Civilian hunters hired by the Army also used the Model 1866, among them, Buffalo Bill Cody who nicknamed his rifle "Lucretia Borgia". Caliber: .50-70 After the Civil War, the government converted thousands of surplus arms from percussion muzzle-loaders to single-shot breechloaders by adding a hinged cover, or "trapdoor", over a chamber for inserting cartridges. LETTER SUFFIXNO LETTER SUFFIX ON THIS MODELThen look on the left side of the barrel near the receiver and look for a two letter date code stamp and follow this chart with the first letter being the month and the second being the year the barrel was made; Month B - Jan L - Feb A - Mar C - Apr K - May P - Jun O - Jul W - Aug D - Sep E - Oct R - Nov X - Dec Year M - 1921 N - 1922 P - 1923 R - 1924 S - 1925 T - 1926 U - 1927 W - 1928 X - 1929 Y - 1930 Z - 1931 A - 1932 B - 1933 C - 1934 D - 1935 E - 1936 F - 1937 G - 1938 H - 1939 J - 1940 K - 1941 L - 1942 MM - 1943 NN - 1944 PP - 1945 RR - 1946 SS - 1947 TT - 1948 UU - 1949 WW - 1950 XX - 1951 YY - 1952 ZZ - 1953 A - 1954 B - 1955 C - 1956 D - 1957 E - 1958 F - 1959 G - 1960 H - 1961 J - 1962 K - 1963 L - 1964 M - 1965 N - 1966 P - 1967 R - 1968 S - 1969 T - 1970 U - 1971 W - 1972 X - 1973 Y - 1974 Z - 1975 I - 1976 O - 1977 Q - 1978 V - 1979 A - 1980 B - 1981 C - 1982 D - 1983 E - 1984 F - 1985 G - 1986 H - 1987 I - 1988 J - 1989 K - 1990 L - 1991 M - 1992 N - 1993 O - 1994 P - 1995 Q - 1996 R - 1997 S - 1998 T - 1999 (*) U - 2000 (*) V - 2001 (*) W - 2002 X - 2003 Y - 2004 Z - 2005 A - 2006 B - 2007 C - 2008 D - 2009 E - 2010 F - 2011 G - 2012 H - 2013 First, thanks for the forum. 1968: NO SERIAL NUMBER PREFIX1968 TO PRESENT: LETTERS USED (IN SEQUENCE)L-68, M-74, N-78, P-85, R-90Model 1100 LETTER SUFFIXSAME STRUCTURE AS THE Model 870Model 1187 LETTER PREFIX1987 TO PRESENT: “PC” 12 GA., 1999 “TL“ 20 GA.,2000 “SM” SUPER MAG.* 50th Anniversary Model ** New Model Super Blackhawk revolvers rollmarked with New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter revolvers beginning in 2012.The above chart shows the approximate first serial number shipped for the indicated year.
1837 Paterson Number 1 (first Model) ring-lever rifle. The hammerless single-action "rotary repeater" pictured here is the earliest known surviving example of a Colt production firearm. 1000 were made for the Army's Regiment of Mounted Rifles (Dragoons) and 100 for civilian sale and presentation pieces. 1864 Griswold & Gunnison Second Model Revolver, Confederate. Both were pretty much copies of period Colt pistols. Although all of the New Model Navys were intended for the military, about 2000 that did not meet federal specifications found their way into private hands. Caliber: .50-25 center-fire Serial Number: 1044 This powerful single-shot pistol was designed for the military, but soon after the federal government received the first shipment in 1872, it adopted the Colt Model 1873 revolver as the standard side arm. Designed by Joseph Rider, this pistol held five shots in a tubular magazine under the barrel.
Also, within a model family the same serial number prefix may be used to produce a variety of different models, all in the same block of serial numbers.
And in some cases, firearms may be stored for a length of time before they are shipped.
Back up what they tell you with this information; DECODING REMINGTON SERIAL NUMBERSModel 870 LETTER PREFIX1950 TO APPROX 1968: NO SERIAL NUMBER PREFIX1968 TO PRESENT: LETTERS USED (IN SEQUENCE)S-68, T-74, V-78, W-84, X-90, A-91, B-94, C-97, D-01, AB-05Model 870 LETTER SUFFIX (DESIGNATES GAUGE)V 12 GA. What is the barrel code and the serial # letter prefix?
After less than 24 hrs, I've already found the "extra" info to help me beyond the the "black powder" and barrel code info.