All this nonsense about this model and that model etc etc etc may be delightful for serious collectors but I find it tiresome. I have been through this with the Registered Magnums. Some say the registration card had to be returned to make it an RM. Geez, how many would that be, a couple hundred? None of the police sales count. I say if it has a Reg # stamped on it then it's an RM. KISS.
Same with the VMs. Some say any V serial is a VM. Here we have only the American models are VMs. I say ALL the M&Ps made for military duty 1939-45 are VMs. KISS.
I am a simple man. I like simple solutions. The minutia is wearisome. Keep It Simple, Sir.