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A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 19

3 Responses to “Gun Porn”

  1. Mike Voncannon Says:

    Back in the day, you weren’t a “real” cop unless you carried a Model 19 or Model 66 (its stainless steel cousin).

  2. JTC Says:

    In the late 70’s handguns were under more attack than now and new S&W’s were nearly unavailable from wholesalers. The Major of the West Palm Beach Police Dept. (later to be Chief) was a good friend and customer at the Gun&Pawn I managed there…he loved Indian gold pieces and whenever a 2 1/2 or 5 Dollar example came in I’d hold it for him.

    And he had occasional access to some nice things that weren’t commonly available, like great seats at concerts etc…the front row seats he had one of his motorcycle cops drop off to me when I had mentioned I’d like to take my wife to the sold-out Harry Chapin show stands out as one of my favorites and got me laid mightily later that night (hey I was still in my 20’s!).

    And occasionally he’d come in with a real nice gun he thought I would like too. He dropped in one day in ’78 with a pretty blue box containing wrapped in that lovely aromatic wax paper a nickel 19 that he knew I would love. That beautiful thing with it’s rich deep nickel finish, combat sights, trigger and hammer, and some of the most gorgeous grained wood stocks ever put on a gun is one of the few guns I have never even considered selling even though I brokered more than 10,000 of them over the years.

    They just don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  3. JTC Says:

    But with all that said, here’s some truth;

    I do often tote a 19…but it ain’t a wheel gun.

    Craftsmanship and beauty are one thing, practicality and efficiency are quite another.