They also do that so that they never have to honor their "we beat any price by x%" policy. They have the manufacturer produce them a model where the last letter in the model number is different. That way they can claim it is a different model. I ran into that with a GE fridge. GE said it was the exact same model as the one I saw at Lowes but all Sears models ended in "S" instead of "B". The only difference was the number plate.
I do not find it hard to believe that gun makers do the same thing. I asked my dealer yesterday and he said the Ruger's at most sporting goods stores are different than the ones he sells. They have plastic or lower grade molded metal internals in some of them.
Last edited by Playboypenguin; September 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM.