Dating winchester rifles by serial number

Most often, the information you need will be found in any instruction manual you have for the weapon.

It will also be stamped on the right side or left side of the barrel, usually just ahead of the chamber. It is located in front of the chamber and often also stamped on other major parts that can be discovered upon field stripping your firearm.

These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.

None of the page scans are of original documents but are simply transcribed information typed into a word processing program.

With a serial-number search they may be able to tell owners such things as shipping dates, warehouse shipped from, trigger and stock information as well as other features of the firearm.

Greg Blankenship is a Springfield, Ill.-based writer who has been covering public policy and politics professionally since 2002.

This Angle Eject redesign was produced in 1983 at about serial number 5,300,000.

The Winchester Model 94 was produced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company through 1980 and then by U. Repeating Arms under the Winchester brand until they ceased to manufacture rifles in 2006.

Those dates coincide with the Madis dates and can be viewed on Winchester’s site at: If you would like to obtain factory research on your Winchester, we urge you to join WACA and the Cody Firearms Museum.One of the most notable changes occurred in the 1960s when production costs of the earlier Model 94 design increased dramatically, the company made the decision to find less expensive methods of production or face pricing itself out of the hunting market, which made up a large percentage of retail sales.they chose stamped sheet metal and roll pins for parts previously machined from solid steel.George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.