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Old 07-16-2017, 11:58 PM
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It may be that there is an old thread on this gun, but I can't find it.

I own two sets (an early one and later one):


The one on the left is the earlier one (shipped March, 1973) while the one on the right was shipped later (Aug, 1973).

You can see above that the older one had a darker color on the stocks as well as a different finish on the 6" Bowie knife.

Here together:




If you look carefully, you can see the right trigger guard has a special cut. Of course, the right stocks have a special cut-out.

It's time for a turn-ring. The newer one will go to the range this week. I believe that the factory lubrication may be a little dry. I'll give a range update on the 19-3 TR.
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I think they are one of the finest model 19's the factory ever shipped... and your two are pristine examples! I found the bug with this commemorative and have picked up a few of them over the years...

An early one - TR39 (notice that the stocks have the S&W medallion vs the Texas Star medallion):






Then some of the 50 Deluxe Engraved ones:

TR40:





TR140:





TR210:






Then there's the rare 6" TR - with a little help from a talented gunsmith:

TR1734:







... I'd say that I kind of like these guys...
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Richard,
Whenever you post those engraved models, I drool all over my computer. They are awesome!!!
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Just an observation on these TR Model 19s - the fit and finish on all of the TRs that I have observed is of the highest quality. I think that the factory must have taken a little extra effort polishing and finishing this their first commemorative... and it shows.
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Just an observation on these TR Model 19s - the fit and finish on all of the TRs that I have observed is of the highest quality...
Hey Richard,
I agree. I bought my first one from Jack L. who had a gun store in my neighborhood (I bought my first S&W from his Dad).

It was the excellent fit and finish that made me buy it. I am not sure that I have seen any other S&W since 1973 that was made to the standards of these revolvers. JMO, but it may be the last of the almost perfect factory guns.

Sir, you have a great collection of these guns.
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