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"Black" Model 19

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Thaddeus Jones, Apr 21, 2009.

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  1. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Member

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    I've run across an unusual model 19. it is a 19-7 with a round butt, and a matt black finish. The finish is identical to that on the 442 J-frame. It also has the new, angled, cylinder release.

    The shop owner told me that it is a special run, from the mid nineties, for the diplomatic security agency.

    Anyone have one of these? Has anyone heard of such a 19?

    If true, would this add considerable value to the 19 revolver?

    Thanks! TJ
     
  2. Guillermo

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    I know they put that finish and cylinder release on a "comp K" special release so it sounds possible.

    Is it a good price?
     
  3. rcmodel

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    No mention of it in the Standard Catalog of S&W.

    SO, if it doesn't come with a factory letter stating that is what it is, I would pay no more for it then a comparable used K-Comp Performance Center.
    But I would also want to authenticate that unless it says Performance Center K-Comp or some such on it.

    Could just be a re-finish somebody did, which would add no value at all.

    rc
     
  4. outerlimit

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    Late 19's with parkarized finishes sounds vaguely familar to me, but I can't place it. I'll post here again if I can remember where I've seen or heard of one before.
     
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    Connecticut State Police had their issue revolver (Model 66) done with a finish called "Black Magic", maybe this is your finish?

    This was a while back...since then they have used the Smith Model 39, Beretta 92, and the current issue (Sig 229 in .40), but perhaps this is the black finish on your gun?
     
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    Connecticut State Police had their last issue revolver (Model 66) done with a finish called "Black Magic", maybe this is your finish?

    This was a while back...since then they have used the Smith Model 39, Beretta 92, and the current issue (Sig 229 in .40), but perhaps this is the black finish on your gun?
     
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    Yes, I am aware of the K-comp. I wish it was! It would be a bargain. Asking is $525, with box and docs.

    This is a 4" RB. I saw mention of a State Department order for 2.5" model 19's done in a matt black. Perhaps they did some 4" too? TJ
     
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    Yes, there was a special run of 19-7s that were ordered for the U.S. State Dept.'s Diplomatic Security Service in both 4"& 2 1/2" bbls.
    Both had a matte finish and rd butts. The DSS didn't receive all the order, instead they started a transition program to autopistols, so the remainder of the 19s were sold to S&W stocking dealers and select distributors.
    I have no idea how many were released to the public, but they are good sidearms. BTW, there was also a run of 4" 19-5s that were were delivered to the DSS w/ rd butts and a std blue finish....
    Have no idea of the value, but to me, they would make an interesting keepsake.
     
  10. Guillermo

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    I just mentioned the K Comp because it is the same color with the same cylinder release...so the precedent has been set.
     
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    I have one of these...

    I own one of the model 19-5s with 2.5 inch barrel and black matte finish. According to the SCSW it was the State Department Diplomatic Security Service issue sidearm for a number of years. Mine is unfired, and I bought it for $445 last fall. It appears identical to another 19-5 I have in the standard blue finish, except for the matte black. Here is a photo:

    SW1942.jpg
     
  12. Thaddeus Jones

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    Guillermo - Thanks! I hope to find a K-comp someday. :)

    pogo2 - With the exception of the barrel length and thumb latch, that appears to be it! The lettering on the barrel looks different too. It is in a slightly different......font if you will. Unlike my other 19's and 66's.

    Perhaps I'll put this 19-7 in layaway. One can never have too many model 19's ;)

    Thanks all! TJ
     
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    Excellent score Pogo!
     
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