Smith & Wesson S&W Model 19-3 .357 Combat Magnum 2.5″ Revolver 1973
SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 19-3, “The .357 Combat Magnum”
Serial Number: 5K11864
Year of Manufacture: 1973
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 number. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “11864” and both panels are marked “K”.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2″, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped 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 wood magna stocks with S&W medallions at their tops. There are a few scattered light handling marks. There is marring on the front edge that borders the checkering on the left panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about 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 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple of little scuffs on the cylinder that have thinned the finish. There is a thin turn line through the finish on the cylinder. There are a few tiny marks through the finish on the trigger guard. There is some faint thinning on the front edge of the frame at the front. There are some scattered light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine Plus 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, cleaning rod, bristle brush, mop, 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. 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 1973 example with a blued finish, built on a round butt frame making it a little more comfortable for carry as opposed to 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 be used for home defense or concealed carry! Please see our photos and good luck!