HELP!! Accused of stolen gun!


January 27, 2013, 10:53 PM

I was involved in a wreck yesterday, and in the process of making a statement, they ran the numbers on my gun. I was carrying an 1873 Uberti Regulator, .44 cal with birds head ivory grip.

Come to find out, one number was reported stolen. Exact gun, bird head ivory grip, Serial #8302. Yes, my weapon has 8302- on the side- but my serial number heavily roll stamped is on the bottom, and is like 6 digits long. I

My brothers got the same gun, but with wood grips, and his has 8302 on the side too. I have contacted Uberti and am waiting reply, but if I don't get anything to show them by Wednesday, they are gonna book me for felony possession of a stolen gun... no fun!

Any ideas on this? The FFL my Dad purchased the gun through was older than my Dad even and has passed away. His records are wherever the Federal Gov't files all that. I don't have a sales receipt, I've had the thing like 16 or 17 years... I do have the box, and photos from '98 or'99 with me wearing it. The weapon was stolen in 2002.

Any help or advice or ideas on what to do next will be greatly appreciated!! I am at a loss, and not really wanting to bring my brothers weapon, they'll say it was stolen too!


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General Geoff
January 27, 2013, 10:58 PM
Sounds like the 8302 indicates a model number, not a serial number. If you can prove that other guns of the same type have that same number on them, then you can prove that it's not the serial number at all.

January 27, 2013, 11:08 PM
If anyone else has a Uberti Regulator with 8302 on the right side beneath cylinder, please post a pic. I can't find any online with a close up of that. Am going to take a picture of my brother's but it'd be nice to have several to show consistency...


January 27, 2013, 11:09 PM
Get a lawyer!

January 27, 2013, 11:10 PM
Check this out

It's a closed auction on Gun Broker for a revolver like yours. Same number.

January 27, 2013, 11:46 PM
Show your brother's gun to the police. Either they will have to arrest both of you for having the same stolen gun, even though there are two of them, or realize that that number is not the serial number!

General Geoff
January 27, 2013, 11:46 PM
That revolver was relisted here. (

Funny thing is, you could probably buy that revolver for less than the cost of a lawyer, and it would prove that the 8302 is not the serial number. You could also simply show the auction to the police, and also show them your brother's revolver as mentioned.

Frank Ettin
January 28, 2013, 12:00 AM
As has been said before, the Internet is not the place to get help with a real life, serious, personal legal matter.

The OP has a serious, personal legal problem he needs a lawyer and not the input of a bunch of anonymous denizens of cyberspace. Among other things, his discussions with his lawyer will be confidential. What is discussed here is not.

It's not a good idea to discuss serious, personal legal matters with strangers in public.


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