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May 28, 2023 - 12:33 am
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Apologies gentlemen. I have been lurking in this forum for years but seems I only post when looking for information.

 

Yesterday picked up a Winchester Cooey 840 in 410 caliber. Have to register it on Monday. The frame serial looks to be 1963C but may be a badly stamped 19630. The barrel serial could also be either and the number chalked under the  butt plate is indecipherable.

 

My question is did any Winchester manufactured Cooeys have a C suffix? Thanks in advance.Ross.

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 I do not think they did.There is a fellow by the name of Jamieson doing a lot of research on Cooey for a book he is writing.He no doubt could give you the answer to your question.

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Thanks for the response. I phoned the Firearms Registry this morning and they confirmed it is registered as 1963C so will leave it at that. Looks like a “C” but cannot work out how to download photos here. It came from a deceased estate and the daughter could not find and paperwork or records and did not know if it was registered. 

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 The e mail for Scott is, [email protected]  He most likely could tell you for sure and no doubt would like to add your gun to his research.

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Thanks mate. I will flick him a photo of the serial. It is clearly stamped and the C (?) is clear and looks like a 0 cut down the center top to bottom.

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 Sounds good.Be sure to let us know what you find out.

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Hello,

Out of curiosity I looked up a few pictures of Model 840s available on line.

I found serial numbers from 5 to 7 digits.

Several of them have the “C”; I strongly believe that there is no “C”, it’s just a bad “0” (zero) stamp.

One of them has even a double CC, which it’s really a double 00.

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 Thanks for that,Cowboy4.I have a 28 gauge Model 84 Winchester/Cooey that has a half stamped O as well.Also the Y in the Made by, is only partly stamped.

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I emailed Scott Jamieson as suggested by 28 gauge. Here is his reply, in part:

“Good morning, Ross,

The real serial number is 19630. Why the company continued to use that poor ‘0’ stamp for so long is beyond me. Maybe because they knew it was a ‘0’ they did not do anything about it. This anomaly has occurred many times but sometimes you see the stamp reversed making it look like a reversed ‘C’ but it is still a ‘0’.”

That sounds pretty conclusive – so 19630 it is. Thanks gentlemen. Confused

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