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March 25, 2018 - 5:59 pm
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Just got my Mode 94 out and added a few pictures. Was looking for any info and a possible ballpark value. Serial no. 1133xxx puts it around 1939. 

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you might try the online auction site Invaluable.  You can search for similar.  A lot of Winchesters move through that site.  You will find a similar gun to compare given some time and depending on what auctions are going on.  The estimated auction price range is usually given.  I like the site.

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It’s worth XXXX. What’s with this Forum now? Too many XXX’s.  Big LarryFrownFrownFrown

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Big Larry,

I agree.  I see no reason to use XX’s in a serial number.

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I third that.  I see no reason to use X’s in giving a serial number, unless the buyer suspects that the firearm may be stolen.  This practice got started many years ago, for one reason or another.  It makes it very difficult for those in the know, to answer any question asked, with any degree of accuracy.  Just my opinion.

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The Winchester has been in my family since it was new. So no I’m not concerned about it being stolen.  I was just looking for a ballpark value. No big deal.

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Just got my Mode 94 out and added a few pictures. Was looking for any info and a possible ballpark value. Serial no. 1133xxx puts it around 1939. 

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The partial serial number you mention indicates that it was manufactured sometime in 1937 versus 1939.  A complete serial number will narrow it down.

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Complete serial number for the Model 94 is (1133093). Thanks for any info.

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Complete serial number for the Model 94 is (1133093). Thanks for any info.  

Late June 1937.  The value is approximately $1,000.

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Thanks for the info. 

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What year of manufacture would you say a Winchester Model 1894 .32 cal /special S# 511298 ? And what would it’s value be? about mid grade condition, scratches dings no rust.

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craig joseph said
What year of manufacture would you say a Winchester Model 1894 .32 cal /special S# 511298 ? And what would it’s value be? about mid grade condition, scratches dings no rust.

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Craig,

August 1911.  

We need to know which variation of the Model 1894 it is, and its exact configuration.  We prefer to see several clear detailed pictures of the gun before postulating a value.

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Re “xxx”, etc.  The downside of living in an interconnected world, the variety of malicious occurrences spring-boarding from the wealth of Internet information.  I’d not wish someone to input one of my gun serial numbers as a stolen weapon.  Such along with all the other descriptors frequently offered up in a particular gun blog, nailing a particular, unique gun! 

To analogize gun serial number with a social security number.  Rounding out a picture of an ‘often’ unique gun or owner, respectively.  Nowadays, I try to limit the profile data of self & of guns. From my military career:  “Need to know.”  Where cogent, display full SN or PM relevant trusted .  For most purposes full SN… Not crucial! 

I also took the Pfizer vaccine, others not!  All about choices!  

Best & Stay Safe!

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Re “xxx”, etc.  The downside of living in an interconnected world, the variety of malicious occurrences spring-boarding from the wealth of Internet information.  I’d not wish someone to input one of my gun serial numbers as a stolen weapon.  Such along with all the other descriptors frequently offered up in a particular gun blog, nailing a particular, unique gun! 

To analogize gun serial number with a social security number.  Rounding out a picture of an ‘often’ unique gun or owner, respectively.  Nowadays, I try to limit the profile data of self & of guns. From my military career:  “Need to know.”  Where cogent, display full SN or PM relevant trusted .  For most purposes full SN… Not crucial! 

I also took the Pfizer vaccine, others not!  All about choices!  

Best & Stay Safe!

John  

John,

I find myself in disagreement with your thoughts on posting serial numbers of any firearm.  These are my specific points for you to consider;

1.  A firearm serial number cannot be traced to a specific person… whereas a SSN specifically does identify a person.

2.  Auction houses nearly always post or provide the serial numbers on the firearms they are selling.

3.  The serial number provides legitimate potential buyers with the ability to research the firearm in advance of spending their hard earned $$$.

4.  Based on my limited understanding of the criminal element out there, the odds of one of them reporting a serial number on a high-end or rare firearm as being stolen is extremely unlikely.  Most criminals have a strong aversion to dealing with law enforcement, especially when it comes to firearms.

5.  In the very unlikely situation where somebody did illicitly attempt to report a firearm as stolen, a lot of unanswerable questions would be asked by law enforcement, e.g. the “where”, “when”, and circumstances of the alleged theft, all of which could be easily exposed in a competent investigation.  Again, I sincerely doubt that anyone with half a brain would expose themselves to the scrutiny that such a felonious claim would bring to them. 

6.  I cannot speak for you (or most others), but I personally have documented all of the firearms in my collection, to include the date that I acquired them (something a potential scammer or thief does not know).  Imagine what would happen when a basic investigation clearly proves that I (or anyone else) has owned the purported stolen firearm for the past XX number of years, but the idiot trying to steal it from me reported it stolen at a completely different time & date…

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This has gotten partly off-topic about hiding serial numbers, but that topic has bothered me for a long time.  I’m in agreement with all of Bert’s points, especially #3.  Using #1 as a reason reeks of paranoia, and I’m not quite there yet, even with the current (2021) administration. 

My attitude may be cavalier and naïve, but I’ve never shied away from “revealing” a gun’s serial number (see points #4 and #5).  Turning #4 and #5 around, perhaps the owner (not accusing anyone) has something to hide by obscuring the serial number?

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