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Old 05-17-2013, 12:37 AM   #11
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They are both -2 models, I was told. The manufacture year for the 19 is 1972 (or maybe 73 or 74, I can't remember right now). I was/am more interested in the 19, so that's what I was asking about.
I would go with the 19 if it is actually a -2. They are getting harder and harder to find. Considering the feeding frenzy that isn't a bad price. I'm assuming both are 4" barrels?
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It is hard to go wrong with a Model 19. The gun has soul.

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I would go with the 19 if it is actually a -2. They are getting harder and harder to find. Considering the feeding frenzy that isn't a bad price. I'm assuming both are 4" barrels?
Actually both have 2.5" barrels, which I would prefer a 3" (or maybe a 4") but I'm not complaining because I like smaller guns and shorter barrels. Both guns are beautiful (especially the 19!) and in wonderful shape.

I think my wife and I have decided to buy the 19, when the (non running) motorcycle gets sold in the next few days. The LGS has put the 19 aside for me.
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It is hard to go wrong with a Model 19. The gun has soul.
Yes it does. If the finish is good they are a thing of beauty. I wish I still had my first one. I can still remember the serial number. It was also a 19-2.
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I can still remember the serial number. It was also a 19-2.
That's impressive how long ago did you part with it?
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Actually both have 2.5" barrels, which I would prefer a 3" (or maybe a 4") but I'm not complaining because I like smaller guns and shorter barrels. Both guns are beautiful (especially the 19!) and in wonderful shape.

I think my wife and I have decided to buy the 19, when the (non running) motorcycle gets sold in the next few days. The LGS has put the 19 aside for me.

Even better. In my area I would say that is a fair price even in a more reasonable market.
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That's impressive now long ago did you part with it?
1976. I had to sell it to pay the divorce lawyer. I still miss it, but it was for a very good cause.
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1976. I had to sell it to pay the divorce lawyer. I still miss it, but it was for a very good cause.
Wow. I'm sorry for your loss. I'll make you a promise. If I buy this gun, I won't get rid if it. As a tribute to yours.
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Wow. I'm sorry for your loss. I'll make you a promise. If I buy this gun, I won't get rid if it. As a tribute to yours.
Thank you, but not necessary. I have a 19-3 4 inch, a 19-7, also 4 inch, a 66-2 4 inch, and a 19-4 6 inch. I love those K frame Smiths. All but the 19-7 has the target trigger and hammer, and the 66 and 19-3 also have red ramp front and white outline rear sights. As you can probably tell, if I see a 19 or a 66 in a gun shop it's very hard for me to walk away from it.
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The early S&W Mdl. 66s often had FTF due to the poor machining of stainless steel back in the day. The most failures by police departments was firing in double action. The stainless steel often became "chaved" causing the cylinder to bind and lock up the firearm. The S&W Mdl. 66 caused many PDs to choose semi auto handguns. I would buy the Mdl. 19-2 a carbon steel product with a good record.

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