Manufacture Dates

July 10th, 2009 by admin


When was my rifle made?

 

 

 

 

After 1921, Remington employed a “date code” system which consists of a series of letters identifying the month and year of manufacture.  This date code is typically 2-3 letters hand stamped on the jacket head (refer to the photograph below for location).  The first letter in the code represents the month, the second (and sometimes third) letter represents the year.  It is not uncommon for these letters to be stamped sideways. 

 

When a rifle was returned to Remington for a repair, the factory would stamp a repair code.  These codes read the same as the date code, but were followed by a “3”.  It is not uncommon to find the “3” stamped backwards.  For those rifles manufactured prior to 1921, rifles not found with a date code, or rifles found with ONLY a repair code, these will be dated best by using the serial number list at the bottom of the page. 

 

 

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Determining month of manufacture (FIRST LETTER)

B – January

L – February

A – March

C – April

K – May

P – June

O – July

W – August

D – September

E – October

R – November

X – December

Determining year of manufacture (SECOND AND/OR THIRD LETTERS),

M – 1921                    D – 1935

N – 1922                    E – 1936  

P  – 1923                    F – 1937


R – 1924                    G – 1938

S – 1925                    H – 1939

T – 1926                    J – 1940

U – 1927                    K – 1941

W – 1928                    L – 1942

X – 1929                   MM – 1943

Y – 1930                    NN – 1944


Z – 1931                     PP – 1945


A – 1932                    RR – 1946


B – 1933                    SS – 1947


C – 1934                    TT – 1948

UU – 1949                  WW – 1950

 

 

 

 

MODEL 8 Serial Numbers

 

 

 

 

These are the last serial numbers for each year of production for the Model 8

 

 Year – Serial – Total

1906~2266      2266


1907~7754      5488


1908~12439    4685


1909~17168    4729


1910~21889    4721


1911~26489    4600


1912~30063    3574


1913~33041    2978


1914~35187    2146


1915~36938    1751


1916~38469    1711


1917~39918    1449


1918~40917      999


1919~42009    1092


1920~44825    2816


1921~45938    1113


1922~47297    1359


1923~48826    1529


1924~50136    1310


1925~51519    1383


1926~53160    1641


1927~55878    2718


1928~58741    2863


1929~61467    2726


1930~64024    2557


1931~65465    1441


1932~66360      895


1933~66867      507


1934~67676      809


1935~68841    1165


1936~69581    1010


1937~69485        96


1938~69488          3


1939~69490          2

* Despite these production totals, rifles as high as 69929 have been observed

 

 

MODEL 81 Serial Numbers

 

 

These are the last serial numbers for each year of production for the Model 81

 

Year – Serial – Total

1936~1675      1675


1937~4895      3220


1938~6862      1967


1939~8872      2010


1940~12623    3751


1941~17748    5125


1942~21575    3827


1943~21579          4


1944~21694      115


1945~23809    2115


1946~30525    6716


1947~37104    6579


1948~43778    6674


1949~51187    7409


1950~55581    4394

* Despite these production totals, rifles as high as 57949 have been observed