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why do people not post the full serial number?
March 7, 2014
1:26 pm
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just wondering is there a good reason not to post the full serial number?

March 7, 2014
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Larry,

Simple answer... No.

Having said that, there are a small number of people who are truly paranoid (big brother is watching them), and some who falsely believe that it is an invitation for a dishonest person (thief) to report that your gun was stolen from them (again extremely unlikely), and the rest of them that do it are ignorant sheeple.

Posting the complete serial number on this website is actually a very smart choice, as it will often get you information that you may not have access to.

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March 7, 2014
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I totally agree with Bert.

Many times when I receive email from folks inquiring about their gun, and they provide me with 125xxx as the s/n, I will ask why they don't reveal the entire number. They answer that they don't know why!

If you go to my site, RareWinchesters.com, I always post the complete serial numbers of my guns.

To me, it's a red flag when I see that a person or a website is not providing the complete serial number. What else are they hiding?

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March 7, 2014
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the only reason with any logic that I have known of would be having
pictures and the serial number of a high end firearm online for someone to
steal and use for insurance fraud. I never really could see where one
would be at fault for any wrong doing there either?

one that always made me wonder was a guy I knew that in no way would
post a serial number on line and then drag about 40 guns to a gun show
and lay them out on a table kinda like locking the front door and leaving
the back door wide open.

March 7, 2014
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To take this further, all of the major auction houses provide the complete serial number in their online and printed catalogs.

Like Jim mentioned, the serial number is readily available for all to see when you see the guns at a gun show, gun shop, etc.

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March 8, 2014
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And then there are always guys like this one. He lists the gun for auction and only describes a partial serial number until you scroll down in the photos and there is the entire serial number!!!??? You just have to wonder?
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=398964049

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