Dating guns by serial number
To determine the date, you need to look for the letters stamped on the left side of the barrel. The next letter (possibly 2 letters) will give you the year code.
Please note that during the years of 1999, 2000, & 2001 (highlighted in red above), Remington did not stamp the date code on the barrels.
Remington Premier Once Fired Hulls 12 Gauge Popular shotshell for reloading.
The ordered was never delivered, and a few thousand of these ended up in the general market. Keep in mind that many Smith and Wesson guns produced before 1957 did not have a serial number stamped on them.
When I remove a sideplate which is pretty much never , I remove the grips.
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The Blue Book of Used Gun Values offers serial numbers for the following makers: AYA, Boss & Co., Ltd, Browning, EJ Churchill, Colt, Colt Black Powder 2nd Gen, John Dickson & Son, AH Fox, German early Date Codes, German Modern Date Codes, Stephen Grant, WW Greener, Harrington & Richardson, High Standard, Holland & Holland, Italian Year of Mfg.
Date Codes, Ithaca Gun Co., Charles Lancaster, Joseph Lang, Marlin Firearms, Mauser Broomhandles, Parker Brothers Shotguns, Piotti, James Purdey, Remington Date Code & Sx S Shotguns, Savage/Stevens, LC Smith, Smith & Wesson, Spanish Year of Mfg.