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Old February 14th, 2017, 08:16 PM   #1
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New to me Model 19-3



This revolver sat loaded in a family safe for at least the last 40-years. It was delivered into my hands in the same state with a jammed cylinder, caked in crude. A half hour with some CLP and a feeler gauge worked the cylinder free. I had to loosen up the detent that was holding the ejector in place. The thing was locked up with what I assume is ancient lubricant of some sort. I'm still in the process of cleaning the bore and cylinders, I'm not sure it was ever cleaned. The finish appears to be in great shape under all that crude, besides a few small nicks. I'm going to get the rest of the fouling out before I shoot it, but is there any other spots I should pay attention to?

I let some oil work its way down the hammer and trigger, which really smoothed things out. I also removed the grips and cylinder to lightly oil the surfaces.

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

Is it worth tearing the whole thing down or should I be good to go as is? I'll dry it off before I fire it.

I'm new to revolvers, so bare with me...

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Old February 14th, 2017, 08:30 PM   #2
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they are sweet guns,i still have my duty model 65 stainless

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Old February 14th, 2017, 10:40 PM   #3
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Probably caked up inside as well. Either detail clean the internals or have it done and you will be good to go for another 200 years! The 19 is one of my favorite k frames although I have more stainless than blued. Once you get it completely serviced you'll be amazed at the smooth trigger.enjoy your revolver!

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Old February 15th, 2017, 12:21 AM   #4
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Very nice revolver with Target Trigger, Target Hammer and Target Grips, a 3 T model as they were called.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 03:00 AM   #5
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Very nice! K frame S&W's are one of my favorites! My 19-5 2 1/2" is one of my regular carry guns.

How does the trigger feel? There might be gummed up old lube on the inside.


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Old February 15th, 2017, 03:57 AM   #6
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Beautiful revolver!!!!!!! You owe it to yourself and the gun to get it totally cleaned and properly lubed. It will not let you down. 3Ts are a bonus. Congratulations on taking it out of the safe.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 05:09 AM   #7
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Congratulations on the nice pistol, great to see a old classic coming back to active usage. I would clean all internal parts considering all the gunk you found on the exterior. Looking forward to seeing the range report.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 05:24 AM   #8
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Once you get that pistol cleaned up, I would be shocked if it wasn't a tack driver. I love those older smiths. That particular one has case hardened target trigger and hammer.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 05:54 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. I'm pretty amped. I'll take it to a local smith for a detail cleaning. Unfortunately I don't have any experience with revolvers, so can't compare the trigger. I'm blown away by the single action pull though. It feels like 1.5-2 lbs at most, but measures a perfect 3.5 every time.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 06:09 AM   #10
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Probably caked up inside as well. Either detail clean the internals or have it done and you will be good to go for another 200 years! The 19 is one of my favorite k frames although I have more stainless than blued. Once you get it completely serviced you'll be amazed at the smooth trigger.enjoy your revolver!
Unfortunately you are probably correct. At first I thought the old lube was loctite. It came off in chunks.

Another thing I'm not used to is the built up lead in the cone and barrel. Getting it all out has been a PITA.

They did a great job on the finish. I normally avoid blued guns. My Colt Combat Comander was rusting under the grips after a few weeks. I couldn't oil it enough. This guy hadn't seen an oil rag in four decades and didn't have a spot of rust.

I'll take it to the local smith for a detail cleaning.

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Once you get that pistol cleaned up, I would be shocked if it wasn't a tack driver. I love those older smiths. That particular one has case hardened target trigger and hammer.
Range report and target pics are on the agenda.

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Have a Model 19 just like that and love. It fits your hand just like a 1911 and most of them will drive tacks if you do your part. If you do have a lot of leading , you might want to have the weapon 'tuned' so that everything lines up like it should. They may have shot only lead bullets in it and it needs to be cleaned out. You will love how well it shoots and with very little recoil. You can shoot .38's in it but you need to clean the cylinder out before shooting .357 as the .38's leave a ring of burnt powder in there.

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Thanks guys. I'm pretty amped. I'll take it to a local smith for a detail cleaning. Unfortunately I don't have any experience with revolvers, so can't compare the trigger. I'm blown away by the single action pull though. It feels like 1.5-2 lbs at most, but measures a perfect 3.5 every time.
That extra wide trigger helps both SA and DA. You will love this pistol. Like someone else said 38 special target loads with feel almost like a rimfire round in this pistol. Lots of fun.

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Lots of older people used WD-40 to spray their guns down. Problem is that WD-40 leaves a residue that really gums things up over time. Be sure that the smith you take it to knows what they are doing with those old S&W's so they don't booger things up. Messed up screws and side plate edges are the mark of an amateur. Nice Model 19 you have there. I love those old S&W revolvers.

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Old February 15th, 2017, 07:04 AM   #15
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Congrats! on a fine gun. Since the gun was caked up it would be reasonable to assume that anywhere there was lube it will also be gummed up. I would disassemble it and remove all former traces of lube and re-oil. Smiths aren't that bad to disassemble/assemble, heck you can probably fine the process on Youtube.
However if you still aren't sure then take it to a quality gunsmith and have him do it.

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