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Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp A compact revolver that is actually enjoyable to shoot...

OK, I like double action revolvers. There is always a round in the chamber inline with the barrel and point and squeeze the trigger are pretty easy operating instructions to remember even under the most stressful conditions. When well done, as is the case with this S&W Performance Center Model 19, revolvers are also aesthetically pleasing machinery.

The Model 19 began as the 1955 as the .357 Combat Magnum and went on to receive the Model 19 designation in 1957. Built on a slightly larger than standard target version of the K frame, the six shot Combat Magnum had a 4″ barrel, ramped front sight and micrometer click adjustable rear sight. Cylinder length was as it remains, 1.670″. The original K frame had a square butt target frame, the current version is built on a round butt K Frame. The Performance Center Model 19 Comp Carry is a 2018 model, is a new version of the original Model 19 that has been out of production since approximately 1999.

Drone view below – The Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp vents through a single port located just forward of the front sight. The ramped from sight has a Tritium insert for low light visibility. The top of the carbon steel barrel shroud is ribbed to break reflection and encloses a stainless steel barrel. The body of the micrometer adjustable rear sight is also striated to break reflection. The front of the cylinder is chamfered to ease holstering. The 0.400″ wide hammer is a spade shaped semi-target type. For me its shape or even presence is irrelevant as I tend to shoot double action revolvers, double action. However, for folks who insist on shooting double action revolvers single action, the hammer is broad enough to be comfortable, but not square enough to get hung up on things,

The PowerPort barrel vent is clearly visible just forward of the front sight. My impression, after shooting a significant number of rounds through the Model 19 Comp Carry, is that muzzle flash in front of the sight is not particularly amplified as there in comparison to all of the other muzzle flash that appears within line of sight. Could be because the gases at the muzzle are slowed and cooled by the compensator chamber. Additionally, the PowerPort really tames muzzle rise, making quick but accurate follow on shots more probable.

The new Model 19 has a hammer lock feature that I greatly appreciate. For some, every firearm development since 1955 triggers criticism of no substance and dramatic lament of the good old days… which is curious, as most of the criticism comes from twenty somethings who only recently gave up video games. My firearms that are not in service are stowed in a safe with trigger locks in place and ammunition stowed elsewhere. Any revolver I carry always has a full cylinder and no safety engaged.

The round butt frame and grips terminate at the same point to facilitate a compact revolver form. The result is a two finger grip which takes a bit of getting used to for someone who typically shoots a full size revolver. The hardwood laminate grips fit closely and are very stable. As a result, they hold their fit regardless the temperature or humidity. At 34 ounces, this Model 19 is a bit more than twice the weight at a S&W Model 360 5 shot, aluminum frame lightweight, which is fine by me. The Model 19 provides an extra round and the extra weight makes for better control and a pleasant shooting 357 Magnum.

Setting aside the issue of short grips, as this is the case with any compact concealable revolver, a high grip is very solid and the span at the web and palm of the hand spreads recoil over a wide area. The front and rear sights come up on the same plane without bending the wrist up or down to find the front sight. For a six shot 357 Magnum, the width at its widest point across the cylinder measured 1.445″.

S&W Performance Center Model 19 Comp Carry
Manufactured Springfield, MA
SKU Number 12039
Type Action Double / Single
Caliber 357 Magnum / 38 Special
Capacity 6
Material Carbon Steel – SS Barrel
Grips Laminated Hardwood
Trigger Pull DA / SA  11 Lbs 13 Oz / 6 Lbs 11 Oz
Barrel Length 3″
Rifling  1:18.75″
Rear Sight Adjustable W/E
Front Sight Tritium Ramped
Type Safety Hammer Lock
Overall Length 8.0″
Overall Height 5.0″
Width – Cylinder 1.445″
Weight 34.1 Oz.
MSRP $1,092

The trigger pull is a little on the hefty side, both double and single action operation, but a smooth pull and an adjustable over travel stop make for accurate shooting. The benefit of a slightly heavy trigger pull in a carry gun is rock solid reliability of ignition.A lighter hammer spring might have reduced trigger pull, but light springs also contribute to unreliable ignition. Not a big deal when punching holed in paper, very big deal in a self defense situation. I think the Performance Center Model 19 Comp Carry struck the correct balance.

 

The subject Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 19 Comp Carry was a tight assembly. A 0.004″ cylinder gap, bore to chamber alignment was right on and there was virtually no cylinder play. The cylinder is held closed at the center pin, cylinder latch and by a frame mounted, spring loaded detent that seats into an opposing indent in the crane.

A final accommodation to customers, the Performance Center Model 19 Com & Carry ships with an additional shock absorbing synthetic boot grip. More than the composition of the material, the boot grip is closer to perpendicular to the revolvers bore and it is long enough to park a pinky on the last finger groove for anyone with a medium to large hand.

How does the Model 19 Carry Comp shoot? Right, by squeezing the trigger…

The Factory Rated FPS is only referenced to illustrate that each firearm and each barrel length will generate something other than the factory rating. The most significant difference comes from the variety of barrel test lengths used by the manufacturer, As an example, the Remington High Terminal Performance 189 grain load rating is from an 8 3/8″ vented barrel, while the 125 grain Remington Golden Saber is rated with a 4″ vented barrel. The Hornady test barrel for this Critical Duty ammunition is a vented 8″.

Ammunition Bullet
Grains
Bullet
Type
Factory
Rated

FPS
Actual
FPS
50 Foot
3 Shot
Group “
Remington GS 125 BJHP 1220 1121 2.0
Winchester PDX1 Defender 125 JHP 1325 1164 1.7
Hornady Critical Duty 135 FlexLock 1275 1209 1.9
Remington HTP 180 SJHP 1145 1066 2.2

Accuracy, in my opinion, was very good from a 3″ barrel 357 Magnum. Based on many cycles of ballistic gel testing with this ammunition fired from 3″ and shorter barrel 357 Magnum revolvers, the velocity recorded is more than adequate to achieve full or near full expansion. The only ammo of note that generated a good deal of muzzle blast and elevated report from the 3″ barrel was the Winchester product. The others were relatively mild by comparison.

Overall…

Smith and Wesson has done an excellent job in reviving the Model 19 in their Classic Line and in the Performance Center Comp Carry version.They look good, they shoot good and they have an aesthetic appeal that instills pride of ownership. For an enthusiast looking for a good carry revolver, don’t be a social media sheeple risk missing out on a good opportunity. Stop by a S&W dealer, or a range where one might be rented, and check it out the S&W Performance Center Model 19 Comp Carry for yourself.

 

Either a 338 Ultra Mag… or a Nifty Paperweight Part 5 The return of the Remington 700 338 Remington Ultra Mag...

I’d like to say resumption of this project was triggered by a carefully crafted strategic plan that serves as the foundation for the Real Guns editorial calendar… but I cannot. Truth be told, I was standing on a ladder, reaching for some 45-90 WCF brass and dies, when a hefty mechanical assembly, a Remington 70…

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Ruger’s SR1911 Lightweight Officer-Style 9mm An auto loader that won't make your pants fall down...

My theory on carry guns and an egg analogy… As we get older, our waistline spreads, are hips narrow and our butts disappear. In short, we begin to morph into nature’s perfect shape, the egg. Consequently, the four pound forty-four mag that once rode proudly at our waist, now progressively falls to our ankles with each step we take. Subsequently, the search is always on for the perfect lightweight centerfire pistol or revolver that might work without having to resort to the extremes of a healthy diet and exercise. Enter the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Officer Style… I said, “Enter the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Officer Style”… There, that’s better.

Model SR1911 Lightweight Officer-Style
Company Ruger
Model # 6758
Manufacture Prescott, AZ
Type Action Single Action
Slide Stainless Steel
Finish – Barrel/Side Low Glare
Frame Stainless Steel
Caliber 9mm Luger
Capacity 7+1
Barrel Length 3.60“
Twist 1:10″ RH
Weight – Empty 27.2 oz
Overall Length 7.25″
Overall Height 5.00″
Sights – Rear Novak – Drift Adjustable
Sight – Front Black – Drift Adjustable
Sight Radius 6.25“
Trigger Pull 3 lbs 11 oz (Actual)
MSRP $979
Includes: Display box, 2 Magazines
gun lock, and manual

Where most steel frame 1911 types weigh in at approximately 40 ounces, the Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style weighs approximately 27 ounces, which includes its bushingless bull barrel.

Ruger indicates the heavy barrel, weight biased toward the muzzle and aided by a full length recoil spring guide rod, provides improved recoil control. The barrel ramp intercepts 9mm Luger ammo feeding from the gun’s magazine that would otherwise smack the frame. This makes the titanium insert present in aluminum frame 45 Auto SR1911s unnecessary.

We’ll compare – you decide…

No, I have no idea what that section title means. I was going for witty  reference, but missed the bar. But here they are, side by side, illustrating the diminutive size of the SR1911 Lightweight Officer-Style next to the substantially larger full size SR1911.

The distance to controls, finger wrap around the grip and reach to the trigger are the same for both. The Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Officer Style’s heavy barrel balance minimizes the different in feel even with its truncated front end. In a high grip, two and one half fingers on the front strap provide all the necessary control, even when double tapping.

Ruger touts the precision and smooth operation of slide over frame. Very true. Additionally, the spring rate balance; recoil, main and sear required for this slide mass and the 9mm Luger cartridge make slide racking easy.

The three dot sight system is ideal for this type of firearm; clean in outline front to rear and a standout in contrast against a target. Once the rear sight is drifted to line of sight, there is little shift in point of impact between light and mid-weight bullets.

The back end is as would be expected for any 1911 shooter. The beavertail grip safety keep the bobbed, lightweight hammer away from the web of a hand. The grip safety’s speed bump assure disengagement, thereby preventing awkward and/or embarrassing moments from arising when called upon for self defense.

The right sided thumb safety is a narrow type, which plays well with the SR1911 Officer-Style’s narrow width, even at its widest point, 1.10″ across the grips. The G10 grips and checkered mainspring housing make for a slip free grip at any human life sustainable temperature and humidity.

No tools are required to this level of disassembly, thanks to a recoil spring plug (arrow) also known as a reverse recoil spring bushing. Light recoil spring loaded means no multi ricochet slide removal. In short form, pull the magazine, pull slide back and check for empty, line the tail of the slide stop up with the slide’s takedown notch, push out the slide stop, ease the slide forward and off the frame.

The bottom of the slide is conspicuously devoid of a firing pin plunger which deems it a Series 70 type pistol. The subject pistol had an excellent trigger in terms of pull weight and absence of creep. There was no perceptible overtravel on the subject gun, but there is overtravel adjustment to correct that condition if it were present. Yes, I know, a Series 80 can have as good a trigger… but you know that’s a lie.

Live fire performance

Some of the smaller packaged nines, sub compact, ultra sub compact and any other evolution of the work small have caused me to anticipate small gun finger stinging, sharp report, noteworthy muzzle blast, and precise shot placement limited to ten yards. Stepping up a bit in size to the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Officer Style pistol eliminated or at least minimized those distractions.

The mass of this pistol’s slide permits the use of a relatively lighter recoil spring making slide racking easy, while the aluminum frame keeps the pistol’s overall weight down.  The SR1911’s form fit my 1911 belt holsters so there was no further investment required and the lighter weight meant not having to keep pulling my pants up while carrying on throughout the day.

The grip backstrap and grips are… recoil diffusing. The spread the load over the palm of the hand. The slide’s reciprocal action is soft, so no hand smacking, no intense muzzle jump and  not sore wrists even after a considerable amount of range time. The sights are good enough and the control is good enough to skip the ten yard restriction and comfortably shoot twenty five yards.

The 9mm Luger round is not as… robust as the 45 Auto, both pictured left, but it is effective in a mission of self defense, proving its worth and lethality in civilian, law enforcement and military applications. There are currently a whopping one hundred-fifty four factory loads for the 9mm Luger, expansive enough to address any application within the reach of the cartridge.

In a more objective form of measurement…

Groups were shot from a steady rest fashioned from shot filled bags. I wore my good glasses and there were no breaks between shots, other than to change magazines.

 

Ammunition Type Bullet
Grains
Rated
FPS
Actual
FPS
25 Yard
5 Shot
Group “
PMC Bronze JHP 115 1160 1075 2.1
IMI Systems Di-Cut JHP 115 1150 1148 2.2
Remington UMC FNEB 124 1100 1050 2.0
Remington UD BJHP 124 1100 1112 1.7

The Ruger pistol specifies the use of standard and +P rated 9mm Luger ammunition but, for my purposes, I chose two popular 9mm Luger weights and four popular types of standard pressure ammunition. Magazines were loaded with both common and mixed ammunition types. There were no mishaps, no failures to feed, no failures to fire, no failures to eject. The pistol always went to battery, except when it properly locked open on empty.

What I really like about the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Officer-Style is that it is a real 1911 design and not a striker disguised as a 1911 which opens the doors to tons of aftermarket bits and pieces. It also means transferable knowledge and transferable shooting skills. The product is well made in America and backed by Ruger’s warranty and customer service. Nice pistol.