Dating guns by serial number
As far as we are aware, all B. The rule is calibrated in millemetres. If your firearm is not listed, we probably do not have any additional information. No attempt has been made to determine the value of any guns listed.
If your firearm manufacturer was not listed or covered in this lense. They use these documents as a reference and the documents should be limited to that use.
The two markings are shown below, the International to the left, and Century to the right. How to find your Serial Number Use these videos to find the serial number on your gun or firearm.
Akin to the longstanding hallmarking system for British silverware, in which letter codes relate to years of manufacture or importation, is an equivalent employed by the British Proof Houses. There is no other detail beyond this that we can provide. Rifles without modern proof still regularly appear on the market, having lain in store for decades.
It is to be found under the barrel just foreward of the receiver, and requires removal of the fore-end woodwork to view. They provide every spec about the gun, who is was shipped to, when it was shipped, and even how many other firearms were shipped at the same time as yours. Fortunately, many of these scholars make their work available to the public in reference books, and details of a number of the most useful ones are to be found in our Bibliography.
It doesn't get much easier than that. Once there simply search for the date your firearm was created by typing in the serial number in the box. Then use the links on this lense to look up the firearm that your Sears Firearm is most like to find out the year of manufacture. Many of the Winchester brand firearms produced over the years are included, but not all. This cross reference can be used to figure out which Sears firearm was created by which manufacturer as a mirror model of their own.
Before the s the Winchester Repeating Arms firearms brand transferred ownership several times. Company for many years and holds most of those records not destroyed in enemy bombing raids on the factories during the War, has been willing to help date a particular B. Such research is a major part of the joy of owning, collecting and shooting classic or historic rifles.
Hitherto, John, who worked for the B. All firearms sold to private individuals in the U. The number below identified the inspector.
This is nothing new, and proof-house date marks from years past may still not indicate the rifle's date of manufacture. However, if an estimate of the rifle's age from other sources closely matches the date marks, then you probably have pinned down when it was made within a year or so. In some exceptional cases, a more detailed, accurate determination can be made by calling the Winchester Repeating Arms Historian at the Morgan, Utah office.
There are a number of methods by which a rifle can be dated, or at least bracketed between certain years of manufacture. Thus they are usually very obviously stamped on the appropriate pressure-bearing parts where thay can easily be seen. It may not be immediately obvious, but careful observation may provide you with the information for which you are looking. However, date marks such as are under discussion and described below, are usually out of sight on the under-side of the barrel, and removal of fore-end furniture may be necessary to find them. We may never know the answer, but can meanwhile entertain ourselves dreaming up such explanations.