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I just bought what appears to be a barely as in probably only test fired 5906 which has the U mark above the trigger guard. The serial number is VHM14XX I was wondering what year it was made. Thanks.
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I don't see the "VHM" prefix in my SCSW reference book. There's a "VHN" in 1998, but no guarantee VHM is close or not.
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I don't see the "VHM" prefix in my SCSW reference book. There's a "VHN" in 1998, but no guarantee VHM is close or not.
Thanks for the information. Im going to try calling S&W tomorrow.
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I purchased a new old stock VHM prefix 5946 late last year. According to the replies on that thread it was supposedly shipped around 1998. Wish someone was still making the third-gen pistols - it's a fantastic piece!

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Just got off the phone with Smith and Wesson they looked up my serial number in their system and my 5906 was made on August 2, 2013.
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I just bought what appears to be a barely as in probably only test fired 5906 which has the U mark above the trigger guard. The serial number is VHM14XX I was wondering what year it was made. Thanks.
5946 VHM1015 dates to June 25, 1998 per SW

But best to check with SW - Guns marked with U can be odd - generally believed to be (a) new old stock, (b) contract item returned from original purchaser unused (unissued spares or unsold inventory - NYPD purchased guns and resold to officers), or (c) assembled from residual parts after contract ended.

In first 2 cases its probably 1998 - but I have a VJPxxxx 5946 that S&W dates "manufacture" to May 2009 which appears to be in the last category or maybe the second but refurbished somehow. Roy Jinks says original Ship Date was August 2013 so go figure. Box end date on mine is 011419 and Part number is 108186U.

S&W can give you a "manufacture" date and you can check ship date with Roy on thread below
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My general comment is that S&W doesn't like to through perfectly good frames away. If they had spares for a contract unused at the end of the contract they seemed to have a policy of building them into complete guns and releasing them for civilian sale.

That's why we occasionally saw things like brand new 3953TSW, 3914TSW, and other "out of production" sold ANIB even with the "U" on them.

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I was super surprised when the lady at Smith & Wesson said my 5906 was made of August 2, 2013. Would the 011119 be the shipping date?

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I was super surprised when the lady at Smith & Wesson said my 5906 was made of August 2, 2013. Would the 011119 be the shipping date?
Notice that your box has two labels?

I'm almost willing to bet that if you heat up the top label slowly with a hair dryer on low power & carefully peel the two apart you'll find the original factory label on the bottom.

The top label is from when the factory reconditioned the returned pistol (for reasons unknown), stamped the "U" on the trigger guard & put the "U" label on top of the original one on 01/11/2019.

I found this same situation with my 4013 that I posted about in this thread: S&W 4013 - "U" is for Used Gun

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