Dating a firearm by serial number
As one of the largest manufacturers in the world of firearms and ammunition, we have some of the most globally recognized brands including Remington, Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, New England Firearms, L. Smith, Parker, Bushmaster, DPMS/Panther Arms, Dakota Arms, EOTAC, and INTC. Can we assume this information applies to their products across the spectrum of what they offered for sale?
As well, can you provide a source for the dat in this chart?
That said, at least beyond the double letter prefixes, extending to historic context, probably liess likelihood of similarity between such differing species as long guns and handguns. just acquired a 98% H&R Bolt Action 20ga with Tube Feed Magazine, NSN and no barrel markings for choke.
They were only made under H&R brand for 2 years (1941 & 1942) before being sold to Sears, thereafter made by High Standard as I understand it.
Their serial numbering convention was different from what is shown above.
Not all Marlin House Brand rifles will vary from the above chart, but some will.
It is unknown as of December 2013 how Marlin (”Remlin”) will continue with their serial numbering convention.
One such example is at least some of the OTASCO (Oklahoma Tire and Supply Co) rifles manufactured by Marlin.