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Old January 12, 2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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When an antique gun might not be an antique

What to do about sellers on internet auction sites who say a gun is an antique and no FFL is required, but there is no proof that the gun was made prior to 1899? I have encountered this twice in recent months. First, someone selling a Winchester rifle said it was made in 1898 (antique), but said the serial number was from 1899 (not antique). I told the seller about that, but he continued to list it as an antique, and he sold it. The second time was a gun that had no serial number. It was a type that some resources say was made from 1887 (antique) into 1899 (not antique). Even though it cannot be proven to be an antique, the seller said he can sell it as one, because the lack of a serial number leaves its age in doubt.
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