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    What is the first letter of serial number represent?

    I've looked up the serial number on my old shotgun and saw that the year of manufacture is determined by the SECOND letter of the prefix? Anyone know what the FIRST letter is for?

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    Welcome to the forum. More details might help. What model shotgun do you have?
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    Apparently H&R started using a single letter in 1940 to designate year of manufacture. That ran out in in 1963 with the letter Z, so in 1964 they started using double letters.

    https://forums.gunboards.com/showthr...son-date-codes
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingstrider View Post
    Welcome to the forum. More details might help. What model shotgun do you have?
    Hi there and thanks!

    I've found the manufacture date for the single shot 10ga which is serial number DR 12xxx. What I'm curious about is what the first letter of the serial means since the manufacture date is determined by the second number?

    thanks in advance for your expertise!


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