Several weapons (and other systems) see use before formal induction, either in testing or actual combat as a trial. Sometimes it can be hard to identify when it actually was in service so to speak. The F-22 spent years in testing even in squadrons. Some types of AFV and UAV’s saw action in the current wars before being formally deployed.
When does the point come that a system is part considered to have been inducted. My own guess is that when, storage, maintenance, support and training facilities for that system have been set up.