Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M19-4 357 Magnum, $450-$750

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Testers understood why the Model 19-4 was such a popular revolver back in the day. This was an older "pre-lock" revolver we would seek out to buy, enjoy, and pass down.

Smith & Wesson M19-4 357 Magnum, $450-$750

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The S&W had a hand-filling grip that helped reduce felt recoil.
The chambers were countersunk so the cartridge bases sat flush.
The backstrap was serrated and exposed between the stocks. This transmits recoil.
The Magnagrip flared at the bottom, making the Model 19-4 a handful.
This Model 19-4 was tight and looked like it had not been fired much.

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