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Old 08-03-2008, 05:05 PM
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I thought everyone knew this, but S&W serial numbers are not necessarily made or shipped out in chronological order. The only way to be sure when it was made is to letter it.

Shawn is correct, but one minor clarification - a factory letter will tell you when it shipped, not necessarily when it was made. Over the years there have been many documented cases where a gun sat in the vault for years until it was shipped, so there is always a chance where the ship date won't tell you much in regard to when it was actually manufactured.
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