No serial number on MA firearm?

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  1. Third_Rail

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    I recently bought a Mossberg 500a shotgun from AG guns here in MA, and I can't for the life of me find a # on it. Did I buy a pre-68 (or whatever year) shotgun, and is it legal?
     
  2. Third_Rail

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    Anyone at all? I don't want this thing on my hands if it's not legal.
     
  3. Zach S

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    Does it have a side-saddle? I know it seems like a stupid question, but the side-saddle covers the serial number on my 590.
     
  4. Third_Rail

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    Nope. It's absolutely stock. No scratch marks or anything like that, either.

    I have a digital camera, actually. If pictures of any particular area would help, do tell.
     
  5. DR

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    Does your FA-10 form show a serial number?

    On my 500, the serial number is on the left side just above the slide release.
     
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    serial numbers were not required until after the 1968 gun control act
     
  7. Third_Rail

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    Nope, no # on the registration form either... I guess I have a pre-68 shotgun. I thought it was MUCH younger than that!

    I'm happy to have an older example, then!
     
  8. Old Fuff

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    You didn't indicate if this shotgun was purchased as a new or used gun ...

    Anyway, the model 500 was introduced in 1962. In 1973 they changed from walnut to a hardwood(?) stock. Maybe this will help identify its age.
     
  9. Third_Rail

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    Purchased used, and with a nice walnut (although cheaply laquered) stock.
     
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    Given the circumstances, I think you have a pre-serial number model 500, and enough evidence to support the contention. Do enjoy your new (used) gun. :D
     
  11. USP45usp

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    I have about 5 pistols that don't have a serial. They have factory numbers that all match but no serial number. Most places will take those numbers and put that down as the serial.

    Congrads, you have a "freedom" gun :).

    Wayne
     
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