Jc Higgins Model 88 Serial Number Lookup
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In 1957 a snub-nose model of the Sentinel was introduced, with a rounded butt on the grip. The early guns had a bobbed hammer, through about 1960, after which they featured a spur hammer. The blued version was Model #9144 and the nickeled version was Model #9145. Color finishes in gold (Model #9161), turquoise (Model #9162), and pink (Model #9163), known as Dura -Tone colors, were offered for the snub-barrel Sentinels. The Dura-Tone guns came in a deluxe presentation case and had white faux ivory grips. In 1967 when the R-108 series began the snub-nose models were given different model numbers, the blued one being Model #9344 and the nickeled one being Model #9345.
Occasionally guns found at or near the scene of a shooting or taken from a suspect will have had the serial number removed either by filing or, less frequently, by grinding. The serial numbers on stolen guns are also frequently removed. The practice of removing serial numbers is not as popular among criminals as it once was as they have now learned that their efforts are futile.
When a gun is brought to the laboratory for the restoration of a serial number the first thing to do is to examine the gun both inside and out to see whether any such number is present. Often times with suitable illumination and some magnification the number can be discovered and deciphered, particularly if the surface is wetted.
Many cases can be solved quite simply, particularly for some makes of revolvers, by removing the grip plates and examining the frame where the number may be stamped. If this fails, the inside of the grip plates may show a pencilled serial number. Disassembly of the gun may reveal serial numbers in several places, depending on the make of the gun. In automatics of foreign make the last three digits of the serial number are often placed on the barrel, but seldom does the entire number appear there-unless it is a two or.three-digit number. Oftentimes, on the other hand, the number on the barrel may bear no relation to the serial number, so one must not assume that because a number is there it necessarily is a part of a serial number. So, instead of being helpful in interpreting a serial number that comes out faintly upon etching it may add to the confusion. It may or it may not help. One must be familiar with the practice of the manufacturer of that make of gun.
*For information on the location of serial numbers on various automatic pistols see The Identification of Pistols by Serial Numbers and Other Markings, by V. Krcma. Jour. of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 6, p 479 (1961). 2b1af7f3a8