Make: Smith and Wesson
Serial Number: 9K68972
Year of Manufacture: 1967-1977
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver, Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked "Smith & Wesson". The right side of the barrel is marked "S & W .357 Magnum". The right side of the frame has the Smith and Wesson logo and the four line "Marcas Registradas" address. The frame under the arbor is marked "9K68972 / Mod 19-3", the arbor is marked "78551 / G15". The left grip frame is marked with "780 G15 78551 R-B G3 G7". The right grip frame is marked circle "W" and triangle "W". The bottom of the grip frame is marked "9K68972". The back of the cylinder is marked "R BL".
Barrel Length: 4"
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a raised blade front sight with red insert, and the standard Smith and Wesson elevation and windage adjustable rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Pachmayr one piece rubber. The grips show minor wear and there are no losses to the rubber. The grips rate in about good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is some fouling that could stand a good cleaning. There is no apparent erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows little wear. There is a visible dragline, some finish loss on the ejector rod and there is a mark on the firewall from closing the cylinder. There is some wear on the left side of the hammer. Of particular note is the nice case color on the target trigger and target hammer. The Screw heads are sharp and show little disfiguration. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, both single action and double action. We did not fire this gun. This gun has both a target trigger and target hammer.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Many shooters feel that the model 19 is the best Smith and Wesson ever made. The K frame in a magnum caliber provides immense flexibility in loads. The four inch barrel and target hammer and trigger make this a great revolver for combat shooting and revolver competition in general. This gun is the ultimate multi purpose platform, protection, carry, competition, plinking and survival. This particular gun shows use but not abuse, the finish is excellent and the action is smooth. If you add one revolver to your collection this year, here is a good choice,
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This gun is not on the California roster of "approved for sale handguns" and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transfer at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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