bruce i think its the last 4 years. thats about how old my older ones are and they are good plus. the one i got last year let go after 3 shots. definitely not the same quality has the older ones. don't know where the older ones were made. simmoms had that 44 mag and the aetec as their top guns back then. the aetec is still their top gun which i got to say doesn't speak well for simmons.
and i agree send it back if you think its going to be something thats in your mind.