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Serial numbers everywhere!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by KIX, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. KIX

    KIX Well-Known Member

    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....

  2. hawkeye10

    hawkeye10 Well-Known Member

    :) Can't say about Bersa, I have not owned one. All the other modern guns I own have only one serial number. Don
  3. DonRon

    DonRon member

    European gun makers tend to put serial numbers all over the place. It could be an import thing or something.
  4. smartshot

    smartshot Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Ohio Gun Guy

    Ohio Gun Guy Well-Known Member

    It's a scheme so in 50 years, someone can offer half to the owner if one of those numbers doesnt match! :p
  6. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    When I clean several same model Glocks (like 2-3 G22s), the serial numbers help me reassemble the right components together. :D
  8. Corey

    Corey Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. jkulysses

    jkulysses Well-Known Member

    Ya my Glock is the same way and my first non american semi auto so I thought it was weird at first too.
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Bersa's are a product of Argentina~! :uhoh: ;) :D
  11. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    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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