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rbmccrery
August 8, 2011, 08:33 AM
I have a Remington 35 cal - how can I determine if it is a model 8 or 81? The serial number is 8786 stamped on the barrell.

SDC
August 8, 2011, 09:23 AM
Both of these SHOULD be marked as to the model number, but the 81 was marked in a better way, usually with "Woodsmaster 81" on the left side of the receiver; the 8 (and a sub-version, the 8A) should be marked on the barrel jacket. The model 8 was replaced in 1936 by the model 81, so if you know when it was purchased, that could be another clue.

rbmccrery
August 8, 2011, 10:56 AM
thanks for the info- I can't find any markings on the side of the Receiver or Barrell. May be worn off. have no idea about purchase date as gun was passed to me from my father - he acquired it some time in the 50's or early 60's I remember he said it was used as a "police gun" and supposledly is a good Brush gun for close shooting of deer or what ever.

mavracer
August 8, 2011, 11:19 AM
I'm kinda shooting from the hip but IIRC the 8s have a straight stock and the 81s have a pistol grip. the 4 digit serial leads me to beleve it's a model 8 as some 80k were made before the change.

SDC
August 8, 2011, 04:19 PM
If it was marked the way the 81s I've seen, the markings are too deep to simply wear off, so the odds are you have a model 8. These WERE popular police guns in the 20s and 30s, though, and some were used in the Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde takedowns.