The Model 1906 was introduced as an economical version of the Model 1890, and came with a 20” round barrel.This pump or slide action rifle was produced between 1906 and until 1932, and was the second in a progression of Winchester Pump action rifles that that evolved in this order: Model 1890, Model 1906, Model 62, Model 61. I have a Winchester Model 100 that does not have the updated firing pin installed. They have a list by serial numbers. I sent in my old firing.
What year was my Winchester manufactured? (Serial Number Reference)
Winchester Firearms Manufacturing Dates by Serial Number and Year 1866 through the early 1990s
Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms. These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms. None of the page scans are of original documents but are simply transcribed information typed into a word processing program. In general, this information is the same that you would get if you called our customer service department and asked them for the information. They use these documents as a reference and the documents should be limited to that use.
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Click the image below to download the PDF document containing the serial number date-range information on many Winchester firearms. You will need the Adobe Reader program to open this file. Adobe Reader is available free from Adobe.
THE HISTORY OF WINCHESTER HISTORIC SERIAL NUMBER RECORDS.
There are many “legends” about why the historic serial number records for Winchester rifles and shotguns are not complete or why they are not always verifiable. A few reasons cited are:
- A fire at the factory
- Inadvertent destruction (during office cleaning)
- Records simply lost in filing
- Records misplaced between ownership transitions
- Documents borrowed but not returned
There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them. But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of. But perhaps these pages can help you somewhat in your research.
Please keep the following points in mind as you explore these pages:
- Many of the Winchester brand firearms produced over the years are included, but not all. If your firearm is not listed, we probably do not have any additional information.
- Before the 1990s the Winchester Repeating Arms firearms brand transferred ownership several times. Any information before the 1990s is always difficult to verify.
- In general, only serial number ranges with an approximate year are provided in this document. There is no other detail beyond this that we can provide.
- Since this information was provided through old documents (both official and otherwise), no representation is made that all serial number and year combinations are totally accurate.
- In some exceptional cases, a more detailed, accurate determination can be made by calling the Winchester Repeating Arms Historian at the Morgan, Utah office. 800-333-3288. Ask for the Winchester Repeating Arms Historian.
- For any other questions: 800.333.3288 or 801.876.2711. For Parts and Service call: 800.322.4626
- For questions related to Ammunition don’t call us. Contact Winchester Ammunition directly.
- No attempt has been made to determine the value of any guns listed.
- The Cody Firearms Museum has more information on Winchesters produced before 1900.
- This late historian George Madis compiled extensive histories on Winchester firearms. www.georgemadis.com
There are other outside resources – including the Cody Firearm Museum -- which can be excellent for determining date of manufacture and value: Click here to go to our gun values resource links.
Click below to download a PDF overview of Cody Museum serial number resources.
(Please remember that this information is a compilation over time -- collected from secondhand information. No confidentail records were used. We reserve the right to make changes at any time and make no claims as to accuracy. No attempt has been made to determine the value of any Winchester products.)
© Winchester Repeating Arms, 2012, 2015, R. Stitt
WINCHESTER MODEL 1886
These were produced from 1886 to 1928
NUMBER OF MANUFACTURED BY YEAR
1 -- 3211
3212 -- 14278
14729 -- 28577
28578 -- 49723
49724 -- 63601
63602 -- 73816
73817 -- 83261
83262 -- 94544
94545 -- 103102
103103 -- 109671
109672 -- 113998
113999 -- 119193
119194 -- 120572
120573 -- 122835
122836 -- 125731
125732 -- 128943
128944 -- 132214
132215 -- 135525
135526 -- 138839
138841 -- 142250
Last serial number .
142251 -- 145120
145121 -- 147320
All Winchester model 1886's manufactured after serial number 119193 are modern and subject to all Federal Firearms laws and are subject to back ground checks etc.
Model 1886 rifles were manufactured in the following caliber's :45-70 , 45-90 , 40-82 , 40-65 , 38-56 , 50-110 ,
40-70 , 38-70 , 50-100 , 33 .
These gun can be found in Carbine , rifles and musket configurations.
These guns can be found with wood grade 2 through 4 in carved , straight ,semi pistol grip , full pistol grips stocks .
Barrel length can be found from 20 to 36 inches long and in heavy or extra heavy sizes .
These guns can be found in several grades of engraving from a few simple scrolls to heavily engraved guns with extensive game scene's.
We recommend the following books for more information on this subject.
Factory letters for you gun can be obtained from:
The Cody Firearms Museum
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
720 Sheridan Ave
Cody Wy . 82414
1 307 578 4032
or : www.bbhc.org/firearms/records.cfm
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