Dating firearms serial number

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All Marlins (except lever action) manufactured from 1962-1968 A two letter code was used to designate month and year of manufacture.All Marlins manufactured from 1969 to 1990: The first two digits of the serial number designate the year of manufacture, either as the last two digits of the year (in 1969-71) or as a number code (1971 and later)..This number should be used as a point of reference only.It is not necessarily the very first serial number shipped, but it can be used to determine the approximate year your Ruger firearm was shipped.

Many, but not all, of our pages carry date information on the various rifles illustrated or discussed, where it has been possible to be sure of data.So there was a 2 year gap in rifle date coded barrels and the normal consumer, or gunsmith would have to contact the factory for this information.They then saw the error of their ways apparently because of being inundated by phone calls and resumed stamping the date code on the barrel on 10/1/01.Such research is a major part of the joy of owning, collecting and shooting classic or historic rifles.For BSA and Greener rifles view complete catalogues from 1908 to the mid 1930s on our CATALOGUES PAGE As far as civilian rifles are concerned, some manufacturers have their own dating systems, with, for example, prefixes or suffixes to serial numbers providing that information.

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