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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.
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.
Austrian, Czechoslovakian, & Hungarian
Please select a manufacture to view information.
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.
Crescent Firearms Company
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: