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I have been looking for a nickled S&W M&P in the S series serial number range for a while. I have two blued ones ( 2" & 4").

Recently, I found a heavily (& poorly) refinished one at a pawn shop for $299 with a silky smooth action and grips that "number" to the gun.

https://www.coltforum.com/forums/lounge/358157-s-w-s-series-m-p-finish-question.html#post2980117

After some pondering, I put it on layaway today figuring it ,worst case scenario. will make a good truck gun & place holder until I find one in better shape.

That didn't take near as long as I expected.

Work took me to a nearby town this afternoon where I spotted a pawn shop that I'd never been to before. In fact, I passed it and turned around on a whim to check it out.

On a bottom shelf, of course, was a M&P in nickle with horrible faux stag grips. I figured ......must be a cut down converted Victory. I asked to see it.
The price tag was $225. I got it for $175 plus tax!!!

Best,
Charles
 

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Very nice deal. Are you still getting the one on layaway?

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The short answer is "I don't know". The layaway receipt says "No refunds, no exchanges". So, I could be out unless they are willing to alter their position because I'm a repeat customer. I can always get it and sell or trade it etc.

We'll see.
 

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I came across an "S" series M&P about 2 years ago. I fell in love with the beautifully smooth "long" action. I did research and learned a lot. I had owned several Model 10's prior; but none of them had the grace and smoothness of the very late "S", 5" unmolested 38 Special. They have become my favorite S&W 38, it lives in the same safe as my Colt Officers Models.
 

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That solidifies my opinion on your other gun. The "N" is on that barrel flat AND, it is inside the serial number. That one is righteous.
 

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That solidifies my opinion on your other gun. The "N" is on that barrel flat AND, it is inside the serial number. That one is righteous.
That’s what I would assume too. A post-war barrel flat N contradicts conventional wisdom and the SCSW, but two specimen independent of each other plus your K-38 are starting to look like a thing. Of course Charles’ other gun didn’t have the barrel flat N.
 

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The only constant about things like this in the gun world is inconsistency.

Two of the four examples have the N on the barrel flat and the other two are marked on the RIGHT side of the grip frame. Who knows why ??

I'll consider each variation to be legitimate until proven otherwise. They all look like factory finishes to me in person.

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Charles
 
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