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I have an early M649 no dash, 38 Special.

It has a forged (solid back) trigger and is flash chromed.

Does anyone know when S&W stopped doing flash chrome on stainless steel guns?

I talking about ordinarily revolvers. I know the PC guns were chromed a lot longer and probably still are.

I like the looks of the satin chrome color on triggers and hammers on older stainless Smiths.
 

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Hey 44,

That is a swell looking pocket rocket!

Later, Mark
 

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My 1981 manufactured model 64-3 has the flash chrome trigger as well as my made in 1985 model 686. Looks like the no dash 649 was made from 1985 until 1988. The standard catalog describes it as having a .312" smooth trigger with case colors and the one they have pictured does indeed have a case colored trigger.
As to your question, I suspect they used the flash chrome finish until MIM hammers & triggers replaced the forged parts in the late 1990's, but that's only a guess based on limited observation
 

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My 649 was a first year model based on the day code on the box. The must have started with flash chrome and then switched to case color after the first year or two.
 
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