S&W Model 19 .357 Thoughts

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by TimL2952, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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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?

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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Before changing anything, I would shoot at least a couple hundred rounds through it first.

    Then, if I decide that it is not for me, I did not put my hard earned money into something (like grips) that the next owner may not like.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    What's not to like? That was Bill Jordan's baby, son of the Model 10, father of the Model 66. Mine is a 6 inch, balance dang near perfect. The oversized target grips are s smidge big for my small hands, but work well with really hot loads.

    Out of production since about 99, it is the revolver other companies try to duplicate.
     
  4. mcb

    mcb New Member

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    The best balanced revolver you'll ever shoot.
     
  5. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Thanks for the input guys. I've spent close to the past 2 years just rifling through my books looking at hundreds of handguns..and I keep going back to page with this beauty on it.

    Update: My buddy in the dorm has a 4inch stainless model 19. He said I can shoot it :D
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had a 19 and a 66. Both were very nice guns but I would choose a 686. While you will probably never shoot enough 357 to hurt it, the 686 L frame was brought out because of the K frames short comings. The K frame was never designed to shoot large amounts of 357 magnums. The police used to shoot 38 spl for practice and carry 357 for duty so very few 357 loads were fired. When the police started practicing with duty loads, the K frames started having problems and the L frame was developed. The L frame is in between the K frame and the much larger N frame and was designed specifically for the 357 magnum.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    both the M19 and M66 are excellent revolvers and IMO, some of the best ones ever made by Smith & Wesson. i think you have made a very choice in a pistol and one that you will enjoy for many years to come. good luck. BTW, nice to see a younger shooter wanting a revolver to start with!
     
  8. mongoose90

    mongoose90 New Member

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    This is my S & W 686 6 inch with the original wood grips.
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  9. rslayden

    rslayden New Member

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    I have a 4" M19. Love it! It's the gun I used to teach my wife to shoot. The target grips work well for me. Balanced, heavy enough to handle recoil of .357 and pure enjoyment with .38s. One of my guns that my kids will be fighting over when I'm gone.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The model 19 is a fine revolver. It is a little light for a steady diet of full power Magnum ammo. It will eventually develop issues (correctable), but it will take several thousand rounds to see this. If you shoot mostly Specials and a box or three of Mags a year, you will not likely have any issues.

    I prefer the larger N-frames, but they are a bit big for mere mortals.
     
  11. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Thanks again for all the responses. For what I will being doing with this gun (Mostly plinking and fundamentals work) I'll probably be feeding it mostly .38 and this is one of the reasons I like it. I know technically I should get a .22 for this, But I've been shooting my dad's S&W Model 41.

    What is the common price difference between a model 19 and a 686? (I had also considered the 686 originally)
     
  12. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    I shoot shotguns mainly. Started with a semi and then went to an Over Under...no moving parts really, nothing moving around and I like it alot.

    Shot my buddys XDm 9mm and when everything moved it just felt funny. Shot his .38 revolver...just like swapping to my O/U might as well start where Im comfy.
     
  13. keymastr5912

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    back in my cop days we were issued 19's or 66's in 4". they are still my all time favorite 357. a carried one for years untill they switched us to the 686. probably because i had became so fond of the k frame i never really liked the l frame. just seemed to front heavy. i still own and carry a 2 1/2" 66 and a 4" 19. thousands of rds through the issue 19 and zero problems. did have to send the 686 back to smith once tho.
     
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    One of my favorites and while I don't shot mine very often I have no plans to get rid of it. I shoot mainly 38s thru mine. If I want to shoot hot magnums I've got a GP100 for that..both are 6".
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i think a pistol collection is lacking if one doesn't own at least one revolver! i have one 44 Magnum revolver, now i need to add a 357 Magnum to my collection of pistols. i am planning on adding a S & W in 357 to make it complete.

    i use to shoot a lot of sporting clays on weekends many years ago, and had three different O/U shotguns i used for it. well last year i added another O/U to my collection, and hope to start shooting sporting clays again, with the Mossberg 500 pump that i got also. i was never really into bird hunting, but i did enjoy shooting sporting clays and O/U's work really well for that sport.
     
  16. headhunter

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    In 1970, I purchased my first Smith a Model 19 4". A wonderful revolver! I sold it about 10 yrs later, and to this day I consider that a mistake.
    The problems that led Smith it the direction of the 686 was that shooters and cops started using lighter weight bullets like the 110 gr Super Vel bullets. There were reports of cracked forcing cones. My understanding was these cracks were at the bottom of the forcing cones. The 158 gr. shooters didn't seem to have this problem. Smith responded with the 686 and 586 (moving from the K frame to the L frame) which had a K frame grip and a heavier frame.
    It is now 2012 and my brother is still shooting that Model 19. If you insist on 1400 Ft per sec I go with a 686, if you are happy with 1200+ ft per sec. I think the 19/ 66 K frame is great!
     
  17. HOSSFLY

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    The revolver other revolvers want to be :D
     
  18. Model 19 is a winner

    I currently have one Model 13 revolver, two Model 19 revolvers, one Model 581, two Model 27s and a Model 28, all in caliber .357 Magnum. Once upon a long time ago, I carried the Model 13, a Model 19 much like the four inch version I currently own, and the Model 581 on duty as a young but lovable Border Patrol Agent.

    The K frame versions 'handle' the best. They are light enough to carry all day and heavy enough not to beat one to death over a few rounds. For self-defense purposes, they present and fire on single or multiple targets with a rapidity and ease greater than either the L frame 581 or the N frame 27s and 28.

    The longevity problem was pretty much limited to the use of the later developed 125 grain, high velocity rounds in .357 Magnum. The barrels would crack at some point, typically at the bottom of the forcing, just as Headhunter reported. This problem was not reported with full charge 158 grain cartridges. I've shot a bunch through mine. It is possible to stretch the top strap with long term use of heavy loads, but you'll have to work at it.

    I find the four inch length to be the best size for me. It has superior sight radius to the 2.5 inch version and a better extractor throw. I find the extra two inches of the six inch version very cumbersome for me. But then, I'm a short guy, and long waisted.

    If you plan on shooting a lot of heavy loads, you'll find the L and N frame guns are heavier and soak up more of the recoil. They are just more pleasant to shoot with heavy loads and sustained fire. On the other hand, if you work at it, you'll find the four inch 19 will deliver fast, accurate shots with full loads.

    I think your thinking is very sound. The Model 19 S&W revolver - preferable the pinned barrel type - is excellent.
     
  19. Doc3402

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    I really like my 4 inch Mod 19's. I use the Hogue Monogrip on one, the grips seen in your picture on another, and on a stainless Mod 66 I have the service grips with Tyler spacer. None are as natural feeling as a set of Herrett grips I had made a few years back for my 19-3. I have had a 6" Mod 19, but I wasn't really fond of it. I already had several years with various 4 inch models and it just felt off to me. There wasn't a thing wrong with it, it was just awkward
     
  20. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    In a perfect world I would use this revolver for ccw when I get my card (Under the shoulder detective style?) I don't see myself shooting .357 hot loads out of it for practice everyday. just .38s...

    Not a HUGE fan of the 686...its a bit buliker and I'm just not a stainless guy :p