Of K-frames and memories
One of the first revolvers that I purchased on my own in the early 1990s after I broke age 21 was a well-used police trade-in S&W Model 19. I loved the heft of it. The blocky wood combat grips, the deep blued finish that you rarely see anymore on production guns– and was amazed at how well it shot. A few years later, I traded it and some pocket change for a nearly mint S&W M66, the same gun in a stainless version, that was to be my first duty gun for just a year before the agency I worked for switched to semi-autos that were, gratefully, department-provided. While I still have the M66, I do miss that old Model 19.
So I was delighted to find last week in Dallas that the vaunted old wheel gun had returned to Smith’s lineup after a nearly 20-year absence: