Serial numbers everywhere!


October 21, 2010, 06:49 PM
I have a Bersa Thunder 380 that I recently picked up. Fired it at the range last weekend. Field stripped it to clean and there they were, serial numbers everywhere. Barrel, frame, slide....

So, I was wondering, how common a practice is this amongst other vendors to put serial numbers everywhere?

Felt like I just bought a numbers matching car there for a minute....


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October 21, 2010, 07:42 PM
:) Can't say about Bersa, I have not owned one. All the other modern guns I own have only one serial number. Don

October 21, 2010, 07:48 PM
European gun makers tend to put serial numbers all over the place. It could be an import thing or something.

October 21, 2010, 07:50 PM
correct me if I'm wrong, but i believe most foreign manufacturers stamp the frame, slide and barrel. Pretty sure that US manufacturers are only required to stamp the frame (firing portion). I heard that once.

Ohio Gun Guy
October 21, 2010, 10:01 PM
It's a scheme so in 50 years, someone can offer half to the owner if one of those numbers doesnt match! :p

Steve C
October 21, 2010, 10:07 PM
The Germans where fond of numbering everything from the frame to the magazine. Usually just the last 4 numbers but you sure know you have an original gun vrs a parts gun when you buy a Luger or a P38.

October 21, 2010, 10:14 PM
When I clean several same model Glocks (like 2-3 G22s), the serial numbers help me reassemble the right components together. :D

October 22, 2010, 01:56 PM
Different countries have different laws. In the US the serial # has to be on the frame. In some European countries it has to be on the barrel. By putting the serial # on all major components then the manufacurer is compliant with the law no matter where they ship it.

It also makes it easier for department armorers to keep the important parts from getting mixed up when servicing multiples of the same gun.

October 22, 2010, 01:58 PM
Ya my Glock is the same way and my first non american semi auto so I thought it was weird at first too.

Ala Dan
October 22, 2010, 09:45 PM
Bersa's are a product of Argentina~! :uhoh: ;) :D

ol' scratch
October 23, 2010, 07:30 PM
Many European gun makers do that. My CZ 75 has serial numbers on the slide, barrel and main frame. Also, my Grandfather's Bulgarian Luger has serial numbers on most of the parts (yes they all match Drool). My father-in-law has a Walther with serial numbers on many parts too.

As mentioned in the post right above this, the Bersa is from Argentina, but it is influenced by European manufacturers

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