I recently bought a used Saiga .410. The PO said he bought it 5 to 10 years ago. I have checked around on the web to find out how to determine the date of manufacture of my gun. Some say the first 2 numbers of my serial number (93). And others say the 2 digit number under the oval stamp on the left side of the reciever(01). Didn't know if different calibers or different models have different markings? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Another guy on another forum informed me that the first 2 digits of the serial number (93) are the date of man. And that the numbers under the Oval (01) are the date of inspection for customs. The funny thing is if he's right my gun sat around from 93 till 01 to be sold. His therory makes sense because the numbers are so far appart(93-01). My serial number is 93 XXXX . He said that they did the serial numbers in the early 90's with the date seperated from the rest of the serial. Now they are all together with no spaces.