Dating winchester 94 serial number
When I read where someone says their rifle was made a certain month and year I wonder how they can call it that close. For the past 5 years he has spent at least two weeks a year with a volunteer at the Cody Museum of Firearms research room.This is a post that he has made and I hope you find it as informative as I have.Most of the shortcomings of the post 1963 Model 94s were eventually corrected, but the pre '64 versions remain the most desirable of all Winchester Model 94s.The post-64 Winchester model 94 begin with serial number 2,700,000.There are many “legends” about why the historic serial number records for Winchester rifles and shotguns are not complete or why they are not always verifiable.
I have read that the 1964 changes started with #2,700,000. I have an Army Spruce gun that was supplied to the Army the first week of January 1918 but serial numbers for these rifles list them as 1918 through 1919 manufacture which is not possible. on the 1894 Saddle Ring carbine was easy enough to date it to 1897 mfg. Cody does not have records for 1894's after about 1906 as I think they were burned.Additionally, competition from other manufacturers like Marlin with their model 336, lever action, Winchester changed over from a top eject to an angle eject.The reason for this significant changes was now, with the increased popularity of receiver mounted scopes, it was necessary as the older, top eject did not allow for a traditionally mounted scope.George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.