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Bucksarge
December 07, 2008, 23:07
Picked up a polytech M14S recently with the Serial# 115XX. Is there any way to get a born on date?

wolfsburgbob
December 08, 2008, 06:38
I thought you needed pointers on how to get a 14S to go out with you.

As for born on date, that is tough as nobody knows for sure when the parts were made or when the damned things were assembled. Some speculate that the parts were from the early 70's, some say late 70's. The late 80s to mid 90s is when they flooded various forms of complete and neutered rifles in before the whistle blew.

cabinetman
December 08, 2008, 08:22
All Polys were pre-ban, just so you know. Their importation was stopped before the ban was installed.

You can find just about everything you'd need to know here:

http://www.imageseek.com/m1a/welcome.html

Scroll down to "Different's" article about the development of this rifle and you'll find a lot of info about the Poly as well as other builders.

Rome

cabinetman
December 08, 2008, 09:08
I just happened to look in my folder for my Poly and found this which I believe will help you. It's only a smattering of numbers but will help you at least get into a basic timeline for your Poly.

Rome

SN date
00689 03/14/88
00827 06/03/88
01965 03/07/88
02116 08/04/90
08162 08/19/91
14584 04/19/93
17096 05/11/93
21671 07/22/93

1811GNR
December 08, 2008, 13:47
According to Different, the number below the stock line will give you the manufacture date of the receiver. 1st digit 3 = 1993. Second digit 5 = May. Third digit 8 = 8th day. There are some variations to that, believe he posted the "code" on AR15.com.

EricCartmanR1
December 08, 2008, 14:53
Originally posted by cabinetman
I just happened to look in my folder for my Poly and found this which I believe will help you. It's only a smattering of numbers but will help you at least get into a basic timeline for your Poly.

Rome

SN date
00689 03/14/88
00827 06/03/88
01965 03/07/88
02116 08/04/90
08162 08/19/91
14584 04/19/93
17096 05/11/93
21671 07/22/93

I just picked up a heel stamped Poly in the 013XX range. So thanks for that info.

Bucksarge
December 08, 2008, 15:09
According to Different, the number below the stock line will give you the manufacture date of the receiver. 1st digit 3 = 1993. Second digit 5 = May. Third digit 8 = 8th day. There are some variations to that, believe he posted the "code" on AR15.com.
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The # below the stock line is 12 23 24 5. Unfortunately searches on Arf.com are limited to the past 30 days, at least at my level of membership. Anyway, I think I can safely call this rifle of having at least been imported and serialed probably in 1992. Close enough for my records Thanks alot for the help guys.

wolfsburgbob
December 09, 2008, 08:09
Originally posted by Bucksarge
According to Different, the number below the stock line will give you the manufacture date of the receiver. 1st digit 3 = 1993. Second digit 5 = May. Third digit 8 = 8th day. There are some variations to that, believe he posted the "code" on AR15.com.


The # below the stock line (on mine) is 12 23 24 5. Unfortunately searches on Arf.com are limited to the past 30 days, at least at my level of membership. Anyway, I think I can safely call this rifle of having at least been imported and serialed probably in 1992. Close enough for my records Thanks alot for the help guys.

Good and sensible conclusion pertaining to an "early" heel marked.

With all due respect to all of the wonderful enthusiast/collectors out there, who have labored long exhausting and confusing hours trying to make sense of manufacture/importation dating and other Chinese markings on their exported firearms, my point about the futility in setting a rule concerning "born on dating" has another example.

The Chinese, though attempting some primitave organizaion of numbering, basically could not have cared less. The drive was for trade income for a few people at the top, not serialization/dating for collectors like the way documentation is applied to coins from The Franklin Mint. I sold many dozens of Polys in my FFL days before the ban, and the numbers spoken of here sometimes showed a cronological order with relationship to shipments recieved. The fly-in-the-ointment was many right in the middle of shipping and reciever serial sequence were numbered all over the place.

Just my $.02

Bucksarge
December 09, 2008, 09:28
Wolf, does it change anything if the reciever is a side mark, not a heel mark? Wow, I never new Chinese made guns could be so interesting.