How old is my firearm?

This is unquestionably the most common question I get asked. Unfortunately, it’s not always a straightforward question to answer.

Here’s a quick list of websites that make it somewhat easier to date a firearm. These websites are run by other individuals/organizations, and they change periodically. If you notice an omission or defunct site, please contact me.

Your gun isn’t in this list? Keep scrolling down.

Help! My gun isn't in this list.

That means one of two things: either there’s a date chart / decoder that I don’t know about (please contact me!), or it’s not going to be that easy. The latter is usually the case.

If the company that made your firearm is still in existence, you should start by reaching out to them.

If the company doesn’t exist, the next thing to do would be to look for an online forum or discussion group where other enthusiasts gather. Gun collectors are usually pretty generous, and sometimes you just need to ask.

If all else fails, drop me a line. If I can’t help you, I’ll probably be able to put you in touch with someone that can.

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