Dating a gun by serial number

This is just an approximation, and keep in mind, some engraving takes quite some time to complete, so the date that the finished product ships could be years after the receiver was built, because the engraving took time to complete.

Remington Owners, Remington Year of Manufacture Codes maybe found on the barrel of your Remington rifle [or shotgun] on the left side, just forward of the receiver; the first letter of the Code is the month of manufacture, followed by one or two letters which are the year of manufacture.

All Purdey Shotguns and rifles are of high quality as each one is individually manufactured .

Here is a list of serial number range by year of manufacture.

For shotguns with removeable barrels, the code will be valid for the manufacture of the barrel; maybe for the receiver, as barrels do get switched around. Bob, do you have a link for that serial number place?

According to the "Blue Book of Gun Values", the coding continues as follows: Month Codes: [first letter] B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 Year:______Code: [second (and third*) letters] 1930_______ Y 1931_______ Z 1932_______ A 1933_______ B 1934_______ C 1935_______ D 1936_______ E 1937_______ F 1938_______ G 1939_______ H 1940_______ J 1941_______ K 1942_______ L 1943_______ MMZ 1944_______ NN 1945_______ PP 1946_______ RR 1947_______ SS 1948_______ TT 1949_______ UU 1950_______ WW 1951_______ XX 1952_______ YY 1953_______ ZZ 1954_______ A 1955_______ B 1956_______ C 1957_______ D 1958_______ E 1959_______ F 1960_______ G 1961_______ H 1962_______ J 1963_______ K 1964_______ L 1965_______ M 1966_______ N 1967_______ P 1968_______ R 1969_______ S 1970_______ T 1971_______ U 1972_______ W 1973_______ X 1974_______ Y 1975_______ Z 1976_______ I 1977_______ O 1978_______ Q 1979_______ V 1980_______ A 1981_______ B 1982_______ C 1983_______ D 1984_______ E 1985_______ F 1986_______ G 1987_______ H 1988_______ I 1989_______ J 1990_______ K 1991_______ L 1992_______ M 1993_______ N 1994_______ O 1995_______ P 1996_______ Q 1997_______ R 1998_______ S 1999_______ T 2000_______ U 2001_______ W 2002_______ X * the years 1943 though 1953 had double letters: ie, MM = 1943 As maybe seen, the year code letters duplicate; some knowledge of when the model was introduced should resolve the actual year of manufacture. I must be dumb as a post cause I'll be darned if I can find it. Some say that you can take the alphabet dates back to 1922, but my Dad's Model 10 shotgun doesn't have the barrel stamped that way.

Later Pistols were the marked with usually a threedigit batch number.

As one of the largest manufacturers in the world of firearms and ammunition, we have some of the most globally recognized brands including Remington, Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, New England Firearms, L. Smith, Parker, Bushmaster, DPMS/Panther Arms, Dakota Arms, EOTAC, and INTC. Can we assume this information applies to their products across the spectrum of what they offered for sale? This data base includes , rifles , double rifles , shotguns in both cartridge and percussion configurations.Some modern numbers from 1963 to 1983 are estimates. Barrel date codes are here at the Remington Society, along with a good diagram of how to read them. Hello all I am new to the forums and have read through some of the psot and found some very good info. As far as I know, H&R and NEF both offered the single shot shotguns as they are owned by the same parent company.