My "new" Dart .45 rifle

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    tom in nc

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    I just bought this rifle. It is a Dart .45 caliber and was made in 1977 according to the stamped # (AC) and THE chart on here. It has either been well cared for or had possibly not been shot until I bought it a few days ago. I shot it a few times and I am pleased. 20190820_210306.jpg 20190820_210324.jpg 20190820_210412.jpg 20190820_210520.jpg
     

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    Zonie

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    Your gun was proofed in 1977. I know this because of the "AC" code in the stamped box.
    The other markings are Italian proof marks. Happy shooting. :)
     
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    Britsmoothy

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    Looks great for its age.
     
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    tom in nc

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    Now that I know, thanks to THE chart on here, how to date these Italian made reproduction guns, that my gun was made in 1977, I wonder if it had been shot before I got it. The seller assured me that it was a "good shooting gun". But it was so clean that there was no evidence that it had ever been fired. Had I known that it was 42 years old I would have spent a little more time examining it before I loaded and fired it the first time. No matter though, I bought it to shoot and that's what I will do. It' not like it's an original antique anyway, right? If someone has fired it and taken great care of it for 40+ years I will do the same and maybe pass it down to one of my grandsons.
     
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    Dan Masson

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    Nice find! Regardless of date it was made, you pretty much have a new rifle, it'll last a life time!
     

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