We do NOT sell GUNS.
We do NOT sell PARTS.
We do NOT offer GUN VALUES.
We do not represent any gun
makers or sellers.
Sure, but it is perfectly safe to use your credit card at this website. Every time you use a card at a restaurant, store, gas station etc. it "goes on the internet", the trick is to trust the vendor and know where they are. We've been in business 10 years and have loads of references so you can trust us. You can call and give us a credit card but then we write it down and enter it at our website just like you would, then we have to destroy the paper copy. But yes, if you wish you can mail us a check, money order or cast but we wish you would just use the shopping cart at the website.
Every time you use a card at a restaurant, store, gas station etc. it "goes on the internet", the trick is to trust the vendor and know where they are. So, it is perfectly safe to use your credit card at this website. We've been in business 10 years and have loads of references so you can trust us. You can call and give us a credit card but then we write it down and enter it at our website just like you would, then we have to destroy the paper copy. But yes, if you wish you can mail us a check, money order or cash but we wish you would just use the shopping cart at the website.
We use Paypal as our "virtual terminal" or bank because when we started they were about the only option for an internet business and now it is too hard to change. If we went to a different provider we would have to re-code thousands of pages on the website and it would be horribly expensive. Paypal does work, though, is safe and reasonably efficient and economical. Also, in recent years they have softened their stance on dealing with weapons.
No, we reprint old gun catalogs and they are stored as files on a computer. In order to print "just the page featuring..." we would have to do a lot of extra work to isolate the page and it would be more expensive than just buying the whole thing.
On the LEFT are many links each of which will guide you to a specific group within the general collection. The top three links, however are the general links to the main categories of Gun Catalogs, Manuals and Reference Books, then breakdowns by era and lower still, scroll down for more specific links to different subjects. Farther down, don't miss the Free Download link!
Take a moment to look at the front page of the website (link the word website to the home page). Under the header on the TOP you will find a line of links to help type questions such as Parts Suppliers, About Us, Recent Additions, Catalog Download, Newsletters, etc.
If you know the maker or publication you are after click on all 3000+ Old Gun Catalog Reprints then when the page appears click on the first letter of the name of the manufacturer. Of course sometimes manufacturers are know by different names or they have ititials or prefixes or other oddities - try different things to find your maker.
Well, there are a lot of things we can offer to help. The best way to start is to know when your gun was manufactured. Click on the "serial number" on the top right corner of the website to see if we can help you identify a year. Serial numbers were required on all guns sold after the 1968 Gun Control Act. Some guns sold prior to then did not have serial numbers. Serial numbers can sometimes be found hidden by stocks or forearms or in other odd places. Same goes for proof marks used to identity manufacturer and country of origin.
Once you know when your gun was made (or about when) identify the maker. Often manufacturers did not put their name on their products, choosing instead, to use a name like Victor or Young America or Ted Williams. We offer several books useful for researching names. You can find them by carefully looking through the Reference Book section. Books like Handgun Trade Brands, U.S. Mfrs & Dist. 1865-1930 by Joe Vorisek can be very useful.
Once you know the manufacturer and have a date it is easy to find a corresponding publication featuring your gun. Click "Old Gun Catalog Reprints" and then the first letter of the manufacturer's name. Prominent manufacturers on the website have their own page featuring catalogs and reference material on the maker as well as (on the right) links to retailers who sold those guns in any one year. Many models are specifically identified in the index of the catalog.
There is one more thing you can try. Enter just one word, the most important word, in the Search Box at the top of the web page. Something like "Stevens" or "Victor" or "Ackley". Do not enter something like "Stevens mod 25a or similar" because the search engine is not smart enough to figure out what you want. Just enter one word. If that gives too many answers, try two words. You can also look the "search hints" link under the submit button for more sophisticated searches.
Searches appear below in two sections. The top section has publications containing your search word in the title and the lower section has your search word somewhere in the index for the publication. When you get to the results of your search, you may click on the red "check contents" link at the bottom of each item returned to read the index for that catalog or book.
All manuals we currently reprint are listed on the website and some appear in two places. All manuals appear in the "Manuals" section of the website. A few also appear on the manufacture's page in the catalog and book section but to see all manuals go to the Manual section. If you don't see the one you want, we don’t have it. Note: All Winchester catalogs before 1921 contained manuals for each gun made at the time the catalog was originally issued.
Yes we do! But... please contact us before sending anything to us to scan. We have lots and lots of post WWII catalogs we have not yet processed and we don't want you to go to the trouble of sending us something we already have. Our collection has been built by generous people just like you who have lent us wonderful old catalogs, books and manuals to scan and return. We are very careful with your precious ephemera and will return it safely.
All reprints are done on at least 92 bright 20# acid free white paper and the images are the best we can reproduce with the latest digital equipment and software available. All covers are heavy semi-glossy (or high gloss) high contrast paper and are printed in color unless otherwise stated. Keeping in mind that we reprint thousands of old gun catalogs and gun manuals, all our reprints necessarily reflect the quality of the originals or copies we work from. Not all are perfect by any means. By definition ephemera, especially as it refers to old advertising catalogs, was meant to be temporary. Many old catalogs were printed on poor quality, thin paper with cheap inks that bled. They suffer from stains, rips, bleed-through, fading and a host of other problems. Not all can be restored to original condition (although some can be made better than they were when they came from the printer).
We also work with both old reprints and old photocopies. Why? Because where else will we find some of the most rare old gun catalogs we offer? We do, however, replace poor copies with better ones if they become available. Also, don't forget we don't charge a fortune either. Irrespective of "quality" or rarity we charge based on number of pages, advertising costs and cost to acquire and reproduce (color ink is especially expensive). We do not necessarily reprint things to the exact size of the original or on the same paper or with the same binding etc. To do so would be prohibitively expensive. Also, some authored books also carry a royalty fee and the price reflects that. (See Guarantee below).
Most of our publications are heat bound using an adhesive cloth spine. You can hold a two inch thick book upside down by a single page. Other publications are folded, stapled and cut. Still others, flyers really, are just folded and/or stapled. Most authored works have embossed spines, but not all. Catalogs we think deserve to be printed in color are noted as such in the description. Each publication we sell has its own page. Next to the image of the cover and an image from inside the publications you will find a description telling you the number of pages, size, about the cover and if the insides are in color (we try to make all covers in color)
Yes, we will refund your purchase price if you are disappointed, but we don't do that too often for the same person! We had one fellow when we started who would order a pile of publications and then return them for a refund and order more. We caught on to the fact that this wouldn't work pretty quickly.
We have the capability to bind things with hard covers, but, of course, that is more expensive. Ask us about that service.
Yes, but we wish you would buy them at our website. Each auction website has its own rules and procedures that make each sale much more complex for us to process. Furthermore, each sale has lots of fees attached and the more we spend in fees the less money we get to keep and the prices of what we sell reflect those expenses.
No, we have no storefront. What we do does not justify the cost of staffing a "brick and mortar" building.
We ship everything through the U.S. Post Office. We find them less expensive than any other shipper. We ship using the lesser expensive service, either First Class or Priority Mail unless the recipient requests one or the other. We print roughly every three days then bind, process, pack and ship. It is possible, therefore, that your order might take four business days or longer to get in the mail. How long the PO takes to deliver a package is up to them. If we have an email address for you, you will get a notice of shipment by email.
We do not insure most packages as the cost is greater than the return. An exception to this is when we return original catalogs and books to people who let us borrow them, those are insured.
We ship worldwide.