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LIONSEEK searches forums for many different types of things for sale- Guns, Cars, Knives, Boats etc.

Lots of Folks are Home with Snow, Here's Ours (1-5-14):

Happy New Year


A Homeless Man's Funeral

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man.  He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still lost....  it's a guy thing.

thanks to Ron Carleton

Glad I Wasn't in the Next Checkout Lane...

BRIGHTON, MI (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say a Livingston County man accidentally shot himself while shopping at a home improvement store with the gun he was legally carrying. The incident happened around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Home Depot in Brighton, near I-96 and Grand River Avenue. Police say the 32-year-old Green Oak Township man, who was not named, was apparently reaching into his pocket for his wallet when he inadvertently grabbed his pistol and a shot fired, striking him in the buttocks. The man was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. No one else was injured. Police say the man had a license to carry the concealed weapon and no charges will be filed. 12/27/13

Solid Concepts Manufactures First 3D-Printed Metal Pistol


In a prime example of past meets future, a Texas-based company has used a century-old classic firearm as the blueprint for the world’s first 3D printed metal gun. Solid Concepts' use of a laser sintering method to create a fully functional Model 1911 automatic pistol is the latest demonstration of the potential of 3D printing techniques in industrial processing. More...

Harvard Scientists Develop a Transistor that Learns


In a development that may enable a wholly new approach to artificial intelligence, researchers at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have invented a type of transistor that can learn in ways similar to a neural synapse. Called a synaptic transistor, the new device self-optimizes its properties for the functions it has carried out in the past. More..

Victory Celebrations in Honolulu, 1945- Home Movie




You've Heard about the Fox Dive?


thanks to Dick Carleton

US City Pictures:

Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 1917


Steel Pier, Atlantic City, 1910


Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Fla., 1910


Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 1906


Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, 1909


Dexter Ave. and the Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama 1906


thanks to Dick Carleton


thanks to Ginny Coombs

Deer and the Entitlement Program

imageOK, the incident below notwithstanding, the deer do suffer when the temps drop below zero degrees F. and it's been that way recently. They get so hungry they'll eat every shrub we have and then start on the house siding. So, I confess we do supplement their income a bit with some cracked corn. Milton, the Border Collie, a strict tea partier, guards the entitlement feeding dish when he is outside. The deer, on the other hand, now accustomed to handouts, wait on the other side of the electric "invisible" fence for Milton to bore with his job, and then they come to feed.

Corrections- Several people pointed out that the supposed article I printed last month about the marines who caught a thief was a hoax. Mea Culpa.

Rob Mouat

DOG as PREDITOR (Canis unFamiliaris)

One day after Thanksgiving our ten year old Border Collie “Milton” was missing. Two of my childhood dogs were killed chasing cars and I always worry a lot when dogs go AWOL on my watch. Six years ago we installed an underground wire that activates a receiver collar the dogs wear warning them when they approach a border of the property and subsequently shocking them if they go any closer to the wire. That system works beautifully- most of the time.

We did discover that the wire is subject to failure when compromised by gnawing voles and sharp deer hooves so we encased the entire buried wire in 3/8 inch id sprinkler system plastic tubing using an electrician’s snake. That has worked very well for several years.

Milton has always been an obedient and faithful friend although his thick mane seems to insulate his skin from any shock the standard receiver he wears may give. A couple of times he has crossed the wire barrier when we have been over at the neighbor’s house for a barbeque and he sensed treats, but those were rare excursions.

When we discovered he was missing last month and after five minutes of calling, I got Tassie out of the garage and went in search. Tassie is a four wheel drive, side by side seating UTE, powered by a 30 hp motor, not quite a car, yet more than a quad-cycle or golf cart and quite handy for plowing snow and hauling firewood. Tassie was my choice of search vehicle because she is at home in the woods and on the road, at least up to about 25mph.

imageI began the search with a quick loop around the neighborhood just to make certain Milton wasn’t out in the road. Having no luck, I went to the back of the property and started short forays into the woods. On my third try I found Milton, he was eating a deer. Hmmm.

I checked the deer. It was a fresh kill and Milton seemed quite pleased with himself. I do concede that it is likely his prey was probably injured by a car or sick for Milton to have caught her.

I've been told Border Collies are bred either as herding dogs or farmyard protectors. Milton is the latter and has kept us free from interloping rabbits, groundhogs, possums, and the occasional skunk (only one of them). Now add deer to that list.

I’m pretty sure he was responsible for the deer because it was fresh kill and Milton wouldn’t have breached the electronic wall unless in pursuit. He also has chased other deer across the border since then leaving him marooned and afraid to come back in. He needs to be carried back across! Fortunately, his new super shocker collar seems to be working as we have had no repeats recently.

vs WOLF as PREDITOR (Canis Lupus)

imageHere in Michigan our first wolf season in generations just ended with mixed results, not as many were taken as had been allowed for by the DNR. The hunt had been encouraged by ranchers in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and decried as a travesty by conservationists. I admit to having felt ambivalent about the wolf season because I had little direct knowledge about the animal, its habits and the consequences of repatriating it into modern society. The new book The Real Wolf by Ted Lyon and Will Graves promises to give me all the information I could ask for. The book examines in detail all aspects of techniques and consequences of reintroducing wolves to the contiguous states.

New Book Argues for Management of Wolves.

Perhaps one of the most controversial animals roaming the North American Wilderness, wolves have been the subject of limitless debate since their reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park in 1996. On one side, wolves are an important part of the ecosystem that should be protected, and on the other, wolves are disease-infested killers that should be eradicated.

The question remains: What are wolves? Nature’s sanitarians or its largest pests?

In The Real Wolf: The Science, Politics, and Economics of Co-Existing with Wolves in Modern Times, Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves sift through the myths and lies surrounding wolves and present the facts about wolves in modern times.

Lyons and co-author Will Graves assert that the American public has been deceived by wildlife advocacy groups about the true state of wolves in the wild and their impact on the environment.

“In this book, you will find that a massive disinformation campaign has been perpetrated upon America about wolves,” states Lyons.

To read Dexter Oliver's review of the book and an article from Range Magazine, click this link to download wolf.pdf.

The Real Wolf will be available in January at local bookstores, gift shops, Amazon and other online retailers, or from Far Country Press

Arms Heritage Magazine

Colt 1851 Navy Models

Why do so many collectors gravitate to the iconic "Colt Navy"? Perhaps it's the clean, elegant design--no other early revolver feels so natural in the hand, possibly it's the most appealing of all the percussion revolvers. Or maybe it's the historical association with so many dramatic and romantic events-- the gold rush, the Civil War, the settling of the West, and famous gun fights..

Collectors love them because they offer so much variational diversity for collecting challenges. Short of the Colt Model 1849 Pocket Model (of which Shumaker claims that he has identified 127 variations), one could collect Navies seemingly forever. A good guess might be that there are at least sixty variations recorded. Stretch that to near infinity if you include the various Brevetes and other copies.

Bob Jordan did a wonderful job in updating the field of Model 1848/9 Pocket Models with his superb, encyclopedic book Colt’s Pocket ‘49, It’s Evolution Including the Baby Dragoon and Wells Fargo, possible one of the best antique gun books of all time. As you read this article we are aware that he is hard at work on a new, much needed book on the Colt Navy. Nathan Swayze's 1967 book, '51 COLT NAVIES has been the "bible" for years on the subject but needs updating and expansion.

Arms Heritage Magazine will be covering Navies during the next year including a "teaser" article by Bob Jordan to help promote his book.

First Model Navy

The rarest of the Colt Navies, the First Production Type, only 127 survivors have been recorded

Arms Heritage Magazine is starting it's fourth year of publication in 2014. It is a bargain at $19.00 per year, especially considering that all 18 previous issues remain available to current subscribers.

Years 1 and 2 Annuals as bound hard copies from us at $39.95 plus shipping and each contain hours of good reading without advertisements.

VOLUME 1, all six issues, printed in color and bound as one
VOLUME 2, all six issues, printed in color and bound as one

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. This month we added 69 new titles, please take your time to look them over. We added the same number (69) last month too, so check them out if you were busy then. Special thanks to everyone for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

OK, I have to admit it, someone sent me a stack of old manuals a few years ago. They got buried and I only just found them, but I don't remember who sent them. I'm very sorry, here they are, my apologies and thanks to the neglected soul. The Belding and Mulls came thanks to the ASSRA archives and Doug Elliott.

·  Automatic Pistol, Cal .45 M1911- Description 1914 GPO

·  Ball's Patent 1866 Repeating & Self-Loading Fire-Arms, Windsor Mfg. Catalog

·  Belding & Mull 1937 Reloading & Telescope Catalog

·  Belding & Mull 1943 Reloading & Telescope Catalog (reprinted in 1948)

·  Belding & Mull 1950 Reloading & Telescope Catalog

·  Belding & Mull 1952 Reloading & Telescope Catalog

·  Belding & Mull 1955 Reloading Manual/Catalog

·  Blake Rifle 1898 Catalog by John Henry Blake

·  Brons & Ballinger c1960 Guns & Accessories, New Zealand

·  Browning Heavy Machine Gun M1917 Manual

·  Christy Gun Works 1960 Gun Catalog

·  Colt 1921 Firearms Factory Catalog

·  Colt's Double-Action Revolver .38 1912- GPO Description of

·  Colt's Double-Action Revolver .45 1913- GPO Description of

·  Deitemeyer 300 Shotshell Reloader Tool Manual

·  Drill and Rifle Instruction 1860 - Corps of Rifle Volunteers (UK)

·  Gatling Guns 1875 Instructions for Care and Use by Marvin

·  Godfrey, Chas. J. 1903 War Relics and Souvenirs

·  Godfrey, Chas. J. c1905 Souvenir, Antique Arms for Decoration & Defence

·  H&D Folsom Arms Co- 1927 Prices to Dealers Catalog

·  Herter's Inc 1952 Gun Accessories Catalog - Waseca, MN

·  Herter's Inc 1954 Gun Accessories Catalog - Waseca, MN

·  Hunting and Fishing Handbook 1944 National Sportsman, Inc

·  Klein's 1953 Hunting & Fishing Digest and Catalog

·  Lyman c1921 Rifle and Shotgun Sights Catalog

·  Makarov A 250/1/109 9mm Pistol Manual (English)

·  Makarov R-61/PA63/M74/AP9 Pistol Manual (English)

·  Manual of Arms 1861- Sharps Rifle, Colt Revolver & Swords

·  Manual of Interior Guard Duty 1914 - U.S. Army War Office

·  Marksman M1010 & M1010X Owner's Manual

·  More Fun With Your 22 Rifle- Handbook of Gun Games

·  Notes on Ordnance of the American Civil War-1959 American Ord. Assn.

·  PJ O'Hare c1938 Shooting Accessories for Riflemen No. 10

·  Remington 1917 UMC Guns and Ammunition Catalog

·  Remington 1962 Arms Price List

·  Remington 1970 Guns Price List

·  Remington Arms Model 11 Manual

·  Rifle Musket, M1855 Rules for the Management of- GPO

·  Rifle Sport in the South Island c1955 (New Zealand)

·  Savage 1903 Arms Company Catalog

·  Savage 1905 Arms Company No. 17 Catalog

·  Savage c1904 Arms Company No. 15 Catalog

·  Savage c1908 Arms Company No. 24 Catalog

·  Savage c1916 Arms Company No. 60 Catalog

·  Savage c1923 Arms Company No. 62 Catalog

·  Savage c1924 Arms Company No. 63 Catalog

·  Savage c1927 Arms Company Catalog

·  Shooting Facts 1928 (reprinted 1935)- Charles Askins

·  Small Arms & Ordnance Equipment 1915 Care and Repair- GPO

·  Springfield Armory 1911A1 Pistol Manual

·  Springfield Armory M1 Garand Manual

·  Springfield Armory M1A Carbine Manual

·  Springfield Armory SAR8 Sportster 308 Manual

·  Springfield Rifle, Carbine Cal .45 Description and Rules

·  Star Pistols Models -SI, S, A, B, M, P Manual (English Text)

·  Sturmgewehr 44 Manual StG44 Gebrauchanleitung Vom 3.6.44

·  Suomi M31 Submachine Gun Manual (Finnish)

·  Telescopic Musket Sights M1908 & M1913 GPO 1917

·  The Art of Shooting the Rifle 1888, Col. Sir H. St. John Halford Bart

·  The Douglas Score 1959 - Recording Big Game Trophies BySize- New Zealand

·  The Field Manual for Ordnance Officers 1862- (Confederate-Richmond)

·  Thompson Center Omega Owner's Manual- Muzzle Loader

·  Tokarov Rifles & Carbines Manual - 1954 Ordnance Corps

·  Universal M1 Carbine Operation and Maintenance

·  US Magazine Rifle M1903 cal .30 Description & Rules 1904 GPO

·  US Magazine Rifle M1903 cal .30 Description & Rules 1906 GPO

·  Ward-Burton Rifle Musket M1871 National Armory 1872 Description and Rules

·  Webley Automatic Pistol (long and short barrel) Manual

·  Webley Automatic Pistol Manual

·  Winchester Model 70 Manual

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Letters from Readers

Abby, I have my eye on a copy of a Ben Pearson archery catalogue which I shall bid on and hopefully win. If I get it, would you like a loan of it to copy for your publications? I am happy to do that if I get it. Best regards, Dennis

Dennis, Yes, indeed, I would. My archery section is fairly small other than the Bears and a later Pearson than what I have would be most welcome. Thanks, Abby and Happy New Year

OK Abby. You have a deal then. If I win it, I will get in touch with you and then post it over. Best regards for 2014 to you too, Dennis


Abby, Does the Stevens 1937 Arms Company Catalog have the stevens buckhorn model 66C listed in it? If not, do any of your other Stevens catalogs that are available contain information on this rifle? Thank you! Jason

Jason, A quick look at several of the 30s Stevens catalogs showed only M66 and M066 being offered through 1946 in the catalogs. My guess is that the C version was a post-war Savage/Stevens offering but I am not certain that it is that specific model you are looking for. You might find it easier to look at our website where the catalogs are organized in one place and each has an index. Cheers, Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, do you have one of the parts catalog for a Iver Johnson 16 guage single shot break action shot gun? can send pics if needed and other info... – directcomputerbuilders (Ebay)

Dear directcom… They made many models of their shotguns and we have parts diagrams for most. Joe Vorisek's book on Iver Johnson might be your best bet on identifying the model: Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works, A Short Illustrated History of or try: Iver Johnson 1871-1993 Firearms . I'm sorry, I can't try to help from pics, we get too many requests of that type. Try looking at the image of the single in the advert for the catalog you selected, that is a single. Does it look like yours? Abby

Dear cornellpubs, some what but its hard to make out well as you cant enlarge it.....but i will look in to those books thanks for that info....i am trying to find the forgrip for mine and its looking like i will have to make it and the hardware for it so i am looking for all info i can get to do this..... – directcomputerbuilders


Abby, Got the Ideal#22 book today, great have already used it to identify a couple Ideal-Lyman Top Punches! Thanks! Bill


Abby, Received Arms Heritage Magazine in good order. Great job!!!!! Looking forward to future years!


Dear cornellpubs, Does this manual US Magazine Rifle & Carbine Model 1898 & 1899 Krag Manual (1917 edition) show all the parts for the Model 1898? - jerrywil120270 (Ebay)

Dear Jerry… The contents section of the advertisement indicates the following are included in the manual: Nomenclature and description, Component Parts, Cross view of Mechanism, How it Works, The Stock and Trigger, Firing Mechanism, Each Part and its placement. Abby

Abby, I saw the listing, but it's unclear whether or not it contains all the parts and placement specifically for the 1898 model. I have an 1898 model. The magazine won't stay shut, which indicates that there must be a weak spring or something inside that's not working properly. I need to know what it is, so that's why I need to know for sure if this manual will provide that information. Thank you. Jerry Williams

Jerry. I don't know what to say. The item has a parts diagram, names the parts and shows a cutaway of the gun with the parts inside. On the other hand, It probably does not specifically tell you which spring is causing your problem, you would have to figure that out from what it does tell you. If that is unclear, I'm sorry, but you better not buy the item. Happy Holidays, Abby


Hi. I just came by a older English gun catalog. It is 8 1/2x11, spiral bound, heavier card covers, glossy black on white pages. 161 pages. Thomas Bland & Sons, Gunmakers, Ltd. London. I am guessing this dates from the late 1960s or maybe a bit later. It does list the Ruger 10-22 in the rifle section. First year was 1964 for that. If you would like to reprint this, or take a look at it, please let me know and I'll send it along. I would like it returned when you are finished but I am not looking for anything in return. Thank you and Merry Christmas Glen

Dear Glen, How thoughtful of you to offer! I do have one however (same page count and Ruger), I just have not yet had a chance to process it. I do want to thank you very much for the offer and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best wishes, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Sorry to bother you but in the illustration it mentions the "clip fed" model. I need the manual for the "tube fed" model 77 .22 cal. rifle. Is the tube fed model also illustrated in this manual? Merry Christmas! & Happy New Year! superks1

Dear superks1, No bother, look at the illustration on the left. You will see the tube fed rifle there. We only included one inside page and it happened to be the clip model. Abby

Hi Abby, I saw that and it just didn't register in my mind for some reason. The first time I looked at your auction illustration I remember thinking to myself that it was cool that one book had both. I appreciate the quick response and I hope you have a nice Christmas. Sincerely, Keith


Abby, I received my manual in the mail in perfect condition. When I ordered it I was in a hurry and shocked anyone had the Star pub. What I didn't realize is...It's in spanish. My bad. Do you have the manual in english? if so, I'd like to order it. Thank you for being prompt on everything, You will definitely be getting positive feedback from me! Rene Rodriguez

Dear Rene, Not to worry, I'll send you a copy of a slightly later English language version for the Star. You know so many people start out with threats or accusations usually followed by foul language that your note is actually refreshing. Thanks, Abby (Oh yes, no charge)


Dear cornellpubs, I have received an old savage shotgun and do not have any paper work. Does this parts Savage c1980 Component Parts Manual Catalog contain the instructions for taking the gun apart for cleaning or is it just a list of parts for the various guns listed in the contents? - swissafron (Ebay)

Dear Swissa… Savage chose to include exploded parts views for most of the listed guns in that catalog but not written instructions. We probably have what you need, what model gun do you have and do you know about how old it is (Savage has been around for 120 years). Rob


Abby, Do you have any books on Bayard 22cal bolt action rifles as near as i can tell model 1921 or 1927 Thanks

Brian, Pieper made Bayard guns and the 1921 catalog shows a couple of non-auto .22 rifles but I can't tell if they are bolt action because the pic is of the left side. The No.1 rifle is noted as "new": Bayard Pieper c1921 (Belgian) Catalog. The right side of the Pieper page lists other catalog selling their guns. Cheers, Abby


Abby, The Savage Model 1899 is a lever action rifle that Savage introduced in 1899. Many years later, Savage dropped the ‘18’ and called it the Model 99. My particular rifle was made in 1918. It is a “Take Down” version, meaning the barrel and forestock can be easily detached from the action for cleaning, storage, transport, etc. Hope this helps. John

John, We don't reprint a Savage catalog or Manual from 1918 but I think the 1921 would do nicely for you: Savage 1921 Arms Corporation No. 61 Catalog. It has extensive instructions for most model 1899s (they were still called 1899 in 1921), including the takedown models, so depending on what you want to do with your rifle or why you want the booklet that should work for you. If, on the other hand, you want a modern takedown manual I think we have one of those too but for the more modern rifles... the 99s. Best, Abby


Abby, I am a friend of a member of the Oppelman family and would like to jow if you have an original catalog that you could sell. We would like to frame it and give it as a present. Your help would be appreciated Rick

Rick, Possibly, but we are way too busy right now to go look for it. If you remind me next month I may have time to have a search. Abby


Abby, Received the two Madsen catalogs (I know they pretend to be something else, but that's what they are). I din't know if either one would have the info I needed, but sure enough, one did. Well worth the cost to finally settle the question of whether or not the 20mm guns in Madsen's ads were all actually 23mm. Nah, they ARE 20s, even if nobody can find any 20mm Madsen links. "Just because you cain't find it, it don't mean it ain't there." Thanks again, TBst


Dear cornellpubs, No mention in the description about 4 upside down pages and for 11.95 plus shipping , What a rip Off – ahmho (Ebay)

Dear Ahmho, Ripoff? You obviously got one that had been printed incorrectly, I’ll send another… just so you don’t feel “ripped off”, poor fellow. Abby (I guess he forgot to take his polite pill today!)


Abby, I sent for a manual for the Webley mk4 pistol. The manual received is for the Enfield no2 mr1 pistol. The Webley among other things has no side plate and a cylinder stop. Therefore the manual is of no use to me. Yours Fred Meyer.

Fred, I'm sorry, I reprint old gun catalogs and manuals, I don't create them. What you got is what Webley & Scott catalog/manual originally printed c1922. Right on the cover it says MK IV Webley .38. If that is an Enfield, the directors of Webley must have been mightily annoyed with whoever chose the picture. Anyway, they are long dead now so there is nobody to yell at. Abby

Abby ,The earlier mk4 was of .455 calibre 1899 to 1902. If you scroll down in Wikipedia you will come to the mk4 in.38 calibre 1932 to 1978 the manual I require. I own a webley mk4 in .38 calibre and is not the same as shown in the catalogue. The pistol shown in the catalogue is a enfield no2 mk1. The earlier mk4 was of .455 calibre 1899 to 1902. If you scroll down in Wikipedia you will come to the mk4 in.38 calibre 1932 to 1978 the manual I require. I own a webley mk4 in .38 calibre and is not the same as shown in the catalogue. The pistol shown in the catalogue is a enfield no2 mk1. Fred.

Fred, Thank you for your note. While I am not an expert on Webley, I followed your suggestion and read further down. Essentially it talks about the WEBLEY MKIV .38 being in production prior to 1918 when it was submitted to the govt. It says the govt bought the Enfield in 1932. This is what Wikipedia says:

"At the end of the First World War (c1918-abby), the British military decided that the .455 calibre gun and cartridge was too large for modern military use and—after numerous tests and extensive trials—that a pistol in .38 calibre firing a 200-grain (13 g) bullet would be just as effective as the .455 for stopping an enemy.[25]
Webley & Scott immediately (c1918-Abby) tendered the .38/200 calibre Webley Mk IV revolver, which as well as being nearly identical in appearance to the .455 calibre Mk VI revolver (albeit scaled down for the smaller cartridge), was based on their .38 calibre Webley Mk III pistol, designed for the police and civilian markets.[26] Much to their surprise, the British Government took the design to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, which came up with a revolver that was externally very similar looking to the .38/200 calibre Webley Mk IV, but was internally different enough that no parts from the Webley could be used in the Enfield and vice-versa. The Enfield-designed pistol was quickly accepted under the designation Revolver, No. 2 Mk I, and was adopted in 1932."

Anyway, I can tell you will not be happy with your purchase so I have refunded your money. We print to order and maintain no stock so there is no need to return the c1922 Webley Mk IV catalog/manual I sent you. Cheers, Abby

Abby, The picture in the catalog is an Enfield, Fred.

Fred, I asked Mr. Joel Black, an expert on Webley revolvers about our quandary and this is his reply, “I certainly can understand the confusion. The Webley MK IV .38 manual is from 1922 or so. They only made them in that configuration for a very short time. The Enfield revolver was such a close copy that at the end of WW II they lost a lawsuit to Webley over it. I have attached pictures of an early Enfield and a Webley MK IV as it looked when used in WW II. Hope this clear it up for you." Abby

Good morning Abby, Thank you for the refund. I still say the pistol shown in the catalogue is an Enfield. It has a side plate and machined cylinder stops in the cylinder. Webleys do not have side plates and do have cylinder stops. Please ask Mr. Black about these. Once again thank you. Fred. (Australia)

Fred, In short Mr. Black says what you bought and got is a catalog/manual for a Webley Mk IV. To support that he indicated that it is inconceivable that Webley, given its competition with Enfield and other political considerations would produce an advertising piece/ manual under the Webley name and accidentally picture an Enfield revolver in the piece. It would be like a Holden (an Australian car) car brochure with photos of Fords inside. It just would not happen. On the other hand, Mr.Black says that MK IV in the piece was made for only a short time. I think perhaps there are other variants of the Mk IV and that is what you have. Abby


Abby, If the 1932 W.W.Greener catalog shows a Greener Cream Maker then I am interested in buying a copy of the catalog from you. Semper Fi, Mark.

Mark, Are you asking if this six page flyer advertising Big Game Rifles also makes cream? Well, I suppose the noise might startle cows enough to curdle their milk, but that's about it. I guess I need more information. Abby

Abby, I bought a W.W. Greener cream maker. Yes, the gun maker did make cream makers and I stumbled onto one and bought it. I contacted Graham Greener, owner of W.W.Greener, and the next I'm in Wiltshire, UK to visit my in-laws I'm to bring this cream maker with me because they've never seen one themselves. Graham Greener actually lives about 20 miles from my in-laws. I recently bought a button hook with markings by a W. Greener and while looking through Graham Greener's book on W.W. Greener I discovered mention of the cream maker in the 1932 catalog. That's when I thought to check if Cornell Publications (you constantly pop up in my searches for W.W. Greener items) might have printed copies of the 1932 catalog, and there you had such a catalog listed, but I couldn't look at the pages, so I emailed you. Thanks for returning my email!!!! Does this, or any of their catalogs from the 30s, show a cream maker? I can send you a photo of it if you'd like. I would buy a copy of the catalog(s) showing this cream maker, or mentioning it. Thanks Again!!! Semper Fi, Mark.

Mark, I doubt it but just don't have time right now to do that sort of research. You may remind me in January if you want (we get hundreds of requests for research into every imaginable thing from models of guns to plumb bobs. Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Does this manual contain any technical drawings, and if so, are they complete? If you have any examples, I would appreciate seeing one. – utahprof (Ebay)

Dear Utah… Some, but I wouldn't buy the book for the drawings. Sorry, Abby


Dear Abby, Rigby 1932 You have done yourself an injustice. I purchased the Rigby catalog for the content, however I recently noticed that you put a photo of a California Rigby on the front cover. They were a piece of crap and have since gone out of business. I don't want anything, I don't want to return it, but please get rid of the cover!! Best regards, Eric K. Stoutenburgh

Readers… Oops, has anyone got a photo of a vintage Rigby double rifle I can use? http://cornellpubs.com/old-guns/item_desc.php?item_id=2089


Dear cornellpubs, Hi, I would like to compliment you on explaining shipping in Spanish, some of my friends do speak English but do not understand it that well. I am Spanish but been in U.S. since the age of 9, still speak both, so, thanks again and keep up the good work. - adalbertosoldevila1 (Ebay)


Abby, I have a Midland Shotgun (hammer Gun). I want a catalog which has information on the gun but don't know which catalog I need the Gun has the number 16838 on it which catalog do I need any help would be appreciated. Randy Winecoff

Randy, Sorry, I don't have any reference materials that list Midland Gun serial numbers and I understand they are hard to come by. Perhaps if you carefully photo all the proof marks on the gun as well as any text you may get some help from some of the gun forums. To start with use google.com and enter the search "Midland Gun Serial Numbers". Good luck, Abby


Abby, I also like some of the British TV available on PBS. Although I only occasionally watch the latest crop I was hooked on Are You Being Served? and a show that I don't remember the name but it was a MD's hospital in a mining town in Wales? Keep up the good work. I look forward to your newsletter. Joseph Houle


Abby, We exchanged some E mails on the following item: For the record let me review what I had sent you. Butterfield and Butterfield an auction house on July 16 th , 1989 held an auction. I purchased a Rhino head with large horns. Today the horns are worth about 100,000$ I can only sell it legally if I can prove it was shot before 1948. I have a copy of the bid sheet . The bid was won by me for $600. It was lot number 7406.Two lots before lot #7404 was the head of an Oryx but what was important it showed the date of 1937. I am assuming that the entire lot was shot before 1948.\ If you can find the catalogue I will be very generous with your firm. Don't hesitate to contact me. My phone number is 203 329 9787. Joe Berg

Joe, I don't reprint Auction catalogs because they, frankly, don't sell. If I were to buy them, it would be from Ebay where you can register a tickler for items mentioning something you are interested in. I assume you called Butterfield so I guess you best chance is to try the Ebay route. Best, Abby- Readers?


Dear cornellpubs, I just received your catalog and it is not anything like it was advertised. very poor quality, no colour , very poor illustrations, and maybe 10 pages.this is a joke.this is being sent back to you asap. I want a full refund. I am so not happy. - ashekk56 (Ebay)

Dear ashe… Oh dear, sounds as if you got the wrong one, it should be 43 pages and colour. I sent you a full refund and I will ship you the correct catalog, I'm sorry for the mistake, you see there are two of the same make- Brancquaert for 1905. One is B&W, 24 pages (not so good images) and the other colour 43 pages. I sent you the wrong one. No need to return the wrong one, I would only throw it away (we keep no stock). My only excuse is that we reprint over 5000 old gun catalogs and each is individually printed, collated, bound and shipped. I do it all myself and I am afraid during busy times like now I make a few mistakes. I hope you like the new one for free! Cheers, Abby (we need some more polite pills!)


Hello Abby & Rob, It seems like a decade since I bought that Ruger Single-Six Lightweight reprint from You but the Monthly Newsletter is always My FAVORITE article and I just wanted to Thank You Both for that and the Warm Holiday Greetings and to also Wish Y'all the Merriest CHRISTMAS and Happiest NEW YEAR Possible as well !

P.S. That was a Very Nice Picture Of You Two that the Kind, French Folks, used on their article, You Both look completely Sane, which is astounding considering the amount of Brainiacs and Rocket Scientists You have to answer to/ placate / reason with? So either You Two are bulletproof or those pictures are from a quieter, simpler time... I'm guessing post "Rants & Raves" LOL We Love You Mouat Family, The Butterworth Family


Abby, I recently showed my Walther Model 9 display at the NRA National Gun Collectors Show at Tulsa last month. (I won an award for Best Combined Arms). As part of my display I had an original Alois Urschutz catalog from the early 1920’s that I purchased from Ted Goldenberg on ebay a couple of months ago. The catalog was a nice part of the display but I am not really into original literature. I really like the reprints that I have purchased from you over the years. The information is excellent but the original catalog is fragile compared to reprints. Anyway in an effort to pay off my trip expenses I am selling some stuff including this catalog. I wanted to see if you want it before I list it on ebay. I have attached pictures which should tell you what you need. Here is the link to the auction. (sold for $305, Abby) Are you interested? Please let me know. Regards, Earl

Earl, Why not offer it back to Teddy? I'm afraid that is way out of our league. You see we would only sell one or two a year for around $20. I'm afraid I won't be around long enough to see a profit from it! Good luck with it, hope you make your Christmas! Cheers, Abby


Abby, The latest book that I ordered from you, "Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunmaker", arrived promptly in good condition as has all the other stuff I have ordered from time to time. All first class reproductions or an original book. Thanks for the service that ya'll provide. Glen Hunt, Texas


Hi Abby, Please tell Rob I used Netflix's streaming video for a year until I discovered Acorn. If you guys like B movies from the 30s, Utube has tons of them free of charge. Joel



Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Good evening..Recieved the reprint today: It is not on high gloss paper,nor is it printed as a folding brochure(the originals had both features)...It's plain copy paper, individual sheets, stapled, AND has a Winchester Library stamp on it ! I'm sending it back as your "guarantee" states. Please fully refund my costs. I'm withholding the feedback until this is completed....'Very hopeful to very disappointed' Sincerely, John" cascasdecar2 (Ebay)

Dear John, I have refunded your purchase price as per my guarantee. In future please note the following statement printed in the advertisement for the item you bought:

Quality: Our mission is to preserve old firearms catalogs at a reasonable price before they are all gone, but our reprints are NOT forgeries of originals, they are exact copies of the originals but not necessarily the exact size or on the original paper or with the original binding...

Please don't bother returing the copy you have. We print to order and have no use for it. Happy New Year, 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.

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* 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.

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


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

Classic Firearms and Parts- a gun parts company that primarily supplies used original parts for firearms that have been discontinued for many years. Call Scott (603) 731-4866 Classic Firearms, 43 Carpenter Road, Chichester, NH 03258 email Scott

Phil Stewart sells parts, stocks and grips. He can be found at (740) 398-1941 in Mt. Vernon, OH.

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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

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

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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: