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In what production year did the half-moon front sight get replaced on the .38 M&P four and five inch barrel revolvers with the ramped front sight?
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As I recall it was about 1956, with the usual exceptions about S & W not wasting any perfectly good parts. Someone here can probably date and quote the exact change order.
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1950: Target hammer became available on N frames.

1952: Ramp front sight replaced round sight on the M&P model.

(SCSW 4th Ed., Page 494).
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I just saw a picture of an M&P supposedly made in 1956 that had the half moon front sight. The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson agrees with you on the 1952 change over. I just wondered if S&W stuck on some barrels that found "in the back" after the date of transition in 1952.
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