I got my SP5 in December at a gun show and yes I paid retail for the first time in my life.
The sticker on the box says the serial number is the 700 range 271-0007XX.
I have not shot it yet but was wondering where the serial number can be found on the actual gun.
Looks like the guns shipping now are in 1800 range maybe I should just get another one when the prices are down and make this one a safe queen.
If I average the twp prices together I wont feel so bad about paying retail on the first one. But it did look pretty nice under the Christmas tree.