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Old 05-20-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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I asked this on another thread but didn't get a response. Every time I see a weapon's serial number referenced from someone they X-out some of the numbers, such as XXXX4302. I've never been able to figure out why? What could someone do if they had a serial number to one of my weapons? Is this just paranoia or is there a legitimate reason for doing this?

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Old 05-20-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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Never understood this myself as if you look on gunbroker most serial #s are clearly legible. I suppose someone could file a stolen gun report using your serial number or something like that...

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A slight bit of both.

Putting the full serial number out there is doing several things, not the least of which is creating public record of you having that weapon. If you purchased it used, from a buddy or in another face to face transaction, then there is no paperwork trail saying you have said weapon. Once you post the serial number, now you have created one. Chalk that one up to a bit of paranoia.

The other option is that once someone has a serial number, it's not unheard of for a person to pose selling a firearm on one of the gun boards and try to run a scam on someone. "I have this great pistol, clean, shoots great, serial number 12345678, need cash, must sell, Paypal accepted"

Being an interested person, you call up said manufacturer and ask about the weapon. Yep, it's ours, was produced in 20xx and sold in "X" state. I don't think they will tell you much more than that.

Most folks would insist on an FFL transfer or a face to face meeting - but who knows, there are suckers born every minute.

Now, could you fabricate some fantastic event if you found out someone near you had a used pistol they got for a steal and make up some story for the cops, give them the serial number and claim that you owned it and it was stolen? I suppose it's possible, but not highly likely.

Basically, for me, I don't like having too much information about what I have and where I got it out there. I just don't feel that comfortable with eveyrone knowing everything that I have at the house. I believe that several guys here feel the same way.

*shrug* - personal preferance

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I just don't like people knowing the serial numbers of my guns.

When you post on a car board do you go around posting your VIN all over the place?

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A slight bit of both.



The other option is that once someone has a serial number, it's not unheard of for a person to pose selling a firearm on one of the gun boards and try to run a scam on someone. "I have this great pistol, clean, shoots great, serial number 12345678, need cash, must sell, Paypal accepted"

Being an interested person, you call up said manufacturer and ask about the weapon. Yep, it's ours, was produced in 20xx and sold in "X" state. I don't think they will tell you much more than that.


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Couldn't anyone just go to the manufacturere's website and pick a random serial number--many of them let you enter serial numbers and will tell you model, manufacture date, etc.?
I don't know, I've seen the same thing done with auto VINs, appliance serial numbers, etc.--I bet some lawyer advised doing this years ago and it stuck...
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Basically, for me, I don't like having too much information about what I have and where I got it out there. I just don't feel that comfortable with everyone knowing everything that I have at the house. I believe that several guys here feel the same way.
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Indeed, especially when it comes to owned firearms, it's only on a need to know basis.

Money and women are next.

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Like all things if you want to put your entire serial number out there on the interwebs go for it.

I am with JD and Jack.

Just remember once it is on the web it is there forever....

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I don't know about anyone else, but I can only remember the first few numbers of all of the guns I lost in the now famous FTF boating accident. If I could remember all of the numbers, I would put them up there. Also, for those I did not lose over the Marianas Trench, I am not sure Gary would appreciate me putting the numbers out there of the ones he bought from me.

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Like all things if you want to put your entire serial number out there on the interwebs go for it.

I am with JD and Jack.

Just remember once it is on the web it is there forever....
No, I agree that I don't want my numbers out there--just was wondering if there is a legal/lawful/protocal or other reason why...
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No, I agree that I don't want my numbers out there--just was wondering if there is a legal/lawful/protocal or other reason why...
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