topstrap on the right. There are also some scattered minor marks. The trigger’s installed wide, serrated shoe has thinning finish at edges. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-plus condition.
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 wood presentation case with locking latch and brown suede lined fitted interior. The case has only minor marks on the exterior with light wear from the revolver on the interior, in about Fine-Excellent 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 1968 was this revolver offered in a more concealable 2 1/2″ barrel. This is one of the 4″ barrel guns in Fine-plus condition with about 96% of its finish remaining. This was perhaps the most popular .357 duty revolver from the ’60s through the ’80s and it would still make a good shooter, home defense gun or carry revolver. That said, this revolver’s sideplate was engraved by master Angelo Bee with a beautiful bighorn and comes in a nice presentation case. It would make a great display piece and addition to a Smith & Wesson or engraved firearms collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT 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.