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Flying Sig
02-24-2012, 4:00 PM
I recently acquired a Model 36 and was wondering if anyone could help me with date of manufacture. The s/n is BEW4xxx

Thanks!

Mr. Beretta
02-24-2012, 4:05 PM
Can't help with a manufactured date but it was shipped from the factory between Dec. 1989 and Mar. 1990.

Flying Sig
02-24-2012, 4:13 PM
Wow, that was fast. Thank you for the info. Is there an online resource for this info or did you get it from the S&W book?

Tarn_Helm
02-24-2012, 4:35 PM
Wow, that was fast. Thank you for the info. Is there an online resource for this info or did you get it from the S&W book?

Click here to get an official letter:

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/upload/other/LOA.pdf

This is from the website:

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757825_-1_757814_757812_image

Request the history of your S&W handgun
Prior to requesting the history of your handgun, first determine that you have an authentic Smith & Wesson handgun. If the barrel is not stamped Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Massachusetts or Smith & Wesson, Houlton, ME your handgun is not a Smith & Wesson. Many handguns are stamped with the caliber, i.e., .38 S&W. This indicates the caliber and does not necessarily mean that it is a Smith & Wesson manufactured handgun.

Letter of Authenticity (See sample)

If you desire an in-depth response we can provide a formal letter of authenticity. There is a fee of $50.00 to cover our research, administrative and postage costs.

To order the history of your Smith & Wesson, print this form (requires Adobe Acrobat), fill it out and return it along with a photograph or sketch of your handgun and your check or money order.

If you decide to obtain a history letter, please provide a complete description of the firearm that includes all markings, barrel length, finish, single or double action, exposed or concealed hammer and a photograph or outline sketch. If you do not know the exact caliber of the revolver please measure the length of the cylinder and include that with the description. This will aid in the identification of the handgun. If your revolver is marked with the Model Number it is not necessary to include an outline sketch or photograph.

Fishslayer
02-24-2012, 4:44 PM
A factory letter also provides proof that a particular firearm shipped in a particular configuration, ie sights, barrel length, finish, etc. Also to whom it was shipped as might be the case in a rare or desirable LEA version or whatnot, or simply to satisfy an owner's curiosity as to it's history.

Mr. Beretta
02-25-2012, 12:18 PM
Wow, that was fast. Thank you for the info. Is there an online resource for this info or did you get it from the S&W book?


You're welcome.

My memory !

Seriously, I purchased "The Book" a couple years ago. Best money I ever spent.