Saturday, October 24, 2015
Another piece of history for the gun collection
Browsing through my local Armslist the other day, I noticed a gentleman south of here selling a 1980's-vintage Smith & Wesson Model 19, the famous 'Combat Magnum' pioneered by Bill Jordan and developed with his input during the 1950's. This was the standard police model with 4" barrel, square butt and target-style grips. Production ceased in 1999. It's in excellent condition, as you can see in the picture below. Apologies for the slightly dark image. I'll try to take a better one sometime.
I've seen these going for anywhere between $700 and $1,000 in top condition, depending on whether the original box and paperwork was included. This was priced below that, without box or paperwork, but the seller described it as being in very good condition; so, this morning, I drove down to take a look. It was, indeed, nice, so I paid the man and brought it home with me.
I have in storage a high-ride thumb-break holster made specifically for this model of revolver. I think it's time I took it out, polished it up, and put it back into use. This gun won't be a safe queen - it'll be out on the range with me, where it belongs. It'll make a nice companion to my other Smith & Wesson revolvers chambered for this cartridge.