Need a little help

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  1. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    I recently purchased a Model 100 .308 Winchester Rifle. I would like to look up the serial number and see when it was made. Can someone please tell me how to do this.

    I know from past experience that the Checkered Model 100 was Pre 64. The ones that were made after 64 had embossed checkering. The one I bought is not checkered and has a 5 digit serial number.

    Thanks for any help you might can give.
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  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Try this website, about halfway down on the blue left side bar, you find Manufacture date, then click on Winchester. You might check there and find some information.

    http://oldguns.net/
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    Some mfg.s, if you give them the model number with the serial number will give you a detailed history of the gun.
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  5. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    Thanks a bunch guys. With your help, I have found out that the gun was manufactured in 1962. Since the M-100 was introduced in 1961, this means mine was the second year of manufacture, which is a good thing.

    Thanks again.
  6. Jim K

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    Had you given the serial number right off, quite a few of us could have given you the date of manufacture. Winchester, Colt and Iver Johnson handgun serial numbers/dates are well documented; other makers are all or part guesswork, though S&W will check the records on an individual gun for a fee.

    Jim
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  8. Jim K

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    There are no published records of S&W serial numbers, though the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson gives the more modern ones. Other than that it is mostly "between 1907 and 1942" or something like that.

    But if you have a specific model and serial number, the S&W historian will check the shipping records and provide information on the date shipped and the condition (blue, nickel, ivory grips, etc.). I think the charge is $50 but you can check the web site www.smith-wesson.com and click on Firearms History Request.

    Colt's serial numbers and dates have been published (up to recent times) and they also run a history service. Again the shipping date and to whom the gun was shipped (usually a distributor) will be provided. I think they charge $100. Winchester records are at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and I think they have the same service.

    HTH

    Jim
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jim.
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    Call Winchester and make sure the recall was accomplished on yours. Thers is a firing pin/bolt recall that if not fixed can cause the rifle to go into what they call "slam firing" on Model 100's. Called and checked mine which i inherited from my father and it hasnt been accomplished yet.

    winchester can look up your serial number and tell you if its been fixed yet. They also pay i think 40-50$ toward having it professionally disassembled. You send in the old part, they send you the new part 6-8 weeks later and then you reinstall it and your good to go
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