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XDM9tactical 12-20-2011 09:15 PM

Serial number
Anyone have any info of how to do a serial number search on a weapon?

c3shooter 12-20-2011 09:33 PM

A search for what?

If you want to know the date of manufacture, there are different sites- or none at all.

Want to know who had it before you? Not going to happen.

Want to know is it stolen? You cannot get that unless you are a LEO. However, if you check with local LEO, AND if they have the gun in hand, many will run it thru NCIC. But as a private citizen, you do not have direct access to NCIC.

S0- whatcha got?

XDM9tactical 12-20-2011 09:42 PM

Just trying to find out if this weapon I have has any kind of history.

Jeepergeo 12-21-2011 04:33 PM

Follow your instincts...if your gut tells you it has an unsavory history, the gun is simply not worth owning.

And if you go to a LEO to get it checked out and it turns out to have a troubled past, YOU will have a troubled future for sure. It just ain't worth the potential for problems.

trip286 12-21-2011 05:10 PM

Likely, if you buy a gun your worried about and then take it to LEO, and it doesn't check out clean, you'll be a witness in a stolen goods investigation, and still be a free man. I would assume that whatever money you spend on it for purchase us just going to be lost to you though.

It could depend a lot on the mood that the LEO or DA is in at the moment too, and how you present yourself.

gwk4667 12-26-2011 01:03 PM

If I have any question at all I have the owner go with me to the Sheriff office and let them run it!

If they don't want to go with me that ends it right there!

kdog 12-26-2011 02:33 PM

What kind of weapon are you talking about?

A simple serialnumber search can also be done by the manufacturer. Send Sig you serial and they can give you the birthdate. I think in the US you can also get a birthcertificate from Sig.
I would guess, that all manufacurers are able to give that information.

But I doupt you will be able to any further information, unless you are looking for historical info from WW I or WW II firearms.

gollygee 12-26-2011 05:23 PM

I don't know how they do it, but I've read of folks tracing WWII firearms back to their original owner/user in that war. If it is a former military pistol, may be able to get info through them.

kdog 12-26-2011 08:24 PM

It depends what documents are still there.

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