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S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present All NON-PINNED Barrels, the L-Frames, and the New Era Revolvers


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Old 11-23-2010, 01:54 PM
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What are the differences in the various versions of the Model 19? I have a 19-5 and wondered how it differs from older ones. Is there a 19-6 or was the 5 the last while the model 19 was made.
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The listing of the changes, and what each change entailed, is available in detail in the Standard Catalog of S&W. The SCSW should be easily located or ordered for you at your local Barnes & Noble booksellers.

The 19-5 was the first variant of the model 19 to do away with the pinned barrel and recessed cylinder.

The 19-5 was also the first 19 to incorporate the crush fit barrel. IMO the early crush fit 19 barrels are responsible for the widespread internet allegations of "Weak K-frame magnums". It took S&W some time to get the process right. Still today, early production 19's can be found with the donut in the barrel from being over torqued.

The 19-8 was the last variant of the model 19. It included the frame mounted firing pin, and MIM parts, as well as the integral frame bolster.

The 19-5 was followed by the 19-6 and 19-7. Both the 19-6 and the 19-7 retained the hammer mounted firing pins.

The 19-6 and early 19-7's both had forged parts vice MIM, although some 19-7's incorporated MIM parts as production of the 19-7 progressed. I prefer the 19-6, but do own a 19-7. The only complaint I have with the 19-7 is that it rings like a bell in dry firing. Cheapening of construction to cut costs.....IMO of course.

Some of the nicest 19-8's were the 3" barrel 19-8's produced for Walther. Marketed as R99 LaChasse by Walther, they are seldom seen in this country. They bring a big price tag when they are found. Hope this helps. Regards 18DAI.
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S&W Model 19:
1957: stamp model number
19-1 (1959): left hand thread on ejector rod
19-2 (1961): eliminate trigger guard screw
19-3 (1967): move rear sight leaf screw
19-4 (1977): move gas ring to cylinder
19-5 (1982): eliminate pinned barrel, eliminate recessed cylinder
19-6 (1988): new yoke retention system, floating hand
19-7 (1994): new rear sight, drill and tap, new extractor (some MIM parts later in change)
19-8 (1998): MIM parts including hammer and frame mounted firing pin.
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