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Old 06-11-2010, 07:54 PM
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Is this all stainless?

A history lesson is needed.lol
What would be a fair price?
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The slide is stanless but the frame is aluminum alloy. It looks to be a NIB Mark III, it has been well taken care of if it has been shot.

The Shorty 40s where made in different series, the first generation Shorty 40 appeared around 1992, there were some 1500 pieces made of the 1st generation. In '94 the 2nd generation appeared with only minor modifications to the pistol, only the checkering on the front grip strap and a longer beavertail are visable. The highest serial number I have heard about on the 2nd generation is just over 200

The 3rd generation appeared around late 94/early 95 in blued and stainless with adjustable sites and drastic changes in machining to the slide. You may notice that the machining on the slide on the MkIII is very similar to the slide of the current M&P line. I'm not sure of production numbers for the 3rd gen guns, but I can't see more tha 1500 or so like the original production.

The last series of these pistols was the Shorty 40 2000. This one is more of a two tone pistol, it's a very nice looking pistol to me. Again I'm not sure of production numbers but I'm sure it wasn't a lot.

I've got two of thes, a 1st and 2nd gen, they are my favorite pistols. They are very accurate and definately my go to pistols. Price on this one if it is in fact NIB I would put around $750.00 to $800.00. Grinder said not long ago he sold some nice ones for $700.00, I trust his judgement on price since he's the resident PC guru.

Here is what the 1st and 2nd generation look like:

Shorty 40 1st Gen


Shorty 40 2nd Gen


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Thanks Shorty4T just the history lesson I needed.
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Is the mag on your Gem.1 a Custom job or dose it come like that?
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Is the mag on your Gem.1 a Custom job or dose it come like that?
When I first got this pistol one of the grip clips that hold the grip to the frame was broken. I wanted to have the PC take a look at the pistol, replace the grip and install night sites. When I sent the pistol in I spoke to the armoror about a flat butt plate and cutting the factory butplate down. What you see if the result.

The factory magazine plate is just like the one on the 2nd generation pistol picture. This is the same floorplate that you find on a 6906.

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I performed the same modification to one of my 4013 magazines. I have a holster that has a magazine pouch and when a mag is in the pouch, the pointy end of the butt plate nearly rubs on the 4013. I added a little clearance by sanding down the point with progressively finer sand paper, finishing off with Scotchbrite. You can easily get it to match the factory finish of the plastic.
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thank you Mrs.good info

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