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Old 11-20-2020, 10:14 AM
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I haven't gone to the LGS nearly as much this year as in the past. It used to be a three or four trip a week deal for my wife and I. This year we probably haven't been in three or four times since the Covid started.

So I was looking at their online page, and noticed they had a Model 19-4 that must have just gone up. I knew that because it was still there. It was priced a little high, but then I haven't seen one in a while, and I didn't expect to see any for less anytime soon, so I hit the "buy it" button, and got an email a few minutes later that said it was ready for pickup.

Turned out it was a 1980, 19-4, in what appears to be unfired outside the factory condition. It is a Pennsylvania State Police 75th anniversary model. It has the "three T's." Target hammer, trigger, presentation target stocks, and a trigger stop. (does that mean it's 4T's?) As a bonus, it also had the cardboard box, all the papers, cleaning rod, mop, brush, and sight adjusting tool, still in the original unopened plastic bag.

Sorry for the poor pictures. Best I could do with a cell phone, and indoor lights.





My wife and I went up, filled out the paperwork, got told the system was acting up, so we went to get a bite to eat. On the way out, I glanced into the cabinet and noticed a SS N-frame with a 4" barrel. It was on the other side of the barrier, and I didn't want to wait in line, but it looked to be a 629. I called back and checked. No 629 in the case.

After we ate, we went home, I grabbed up a gun I didn't like near as much as I thought I would when I bought it, and took it along with me when I went to pick up the Model 19. This time I got in the line, waited a minute or so and got "inside." The SS N-frame was still there, but whoever told me they didn't have a 629 was right. It was a 624 (no dash) with a 4" barrel. 44 Special of course.

It's on layaway for now, but I may not wait.





I've always liked the 44 Special, and I have a well known almost fetish for a 4" barrel revolver. The diamond target grips don't hurt. I have no idea if they're the real thing, aftermarket, period correct, or what but they look good.
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Nice, both of them; great day at the LGS I's say. The stocks on the 624 are "cokes" but I don't think S&W, maybe Eagle. In any case they didn't leave the factory on the gun but look very nice anyway. I think I've got a set of the Eagle version around here somewhere and will post a picture if I can find them.

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Edit: Here's a picture of the Eagle Heritage "cokes." Still not sure what yours are, the diamond looks too big to be S&W factory but they don't look exactly like these Eagle stocks either. Whatever they are I like them.
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Nice day at the LGS. Wish there were finds like that around here. Almost never see a vintage S&W. The grips look like they may be Eagle Heritage cokes. I have 2 sets. One came on a purchase ( walnut), and I bought a set of rosewoods cheap that were new. I like em.

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Diamonds were not used on factory grips when your 624 left the mother ship. A good look all the same. I concur on the 4" N Frames. They are like those famous potato chips.
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I just had a moment of insane jealousy; no - there it is again. Congrats on your excellent finds!
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...but in a good way. Two great scores - congratulations.

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I’m surprised that they had S&W’s . My LGS is a huge two story store and they haven’t had any Smith wheelies in 2 months . Before all of this 2020 nonsense they always had at least 2 dozen Smiths at any one time .
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This is a pretty good sized store. They buy estate sales and entire collections then put them out a few at a time. They had several that I didnít even look at.
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My local gun store has always had a nice , but small inventory of S&W's for sale , until about a month ago . 3 bad guys wearing hoodies came in and robbed him , cleaned him out of hand guns and a few rifles . It's been slim pickings since then . I did get an almost new Colt Police Positive Special several weeks ago . But I still stop in to see what he has . Regards Paul
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I'm guessing that was at GT. I bought my first gun at their "old old" location next door to their "old" location about 53 years ago. I still have it. I bought the first gun they ever sold at their present location, and I bought my newest gun there about a month ago. I can't count all the guns I got there. I also sold off most of my collection of shotguns there last year.
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Excellent find CB! I still have the grips we swapped in Dances parking lot a few years ago :-)
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My mother used to grill Spam in a skillet and top it with a browned pineapple slice. Sounds horrible but tastes great.
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I'm guessing that was at GT. I bought my first gun at their "old old" location next door to their "old" location about 53 years ago. I still have it. I bought the first gun they ever sold at their present location, and I bought my newest gun there about a month ago. I can't count all the guns I got there. I also sold off most of my collection of shotguns there last year.


I to am a long time customer at Greentops.A very different store these days
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Very nice! From your location I bet you were at Green Top. Every once in a blue moon luck comes your way. Like matching all the numbers on a lottery scratch ticket!
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If I remember correctly, wasn't there a recall for weak cylinders on some 624s?
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Look into it before you go to the range.
There are several earlier threads here on the recall which can be found using the Search button. I wouldn't worry about the recall though as the essence of the situation was that some chambers were bored deep enough for a 44 mag to fit although I don't know that S&W ever acknowledged that as the problem instead issuing some "fuzziness" about metallurgical issues. Anyway, I sent two of them in, no problem reported, not marked as having been tested/modified in any way. Shoot it and enjoy it.

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Good score. Those grips look like Eagle Heritage to me. Some of my favorites, but they've gotten expensive.

I try to stay out of gun shops. With my diverse interests, I'm always finding something to take home. It's time to start paying down the CC. I went a little crazy with my pre-Biden purchases.
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Look into it before you go to the range.
Yea, this isn't my first 624, so I've worried myself sick over that issue a few years ago. Then I realized that I'm not going to be shooting anything, anywhere near a "hot load" in any of my guns. All I shoot is paper targets and they don't take a lot of killing. Besides, S&W hasn't got the parts to "fix" it, so I just don't worry about it anymore.

That reminds me. I need to load some 44 Special ammo today.
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Ah, Green Top! That’s just one reason I couldn’t afford to live in the Greater Richmond area. The last purchase I made there came after I got a phone call just as I was planning to leave here (Lynchburg) and go to Winchester. I figure I only drove a couple of hundred miles out of my way that day, but I bought a Marlin Model 90 OU shotgun... in 410. Now there’s a gun you don’t see every day! That place truly defines the phrase, “Toy Store for Big Boys.”

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