serial number

Discussion in 'Gun Legislation' started by mars919, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. mars919

    mars919 New Member

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    I had a Makarov pistol replated, about 13 years ago, but when I got it back the nickel or chrome was over the number, and not visible at all. Recently I wanted another finish on it and the folks, out of state, did not want to touch it. Is it against state law to have a gun with the serial number covered over, not visible? I m willing to guess the number was just plated over, not removed. I also think the business is no longer alive. I am trying to find out.
    It was done in the Dallas area. I live in Lubbock.
     


  2. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

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    What kind of plating was done that would be so thick that it made the serial number vanish? And you can't see any sign of the serial number, at all?

    I have a hard time thinking that a firearm refinisher that is reputable would do such a thing. But then again, you say they're out of business?

    I don't know what laws are involved but I wouldn't think that someone can't at least strip a finish so reveal the serial.
     
  3. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known

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    I had the same issue when they parked my Maddi AK.I had to search my records to hunt down the number.The serial number's were lightly stamped.Luckily I take pictures of my guns and keep the receipts for insurance purposes.I went to a gunsmith to have the numbers put back on the rifle.Better to be safe than sorry.
     
  4. mars919

    mars919 New Member

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    Gun replating

    No joke, I will try and send of photo of it. I also kept the serial number stored away. And what helped me to trust this service, as I was a avid listener to "Texas Overnight", with Charlie Jones. I heard the adverstiment on his show about 13 years ago. The fee was only 65.00, and the gun looked very good. I didn't question the missing serial number, I figured they knew what they were doing. Just recently have I become aware of the possible trouble.
     
  5. mars919

    mars919 New Member

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    photo of makarov frame with no s/n

    here is the photo
     
  6. mars919

    mars919 New Member

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    photos

    Im doing something wrong I cannot post the photograph. Anyways, the folk have my slide, and I rather the frame match, but since they did'nt want to touch it, I'm sort of pissed. Wish I had never sent it now. But I want the serial number replaced legally and I want to know ATF and Texas law.
     
  7. September- Mars

    September- Mars New Member

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    one more try at photos

    one last attempt to display where the s/n was located
     

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  8. September- Mars

    September- Mars New Member

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    one more try at photos

    One last attempt to display where the s/n was located. Smooth as can be.
     
  9. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

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    The pic is a little blurry, and big as hell but I think you explained what's happened pretty well. It's showing up in post #7 with your new user name.

    I'm not sure what the laws are but you might contact the ATF to ask.

    BTW, why did you create a new user name?
     
  10. mars919

    mars919 New Member

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    mars919 to september

    I could not seem to get the jpeg to work, it kept giving me an error. This is my digital cam so Im still learning. Yes, t that is exactly what I have done, contact the regional atf.
     

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