dating a man with children - Dating firearms serial number

The chart to the right delineates the differences between some of the more confusingly similar pistols, and what I know of some of the suffix codes.Models A and B, for example, are confusingly similar, but are (apparently) differentiated by caliber. Some are not at all clear, but the ones I know are listed here.Newer pistols have a model name or number, sometimes with a type suffix, clearly on the sides of the gun. "Firestar Plus") are on the slide and any listed model numbers are on the right side of the frame above the grip panels. The Megastar, for example, is the Model 50, but is [more or less] invariably sold as the "Model Megastar." All the modern pistols have model numbers instead of letters, starting with 28.

Some will simply need to be identified by looking at photos.

Check the model A and B pages for the closest match and read the descriptions.

Up thru the 50s at least, a number of Stars in 9 mm had the chamber hoods stamped P'08 or something similar. The German-issued Star Pistols were only made from 1942-44, should have the last three digits of the serial on all major components, and may have German Army and/or Nazi proofmarks.

Identification of this weapons continues to be problematic.

Some older pistols will have no model number on the butt.

This used to be rare, but is increasingly common as old stocks are cleared out.

I am sure other countries have similar regulations. These will have the "MRI MNPLS MN" stamping, usually on the bottom of the dust cover.

Import stamps are usually not going to match, many will even be non-straight or will not have been finished over. Lately, a few others have started importing used surplus guns, most notably Century Arms; these guns will carry a stamp reading "C. Especially because of the large number of Star pistols imported as surplus, import marks are almost always of no value when trying to identify the gun.

These are all the year coded, Spanish government issue pistols, like the Model 1922 and Model 1940.

Some will clearly be these, as they will carry appropriate crests, or military acceptance stamps.

I know of only some of the definitions; I and N mean a caliber change from the basic version, S means that they are updated to include a magazine safety and K means an aluminum frame.

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