SOLD FOR: $1,530
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 19-3 The .357 Combat Magnum Texas Ranger Commemorative
Serial Number: TR2390
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Revolver: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “TEXAS RANGERS / S.&W. .357 MAGNUM”. The left side of the frame is marked with S&W’s monogram logo, the right is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The right side plate is marked with a Texas Ranger seal bearing the Star of Texas surrounded by lettering “STATE OF TEXAS / TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE COMISSION” with “1823” above and “1973” below. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number, the yoke is marked “03433 / G6″ and two other stamps which appear to be a “J” and “I”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “G6 / 03433”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is marked “R” in triangle and “V” in circle. The grips have brass Star of Texas medallions.
Knife: The right side of the grip has an inlet black-on-brass seal which is the same as on the sideplate of the revolver. The right blade flat is marked “TEXAS RANGERS 1823-1973”. The spine is marked “TR2390”. The left blade flat is marked with the Smith & Wesson monogram logo with “1973” beneath.
Case: The presentation case is marked with the same seal as the sideplate on the top as well as with a Smith & Wesson monogram logo in the bottom right corner of the top.
Barrel Length: 4”, Pinned, with Solid Rib & Shrouded Ejector Rod
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, fixed to a rise in the barrel’s solid rib; the top of the barrel is serrated and matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched and white outlined leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth gloss finished walnut presentation stocks with brass Star of Texas medallions. The stocks show very light handling marks, unnoticed until closely inspected. The most prominent would be a very light horizontal compression under the medallion on the right panel and a tiny loss along the smooth backstrap on the left panel. The grips rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, with Case Colored smooth 0.4″ Trigger & Checkered 0.5″ Target Hammer
Finish Originality: Factory 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. The balance is shown as light operational wear on the left side of the trigger and hammer a tiny mark under the ejector rod detent pin, and some light wear in front of the lettering on the right side of the barrel. The cylinder has a thin drag line and light wear in two locations behind the cylinder stop notches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp with the exception of the inspector marks as described and the serial number in the crane cut. The serial number in the crane cut appears to have been hand-stamped and tends to be deeper on the top of the stamps than the bottom, with the number “9” fading considerably on the tail and nearly appearing as an undersized “0”. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces only very light play in full lockup of each chamber with no measurable back play. The double action trigger is quite smooth and the single action is very crisp. The pistol has a pinned barrel and the cylinder chambers are recessed. The trigger guard is narrowed on the right side. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a factory S&W wood hard case with blue felt interior, the seal and logo as described, fitted depressions for the revolver and knife and key. Also included is the matching bowie knife.
Case: The exterior of the case has scattered light to moderate thinning, scuffs, scratches, compressions, and bruising throughout. The felt interior of the case has light wear from its contents but is otherwise free of notable defects or damage. Overall, the case is in about Good-Very Good condition. Excellent interior and Fair-Good exterior.
Knife: The brass pommel has some very light scuffing. The laminate wood grip has no notable wear or damage. The brass guard has some light marks on the right side. The 5 1/2″ blade has light marks on the left side at the edge approximately 2″ from the guard, and two tiny marks in the false edge approximately 1″ from the end of the spine. Overall, the knife is in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a limited, 1 of 8,000 run Smith & Wesson 19-3 Texas Ranger commemorative with its original serial matching knife, case and a key. The pistol shows only light marks, retaining about 97% of its finish, with Excellent condition stocks. The revolver looks to have been treated well, with only minor signs of use. This is a great find for those who have served or have relatives who have served with the Texas Rangers, or who are interested in their long and storied history. If you’re not from the One Star State, just remember to make your bids Texas-sized! Please see our pictures and good luck.