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Old September 30, 2012, 05:36 AM   #9
Mike Irwin
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Join Date: April 13, 2000
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"Dose the pin date the gun?"

Yes, it does.

S&W dropped the pins (and the recessed chambers on the centerfire magnum revolvers) around 1983.

In some models it happened earlier, in others later. Some revolvers also show one feature and not the other. They're called, roughly, transitional models.
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