was able to get my hands on my grandmothers old s&w (was in the police force in the 70s) and wanted to know a little more about it!
The instructions in your picture are for a model 36 which is a .38. The Model 19 was a .357.
Thank you Jonesy, I definitely plan on holding on to it since it was my grandmothers carry when she was in the police force. She took great care of it and I plan to do the same.Great looking revolver. Take care of it. The gun, with paperwork & box is worth north of $1200
Great inheritance. The snubby 19 is very popular and one would be hard pressed to get one for under $1000 these days and more with the box and goodies. Enjoy it and shoot it often.
As far as I know, she purchased the gun from a boyfriend of hers; who I think was a police chief in Miami Dade at the time. I'm guessing the man had plenty of S&Ws laying around and ended up mixing some stuff up in the process of giving it to her. But who knows, maybe there is a model 36 laying around here somewhere with model 19 instructions in the boxThe paper hints that there is possibly yet another Smith that belonged to your mother sitting in a drawer somewhere. The Instructions are for the considerably smaller Chiefs Special which was a very common backup revolver.
If Granny was police in the '70s (the Cities are Burning) she would have almost certainly gone by the 'heir and a spare' philosophy.