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Old December 9, 2002, 09:00 PM   #1
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This Should be a Simple Question...

...even to the point of being boring.

I just aquired a S&W Model 19-4 with a pinned 6" barrel and recessed cylinder. It is in what I would deem 98% condition, and it is one sweet shooter. The Serial # is 56KXXXX.

My question is, when was this gun born? I am not very concerned with value, as it is a shooter, and 19-4s aren't rare, I just want to know about how old it is.

Oh yhea, while I am at it, a friend of mine owns a Marlin Model 336 with the serial # 2407xxxx. He wants to know about how old it is as well. The value is not important.

Thanks for the help Fellas!
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Old December 9, 2002, 10:26 PM   #2
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The S&W?

Best guess is sometime late in 1979.

The Marlin?

Beats me.
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Old December 9, 2002, 10:34 PM   #3
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MARLIN DATE OF MANUFACTURE

According to another FORUM posted by HUNTER. Marlin year of manufacture may be determined from the following list of letter/ NUMERAL PREFIXS TO THE SERIAL NUMBER: 1946-C, 1947-D, 1948-E, 1949-F, 1950-G, 1951-H, 1952-J, 1953-K, 1954-L, 1955-M, 1956-N, 1957-P, 1958-R, 1959-S, 1960-T, 1961-U, 1962-V, 1963-W, 1964-Y,-Z, 1965-AA, 1966-BB, 1967-AC, 1968-AD,-68, 1969-69, 1970-70, 1971-71, 1972-72, Starting in 1973, the year of manufacture may be determined by subtracting the first two digits of the serial number from 100 : Example SN 2512345 would have been made in 1975 [100- 25= 75]. USING THIS SYSTEM YOUR SN 2407XXXX MAY HAVE BEEN MADE IN 1976 [100 -24 =76 ]. But this listing only goes to 1973 and up we don't know how the system CHANGED ten , fifteen or twenty years after that and your serial number has eight digits in it and that may make a difference. Couldn't find anything on the S&W.
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Old December 10, 2002, 11:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys. I was just looking for a ballpark age on the both of them.

Thanks again.
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