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Old 08-08-2018, 10:08 PM
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I bought a 686-4 the other day and saw something that I thought was odd. The serial number on the frame in front of the cylinder looked like it was etched and not stamped. When I pulled the grips the numbers there also looked like they were etched and not stamped. All my other S&W have stamped serial numbers. Is this normal or should I be worried that someone changed the serial number.

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Normal - no worries.
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Thanks Ken. I appreciate the quick response. I had never seen that before and I was curious.

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Many S & W revolvers of that era had serial numbers that appeared to be applied with a laser in a dotted pattern. Later and current models are either laser engraved in a finer manner or etched as you observed.
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