The Cody Firearms Records Office provides manufacturing dates and configuration data on Winchester, Marlin, and L.C. Smith firearms using the original factory records held by the Center. Ithaca and DuBiel information is currently only available to Firearms Members of the Center.
Factory letters are available to all individuals for a fee based on membership status and are typically mailed four weeks from payment receipt. Quick serial number searches are a Center Firearms Member benefit and are typically e-mailed within 24 hours of request.
Will your firearm letter? Click the links below for lists of available models and serial numbers:
The Winchester Serial Number Application ledgers record the date serial numbers were applied to firearm components at the beginning of the manufacturing process. The SNA ledgers start in the mid-1880s and continue into the 1940s. Not all models and serial number ranges have SNAs available. Winchesters manufactured after 1906 may only have SNA records.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West Firearms Members receive free or discounted factory letters as well as some complimentary serial number searches. Member benefit serial number searches do not carry over from member year to member year. Prices for additional letters and searches are based on Firearms Membership commitment level. Click here to find out more about membership!
Buffalo Bill Center of the West Firearms Members who are also Winchester Arms Collectors Association (WACA) members may request a bonus 15-pack of serial number searches each year. Contact the Records Office with your WACA number to request the bonus. Visit winchestercollector.org to learn more about the club and WACA membership.