This is a discussion on Mfg. Date? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just out of curiosity, I wanted to find out what date the RIA 1911 I bought was made. I also wouldn't mind doing the same ...
December 1st, 2012 02:22 PM
December 1st, 2012 03:58 PM
I would call or email RIA directly.
Taurus and Ruger's web sites offer dating by serial numbers - see their Customer Service pages.
S&W and Winchesters have a lot of collectors' clubs and forums, and if you ask nicely you can usually get someone to help you out with a lookup.
Beyond that, search engines are your best resource. The older and the more classic the gun (i.e., Winchester, S&W) the more likely you are to find dating info. Conversely, if you've got a Hi-Point, I think you may find it difficult to date.
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