Smith & Wesson (S&W) made an announcement on Friday that’s already making classic revolver fans drool.
According to S&W, the firearms manufacturing company is choosing to reboot a product line that’s been dormant for quite some time: the highly sought-after Model 19.
For years, this classic wheelgun stood as the most prestigious and reliable firearm for generations of lawmakers. It was also a favorite of both the FBI and the U.S. Border Patrol before moving to semi-automatics.
Not to mention, the Model 19 has also been a favorite of civilian customers for generations.
This revolver has gone through many updates over the years. And it’s last variant, the 19-8, was given the boot from the S&W line in 1999 after almost 50 years of popularity.
However, S&W’s brand new Model 19 is about to g back into the spotlight. True to form, the revolver is is chambered in .38 Special +P and .357 Magnum. It will come in two versions: Classic and Performance Center.
According to Tony Miele, the general manager of the Performance Center, the purpose of the Model 19 Classic is to replicate the look and feel of the original Model 19 revolver. However, Miele says the Performance Center Model 19 showcases a modern design and new innovation for today’s shooter.
According to Guns.com:
The Classic model comes complete with a polished blued finish that Jordan would recognize, walnut combat grips with S&W accents, and a 4.25-inch barrel. Sights include a red front ramp and black adjustable rear. MSRP is $826 but you can expect that to be slightly lower at your local dealer, which is sure to make those who have been stalking well-worn vintage models across auction sites happy.
The Carry Comp, updated for today’s personal defense market, comes with a vented 3-inch Power Port barrel, a tritium front night sight and a combination wood/synthetic boot grip. As could be expected from a Performance Center gun, the six-shooter has been tuned and the trigger includes an overtravel stop. Retail is $1,092.