This is a simple PalmOS application that contains all of the information that I could find on the serial number ranges for various AR-15 manufacturers indicating whether or not the rifle is a 'pre-ban' rifle or not.
Select the manufacturer from the popup menu and all of the information that I have found for that manufacturer will be displayed in the main screen, if it is too large to fit on one screen the scroll bar will be enabled, use it or the up/down buttons to scroll the information.
Most of this info was taken from the AR15.com serial number FAQ in 1999. I have added recent data from Olympic Arms on their serial number ranges which they released after their June 7, 2000 fire.
Thanks to Mike Jackson for the inspiration for this program.
This program should work on all PalmOS devices, if you have problems with it please email me the details fo the device you are using and the problem(s) encountered.
The information contained in this program is for educational purposes only. It should not be considered the final word on anything and you should contact the rifle's manufacturer for a definitive answer. This information is meant only as a guide and has not been authorized or certified by any manufacturer.
Included is the GNU 'C' source code used to write this program. My development enviornment is a Debian 2.2 Linux system using the GNU compiler with cross-compiling for PalmOS. It is released under the GNU Public License v2.0 and is free to use and modify and learn from.
Update In September 2004 the 'assault' weapon ban expired. It looks, at least for now, like it is not going to be renewed. Tragically the inspiration for this program, Mike Jackson died of a heart attack on March 28, 2003. He is greatly missed.