Originally Posted by Njanear
You might find this interesting - today I added a G22C
RTF2 with gills to my collection. Its SN is PEX 04x with a date of 4-12-10.
So I got a full frame 22C vs. a compact frame 23C, with the same PEX SN prefix (differing in numbers by ~400) and with a birthdate almost 8 months earlier than yours... sounds like they left yours on the vine too long and they only picked it after it started withering (after it lost 0.5 inches off the barrel and 2 rounds out of the mag).
I was wondering the same thing about leaving it on the "vine" too long. Im not too sure about the withering part. I like to think of it as well ripened.