SOLD FOR: $1000.01
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 19-3, “The .357 Combat Magnum”
Serial Number: K903587
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 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 grip frame is marked with the serial number. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The markings on the left side of the grip frame include a star, “RE” in circle, and “01954”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade set on a ramped base on 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 Goncalo Alves target stocks with S&W medallions at their tops and a football cut. There are a couple of little tiny spots of finish loss, some of the most noticeable is on the football cut. There are a few tiny light marks on the butt of the grip frame. There is a faint hairline scratch along the front of the right panel towards the bottom. The checkering is mostly sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine Plus 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 97% of its metal finish. There are a few little spots of finish loss on the frame under the grips, the largest is on the butt of the grip frame. There are a few light marks on the cylinder. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp to lightly used with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action crisp. The cylinder produces light 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 box and paperwork including a 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. The Model 19 was intended to be a “peace officers dream” and offered a heavy barreled four-inch K-Frame with a shrouded ejector rod and adjustable sights. In the ’60s was this revolver offered with a 6″ barrel and then in a more concealable 2 1/2″ barrel configuration. The model was a major success and would go on to be used by the uniformed officers of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Border Patrol until they replaced them with .40 S&W semi-automatic pistols. This is a 1969 example with a blued finish, built on a square-butt frame which offers a bit more control than the round-butt. Combine that with the 6″ barrel and you have a full-frame .357 with a 6-round capacity that can be used for home defense, target shooting, or duty and excel at all three! Please see our photos and good luck!