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Walnut Stox
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I’ve just bought a post-war Diana Model 27 made by Milbro in Scotland. It’s probably 1960s, but is it possible to find out its actual year of manufacture? I’ve tried asking both SMK and M&G but neither wants to know. It’s serial number is 278669.

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Topic starter Posted : 6th September 2020 09:03
marflow
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it would appear there is no answer

this subject has been chewed on in the past

some post to read

http://www.airgunbbs.com/showthread.php?647995-Milbro-Diana-production-records

https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=9137.0

if there was more info it could have been lost to time

sorry not much help

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Posted : 6th September 2020 20:37
Walnut Stox
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@marflow Thanks for those links. They made interesting reading, even if they didn't lead to an answer. I had wondered if the serial number ending with a 69 meant the rifle was manufactured in 1969, but those articles showed that theory to be wrong, at least.

I'm surprised that no-one has been stirred to write the definitive history of the Millard Brothers and the post-war Dianas. It's a good, old-fashioned, ripping yarn by any measure. It even has tragedy at the end!

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Topic starter Posted : 10th September 2020 00:58
marflow
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the information might have been written down somewhere but the bridge from written to computers just didn't make it

time is the killer of old facts and i guess someone in the UK would have had to do it

and there is the fact that people of the time didn't think anyone would care 60 years down the road

the info could be out there but this post or others would have to be read by the owner of the info

sorry i could be more help

mike

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Posted : 10th September 2020 20:24