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Old July 4, 2018, 11:33 AM   #1
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S&W 3914 build date

I picked up a real nice 3914, can anybody give me a build date on this pistol? #TEC 2369, thanks terry.
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Old July 5, 2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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My understanding is that if you call S&W customer service with a model & serial number, they can look up date of production for some (but not all) models.

Also try the forums at http://smith-wessonforum.com.
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Old July 8, 2018, 07:52 PM   #3
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TEC2369 would be 1989.

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Old July 8, 2018, 08:25 PM   #4
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I think 1990 is the first year for the 3914. I am almost certain. A friend got one in july 1990, they had not been out for long.

There was a recall on the grips for early third generation pistols. The updated grips have a dimple on the bottom between the square cutout and the frame. The old ones could shatter on impact.
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Old July 9, 2018, 05:52 AM   #5
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Seen that dimple, was wondering what it meant. terry Also thanks for the build date.
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Old July 9, 2018, 01:27 PM   #6
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Gun from 1990 sn TEBxxxx.
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Old July 9, 2018, 04:48 PM   #7
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If yoy happen to have the original box, the actual DAY is shown on the end label, in Julian date form, under the SPEC ORDR headline.
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Old July 9, 2018, 04:51 PM   #8
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no box, sure wish I had it!
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Old July 10, 2018, 10:03 PM   #9
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I think 1990 is the first year for the 3914.
The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson shows the first year of the 3914 as 1990 but also shows serial prefix TED (which you would assume comes after TEC) as 1989. There are known discrepancies with the book so take the information as being "close" vs "exact".

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