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Old 02-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #21
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Great choice! I favor the 6" Smiths. Be sure it's a M19-4 or older P&R (Pinned and Recessed) and the finish is in good shape.

Check-out the topstrap just above the forcing cone for flame-cutting. If there is a witness mark this will indicate the previous owner shot a boat load of the lighter 124 gr speed-balls.

Check the forcing cone for cracks. (especially on the bottom where it's machined for crane clearance.)

Be sure the timing is right and cylinder lock-up is tight.

There is something about a vintage Smith wheel gun in the N or K frame that sends piss-quivers up my spine. Like a vintage M1911A1, the history seems to morph from the ageless stocks and provide the shooter with a glimpse of brilliance from the giants who's shoulders we walk on. (Elmer Keith, Jack Weaver, Col. Charles "Boots" Askins, Thell Reed, Jerry Miculek to name a few.)

Here's mine, a Smith & Wesson model 19-3, P&R. Manufactured in 1970, this gun is older than many members here yet the barrel is clean and shiny and it shoots like......well you decide below;

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Thanks for the info Canebrake. I just actually watched a video on what to look for when buying a used revolver.

And you're right. They're just gorgeous guns. large and in charge yet sleek and sexy!
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The bottom 6 gun is my favorite .357. This is the 27-2 3.5". These old guns are rugged. This 27-2 was bought from the Weber Co. Utah SO years ago. Oh, the top gun is a 5 screw Pre 29 .44 Mag. The "N" frame Smith is a legend.



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This is my 4" round butt model 19 carried it for 18 years as my backup It has been rode hard but I still can hit the chest on a B-27 target with it @ 100 yards

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Beautiful pieces of steel gentlemen...thank you for sharing!
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Now should you want to step up and run with the big dogs, get you one of these;

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The one and only N frame .44 Magnum, my S&W Model 29-2

But only if you're feeling lucky...."well are you punk?

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Trust me when I say I considered it heavily But that is a hand cannon for a later date. lol


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Now should you want to step up and run with the big dogs, get you one of these;

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The one and only N frame .44 Magnum, my S&W Model 29-2

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I have a 4" Mod 19 that I purchased in 1976. It has the wide grips and target trigger. I taught my wife to shoot with it and she trusts the weapon very much. This will be handed down to my son or grandson.

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The movies are always faking some thing. That S&W Dirty Harry is pointing was not a 29 or Pre-29. The gun used in the movie was a Mdl 57 .41 Mag. There was a problem with the props and they had to use a Mdl. 57.
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The movies are always faking some thing. That S&W Dirty Harry is pointing was not a 29 or Pre-29. The gun used in the movie was a Mdl 57 .41 Mag. There was a problem with the props and they had to use a Mdl. 57.
some were M57 in 41 magnum, but they did use M29's in an 8" barrel and then went to the 6 1/2" barreled Smiths. if i remember correctly, Smith changed the barrels from 6 1/2" to 6" for quite a while then went back to the 6 1/2" a few years ago. they used the M57 because they had a problem getting the M29's and only had a few. i think this was mainly in the first movie. after the movies came out, Smith & Wesson couldn't make the M29 fast enough, as they sold them pretty much as fast as they hit the stores. then years later, you could pick up a really nice M29 at a gun show or a gun store used for dirt cheap. people shot who shot them didn't realize how much recoil a 44 magnum had! they didn't want to shoot them that much!
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