Back in late 2015 a Beretta 92F handgun came up missing.There was a lot of stuff going on in my life, such as going through a divorce, so a handgun was the least of my concerns.
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You may wonder why the letter sequence is not logical.
The reason is that the Italian language does not use the full alphabet – J, K, W, X and Y are not used in Italian words.
Starting in 1917, serial numbers of all types, gauges, and grades are intermixed. Smith Gun Company (1946-50) started with FWS1 and ended with FWS 56800.
Smith serial numbers, as they are related to year of manufacture, are confusing. During the period of 1890 to 1916, many numbers are not sequential with blocks of overlapping numbers assigned to different types of shotguns, such as hammerless ejector guns.
The letter O is missed out because of a possible confusion with zero, while Q also leads to confusion when stamped very small.
sorry to resurect such an old topic, would the date code be in a small square box right next to the proof marks?
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This 25 autoloading pistol was discontinued in 1969.
You will need to know if the shotgun is pre-1913 or later gun because some of the early serial numbers were repeated in later years.