Calls from the Wilds
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Each year folks give our catalog reprints to friends as Christmas gifts and for this we are grateful for the sales. As most of you know, we print to order, meaning we wait for the order to come in, then print, collate, bind, pack and ship. All this takes a few days so if you could please send in your order as soon as possible we would be most grateful. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.
FREE STUFF- We have long thought that it is a shame that we make available so many old publications that never sell. Most of the lame ducks are old books and magazines but all are interesting and should be shared. What to do? It just costs too much to print, bind and ship these old gems for free so after talking about it, we decided to give them away for free, or at least to make them available as free downloads. You will still be able to buy hard copies but if you prefer to browse them on your computer or tablet, you may download them and print them yourself, you will be able to do that for free.
We are going to convert some of the files we have to .pdf format that you can download simply by clicking on the link (don't worry, we run the latest anti-virus software to keep you safe). You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer but it is free and you probably already have it. If not, go to Adobe Reader and follow the intructions for the latest edition.
Files in .pdf format can also be stored and read on most tablets such as Kindle, IPad and Nook (click the link to read reviews of tablets). Tablets are mini computers that allow you to read books (and email and browse the internet where you have a wi-fi connection). One more thing, you will need a broadband or fast connection to the internet to download these files in a timely manner because they are necessarily large.
Louis Ohland copied all the Ideal Reloading indexes into one file that is available on the Ideal main page as a free download. Thanks Louis.
Thanks to Jeff Steidle from REGRESS PRESS (old car catalog reprints):
New Idea- Must Have Publications for Collectors?
We had a letter this month that started me thinking about how to best serve our customers. The writer asked me to give him a list of publications that would get him started in the cartridge collecting hobby, sort of a "must have" list. I realised I don't have the knowledge to assemble such a list for cartridge collectors much less for all the other collector interests, but I can see it would be a good idea.
I think there are probably groups of catalogs and books I reprint that would complement various aspects or concentrations of interest in gun collecting and that it would be nice to put together a webpage that lists those books in specialized groups. I could never do it myself so would any of you be willing to help me do such a grouping?
Basic collections could cover Ammunition, Shotguns, Military Rifles, Military Pistols, Revolvers, Pistols, Single Shot Rifles, Machine Guns and possibly subcategories for Black Powder and Nitro. While there are so many more special interests including pre-cartridge guns I think it would be best to stick with those about which we have lots of information.
So, if you would like to help, tell me what you collect and which publications I have you feel would be helpful to a new collector. Thanks, Abby
and things to think about as we enter yet another year of mind-numbing political attack advertisements (email forward thanks to Jim Buchanan):
1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. - John Adams
2. If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed, if you do read the newspapers you are misinformed. - Mark Twain
3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. - Mark Twain
4. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw
5. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey
6. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke, Political Pundit
7. The real problem in America is not so much what people DON'T know but, rather, what they're SURE they know that JUST AIN'T SO. - Will Rogers.
The Story of Isometric Schematics
We get a lot of requests for “schematics” of various firearms. I think most people, when they say schematic, mean the sort of three dimensional, isometric drawing that shows the relationship between parts, or how to assemble the piece. The folks making the request no doubt have a box of parts from a long abandoned effort to clean some relic and need help putting it all together again, a dilemma faced not only by amateurs but experienced gunsmiths as well. Often the guns are old weapons, perhaps with mechanisms unfamiliar to even experienced handlers but such drawings made of weapons manufactured before World War II are rare and all have been made after the war.
But, before World War Two nobody in the mainstream had yet thought of making a three dimensional, isometric, engineering drawing of anything. What we had was usually either a plan view of all the individual parts laid out on a table showing no relationships or a “cutaway” drawings showing the insides of the gun with parts in place but not showing the bits underneath the top layer or, on occasion, written instructions using arcane terms to describe the parts. But then, after WWII schematics appeared. The story behind this simple advancement is an interesting one.
A young civilian named Alex Aderer from New York worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington during 1942. One day while pondering an escape plan drawing of a Liberty Ship he thought how terrifying it must be to be trapped below decks in a burning, sinking ship, one that had been torpedoed in a frightening ocean. As he looked at the flat plans of each deck, one stacked on top of the other in plan view, it occurred to him in a flash of inspiration that it would be a heck of a lot easier to escape the burning ship if the drawing were three dimensional and showed the escape route as a clear visual, isometric route. Fortunately, his superiors immediately understood the implications of Alex’s inspiration and his schematics of ships were adopted by all the navies of the world within a few months.
We knew Alex in Connecticut many years ago. His wife, Janice, worked for us in our business and we learned the story of Alex’s inspiration from mutual friends. Alex was a small, modest, cheerful man who never profited financially from his innovation, not that he would have wanted to. In fact, he struggled as many of us do to raise a family and enjoy a modestly comfortable suburban life. He never talked about his wartime past but he went to his reward, I hope, knowing that he saved unknown lives by making the escape from a wounded ship easier for those trapped below. As we approach the Holidays this year, a time of reflection, I wonder how many of us share such an achievement for our time here on earth. On a more mundane level, I think we can thank Alex for making mainstream the use of isometric views of machines.
Rob Mouat, Brighton, MI
Ned Roberts' Stevens Ideal #44 ½ - 52
Major Ned H. Roberts was a well know ballistics expert before WWII and is credited as the developer of the .257 “Bob” wildcat cartridge which is well known as an effective, low recoil, flat trajectory varmint load. Remington introduced a commercial version of his cartridge in 1934 and although some of the dimensions were a bit changed they honored Roberts by naming their version for him, the .257 Roberts.
Roberts was also known as a prolific writer for periodicals of the era including Hunting and Fishing where he was Gun Editor; The American rifleman and The Complete Guide to Handloading. Born in 1866 in Goffstown, New Hampshire he was schooled in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and after college spent some forty-six years as a teacher. During this career he experimented with thousands of loads for many different types of rifles sometimes in cooperation with Dr. Franklin W. Mann, known as the father of ballistic science and A.O. Niedner, custom gunsmith who had a workshop in Malden, Massachusettes. Roberts died in 1948 but his articles about Schutuetzen rifles were preserved in the book The Schuetzen Rifle compiled by Gerald Kelver, Secretary of the American Single Shot Rifle Association.
Which brings us to our old friend Dick Carleton of New Hampshire who sent along a wonderful Hunting and Fishing magazine from 1944. It caught our attention for a couple of reasons. The old magazines are fun to read and are full of useful and interesting information but they are not, for the most part, saleable as reprints, people won’t pay good money for a magazine reprint. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore them and to that end we are going to start to make old magazines available as free downloads as we can find time to process them and add them to the website. We will make them up as .pdf files which means that if you download Adobe Reader (it’s free) you will be able to read the magazine on your computer, or if you prefer, you will be able to print it out on your own printer. The first free magazine will be the Hunting and Fishing issue mentioned above.
August 1944 was a tough month for this country and for the world in general. The Normandy invasion of Europe had been underway for less than two months and the battle to free Paris was to take place later in the month. Ann Frank was captured in Amsterdam, Romania joined the Allies, the submarine USS Rasher sank the carrier Taiyō and the The Mad Gasser of Mattoon resumed his mysterious attacks in Mattoon, Illinois.
Getting back to the August, 1944 Hunting and Fishing magazine, Ned Roberts, by then nearing 80 years of age, wrote about his Stevens Ideal #44 ½ - 52 Single Shot, Engraved Action with Double Set, or “Hair,” Trigger and Loop Lever rifle. Al’s note says, “Page 12 shows my rifle without the peep sight. In person, there is no doubt it is the same gun as the one in the picture because case colors are a match. A deceased friend bought a lot of guns, sights and Pope (Harry M. Pope was a respected barrel maker who had been associated with Stevens at the turn of the century-ed) parts at Robert’s estate auction in 1948, so I know where the rifle came from. It was a special order as it has no cheek piece and a full octagon barrel. Don’t know if Ned was the first owner but it has had very little use.”
So, there we have a partial provenance of the beautiful rifle pictured here and by downloading the Hunting and Fishing magazine you may read about it through the eyes of Ned Roberts from over sixty years ago.
Rob Mouat, Brighton, MI
New Books and Special Thanks
You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website. Many thanks to Jim Buchanan, Bill Hoffman, Bob Toth and Al Carleton for lending us catalogs from their collections to copy and return. This collection would be a fraction of its size without your support and that of so many others! By the way, the Centerfire Metric Cartridge book below was the world standard reference for ammunition when it was released, telling you the best ammunition for a particular pistol or revolver.
* Download our latest flyer of old gun catalogs
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Letters from Readers
Abby, The 1950 Winchester catalog reprint arrived in good shape. Nice work, as always. Best, John Marshall
Hi Abby, Just received my first on line Newsletter from you.......Absolutely fabulous ! Thank you for a great read. You and your service are just what we need...great stuff. Regards, John, Sporting Shooter’s Association of Australia
Abby, My Uncle, John Franklin Kallam served in Germany in WWII, then Korea, and the Precedio in San Francisco in the 1960's where he was an officer in the military police and on the Pistol and Rifle team. He wrote many instructional manuals during his career. How would I find old copies of these manuals? Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my Questions. Susan Stone
Susan, I wouldn't have any idea where to start looking for that except to suggest you put his name as a permanent search at Ebay, Gunbroker.com and auctionarms.com. They will notify you when the name comes up. Perhaps a newsletter reader will have a better suggestion. Abby
Abby, Does the 1964 Canjar catalog contain any information about how to adjust the canjar triggers Thank You, Ron Bennett
Ron, The catalog gives detailed information about models of trigger assy's for the rifles listed, including photos but I don't think it tells you how to adjust them. Abby
Abby, FN Karabiner Modell 1926 SS .22 Bolt Action Manual Comments: Do you have a translation of it? Not a full copy, necessarily, but some sort of translation? Ill buy the one you are selling if so! Thanks, Selden Daniel
Selden, Sorry, all we have is what we have listed. Unless the notes indicate English, you can assume the publication is in the language indicated. Abby
Abby, I have a 12 gage Forehand made by the Hopkins Allen Arms co., serial number 173111. I have been looking for years to find out when it was made. Your site gave me hope but I coud not find it. Can you help me? Thank you. Bill Crawford
Bill, You didn't give me a lot to go on to identify your gun but the Vorisek H&A book should help you with the serial number. Abby
Abby, Thanks, just wanted to drop you a line to let you know the William Goforth book on Iver Johnson arrived safe and sound. It is an excellent reference. Thank you for your quick response. Regards, Mark
Abby, ref: Ziess Zielmultar 1-6X scope. Comments: I would like to buy any and all information you have on this riflescope. I have one on a "Otto Lemm" custom rifle 8x57J. Dennis Keith Creason
Dennis, Thank you for your note. Each catalog we reprint has an index and the scope you are looking for should be listed in that index. Enter "Zeiss" in the search box to see the list of catalogs. The index is available from the search by clicking on "see contents". Cheers, Abby
Abbey, The London Armoury Company Ltd may be found in The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gumakers on page 314. This is normally abbreviated to the markings LAC on weapons of the period and is very well known in England. Regards, Ian
Dear Abby Thanks for your excellent newsletter. In answer to the query about The London Armoury Co. Ltd. it was a derivative company of the London Armoury Co. Ltd. who were initially at Bermondsey in 1857. They were famous for their machine made Enfields and their Kerr Revolvers. They were bankrupted in 1865 but reformed and were at various addresses under various managements and ownerships until 1991. 31 Bury Street, St. James was a sales office from 1909 to 1936. Best Wishes, Bill S. Curtis, A.C.I.I., Vice President (Hon.), Crimean War Research Society, HBSA (Hon. Life), Assistant Curator, Museum of the National Rifle Association, Whitworth Rifle Research Project, MLAGB, NLRC, ATRA, &c.
Abby, folsom arms: Comments: sono in italia o un fucile de mio nonno e volevo sapere il suo valore.... ce scrito solo folsom arms..se potrei avere queste informazione grazie, danilo ulivieri
Danilo, Mi dispiace, non offriamo valutazioni di armi da fuoco. I am sorry, we do not offer appraisals of firearms. Abby
Hi Abby, Happy to see you have Charles Carder's books available. Ran into an ID question and you are the first place I go to looking for reprints on this kind of thing. You're providing a great service to collectors and researchers. Thanks so much, Jim Blair
Abby, gastin renette 1940 catalogue. Comments: looking for catalogue that contains information on Gastinne Renette side by side 475 N0.2 rifles. saw the 1940 catalogue listed and have seen 1925 listed which do i need to buy?? Lloyd Tate
Lloyd, The text is in French and none of the rifles seem to have the exact description you give... so, either it is in one of them and they called it something else or it is not there... there are double rifles illustrated, however up to 14mm. Abby
Abby, Thank you, your website is quite a resource. I passed your information on to about 25 friends, many are avid gun owners. Patrick Harris, Community Policing Technical Advisor, Islamabad, Pakistan
Patrick, Thanks for the compliment. You must have a fascinating job! I bet my newsletter readers would love to hear a bit about what you do. My readers are from all over the world and being so cosmopolitan, the unusual is captivating. If you would like to write a little, I will be flattered to publish it. Cheers, Abby
Abby, Union Fire Arms 1907 Catalog. Comments: Does this catalog have the parts breakdown (schematic) of the repeating shotgun? Roger, Revelation Arms
Roger, No, back in those days few companies did more than give you a few written instructions about how to dismantle a gun. This catalog doesn't even give a parts diagram. Schematics (or three dimensional drawings) didn't come into common use until after WWII. Abby
Abby, Gaudet ammunition was a short-range practice cartridge for the .303 Lee-Enfield rifle. Eley contracted with Major Gaudet (a Canadian) to produce his design in England. One of the Eley catalogs (1904?) has a three-page spread on the product, but I would imagine it would be in catalogs up until WWI at least. Do you have one with this information? Thanks for your help. Regards, Kevin
Kevin, A quick look at a few of the Eley catalogs of the era show that they sold .303 "Marksman" and "Mid Range" ammunition but I don't see anything called Gaudet specifically. Sorry I don't have time for in depth research but that isn't our main service and this is a very busy time of the year for us. Abby
Abby, Do you know what the original Winchester 1903 catalog is worth? Deb
Deb, Depends on who is bidding and if there is someone else who wants it. Could be $10 could be $200. Abby
Abby, Browning Superposed 20 gauge ad. Comments: I have noted that you have the 1950 issue of the Stoeger's Shooter's Bible and it lists Browning Superposed in its contents. Does the ad refer to the 20 gauge version as "Blue Streak?" Thanks, Nick Hahn
Nick, No, it has another name for the 20. Abby
Abby, Hello friend: Would you be able to tel me,if this data book has a section on: .25-06 Ackley Imp. loading data. Pls. confirm my mail ASAP. Can you pls. find-out for me,in this book,if the .25 Ackley Magnum is the same as: .25-06 Ackley Improved ???. Pls. confirm my mail ASAP. Respectfully: Mr. Cid Kenber Oregon.
Cid, There is no mention of the Improved Ackley in the book.
Hello there Abby: Mr. Cid Kenber here from Oregon. I hope that I didn`t get you all confused with my question. I`m looking to find-out from you,what you have(in your book that you are auctioning-off) re: a .25-06 Ackley Improved rifle cartridge. It will look just like I`ve written to you (.25-06 Ackley Improved) or:(Imp) Very important that I have your confirmation on this question ASAP. Thx. Mr.Cid Kenber 11.21.11
Mr. Cid Kember, Your question wasn't confusing, but I am not qualified to discern the "differences" between technical data of cartridges, which is one of the reasons I sell these reference manuals- so that technically minded individuals will have a resource at their fingertips to answer arcane questions. I don't think there are any references to the Ackley Imp cartridge you asked about in this book. Mrs. Abby Mouat
Abby, I am the owner of a Scott & Sons double barrell/hammer shotgun. I have had this for about 20 yrs. I obtained it from an elderly woman who allowed me to hunt whitetail on her property. Her husband had passed many years before and she wanted some venison in leu of permission to hunt her property. After I gave her the packaged meat, she gave me her husbands shotgun. She said that it meant alot to her husband and since I was a woman who loved to hunt, I should have it, as she had no children to pass it to. I reluctantly accepted it and we remained friends until she passed. I have no knowlege of the history or maker of this beautiful piece or the value. Will this help me find out more about it? - janetb1560
janetb, Yours is a very nice story and one that should be told to friends but before anyone can help you with your questions, one would have to get a lot more information. For example, exactly what does the weapon have written or stamped on it (clear photos would help). Is it black or smokeless powder, what gauge is it, what does the receiver look like and what action does it have? Given all of that it is likely we have publications that feature the gun and that would go a distance toward learning about its history. As regards value, we cannot give appraisals because they depend on way too many variables that only first hand inspection would reveal (how tight is the action, what shape are the barrels in, finish etc.). However, once you identify the gun, commercially available gun value books should give you a fair idea of the worth. Cheers, Abby
Rants and Raves
This month's winner is:
Abby, Got the catalog.Cover in full color !The rest is garbage.Pages with pictures upside down.Specs upside correctly.When I first looked at your add I expected full color entire catalog.My mistake,this is second time,fool me once fool me twice I'm the fool!Last time,donate my $15 to your favorite charity. Ken Gregware, Marblehead, MA
Ken, Lighten up big fella! You've bought from me three times before this and I don't believe I have ever given you reason to get so excited, have I? Regarding your statements, the cover is indeed in color. The rest of the catalog is not in color nor do I say it is in color. To help you come to the realization the insides are black and white I place a photo of them in the advertisement. If there was a page flip problem with the printer, all I need is a nice, polite note and I'll send a replacement, no need to invoke President Bush... Abby
Abby, No you can have your Muslim friend OBAMA. Ken Gregware, Marblehead, MA
Ken, Barak Hussein Obama? How the heck did he pop into your mind? Quite honestly, I think you should try to calm down a bit and learn to approach things with a bit less hostility. Just a simple request will usually solve most problems if, in fact, they are a problem. Life can be pretty cruel if you attack everything like a marblehead... (sorry, excuse the pun). Abby
Thanks to Al Raitano:
To see pages of Rants and Raves, and my replies, go to: RAVES and RANTS
Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)
* The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.
* Tired of SPAM? Virginia (our website guru from Carolina Web Creations) says:
1. Never use your real email address when signing up for stuff online. (ie: forums, purchases, etc.) There are many free email services out there (Google, Yahoo, Juno, etc.) where you can create an email address for your online activity. This will help ensure that your public email address is one you don't really care about, and will help keep your personal email address secure.
2. Use forwards cautiously - As much as we all like to entertain our friends with funny emails, cute links, and amazing videos, forwarding these things to your entire address book only add to the problem with email harvesters. While your address book may be clean and free of hackers, you can't guarantee that everyone receiving your forwarded email is as fortunate. Once you have forwarded that email (with all the addresses visible) and the recipient then forwards it to their address book, it's all downhill from there.
3. Use caution when visiting websites. Just because a site has appeared in the #1 position in Google doesn't mean it's a reputable organization. Web developers are savvy and are not only skilled at forcing a high ranking position in the search engines, but also at coding things to get what they want from those who visit their webpage.
4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, DO NOT OPEN IT. If you get an email from someone you know and the subject line is strange or inconsistent with something that you might normally receive from this person, DO NOT OPEN IT. And the most important - if you get an attachment from anyone with an extension of ".exe" - DO NOT OPEN IT! (.exe is an executable program, and once you double click on it, it will run some kind of program on your computer, usually designed to completely wipe out your hard drive, or something equally malicious.)
5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware. I personally use both of these. Also, use caution when clicking advertisements - remember, these are ADS! They WANT you to click their ad and purchase their product and it's not always something "good for you".
* Paypal - I don't like Paypal any more than most people and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant than they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they were cheaper by far than a bank when I started the business and it would cost a fortune to change the code for each page on the website to a new processor.
* INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.
At my website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, I reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but I also reprint over 160 gun catalogs from merchants that sold Remington firearms such as Sears or Abercrombie & Fitch or Spalding. Those are the listings on the right of the page.
Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time.
* If you have trouble reading small type on my website or any other, you can increase the size of the text on the screen by holding down the Control key (that's the one in the lower left of the keyboard with Ctrl on it) and scrolling the wheel on top of your mouse back and forth.
* Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!
The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.
So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet.
* Why Buy Old Catalogs- originals or reprints? If you want to learn about a gun or gunmaker I applaud you, and am so happy you found my website. History is what I am working so hard to preserve by making old gun catalogs available to collectors and historians. Buy a catalog from a gunmaker of the appropriate year and you will learn a mountain of true facts about your gun- right from the maker's month, so to speak. Never again will you have to rely on hearsay or bluster.
*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look.
* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... There are two areas of concern when you make the decision to pay online with your credit card. First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. There are two clues to security. One is in the URL or site address found at the top of the browser. Normally the URL begins with http://www etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https://www. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company. By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!
Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants and, of course, while browsing, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Small shops like ours carefully enter the information at a website belonging to a financial clearing house. Others, like Costco and Walmart are connected directly but they all go on the net.
Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. Be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. That is one of the reasons I like to pay with Paypal. When you do that you are giving only an email address to the company, not your credit card number (Paypal holds that information for itself only).
What can you do to help make your credit cards safe? Know with whom you are dealing and what is happening when you hand over your card. Does a nervous and suspicious looking waiter disappear into the back room with your card? Hmmm. Does the gambling website where you are about to enter your card have no address, country or telephone number? Hmmm.
Parts Suppliers and Appraisers
Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN, has been involved in firearms restoration and appraisal since 1962. Although Mike specializes in appraising Early American “Doubles,” side-by-side shotguns and rare rifles, he also does firearm appraisals for most American made guns. These appraisals are frequently used to establish value for insurance, estate sales and/or resolutions and for owner’s wanting to know “what’s it worth?” Whether one gun or an arsenal, send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.
We get hundreds of calls about parts.
Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...
Spare parts, accessories and original bayonets as well as complete original examples for all models of Ross Rifles- Barry DeLong or 423-472-1972.
Remington Rolling Block Parts. Ssupplies reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. Kenn Womack
Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. Parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. Leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and more.
Joe Salter sells all sorts of things including butt plates, antique guns, collector ammo, air guns, holsters... well, check him out: Joe Salter
Phil Stewart sells parts, stocks and grips. He can be found at (740) 398-1941 in Mt. Vernon, OH.
The big parts houses for older guns are:
Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota their catalog is three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams - (605) 343-9544
Gun Parts Corporation (Numrich) Kingston, New York (845) 679-2417. Well established with a good website.
Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email
Provenance for Your Gun
Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!
If you own a gun by one of dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the Griffen &Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.
Robert C. Beach,
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Website: Griffin& Howe (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)
Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:
Gun sellers often give themselves a lot of latitude when claiming the provenance of weapons they sell. Age or factory modifications to the base model can add considerably to the value of any gun. The question repeatedly is- The Truth! Having a Serial Number from the gun in question can often lead you to the year it was manufactured and then to a catalog we reprint. This can be useful in determining how the factory intended to make guns... models, styles, calibers, engraving, checkering and options available.
To help you on your search I have put together a page on my website with links to websites and sources that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture: