S&w---no dash???

S&w---no dash???

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    S&w---no dash???

    What does it mean when seller of a S&W lists the model # and then includes " no dash." Thanks for your input.
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    S&W builds a new gun and they give it a model number, ie: Model 29 or Model 686. As they make running production changes in spec's over the years, they give it a "dash number", ie: Model 29-4 or Model 686-6. So, if someone says their Model 29 is a "no dash", they're telling you that it is an early production gun.
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    I always thought it was that it fired slower or was less evil looking.

    In all seriousness, thanks for that explanation.
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    "No dash" S&W means early production gun? Not always. If the model didn't undergo an subsequent design changes from its original-production configuration, the model number may have remained exactly the same for years & years. The number after the dash is simply an indicator of which different configuration you've got.
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    Thanks for the clarification!
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    Here's an example, showing a dash 2 (-2):
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    Case in Point:

    Smith & Wesson Model 10

    The Model 10 has been in production since 1957, and before that it was known as the "Military and Police".

    1957: Begin stamping model number.

    10-1 (1959): introduction of heavy barrel (the frame is slightly different for the heavy barrel, and changes to the standard-barrel variant were generally carried over to the heavy-barrel variant, thus the engineering changes happen in pairs)

    10-2 (1961): change extractor rod thread for standard barrel

    10-3 (1961): change extractor rod thread for heavy barrel, change front sight width from 1/10" to 1/8"

    10-4 (1962): eliminate trigger-guard screw on standard barrel frame

    10-5 (1962): change sight width from 1/10" to 1/8" for standard barrel

    10-6 (1962): eliminate trigger-guard screw on heavy-barrel frame

    10-7 (1977): change gas ring from yoke to cylinder for standard barrel

    10-8 (1977): change gas ring from yoke to cylinder for heavy barrel

    10-9 (1988): new yoke retention system, radius stud package, floating hand hammer nose bushing for standard barrel

    10-10 (1988): new yoke retention system, radius stud package, floating hand hammer nose bushing for heavy barrel

    10-11 (1997): MIM hammer/trigger + floating firing pin for standard barrel

    10-12 (1997): MIM hammer/trigger + floating firing pin for heavy barrel

    10-13 (2002): limited production 1899 commemorative edition

    10-14 (2002): internal lock
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