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Kentucky Rifle
October 16, 2002, 08:30 AM
I apologize if this has been asked before.
Mine says EXP:2501--What does this mean?


Rich Lucibella
October 16, 2002, 08:36 AM
first issue 2005

Zak Smith
November 13, 2002, 12:48 AM
Has there been a change in the info printed on the mailing label?

My Nov02 issue has the "EXP:2501", but my Jan03 issue has some other code: "SWTS [zip][last][first initial][start addr] 05030156"

Should I read the "0503" to mean it's the third issue in 2005?


Rich Lucibella
November 13, 2002, 08:50 AM
We changed Subscription Houses in Jan. I don't have the decode info yet but will try to put it together today. Personally, I think labels should be easy to decode, not hard. But I don't control their coding system.

Rich Lucibella
November 18, 2002, 03:09 PM
Here's the Label Decode:
Line 1: Bar Code
Line 2: 3 digit zip
Line 3: SWTS[that's us]...5 digit zip.... first 3 letters of last name:5th letter of last name (or 'X'):first letter of first name:first four digits of street addy....two digit representation of termination year:two digit representation of termination issue [not calendar minth, issue]:4 digit "bag number" for bulk mailing
Line 4: Name
Line 5: Company
Line 6: Address
Line 7: City State Zip

So, to find the date of expration:
Line 3: 9 digit number at end, begins with 2 digit year followed by 2 digit issue.