SOLD FOR: $1000
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 19-1, “The .357 Combat Magnum”
Serial Number: K422928
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: DA/SA Double Action & Single 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 is marked with the S&W logo and the right side of the frame with the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The yoke cut is marked with the model and serial numbers. The butt of the frame is marked with the serial number. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 4”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade set on a ramped base pinned to the serrated rib. The rear sight is a square notch leaf in a base that is micro-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood target stocks with S&W medallions at their tops, smooth diamonds, and a football cut. There are some scattered little scuffs and areas of thinned finish. There are a few little pools of finish on the right panel on the rear. There are hairline cracks on both panels at the corner where the backstrap widens into the frame. There is a small hairline crack on the left panel at the bottom corner of the backstrap. There are a few little tiny marks through the finish. There is a scratch on the right panel along the front. There is a tiyn gap where the two panels meet. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some little marks and scuffs that have thinned the finish on the barrel at the muzzle. There are some little marks on the sides of the trigger guard. There are a couple of little marks on the sideplate and frame from use and storage. The cylinder has a light turn line. There is light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action crisp. The cylinder produces minimal play in lockup on each of the six chambers with the trigger depressed. 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: Included is a serial matching two-piece box, cleaning kit, and paperwork including the manual.
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 the ’60s was this revolver offered with a 6″ barrel and then in a more concealable 2 1/2″ barrel configuration. This is a 4″ example, built on a square-butt frame which offers a bit more control than the round-butt. Combine that with the 4″ barrel and you have a full-frame .357 with a 6-round capacity that can be used for home defense, carry, or duty and excel at all three! Please see our photos and good luck!