Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose Revolver

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 was designed to be the perfect revolver that a patrolman could rely on no matter how tough their beat was. Initially envisioned as a 4-inch duty gun, the need quickly rose for a snub nose version that came to be the preferred sidearm of plain clothes officers all over the US. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes his early 70’s production model 19 out to the range and dusts the cobwebs off the .357 Magnum Snub.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at

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  • Tim

    This post…….is………..kzzzznnnngkhkhkhkhkh……..huh-wha?…..

    • Tim

      Better! Love old wheels!

  • DanGoodShot

    “Transcript coming soon” hopefully the video is too…

    • ExMachina1

      Well, I just tried to post a link to the YouTube video and it looks like it got “moderated”. No idea why?

      • Nashvone

        Disqus moderates every comment with an actual link in it.

        • ExMachina1

          Right. It required moderator approval but it looks like ended up being rejected/deleted. If TFB is the ultimate arbiter in such decisions (which they should be) why didn’t they at least take it as a clue to update the topic entry up top to include the video?

  • Alan

    “One Adam 12, One Adam 12; see the man….”

  • Nashvone

    I guess I’ll have to go buy one and make my own video.

  • Major Tom

    See me after class Mr. Patrick, I can’t even give this article a passing grade owing to incompleteness. No video, no transcript (obviously optional in the post-Alex C TFB), just a quick paragraph and that’s it.

    • Tom Currie

      It’s called Click Bait — which seems to be what TFB is nowadays

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Sorry about that, it appears there was a problem with the backend of the site. It should be fixed now.

      • Major Tom

        Better. Thank you.

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  • trjnsd

    …in the mean time, I carried a 19 followed by a 66 when a good one came my way; both four inchers. But my favorite was the short barreled 66 I had as a back-up and for other concealed carry needs. It shot well and was dead reliable. With 125 grain JHP Magnums aboard it also doubled as a flame thrower!

  • Kivaari

    Just pick ammo carefully. Some loads have a large muzzle flash that destroys night vision. Pick a low flash load, even if you have to go to .38 special.

    • Charles Meredith

      Today,I carry the Smith&Wesson Model 60 stainless 357 magnum with a 2″bbl.
      It is an exciting flamethrower!

    • retfed

      A steady diet of .357s will damage a K-frame (13, 19, 65, or 66). The Secret Service, which issued 19s and 66s, found that full-house Magnums would cut the backstrap above the forcing cone, crack the crane, and shoot the gun out of time. That’s why Smith came up with the L-frame, and it’s also why Olin-Winchester developed the 110-grain .38+P+, aka the Treasury load or the Q-load.
      Personally, I’d recommend going fairly easy on the Magnums, and sticking with +Ps or +P+s.
      Having said that, I have to add that I carried a 2.5-inch 66 for over a decade, and it’s still one of my favorite guns.

      • 100% correct. A K frame needs 357 for business use but 38 for practice. I carried a 19 just like this one as a duty gun when working plain clothes. Our PD restricted us to 38+P or the Treasury load.

        • Bill

          The chambers need to be kept scrupulously clean so that any crud from the shorter .38 cases doesn’t interfere with extracting the longer .357 cases. It’s sort of an over-rated problem that typically never effects someone who actually cleans their guns.

          I hate cleaning guns.

      • Jared Vynn

        While i enjoy my old man’s 19 I opted to get a Ruger revolver (security six) so I would have peace of mind even while shooting full power Magnum regularly.

      • Sulaco5

        I think they found that the hotter 125 grain rounds were mostly responsible for the flame cutting and the 158 grain rounds did not do so much damage so fast. Still the K frames were never ment for a lot of magnums and it was expected that .38’s would be used for qual and range shooting etc.

    • Bill

      Fortunately the 125 gr. screamers that are the worst offenders tend to flat stomp the worst offenders; they destroy more than night vision.

  • Jim

    I was issued a 2.5 in. barrel M66 back in the mid-70’s loaded with .357 mag 125 gr. JHPs. During night fire quals, you didn’t need a flashlight, the muzzle flashes lit up the whole firing line! Serious hearing damage if you didn’t wear muffs. Can’t imagine shooting that thing in a confined space during a real shootout. Never had to with that gun.

    • Dougscamo

      “HUH?”…”WHAT?”….my most uttered phrases in a day’s time…

      • Calavera


  • mmyers08

    Nice gun. Awful video. Some people are not meant to be on camera.

  • larry

    Wish S&W still made a stubby K-Frame .357 at a decent price.It would sell like Gangbusters!!

    • retfed

      Smith just introduced a 2.75-inch Model 66 redux. It has the new lockwork, and the slightly longer barrel allows the use of a full-length ejector rod (the one downside of the old 2.5-inch 19/66).
      Whether or not you consider eight bills a decent price is up to you.

      • Bill

        it’s an indecent price, that I’ll end up paying.

        Actually considering the complexity of a DA revolver, I’m not sure that it’s too far out of line.

      • Sulaco5

        Does that mean that older guns needing repair can now be worked on by Smith smiths?

      • larry

        Eighr bills with nite sights O.K.Six with out.

  • john huscio

    A wheelgun’s wheelgun.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    More action shots of Patrick, greaaaaat.

  • uncle fester

    What is a “MIM Part?” About 4:25 mark?

    • ostiariusalpha

      “Metal injection molding.” It’s one of the numerous sintering techniques for creating whole metal parts, and eliminating the need for subsequent machining. There isn’t as much love for it as it is perceived as “cheap” (it is actually less expensive) and less durable. MIM allow for very precise tolerances, but you cannot do any honing without ruining the machine surface of the part. Often low-end MIM manufacturing methods will also have a relatively high rate of interior flaws that will caused stressed parts to crack, but like many other sintering techniques, well made MIM parts can be much stronger than cast or machined counterparts.

      • uncle fester

        Thank you

  • John Posey

    Great video. One of your best.

  • Calavera

    A favorite of the boys in my old outfit’s protective detail. When they transitioned to semi-autos, they were afforded the opportunity to buy them from the organization. Everyone, to a man, bought his, took it into retirement, and carries it to this very day. Old school and proud. Say it loud.

  • jonp

    I’ve got a 2.5, 4 and 6in of this model. They are sweet shooting guns and I tote the 4in on occasion.

  • Jim Page

    Just about the perfect trailgun….

  • valorius

    I have a custom 3″ Hogue wood gripped quad-ported Ruger SP101 with a tuned 10lb double action trigger and an XS night sight that i keep in my nightstand for immediate bumps in the night.

  • ironked

    I had never owned a real revolver (except .22), or a Smith before buying an old Model 10 a couple of months ago. Love it. Now I’m looking for something like a Smith snub like a 19.

  • Sulaco5

    Carried a two inch 19 for several years while in plan clothing assignments now I unpack my 66 and wonder how I got around with all the metal on my belt…at the time (78) quals were with .38 reloads not the street magnums…never really shot it enough to have problems with it, ie flame cutting, timing issues etc but man (!) was it a handful with full house magnum rounds.

  • Uncle Billy

    I find it interesting that about the time US law enforcement discovered the “Wonder Nines” European law enforcement discovered the short barreled .357 Magnum revolver. French plain/casual clothes officers in particular loved S&W Ruger & Manuhrin revolvers with 3 inch barrels finding that they offered good concealability with fight stopping power at close range. Legally armed civilians in the US might learn the same lesson today.

    • retfed

      I think a lot of it is the allure of something different. Witness the resurgence of revolvers in the U.S.
      And while American cops were all slobbering over and coveting the MP5, the French wanted Remington 870s to go with their .357 revolvers.
      Everything goes in cycles.