Originally Posted by Guevera
Is it reasonable to think that the "Letter of Authenticity" would supply the answer to the question, "what department marked all these guns 'N.P.D.?'" This is really what I am paying the money to answer.
Actually, and I could be very wrong, unless S&W sold the guns directly to a police department, the letter stops with the date of first shipment to the retailer or wholesaler who first bought the gun from S&W or, in the case of the good old days, the actual purchaser, like maybe Teddy Roosevelt, Bat Masterson, or just Joe Dokes. But if the PD bought a special order from S&W then yes, you will know which PD bought them.
The markings could be PD produced or S&W produced. Roy Jinks will know. I bet Lee Jarrett knows these things, too.