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Where can I locate the serial number on an American Bulldog 38 revolver? I pulled the grips and have looked everywhere else I can think of.
There's a good chance it doesn't have a serial number. Many older manufacturers didn't bother because they didn't have to. I'm fairly certain it wasn't until GCA 1968 that it was required. I once had a Marlin Glenfield .22 cal rifle that we could never find a serial number on it anywhere. I bought new in the store during 1968 or 1969 so it wasn't removed by someone previous to my ownership. If the gun was made prior to 1968 and doesn't have a serial number, that is not a violation of the law.
 

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It's an old argument that could or could not be a problem if you are in violation.

If there is no evidence of the serial number being removed and the finish appears to be original or worn original, I would say the person possessing it wouldn't be in trouble. However, grind marks, buffing etc where the serial number is normally found would be a problem. Many inexpensive firearms were not numbered. I did possess such a firearm from a reputable company as previously mentioned. When I took that rifle on base, I had to store with the company armorer. He made up a card for it and we both looked that rifle over completely and could not a find a serial number.

What it's going to come down to is proving the serial number has been removed. I would say to the OP that he should have his gun examined by and expert who collects that kind of revolver and see if he can find any evidence of tampering. If not, then I wouldn't worry about it. I have seen some USGI pistols that the seller states it was an anomaly and wasn't serial numbered but has other acceptance stamps. That's just pure hee haw. When you look closely you can see where the number was buffed out or the frame shaved to leave a uniform appearance and then refinished. That is one of the problems with refinished firearms, you really don't know for sure what was there before the work was done.
 

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Unless this is the gun in question, the seller stated to me via email there is no serial number on it. Possibly two of the same model with out serial numbers?


for some reason the url won't work. It's on *** ****** item Auction # 274910673
 
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