Dating winchester rifles
This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.
For purposes of determining if your gun is legally considered an “antique” (pre-1899 DOM), the BATF has told us they use the DOM dates published by the manufacture (Winchester).
Click the image below to download the PDF document containing the serial number date-range information on many Winchester firearms.
Winchester, by far, is the most famous name in firearms.But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.But perhaps these pages can help you somewhat in your research.Simply click on the model number of your firearm and enter the serial number. The Cody Firearm Museum, part of the non-profit Buffalo Bill Historical Center, can provide you with a detailed record of your Winchester firearm for fees ranging from to 0 as of July 2010.With a serial-number search they may be able to tell owners such things as shipping dates, warehouse shipped from, trigger and stock information as well as other features of the firearm.