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manufacture dates for winchester 22's
July 31, 2015
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I have several model 69a Winchesters, one of which has a serial number 31663. Can this serial number be used to date this gun--  if so how?Confused

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Bob,

Winchester did not serialize the Model 69A. Where exactly on your 69A is the "31663" marked?

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Winchester did serialize some of the 69A's that were exported, I believe one of the export countries which required a serial number was New Zealand, as well as some other countries.  They are usually numbered with a stamp on the left side of the barrel between the standard roll marking and the receiver.  On the numbered examples I have seen it appears the serial number was applied prior to bluing. 

Unfortunately Winchester also stamped all the other exported unserialed .22's in the same number sequence with numbers reaching well over 30,000 so there is no way to tell exactly when it was manufactured except from the export number records.  I believe Pauline Muerrle has some of those records for the 67 and some other .22's.  I have talked to her about the 69A numbers since I have a few myself but I don't think she has those records.  It would be worth asking her again though.....

If you simply want to get an approximate date of manufacture I can do that based upon the component manufacturing changes.  Your rifle should have the later grooved receiver and we can narrow the date range with a few photos of the bolt handle, trigger guard and left side of the receiver.

For what it is worth, I have 69A serial numbers 27675 and 27832 and both were manufactured between mid-1954 to 1958 (based on their component features).

Hope this helps.

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