My 19 came today and I was blown away.
The stock has a few scratches in it, we took the action out and it's the original oil finish, the grain is not filled in.
The metal is 98% blued with some nice patina on top of the barrel and a couple other places, the pictures don't show the beautiful patina on the bluing, it's mostly full bluing with about 30% with some patina, the magazine looks like it's hardly even been used.
It has a Wallensak 4 X scope on it, the glass in the scope and cross hair is perfect, Very good trigger, breaks very clean,Marked with several patent dates starting with 1905.
I have never seen a M19 in such wonderful condition, the bore is great, original bluing with just a few scratches in it.
$400. I scored big time on this one. The pictures taken by the dealer didn't really show how nice it is. Tell me what you think and any history I may not know. I know it has the thicker 28" target barrel.
The serial numbers below 25,000 are supposed to be the lower serial numbers, mine has a 4 didit number 54XX. It must have been from the first or second year of production.
It was made for a scope, not sights and with the 28" heavy barrel, I would think it was made as a target rifle.
I can't believe I made such a great find. It does not have the original magazine, I'll have to look for the correct one.
If anyone knows any history of these early models, I sure would love to hear about it.