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Old December 5, 2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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If your serial number starts with AYY, AYP or any prefix close to those it is likely a 19-5 from a Diplomatic Security Service order.

The DSS ordered several runs of RB 2.5 inch and RB 4 inch 19-5's.

The ONI guns were 19-3 and IIRC the NIS 19's were a mix of 19-3 and 19-4's.........been awhile and I don't remember.

I do remember that the majority of the ONI guns were later sent to the FBI for their use. Those RB 19's were demilled and destroyed - with a few converted to "red guns" for training - during the Clinton regime. To my knowledge no ONI guns have survived to make it into civilian hands.

There are actually a few NIS RB 4 inch 19's still in service today. And more than a few DSS 19's, although they are in foreign Embassy service. Not CONUS.

Nice 19 you have. Regards 18DAI.
S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum. Everything you need in a revolver, and nothing you don't.
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