Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum 38 Special +P/357 Magnum

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The used Combat Magnum came with a display case and a knife with matching serial number — pretty neat, but also pricey. It is light enough to be carried concealed with a proper high-riding holster and makes a good combination for field and range use. The Model 19 Classic 12040 is the current production gun.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum 38 Special +P/357 Magnum

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The red-insert front sight predates fiber optics but works about as well. The barrel and barrel rib with a red-insert front post sight are S&W hallmarks.
The round-butt and square-butt revolvers each have their fans. The original square-butt wood stocks on the M19, right, distribute recoil better, our shooters said. During the test, we added Pachmayr smooth combat-type rubber grips to make the M19 handle more like the stainless M66, left.
The Model 19 is a well-finished revolver that gave good results. The cut-out trigger guard is an interesting modification.

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