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Old February 26th, 2017, 04:34 AM   #31
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I fell in love with the S&W K frames about a year ago. Up to that point I had never owned a D/A revolver.

One day I thougt to myself,...self,..Every collection should have at least one SW revolver. I now have a 19-3, 19-4, 19-5, a model 66 no dash, and a model 13-1 all with 4" barrels. Love the old blue guns, they are awesome.

You have a great looking one there.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 11:27 AM   #32
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Talking RANGE DAY!!!

Well, for those that have followed the thread, I'm happy to say that the morning went off without a hitch. This was my first time really shooting a double action revolver, so I'll spare you any target photos. Suffice it to say, I was extremely pleased to be consistently putting all six rounds on a 8.5x11" piece of office paper at 25-yards, even if it was a bit high and to the left. I loaded the chambers randomly until my trigger control started to improve and that made a big difference in speed, as well as accuracy.

I did not notice an appreciable difference in accuracy between single and double action, which leads me to believe that my grip and sight picture were more to blame than anything else.

That was enough work for one day, and I always like to just have fun with a new pistol on the first outing. I'm not sure I would carry or this revolver in its current configuration. I was actually having trouble seeing the orange front sight post clearly. The hammer is to long to allow a high grip and the grips themselves did not fit my hands well. However, it is a pretty dang cool for what it is and I sat there like a kid in a candy store loading up rounds and plugging away. The pistol really is pleasant to shoot and easy to control. Before I new it 200 rounds of federal 38-special and two hours had flown by!

I ordered some VZ grips to see if that doesn't help a bit, but that's all I'll do to this weapon. Nothing is really broke, but for some reason or another I seem to be hard on stocks and want to preserve the originals.

I appreciate the support over the last two weeks and thank everyone for their comments. Now to clean her up and wait for the brown truck to arrive with more ammo!

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Old February 28th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #33
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This revolver sat loaded in a family safe for at least the last 40-years.

The single action trigger pull on this thing is pretty amazing.

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That looks exactly like the one I have; mine's also a 3-T and a dash-3, my SN puts it at 1973.

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A little update...

I've learned enough about these guns over the last week to feel confident tearing it down and did so today. My confidence was bolstered by the fact the side plate edges were already buggered up and there are a few dings on the gun that I'm sure eliminate any serious collector value. The plate is still true and tight. To a keen eye, the screws show use and there are several surfaces that appear to be polished. I'm committed to not making things worse, but it is definitely a shooter and will see a holster.

My trigger gauge only goes up to eight pounds, but the double action pull is now smooth and consistent. The single action pull is a consistent three pounds on the nose and absolutely beautiful. Speed loaders and some snap caps are on the way and I plan to hit the range on Tuesday morning!
Unlike yours, mine was in prime condition when I bought it, action feels like it's been worked on, and the SA pull is breeze-light. Mine supposedly spent a lot of time in a safe, the finish is perfect, except for the fine line around the cylinder from the rotating lug, or whatever it's called, and there is a very fine line of flame cutting under the top strap, so I know mine's been shot a lot.

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Well, for those that have followed the thread, I'm happy to say that the morning went off without a hitch.
The hammer is to long to allow a high grip and the grips themselves did not fit my hands well.

I ordered some VZ grips to see if that doesn't help a bit, but that's all I'll do to this weapon. Nothing is really broke, but for some reason or another I seem to be hard on stocks and want to preserve the originals.
I also changed grips on mine, to a set with finger reliefs so they fit my hand better; it will also let me keep my target grips in like-new condition. Like you, I am in love with my M19, it is a fantastic handgun. Mine is my second one, or 3rd if you count the M66 I also used to own. My first M19 was a 6" barrel, which I traded after a year for the M66, which had the 4" barrel. Both were early 70's guns, like the one I have now. They just don't get any better. Enjoy yours. Find a nice leather holster; A S&W deserves nothing less.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 04:49 PM   #34
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I'm glad you enjoyed your new toy, give a a range trip or two and you'll be driving tacks with it. Those pistols back then where made with pride and will last a lifetime if you don't feed them plusP 357 constantly, hell they will last 25 years doing that.

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That looks exactly like the one I have; mine's also a 3-T and a dash-3, my SN puts it at 1973.

Unlike yours, mine was in prime condition when I bought it, action feels like it's been worked on, and the SA pull is breeze-light. Mine supposedly spent a lot of time in a safe, the finish is perfect, except for the fine line around the cylinder from the rotating lug, or whatever it's called, and there is a very fine line of flame cutting under the top strap, so I know mine's been shot a lot.


I also changed grips on mine, to a set with finger reliefs so they fit my hand better; it will also let me keep my target grips in like-new condition. Like you, I am in love with my M19, it is a fantastic handgun. Mine is my second one, or 3rd if you count the M66 I also used to own. My first M19 was a 6" barrel, which I traded after a year for the M66, which had the 4" barrel. Both were early 70's guns, like the one I have now. They just don't get any better. Enjoy yours. Find a nice leather holster; A S&W deserves nothing less.
The side plate isn't as bad as I make it out to be. I could have been a bit over dramatic during the process of pumping myself up to take it off. They really are amazing guns to look at. Once I took it down to parts the fit and finish was easier to appreciate. Everything fits just so. I like how all the parts sport matching numbers.

Those grips are beautiful and where did you get the holster? That is the style I've been looking for. my gun looks to have been produced around 1974.

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Those grips are beautiful and where did you get the holster? That is the style I've been looking for. my gun looks to have been produced around 1974.
The grips are from Dan Eagle. Laminated Rosewood, there are a couple of options on the design and checkering, and you can get the S&W inset in a metal button, or laser engraved (like mine). Amazon sells them for about $80. The grips are perfect for my hand size and gives a very secure hold. The fit to the frame is exact, every bit as good as the S&W grips.

The holster is a Triple K Carrylite, also on Amazon for $47. S&W K/L frames fit, as well as Taurus 66 and Ruger Security 6. It's a great holster, has the thumb break hammer retention strap, and cants the gun forward when on your hip. It holds the gun tightly against you so it doesn't print and rides just high enough to give good concealment with a short jacket, or a tee shirt tail. Leather is very good quality; the overall quality I would put up with Galco's stuff.

Did you get anything else with yours, the box, maybe? I found mine at a LGS, and the original box came with it; would love to have the booklet, and maybe even the original sales receipt, just to complete the package.

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I dropped it off with a local smith for a tuneup. The price was worth my time and I didn't want a couple turns of the screw to develop into anything more. I'd rather just appreciate this gun for what it is.

He happened to have a "vintage" police holster on hand that was made for this particular model and I picked it up for $60. Might have overpaid, but I'm in for a penny at this point.

Range report to follow. Thank you to all that have commented.
Why? what needed tuned up?

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Now that you know it's clean and safe, while you chat with us or watch tv work that action. Make sure it unloaded and cock the hammer and drop it while holding it wit your thumb. Dry firing it won't hurt it but the more you cycle it the smoother it will get. This from my personal trials and from the advice of S&W themselves.

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