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Old August 7th, 2017, 04:30 PM #1
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Question on a S&W 19-3 .357 mag 4"

See post #24. Title is for the wrong model S&W.

If I found a gun like this one locally, without any visible defects, would it be worth $450+tax in any of the MDS opinions? I've seen one around and it seemed very smooth and clean, but I know nothing about revolvers and their value. Thanks in advance for your feedback. (yeah, I have the HQL so I can vote, I mean buy handguns)

Please note this photo is not the gun I found locally, but it looks like this one on GB.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/677731083

edited to add that photo above is of different gun, just as an example
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Old August 7th, 2017, 04:45 PM #2
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My model 19 S&W was purchased new in 1962 with 4" Barrel, all options TT, TH, Midnight blue finish for $127 USD! Inflation is a Bitch. But it is a fine Wheel Gun that I still Love it, Smooth and Accurate. You have to watch out they had QC problems for a few of their Transitional Years.You will have to do some research to Id those years. I used to hit Coffee Can lids @ 100Yds when My eyes were Younger.Back then they called them "Combat Magnums" Good Luck Shop Wisely.
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If it looks unscrewed with and minimal wear on surface like your pictures, it is a very good price. If the gun is mint or very nearly so, it is a steal at $450.
If you are looking for something to shoot a steady diet of 357 Mags, you are likely better off with a 686 or some similar firearm. That said, I wouldn't have given up my blue S&W 19 in 2013 except my daughter talked me out of it pre HQL! (It didn't hurt that I also already had a 686 and a M27 in 357 Mag).
She shoots mostly 38's from it and loads with 38 +p for defense. She has shot just a few 357 mags just for the feel of it.

For that price, it isn't liely to sit around a long time. The link to the one on GB shows it hasn't hit a reserve yet. Do a lookup on Guns International or GunsAmerica and get ready for your eyeballs to pop out (I think the prices are a bit high and the sellers can sometimes be bargained with, but the asking prices are considerably higher than what you have seen).
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If in good shape, that is a good price.
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That is a very good price. You should see what the grips alone sell for! Presuming of course that it has the same grips as the one in the G.B. link.
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It's a very good price, especially in nickel if it's in good shape. Yes, a local find would be the way to go, as being able to look at it would be key with a K frame especially. I absolutely love K frame Smiths! They are great revolvers IMO. But the reduction in frame size and weight from the older N frame .357 when these were introduced came with a price if given a steady diet of full house .357 loads, in terms of potential wear and tear. Figure your -3 example is today between 40 and 50 years old. May be little used? May have been pounded hard? Gotta see it to know.
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If I found a gun like this one locally, without any visible defects, would it be worth $450+tax in any of the MDS opinions? ......
It's a reasonable price. It's a K-frame with the modern equivalent being something like a S&W Model 66. It will be very comfortable to shoot 38 Specials out and much lighter to wear/carry than an L-frame S&W 686.

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If I found a gun like this one locally, without any visible defects, would it be worth $450+tax in any of the MDS opinions? I've seen one around and it seemed very smooth and clean, but I know nothing about revolvers and their value. Thanks in advance for your feedback. (yeah, I have the HQL so I can vote, I mean buy handguns)


http://www.gunbroker.com/item/677731083
Yeah. Smith K frames are the bestest revolvers IMO. Revolvers suck but K frames suck less.
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It is a terrible price!

Please PM me with the shop ripping you off on this and I will let them have... my Benjamins instead.

Seriously, $450 for a pre-Clinton hole 4" .357 in good condition seems like a steal.
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