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Dating guns by serial number

Others have the suffix “R” (on both regular and featherweight frames). Serial numbers of guns produced by the Marlin Firearms Company (1968-71) had a prefix of FWM.You will need to know if the shotgun is pre-1913 or later gun because some of the early serial numbers were repeated in later years.

I have contacted Remington and they confirmed that information above is correct.The Blue Book of Used Gun Values offers serial numbers for the following makers: AYA, Boss & Co., Ltd, Browning, EJ Churchill, Colt, Colt Black Powder 2nd Gen, John Dickson & Son, AH Fox, German early Date Codes, German Modern Date Codes, Stephen Grant, WW Greener, Harrington & Richardson, High Standard, Holland & Holland, Italian Year of Mfg.Date Codes, Ithaca Gun Co., Charles Lancaster, Joseph Lang, Marlin Firearms, Mauser Broomhandles, Parker Brothers Shotguns, Piotti, James Purdey, Remington Date Code & Sx S Shotguns, Savage/Stevens, LC Smith, Smith & Wesson, Spanish Year of Mfg.However some manufacturing dates and information are available for a fee from: To date a gun they will need the serial number. For further information we suggest the book Webley Revolvers by Gordon Bruce and Christian Reinhart Webley started producing Air Pistols in 1924 and today still produce Air Pistols to the same design principle (see below the Tempest) The early Air Pistols were marked with serial numbers up to the beginning of World War 2.Later Pistols were the marked with usually a threedigit batch number.In 2006 under new ownership re-introduced a new range of shotguns manufactured throughout the world using blending fine craftsmanship and the latest technology to give quality guns at a good value price Webley & Scott no longer have the full records of guns produced prior to 2006 The complete production records are now held by: Gallyon and sons. Starting in 1917, serial numbers of all types, gauges, and grades are intermixed. Smith Gun Company (1946-50) started with FWS1 and ended with FWS 56800.With a little time and perseverance, you should be able to determine the year of manufacture, but remember that all serial numbers are not in the records.Unfortunately, several blocks of serial numbers (46,000 – 49,999, 70,000 – 78,999, and 90,000 – 99,999) have been lost.You may determine the year of manufacture in three ways.Since the Gun Control Act of 1968 went into effect, American firearms manufacturers must include a serial number on every gun's frame or receiver for identification.

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