Smith & Wesson Model 19 Review
Shooting Illustrated praises Smith and Wesson For bringing back the, double action revolver, model 19 back into production. This review, by Sheriff Jim Wilson, is especially valuable as the reviewer chose the Model 19 as his weapon of choice.
When I started my career as a Texas peace officer, my department required that we carry a revolver capable of chambering the .38 Spl. cartridge. Back in those days, that meant you carried either a Colt or a Smith & Wesson. I tried several Colts and they were fine guns, but I finally settled on the S&W Model 19 as the best gun for me. It fit my hand and was a rugged, reliable, and accurate fighting tool. Also, I will admit that the fact that I was a great admirer of Bill Jordan, the Border Patrol fast-draw whiz, had something to do with that selection, too. You see, Bill had a hand in helping Smith & Wesson design that particular revolver. Shooting Illustrated | The Return of the Smith & Wesson Model 19
What I particularly like bout the Model 19 is that, according to Sheriff Wilson, the 2.5 inch barrel model 19 has excellent accuracy.
We soon found that this short-barreled magnum was surprisingly accurate and even got our chief, after a trip to the shooting range, to allow us to carry them in uniform. A sort time later, I was promoted to detective and the 2 1/2-inch Model 19 became my regular carry gun. Since those long-ago days, I’ve never been without one. Shooting Illustrated | The Return of the Smith & Wesson Model 19
So, if you’re looking for a double action revolver you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at the Smith and Wesson Model 19.