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Old 03-22-2020, 05:49 PM
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Hello and my apology if somebody already answered this question.

Anyhow, in another forum in Europe somebody mentioned that after S&W initially started using MIM parts in revolers, apparently, they realized that that wasn't right move and returned back to forged parts.

I never heard about this. Can anybody confirm story above, or this is just another pipe dream, nostalgia for good, old times!?

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Old 03-22-2020, 06:07 PM
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S&W has not returned to forged parts and never will , there is an Idiot in Europe
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:11 PM
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I have two Model 500s, the older one, a Performance Center has a forged hammer, the newer one, the original style, has a MIM hammer but I think jbtrucker is correct, current production is, if not all, mostly MIM. Don
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:41 PM
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Gotta love rumors. They take on a life of their own!
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As I understand it, some models in the Performance Center did have forged hammers and triggers after MIM was begun, up to the time they ran out of parts.
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I think Smith & Wesson started migrating to MIM components in their double action revolvers around 1998 or so and to my knowledge still is using them.
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Hello and my apology if somebody already answered this question.

Anyhow, in another forum in Europe somebody mentioned that after S&W initially started using MIM parts in revolers, apparently, they realized that that wasn't right move and returned back to forged parts.

I never heard about this. Can anybody confirm story above, or this is just another pipe dream, nostalgia for good, old times!?

Thanks
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:21 AM
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Thanks, you just confirmed what I was (reluctantly) suspecting.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:35 AM
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Default Though we manly men like forged parts.....

There isn't a thing wrong with MIM performance or durability. In fact, it's got quite a good record. If I had a deal on a gun I wouldn't turn up my nose for it having MIM parts.

Many manufactures had trouble when adapting to making MIM parts, but when the flaws get ironed out, they do well.
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Even if they did go back to the old ways I don't think there are enough craftsmen anymore to do the job right. Shoddy is the order of the day.
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Even if they did go back to the old ways I don't think there are enough craftsmen anymore to do the job right. Shoddy is the order of the day.
Exactly - nobody left to even train a new assembly guy for hand fitted forged parts.
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Hmm 🤔 all I have to say is🤐
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No point in producing forgings that have to be hand fit vs drop in MIM parts that work just as well. They will never go back to forging.
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