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        Identifying a firearm can sometimes be challenging but a lot of fun to do.  Sometimes, just figuring out where it was made can be tricky. There are several ways to identify a firearm and we've put together a few items that may help you. We've also added some ways to identify the manufacture dates by serial numbers and different stampings on your gun.  

            Proof Marks

Almost all foreign guns carry proof marks indicating that the firearm has been tested. These marks can also be used to identify firearms. Click on each country to see samples of their proof marks.

Belgian     German     Spanish     Austrian, Czechoslovakian, & Hungarian     French     Italian     English     East German     Indian     Irish     Japanese     Swiss     Russian

 

Manufacture Dates

Please select a manufacture to view information.

            Browning     Colt     High Standard     Remington     Savage     Winchester     Marlin     Stevens     Ruger

 

Manufacture dates can sometimes be found using a serial number or different codes stamped on the firearms. For further information we recommend the STANDARD BOOK OF FIREARMS by Ned Schwing and DATES OF MANUFACTURE series by D.R. and M.T. Morse. The STANDARD BOOK OF FIREARMS also provides a general guide for pricing, as well as, very detailed information on different firearms. The DATES OF MANUFACTURE series are great guides in a "pocket book" format that can be carried with you while visiting the shops and gun shows. A good source of the information was taken from these fine books. The links provided is for the purchasing of these books.

   

        To purchase a book from the DATES OF MANUFACTURE series. Please follow this link. http://www.ajarmsbooksellers.com/cgi-bin/ajarms/viewauthor/D.%20R.%20Morse%20..html

 

Crescent Firearms Company

        Starting around 1892 Crescent firearms manufactured single and double barrel shotguns under a variety of names. These firearms which are sometime called "Hardware Guns" are considered to be the most prolific of all manufacturers of private label guns. Followed is a list of names manufactured by Crescent Firearms:          

 

 

 

 

 

American Bar Lock Wonder
American Boy
American Gun Co.
American Nitro
Armory Gun Co.
Baker Gun Co. (If no proof marks.)
Baklmann Hardware Co.
Barker Gun Co.
Bartlett & Co.
Bellmore Gun Co.
Berkshire No. 3000
Black Beauty
Bluefield Clipper
Bluegrass Arms Co.
Blue Whistler
Bridge Black Prince
Bridge Gun Co.
Bridge Gun Works
Bridgeport Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
Bright Arms Co.
C.G. Bonehill
C.W. Franklin
Canadian Belle
Carolina Arms Co.
Caroline Arms
Central Arms Co.
Charles Richter
Chatham Arms Co.
Cherokee Arms Co.
Chesapeake Gun Co.
Chicago Long Range Wonder
Colonial
Columbian New York Arms Co.
Compeer
Connecticut Arms Co.
Cumberland Arms Co.
Creve Cour (If no proof marks.)
Cruso
Daniel Boone Gun Co.
Delphian Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
Delphian Manufacturing Co. (If no proof marks.)
Diamond Arms Co.
Dunlap Special
E.C. Mac
Elgin Arms Co.
Elmira Arms Co.
Empire Arms Co.
Empire State Arms Co.
Enders Oakleaf
Enders Special Service
Enders Royal Service
Essex
Excel
Farwell Arms Co.
Faultless
Faultless Goose Gun
Folsom Arms Co.
F.F. Forbes
Fort Pit Arms Co.
Fremont Arms Co.
Gold Medal Wonder
Greenfield
H.B.C.
H.S.B. & Co.
Hanover Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
 

Harrison Arms Co.
Hartford Arms.Co.
Harvard
Hermitage
Hip Spe Bar
Hibbard
Howard Arms Co.
Hudson
Hunter
Interstate Arms Co.
Jackson Arms Co.
J.H. Lau & Co.
J. Manton & Co.
John L Smythe & Co.
Joseph Arms Co.
K K
Keen Kutter
Kingsland Special
Kingsland 10 Star
Kirk Gun Co.
Knickerbocker
Knockabout
Knoxall
Laclede Gun Co.
Lakeside
Leader Gun Co.
Lee's Special
Lee's Munner Special
Long Range Marvel
Long Range Winner
Long Range Wonder
Marshwood
Massachusetts Arms Co.
Metal & Hardware Co.
Mears (If no proof marks.)
Metropolitan
Minnesota Arms Co.
Mississippi Arms Co.
Mississippi Valley Arms Co.
Mohawk
Monitor
M.T. Vernon Arms Co.
National Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
New Britain Arms Co.
New Elgin Arms Co.
New Empire
New England
New England Arms Co.
Newport (model CN)
Newport (model WN)
New Rival
New York Arms Co.
New York Machine Made
New York Match Gun
New York Nitro Hammerless
Nitro Bird
Nitro Hunter
Nitro King
Norwich
Not-Noc Manufacturing Co.
Osprey
Oxford
Peerless
Perfection
Piedmont
 

 

 

Piedmont Arms Co.
Pioneer Arms (If no proof marks.)
Quail
Queen City
R. Murdock National Firearms Co.
Red Chieftan
Baklmann Hardware Co.
Rev-O-Noc
Rich-Con
Richmond Hardware Co.
Rickard Arms Co.
Rival
Rocket Special
Royal Service
Rummel Arms Co.
Ruso (If no proof marks.)
S.H. Harrington (If no proof marks.)
St. Louis Arms Co.
Seminole
Shue's Special
Sickels Arms Co.
Smithsonian
Southern Arms Co.
Special Service
Spencer Gun Co.
Sportsman
Square Deal
Stanley
Star Leader
State Arms Co.
Sterling Arms Co.
Sullivan Arms Co.
Superior
Syco
T. Barker New York (If a sidelock hammerless double without proof marks)
Ten Star (If no proof marks.)
Ten Star Heavy Duty (If no proof marks.)
Tiger (If no proof marks.)
Townley's Pal
Townley's American Boy
Trap's Best Made
Triumph
Tryon Special
U.S. Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
U.S. Field
Victor & Victor Special
Virginia Arms Co.
Volunteer
Vulcan Arms Co.
Warren Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
Washington Arms Co.
Wauregan
Wautauga
W. Richards
Wildwood
Wilkinson Arms Co.
William Moore & Co.
Wilmont Arms Co.
Wilshire Arms Co.
Winfield Arms Co.
Winoca Arms Co.
Witte Hardware Co.
Wolverine Arms Co.
Worthington Arms Co.
 

 
 

"STORE BRAND" TO MANUFACTURER CROSS REFERENCE


            Many major retailers (Sears, Wards, etc.) have always put their own brand name on guns they have sold. The following link shows the brand name and the original model it should cross over to. "STORE BRAND" TO MANUFACTURER CROSS REFERENCE

 

 

 

 

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