-2 or whatever is the dash number indacteding changes in model which yes can be used to date them as welll ..Ie for smith 29 they put locks on them at -6 etc )
I have one but I am selling it .. I got it for like 580 or so (less I think).. Why I selling it and keeping the 586 is
"As it turns out there were a few problems with the model 19 when digesting lots of full power 357’s. Small cracks began to appear at the six o’clock position of the forcing cone along with some cutting of the top strap. These problems weren’t considered a big deal with owners at the time. Not that many people shot 357’s all the time anyway. 38 special ammunition was cheaper and most departments had plenty on hand. Officers adapted and practiced with 38’s with the occasional practice and qualification with 357-magnum ammo. 357 rounds were the obvious carry round on duty. This adaptation solved the problem with the forcing cone and top strap issues."
esp with used guns .. But they are the classic cop gun S&W Model 19 ? The Police Officers Perfect Revolver - The Firearm Blog ..Just dont fire much hot ammo in them ditto j frame 357s ...