I have a C9A tang safety that will not hold air. How do I know when it was made? The crosman website does not have a serial number that matches.
Hope this helps.
Until 1956, the rear sight was soldered with the first year knurled windage adustments
1960 5 M/M Cal & Made in USA added to pump tube
1961 saw evolution of the bolt from straight to curved to pear shaped with hole (eventually removed 1975)
1963 with a switch from the hold down safety to the rocker safety
1964 changed the front sight to a forward ramp style.
1964 Inspection dates were stamped on left side of receiver (Backwards and alphabetically)
1968 removed grooves from the receiver
1972 Serial numbers instituted
Here are some known facts as they pertain to your rifle: This part is about my rifle Silver Streak
Straight bolt handle - Earliest C models up to 1961 when bolt handles became curved : 1949 -1960
Rear Sight - sight held by small allen-head screw opposing two dimples on opposite side : 1956 - 1971 (earlier models featured permanently soldered rear sights with knurled windage knobs)
Automatic Safety - Pre 1963 when rocker was introduced. 1949-1962
Narrow Trigger Guard - 1959 and earlier (can't see it in your pic but there should be philips screws holding the trigger guard instead of rivets)
Stock and Forearm - If 4 screws were used in place of roll pins on the forearm, then it indicates one of first two years of that model - along with thin "almost crude" stock and thin cylindrical forearm 1949-1951. Roll pins indicate 3rd year production onward.- 952 on
Partridge-style front sight with vertical rear face - Incorporated 2-3 years after introduction of the C model : 1951-1964
Simple Markings - the words "5mm Cal" and "Made in USA" on opposite side introduced in 1960. Absent those inscriptions 1949-1959
High Comb Stock - 1949-1958 Lowered in 1959
I'd say the best guess given the info on hand is it's between a 1956 - 1958 model (Based on rear sight and high comb).
If I'm not mistaken it was like this;
CB was all the rockers, thumbers etc.
CB9 was early transitional packed in lead.
CB9PA was late transitional. Slip in valve. Both transitionals used the same trigger, bolt and hammer package with [push pull safty
CB9A is what they have now but that has ghone from Walnut to Sycamore?. Slip in valve and Safety on the gaurd.
Silver streaks drop the B fro model designation.
To confuse the actions were never marked with the B as that designated balck and whehn the markings were stamped the Guns could still be a black or chromed gun. Just like an E or H pistol is stamped before it was chromed or painted/blacked and only chrome guns are actually E/H's and all else is EB/HB cause it is painted or blacked somehow.
C/E/H means silver.
Now you know TOO MUCH!