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S&W 619 No. 164301 .357 Magnum, $646 (Grade D, August 2008)

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With few upgrades beyond its seven-round capacity, we thoughtthe use of modern production methods should have resulted ina lower price.

S&W 619 No. 164301 .357 Magnum, $646 (Grade D, August 2008)

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The use of MIM parts was supposed to reduce cost, but the 619 was still higher priced than the other guns. The double action was as bad as the single action trigger was good.
We did pretty well with the frame notch sight at 25 yards, and the matte treatment of the top strap helped us focus by killing glare. Well executed and almost indestructible, we'd prefer an upgrade to a higher definition sight such as the $84 Extreme Duty sight from .
Service guns can take a beating in battle and in simple day-to-day handling, holstering and ridingūin a car. The ramp front sight and recessed crown protect those critical points, but we would haveūpreferred that the ejector rod would have been shielded as well.
The $646 Smith & Wesson 619 held seven rounds of .38 Special or .357 Magnum ammunition. Shown here in the proper position for dumping spent cases, the shooter can see the detent underneath the barrel waiting to connect with the tip of the ejector rod.
The trigger had a smooth surface, but we noticed ridges from the metal injection molding (MIM) process on it and the hammer. The MIM process produces parts that are true to specification right from the mold, reducing or eliminating time spent cutting, machining or trueing by stone. Given the MIM process was supposed to save time and money, we have to wonder why the 619 cost so much.ū
We tested with three classic loads. The most powerful was the Black Hills 125-grain JHP rounds (left), and the most accurate was Black Hills 148-grain Match Wadcutter (center). American Eagle 158-grain JSP rounds by Federal are another well known recipe. The Taurus 66 shot the best single group (center) using the Match Wadcutters. The group to the left was printed low on the paper target by the S&W 619. The sights on the 619 were better suited to the 158-grain ammunition. The Ruger GP100 shot all our test loads well, including the group to the right printed with the heavy-recoiling American Eagle ammunition.ū

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