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How Old Is My Gun? Learn How to Find the Year
This article will explain how to search for your firearm's date of creation or manufacture via its serial number. Unfortunately, there is no one-stop shop for this task, but hopefully this article will help you find your firearm by manufacturer below and visit their website in order to track your weapon. Please have your model and serial number handy so you can provide it on the manufacturer's website in order to find out when your gun was made.
Serial Number Lookup by Manufacturer
- Browning Firearms
- Colt Firearms
- Glock Firearms
- Makarov Firearms
- Marlin Firearms
- Remington Firearms
- Sears Branded Firearms
- Taurus Firearms
- U.S. Military Firearms
- Winchester Firearms
Browning Firearms has created and manufactured firearms such as shotguns, rifles, rimfires, and pistols, along with many other gun-related accessories. The Browning website features a page where you can search for your firearm's serial number or click on the model to locate the serial number.
Colt is known for creating some of the highest quality firearms, including the 1911 pistol. Their products include numerous other standard and tactical pieces of equipment, from rifles to shotguns. The Colt website features a serial number lookup page. You can also watch the videos below to learn more about serial numbers on Colt products.
What to Do if You Can't Figure Out the Date for Your Colt
Not able to locate the date of manufacture for your Colt firearm? Colt also offers an archival service for a moderate fee that will locate all records of your original Colt shipment. They provide every spec about the gun, who it was shipped to, when it was shipped, and even how many other firearms were shipped at the same time as yours.
The Colt historians will present you with an official Archive Letter detailing your gun's history, which is an amazing document for collectors and enthusiasts.
The Glock website recommends contacting its customer service department to find your pistol's production date. You can also find helpful videos on YouTube, like the one shown below.
Makarov (PM—Pistolet Makarova) offers information about year of manufacture allocation on its website. Here you will find the serial number breakdown by letters and numbers, which can help you figure out when your Makarov firearm was created. Ensure you have your serial number handy when you visit the site.
The Arms Collectors website offers a lookup for Marlin serial numbers. All you have to do is type in the serial number for your gun, and the site will present you with its date of creation—it's as simple as that. Marlin firearms are kept in a database along with other manufactured firearms for easy reference.
If you know the model of your Remington firearm, you can visit the Remington website's Firearm History page to look it up. When you click on the model, you can learn a huge amount of information about your gun, including the introduction year, year discontinued, total production, variations, and associated serial number blocks.
You can visit the website for the Numrich Gun Parts Corporation to look up your Sears-branded gun. This site is more of a cross-reference for Sears-branded firearms, along with just about every other manufacturer.
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This cross-reference can be used to figure out which Sears firearm was created by which manufacturer as a mirror model of their own. Then, you can visit the other links in this article to look up the firearm that your Sears firearm is most similar to and find out the year of its manufacture.
You can use the Taurus website's Model Number Lookup System to get information about your gun; you'll just need to have the serial number handy. The Taurus website notes that there may not be any information available for older models, but you can always contact their customer service department for assistance.
U.S. Military Firearms
You can visit the U.S. Military Dates of Manufacture page on OldGuns.net. Select whether your firearm is a handgun or a long gun and choose the appropriate link to be directed to the lookup tool. Then, simply search for the date your firearm was created by typing its serial number in the box.
The Winchester Firearms website offers some history about serial numbers as well as a Serial Number Reference page. This page offers a PDF with information about date ranges by serial number for Winchester products; it ranges from 1866 to the 1990s. You can download this PDF for free and reference it offline.
Which firearm are you looking up? - When Was My Gun Made?
R. Medina on October 31, 2020:
ttn intnl model 1878 s/n 4751
michael v ventimiglia on October 30, 2020:
new england firearms ( N G 001039 ) model r22 ultra mini
Volunteer arms co. on October 29, 2020:
16 gauge serial number is 90524xe what would it be worth and how old is it.
Joseph Farrell on October 27, 2020:
I have a New England Firearms 20 gauge shotgun, serial # 206695. What year was it made?
Perry A. Bundy on October 24, 2020:
I have two Colt 1911 45s would like to know build dates. 1- Ser: CLW018060 2: 70BS22328
Brandon H74 on October 20, 2020:
Valmet serial #158740
I would love to figure out manufacture date and any other info.
Jimmy W Young on October 13, 2020:
I have a Rossi 92. Stamped
Wondering how old it might be
carl nix on October 10, 2020:
I have an ESSEX 45 cal. #4199
When was it made and where?
Larry on October 10, 2020:
I have a 357 magnum revolver serial number ACT2910
What is it appraised at?
Essex, 275745 on October 08, 2020:
what year model is my gun ?
Carl Nix on October 07, 2020:
William on September 30, 2020:
Weatherby varmitmaster. 270 caliber. Serial number SB059678. Any idea on the date of manufacture.
EDWARD LAVAUGHN CAFFEE on September 29, 2020:
i have henry 44 cal rifle serial number is bbo4619 how old is it my wife bought it for me on our first anniversary i have never fired it i think it was 2002 but want to be sure
Luke satern on September 28, 2020:
I just picked up a hawes 25 auto. Serial number 38656. Can anybody tell me what year it was made?
Frank Sigmund on September 20, 2020:
looking for ruger single six ser # 369972
Dilligaf on September 17, 2020:
I was looking up a Charter Arms that your site says they have. Okay, that's lie #1. What do you do besides waste the time of people on the net?
kingsmith2 on September 11, 2020:
I have a Rossi Sat Night Special but no Model number.
The serial # is 167726
James M Beardsley on September 07, 2020:
trying to find model and year my marlin was made 9009003
Michael Thomas on September 07, 2020:
I have a Clement pistol with serial number 9199 and wonder about the year manufactured & the correct caliber.
western field m550cr 20ga. on August 30, 2020:
i own a western field m550cr 20ga.
Roy R. on August 30, 2020:
I Owen a model 39-2 model A526080, I would like to find the manufacture and maybe the value of the item.
Cody Wilson on August 26, 2020:
Vulcan V50SS 50BMG serial number B8759
s&W on August 14, 2020:
an old revolver
tracy on August 13, 2020:
cresent certified shotgun .410 pistol class. serial number 1020. can you help with identifying the year of this gun and possible average value? thanks?
Paul 2314 on August 11, 2020:
Is it possible to get manufacturing dates on Savage Model 29B NSN and Savage Model 1914 SN-411xx ! Would also like some idea of values ! These are family owned weapons!
Csmith1270 on August 06, 2020:
Is it possible to date how old a muzzleloader is? It has an octagonal barrel on left side it says Ardesa Spain 50 cal black powder only anc next to that it has the numbers 011727. I took the wood stock off and found the number 32 on both barrel and stock. It is a single trigger percussion with brass accents
robinpeck on July 31, 2020:
Brad on July 30, 2020:
I have acquired a Savage 340 in 22 Hornet with fixed side mount weaver scope. serial number 144xxx. How do I find year of manufacturer and if it has a letter prefix. Any reference to model is not visual externally.
Joey P on July 27, 2020:
Chippa firearms # 32133
When could you tell it was manufactured
Springfield Savage on July 25, 2020:
How can I tell when my gun was made
Carolina on July 16, 2020:
12 gauge single barrel full choke. Need all info you can find please.
Andy on July 13, 2020:
Andy on July 13, 2020:
I have a 22 model 844 over Johnson and another #A5620 can u help
troy on July 13, 2020:
WALTHER Model 359 30/06
Serial # 3843
Paul Mitchell on July 09, 2020:
how old is my H&R 410 single shot shotgun?Says 410-44cal on top of barrel serial #62502 in the breech #is62502o
Duggar on July 09, 2020:
When was Sig Sauer P220 serial number G406386 made
Essex on July 05, 2020:
Serial # 75947 what year was it made?
Bob on July 05, 2020:
Hawes 25 Cal auto Model 11 74752
Bushmaster on July 03, 2020:
Looking for year this model was made
Tanarmi on July 01, 2020:
Model TA 22 serial number 77919
Tony on June 27, 2020:
Appears to be North American Arms gun, has no identification on it other than serial no. G21150, any help?
Douglad on June 23, 2020:
I have a Harrison & Richardson shotgun
R H McGregor on June 20, 2020:
MacNaughton 2812 serial number how old
Mossberg 500 on June 15, 2020:
Want to know the manifacture date
Charles Reeder on June 11, 2020:
Looking for Smith & Wesson
Charles on June 06, 2020:
hand gun 27992, possible Korean or China
twin city on May 28, 2020:
Mitchell Powers HDWE co
. on May 28, 2020:
Ruger and keltec
Gars320 on May 25, 2020:
Colt 6700 ser CCH035305
Tony McDonald on May 23, 2020:
The pistol is a llama Especial 380
Tonykart20 on May 15, 2020:
I have an ArmaLite ar-10 (t) that I'm trying to get information about. Basically the age and any relevant info on this rifle.
Firearms Int'l. Corp., Washington, D.C. on May 15, 2020:
hi, i own a .22lr revolver "the regent" by Firearms Int'l. Corp., Washington, D.C. , i made deep research, i got that it was made beetwen 1967 to 1975, it sems it is rebranded by the importer, it looks just like the Arminius revolvers. But i would like to know how old it exactly is. Serial number begins 1 2 2 0 0
mike on May 03, 2020:
i have a hawes 22lr revolver sayes made in w germany how can i find out more about the gun
Joe thompson on May 02, 2020:
Savage arms 12ga serial #27113 Date of Manufacture please!!
Bob Phelps on April 30, 2020:
iver Johnson 32 serial # 5355 date of manufacture
tim on April 30, 2020:
am arms co boston 12 ga sing shotgun ser 9287 pat march21 82 may 29 83 any one
john on April 29, 2020:
I have a friend who is wondering how old his mauser is.It is a patrone 22 LR.Serial number is 41361
Kevin on April 09, 2020:
I'm trying to figure out what year and model of a colt serial number 188609 on barrel has .38 SPC. Single action that's all so far
Trevor Morse on April 06, 2020:
What kind of gun is this serial number 13J185 and when made.
Franklin Spencer on April 02, 2020:
Does anyone really answer any of these questions ?
Joe on April 01, 2020:
Mossberg guns are conspicuously absent from this list. Hard to believe since they are the biggest shotgun maker in the WORLD!!
Maxwell Magladry on March 26, 2020:
I'm looking for SS Kresge shotguns
Sig M-17 on March 17, 2020:
lokking for manufacture date of sig M-17 072061
Wayne young on March 04, 2020:
I like to find out when my Stevens model 520 was made serial number 4870 A
Franklin M Spencer Jr on February 20, 2020:
Looking to find out when my S&W 357 Magnum was produced.
Serial # AFT 4802
BILL on February 19, 2020:
H&R 38 s&w . # 365 wondering the date on this .
High standard .22 model 106 military 1889237 on February 15, 2020:
What year was it made
Cary on February 10, 2020:
Michael L. Sprague on February 08, 2020:
Smith & Wesson model 36. Chief Special
Claude clement on January 28, 2020:
I Have a old 44-40 trappers rifle Winchester model 1892 trade make.serial # 391035
john edwards on January 27, 2020:
I have a star 9mm 38 need a firing pin don't no what to order
Don C. on January 26, 2020:
Looking to find the age of a charter arms corp. Stratford conn. off duty .38 special serial number 978266
fungun on January 25, 2020:
Harington-Richardson has little info available. It would be nice to cover these also.
George. Kirk on January 24, 2020:
What year was Stevens derringer 22 serial #76477 made ?
RONALD J WILDGRUBE on January 23, 2020:
I just got a .22 cal. pistol single shot, also break down barrel to load and unload. Serial No. is 51189
Smoking john on January 16, 2020:
Traditions flintlock muzzloader ser. 289716. Similar to hawken woodsmen, except no brass or patchbox, single ramrod thimble. Deep river, conneticut. Made in spain. Don't know model or year of production. Pre 1995. Thank you.
Neon Wayne on January 13, 2020:
What is the manufacture date of a Henry survival rifle H002B sn# SU008714
River Rat on January 12, 2020:
what year of manufacture LLAMA 380
Wyoming Parker on January 07, 2020:
HAROLD RADIEL on January 04, 2020:
WHEN WAS MY WESTERN FIELD MODEL EMN-740 SERIAL NO. AA 45838 MADE
John on December 30, 2019:
Howa 270 serial # B009092
Todd donley on December 27, 2019:
Cobray made by leinad inc. sn#m00016078
Ronald Beatty on December 23, 2019:
got a 22 cal. RL Sportster made by Harrington & Richardson Arm. Worcester Mass USA . I am in need of a clip for it. Do not no the year it was my fathers gun I think he got it in the 50s. On the rifle there are no. 250 and 111. can I get a clip for it?
Reba on December 22, 2019:
Pardner 410 ga 3" full
New england firearms
Serial # nt 360287
Duane Anderson on December 16, 2019:
12 ga Revelation model 350 series m SN P860093
David Pratt on December 14, 2019:
rich on December 13, 2019:
wlh on December 06, 2019:
johnny terry on December 02, 2019:
j stevens &arms
Omega model 32 ser number 3903 on November 26, 2019:
this pistol was made in Germany
Bobby on November 25, 2019:
Looking for make and model for my bolt action rifle sn 4744100
Roger on November 22, 2019:
Looking for manufacturing date for Rock Island Armory 1911 Ser. #
Smith & Wesson 39-2 on November 19, 2019:
Smith & Wesson 39-2 when was it made
roy on November 18, 2019:
have a savage mark 22, looking for its age--SN is 1144557
sharna on November 14, 2019:
trying to find out age and worth of my gun ser number AY3538
Richard on November 13, 2019:
I have a Iver Jonsons arms & cycle works the number is 8382
Michael Edmondson on November 13, 2019:
Trying to find out how old my savage arms mod. 110, 243 win., ser. 13373 is
Bill Hoffman on November 09, 2019:
I have a double barrel 20 ga. Springfield shotgun I got for Xmas when I was 12 years old. How can I find out when it was manufactured? 5100 is serial number
BRUNO RUSANOWSKI on October 27, 2019:
would like date of manufacture of a Norinco mod 22atd
James on October 24, 2019:
My Revolver is a S&W K frame .38
Snubbie w a 2.5 inch barrel. 6 shot
Serial # 1K27443