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Smith & Wesson Model 19 357 Magnum, ~$500

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The Model 19 is a great-shooting short-barrel revolver, but the short barrel is a drawback compared to the Military and Police revolver. The square-butt frame of the larger 38 Special also gave better control than the 357 Magnum Model 19's round butt. When we fired Magnums in the Model 19, the situation became worse. While the Model 19 Combat Magnum is a fine revolver, it is a specialist's handgun, and one most of us will find too expensive for the performance delivered.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 357 Magnum, ~$500

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Model 19's adjustable sights were useful for getting the revolver to shoot where the owner aimed. The others didn't offer this ease of use.
A ramp front sight with orange insert made for good shooting both at the combat range and in precision shooting.
Fired off hand, the Smith & Wesson Combat Magnum gave credible results, but concentration is always demanded by a short-barrel revolver.

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