How can you tell when a rifle was made?
There are a number of methods by which a rifle can be dated, or at least bracketed between certain years of manufacture. For the latter, dates of introduction of military arms can be located within the Government “List of Changes” (LoCs) as can dates of obsolescence and of modification or upgrade to later marks.
Can a proof house tell you the age of a rifle?
This is nothing new, and proof-house date marks from years past may still not indicate the rifle’s date of manufacture. However, if an estimate of the rifle’s age from other sources closely matches the date marks, then you probably have pinned down when it was made within a year or so.
Where can I find the date of introduction of a rifle?
For the latter, dates of introduction of military arms can be located within the Government “List of Changes” (LoCs) as can dates of obsolescence and of modification or upgrade to later marks. Basic information on these lines is on site from our Chronology of Enfield genre Training Rifles, Adapters & Cartridges.
How can I find out the serial number of a British service rifle?
British and Commonwealth Service rifles can sometimes be dated by their serial numbers and prefixes, and the manufacturing works can be identified by manufacturers’ coded leter and number marks. The keenest researchers will search manufacturers’ records where such are archived or available.
How to find out the year my gun was made?
In the back are lists of known serial numbers to years made of some of the major makers. Try a computer search first ! The old joke was “cut it in half and count the rings”. Depends on the make of the gun. Some makers have records. Some guns are dated NOT from a serial number, but by other marks (Remington).
Where do you find the serial number on a rifle?
You should be able to identify the make, caliber and type of firearm. Most often, the information you need will be found in any instruction manual you have for the weapon. It will also be stamped on the right side or left side of the barrel, usually just ahead of the chamber. Write down the serial number.
Where can I find the year of manufacture?
These tables will help you identify the year of manufacture on many popular models of firearms. Information courtesy of The Blue Book of Gun Valuesby S.P. Fjestad. From The Blue Book of Gun Values Store Brand Crossover List