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    KR38393 looks like March 1960.

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    can anyone help me with this serial number?

    S16271.

    please send to bondservnt@aol.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondservnt View Post
    can anyone help me with this serial number?

    S16271.
    Can't find it in the book.
    It lists S prefix Mk4s from 1001 to 11067 as being made from 1972 until 1974.
    The S prefix Mk5s begin at S 050 in 1968 to S 1686 in 1976.

    It might help if we knew the Mk series.
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    I have seen several S prefix's higher than S11067.
    They are commercial Mk4's.
    The highest I've seen so far is over S22000.

    Found this pic of one:

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    There's also a reversed S on some S prefix's that looks like a 2 at first glance.
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    I didn't mean to infer the OP's serial number was incorrectly stated.
    The book of GOD is without question the best reference source we have, but we have noted some mistakes and missing bits and pieces of information.
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    The GoD book covers the lost Sterling registers (page 240) and use of Mr. Mowett's notes for dates of manufacture, serial numbers, etc. I think this might explain the missing serial numbers.

    The amount of information about dates of manufacture, customer, serial numbers in the book is pretty remarkable when you consider there is no official record and all the information comes from one man's notes.

    I am also very impressed that Captain Laidler made the effort to reconstruct so much of the information that would have otherwise been lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler View Post
    The GoD book covers the lost Sterling registers (page 240) and use of Mr. Mowett's notes for dates of manufacture, serial numbers, etc. I think this might explain the missing serial numbers...
    Correct, and one would assume it's a late manufacturer L2A3 given the information we have.
    The book of GoD doesn't answer the original question from Bondservnt in regards to serial number S16271 which was what I was trying to convey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas SMG View Post
    Correct, and one would assume it's a late manufacturer L2A3 given the information we have.
    Yes. Also, the guns I've seen with the high serial numbers were in good condition. The wear was consistent with what you'd expect with a late production gun.

    The book of GoD doesn't answer the original question from Bondservnt in regards to serial number S16271 which was what I was trying to convey.
    Vegas,

    That's what I understood. I think you were very clear.

    Communicating on these forums is different than sitting face to face and having a conversation. Without the personal interaction it's not always easy to know if people understand. But you write very well and there's no problem understanding you. I apologize if I said something that made you think I wasn't understanding you. I am not a skilled writer.

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    Hi there. I'm a brand new member to this forum, but I just acquired an ex New Zealand army L2A3 and was wondering about it's year of manufacture. It's serial number is KR 26166. Can anyone help? I'm also interested in knowing how many of these were brought into NZ. I used one of these in the Royal NZ Navy, I found they were excellent rugged little guns.

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    serial number is KR 26166
    March, 1959.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiAl View Post
    ... I'm also interested in knowing how many of these were brought into NZ.....
    GOD book page 242 say New Zealand purchased from Sterling 1950-1974:

    2,006 x Mk4
    5 x Mk5
    776 x bayonets
    16,030 x magazines

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    Awesome. Thanks for the info mate. Must say I never did understand why you would want to attach a bayonet to a Sterling smg!

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    Can you tell a commercial Mk4 L2A3 manufacture date- mine is S21340?

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    Can you tell a commercial Mk4 L2A3 manufacture date- mine is S21340?
    The Sterling records for anything newer than 1974 mysteriously went missing from BAE just prior to the Matrix Churchill inquiry.

    S11067 is the last number we know of in 1974. However, the guns were in production to 1988. So, there's a big gap in the records.

    Your gun could be part of the secret arms to Iraq deal,, or it could have been sold to another country.

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    Sterling date of manufacture

    Good day

    I really would appreciate the date of manufacture of Sterling L2A3 with serial no KR18524.

    Thank you.

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    I am assuming the above serial no is an L2A3?
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    Look with the grip off, I have demilled parts KR1328xx I think it came from Canada has ROFC stamped and 57 two different places.. But I'm suspicious about that one, the top and bottom of the mag housing is thinner than another one I have. The second one KR467xx I have has no such stampings on the grip frame. On the bottom of the mag housing the second one has Sterling and patent info stamped, the thinner mag housing has no stamped info on the bottom. All The Commercial Semi Sterlings have the same type info on the bottom of the mag housings.

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