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Old September 2, 2012, 01:41 PM   #16
Aguila Blanca
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Which, unfortunately, means that you are sitting on a possible felony charge.
I really have to disagree here. The gun has a serial number where it matters, which is on the frame.

Prior to 1968, many guns were not serialized. Though this one has a prior serial number that was likely removed, it was re-serialized by somebody. Folks don't usually stamp serial numbers on guns because they're just bored. That could be the marking of an importer, a refinishing shop, or a reseller.

For example, I have a Remington Rand slide on an Essex frame. The serial numbers don't match, but the one that matters is the one Essex put on it when they made the frame.
But the receiver IS the firearm. I know the serial number on the receiver is the one that counts. But in your Essex/R-R example, the serial number on the Essex receiver has not been altered. No harm, no foul.

The serial number on the OP's receiver HAS been altered, and that's a Federal felony offense.
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