Hey Chuck - can you check another one for me?
It's a model 19-6, blued, 4 inch barrel. Serial #BPE79xx
It's an etched serial number...I'm thinking late 90's maybe?
Per the SCSW, 3rd. ed.-
"Model 19: The Combat Magnum" was produced c. 1955-1999.
Model 19-6 was produced from 1988 until the 19-7 came out in 1994.
According to the SN appendix, serial numbers starting with BPE were produced around November 1993.
In my opinion, the medium-framed S&W Model 19 with a 4" barrel is one of the most versatile handguns you can buy. You can shoot light .38 special target loads as well as powerful .357 magnum rounds. The 4" barrel is perfectly balanced, not too long or too short. It's a keeper.
Good luck with that,