DPMS (no panther arms logo)?
i saw an DPMS AR15 without the panther arms logo! when was the panther arms logo added to the brand and why?
It was added after we stopped producing cast lowers and started making forged ones. The company's focus had changed from what it started out as (a consulting firm). It was before my time here, but I think that was added to give the brand an identity other than a simple acronym. DPMS, Panther Arms is a bit catchier than just D.P.M.S.
what year was the panther arms logo started and can i tell from the serial # the year of manufacture?
I'm not sure of the exact date. You can send an email to email@example.com with your serial number to get a manufacture date.
I purchased a 20" A2 sometime in 98 I believe, and it had the plain DPMS logo and the Becker, Mn. markings. It was my first AR15 and my dealer said it was one of the last pre bans they had left. If I recall correctly the markings protruded out instead of in.
Most accurate AR I ever had, had as in I sold it a few years back.