S&W Combat Magum

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by todd51, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Well I satisfied my two year search for a 4" K frame S&W today. Went to the OGCA gun show this morning and found two that I liked, one blue and one nickel. Well I am a sucker for nickel and it could be had for $50 less soooooo. I came home with the Model 19-4 S&W Combat Magnum .357 in nickel.

    Serial # is 38K23xx. Do any of you have the resources to tell me the approximate manufacture date? Is there a publication that has the mfg dates for S&W. I have resource data but it stops about 1972.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  2. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Your new gun was made in 1978. You did well to get a nickel gun for less than the cost of a blued model. Nickel is generally more money due to being less common.

    The book Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (SCSW) is the best source for S&W date of manufacture information.

  3. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Beautiful, Todd!
    Don't make 'em like that any more. Let us know how she shoots. I can see a new addition of the " old guys" coming.:)
  4. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    She's a beauty Todd, nice find.
  5. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Thanks Steve for the date info. You know how prices are at a gun show they are all over the spectrum and don't always make sense.

    Yes PF, looking forward to shooting this new one. I have a real soft spot for the S&W K frames. Trouble is that will soften up the wallet real fast too.

    Noticed I can't spell nickel either, ha.

    The Old Guys are pretty much fair weather shooters so don't know if I can get them out in the winter weather but you can bet I will slip down there myself if they won't join me, ha.
  6. garydude

    garydude Member

    Congrats Todd on another beautiful addition to your collection. I'm also looking forward to the range report!

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    Congrats Todd Very nice indeed!!
  8. vytoland

    vytoland New Member

    Oct 14, 2008
    that is one fine looking S&W .357 magnum,. a collector piece for sure
  9. okiefired

    okiefired New Member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Ya know, its just damn hard to improve on something like that. ;)

  10. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Those 19s are, IMHO, the most visually pleasing of the S&Ws and they fit my hand very well. I felt lucky to get one from a friend a few years back at what I thought was a bargain price - a 19-3, I like yours better wanna trade??????? :D

  11. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    I like yours Jim, well I love yours and your have the TT & TH which really sets them off, heck I like them all. Just can't afford them all. There was another 19-4 in blue that I almost bought but I am a sucker for nickel. There was also a very, very nice N frame 27-2 5" barrel "for a few dollars more" but I passed on it which may have been a mistake as I think the 27-2 5" is the nicest revolver Smith ever made but there is always tomorrow and another gun show. A year back I got a 19-4 six inch barrel also in nickel so now it has a stable mate. I'll pass on your trade offer. I have kicked my self for evey gun I ever got rid of but it used to be I had to sell one to buy one but now I am going to keep them as long as I can.
  12. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I enjoy your logic. You now have a BRACE of 19-4s in NICKEL - I really like the look of nickel plated guns. Good find and VERY very nice piece you have there. How about a pic of the 6" and the 4" together?
  13. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Almost makes me wish I would have kept that 44 spl I had a while back. I know you remember that one todd, you were tempted by it too. Congrats on your purchace, I know you have been wanting to fill that void for quite some time. Enjoy.
  14. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    Really nice piece, Todd...Slickest out of the box pistola I ever had was a M-19 in Nickle that looked just like the one you got...You will enjoy it...Great carry gun also...
  15. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    OK Jim you asked for it so here is some gun porn.

    Yes sir Duke, as soon as I get some leather for it I will be wearing it down in the hills. These are all shooters and not safe queens.

    I do remember DD. So far I have resisted the temptation to get into the 44's

    Thank you all for the nice comments. This old man is getting some real enjoyment out of this forum and the guns I have been fortunately to obtain.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
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