Dating guns by serial number

Although I do not specifically address it, this should therefore work for Astras, Llamas, and any other handgun.I am not sure the same coding scheme is used for long arms, but try it and if it sounds right, it might be.From 1927 onward, the proof mark additionally was accompanied by a letter code, indicating the year of proofing.

It's still a bit of a mess, but if you are not seeing it, there's the proof house admission seal, the proof house pass seal, large letters apparently reading "T•1" below this.Every 28 years or so (there are inexplicable gaps) they start a new series, by adding a number to the end of the letter codes.Though there was another one operating for a short time in the early 1920s, Eibar is the one and only Spanish government proof house for most of the 20th century.All the examples on this page are highlighted in crayon; yours will not be this visible. Pull those off (for many guns, like the Firestar, be careful not to move the safety as a plunger can become dislodged and fly away, lost forever when the grips are off) and look if you have no other luck.At least one reader has a model PD with, apparently, the month and year of manufacture directly stamped on the frame.This is not just accidentally under the stocks because it was stamped before assembly, but deliberately along the backstrap portion, very hidden from view unless searched for.

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