Calls from the Wilds


* If for any reason this letter does not display properly, you can view the newsletter on our website. For a downloadable copy of our catalog of reprints or manuals click this link. If you missed a newsletter or want to look something up - click here.

* If you think a friend would enjoy reading this newsletter please forward a copy by using the link at the top of this page.

Popups Blocker may block your links in the newsletter.


Yahoo closely monitors what email subscribers are allowed to receive, much more so than other email providers. Last month Yahoo decided that there was something offensive in my Christmas newsletter, something so offensive in fact, that it bounced the newsletter to over 2000 subscribers who use Yahoo for their email. It took me three additional mailings (I made no changes to the newsletter content) to force the letter through to those readers.

Now, while I hate spam as much as the next person, it irks me that Yahoo, from time to time, detects something in my newsletter it doesn't like and bounces thousands of emails. They refuse comment about what it is they reject or object to, despite repeated requests for help. I can just imagine rows of vigilant young censors wearing identical white shirts and black trousers reading emails to find references that match the secret Yahoo Smut Handbook list of prohibited subjects. Doesn't sound very American to me.



Never heard of parkour? Well, neither had we until we saw this video. Evidently the "sport" is a training discipline that developed in the French military as a new method to run away from or towards the enemy... (don't get angry with me for the way that was phrased, I copied it from Wikipedia). Watch the video and then you can decide how to classify the exercise for yourself.



Ad Image

Schlitz Image

Computer Image



This last photograph is from a very good collection of WWII and shortly after images found at this link.

1964 Styrofoam Dome House

built by Robert Schwartz

Dome House

We looked at a house in Midland, MI recently, not because we want to move, but because it is so unusual and we couldn't resist. If it had been just a little different it might have been a nifty retirement home or a country getaway. As it was, it just missed the cut. The house was a mid-century vision by Robert Schwartz, an architect, who took inspiration from Buckminster Fuller, father of the geodesic dome.

If you follow this link you will go to a page that, when you scroll down, has a video of the house. Turn down the annoying sound and take a journey back to 1964 and cutting edge home design. The house by itself is a beautiful art object and a joy to look at, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Aside from the fact that EMS would have a devil of a job getting the gurney down the spiral staircase, the open floor plan makes the smallest sound audible everywhere in the entire house.

living roomThere is, of course, the ground floor and, inside the dome, are suspended two more floors. The second floor is for the bedrooms (four of them) and the top floor is a large, skylight studio. The thing is, neither upper floor touches the wall of the dome. In fact, there is a sizeable space or gap all around the upper floors allowing light to flood the walls, beautiful. Unfortunately so does sound flood up the walls. In fact, it seems to me that the dome works exactly like a loudspeaker amplifying every sound.

Another thing is the not so open, open floor plan, that excludes the kitchen which is isolated in a curve of the dome, something we have learned is a design feature to avoid in modern houses. Finally, the house is located in a lovely old wood but lacks the land to allow for any outbuilding. Where would we put the tractor? We talked about it but even if we could build an addition to the already fairly big house, any such structure would ruin the beauty of the setting. Sadly, we decided that it just misses the mark. But it is art.

The listing agent is Badger Beall in Midland, Michigan


imageSpeaking of Midland, Michigan there were two wonderful exhibits at the ALDEN B. DOW MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & ART that just ended. The Golden Age of Firearms Engraving, displayed a notable collectible firearms valued for their ornamentation, rarity and historical significance. Included pieces from the Autry National Center in Griffith Park, CA.

Contemporary engraving, carving and gunsmithing works by Leonard Francolini, Dennis Priddy, Judson Brennan, Michael McHugh, Joe Rundell and Bob Snapp were on display along with the craftsmanship of pioneer and historical gunsmiths.


PRESERVED IN TIME: The Art and Science of Taxidermy, explored the craftsmanship of taxidermy through the finest specimens representing species native to Michigan and from locales around the world such as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.















Rob Mouat

Nick Niles

Nick Niles was an expert on inexpensive guns. After prep school and Princeton (class of ’56), he served in Germany for three years with the U.S. Army. Later, he was employed by Remington for a dozen years and then made his fortune as a stock broker. He came from colonial stock and was vitally interested in the role firearms played in our history.

Nick was a neighbor when we lived in Connecticut and we shared some friends. When we began our project to preserve old gun catalogs Nick took an early interest in our efforts. He had us ship him dozens of our catalogs to use while researching his book on what he called "affordable" doubles. He always promised to share his enviable collection of rare gun catalogs with us but never quite got around to sending any. His collection of catalogs was sold at auction last fall and Nick died of cancer just after Thanksgiving. Our sympathies to his family.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Conversions of M1836/1842 Pistols


One of the mysteries that has plagued and fascinated gun collectors for years is the profusion of mechanically complex conversions of late U.S. Single Shot Martial Pistols to automatically self-primed percussion configuration.

We are all aware of the Ordnance Department's fascination and love affair with the application of the Maynard Tape Primer system to a variety of longarms, carbines, revolvers and pistols. It was only natural to expect that the Maynard system might be applied to single shot martial pistols. But what encouraged so many others to develop versions of self-primed systems that could be backfit to these obsolete handguns?

In what might be seen in retrospect as a classic blunder, large numbers of Model 1836 flintlock pistols were produced at a time when arms development was clearly headed in another direction. Only six years later, the Model 1842 percussion version supplanted the flintlock and again was produced in large numbers. While the Model 1836 saw service in the Seminole War and the Model 1842 was used in the Mexican War, a large number of both types remained unissued, accounting for the many unused specimens of both types seen on today's market.

It would be comforting to unearth some government document wherein inventors were encouraged to develop and propose methods to modernize those surplus pistols. Unfortunately, no such document has been discovered to date. Yet several gun manufacturers spent considerable time and effort to devise and produce complex systems to accomplish just that.


Even the Springfield Arsenal, in 1845, toyed with a new version of the Model 1842 which utilized a Maynard tape system.

This subject will be explored in depth with photos of all known examples in the February issue of Arms Heritage Magazine. If you are not already a subscriber, you can sign up for only $19 and have access to current and back issues. A sample issue is available for viewing.

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

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 Mike Carrick, Jerry Schleiger, Miroslav Rakiževac, Gordon Martin and Horst Held for sharing their old catalogs with us. The Brancquaert is a larger, later edition of the one we already reprint. The Webley-Mars Pistol is particularly interesting and rare. It utilized bottleneck cartridges and was, for a time, the most powerful handgun in the world. The Smith & Wesson 1888 3rd Model Russian Manual is an unusual find among a trove of Russian military handgun catalogs. It is an original S&W 3rd model manual that the Russians issued to their troops. Also among the Russian publications are a couple of manuals for their spies- silenced and hidden guns, Makarov Pistol 1984 Silenced 9mm, the powerful SMEs 1976 7.62mm x 39 Compact, Flameless, Silenced pistol and the Stetchkin 1971 Silenced 9mm Automatic.




* Download our latest flyer of old gun catalogs

This requires Adobe Reader, which is free.
Those on dial up, beware - it is a large download. (30mb)
Adobe Reader

Letters from Readers

Abby, is their anything in this book on the mossberg & sons 43s 22 long rifle ? not just the 43, I have the 43s & need some info on it & willing to buy the book if it has what I need in it, thanks. – whpwest (ebay)

Dear whp, Not knowing what information you need it is hard to answer your query. I doubt this book goes into depth sufficiently to note differences between sub models so I don't think it would help you. Abby


Hi Thai, Well, I can tell you there are 351 pages and Ebay redacted that number for reasons best known to themselves. I did try, but failed, to update the listing. This is what Ebay told me: “Many military items and the technical data associated with them are highly regulated and even prohibited for sale under US law, and you must comply with eBay's Military Items policy when listing these items for sale.”

Dear cornellpubs, Hi Abby, I received my 1945 Bannerman catalog today, Friday Dec 21, Thanks. I am returning the catalog for my refund. A reprint from a nice original, digitally enhanced, etc and I see many pages and illustrations have terrible dark grainy large size pixel images. I appreciate your copying these for info and collectors and realize some may not copy as well, and you do state that. However this is much poorer quality than I expected by a long shot and not mentioned in your description or a like page shown. Some pages are nice. I will leave positive feedback and return to you for my refund. Sincerely, Scott Wagner TABRIVER (Ebay)

Scott, Tell you what, because sending it back would cost a good portion of what the book cost, give it to your father anyway as a gift from me with my compliments. I'm sure he'll like it. I'll refund your money. By the way, the original, printed on poor paper with poor inks, during wartime, looked exactly the way the reprint does because there is little I can do with already poor images. Abby

Hi Abby, Just to wish you, your family and friends a wonderful holiday..... love the newsletters by the way. Will be in touch, Barney, in England.

Abby Good day, My dad has a shotgun St.Etiene where the family 60 years ago and I would like to buy a book St.Etiene rifles, to present my father. The model shotgun from my father and cal.16 double barrel for hunting, what information you guys need so we can leave this pursuit of more accurate models of the shotgun? Thanks and agardo return. Happy Holidays to all. Mauricio Franco. São Paulo – Brazil

Dear Mauricio Franco, Many years ago St. Etienne had many arms makers. The business then was what was called a cottage industry and many small arms makers manufactured shotguns. It is very difficult to identify any one specific maker other than Manufacture d'Armes Automatiques, St. Etiennes, France which, I believe, made automatic pistols. Also there was a retailer in St Etiennes that might have sold your gun. Here are the links: Société Manufacturière D’Armes 1890 Gun Catalog, Société Manufacturière D’Armes 1892, Société Manufacturière D’Armes 1898 Gun Catalog St. Etienne, France. I'm sorry I can't be more help. Abby

Abby.Thanks for the quick return, I'll take pictures and send to you some pictures of the rifle and its details to try to find some catalog. thank you Maurício

Mauricio, I appreciate you interest but I am afraid I can't help you. Your shotgun (it isn't a rifle which fires a single bullet) would have to be examined in detail by a professional familiar with the region's manufacturers. He would look for proof marks in hidden places and then, for a price tell you what you have. Photos would not help me identify the gun and I regret I just don't have the time to do that sort of research for all the people who are interested in identifying an old firearms. Cheers, Abby

Abby, ok, no problem. You must contact this person? I do not want to sell the rifle, I just want to get more information from her. I'll look calmly the 2 catalogs you have on the site St.Etienie. Anyway thanks for the information. Maurício

Mauricio, I think you should try to find someone nearby you who could look at the gun. Proof marks are often found under wood on a gun and the examination should be done in person with the examiner holding the gun. Abby

Hi Abby, Many thanks for the catalogues that we received today we received x6 publications. Is there a publication that shows the Cogswell and Harrison bicentenary guns that were produced eg the ambassador etc regards, Heather Beynon.

Heather, These are COGSWELL & HARRISON catalogs we reprint. Would the 1970 do? Abby

Abby, The Remington Model 25 booklet arrived today, thanks for your help with the supply of this item which I could not get from any other US seller, it's been a pleasure dealing with your business and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Regards Mark from Australia

Dear cornellpubs, I am interested in finding a part number for the buttplate for a 1966 Marllin 989-M2 .22 long rifle carbine. Your book lists this model rifle in the contents section. The part number might be 7 digits beginning with 29. If this number is listed for the buttplate in your book, then I would purchase it. Thank you for your assistance. Rustyrox48

Dear rustyrox48, The butplate and spacer are listed for your gun. Abby

Hi Abby, thanks for responding to my message on EBay. Here is my dilemma: I am a private investigator tracing a Marlin 989-M2 .22 cal. Long Rifle purchased in 1966. My understanding is that prior to 1968 Marlins did not have serial numbers on their rifles. This particular rifle was entered into a data base with a serial number of 2939445 which was obtained from the back side of the buttplate on the end of the stock. I suspect that that number is actually a part number for the buttplate or spacer and not the serial number of the rifle. If my theory is correct then your 1966 parts catalog should have a part number listed for the 989-M2 buttplate and or spacer with the same number 2939445. If it is a match then I would want to purchase the book to prove my theory for this investigation. If the number does not match, my theory would be incorrect and I would not need the book. I hope you understand. Thank you for your assistance. Wayne Walker at rustyrox48@aol.com

Well Wayne, think about it, if they list a butplate in the parts catalog, what is the likelihood that each catalog is printed to correspond with the serial number of a rifle already manufactured? But no, that is not the part number, save the $14.45. Abby

Abby, Do you have Ordnance notes #114 & 231 on reloading small arms? Refrence to Springfield Trap Door Rifle. Also, Ord. notes # 340, "Target Practice"? Thanks, Ken Ploeser

Ken, I don't think so, but I’m not really clear what the question is. Are these numbered publications? By the government? Abby

Abby, Leonard Mills shotgun; Do you have anything the above? Jim Biggerstaff

Hi Jim, I don't know off hand. Try entering "mills" in the search box. I'm too swamped with Christmas orders to do research. Abby

Abby, more info: Kirtland Bros. Co incorporated 90 Chambers St. New York City Thank you! Gregg Bartak

Hi Gregg, Enter "kirtland" in the search box at the website. We have some catalogs. Abby

Abby, Could you help me figure out a year that the catalog was printed? GUNS Fall and Winter Sports catalogue number 104 Sportsmen's Supplies of Character. Gregg Bartak

Hi Gregg, No idea... Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Colt 1855 Roots Pocket Revolver Ad: Is one of the pages the one shown in the ad? If so, what does the second look like? Need see both. – sennaisbest

Dear Sen, Sorry, I don't have an image of the other page that I can send by email. That is, after all what we are selling for $7.45, isn’t it? Abby (no, we didn’t hear back from him)

Abby, I’m interested to buy the 101 Winchester 1982 SxS, OUs & Xpress Rifles 20pp $12.00 How can I send you the money?? Thanks. Dritsas Kostas

Dritsas, You press "add to cart" and follow the directions. I'll let you know if there is an extra shipping charge if you are outside the USA. Abby

Abby, Purdey 1929 James & Sons, Ltd. Gun Catalog-Manual Is there anyway I can get an exact picture of this item sent to me? - palunc (Ebay)

Dear pal, Certainly. Just buy it and we'll send you the exact item, no worries. Abby (no, we never heard back from him)

Abby, H. & D. Folsom Arms Co. I'd like too purchase a copy of their catalog if you have any...I don't use credit cards for online purchases. Thank You! Louis Frey

Louis, We reprint quite a few. Here is the list: FOLSOM, H & D - ALL CATALOGS (NY, NY)

Regarding online payments, every time you use your credit card at a restaurant, store, gas station, anywhere else or with me, your credit card goes online by the company- no more paper slips (thank goodness). The trick is to trust the company and person with whom you deal. The advantage of buying online is that the vendor never sees your actual card numbers and doesn't write them down on a piece of paper that might fall into bad hands. If, however you would feel more comfortable giving me your numbers, you can call me at 810-225-3075 in Michigan from 9-5 M-F ET. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, My pleasure. Also, after many many years - you are the first seller to actually thank me for my comments! SMILE Hope you and your family have a wonderful XMas and a Happy New Year (providing the world doesn't come to an end on 12/21). SMILE – vpnavy (Ebay)

Dear cornellpubs, Stoeger 1950 - The Shooter's Bible #41 Gun Catalog : Can you tell me how you bind a catalog with 545 pages such as this. What does the bound back (left hand side) look like. Does the bound edge have the same printing that the original catalog has. Thank you for the information. ohiobell44 (Ebay)

Dear Ohio, thermographic fabric tape; blank: gold foil name of company, our name and catalog date. Abby

Abby, Hi I have a US Revolver Co 32 5 shot gun but not a top break. I took apart the hammer and not it's not working corectly so I will need a manual to get it back together. The serial number is E44700 and it has the US on the grips. Nelson Ocasio

Nelson, Your revolver was made by Iver Johnson in 1927. We may have an exploded view of the weapon but we are way too busy right now to do research for you. You could check the Gun Digest books we carry to see if they have IJ solid frame revolvers listed or get back to us after Christmas. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I had a correspondent who is interested in the Gradle wildcat cartridges ask me if I knew about a catalog from Gradle. Was a competitive shooter and met Gradle at several matches. I do have one of his catalogs which I scanned to the correspondent. Have you ever had a enquiry about a Gradle catalog? Would be willing to scan it for you. Gordon Martin

Dear Gordon, Thanks so much! I would be delighted to have a Gradle Custon Rifles c1960 catalog to offer. I appreciate you taking the time to think of me, it is very generous. Cheers, Abby

Rants and Raves

Rants and Raves image

This month's winner is:

"I am in receipt of the manual I ordered and must say I am very disappointed with the poor attention to quality control your company practices. While I concede you probably manufacture your goods in fairly low quabtities but that is no excuse for sloppy work and it is certainly not up to the sandard of work I demand. The book I received was a bookfolded soft ocver with a foldout insert. The insert was stapled at least 3/16" (2mm) out of true and then the mistake was covered up by trimming the top of the book (remarkably lazy). The result was a folded out page that when studied is obviously not square. I want to return this inferior product for one prepared with some care and attention to detail. Please send me a postal address by return mail. Sincerely, Richard Connor, Hampshire, England"

Dear Mr. Connor, I humbly beg forgiveness for such a grievous error. A 2mm trimming error is certainly unforgivable and I promise to fire the QC manager immediately even if it is two days before Christmas. Wait, uh, that's me and if I fire her you wouldn't get your free replacement. Bother, what to do. I guess it is cold porridge for Christmas supper as punishment. Cheers, Abby

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.

Popups and Blockers

Popup Blockers on your computer may block some links in this newsletter from opening. Many people set their browsers to block popups. This popup blocker may make it impossible to see some of the links in this newsletter because the link may ask the program to open in a new window (popup). If you experience this and want to suspend the popup blocker in Firefox go to Tools/Options/Content and click the popup box. in Internet Explorer go to Tools and then Popup Blocker (about in the middle).

* 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.

copy clips image

* 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.

Trapdoors Galore Email Address: 3240 W. Arby Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89118.   Phone No.  702-361-5322  Everything For The Trapdoors + Free Research On S/N's for the Trapdoor & Krag's

Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply "Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply has a page titled Guns & Guitars. On it, one will find some hard-to-find screws used by different gun manufacturers. Also included are a few Weaver style scope screws. In addition, upon request, we will search for hard-to-find screws used in guns. We stock an extensive range of slotted oval head wood screws in a black oxide finish, and others. David Naven"

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

Bob's Gun Parts Po Box 200 Royal AR 71968 501-767-2750

Dixie Gun Works, Union City, TN (800) 238-6785

The Rifle Shoppe

Free Downloads

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 Griffin & Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.

Robert C. Beach,
Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Bob's Email

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: