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Old 04-29-2012, 12:52 PM
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Could someone advise the time frame of B/P ownership of S&W and are the guns made during this period considered inferior?, if so, any ideas why?
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:59 PM
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This is going to be a long thread. There will be answers to your questions coming soon. I for one, just like saying "Bangor Punta".
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Here in Flor- E- Da we have many Puntas due to the Spanish influence.

And they say Taurus copied S&W
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I'm no expert but I think they're ownership was mid 60's through the 70's. As for inferior, same designs as todays guns except for the many dashes since then which to me I think means correcting design problems (don't know this for a fact, some may call them refinements) and it's a preference for machined parts in the older models versus MIM parts in the newer models which are supposed to be as good as machined steel parts. In a nutshell it's a matter of opinion! The diehards will say they're all good and the haters will say they're bad!!
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Bangor Punta Alegre Sugar Corp bought S&W in 1965.
Lear Siegler bought Bangor Punta in Feb, 1984 because they made Piper Aircraft.

The vast majority of P&R revolvers built on three screw frames were Bangor Punta.
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As someone who has owned and sold at least 100, IMO they are as good as anything being made today. Problems are rare - even Cadillacs have a problem once in awhile. Nobody is perfect.
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Too Funny... My first S&W was a BP era. When I first became an LEO in the 70s, we furnished our own guns. Guidance on what was approved was either S&W or Colt, 4 inch barrel, .38 or .357. Nothing else!!! Most carried the S&Ws because they were quality guns and if you were on a budget, a little cheaper than the Colt. Over the years, I have personally owned about 10 S&Ws that were built under the Bangor Punta banner. All were excellent guns.
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The guns were fine. Quality control still mattered. BUT... The bottom line began to matter a little more. It was under this regime that the most comfortable stocks ever made, the diamond, football targets with the slight coke profile disappeared forever.
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Until I joined the forum, I never knew that Marcas Registradas was the Bangor Punta president for the duration of the company's ownership of S&W.
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