HECK: We ordered a brand new microwave from our local appliance store a year ago. I did not want the model they had in stock. When it arrived, the sticker showed that it had been manufactured three years before. Was it sitting at the factory for 3 years, or at the distributor for 3 years?Yep! and yes, when I manufactured the guns at Sig, some pistols sat on the shelves for a very long time (maybe even 5 years) before they were sold to Distributors and then Retailers. (Thus the Sig "Born on Date" they began to print on their Hard Cases) With this Date of Manufacture, they would also be able to determine the time frame of Parts utilized, and Serial Number Range of guns with inherent Issues.