Colt Pistols and Rifles

Colts produced rifles, machine guns, and revolvers since 1836. The Colts brand is a culmination of Colts Manufacturing Company, producing civilian arms, and Colts Defense, which catered to military and law enforcement.

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How can you look up the serial number of a firearm - to find out if it is stolen - before purchasing it?

In the US
  • Call your local police/sheriff and ask them to check it for you. They will need the serial number, manufacturer, model, and caliber. This is important, since the same number may have been used by different manufacturers. Some manufacturers may have used the same number ranges for different product lines.

    If you are unsure what kind of gun it is, check with a gunsmith or a gun dealer. Do not rely on the police to figure that out; they are law enforcement professionals, not firearms experts.

    If the gun has no serial number - due to being produced before this was required - but is unique in some way, police may still have it listed as stolen property, but it's a long shot.

  • The NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database contains, among other things, information on stolen firearms but it is only accessible by law enforcement. This is likely what the local police will check, along with their own lists of stolen property and evidence.
  • Be aware that most law enforcement agencies will not give you information over the phone. They would, at the very least, like to know your identity to make sure you are not a thief checking to see if the gun is "hot". In some cases it may be a violation of state law to give out information from criminal history databases.
  • Another option is user submitted databases such as and These sites allow gun theft victims to voluntarily report their stolen firearm and search for stolen gun serial numbers. Such databases are not all encompassing as they are not linked with NCIC, but still worth a look.
  • Should the gun be determined to be stolen, you will most likely have to surrender it to the police. Be prepared to answer lots of questions regarding how and where you bought it. Police have a great deal of interest in people selling stolen property.
  • If the gun appears to have had a serial number at one time, but it is ground off, or otherwise defaced - get away from the person trying to sell it to you as fast as possible. It is almost guaranteed to be either stolen or used in a crime. Removing serial numbers from a firearm is a Federal crime in itself, and if police discover such a gun in your possession, you have a very real chance of being convicted.
  • Many stolen guns cannot be identified because the owner didn't know the serial number, didn't report the theft, or it is an older gun without a number.
In Australia
  • This website might be helpful: You can only enter a serial number. The serial number on a gun is only unique for a particular manufacturer's model. If you have Winchester Model 94 serial #xxxxx and enter that serial number, you will get a hit if a Smith & Wesson revolver with that number is on the list.
In Canada
  • Again, local law enforcement is your best bet. They have access to the lists of stolen property and the Canadian Firearms Registry.
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What is the value of a regent 22 caliber revolver?

I just paid $89 for one at a dealer. It has a six inch barrel, 8 shot, in fair condition, with scratches in bluing. But hey, it should work for a plinker!

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Who made the Ranger 22 caliber rifle? is a Stevens model 83 sold by Sears under their house name Ranger.

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Disassembly of colt woodsman pistol?

According to the instruction sheet I have from the early 50's,:


Make sure that the magazine and chamber are empty!

Remove stocks. Press in on upper radius of main spring housing and, using stock screw, push out housing retainer pin. Housing retainer pin is located on grip part of receiver, under the left stock, directly below the thumb piece of the safety lock.

Hold arm by the barrel in the left hand. Grasp the serrated portion of the slide with the thumb and middle finger of right hand. Pull back slide as far as it will go. Press down assembly lock plunger (on top of slide directly in front of rear sight) with forefinger. Let slide move forward. Pressure of recoil spring will be released and slide will feel "free".

Pull trigger to release hammer. Retract slide approximately 1/8" to allow sear to drop into half cock notch. Then press upward and inward on deep uppermost curve of the mainspring housing with the thumb of the right hand. The main spring housing will snap out at the bottom and can be removed along with the sear spring. Remove slide and magazine. The arm is ready for cleaning.


Place slide on receiver and push to closed position. Insert sear spring in position with lug in slot and top resting on the sear and under the hammer strut. Pull trigger to make sure hammer is fully forward. Insert main spring housing into receiver and snap into place. Insert main spring housing retainer pin and replace stocks."

The foregoing is for disassembly and reassembly for routine cleaning of the pistol.

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What is price of a EAA Witness 45 ACP clip?

$36.40 plus shipping from gun parts corp. You can order from their website.

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What year was rg industries model rg 23 22 cal revolver sn t48680 made?

No serial number data base. Most of these were from the 1960s

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What is a pistol handle called?

It is called a grip.

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How do you take a colt delta elite 10mm apart to clean?

On the left side of the safety switch there is a pin that blends into the pistol pretty well. take that pin out and the gun should come apart.

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How do you clean a tarnished gun?

I don't know the process to clean a tarnished firearm. However, if it is a very old one, or you think it has historical and/or monetary value, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT. This can cause trouble in dating the weapon and will drastically lower its value. Collectors and appraisers like old, historic firearms as-is, with tarnish, rust and all.

One way of cleaning without damaging is to clean with 0000 steel wool and gun oil....

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Location of serial number on a colt python?

Check under the grips on the butt and the frame.

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Information on DM-22 cal 22 mag?

Davis Industries, California, began operations in 1982. Among other firearms, they made a .22 magnum derringer type pistol. In 1990, a safety recall was made on the derringer due to wear on a part. The firm was sued out of existence in 1998. The design continues in the Cobra brand derringers, and parts will interchange between the two.

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What is information on a Leader 28 cal revolver?

Leader was a trade name used by C.S. Shattuck, Hatfield, Mass (1880-1890), Hopkins & Allen, Norwich, CT (1868-1915), and Harrington & Richardson, Worcester, Mass (1874-c.1980). Are you sure it is a 28 caliber? This was a common size for percussion guns, but I cannot find any percussion revolvers by any of these manufacturers. I also find no references to any .28 cartridges.

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What is the value of a 22 caliber Cody-Thunderbird revolver model 46-22?

I had one of these back in the early 1960s (as a teenager) and I think I paid $5.00 for it. It was a very unreliable revolver, wore out quickly and I think I ended up giving it to somebody for parts; It was the butt of many jokes among my friends for years, including that it had a picture of a buffalo taking a s*** on each grip. I did see one at a gun show about 10 years ago (much to my friends' amusement), that had a price tag on it of $195.00. No one bought it, and, although I was tempted to make an offer on it, common sense prevailed over nostalgia. Don't know if this will help you at all, but I think the old adage: "It's worth whatever someone will pay for it." applies here.

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Is there a website for finding info on firearms by entering the make and serial number?

None that will give you all the information available. Antique and Collectible Firearms and Militaria Headquarters has year of manufacture data for some. In many cases, even this information is not available as many manufacturers records no longer exist, and many firearms never had serial numbers as they were not required by law in the US until 1968.

AnswerNot one website. But companies that are still around do. I know for a fact that the official websites of Remington, Browning, and Ruger have archives that have year of manufacture etc. of guns made over 100 years ago, if you have the SN. It takes some link clicking and searching to find the correct web page sometimes. But they do have it. AnswerIf the manufacturer is still around, a quick phone call to them can usually determine this information. Companies like Colt and Winchester will provide historical information on 1st and 2nd generation colt single-action army revolvers. Any other firearms can be done via email. You can contact their Archive Department.

The Remington Society of America is a dedicated team of enthusiasts that research all sorts of info on Remington firearms. has Browning, Colt and Winchester models/sn's

There are a fairly large number of on-line firearm forums. Most of these have sub-forums that will allow the asking of questions about specifics of your firearm, that will be answered by quite a few knowledgable people. See links below for a few of these sites.

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Who made the Premier 22 caliber rifle?

All I have is that Premier was a trade name used by Montgomery Ward. My guess is that it would have been before the 1940's, but that is only because their guns from the 50's and newer are pretty well cross-referenced to the manufacturers.

Answera Premier ,Trail Blazer is a Stevens model 29A


Premier (marked on top of barrel) single-shot .22 was a Mossberg model B originally distributed by the Taylor Fur Co. if it has a two piece bolt (with screw) between 1928-1930 & if it has a one piece bolt it was distributed by Montgomery Ward between 1930-1932. This is Mossbergs first bolt action single-shot and they are quite rare but still only sell for around $200

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Well, I found out the hardway that is is not exactly a Steven 29A. The breechboth is too small for the Trailblazer to function.

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The "Premier" brand was manufactured by O.F. Mossberg & Sons starting around 1927 - 1928 for Montgomery Wards. It is a hammerless, take-down, octagonal barrel, pump action .22 caliber rifle and was sold by O.F. Mossberg as the Model "M". Mossberg also manufactured 2 round barreled versions the model "K" and the shorter model "S". Victor & Cheryl Havlin discuss and picture this model in their book "Mossberg: More Gun For The Money"

If you need any Parts for it I have 3 Parts guns instock

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What is the serial number for Need for Speed?

Where Is Your Serial NumberThe serial number would either be on the back of the CD case or within the documentation that came with your software when you purchased it. You will know it is the serial number because it is a mix of numbers and/or letters separated by dashes, usually 20 characters long. Install Without Serial NumberYou can't install this software without the serial number. Follow the on screen instructions during installation. One of the instructions will come up asking you to enter the serial number - put it into the white boxes - and the installation will continue. You can't use the software without installing it. What To Do If You've Lost YoursNeed For Speed is made by EA Games. They charge a $10 fee, and have a few simple requirements, but they will send you a new code. They ask that you send in either the proof of purchase form from your game booklet, or a photocopy of your disc, and a short letter explaining that you lost your code. They also request your name, phone number, return address, and email.

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9001 N I-35 Suite 110

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More InfoDownloading proprietary software is illegal (except for trials). This is called piracy. Using serial numbers that you did not purchase is also illegal, even if you purchased the software and lost your serial number (see above for obtaining a new one in this case). It is also illegal to use key generators (keygens) which provide serial numbers as well as cracks to bypass expired time trials or entering a serial number and no-CD cracks which enable you to use the software without the original purchased CD for the software.

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What is the value a colt courier?

Type your Impossible to answer without a detailed description of all markings, features, barrel length, sights, grips, box, papers, accessories, condition, type of action, etc..anser here...

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How did the colt revolver effect the society?

I've not done any research but from what I know this is what I think. In western times (early 1800s) nearly everyone had purchased a colt revolver pistol, people were buying them because they were afraid, helpless and mainly because it was fashion. sorry if I haven't helped.

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What is value of a colt peacemaker 3220?

value of 3220 colt pistol

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What is the age and value of a Colt 25 Auto Pistol in good condition SN 42570?

Your Gun being a five number serial starting with 42 dates back to 1911 production date. although this is an old gun what won´t help the value is that 19,300 weremade that same year.But it is still a colectors item and I have seen them go from about $500 to$700 again like any rare old item its only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Goodluck and I hope I was helpful. for more info on that gun go to

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What is the age and value of an 1885 Winder musket serial number 131255?

The serial number lists do not include details between 1913 and 1923, but the final number assigned in 1923 was 139700, so it is a pretty safe bet that yours was made in 1922 or 23. My guide suggests a value of $1200 in NRA Good condition or $2000 in Very Good.

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Can you tell what year something was made using the serial number?

Yes, most likely. Lots of things have serial numbers, and those are often recorded in guidebooks.

Additionally, calling the manufacturer such as Singer Sewing Machines with a serial no will get you a date as well. Remington Firearms have a letter code stamped into the steel barrel in addition to the serial no. which indicates the month and year of manufacture and that decoding key was found right here at WikiAnswers!

Also, you can look on the back driverside on top of the head of you car or truck motor and there are some numbers and they will tell you what year it was made and what size. Like the Chevy 350 v8 with the number 3970010 was made from 1969 to 1979 for that style of engine.

If your looking for a year of the car/look look at the DOT number on the headlight, tail light, side/marker number. This will give you an idea what year the car/truck is. Keep in mid that auto makers used the same parts for a few years before over hauling the look.

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What is the history of a gun called the Peacemaker?

The original Peacemaker was a single-action Colt 45, owned by Wild Bill Hickok, serial #139345. Hickok was supposed to have killed 14 men with this gun in the last 2 years of his life. Hickok was murdered by Jack McCall when McCall shot him in the back of the head while Hickok was playing poker on August 2, 1876.

On July 14, 1882 in Fort Sumner NM a young man was killed with this same gun. The dead man was none other than Billy the Kid, aka William Bonney. The Kid was killed by lawman Pat Garrett. After Hickok's death his sister gave his beloved Peacemaker to a family friend, which happened to be Garrett. Talk about a small world.

When Sheriff Garrett retired from law enforcement he gave the gun to a friend and gun collector Fred Suttun of Oklahoma City, OK. Since then it has been passed from one collector to another. Where it is now is anybody's guess.

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Determine date of manufacture for a Colt pistol?

The date of manufacture is determined by the Colt model type and serial number. See:

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Where can you download an owners manual for a Colt Woodsman Match Target pistol?

From Colt. Follow the link below, and scroll down to find your version of the Colt Woodsman. You can download the manual as a PDF file.


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