can you date a hand gun by the serial#

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jlbats, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. jlbats

    jlbats New Member

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    i traded some auto repair work for a colt 38 special ,,it looks pretty well used ,,, but all the working parts are tight and clean ,,, is there any way to date it by the serial ## thank you JB...
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    A Colt? Yes. Post the sn, using x's for the last two or three numbers.
    Like this---2345XX. Include the model number/name and be sure to
    include any letters in the sn.

    Some guns are easy to date by sn. Colt, Winchester and a few others
    have good records available. Remingtons can usually be dated by a
    alphabetic code on the barrel. In the case of others you are out of
    luck dating by sn, and can only do a best guess by features.
     

  3. jlbats

    jlbats New Member

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    Great Thank You .Bill ////// Colt Official Police 38 ....... 6710xx ..... directly above seven is stamped a small "T" underneath the # is stamped a larger "V" thanks a ton john
     
  4. greenjeans

    greenjeans New Member

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    jlbats, go over to the Colt Forum and you will get a quick reply. The folks over there know their Colts. Hope it's ok to post this link.
    http://www.coltforum.com/forums/
     
  5. jlbats

    jlbats New Member

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    Wow That Did It

    Thanks Greeenjeans !!!!!! went to the colt forum and dated that baby to 1942 ?????? thanks for the info ,, this site is wonderful,,,, seems to be good people and qulaity information ,thanks again JB:eek::eek: