Why 'xxx' part of a serial number?

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  1. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

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    I notice that sometimes when people are listing a serial number of a gun, they will substitute the last three numbers with 'xxx'. What purpose does this serve? I always figured what does showing the complete serial number hurt? I saw a post on another forum here that basically recommended the poster not show all the numbers to keep anonymity. My question is, 'from what'? Could someone explain in greater detail why this is important?
    I'm genuinely curious about this one!!
     
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    Would you want the complete serial # of your favorite firearm online in public view ??
     

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    There are people with an anti-gun agenda or other motivation who could call in the description and SN of a gun as stolen just for giggles. That gun would then go on a list that may make it difficult to ever sell the gun again. "Oh I see you have no proof of the chain of ownership from the time the gun was created until now?" *yank* b-bye gun.
     
  5. hkruss

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    Ahhhhh! Never thought of that! Thanks.

    I wish I were smarter!!! DOH!
     
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