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Old 01-25-2011, 05:46 PM
1903sprfld 1903sprfld is offline
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Default Lyman Alaskan

Can anyone tell me from the serial number about year this Alaskan was produced. 12085 no prefix
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:24 PM
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I am going to watch this thread closely, as I have serial number 15630.

I have had trouble understanding how to date these. I have a feeling that "A" serial numbers are later than the un-lettered numbers. I also believe that scopes with allen-screws came later than those with plain screws. Can't seem to prove any of it, though!
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:50 PM
Perplexed Perplexed is offline
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Can't help with the serial number dating, but here's an excerpt from my copy of N. Stroebel's "Old Rifle Scopes":

Designed in 1937, the famous 0.875 (7/8)-inch-tube Lyman Alaskan hunting scope first was catalogued in 1939. Until the early 1940s, Alaskans had exposed adjustments with the point markings clearly marked in white. By 1944, Alaskans were being offered in the "All Weather" configuration, with weatherproof caps on the adjustment screws and patented, moisture-proof internal adjustments. Starting in 1953, a Fixed Alaskan was offered that required the use of the then-popular windage and elevation adjustable mounts. The standard reticle was the No. 1 blunt post and crosswire. Options [sic] reticles included: blunt post, sharp post and crosswire, sharp post, tapered post and crosswire, and crosswire. The Lee Dot was available starting in the mid-1950s. The Alaskan, both standard and fixed, is last listed as available in the 1957 Gun Digest.
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