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Posted: December 15 2018 at 10:50am | IP Logged Quote rich2

Thursday I was sitting in my gun/reloading room cleaning up a little and just generally enjoying the quite. I was deciding what gun to shoot the next day and looking over my collection.

I saw my old four inch S&W 19-3 and picked it up to look it over. It had been, what I guess to be, twenty years +/- since I last shot the gun. I picked it up many years ago as a used gun. Everything was tight and sa/da trigger pull was smooth and crisp. No screw heads showed and sign of kitchen table blacksmithing though there was some bluing wear that appeared to be from the gun being kept in a night stand.

I found 150 rounds of old .357 ammo that, according to my tag in the ammo, had been loaded way back in 1994 with cast 158 gr bullets over 7 grs of 452AA.

Friday (yesterday) me and the old revolver went to the local three lane indoor range and after firing the first cylinder full I was wondering why I let the gun sit so long. I was shooting all double action and keeping all my shots in the "A Zone" of an IPSC target and having a ball!!

The ammo ran just fine but smoky for the small indoor range and after about 5 or 6 cylinders of the old cast ammo the cylinder started to turn slower and harder and the gun was getting smoky. By the time I was done the cylinder wouldn't even spin freely and D.A. trigger pull went from about 8 smooth pounds to, what I would guess to be, about 15. Both gun and shooters hands were covered with black smoke but it was fun despite the smoke and dirt.

When I got home I took the cylinder out of the gun and stripped it down to it's components and scrubbed them all in my homemade mixture of kerosene and paint thinner and after cleaning the rest of the gun and reassembling it the cylinder turned free again and spun easily.

I going to make it a point to shoot that gun more often. Just not with cast bullets.


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Powder coat you some rich2 won't have that problem
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Posted: December 15 2018 at 5:09pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Great looking old revolver!

Remember when gun stores were full of great S&W revolvers? Ahhh...

Ya, I've got some cast/unique loads like that. They shoot great, but... very sooty.

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One of the biggest mistakes I made was traden my 19 semms
like they feel just right in your hand
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Posted: December 17 2018 at 5:06pm | IP Logged Quote rich2

Yea, from now on this old gun won't be just sitting locked up gathering dust.

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There are two small pins in the cylinder that help keep the ejector square. Mine is missing one and I looked under Numrich arms and they are out of them anyone know where I may find another?

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Posted: December 18 2018 at 9:03pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

Maybe call around to any local gunsmiths - as that sounds like it may be a commonly stocked part..

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Posted: December 19 2018 at 6:35am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Stab in the dark, but do you have the ability to fabricate one?

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rich2 wrote:
There are two small pins in the cylinder that help keep the ejector square. Mine is missing one and I looked under Numrich arms and they are out of them anyone know where I may find another?


Good luck on that one, I'm sure they have been scarfed up long ago by "collectors".

I used to buy stuff like that from Springfield Sporters but heard they closed down.

Other places I've gotten stuff from were Bob's Gun Parts, SARCO and Jack First, but that has been years ago and I'm not even sure any of these are still around either.

You might be able to find one at the smithwesson-forum, but I think they make you pay to get the right to buy and sell on their forum.
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Posted: December 19 2018 at 2:52pm | IP Logged Quote rich2

I thought about having one made up but I'd have to extract the one still in the cylinder to get the proper dimensions and I don't want to risk that one in the process.

Only one local gunsmith I trust and he doesn't have one but he *may* be able to find one. Lots of kitchen table blacksmiths around here.


I'll try Bob's Gun Parts and SARCO tonight. If they're still around.

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The 19 was my favorite for a long time. Of all the S&W revolvers the K frame
fits my hand the the best and is easy to bring on target.

Back in 2002 I tried the model 66 and sold off all my 19's I was so pleased with
the 66. I can't say anything about the latest incarnation as I have not looked at
one or handled it.

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One place to try looking for the pin would be on the S&W website. Lots of
collectors there and I've seen one person come up with a cylinder for a 28-2
and a hammer for another revolver.

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I lost one on my 19 made one from small drill bit epoxed
it in and had no problem the bit I used was the perfect
size don't remember the size don't use a cheap bit
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Posted: December 20 2018 at 7:17am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

The older 19s are prone to cracks in the lower portion of the barrel, the cut out for the crane.

The main culprit seems to be the high intensity jacketed bullets, with moderate cast bullet loads there should be no problem.
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