Winchester shotgun manufacture dating
All model 1873's manufactured after serial number 525923 are considered modern and are subject to all the BATF Federal guide lines including back ground checks.There were over 720,000 Model 1873 Winchester 's manufactured .
(Please remember that this information is a compilation over time -- collected from secondhand information. We reserve the right to make changes at any time and make no claims as to accuracy.
A few reasons cited are: There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.
But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.
You will need the Adobe Reader program to open this file. THE HISTORY OF WINCHESTER HISTORIC SERIAL NUMBER RECORDS.
There are many “legends” about why the historic serial number records for Winchester rifles and shotguns are not complete or why they are not always verifiable.