I've always wanted a S&W Model 19, if the one you're interested in is as good as you say, buy it right NOW. The Model 19 is built to handle all standard factory .357 magnum loadings. It just isn't prudent to shoot these as a steady diet because eventually, it may lead to timing issues. The good news is you are not required shoot a steady diet of .357 magnums. All of the .38 Special loadings will function fine in the Model 19 as well as any .38 loadings using magnum cases. Just be diligent when using .38 Special cartridges to thoroughly clean the chambers of any lead residue that may accumulate.
I still have my issue S&W Mod 19 I started policing with in 1972. I can't count the number of 357 mag loads I have shot through it and it is still in top shape. Don't pass up on a good buy. The 19 is an excellent gun.
I love the M-19 S&W they are excellent. The fact is a heavier gun will not shoot loose as fast as a smaller gun, but to say that a M-19 will not handle heavy 357 loads is not correct, because it will most certainly do so.
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