Date of Manufacture by Serial Number Lookup?


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Does anyone know of any good websites where one can look up the date of a firearm's manufacture by its serial number? (I did try the search function on here to see if this has been discussed before, but I didn't find it; of course, I am old and barely computer literate, so I might have done it wrong!) There used to be a real good site put up by the "Hoosier Gun Club", with a lot of links to sites where dates could be looked up by serial number, but it is not there anymore. So if any of the folks here on this forum know of any good sites/links for this, please post them..... I'd like to compile a list for as many firearm manufacturers as possible.
 

Why do you wish to compile a numerical database of, pretty much, all firearms serial numbers currently in existence?
Sounds dangerous to me...
 
Why do you wish to compile a numerical database of, pretty much, all firearms serial numbers currently in existence?
Sounds dangerous to me...

Huh? I don't know how you got that from my post, BUT, I am somewhat old and feeble, so maybe I didn't make myself clear. I am certainly not trying to compile a list of all serial numbers in existence ...... what I am trying to do is compile a list of websites where one can find out a firearm date of manufacture if they know the serial number. This is one of the first questions those of us with collector interest in firearms typically want to know, for example: "I have a Colt Gov't Model .45, serial number xxxxxx, what year was it made?" There are already some websites where you can do this, here's one I found for Brownings:

Browning Date Your Gun

I was hoping the firearms enthusiasts here might have some other similar websites for other manufacturers, and that they might post their links for these. I am relatively new to this Forum, so perhaps this is not the right place to ask such a question. If so, please let me know.
 
colt serial number lookup

Here is a link to the colt lookup
Colt Firearm Serial Number Lookup - Year of Manufacture

Does anyone know of any good websites where one can look up the date of a firearm's manufacture by its serial number? (I did try the search function on here to see if this has been discussed before, but I didn't find it; of course, I am old and barely computer literate, so I might have done it wrong!) There used to be a real good site put up by the "Hoosier Gun Club", with a lot of links to sites where dates could be looked up by serial number, but it is not there anymore. So if any of the folks here on this forum know of any good sites/links for this, please post them..... I'd like to compile a list for as many firearm manufacturers as possible.
 
As you've probably guess by now each manufacturer usually have there own look-up feature. There is no one place to look up all guns on one site. You're going to have to put in a lot of computer time if you want to complete a list that big. Good luck though. and welcome.
 
Gun specific site forums. Smith and Wesson has one, a private but well kept one. Dillon's Blue Press this month had a list of S&W info. heck, just Google the make and try NRA site. Keep us informed of what you find for our own info, that would be nice. I had a print out of the Mini-14 numbers but since I gave all mine to the kids I don't even know if I still have it.
 
Gun specific site forums. Smith and Wesson has one, a private but well kept one. Dillon's Blue Press this month had a list of S&W info. heck, just Google the make and try NRA site. Keep us informed of what you find for our own info, that would be nice. I had a print out of the Mini-14 numbers but since I gave all mine to the kids I don't even know if I still have it.

Pretty well hidden, I guess. I'd like to look up an antique Smith & Wesson handgun from 1860. I'm having trouble finding out anything about it. Can you give me a hint on how to find it?
 
I did find the S&W forum that someone on Facebook reccommended, but my anti-malware program wouldn't let me in it. Scared me into not opening it anyway.
Part of the problem is that I don't know the exact model of it.
I posted a couple pictures on a Facebook page for antique firearms, but the replies were all over the place. Most were plausible, but even out of 50+ replies, none were 100% certain of the model.
 

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