Winchester Firearms Manufacturing Dates by Serial Number and Year 1866 through the early 1990s Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms.
These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.
They use these documents as a reference and the documents should be limited to that use.
1364 - First recorded use of a firearm.1380 - Hand guns are known across Europe.1400s - The matchlock gun appears.
Owning any firearm, however, is owning a piece history.
Whether it be the famous Winchester Repeating Rifle, the Model 70 bolt action hunting rifle or any other make of firearm, owning a firearm is owning a piece of history.
Most often, the information you need will be found in any instruction manual you have for the weapon.
It will also be stamped on the right side or left side of the barrel, usually just ahead of the chamber. It is located in front of the chamber and often also stamped on other major parts that can be discovered upon field stripping your firearm.