Sw model 19 dating
WWII models (Smith & Wesson Victory Model) were also chambered in .38 Smith & Wesson for the British Commonwealth.
From 1960 until today it was fitted with a heavier barrel and ramped front sight. There was also a special run of the Model 10 with a 2.5" Heavy Barrel made for the Michigan State Police in the 1970's.
If you look at it as a collectible, you need to get more familiar with what you are collecting.
A lot of us may not have all the intricacies of each model in our head.
There a setting for that if you look right above the auction listings. The ASKING price for some now on Gunbroker is below 0 in some cases. Those older revolvers can be great buys; many were not shot that much - especially if a police gun, which the 19s often were- S&W had many agency contracts for their revolvers. Someone better informed than me could tell you that.
Offer six bills and if he says no say thanks anyway and walk away and keep looking. I'm not an expert, but I don't think there were any sights with inserts available in the 19-2 era. Doesn't matter if you're just going to buy it and shoot it.
Seems like old smiths are popping up now probally because of the bad economy. Does matter if you were going to by it as a near-pristine example of a 19-2 Smith with box and papers and put it in the safe and only fondle it occasionally. Check out Gunbroker for a while, find out what they actually sell for. FWIW, Either the gun is a shooter in very good condition and not worth 5 or the gun is worth 5 to a collector because of great condition, box, papers, and factory equipped.
According to the FBI, the Model 10 is the most purchased handgun in the US.
This gun is in great condtion with the box, and the paper work. Thanks I think too it's too much in relation to going prices around. Having said that, while the 19-2 is a superb gun, I think that price is too high.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (heavy barrel) revolver (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special.