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Serial number DOM reference sources

Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
edited September 2018 in Ask the Experts
This topic comes up so very frequently, that I thought it might be a good idea to post the information here and to make it a permanent Sticky. I can not verify the accuracy for most of the sites listed below, but they are the best information that I have at this time.

Who to contact for factory record information:

Anschutz -

Berretta - http://berettausa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/101

Browning - http://www.browning.com/customerservice/dategun/index.asp

Colt- (Prices are extremely high) Colt's Manufacturing Co. Inc., PO Box 1868, Hartford, Connecticut 06144-1868 Phone: (860) 236-6311, Historical Department. http://www.colt.com/CustomerServices/SerialNumberLookup.aspx or http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Harrington & Richards, Iver Johnson, and old 19th Century "Suicide Specials" Unfortunately Bill Goforth passed away late in 2010 and his website is defunct. He did write several books, and the DOM information is contained within them.

High Standard of Connecticut factory records on the forum at www.histandard.info

Ithaca Gun Company: http://www.ithacagunsusa.com/contact.html or try www.diamondgunsmithing.com/page5/page23/index.html


KEL-TEC CNC INDUSTRIES INC
1475 Cox Road Cocoa FL 32926
Tel: 321-631-0068
M-F 8am-4pm EST
Toll free 1-800-515-9983
or e-mail from their web site here;
http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/contact.php

Kimber: http://www.kimberamerica.com/contact.php

L.C. Smith- Cody Firearms Research, C/O Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming 82414, Phone: (307) 587-4771 - http://centerofthewest.org/explore/firearms/firearms-records/


Marlin Firearms: Cody Firearms Research, C/O Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming 82414, Phone: (307) 587-4771 - http://www.bbhc.org/explore/firearms/firearms-records/


Parker Bros. Shotguns - Parker Gun Collectors Association. http://www.parkergun.org/

Remington Arms Company: http://www.remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes

Savage Arms : For modern firearms, contact Savage at - http://www.savagearms.com. For the older Savage firearms - http://www.savage99.com/

Factory ledgers for Savage pistols still survive despite the numerous company changes. For a precise date of manufacture and when and to whom it was sold and shipped, send serial number and payment (believed to be $20.00) to J.T. Callahan, 53 Old Quarry Rd., Westfield, MA 10185

Sharps- Richard Labowski, Phone (215) 748 1376

Smith & Wesson Firearms: Smith & Wesson Firearms, PO Box 2208, Springfield, Mass. 01102, Phone (800) 331-0852 ext. 223 Roy Jinks

Springfield Armory customer service, (Geneseo IL), 800-680-6866

Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc: Please have the serial number of the firearm ready before you call. RECORDS DEPARTMENT (603) 863-3300, 8-4:30 Mon. - Fri ET or http://ruger.com/Firearms/PS-SerialNumberHistory.html

Tarus - http://www.taurususa.com/products/findmodel.cfm

U.S. Military - Springfield Research Service - http://www.armscollectors.com/srs.htm. For the Model 1903 - http://m1903.com/sn/usmildates.htm or http://home.att.net/~vishooter/m1903.html

U.S. Repeating Arms Co. (the maker of Winchester trademarked firearms January 1981 - March 2006) http://www.winchesterguns.com/customerservice/index.asp
You can also call the Customer Service number at (800) 945-5237 or (801) 876-3440. If you need help with Parts and or Service, call (800) 322-4626.

Weatherby - http://www.weatherby.com/support/authenticate.asp

WINCHESTER (a.k.a. W.R.A.Co.) - Cody Firearms Research, C/O Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming 82414, Phone: (307) 587-4771 - http://www.bbhc.org/explore/firearms/firearms-records/ (or you can ask me here on the forum). Here is a direct link to the specific Models records are available for, and the researchable serial number range for each - http://centerofthewest.org/explore/firearms/firearms-records/

WINCHESTER Model 9422 - http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115110

Courtesy of Xracer, this is a very useful link to the many hundreds of retail store brand guns - http://www.e-gunparts.com/crossref.asp
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  • JohnStimsonJohnStimson Member Posts: 448 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    High Standard of Connecticut factory records on the forum at www.histandard.info
  • XracerXracer Member Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks for the valueable info Bert. [:)]

    You might also want to add: Colt Serial #/Manufacture dates:

    http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html
  • Spider7115Spider7115 Member, Moderator Posts: 29,596 ******
    edited November -1
    Bert: With all due respect, please let me correct the Colt website for historical letters & add the Ruger serial number link:

    Colt: http://www.coltsmfg.com/cmci/historical.asp

    Ruger: http://ruger.com/Firearms/PS-SerialNumberHistory.html
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,218 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've had good luck in the past with the customer service folks at both Springfield Armory, ( Geneseo IL ), 800-680-6866 and Kel-Tec, 321-631-1169
  • nononsensenononsense Member, Moderator Posts: 10,296 ******
    edited November -1
    Bert H. and members,

    I'm going to make this a temporary sticky which can still be added to and saved by everyone. We'll see how it goes for the next couple of weeks and decide from there as far as where to put information such as this permanently.

    Thanks to everyone for starting and helping with this form of data base.

    Best.
  • gravleygravley Member Posts: 96 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks, you have covered most of my guns. How about Remingtons, Ward Western Field, and Ted Williams (Sears) as several have been passed down thru the family.
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,218 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    This is a excellent on-line site that has both Browning & Colt serial numbers, along with other firearms reference data.


    http://www.proofhouse.com/
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    Thank you very much to all who have provided new or updated information. I have edited the original post to include the information provided, and have added a few more of my own. If anyone has any additional information to add (or would like to see added), please let me know.
  • TARGETHUNTER SSTTARGETHUNTER SST Member Posts: 104 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    thanks Bert,these will be very helpful contacts for now and future!
  • XracerXracer Member Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Here are a few more:

    U.S. Military: http://m1903.com/sn/usmildates.htm

    Shotguns (scroll down to Dates of Production): http://www.shotgunworld.com/identify.html

    Here's one that has Marlin, Mauser Pistol C-96 (Broomhandle), Remington, Ruger (& Factory Letters), U.S. Military, and Winchester:
    http://armscollectors.com/
  • laogailaogai Member Posts: 309 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    how about weatherby? i bought a used "ultralight" in 308 online and am not convinced it's actually an ultralight model. serial # AS001413
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by SpringerSpaniel
    I have a list of all the Winchester standard production models and their serial numbers made in any given year. It covers from the first Henry rifle in 1860 through 1983. If you email me with the model # and serial #, I can probably tell you when it was made.
    Also have it for Colt Single actions from 1873 through 1980. And the complete listing of the 36 calibers of Colt SAA revolvers.
    Don Schimpff Email: [email protected]


    Hello Don,

    If your Winchester serial number list was published by George Madis (or any other author for that matter), it is not accurate. The primary reason I posted this topic was to provide people with the only known accurate source of information for Winchester firearms. The Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) is currently in the process of correcting and rewriting the serial number tables for several different models. If you would like a copy of the initial article published by the CFM curator (David Kennedy) concerning this topic, please contact me via PM.
  • ZinderblocZinderbloc Member Posts: 925 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Great list, Bert. Thanks.
  • birdhunter59birdhunter59 Member Posts: 3 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    How about AH Fox?
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by birdhunter59
    How about AH Fox?


    I am unaware of an official listing or website for the Ansley H. Fox manufactured shotguns... if someone else information, please post it here or send it to me in a PM and I will post it.
  • odenthevikingodentheviking Member Posts: 523 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thank you Sir for the information.
    What about Interarms?
    And maybe Navy Arms?
    Thanks, Oden
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,218 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Bill Goforth's excellent site. All the information/serial numbers that's
    currently available on I.J.'s, H & R's, old 19th Century Suicide Specials, etc.

    http://www.geocities.com/iverjohnsoncollector/

    Update: Unfortunately Bill Goforth passed away in 2010, and his website is no longer active. Bill published several reference books, and the information can be found in them.
  • XracerXracer Member Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Bert....don't have an internet AH Fox serialization, but there is a list in the back of the Blue Book.
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Xracer
    Bert....don't have an internet AH Fox serialization, but there is a list in the back of the Blue Book.


    I was aware of it, BUT... I do not trust the Blue Book[:0]
  • harleyriderharleyrider Member Posts: 40 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hi All, I called Essex Arms to find out how to get the mfg. date on one of there frames, The guy (Luke) said I can help you I gave him the SN He had me wait a couple of minutes and he came back with the year of mfg. for what it's worth my SN is 48946 and it was mfg. in 1983. sure is nice to call someone and not get the run around. Just thought I would share this info with everyone.
    Tom
    N. california
  • XracerXracer Member Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Bert.....a "Store Brand" to Manufacturer Crossover List might also be helpful to list here. Here's the one at Numrich Arms:

    http://www.e-gunparts.com/crossref.asp
  • crazy charliecrazy charlie Member Posts: 62 ✭✭
    edited November -1
  • SchnurbuschSchnurbusch Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by odentheviking
    Thank you Sir for the information.
    What about Interarms?
    And maybe Navy Arms?
    Thanks, Oden


    I second that! Thanks for all the info it really helps.
  • 03 Librarian03 Librarian Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I would NOT recommend the link given for M1903 rifles -- it is not accurate. Try this one instead.

    http://home.att.net/~vishooter/m1903.html
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by 03 Librarian
    I would NOT recommend the link given for M1903 rifles -- it is not accurate. Try this one instead.

    http://home.att.net/~vishooter/m1903.html


    Thank you for the information. I have added your link to the list above as an alternate source.
  • redbikerredbiker Member Posts: 117 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I posted this as a new topic,but I'll say it here since this where it belongs. I went to the Browning website using the link in a earlier post. It gave a range of serial #'s and years but nothing all that specific before WW2. If the serial # is under xxxxx it is pre WW2. The 2 serial #'s on mine are pre-WW2 but a member answered saying 1938 and 1938 for the 2 serial #'s. Maybe I just missed a page on the website.
    Myles
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by redbiker
    I posted this as a new topic,but I'll say it here since this where it belongs. I went to the Browning website using the link in a earlier post. It gave a range of serial #'s and years but nothing all that specific before WW2. If the serial # is under xxxxx it is pre WW2. The 2 serial #'s on mine are pre-WW2 but a member answered saying 1938 and 1938 for the 2 serial #'s. Maybe I just missed a page on the website.
    Myles


    Hello Myles,

    I was the person who gave you the 1937 and 1938 dates repectively.

    Yes, the information on the Browning website is lacking for the early years. That said, there is a really superb reference book titled "Browning Auto-5 Shotguns, The Belgian FN Production" that does list the serial numbers by years.

    ? 1937 198001 - 213000
    ? 1938 213001 - 228000
  • burleyburley Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Update for the Kel Tec contact;
    KEL-TEC CNC INDUSTRIES INC
    1475 Cox Road Cocoa FL 32926
    Tel: 321-631-0068
    M-F 8am-4pm EST
    Toll free 1-800-515-9983
    or e-mail from their web site here;
    http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/contact.php

    Just found this forum ,great info,thanks for sharing,Joe
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by burley
    Update for the Kel Tec contact;
    KEL-TEC CNC INDUSTRIES INC
    1475 Cox Road Cocoa FL 32926
    Tel: 321-631-0068
    M-F 8am-4pm EST
    Toll free 1-800-515-9983
    or e-mail from their web site here;
    http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/contact.php

    Just found this forum ,great info,thanks for sharing,Joe


    Thank you... I added it to the list.
  • b00merb00mer Member Posts: 975 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    don't forget
    www.oldguns.net
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by b00mer
    don't forget
    www.oldguns.net


    No, please DO forget about that website... especially as it applies to Winchester DOMs[xx(]
  • Lucky_LeftyLucky_Lefty Member Posts: 7,971
    edited November -1
    What about SIG's?
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by d_tierne1
    What about SIG's?


    I am not aware of any published information about them. If you know of a source, please post the information.
  • chetmilnerchetmilner Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    i bought 2 colts and a browning off a friend a few years back. he got them from various gun and outdoor shows and i may want to sell off 1 of the colts. is there a site to find out if its been stolen or if its good to register? my friend has since passed and i cant find the reciept we made up. just want to cover my * just in case!
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by chetmilner
    i bought 2 colts and a browning off a friend a few years back. he got them from various gun and outdoor shows and i may want to sell off 1 of the colts. is there a site to find out if its been stolen or if its good to register? my friend has since passed and i cant find the reciept we made up. just want to cover my * just in case!


    No, there is not a website. Contact your local P.D. and ask them to run the serial numbers.
  • lnu238lnu238 Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
    edited November -1
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by lnu238
    Here is one for Taurus.

    http://www.taurususa.com/products/findmodel.cfm


    Thank you, I have added it to my listing above[:)]
  • chetmilnerchetmilner Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    thanks
    quote:Originally posted by Bert H.
    quote:Originally posted by chetmilner
    i bought 2 colts and a browning off a friend a few years back. he got them from various gun and outdoor shows and i may want to sell off 1 of the colts. is there a site to find out if its been stolen or if its good to register? my friend has since passed and i cant find the reciept we made up. just want to cover my * just in case!


    No, there is not a website. Contact your local P.D. and ask them to run the serial numbers.
  • Double StackDouble Stack Member Posts: 8 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Can somebody tell me how old this Winchester 94AE is that's chambered in .357. Serial number 6541982.

    Thanks, Double Stack.
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Double Stack
    Can somebody tell me how old this Winchester 94AE is that's chambered in .357. Serial number 6541982.

    Thanks, Double Stack.


    Hello Double Stack,

    Well for starters, it is not a "WINCHESTER"... instead, it is a U.S. Repeating Arms Co. Model 94 (the maker of Winchester trademarked firearms from 1981 - 2006), and they can be contacted at - http://www.winchesterguns.com/services/index.asp or call their Consumer Department directly at: 800-333-3288 or 801-876-2711.
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