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I know you can date range the Yugo’s by the torches in the crest but can you further define the year of manufacture by serial #? I would love to dig into the history of my kit. Thanks
 

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The total number of produced M53 - 49764

1954-1956 - 3986 machine guns
1956-1960 - 13869 machine guns
1960-1965 - 16000 machine guns
1965-1971 - 10659 machine guns

In addition, from 1956 to 1958, 5250 machine guns with a thin bipod (I find it difficult to say what this means) were produced .
 

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Thanks Octopus. I have an earlier kit with the 5 torches and a serial of D-147XX. I don’t know where the serials started, but if I can find that out and with you years of production numbers, I can get a better gauge of the window it was made.
 

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Awesome! How did you get that date? Serial prefix? Or something else?

Also, I’ll have to check on that thin bipod thing since it falls in that range and report back.
 
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