From some of the threads I have read I am under the impression that older guns are actually preferred. Am I wrong? I know that I personally won't buy a Gen4 yet. I could swear I read a thread recently where a guy was having a problem with a late model Gen 3 gun. One of the posters made a comment asking the original poster why he would buy a gun newer than [ ? ] year model. I don't remember the year. I picked up a NIB Gen 3 today with a FYM prefix. The database indicates "FYM - G-22 - Unknown - - Dept. issue". This one doesn't give the year, but the one before it on the list is "FYL - G-22 - January 2004", and the one after it is "FYX - G-19 - October 2003" I'm guessing this gun was made nine or ten years ago. Would "Dept. isssue" mean the gun was a special run for a particular LEO department, or that it was just probably ordered by a department? If you could pick a year model, or a range of year models, what would you prefer? None of my guns are newer than I think five or six years back. I have one that is I think about a 2000 model.