Where can I find the serial number on a vintage gun?
Vintage guns may not have serial numbers printed on their bodies. Identify the gun’s make and model by visiting the manufacturer’s website; there may also be tips there as to where to find the serial number. For a fee, an antique gun dealer or gun shop might also be able to run a basic search on the history of the gun.
Is there a way to check a gun’s history?
Unless you buy a gun brand new, there is a risk that the weapon may have been stolen or used in a crime. The easiest way to check a gun’s history is to obtain the serial number from the body of the gun and then ask a gun professional to run a stolen weapons search. Some websites also have searchable public databases of stolen registered weapons.
How can I find out if my gun has been stolen?
Enter the gun’s serial number without spaces, dashes or other special characters in the “Search the Stolen Gun Database” box. HotGunz is a user-submitted database, which means that gun owners self-report the information that their firearms were lost or stolen.
What kind of Gun do I need to know the value of?
i.e., Antique flint & percussion guns by small makers, Trade name firearms, small european revolvers, custom guns, non-factory commemoratives & historically attributed guns. You need to provide enough info to identify and estimate the value of the gun you’re asking about. Be sure your GUN IS UNLOADED first. Here is a basic list of what to include:
Where can you find the history of a gun?
The safest way to search for the history of a gun is to collect the serial number from the owner’s manual or body of the gun and then ask a local official, such as a gun shop or law enforcement department, for its history. Additionally, websites such as hotgunz.com have public databases of stolen registered weapons.
What to do if you find a gun has a suspicious history?
If you discover that a firearm has a suspicious history, report it to the police. As a responsible gun owner, you might also add the serial number to the HotGunz database. You should also report any gun that doesn’t have a serial number printed on its body.
How to search for the make, model, and make of a gun?
This tells you the gun’s maker. For example, with a gun serial number of 331-12345, just enter 331. The search “gun serial number 331” brings up results for the Ruger SR9, which is the gun’s correct make and model.