To add to the mystery the records of the Kodensha were always kept seceret because they were making and selling guns under contract with Winchester and selling some of them out the back door all over the world.
All the early records of the Kodensha plant were destroyed. According to my records, your gun dates from early November,1967.
Does anyone know if there were any changes in the guns over time that would help differentiate between them? I thought 1967 for sure but at my age 1966 will work just fine.
Does anyone have a 101 that they bought new and would be willing to share approx serial number and year purchased? Have 5 101's including a Pigeon 3 BBl set for the wife . on doves and cleans my plow on a regular basis with it. Thanks again for for all the help on dating this one.
This is is a little unique as the timber work is French polished from the factory (not oiled or lacquered).
The other thing that is a little different, is that all the engraved scroll work on the blued surfaces are gold inlayed, however all the engraved scroll work on the silver surfaces are not infilled.
The last record begins in May of 1971, beginning with serial number 145,000. Production started in 1959, but they were not released for retail until 1963, or 2. BTW - the "K" thing sounds like it would make sense.
Does anyone else have a different letter code or no code on theirs?
Wow, that's a big discrepancy from the seller's early 80's guess!
I'll go back to him to see what his basis for this was.
Following are the serial number blocks assigned to Springfield Armory and the two prime contractors, International Harvester and Harrington & Richardson Arms.
Not sure if this will be any help, as all information I have is sketchy, if not contradictory.
G'day All, Been following this thread as I've just acquired a Winchester 101 XTR Trap (in Sydney, Australia) which had ALL the original documents in the case.