On recent pistols the mark is usually located on the frame near the trigger guard, and for older pistols the mark is on the slide or on the frame behind the grip area.
In some cases the actual date in Arabic numerals may be used, or a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., was formed in January 1949, and production was soon underway for the fledgling company’s sole product, a .22-cal. By the summer of that year, Ruger was turning out 900 pistols per month.
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He was also a self-taught pistolsmith and he held a patent for an Olympic-style Free pistol of his own design.
He believed there was a market for a target version of the Ruger .22 pistol. Ruger and Boudreau conferred on the essentials needed to produce an economically priced target pistol based on Ruger’s original design.How to search for your firearm or gun date of creation or manufacture via it's serial number.There is unfortunately no one stop shop for this task but hopefully with the help of this lense you will be able to find your firearm by manufacturer below and follow their link in order to track your weapon.During the years 1935-1943, before the National code system was enacted, some Berettas were marked with the Roman numerals XIII (1935) through XXI (1943).Thus, guns bearing those Roman numerals may need additional evidence to establish the year of manufacture. It is not clear to me when firearms by Italian manufacturers other than Beretta began to be marked with date codes - it may have been as late as 1954, with Roman numeral X. Update: (This was originally posted in 2006.)CD - 2009CF - 2010CH - 2011CI - 2012Second update - 2/10/2014CL - 2013CM - 2014GUNS MADE IN THE USA: The date codes above apply only to guns made in Italy.Not able to locate the date of manufacture for your Colt firearm?