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I picked up a nice S&W 19-3 that's had some work done to it. I got it from an old man who shot competition 35yrs ago or longer. He can't remember who did the work or what barrel is on it.

It's stamped on the bottom of the lug (300 GS) and that's it. The barrel is not marked anywhere else.

I'm thinking the work was done by Fred Sadowski at "300 Gunsmithing", thus the (300 GS) stamp, but I'm not a 100% sure that that is his stamp/trademark. My understanding is that Fred Sadowski
did miracles on Colt Pythons and I've read that he also worked on some S&W models. The trigger on the S&W 19-3 is a little less than 2lbs and feels like butter. From the looks of the barrel, I'm guessing
a Douglas barrel but I'm not 100% sure on it either.


If you have any insight as to whether or not this is Sadowski's work and "300 GS" stamp, please let me know.

Thanks,

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I'll wager that it is. A Google search under Fred Sadowski Gunsmith shows numerous hits of Fred Sadowski of 300 Gunsmithing Service out of Denver Colorado, but I couldn't find a stamp example. Very nice competition revolver by the way.
 

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Thanks moosedog. I found very little through a google search as well. I did read somewhere that Fred Sadowski stamped the Colts that he worked with a "300", but that was it.
Maybe someone will come thru with some more info. :)


I'll wager that it is. A Google search under Fred Sadowski Gunsmith shows numerous hits of Fred Sadowski of 300 Gunsmithing Service out of Denver Colorado, but I couldn't find a stamp example. Very nice competition revolver by the way.
 

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Once I had him work on a S&W 629. Excellent work. He acid etched his logo on the side, it was a silhouette with 300 under it. I understand he passed away some time ago. I would make an educated guess that is his shop. Never heard of anyone else with that name. Nice gun!
 

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I'm pretty sure the 300 Gunsmith in Denver was a Colt approved repair center. I had work done by them when they were located at about 50th and North Washington in Globeville, a very small suburb on the North edge of Denver. Later, I believe they moved to South Broadway, but I'm not sure of that.
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My reply is a bit late--just ran across this post. Prior to the turn of the century I had three Smith and Wesson revolvers (including my Model 19) worked on at Fred Sadowski's 300 Gunsmith Shop in Denver. He was highly skilled at slicking up the double action. He did not stamp my weapons but this was considerably before the timeframe referred to by the original poster, so that might have been a later innovation.

Years later I discovered Sadowski's technique included removing the hammer block. All the Smith and Wessons he had tuned for me were missing such. In this age of litigation this seems amazing, and I wonder how long he kept discarding hammer blocks--but those with a Sadowski-tuned S&W may wish to check.
 
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