SOLD FOR $1,101.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: The .357 Combat Magnum, 19-3 Texas Rangers .357 Magnum Commemorative
Serial Number: TR8884
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Caliber: .38 Special and .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked “TR8884 / MOD. 19-3”and the yoke is marked “36843 / G11” with the G11 overstamped with a sideways “I”. The right side of the barrel is marked “TEXAS RANGERS / S. &W..357 MAGNUM”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address. The right side plate is marked “1823 / STATE OF TEXAS / TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE COMMISSION” with the star in the middle over “1973”. The left side of the frame is marked with an S&W monogram logo. The knife blade spine is marked “TR8884”. The right side of the blade is marked “TEXAS RANGERS 1823-1973”. The left side of the blade is marked with the S&W logo. The right side of the blade handle is marked “STATE OF TEXAS / TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE COMMISSION” with the Star in the middle. The case lid is marked “STATE OF TEXAS / TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE COMMISSION” with the star in the middle. The bottom right hand corner of the lid is marked with the S&W logo. The S&W logo is also stamped on the knife sheath. We were unable to remove the grips without fear of damaging them and have not inspected under the grips.
Barrel Length: 4” Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blad with red insert on an elevated base. The rear sight is a white outline S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth target style walnut with brass medallions with the Texas Ranger star on them. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips, only very light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage with only very light handling marks and a vanishingly faint and incomplete turn-line which has not gone through the cylinder’s finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly in both single and double action. The right side of the trigger guard is narrowed, marking this as a Model 19-3. There is a smooth target trigger and a wide target hammer. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This set includes metal reinforced blue cardboard Smith & Wesson boxes for the revolver and for the knife, wax paper in each and a wooden presentation case with blue velvet interior. The box for the revolver includes an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a cleaning kit with aluminum handled screw driver, cleaning rod, brush and mop still sealed in plastic. The box for the knife includes a leather S&W sheath still sealed in plastic but showing verdigris around the retention strap snap. Each box has a serial matching label and shows little to no wear, in Excellent condition. The presentation case is housed in a cardboard box of its own and shows little to no wear, inside and out, in Excellent condition. The knife shows little to no wear, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas and is based in Austin, Texas. Over the years, the Texas Rangers have investigated crimes ranging from murder to political corruption, acted as riot police and as detectives, protected the Governor of Texas, tracked down fugitives, and functioned as a paramilitary force at the service of both the Republic (1836–45) and the state of Texas. The Rangers are the oldest state law enforcement body in the United States. The Rangers have taken part in many of the most important events of Texas history, and were involved in some of the best-known criminal cases in the history of the Old West. This commemorative set was released in 1973 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. This set is absolutely complete and in fantastic condition with the presentation case seemingly unused, the boxes for the revolver and knife in Excellent condition and accessories still in sealed plastic. This is a fantastic set in unparalleled condition and would be a great addition to anyone’s collection, most especially a Texan Smith & Wesson collector. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R Eligible handgun CAN 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.