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Old 03-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #41
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When I started off with handguns I had the same problem.

I'm a sporting clays shooter as well and have always followed the "Look at the bird" style of shooting...I even took the front sight bead off of my shotgun hahaha.

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I carried a Model 19, 4" with custom grips, for the first half of my police career, and from time-to-time shot it in competition, out to 100 yards. It was my faithful servant and constant companion for many years. I retired it when we became authorized to carry semi-autos in the late 80's, but I still own it. I keep it in a safe-deposit box along with other treasures, and have specified in my will that it shall remain in my family after I pass. Does that tell you how I feel about it?

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Old 03-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #43
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I've gone through several Model 19s, still have two 2 1/2" guns. I always wished for a 4" full lug barrel similar to my 586, heavy barrels always being my forte.

Never had any other complaint, but when the L-Frame appeared, that pretty well occupied my stable.

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So...I'll be turning 21 this coming December and I'm in love with the look and feel of this revolver. Like the .357 but have not been able to shoot it through this piece.

Would those who own one please comment on what they like/dislike about it? What grips and barrel lengths do you like?
One of the best handguns produced. Great for accuracy- trigger control, sight picture, balance. I used a Model 15 Smith when I was 21 to teach myself to shoot right-handed because of my dominant eye. I do everything else left- handed.

IMO ONLY, the original pressures for .357 (Bless Elmer Keith's high-velocity heart!) was 47,000 psi. IMO ONLY, the current pressure is 35,000 psi. That difference is about a 34% increase. Don't shoot 5,000 rounds of 180 gr. bullets at 1,500 fps annually. Find a nice bulk ammo in .38 special and shoot it as much as you do your shotguns. I have a 2.5", 2X 4", and a 6" Model 19. I use 125 gr. Federal Hydro-Shocks in them as self-defense.

If I could only have one handgun, it would be a 6" Mdl 19.

Before I bought a replacement grip, I'd try a Tyler T-grip addition. Fills the underside of the trigger and has a couple of finger grooves. I think I attached the photo correctly.



Keep your barrel up.
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So...I'll be turning 21 this coming December and I'm in love with the look and feel of this revolver. Like the .357 but have not been able to shoot it through this piece.

Would those who own one please comment on what they like/dislike about it? What grips and barrel lengths do you like?

Mine is exactly like this one and has been the perfect revolver for about thirty years IMHO.
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I had both a 4 and 2 1/2inch models and they were by far my favorites. Kept the grips stock and adapted to the feel. I recently bought a 686+ but it's just not the same. Your's is a keeper!

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My first handgun was a 4" Model 19 my Dad gave me. I love that gun and it shoots like a champ! I put some hogue grips on it, but kept the original wood grips. Awesome gun!

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I have a model 19-4 with a six inch barrel. It is favorite gun and is very accurate. I am currently looking for a shoulder rig so I can carry it.

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Model 19 Combat Magnum. The one that got away. Had a blue 4 inch back in the 80's and had to let it go. Kick myself every day. Would love to find another one.
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I stumbled upon a Mod. 19-5 a year ago at a gun show. I was looking for a 25-06 at the time. Forgot about the rifle. It is now my second favorite wheel gun, the first being an old model Ruger Bhawk 41 mag. That S&W is one fine shooter, I only use 158 gr. which it was designed for. Also look for case indents around the firing pin hole, could be a sign of a hot load diet. If you find one, buy it, you won't be sorry. A $2 Pachmyer grip worked out well, too.

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