Can you look up a shotgun by serial number?
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is legally authorized to track firearm ownership with a gun serial number. They do so through the ATF National Tracing Center. You’ll find online sites that claim to be able to track gun ownership with a serial number.
What kind of shotgun do I have?
Look on both sides of the gun, directly under the trigger. This is where almost every shotgun manufacturer places the shotgun brand seal. Turn the butt of the shotgun handle stock toward you. Look for a thin steel plate tacked to the rear of the handle with the shotgun brand name and the model number on it.
What gauge shotgun do I have?
The gauge of a shotgun is usually marked on the rear of the barrel, and the gauge of a shell is marked on the shell as well as on the factory box.
What’s the model of a gun?
The “Model” of a pistol distinguishes different guns within the same “Make”. For example, Glock produces various numbered Models, with the “17” and “19” among the most popular. Model numbers or names are often stamped or engraved on the barrel or slide, often along with the Make.
What happens if you get caught with a gun with no serial number?
The lack of a serial number does not render the firearm illegal. Suppose there is a firearm which was manufactured POST October 22, 1968. If the firearm has no serial number, and never had a serial number, the lack of a serial number renders the firearm illegal. Possession of the firearm is illegal.
What happens if you scratch the serial number off a gun?
Scratching the serial numbers off the gun so you can’t read them still doesn’t keep it from being read since stamping physically alters the metal below the stamp depth and that can be “read”. So you are now a felon.
What do gun serial numbers look like?
The serial number usually appears in more than one place on the pistol. The most important feature to look for is a script letter following or beneath the four-digit number, which is most often found on the vertical face of the locking block just below the point where the barrel joins the frame.