Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

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Niederlander
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Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by Niederlander » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:08 pm

Gentlemen,
I just picked up a Farmingdale 1863 Military Rifle, #234. Does anyone know when it would have been built?

George Babits
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by George Babits » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:39 am

That's pretty early. There was a good article in the 1987 Gun Digest on the Shiloh Sharps. That article says that they started with #200. Production started in 1972 so it would be a good bet it was made in 1972.

George
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Niederlander
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by Niederlander » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:02 pm

Good to know. I figured it was early, but I didn't know they started at 200.

MacRob46
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by MacRob46 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:26 am

I got mine, brand new from Dixie Gun Works in 1978. It is serial #504. Was production that slow at the time or did they have a numbering system that was something other than consecutive numbers? I have asked Shiloh in the past but they do not have any of the Farmingdale era records.

Pete Shaw
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by Pete Shaw » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:04 pm

That low ser # could be for the paper loads. I say this because I got my 45/70 cartridge farmingdale in late 78 or early 79 and my # is in the 2500

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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by MacRob46 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:19 pm

Sorry....I failed to mention it was an 1863 rifle.

George Babits
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by George Babits » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:19 pm

As I said earlier, read the article in the 1987 edition of the Gun Digest. You will see there that there wasn't much correlation between the serial number and the actual day the rifle was built. Having said that, what difference does it really make. They were good rifles regardless of the year they were made.

George
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Idaho

MacRob46
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Re: Farmingdale Date of Manufacture

Post by MacRob46 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:59 pm

Idol curiosity, George.

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