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(@moggym)
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Hi 

What date and other information can you get from a MK3 serial number: A6640   ?

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Topic starter Posted : 26th January 2020 00:17
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In the Colletor's guide to Air rifles by Dennis E. Hiler 4th edition, the Mark III series II started in 1957 up to 1961. Series 4 from 1961 to 1964. All serial numbers are numbers.

Mark III late model 1964 to 1975. The loading tap of this series is straight, whereby the older models were very nicely rounded  machined steel. The serial numbers of these guns started with the letters A and B. So, I will say that on your gun the loading tap lever is an ugly straight line machine cut. (I have one of those too. No insult meant). It seems they had 4 digits after the letter. The B serial numbers seem to be for guns fitted with anschutz target sights. Could also be a Supertarget. On the Supertarget there is small round cap at the bottom of the stock, under the trigger. It should contain some front sight inserts. Hope it helps! 

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Posted : 29th January 2020 23:08
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I have a Mark3 in .22 that my buddy has just repaired. (Sheared piston rod, new washer, etc)

The serial number is 30053. Age?

Thank you.

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Posted : 22nd August 2020 13:18
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 mike
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Hi, I have a webley mk3 .177 air rifle serial number B1184... I would like to know the production date, if someone could help it would be very much appreciated... 

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Posted : 20th April 2022 13:35
Garvin
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Leave it with me. I'll do an abridged version of the 1964-1975 Mk3 serial number/date list in Christopher Thrale's excellent Webley Air Rifles book.

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Posted : 20th April 2022 22:02
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 mike
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@garvin

Thanks that would be great, mike 

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Posted : 23rd April 2022 14:11
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 mike
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@garvin

 

Hi garvin, 

Any update? 

 

Regards 

Mike 

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Posted : 21st May 2022 10:48
Garvin
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@mike 

It's in hand but it's very painstaking and tedious to create, so I can only do a bit at a time.

I also discovered that the 'A' series of Mk3 had the serial numbering reset to zero after A9999, so the number at the top of this thread, A6640, appears twice, both in 1968 and 1971. I haven't got to the 'B's yet, so can't speak about them.

The abridged index I'm doing is much vaguer than the original, so if anyone wants a more granular breakdown of when their 1964-75 Mk3 was made, they'll have to get hold of Christopher Thrale's excellent Webley Air Rifles book.

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Posted : 22nd May 2022 20:19
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 mike
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@garvin

Thanks for the reply, sorry didn't I didn't realise it was going to be so time consuming for you, thanks for your efforts but please don't bother yourself anymore on my behalf, I've actually now sold the rifle so dating it is now irrelevant...I also want be buying a copy of over price second hand christopher Thrale's book either...?

 

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Posted : 22nd May 2022 21:21
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Posted by: @mike

@garvin

Thanks for the reply, sorry didn't I didn't realise it was going to be so time consuming for you, thanks for your efforts but please don't bother yourself anymore on my behalf, I've actually now sold the rifle so dating it is now irrelevant...I also want be buying a copy of over price second hand christopher Thrale's book either...?

 

No, it's OK, it's something I've been meaning to do for the gallery for ages.

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Posted : 23rd May 2022 18:33
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Hi,

I have an Mk3 .177 serial 9393.

Whats the approximate date on it please.

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Posted : 29th June 2022 14:03
Garvin
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Hi,

I have an Mk3 .177 serial 9393.

Whats the approximate date on it please.

No idea, it's an early one. Sorry.

I suggest you ask the same question in the collectables section of www.airgunbbs.com

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Posted : 29th June 2022 15:15
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@garvin thanks mate, will do.

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Posted : 29th June 2022 23:49
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(@chris-six-guns)
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Good evening,I have a Webley MK3 in .22 serial number 43440 could you help me date it please.

Chris 

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Posted : 8th December 2022 18:54
Garvin
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Chris I think it's 1964 or late 1963.

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Posted : 9th December 2022 17:31
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@garvin Thanks Gavin, I've looked all over the internet and couldn't find anything

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Posted : 9th December 2022 21:05
Garvin
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It's only an estimate. Chris Thrale's book's Mk3's numbering guide starts at 45,xxx dated to November 1964, I think.

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Posted : 10th December 2022 16:54
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Garvin, firstly I must apologise for calling you Gavin ????and secondly thanks for your help,your 1963/64 dating is good enough for me,just one more thing do you have any idea what style of Webley disc should be on the stock?,mine is there but any writing has long since worn off .

Thanks Chris.

 

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Posted : 6th January 2023 19:13