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Posted - 02/12/2009 :  8:57:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would like to know the best way to remove a barrel from a model 19 smith & wesson revolver, and does it screw in clock wise or counter-clockwise. any information will be appreciated. Thanks

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Posted - 02/12/2009 :  9:20:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The best way is to remove the cylinder and crane first, then clamp the frame in a frame vise. If you don't you will most likely warp your frame and render it useless. If you do not have the frame vise to do this with, you can find them at Brownell's, or it might best to take it to a full service shop who has done it before and have them do it as it will not take long.

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Posted - 02/12/2009 :  9:32:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will almost guarantee- without the tools needed to do this right, you WILL bend (beyond recovery)the frame. And unless you are planning to do a LOT of these, it is MUCH cheaper to have a smith do it. Care to guess how I know this?

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Posted - 02/12/2009 :  10:14:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by 88xralley

I would like to know the best way to remove a barrel from a model 19 smith & wesson revolver

Swapping barrels isn't as easy as it might seem. Apart from the already mentioned problems with removing the old barrel, there are alignment issues in putting in a new one, and setting the cylinder gap.

The "best" way is probably to pay someone with experience doing it to do it for you.

Model 19s are common enough that if you want a gun with a different barrel, it may literally be cheaper/easier to swap the entire GUN for the one you want rather than mucking about with replacement barrels.
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Posted - 02/13/2009 :  05:23:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
....and you may have to drive out the "drift-pin" that secures the barrel. Your Combat Magnum may very well have the pin if it's an earlier model.

The pin removal, unless done correctly, may wind up looking like a butcher-job. Best, Joe

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Posted - 02/13/2009 :  09:07:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heed them! The ADVANCED and SENIOR members speak wisely.
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Posted - 02/13/2009 :  10:53:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Welcome to the GunBroker Forums!

This is a pinned barrel illustration:

This is an example of the wrench that is used on the frame:

Revolver Frame Wrench

This is an example of the vises that is used on the barrel:

Barrel Vises

Brownells instructions:


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