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Old 07-09-2021, 10:29 AM
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Hi i am Frank from Belgium and bought me a anschutz 54.
And I want to know what year he is from?

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Stamp of a eagle with the letter N under
SN 106xx

Thanks for helping

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Old 07-09-2021, 10:53 AM
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I have one that is an 18000 serial and even Anschutz could not tell me. Best guess seems to be late 1950's or early 1960's and yours of course is quite a bit older.
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Old 07-09-2021, 11:35 AM
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Frank,

as Hip's Ax notes, dating early Anschutz 54s is imprecise. However, the factory logo on the receiver can give a clue. The Anschutz website has a page about the company history; this shows how the company logo changed in the 1950s. This may help to narrow down the date.

Enjoy your new rifle too! If it wasn't owned by a very serious competition shooter, it should still be in good condition. Be prepared to clean the barrel a lot though!
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Old 07-09-2021, 02:47 PM
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Frank,

as Hip's Ax notes, dating early Anschutz 54s is imprecise. However, the factory logo on the receiver can give a clue. The Anschutz website has a page about the company history; this shows how the company logo changed in the 1950s. This may help to narrow down the date.
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I have look and its the logo of 1955.
I think than its between 1955-1958 because in 1958 the two digits stamped in the barrel and mine dont have the two digits

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Old 07-09-2021, 03:36 PM
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What follows in the next paragraph is speculative.

In 1961 two digit date stamps began to be used and my records show a 1961 rifle with a serial number of 274xx. During the seven to eight year period between the introduction of the Anschutz match 54 rifle in 1954-1955, the annual average production of rifles would be about 3425 to 3900 units. But it's reasonable to believe that more 54 match rifles were produced with each passing year after their introduction. As a result, it a 54 Anschutz with a serial number of 106xx would likely make it of late 1950s, perhaps approximately 1958 vintage.

The different logos used by Anschutz are shown below.



Although these logos may be of limited use when it comes to rifles with relatively early serial numbers, these may be helpful for a general idea of the date of manufacture. Some of the 1955 logos appear across the receiver, while others are placed in line with the barrel. The latter alignment is more recent, but when they were turned to line with the barrel is not clear.

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Old 07-10-2021, 07:31 AM
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Although these logos may be of limited use when it comes to rifles with relatively early serial numbers, these may be helpful for a general idea of the date of manufacture. Some of the 1955 logos appear across the receiver, while others are placed in line with the barrel. The latter alignment is more recent, but when they were turned to line with the barrel is not clear.

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Old 07-11-2021, 10:08 PM
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To add a little more data supporting Penage Guy's estimate of higher production rates later in the un-dated barrel run, I have documented a '62 serial of 323xx, or about 5000 higher than PG's. And from my records production thru the '60s continued to increase, averaging about 6700 units per year for the period from 62-71.
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Fascinating stuff,and it really isn't from that long ago that we are trying to figure out the dates of manufacture. Heck, I have Marlins twice this old and they seem easier to date.

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