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I'm hoping to find the manufacture or shipping date for my 629-3, serial number BHE 31XX. I purchased the gun new in Alaska around 1990 and I'm just wanting the date for my records. It has the full under lug 6" barrel, non-fluted cylinder, and came with finger groove Pachmayr grips. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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It would of most likely left the factory in Springfield, Mass., in....

mid 1990 to mid 1991.

It's somewhat unusual for that time frame, but that s/n prefix was spread out over both years. May - June of 1991 is most common, but I've seen some marked May of 1990, too.

The features you describe make it sound like a product code 103618. This was one of the Classic Hunter series. Normally I see these with Hogue grips, but would not be surprised if some shipped with Pachs. Both were in common use in that era.
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Thank you very much for your reply Kernel. It may have been 1991 when I purchased the gun - I purchased it as a backup gun for brown bear hunting and carried it on all hunting trips in Alaska. I do believe it was labeled the 'classic hunter' when I purchased it. I had a super RedHawk on lay-away at the Elmendorf AFB gun annex and when I went in to pick it up, the 629 caught my eye. The man behind the counter said it had just arrived and I immediately asked if I could switch - the rest of the story is all happiness! I've loved the gun since day one - very accurate - and I'm just trying to get my entries straight in a record book I'm making for my sons. Thank you again for your info, I will locate the original box (stored deep in my garage) and maybe I even kept the original receipt. I'll let you know if I find any specific dates/info.
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If you find the original box there's a date code on the label. Post all the numbers and feature codes you see there and I can tell you the ship date. A picture of the label might be easier.
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