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If the gun has a serial number and is from an American maker (or importer such as Browning), you can date a gun via a simple Google search, e.g. "Winchester serial numbers" or "Remington manufacture date". If the gun is European, it will have proof marks that may include a date (typical form "7/26" or "7 26" or similar). From time to time, there have been changes in the proofing laws in various European countries that will allow you to at least identify the general period of manufacture. This gets pretty complicated. You need to be able to discern among English, German / Ausrian, Belgian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, etc. They all have had their own systems for over 100 years. If you contact a very knowledgable dealer of fine European arms, they may be able to help you out. You can google "German proof marks" or "proof marks", etc. to get started. Many, many "house brand" guns that were manufactured for sales through Sears, or Mongomery Wards, etc. are nearly impossible to date. Not all guns have serial numbers or proof marks, so then you need to find out when the gun was in production, and when specific markings or modifications came into production. Unless you have a collectible gun, it will be hard to find anyone with that kind of detailed knowledge.

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