A Real Fighting Handgun

Amidst all the intertrons hubbub about 1911s and Glocks (really?) Mike went and got himself a real man’s fighting handgun.

Say what you want, but an S&W Model 19 with a 2.5 inch barrel will do the job you want it to do every single time you pull the trigger.  Plus, you get an additional +5 to your “Old School Cool” factor whenever people are talking about carry pieces.  I mean, I love my Glocks and Berettas, but if someone looks at me says “Oh yeah, I’m carrying a Smith model 19” I’m just going to say “you win”.

You see there’s cool, and then there’s the Model 19.  I am insane with jealousy.


  1. The only downside to the 2.5″ Combat Magnum is that it doesn’t have a full-length ejector rod stroke (IOW, when the ejector rod is fully pushed in, the case mouths are still in the chambers.) This is why 3″ Smiths are so highly sought-after.

  2. Yes, but if you perform the act as you should, with the barrel oriented up and give it a solid whack, the point is moot. They’re all headed for the floor.

    Of course, the 3 1/2″ Model 27 gets you even more style-points and it has a full length ejector rod. How can you lose?

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