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Carbine serial numbers

Posted by Paul Mercalf on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 5:55 a.m.

I am a bit confused on SA's serial #s as downloaded from I think the Park Service/SA site. Hard to remember, anyway, list of model #, production #s and manufacture dates and then at bottom of list has breakdown per type showing serial # runs and looks like the M1873 rifle runs from 1-96000 and carbine 1-75000. The list by manufacture date doesn't show this division by type. My problem is how to then to date unless I'm missing something in all the data lists. I have a 5 digit M1873 carbine with strong first and last #s with 2nd # mostly unreadable and next two faint. Given that it states that carbines then began to use 6 digits starting at 175000 I assume that 2nd # has to be 4 or below (74597) and 4 appeared as my guess prior to that. But without an actual carbine start or end # I can't confirm that 4. I thought I could till I realized these aforementioned facts. If anyone can help as to a start or end date to 1876 run as only one carbine is listed for that year and may help confirming that #4 so I might also get an idea of a location it may have been shipped originally. As mentioned in a prior post stock was completely consumed in house fire and back story was said to have come out Arizona from native American hands at some point in its life to my wife thru friend her ex husband some time in 1970s but this is all just hearsay and conjure to me. All the metal parts, save a couple screws and a band spring were recovered and carefully restored as best as possible to put in repro stock. Thanks, PM


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