Originally Posted by c3shooter
ALL Winchester Mdl 88 rifles, without regard to age, are C&R- because the BATFE put them on the list BY NAME- as being a collector's item. (Only one example)
Another example: Polish Radom P-64 handgun. In the BATFE C&R list it says "Polish, Model P64 pistols, 9 x 18mm Makarov caliber, all serial numbers." So even units made in 1974 are still C&R even though they're less than 50 years old.
Sometimes a single gun will be listed, identified by model and serial number. For example: "Springfield Armory, M1 Garand semiautomatic rifle, .30 caliber, S/N 2502800." Sometimes a specific gun is considered a relic because of special circumstances like who used it in boot camp. If an authority like a museum curator can show the BATFE that a given gun has historical value, they'll list it.
If you have a C&R collector's license it's worth checking the list even if a gun you're interested in is less than 50 years old. BATFE gets requests to list lots of guns because they have historical or curiosity value.