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Re: Carbine serial numbers

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 4:54 p.m., in response to Re: Carbine serial numbers, posted by Paul Mercalf on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 3:49 p.m.

Thanks for the response. Rest assured that carbines exist well past 75000. I used to own 88125 and still have 89998, plus I am aware of a number of others.

You have apparently not seen the four volumes of serials recorded from contemporary records by SRS (Springfield Research Service) from 1980 to 1999. Sadly, the NPS - which SHOULD have good data - does not.

Rifles and carbines were made in clumps, ROUGHLY relating to quarter-year periods, but that is only an approximation. There were three distinct clusters made below 50,000 - it is then dry until around 75000, when more were made, of an improved model. Actually, your second digit could be a 4 or almost anything ABOVE that, just opposite to what you'd thought.

Beware of absolutes. The "last number" for any period is an educated guess at receiver production, but the arms were not assembled in order, so there are issues right off the bat. It is not an exact science - to say nothing of the fact that the arms have passed through many hands over the years, and no one knows exactly what changes might have been made.


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