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It is stamped, not engraved. On any firearm made or sold in the US after December 31, 1968, it must be on the receiver. Earlier firearms sometimes had it marked on other parts and in the days when each part was hand-fitted at the factory, many had the serial number on several parts.

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No. You need to know at least the manufacturer, the model, and in some cases the caliber and the approximate date of manufacture.

Serial numbers were not required on firearms in US prior to 1968.

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It all depends on how thorough the factory records are. Possible information includes: Date of manufacture Date shipped from factory Model number/name/description of gun Caliber Type of finish Material used in the grips/stock Engraving Engraver's name Where shipped to How many in shipment Government or private purchase Association with organization Association with famous person

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It depends on what you mean. If you mean is it possible to find out who purchased a handgun or if the gun is registered by the serial number, the basic answer is, no. If you mean can you find information about the gun itself by the serial number, you can sometimes find information by contacting the manufacturer.

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