I purchased my Smith and Wesson 357 Magnum model 19 (Combat Magnum) in 1966. This is a great revolver! I chose this model over the Colt Python because of the double action of the Smith, in my opinion, was a lot smoother. I believe I paid between $400.00 and $500.00which was about the same price as the Python. Colt discontinued their model before S&W discontinued the model 19, so on the used market, the Python is selling for $1,800.00-$4,000.00. S&W has reintroduced the model 19 and if you are looking for an excellent revolver, I highly recommend the model 19. I posted videos of the old model 19 and the new model. I also posted one on the Colt Python.