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Posted: September 29 2017 at 5:01am | IP Logged Quote M700

It's been a while now since I had the old Model 19 tuned up and re-finished with Cerakote.



The finish hasn't worn at all from what I can see. The little S&W has accompanied me around town, on bicycle rides, hiking in the hills, and to the range. Not daily carry, I normally use my .45 1911 for that, but carried pretty often.

Would probably carry it more often if I had a better holster. My beat-up old leather basketweave holster looks right for the gun, but is too worn-out to hold it securely anymore.

I continue to shoot mostly mild, .38 Special, lead-bullet handloads through it. Occasionally I'll shoot a few jacketed .357 rounds, just for fun.

I've been using it, along with a speedloader, to show people that the revolver is still a viable self-defense choice.

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Posted: September 29 2017 at 6:07am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

That finish really looks great. I can see that being a great carry weapon.

I always love shooting my 4" K-frame Model 66-1. I used it again last Saturday to do my annual POST qualification for LEOSA. With speed loaders it is a simple task to finish each timed segment and have plenty of time left over. I actually finish well before many of the semi-autos.

Having the 4" barrel and a square butt does make it a lot of gun to try to conceal though, so I normally pack either my Bulldog or my SP-101 for daily carry if concealment is desired.

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Posted: September 29 2017 at 7:44am | IP Logged Quote M700

I do think I'm going to check the ol' "gun fund" and see if there's enough in there for a decent holster for this old 357 revolver...

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Posted: September 29 2017 at 7:52am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Now that the weather is cooler and I wear a jacket, this one gets CC more.


Like the look of that one Guy!

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Posted: September 29 2017 at 8:05am | IP Logged Quote M700

Thanks. I like it too. Was really torn on the re-finish. I wanted to reblue it like the original finish, but there was pitting on the cylinder that was too deep to buff out. So... a bit reluctantly I had it Cerakoted.

Near as I can tell, Cerakote is kind of a fancy heat-cured paint job.

Whatever it is, it sure seems durable. I do like the matte or satin look it's got. Sure made my old revolver looks good again!

Always have loved the way those old S&W 38 & 357 revolvers shot too. This one is no exception. It shoots just fine.

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The 19 and 66 are my favorite S&W guns.    I no longer own a 19 but
still have a 66 2.5", it is carried quite a bit.   

I'll be curious to see how that finish holds up.

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Posted: September 30 2017 at 7:32pm | IP Logged Quote John P.

Those 2.5 inch K frame magnums were always great pack'n handguns.
I carried my 2.5 inch model 66 for a long time. Still in great shape and
mostly retired from carry. I shoot mine with mild .38 Specials too now.
When I carried it, the load was 125 gr. JHP .357 Magnums. I did shoot
it sparingly with that load.
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I still carry my 2.5" model 66. I do not shoot .38 Spl out of it but
prefer a load somewhere between the Spl and mag with the 140 gr
bullet.

I confess that one of my favorites is still the Colt DS with an ankle
holster for carry though.

Wish I could carry my GLOCK 26 in an ankle holster.

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joed wrote:
I still carry my 2.5" model 66. I do not shoot .38 Spl out
of it but
prefer a load somewhere between the Spl and mag with the 140 gr
bullet.

I confess that one of my favorites is still the Colt DS with an ankle
holster for carry though.

Wish I could carry my GLOCK 26 in an ankle holster.


There are a couple of manufacturers that make ankle holsters for a
Glock 26. I had a ankle holster for my 2.5 inch M-66, but it only
worked with the wider bottomed dress pants. Even so the M-66 is too
heavy, and never felt secure in that holster, so I only used it a couple to
times.
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Posted: October 01 2017 at 6:43pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

I have a 4" old Model 19 which is one of my favorite
pistols. Been shooting it since the late 70's.

I shoot a 38+P load in mine: the 125 Hornady XTP with 5.6
grains of 231 in a 38 case. Extremely accurate combo. It's
my woods carry pistol. I carry mine in a Safariland suede
lined hoslter.

For self defense I carry the S&W Model60 which is a 3" J
frame 38 special.
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Posted: October 01 2017 at 11:04pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

I also have a M66-2 2 1/2" but don't seem to use it that much.


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John P. wrote:


There are a couple of manufacturers that make ankle holsters for
a
Glock 26. I had a ankle holster for my 2.5 inch M-66, but it only
worked with the wider bottomed dress pants. Even so the M-66 is
too
heavy, and never felt secure in that holster, so I only used it a
couple to
times.


I believe the model 66 is just to heavy for ankle carry.    Originally
I carried a Colt Cobra which was light as a feather.   There was a
noticeable difference with the DS.    

The GLOCK 26 is very small and light, I may look at picking up an
ankle holster for it.

For the model 66 I carry it in a Bianchi holster on my belt.   

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Nice S&W wheelguns fellas.

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I always regret trading my 19 it one of those smiths that
just feel's good in your hands
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Gotta love an old K frame.. my oldest buddy
fired his first shot from one when he was
about 8... his dad loaded in a hot 357 round
and told him to hold it right up to his nose
and aim real careful. .. got a broken nose
out of it but learned to respect guns for
sure... his grandmother then gave his dad a
broken nose over it... gun safety has come a
ways since then thankfully.
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M700 wrote:
Thanks. I like it too. Was really torn
on the re-finish. I wanted to reblue it like the
original finish, but there was pitting on the cylinder
that was too deep to buff out. So... a bit reluctantly
I had it Cerakoted.

Near as I can tell, Cerakote is kind of a fancy heat-
cured paint job.

Whatever it is, it sure seems durable. I do like the
matte or satin look it's got. Sure made my old
revolver looks good again!

Always have loved the way those old S&W 38 & 357
revolvers shot too. This one is no exception. It
shoots just fine.

Guy


I felt exactly the same way with my Model 58- no dash
but pitting even though not bad was all over --very
pleased with results

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Posted: October 08 2017 at 5:16am | IP Logged Quote M700

I was considering some different stocks/grips. Something with fancier wood, or stag grips, or something.

But I've been shooting it with the originals, and they surely do fit my hand well.

Think I'll leave the grips alone.

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Posted: October 09 2017 at 4:55am | IP Logged Quote M700

Oh my goodness, one of the shooters at the range yesterday had a mint original 19, with the factory finish. It was just beautiful, looked brand new.

Old, but in beautiful shape. It hadn't been shot much, and always with .357 magnums.

Owner didn't know it could be shot with .38's, so I provided some and those mild cartridges put a big grin on the owner's face.

Guy

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Guy, That's a nice looking P&R'd 19. And the Cerakote finish looks good too.

I've never cared for round butt frames because they don't fit my hand right. It makes the revolver roll forward and lowers the POI. But I do prefer revolvers with shorter barrels so when I carried one I would use Pachmayr round to square conversion grips on them. They are far from ideal but are more tolerable.
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RT58 wrote:
Guy, That's a nice looking P&R'd 19. And the
Cerakote finish looks good too.

I've never cared for round butt frames because they don't fit my
hand right. It makes the revolver roll forward and lowers the POI.
But I do prefer revolvers with shorter barrels so when I carried
one I would use Pachmayr round to square conversion grips on
them. They are far from ideal but are more tolerable.


Funny you mention that, I have a horrible time with round butt
guns. This model 66 came with an Uncle Mike's boot grip that
hurt my hand even firing .38 Spl.    The grips in this photo work
for
me though.





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