Can't find serial numbers: Savage & Mossberg shotguns

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    Can't find serial numbers: Savage & Mossberg shotguns

    My insurance carrier wants my serial numbers.

    I have a Mossberg 500 and an old Savage 12 gauge (copy of another shotgun, I think called an"A-12" or something like that) and I cannot locate serial numbers on these weapons.

    Can anyone tell me where to look, or that these weapons do not have serial numbers?
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    Old firearms (pre 1965 I think) generally do not have serial numbers. Prior to this point in time some did, but most did not.

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    On the Mossy 500, the serial number should be right above the slide release button and right below the rear punch pin. I hope that helps.

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    I have several Savages with no numbers other than the model.
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    I have an old bolt action Mossberg shotgun which dates back into the 1950's with no serial number. I also have an old .22 bolt action Sears rifle(1960's) with no number. Back then, I odered from the catalog over the phone and picked it up later the same day. This was is Mass. How times/laws have changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
    Old firearms (pre 1965 I think) generally do not have serial numbers. Prior to this point in time some did, but most did not.
    The year was actually 1968. With the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA 68), all firearms manufactured in the U.S. (as well as imports) were required to have serial numbers. Before that, most manufacturers did use SNs, but they weren't actually required by law.


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