Charles Daly/ Miroku O/U shotgun data we have recorded 


CHARLES DALY O/U TOP LEVER SERIAL NUMBERS
AS SUPPLIED TO US


                     TYPE 1


50,000?- 216522 12ga Field 
300,000?- 540083 12ga Superior

0?- 355645 20ga Field
0?- 213352 20ga Superior

                  TYPE 2

     no Ventures used thus style
216523 - 371702 12ga Field
540084 - 543618 12ga Superior
     no 20ga used this style
      "    "        "      "     " 


                     TYPE 3

306367 to coil springs  12ga Venture
371703 to coil springs  12ga Field 
543619 to coil springs  12ga Superior 
???                                20ga Venture  
355646 to coil springs  20ga Field
213353 to coil springs  20ga Superior

We have many questions as to the above serial numbers
These Japanese Charles Daly O/Us were started in 1963 & discontinued in 1976.  So, look at the serial numbers that we have seen & GUESS when your gun was made.  We are quite sure that the serial numbers were mingled in with Miroku's ongoing serial numbers & the CD's started nearer to 100,000 than the 0 that is indicated above.   Plus, the different grades appear to have come off different assembly lines which apparently were assigned different serial number blocks.  Then the different gauges appear to also have another serial number range. !!!!!????

Miroku sold guns under their own name also during this time to the world outside the Americas.  However both the Charles Daly & the Miroku will have the "BC Miroku" name on the bottom of the receiver.

We have also encountered 4 customer's guns that have "Commander" engraved on the RH side of the barrel with the assumption that is the model.  One of these had Field type engraving & the older round Field type pistol grip stock, that also on the bottom of the frame had BC Miroku in the normal place & then in an arc below, Model 700.  There was another Model 700  Commander for sale on Auction Arms.   Another gun was a model 800.  We can not find any information even listing the Commander model, so we are guessing this is an early model.

Below is a picture of the end flap off a gun box.   The #135 may have been the catalog number.?


APPARENT SHOTGUN BARREL CHOKE MARKINGS

* FC (full choke) **- IC (improved cylinder
*- IM (improved modified) SS SK (skeet)
** M  (modified) *** CYL (cylinder)

DATA,  GUNS ACTUALLY SEEN & CONFIRMED BY WISNER'S 
The below information is for Charles Daly guns,
unless specified Miroku

Serial Number Grade Top Lever Rec/ Rod Gauge Description
603XX Model OS pre type 1 Round 12ga 2 3/4"  26 1/2"  No make on gun, & SKEET GUN hand stamped on barrel
21884X .  type 2 12ga 
30243X Model OT, Trap   type 1   Round 12ga 2 3/4"  30"F & F, Kawaguhiya Firearms Co Ltd, Tokyo Japan rollmarked on the barrel after bluing, but also  the normal Miroku markings 
M38782X Field   type 3 Late 12ga 2 3/4"  (Miroku)  
 S39244X type 3  . 12ga   .
39698X  . type 3  . 12ga  .
 S39997X  Field Skeet   type 3    . 12ga  2 3/4"  26"
S5107XX   Field  type 4  . 12ga 2 3/4"   26" no grade on barrel,  has address of Ridgefield CT on barrel
S56084X (no grade)  type 3  . 12ga 2 3/4" no grade on barrel, (has Superior type  engraving)
59280X Diamond Trap type 4 Late 12ga 2 3/4"  30" F & IM, 1/2" wide solid rib, MC comb,  Selexor ejector system
S61339X Superior type 4 Late 12ga 2 3/4"  30" F & IM, .400" wide vent rib, MC comb, (CD Ridgefield CT)
.  . .

S21232X

  Skeet  

   type 1  

 . 20ga  2 3/4"   26" 
33440X  Venture    type 4   . 20ga  3" (S) on rear bottom barrel (all coil springs) 
M35992X .   type 3   . 20ga  (action only from a damaged gun) Suspect it was a (Miroku) 
 36260X  .   type 3   . 20ga "Anschutz"rollmarked onbarrel after bluing  (Miroku)
.
S23006X  . 28ga limited production on the small frame
M59147X Skeet . . 410 26" Vee ejector spring, Superior wood & silver receiver, 2 pin FP bushings, Aero Distributors Corp., Seattle Wash, (Miroku)


                     
                                                         DATA SUPPLIED BY OTHERS
                         
at times we do not get all the data we would like, so some of this is sketchy

Serial Number Grade Top Lever Rec/ Rod Gauge Description

 M11232X

M 800

 type ? 

.

12ga 

.

15330X

.  type ?  . 12ga Miroku 
15917X Sterling Field  type 3  . 12ga  2 3/4" M & IM  Miroku (for the Australian market?)
16006X M 700  type 1  . 12ga  2 3/4" (Miroku)
M16006X   M 700   type 1  . 12ga 2 3/4" (Miroku)  Kochi Japan
16138X M 700  Commander  type 1  . 12ga  2 3/4" .
M16945X M 800  Commander  type 1  Round 12ga  2 3/4" 30"  F & IM
17654X .  type ?  . 12ga  .
S17812XB  M 800 type ? . 12ga  This gun had a suffix of "B" after the serial number
20300X M 700  type ? . 12ga .
2048XX . type ? . 12ga DOP 1966
221XXX Diamond type ? . 12ga  2 3/4" 30"  F & IM
5406XX  Superior type 2 . 12ga (no grade on barrel)
2049XX  Skeet  type ? . 12ga DOP 1967/68
 S3013XX M 800 Trap  type 1 . 12ga  2 3/4" 30"
31222X Field   type ? . 12ga .
31937X . type ? . . DOP  late 1972
3438XX Trap (Diamond?)  type 4  . 12ga  2 3/4"  F & IM (Miroku), no grade, but with Vee MS & ejector springs, (transition or retrofitted top lever?)
S3507XX M 300 Trap   type ?  . 12ga  2 3/4" Single barrel Trap  DOP about 1970
3875XX .  type ? . 12ga  2 3/4" DOP 1969 in a Navy BX in Japan (Miroku)
3876XX Field 700  type ?  . 12ga DOP 1970 in military PX
3980XX . type 3 . 12ga  3" 30" F&F
39949X Field  type 3 . 12ga  3" 30" F&F
S5040XX . type 3 . 12ga  3" 30" F&F
S5029XX . type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4" 26"  (no grade on barrel)
S50294X Field  type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4" F & I
S5495XX .   type 3  . . .
55349X . type ? . 12ga  2 3/4" 28"  DOP 1966 in a Navy BX in Japan
55761X . type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4" F & IM
56616X . type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4" 30" F & M  with Selexors (Miroku)
S5666XX Superior  type 3 . 12ga   2 3/4" F & M  DOP 10-1970
S5693XX . type 3 . . .
S5762XX

Superior Trap 468

type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4"  32"      1/2" rib
55759X Superior Trap type 3 . 12ga  3" 30" F & M  F & IM
590XXX 800 type 3 . 12ga  2 3/4" 2 hole FP bushing (Miroku)
6044XX Superior Skeet 200   type ?  . 12ga  2 3/4" 26"   DOP  6-15-73
60525X Superior Skeet  12ga  2 3/4" 26"   DOP  6-15-73
60578X . . . 12ga  2 3/4" M & IM 
S6097XX

Superior Trap 363

type 4? . 12ga  2 3/4"  30"   (Shipped as a warranty replacement from Sloan's 7-1976
S616XXX Superior Trap  type ? . 12ga  3" 32" straight stock
6953XX 800 High Special type 4 . 12ga  2 3/4" Model stamped on LH side of top barrel.  Trap Gun Monte Carlo Stock c/w Tear drops, 3 hole FP bushing (Miroku)
699XXX 800 type 4 . 12ga  2 3/4" 3 hole FP bushing (Miroku)
S701XXX .  type ?  . . DOP  1971
7047XX Venture Trap  type ?  . 12ga  30"
S7076XX Venture Trap type 4 . 12ga 30"
726695  . type ?  . 12ga  26"  Miroku
. . . . . .
20673X .  type ?  . 20ga 26" M & IC  Miroku   (O/S FA)
  21042X .  type ?  . 20ga
2175XX Skeet type ? . 20ga  DOP 1967/68
S30675X . type ? . DOP 1965  
3327XX . type 3  . 20ga 3" 26" M & IC
S3341XX Pro-field type 4   20ga Model on box 190312     Click here for picture of engraving
S3349XX . type 3 1/2 . 20ga 3" 26" M & IC    (coil MS & EHS / but  type 3 top lever spring) 
DOP 10-1976 
334XXX Venture  type 4   . 20ga 28" F & M
35963X Field  type 3  . 20ga  .
 36003X  . type 3   . 20ga 3" "Anschutz"rollmarked on barrel after bluing  (Miroku) purchased in Europe late 60s or early 70s
36141X Field  type ?  . 20ga 3" 26" M&IC
M52144X 800 . . 20ga 3" 26" SK & SK,  (Miroku) purchased new 9/25/69 at BX in Atsugi, Japan, model not on gun, but on bill of sale
52590X . type ?  . 20ga 3" NIB
. . . . . .
23257X . . Late 28ga 2 3/4" 20 ga frame
. . . . . .
. . . . . .
51632X . type ? . 410  3" NIB
S5931XX . type 3 . 410  3" F & M   (S in s/n on barrel only, no grade markings)
59423X Skeet  type 3 ? . 410  3" 26" Skeet  (Miroku)
. . . . . .

 

NOTE - all of the firearms covered here are for the pre 1976 guns made in Japan.   Anything sold by Charles Daly after that date apparently was made by Sabatti of Italy & is a totally different gun of which we have no information.  We suggest you contact KBI directly at www.charlesdaly.com who now has the rights to use the Charles Daly name.

   (1) Top lever spring type (MOST IMPORTANT)
(2) We need info on whether your gun is Chas Daly, or actual Miroku, possibly verified by S/N prefix letter
(3) S/N & prefix letter if any, check for separate prefix letter on monoblock or forearm
(4) Grade stamped on barrel & or designated model
(5) Gauge & chamber length / choke
(6) W
hether the firing pins are spring type or not 
(7) W
hether the firing pin retainer bushings have 2 removal holes or 3

(8) Year purchased new if known

Last updated 02-20-2007
LeeRoy Wisner

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