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Old 07-09-2009, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dating a VM?

I was wondering do they prefer fancy restaurants or romantic walks.....


Sorry it was too easy, I am wondering if there is any way to figure out when a VM was made, either by parts on it or the serial #.
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Well, Sheridan changed serial numbers along the way, so it would be really hard to give an exact date.
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The earlier versions had a smaller transfer port and dull flat trigger.
Later versions had larger port and silver trigger. Earliest models were PMI 3s

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Old 07-13-2009, 08:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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To answer the original question, yes, you can date pretty well by looking at the parts, or serial number.

First, is the serial 6-digit or 9-digit? The 9-digit ones have a 3-digit batch number added to the front which is the month/year the batch was produced.

As for parts, it can be sketchy as the VM was often upgraded, but a quick rundown might be:
non-ambi w/ long-bolt and camo rail: dates to late 1990.
non-ambi w/ short bolt: dates to 1991
ambi w/ metal plates: dates to 1992

after this they should have batch numbers:
1993- switch to 6-hole valve
1994- switch to larger port
1995- notch in feed port
1996- newer style trigger
1997- internal ec and shorter trigger block
1998- production ends.
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Serial is 008858, so no batch number. It is non ambidextrous, with metal side plats and the body has the funky tiger stripe camo. I would call the bolt short but I have nothign to compare it to, so I am guess it is a '91 model.
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Serial is 008858, so no batch number. It is non ambidextrous, with metal side plats and the body has the funky tiger stripe camo. I would call the bolt short but I have nothign to compare it to, so I am guess it is a '91 model.
The longer bolt/hammer versions have a seperate cocking and safety knob. So, if you have 2 knobs, then its the earlier late 1990 version. Thoses were usually the purple stripe anno, rather then the black/white stripe camo.
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Serial is 008858, so no batch number. It is non ambidextrous, with metal side plats and the body has the funky tiger stripe camo. I would call the bolt short but I have nothign to compare it to, so I am guess it is a '91 model.


#4368 and long cocking slot.
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HP_Lovecraft, at point point did the plastic side panels come into play? Maybe you could create a VM timeline thread and sticky it as this question pops up from time to time.
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