S&W 19-5 help, opinion, & info
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Revolver Handguns > S&W 19-5 help, opinion, & info

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-01-2012, 12:44 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lucedale,Mississippi
Posts: 35
Default S&W 19-5 help, opinion, & info

There's a blued 4" one at a local pawn shop for under $200.00 that I was looking at. She's been abused and has rust pits at the end of the barrel on the outside and the bluing may be 60%. The cylinders and rifling look ok. Now to the questions:
With serial number 193Kxxx, when was it made?
What else should I look for to see if it's safe to fire? The cylinder seems to be in time and locks up tight.
I would say it's overall condition is poor to fair so what is the value?

I'm looking to reduce the number of calibers I stockup on so I've settled on .38 spl & .45 acp for handguns but with a .357 mag, I can still "cheat" a little.

I've spotted another S&W .38 spl, 4" barrel at another pawn shop that is in excellent shape but I don't remember the model # or price, it's hell getting old.

__________________

Retired Navy.

TinCan is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 04-01-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,200
Liked 2872 Times on 1496 Posts
Likes Given: 257

Default

Check the top strap just above the cylinder gap. You will see a bit of flame cutting (probably). A couple of thousandths of an inch is ok, b ut it should not be too deep.

__________________

In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball

robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 04:28 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hiwall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cleator,AZ
Posts: 3,345
Liked 743 Times on 473 Posts
Likes Given: 232

Default

$200 sounds cheap and most pawn shops can be haggled with.

__________________

Just walking on the edge of of my grave.

hiwall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 05:49 AM   #4
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
c3shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 16,943
Liked 9215 Times on 3975 Posts
Likes Given: 1441

Default

I THINK that was 1981. Gun Traders Guide list the Model 19 blued 4 inch at $220 for "Good" condition. If you do not have excessive flame cutting on top strap, and cylinder locks up tight at full cock, everything functions as it should, around $200 might be in the ballpark.

Have cash in hand (green folding money) offer them $175, see what happens. Worst is he will tell you that you are a cheap SOB- at which point you agree with him wholeheartedly, and what about $175?

__________________

What we have here is... failure- to communicate.

c3shooter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
wjnfirearms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Portersville,Pennsylvania
Posts: 336
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

+1 to c3. I like how he thinks!

I also would try to offer him $175 and be willing to go to $200. The gun can easily be refurbished by a good gunsmith. Then, you will have a fine revolver that you obtained for a reasonable cost. This is fast becoming a difficult thing to accomplish. I, myself, want a K frame .357, used preferably because I'm a cheap SOB on occassion ( which is usually only when I don't have the money. Just look at my bills and you'll see what I mean. ), but cannot find one yet at the right price. The only time I did find one, I didn't have the ready cash in hand. I've regretted it since that day. Should have begged, borrowed, or stole.

__________________
wjnfirearms is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 03:16 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lucedale,Mississippi
Posts: 35
Default

Thanks for the info/input. I've been reading about problems with the forcing cone on revolvers cracking? I can't remember but this one looked ok but may have had some pitting. As for the flame cutting, is this due to primarily shooting the lower weight mag rounds? Anyway, I'll more than likely take my cleaning kit, bore light, and magnifying kit.

__________________

Retired Navy.

TinCan is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 05:06 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hastings,Nebraska
Posts: 295
Liked 79 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 27

Default

TinCan, the cracked forcing cones came from shooting the light bullet, high speed .357 Magnum ammo. Usually at bottom dead center on the rear of the barrel and should show like a diamond in a goat's nose. To my knowledge, replacement barrels are NOT available. Flame cutting comes from the light bullet loads as well. Something about the flame temperature of the powder charge. As mentioned, some marking is acceptable, a definite 'cut' is not.

This - I believe - is an unpinned barrel gun; the later edition. They're shootable, but not the desirable revolver of the earlier types. Still, $200 for a complete and shootable M19 isn't bad. I'd go for it, but only after offering $175 or so.

__________________

Finally back in the United States!
OIIOHH
See my blog at:
http://oldmanmontgomery.wordpress.com/

OldManMontgomery is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 03:28 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lucedale,Mississippi
Posts: 35
Default

Again, thanks for the info. I was able to look at it again the other day and it possibly has some very light flame cutting, almost a scratch and the forcing cone doesn't have any cracks or pitting. The bluing is pretty much gone on the right side of frame under the cylinder and on that side of the trigger guard. The grips are fine and the bore is clean and it does lock up tight in SA and DA. The adjustable sight has some heavy rusting on the left side and there is quite a bit of pitting (1/2" to 1" band) around the barrel end. It's definitely in need of some serious cleaning. They've had this revolver in the display case 6-9 months now. Don't worry, I'll definitely work on getting the price down.

__________________

Retired Navy.

TinCan is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
trex1310's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mobile,Alabama
Posts: 288
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Tincan:
If you should want to, you can send the gun to S&W and have it
re-blued )I wouldn't send it anywhere else). It will look like new
when you get it back. S&W will also replace any worn parts that
might cause a safety issue. If you decide you don't want it just
PM me where I can find it and I will go get it. 35 miles isn't all
that far to drive.

__________________
NRA Life Member / Vietnam Vet
Certified in laziness
Certified in watching TV
Certified in napping
Certified in BBQ on the Green Egg
trex1310 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
What (in your opinion) is the best ccw? huckleberry General Handgun Discussion 27 04-28-2012 01:07 PM
Need help and opinion! Gunz05G Glock Forum 9 02-17-2012 10:42 PM
I'd Like Your Opinion... Dennis845 Revolver Handguns 9 07-12-2011 09:01 PM
Opinion Please curly45 General Handgun Discussion 15 02-20-2009 10:37 AM
Your opinion? Bob Wright Revolver Handguns 15 09-04-2008 11:03 AM