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    Smolt Smython

    I've always liked oddities and curiosities, so when I saw this Smython for sale I couldn't resist. A model 19 with a 4" Python barrel.

    A PPC gun supposedly done by Bill Davis. A good bit of wear on the edges, a little rough in spots, but what else would you expect in a gun used for matches, not a safe queen.

    Someone did some good work on the trigger too. I have to admit it has a very nice trigger (for a non-Colt, that is
    [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] ). And the K-frame is an awful handy size that balances well with a 4" Python barrel on it ... should be a fun shooter, anyway. And an interesting historical curiosity.






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    Re: Smolt Smython

    It reminds me of the Llama Comanche. They were S&W copies with vent rib barrels like the Python. I had one for my first magnum revolver, before I could afford a Model 19. It was cheap, but it saved my butt one night when I was working in a convenience store.
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    Re: Smolt Smython

    I thought real hard about buying that. I'll probably be kicking myself (harder) in a few years for not getting it for such a good price.
    I think a nice reblue would be tempting, though it'd make a great shooter regardless.
    Congrats on a very cool gun.

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    Re: Smolt Smython

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    I think a nice reblue would be tempting, though it'd make a great shooter regardless.

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    I think It'd be fun to someday clean it all up and give it a Royal Blue quality bluing, just to further blurr the line between Mod 19 and Python, but for now I'm just gonna use it as a shooter.

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    Re: Smolt Smython

    That is a well done custom. quite clever. I wouldn't mind having a curiosity like that one myself.
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    Re: Smolt Smython

    I believe yours was built on the 2.5" frame since theframe matches up evenly with the rear of the Python barrel... there's a slight contour difference on all the 4" and 6" M19 frames. Though I did see a rare version of 4" guns that used the same contour of the frame as yours ...they are a lot harder to find.
    I also always wanted one just like yours ...I love K frame roundbutts and the vent rib barrel is sexy.
    Back in the day ... your gun was a more popular conversion than putting a COUGAR ... Python Barrel on a Ruger ....and I have one of these.
    I had considered slab siding a Python Barrel to remove te roll markings, but never got around to spending the bucks this conversion takes ...which is more these days. That and I decided maybe getting a 3" M66 RB would be about the same and cost less in the long run.
    But hey, for the right price, maybe .......
    Nice piece though. Shoot it and enjoy it !!

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    So how expensive would it be today to get a gunsmith to do the work to convert one? Say if you already had the S&W & the Python barrel? just the labor to fit the barrel?

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    Kenny;
    Two years ago I had Alex Hamilton (Ten Ring Precision in San Antonio, TX) install a Python barrel on a model 19. His prices may have changed by now but it came to approximately $200. I supplied both the barrel and the 19. I then sent the gun to Fords Refinishing in Florida and they did a fantastic bluing job that really made it WOW! I was very impressed and happy with the work that both of them did.
    Mike

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    Hey Mike,
    Do you have any pic's you can post, or possibly email me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyG View Post
    Hey Mike,
    Do you have any pic's you can post, or possibly email me?
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