Part of it is due to the stories behind these weapons and because a well-made firearm can last centuries.
Serial numbers of the Model 1901 begin where the Model 1887 left off, with some over lapping from 1898 to 1901. Total production approximately 13,500 guns, including the numbers skipped.
Production reached 125,419, according to most factory records, with an additional 32 guns assembled after 1979.
He has written for "The American Spectator," "The Springfield State Journal-Register," "The Champaign News-Gazette" and "The Suburban Daily Herald." His focus has been on health care, public finance and economic issues.
Blankenship holds a Master of Arts in international studies from Loyola University of Chicago.
Winchester, by far, is the most famous name in firearms.
The model 1873 is commonly known as The Gun that Won the West.
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.
With a serial-number search they may be able to tell owners such things as shipping dates, warehouse shipped from, trigger and stock information as well as other features of the firearm.