to assist with this and will always try and answer any questions regarding the guns as time allows.For those who do not have a copy of the Westley Richards book ‘In Pursuit of the Best Gun’, here is the page which covers the quick reference to the serial numbers with dates for the best guns made here.Date Codes, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Winchester Rifles, Winchester Rifle & Shotgun 1969 , Winchester Shotguns.A: In an ideal world, all manufacturers would agree to incorporate the date in the serial number, in a mutually-agreed formula using plain language.It's a good idea to do your due diligence before buying a gun to make sure that it isn't stolen.
The best way to have peace of mind is to buy your new firearm through a licensed gun dealer.
SERIAL NUMBERS OFTEN ALLOW YOU TO DETERMINE YEAR OF MANUFACTURE Knowing the year your vintage firearm was made makes it easier to decide which gun catalog we sell will give you the best information about the company, models made and more.
To help you determine the year made, find your serial number and then select a link from those below to sites that offer serial dates.
For instance, at the end of the number the figures 03.2016 could indicate manufacture in March of this year.
The fact we have to live with, however, is that manufacturers, and some proof houses, seem to delight in mysterious codes that have us searching in a load of reference books and websites.
If you're getting your gun through a private individual, however, there are a number of ways you can research a gun's serial number to see if it is stolen.