Calls from the Wilds


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Each Friday night after work, sun, snow or rain, Jack, being from Newfoundland, would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a moose steak. All of Jack's neighbors were Catholic and since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled moose steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.

The priest came to visit Jack, and suggested that he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Jack attended Mass, and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said:  "You were born a Protestant and raised a Protestant, but now you are a Catholic.

Jack's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled moose filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Jack's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement.

There stood Jack, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted:  "You wuz born a moose, you wuz raised a moose, but now you is a Codfish.

The end of October will see a notable auction. It is the last part of the Robert L. Peterson (the publisher) collection as well as other important collectors. Little Johns Auction Service is handling the sale and it is worth a look. Check it out.

Ross Seyfried's Column

(Ross Seyfried has been an editorial contributor to: Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo, American Rifleman, American Hunter, Rifle, Handloader, Successful Hunter, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Cigar Aficionado, The Double Gun Journal, Under Wild Skies, Sporting Classics, and Vapen Tidningen (Sweden). He served as a licensed professional hunter in Zambia and Tanzania and is now a licensed guide and outfitter in Oregon. In addition, Seyfried won the World Pistol Championship in 1981. This month he has been battling poachers before guided fall hunts begin at his 7000 acre Elk Song Ranch so this is an article from 2006 he gave us permission to reprint.)

When I first saw her in 1996, Elk Song Ranch had decayed into a shadow of greatness, one crying out for restoration. More than 100 years of savage overgrazing, uncontrolled hunting and unconscionable logging had taken a terrible toll.


The great question was how could man intervene, this time in a positive way? Suddenly the responsibility of ownership was all mine; what could and would I do to restore this masterpiece?

For the moment, both hunting and logging had to come to a halt. The timber resource had been plundered in ever more destructive ways since 1900. I do not wish to imply that all logging is a bad thing; on the contrary, logging responsibly can be a valuable tool. I also needed time to assess resources and the elk herd needed time to recover, not in numbers, but in biological balance. The herd needed big, mature males. Getting them was easy: Just don’t kill them, and allow the babies to grow up. And along with the game animals, the world needs predators. So, all were made safe; yes, even the coyotes, bears and cougars. Conventional wisdom said that heavy grazing by domestic cattle was necessary to make the elk happy. Fortunately this was not true. Reducing the pressure from 400 cows for five months to 150 cows for six weeks delighted the elk. And oh my, the difference in the environment as a whole was spectacular!

To accomplish much of our work, a “tool” that many would consider inappropriate in the wild world, the ATV, would become one of the greatest and most useful “friends” of Elk Song.  ATVs quickly took over little tasks such as creating strategic salt licks. In this environment, natural salt and minerals are in short supply, so the stock and wildlife need supplements. However, the greatest need for salt licks comes early in the spring and summer, when the ground is wet and fragile. And the salt blocks also needed to be placed in far-flung places. Heavy vehicles create extensive damage, while the light-footed ATV floats harmlessly. So with the ATV there were salt licks everywhere we needed them.


Fencing, both repair and removal, was also part of the program and again the ATV answered the call. Perhaps the only downside to a motor, in comparison to the horse, is noise. ATV noise is unavoidable, but it is much like riding. There are ways to be destructive and noisy, and there are ways to be gentle and quiet. Honda, to their great credit, has done an admirable job of giving us horsepower in a very quiet package. We augment their efforts with additional mufflers, “stealth kits,” incorporating a muffler behind a muffler, if you will. Ridden gently and so equipped, the intrusion in the wild is minimal.


With the general plan in place, we next addressed the 12 miles of streams damaged by overgrazing and logging operations. The change in grazing habits began to help almost immediately as eroded, muddy stream banks began to grow grass and sedges. Refurbishing the stream beds began with replacing rocks and large logs but the large, coarse material did not fully answer the question. Small, brushy material was also necessary to protect the banks and slow the water’s flow, but the intrusion of heavy machinery had to be kept to a minimum. Once again, the ATV became an important and light-footed tool. Small, excess and poor quality trees were cut and used to protect the banks in places, and in the case of the smaller streams, were actually placed right in the water. The bushy lodge pole and fir trees catch smaller debris and filter sediment, which encourages vegetation growth, and they also form habitat for insects and other small creatures that feed the trout. Along the stream banks the brush-effect keeps not only domestic cattle at bay, but also helps protect young willow, alder and cottonwood from the hungry elk. If these plants can grow, the beaver will come with all of his natural magic.

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Eight short years have passed and the progress is remarkable. Streams that used to resemble dirt ditches now grow lush. Creatures great and small now thrive. The snowshoe hare has returned in abundance, blue grouse inhabit the ridges and ruffed grouse drum in the alder bogs and stream side thickets. The pair of osprey still nest in the top of the same ancient white fir tree, but now they fledge not one, but two and once, even three chicks because the meandering streams now offer an unlimited fishing resource. Small ground squirrels add to the menu for the other predators, so the cougar and bobcat have an easy time and pursue big game less. The eagle soars and the red tail hawk hunts year around. There is more grass, more old dead grass and jungles of small conifers to provide homes to mice, voles and other small rodents. The coyote hunts these more and at the same time the grouse, partridge and turkeys have better places to nest and hide.


To sustain fiscal realities, the game animals that serve a functional, non-destructive part of the whole must support themselves. Following the short moratorium on hunting, the elk quickly returned to a natural state and soon there were surplus young, mature bull elk and too many females. Hunting returned, but in a very limited and controlled way. It was now about quality, not quantity. About 15 elk per year fund the lives of 1,000 or more, and the rest of the wild world. So nowadays, big, old bull elk rule the mountain. These magnificent monarchs are what a bull elk is supposed to be: perfection embodied. They have stood the test of time, survived the cougar, man and winter and now they pass on genes tested in the forge of nature.


We have created a victorious cycle of success, nature begetting nature. Perhaps the best part of all is that this success is not the result of huge investment, or massive manipulation. The most important thing we do is literally nothing at all. We simply stopped hurting her so Mother Nature - with a little help from some “friends” - could heal herself. Of course this is only the beginning. It will take a century to reach perfection, but in eight years we are perhaps 75 percent of the way there.

Elk Song

Ross Seyfried, Elk Song Ranch

New Books and Special Thanks

This month Ted Torenson sent the Hy Hunter catalog offering the "new sixguns", Joel Black the AJ Parker and Billy Donner the Montfort and PMC catalogs for ammo guys. The Firing Regulation 1889 is interesting because it challenges many of the rules set down by Laidley a decade earlier. Le Damas adds some texture to the knowledge we have of the Belgian arms industry and the making of Damascus barrels. Suicide Specials is an important milestone in the understanding of the mass production of cheap handguns.



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Letters from Readers

* Abby, I've obtained another mystery rifle and want your advice on what it is. Perhaps one of your readers of the newsletter will recognize it. All I have is a logo stamped into the flat of a rear sight. It depicts 3 pyramids above the word SAFARI, with (101) below that. I've Googled it, tried Wickipedia, posted to various gun forums requesting info, emailed the Daisy Museum curator, etc., etc.. No luck! APPEARS it may have been produced by someone like Whamo-O (like their other WAMO .22rf products), or an airgun maker - due to its stock, which is cut from a flat slab with edges rounded and smoothed, finger grooves routed into both sides of its forestock, and inletted for a barreled action. Crude but cute. Obviously a "little boys' gun" circa 1950s to 1970s. Possibly pre-68 due to no serial number. Here are a couple of pictures. Can anyone help? Jack Myers

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* Good day, FYI. This is about the rant from SamColt last month. This guy spends his days looking at Colt items on Ebay and criticizing. I had about 10 emails from him regarding an item I was selling. Finally had to block him. Always enjoy your news letter. Mark

Hi Abby, Once again a very good newsletter, thanks. I would utter a word of warning concerning any 'Old' guns from India / Pakistan/ Afghanistan as many of them still have wet paint on them!!!. There is a huge trade in 'copied' weapons going on and some are particularly good looking until you get your hands on them! BUYER BEWARE...! Thanks for your time. Duncan Andrews

Abby, My wife's family was in the Nebraska area during the 1800s. Supposedly the gun belonged to her great, great, grandfather. It has seen some use and misuse. It has a brass medallion of some sort about halfway up on the underside of the stock. It is not legible, at least to me. It has "Collins Gun Co" inscribed on both sides and on the top the bar between the barrels is engraved all the way from the breech to the tips of the barrels. It is inscribed "Fine Damascus". Do you know of a gun dealer in the Portland, OR area that could  appraise the gun? We live in a small town south of Portland. Thank you for your help. Armand Vine

Armand, That is interesting. The only reference to the Collins Gun Co. I can find is in the Breechloader vol 1 by Vorisek. Vorisek says the "company was a dealer located in Omaha, NE from 1878 to at least 1914. Formed as Collins & Petty, it became the Collins Gun Co in 1883. Frank Parmalee, a well known exhibition shooter took over in 1888. Their wholesale trade covered Nebraska, Iowa, N.D. and S.D. One of their major products was European made high grade shotguns, particularly WW Greener doubles." If there is any possibility of it being a Greener, it could be a bit valuable. Of course, It could be anything and lacking the Greener name, it is doubtful it is a Greener but it is worth looking into. I’ll ask Mike Carrick.

Abby, Thank you very much for your help. Mr. Carrick put me on the right track to identify the gun. Unfortunately, it is a "wall hanger" not a valuable antique. My wife has decided to pass it down through the family as it was her great, great grandfather's gun. Thanks again, Armand Vine

Armand, That is too bad, sorry it wasn't an Antiques Road Show find! Abby

Hi, I am very upset and my son is being punished - he is 8 and has been looking for a cap gun. And of course he asked me to come and I was busy and didn't come right away and he purchased 2 of these. Would you PLEASE be willing to cancel this transaction? I can't afford to pay for these especially since it isn't a cap gun like he was looking for? I am so very sorry in having to ask and he is grounded from the computer for a LONG time. Please get back to me on this transaction. Again please accept my apologies! Chrissy

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:


Vic, I'm not certain what you are asking. The book features hundreds of pictures of S&W revolvers and pistols and all have grips. There is also a 9 page article by Jim King about S&W stocks (grips) with picture and prices. Does that answer your question? Abby


Vic, If the book is not on Ebay, you can buy it from my website along with any of the S&W catalogs I reprint: http://www.cornellpubs.com/old-guns/item_desc.php?item_id=2782. Shipping depends on where you are (Ohio, China, South Africa, Arkansas, Bolivia etc.) If you are US we can arrange for Media Mail shipping although I would insist it be insured to be shipped that way.  Abby


Dear Vic, Hello, many thanks for your purchase. The order just came in. My kindest regards to you, Abby


Vic, I refunded part of your shipping cost and will mail the book Media Mail as I think that is what you are getting at. Naturally, I will take some time to get to you but it is insured. Whew! 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.

* SPAM!! I get, on average, about 300 new subscribers each month. Many are folks who signed up. Others are people I automatically signed up when they bought something at an auction site or my website. Of the ones I sign up to get the newsletter normally only six or eight unsubscribe each month, usually because they have a last name the same as a catalog they bought or made the purchase for a friend or relative. I am naturally flattered that so many folks are pleased to hear from me once a month and thank you all for your indulgence.

*Spammers intercept emails using various tools and strip the emails of all the addresses. All it takes is for one addressee on your list to visit the wrong site on the internet and wham all the addresses you mailed to are on a spam list.

But there is something you can do to help fight SPAM. When you forward emails to many individuals use the BCC: space (stands for Blind Carbon Copy) instead of the To: or CC: spaces in your email forwards.

Many address books will only put selected email addresses into the TO: box so go ahead and do that. Hold down your left mouse key, select all the addresses with your cursor and release the left mouse key. Go to Edit, Cut. Then click on BCC:, click Edit and Paste. Finally, put your own email address in the TO: box and press Send. None of the other email addresses will be visible to any of the addressees and they will love you for not contributing to the spread of SPAM! Whoopee!

Virginia (our website guru from Carolina Creations) says:

First -- email address harvesters can't get your address book. That sits locally and the only way they can actually SEE your address book is if you give them access to your hard drive. Second - the only way they can "intercept" your email (that is forwarded, sent, whatever) to your entire address book is if they are a recipient of such email.

There are TONS of ways that spammers get a hold of your (or anyone else's) email address. If you have EVER posted your email address on the web, you're at risk...unfortunately, that's the sad truth. This is why we removed your explicit email address from your website. Spammers send harvesters/robots out to the web to peruse EVERY...SINGLE...PAGE out there, and if it finds an email address, it harvests it and dumps it into a huge database that they then use to send out emails. (And subsequently, they can check to see which are valid emails -- ie: if someone opens an email they have sent, then they know it's a good email address and then they'll sell it to other harvesters.)

When people get an email from cornellpubs@comcast.net -- it's not really coming from cornellpubs -- it just "looks" like it is. The email is actually coming from 1z6h353214hasd@yahoo.com (or some other email address that they use) but in the scripting code for sending the emails, they replace the DISPLAY of the email address, with random VALID email addresses, hoping that someone will go, "oh look...here's an email from Aunt Sue!" and open it. It's very difficult to teach people how to recognize SPAM emails -- I open them all the time at work, because they'll come with the word "music" in the title, or "camp" in the title -- but if I see that the sender is "Huchan Wazin" or "Alexandria Mechaw" or some name that looks suspicious, then I don't open it. If I get an email from a trusted friend, but the subject line is a bit shady, I don't open it and if I think it *could* be something valid, then I'll email them back and ask, "hey, did you just send me an email?" Also, if emails contain ANY attachments and I'm the least bit suspicious, I don't open it.

Person #1. Joe Smith has his email address program set up so that whenever he gets an email, and perhaps responds to it, it adds the email address automatically to his address book. Now -- Joe has about 300 emails in his address book in his email program. He has signed up for lots of things online, posts a lot in forums (where his email address is visible), etc. His email address is very much "out there". (And trust me -- harvesters will find it and abuse it.)

Person #2. Sally Rogers has always taken considerable steps to prevent spam - she never uses her email address on websites - never signs up for anything with her "real" email address, doesn't open emails from anyone she doesn't know, etc. She's never received a piece of spam email in her whole life! (hah, yeah ... fat chance, right?) Sally and Joe are good friends and frequently email each other, so Sally's email address is in Joe's address book.

Person #3. Mr. Africa has a ton of email addresses and he's ready to send out notifications of a winning some implausible amount of money to see if anyone will reply and ask for more information. It just so happens that he has, amongst his 14,000 email addresses, Mr. Joe Smith's email address. Mr. Joe Smith receives this email and it just so happens that Mr. Smith purchased a state game ticket yesterday! So, he is curious - and he emails Mr. Africa to find out more details about this supposed lottery that he just won. Bear in mind that because Mr. Africa received a response from Mr. Smith, he knows that this is a valid email address and will use it now, repeatedly -- and will forge emails that he sends, using Mr. Smith's address as the "FROM:" address, so that people think it's coming from Joe Smith -- poor Sally...

The fact that Mr. Smith REPLIED to this email address, AUTOMATICALLY ADDED Mr. Africa to his address book. So now? Every time Mr. Smith sends an email address to his whole address book, guess who gets all those addresses? Yep -- Mr. Africa. And poor Mrs. Rogers -- who has taken every possible step to prevent having her email address farmed -- is now doomed because of Mr. Smith's email practices and program preferences. That is how they get someone's address book.

This is, unfortunately, just one of the many ways that farms will harvest email addresses. And, this is why 1) people should make sure they know everyone in their address book (email), 2) if they must forward or send emails to their entire address book, use your method of BCC'ing everyone, and 3) understand that there is not mega money waiting to be claimed in Africa or anywhere else! Virginia :)

Here are two good websites that explain how all this happens in more detail:



* Paypal - I don't like Paypal 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 are cheaper by far than a bank for a small online business, They are reliable and they are secure. No, I don't like many of their policies but they are the least expensive I can find so we have to live with it. I do accept checks if you prefer and I don't wait for them to clear. If you stiff me with a check you go directly to the Rants and Raves column with your full name and address displayed for the world to see. By the way, Paypal has softened (somewhat) its previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

* Ebay - The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that saves me sales commissions to Ebay!

* Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with the many different browsers out there.

* 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.

* More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers and on any web page). :-) Abby

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. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1835-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

* I have some nifty tricks for you! 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.

* Gun Value & Parts - I get scores of phone calls that start out "I inherited this gun from my grandfather and I just want to know how much it is...", I do not do appraisals, nor do I sell parts. See here for parts suppliers.

* I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

* 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. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

* Browser Usage - Sometimes people mention they cannot follow the links I put in my newsletters, or that the pictures don't show up. Well, sometimes browsers are set to only receive messages in plain text. This is usually because their internet connection is slow and pictures make it even slower. There are settings to allow or disallow HTML language (pictures and links).

Your browser (the program you use to view emails and internet sites) can be set to allow you to click on links to other web pages. The link can either open a new window with the original window disappearing to a small block near the top of the screen or it replaces the current window with the new selection. In the former case to return to the prior window, click the box near the top of the screen. In the latter example click the "back arrow" also at the top of the page (different browsers such as Firefox, Netscape or Internet Explorer use different symbols for the back arrow). For the most part, I use links that replace the newsletter page with the new link. So, to return to the newsletter, you will have to use the back arrow to return to the newsletter.

* Must Read: If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

* If you collect Military Arms please check out the link page I have to Government and Military Publications as well as 75 Manuals of the World's Military Weapons (1945) in A Basic Manual of Military Arms - 1945 as well as the link to Machine Guns.

* YOUR ADDRESS- Yes, I am shouting! Each month I get angry phone calls, emails or letters from folks who "ordered the book xxx days ago and STILL DON'T HAVE IT! Usually they don't have it because the registered address at the website where they ordered the book is false (to "protect" their identity) or long outdated. When I point that out, they usually say that I should have double-checked or that their correct address was on their check or some other excuse. Sorry, I print address labels from the website as you typed it in. If your address is wrong the book goes to the wrong address. Please check your address at the website whenever you order something online. Thank you.

* 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!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Nigeria and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won in their very generous random lottery, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. 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.

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". So, a little more about credit cards and the internet. Every time you use your credit card at banks, gas stations, restaurants, stores and 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.

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.

Your best bet is to confirm that the website address where you enter information begins with https:// rather than just http://. The 's' stands for secure, meaning encrypted. Also, be confident that the website itself is trustworthy, has 'contact us' information including a name, address and telephone number. Beware of offshore websites. Even with all these protections, some cards are stolen. We had a card stolen by thieves in Azerbaijan. How they got my card I have no idea but I check the charges on my card regularly (daily, in fact) and picked up the scam quickly and cancelled the card.

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.

* This company sells a huge variety of springs: Talleres Echebarria, C/Magdalena 2, ES -20690 Elgeta, Spain, Tel.(+34)943-768073, Spanish Only!

* Hello Abby, I am responding to your request for parts source information for Remington Rolling Block Parts. We are attempting to supply reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. While this is a work in progress, I believe we are the largest supplier of these obsolete parts in existence. Thanks, Kenn Womack

* Check out the Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. They sell all kinds of parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. They have leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and much 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

* 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 (three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams) is available at (605) 343-9544 for $39.95

* 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


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!

Sammy Baugh, or Eddie Dew or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by Von Lengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

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 G&H website:

or Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(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 the website with links to websites that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture:


Original Gun Catalogs and Books for Sale

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Old Newsletters are Available Online

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