Smith & Wesson’s iconic Model 19 is back, and it looks like it could be better than ever.
It’s been nearly two decades since the company stopped producing the 357 Magnum revolver, but they’ve responded to customer demand and made some improvements on the old design.
Company reps told us at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits that the 2018 model features a ball detent cylinder lockup, which allows for easier cylinder rotation when shooting double action. The gun also has a sleeved barrel, which provides straighter sight alignment and enhances accuracy.
The gun weighs in at a solid 37.2oz and includes walnut grips, a 4.25″ barrel, a black adjustable rear sight, and a red ramp front sight. Smith aficionados will also recognize the classic cylinder release thumb piece. The polished blued finish looks great, and the trigger feels even better.
“It’s Dad’s gun, just with new engineering,” they told us at the Smith & Wesson booth.
The company is also offering a version of the Model 19 from its Performance Center. The Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp shortens the barrel to 3 inches and adds ports for recoil management. The gun also features a tritium front night sight, a trigger overtravel stop, and a Performance Center tuned action for a smooth double-action and light single action trigger pull.
The shorter boot grip combined with the 3-inch barrel makes the Model 19 ideal for concealed carry, and the 357 Magnum chambering can handle any trouble that might come your way.
The suggested retail price for the Classic Model 19 is $826, and the Performance Center model runs above a grand at $1026. You’ll be able to find them for a bit less here on GunsAmerica once they begin shipping. For more information visit Smith-Wesson.com.