Serial Numbers on Remington Firearms
Rolling Block Rifle
If you are looking for more information about your particular Remington firearms, then the serial number can give you some useful insight into the date of manufacture of your specific gun. In the picture below, you will see an example from a newer Remington 597 rifle with a manufacturing date of April 2006. You can use the serial number to quickly decipher the date by using the chart below. To determine the date, you need to look for the letters stamped on the left side of the barrel. The first letter will give you the month code. The next letter (possibly 2 letters) will give you the year code.
Remington Rolling Block No.5 The #5 Remington rolling block rifles are also known as the smokeless powder cartridge rolling block rifles. Beginning production in 1896 they comprise the 1897, 1902, and 1910 models. While the #5 was produced in several smokeless center fire cartridges the vast majority of them are chambered 7mm Mauser. Aug 01, 2019 The Remington model 4 rolling block rifle was made between 1890-1933.If you have a model 4S military rifle,then these were made by Remington from 1913-1923.your rifle has either a 22.5in barrel,or a 24in barrel.These were chambered in.22.25 Stevens,or 32 caliber. The Model 1867 Remington rolling block rifle was the first rifle using metallic cartridges to be adopted by the Swedish and Norwegian armies. Nominally it had a caliber of 4 decimal lines, but the actual caliber was 4.1 Swedish decimal lines or 3.88 Norwegian decimal lines (12.17 mm), and it fired a rimfire round with a 12.615 mm (.497 in) lead bullet. Rem-Rand Serial Numbers Data from Remington Rand Corporation Records of Advertising and Sales Promotion archived at Hagley Museum and Library Appendix I Typewriter Manufacture Dates and Serial Numbers.
Remington Rolling Block Rifles Serial Numbers
Please note that during the years of 1999, 2000, & 2001 (highlighted in red above), Remington did not stamp the date code on the barrels. The date code during these years was just placed on the box. Now, this doesn't help much in many circumstances, because how likely is it that the box will still be around for as long as the gun exists. A gun made of steel and wood can stand the test of time. A paper box will likely not. Most people will have disposed of the box a long time ago, and so it's unfortunate that the serial numbers were not stamped on the barrel during those 3 years. Thankfully, after 2001, Remington went back to having the serial numbers stamped on the barrel again.
One thing that you might notice when you examine the chart above, the letters for the year code repeat themselves. This means that sometimes you will have to consider the specific model of Remington firearm that you have. For instance, if you have a Remington rifle that you know was made a long time ago, then you won't expect the year date code to be from recent times. Some models of Remington guns were only produced during a certain time period. Knowing that can also help you to better decipher the date codes from your Remington firearms serial numbers.
Remington Rolling Block Model 2 Sporting Rifle
When I first laid eyes on this little Remington Rolling Block, all I could say was 'Wow!' This is a beautiful rifle and for 130 years old, the condition is not mint..but stunning nonetheless. Production of the Model 2 started in 1873 and lasted until 1910. The Model 2 is easy to distinguish from all other Rem RB's by its curvature at the rear of the frame where it joins the buttstock. The frame is a small to medium size between the heavy actions of the target and military rifles but larger than the small-frame .22 rifles. The stocks on the Model 2 have a distinctive bow or 'perch belly' and come with a semi-crescent buttplate. These came standard with a blued barrel, breech, and pins while the frame, forend cap, and buttplate were case color hardened.
This particular example has a 26' octagon barrel in caliber .32 rimfire. Standard original sights. The serial number is in the 13,000 range and has matching numbers throughout. By that, I mean every major component on this rifle was hand-fitted and serial numbered from the buttplate to the forend cap. I can't find much in the way of manufacturing dates on this rifle except that the barrel (which is the original and serial numbered to the gun) is marked E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION NY. That marking by itself narrows its date of manufacture considerably as it was used on arms manufactured from 1852 to 1888. Thus, it is a pre-1898 antique. In 1888, the company was purchased by Hartley and Graham Sporting Goods of NY who changed the name to simply 'Remington Arms Company'. With hard times and the Remington family no longer in control, there must have been an exodus of old-school Remington workmen leaving the company..inventor Lewis Hepburn being one of the them, as you will see quality on Remingtons noticeably drop. That said, it's easy to notice the early higher levels of Remington quality on this rifle which in my opinion, is on par with Winchester Repeating Arms circa 1880's.
Sound recording tool for mac. Overall Condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent with 90% bright original case colors remaining on the frame. Trigger, block, hammer, and screws exhibit nearly all of their original highly polished nitre blue. The barrel retains 80% original blue with some areas of scattered light pitting and corrosion due to poor storage. Both front and rear sights still show most of their original blue. Excellent stock and forend with no chips or cracks. The action is pretty much as new..showing very little use. I would say it was fired a few times and put away. The bore is Excellent..bright and shiny with strong lands and grooves. If you like condition, this is just a beautiful rifle to behold..well designed and built with a level of quality that has become nearly extinct.