Calls from the Wilds


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* YAHOO! As many of you know, Yahoo provides email service for free. I don't like them though for two good reasons. They are arrogant and capricious. Several years ago when I was just starting out I sold my reprints using the Yahoo website "store". One day the store and my Yahoo email account suddenly vanished. Yahoo had terminated the accounts with no explanation other than to say that I had "violated the terms of use", or some such language. They never told me what they found offensive about my reprint catalogs nor did they allow me access to my email addresses ever again.

Last month Yahoo reappeared on my horizon. They bounced 1700 copies of my September newsletter, all those addressed to Yahoo subscribers. Again, they gave no explanation. I asked the nice folks at MyNewsletterBuilder, the people who do the mailing for me, to ask why on my behalf. They got a curt response saying, again, that the newsletter contained material rejected by Yahoo. Duh, what material!!??

It doesn't stop there. I carefully went through the entire newsletter looking for coding errors, bad links and other things that might have triggered a technical rejection (email processors like Yahoo have all sorts of spam filters) but found none. I tried two more times to do the mailing to Yahoo addressees but they were all rejected and again, Yahoo refused to say why.

Finally, I had to do a late, email note to all the Yahoo addressees containing a short explanation and a link to the newsletter on the website. Well now, that sure sounds to me like a First or Second Amendment violation to me, what do you think? OK, I know that is not a winnable case- did you ever read the legalese concocted by legions of lawyers to protect internet folks? Besides, I know I don't have nearly deep enough pockets to take on Yahoo, but it sure is irksome.

One result of all this was that about 550 subscribers were accidentally removed from the active mailing list. When MyNewsletterBuilder reinstated them a few people who requested that I personally delete their name from the list may have been added back in. I have no way of knowing. If you are one of those people, I apologize.


* Glitch Firearms has come out with a new and intimidating pistol in honor of Senators and Congressmen called the "Politician":


It doesn't work and you can't fire it.

A ridiculously sexist and, I suppose, politically incorrect joke from Dick Carleton!


Jim stood over his tee shot on the 450 yard 18th hole for what seemed an eternity.

He waggled, looked up, looked down, waggled again, but didn't start his back swing.

Finally his exasperated partner asked, 'What the hell is taking so long?'

'My wife is watching me from the clubhouse balcony,' Jim explained. 'I want to make a perfect shot.'

His companion said, 'You don't have a chance in hell of hitting her from here.'


  • Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
  • How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
  • Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going?
  • Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
  • Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
  • What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
  • Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?
  • If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
  • Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  • Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway...
  • Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
  • Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
  • If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
  • If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  • Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  • If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
  • Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
  • And, finally:

  • Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

U. S. Congresspeoples (persons?) at work?


Well, no, not exactly, but bad enough. The photo shows the Connecticut House of Representatives on August 31, 2009 during a speech about the state budget delivered by Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, House Minority Leader. Rep. Jack Hennessy (D-Bridgeport) and Rep. Barbara Lambert (D-Milford) are pictured playing solitaire. Other representatives appear to be reading the news and Facebook. Your tax dollars at work!

Guest Column- Rob Mouat

Abby couldn’t persuade anyone to write a column for her this month, Ross is still too busy with his ranches, Jim Blackford isn’t around and Dick Carleton is getting ready for a New England winter so she asked me to pitch in.

For each issue of the newsletter, Abby gives a brief introduction to the new catalogs and books she processed for the month, but this month I want to offer a little more about a few titles. A lot of the books we preserve go unnoticed because we have not made much effort to promote them, in fact, of the 3500+ titles we offer, over 500 have never sold even one copy! So, with this column I want to see if a brief overview of a few titles helps widen circulation.

Really Old Guns:

This month we have several reprinted books written over a century ago. An Outline of the History and Development of Hand Firearms 1906- From the Earliest to About the end of the 15th Century is a well annotated, footnoted and referenced history about ancient European firearms with a daunting title. Actually, the social history itself is interesting and valuable by itself, but I think it is a necessary read for anyone interested in learning where modern firearms came from and, at 76 pages, not a difficult text to tackle in an evening. In fact, it is also a useful reference book and starting place for further research because it is so well footnoted with titles that doubtlessly offer much greater detail.

Breech-Loaders before 1880

American Inventions and Improvements In Breech-Loading Small Arms, Heavy Ordinance and other Munitions of War, is another classic firearms book, this one looking at the evolution of breech-loading weapons before 1880 when they were still pretty new. Now, wherever and whenever discussions of firearms are undertaken there is almost always someone around who has knowledge of an obscure inventor who actually made one of “those” decades earlier than the current conversation embraces. I think Charles Norton the author of this book handles that whole subject rather well by quoting Emperor Napolean III who apparently said “Inventions that are before their age, remain useless until the stock of general knowledge comes up to their level”. While Norton covers the evolution of breech-loaders from prior to 1550 in the time of Henry II, he moves quickly forward to Hall’s patent breech-loaders then to guns of the Civil War period, noting the thousands of different breech-loaders manufactured in the early to mid-1860s; Ballard, Burnside, Gallagher, Lindner, Maynard, Palmer, Spencer, Starr and Warner to mention a few.

But the big advances and explosion of gun designs (if you will excuse the pun) happened between 1865 and 1880 and the bulk of Norton’s 460 well illustrated pages are devoted to that pivotal period. He covers systems by Peabody, Winchester/Hotchkiss, Remington, Whitney, Sharps and Springfield. Then the revolvers and pistols of Smith & Wesson, Colt’s and Merwin Hulbert. Follows then the sporting Arms including Maynard, Parker, Baker, Stevens and Buck. He devotes a chapter to the Gatling Gun and another to Cartridges, gunpowders and swords. Finally he wraps it up with looks at gun machinery- Pratt & Whitney, heavy ordnance and what he calls “life saving ordnance”. All in all this volume belongs in any firearms collector’s bookcase and should be well read and referenced to give the owner insight to modern weapons.\

Straight Shooting

We revamped the Handbook for Hythe - The School of Musketry of the British Army 1860 this month to make it a bit more readable. The original was really quite small with tiny type so we enlarged it giving no one an excuse not to read this extraordinary book. I suppose officers were expected to keep the copy in their tunic, if for no other reason than to stop an errant ball, hence the original diminutive size.

Hythe is a small medieval village on the coast of south east England in Kent County not far from the white cliffs of Dover and a bit east of Hastings where the French arrived uninvited and unwanted in 1066 to ruin Harold II’s day. The rifle and earlier, musket ranges at Hythe have been used by the British Army for almost 200 years but it wasn’t until 1860 that the army began to get serious about marksmanship.

Prior to that time the accepted practice for millennia for armies fighting one another was to line up in neat rows and fire their weapons in the general direction of the enemy. The collective volley did the damage. After the advent of barrel rifling though, military minds slowly began to register the possibility that troops could actually aim their weapons at a specific target and hit it. Hence the advent of the rifle range and eventually this first instruction book about marksmanship- The Handbook for Hythe. Amazingly, the rifles they shot at Hythe in 1860 were fired at targets as far away as 1000 yards. This is a book about how to do that.

More Cake Anyone?

Last month we gave a brief overview of George F. Cake, the west coast Thompson smg distributor and well know supplier of police gear into the 1970s. This month we included with the the new catalogs a reprint of his George F. Cake 1963-64 Catalog of Law Enforcement Equipment No. 30-S that wasn’t quite ready for last month. Given the problems we had with Yahoo delivering the newsletter perhaps that was just as well!

Ruger Revisited

We have not offered Ruger reprints in the past because, quite simply, we didn’t know how to print them with the equipment we have. Well, all that changed when Bob Toth left us his collection of old gun catalogs. To our surprise, we found several old Ruger catalogs in regular 8.5” x 11” format rather than their usual huge foldouts. Hence the Rugers we have available this month.

Different Routes

During the first half of the 20th century a few companies were large and prestigious enough to sell a large percentage of guns sold in the United States. The big catalog mail-order companies such as Sears and Montgomery Ward were certainly in that club but they sold primarily low end guns to the mass market. A few others such as Abercrombie and Fitch in New York and the Von Lengerke brothers (with stores Von Lengerke and Antoine in Chicago and Von Lengerke and Detmold in New York) sold high end guns and had large fashionable stores.

It is fitting, therefore, that we include reprints of these venerable company catalogs in our collection and encourage you to take advantage of the information each catalog contained about a wide variety of arms for any given year. Their catalogs show us the complete line of many important gunmakers and most of the options that maker offered.

The point of all this is to show researchers an alternate resource to the gunmaker catalog. If, for instance you are searching for information about a Smith & Wesson revolver from 1928 and we don’t have a S&W catalog from that year, the VLA 1928 will give you the S&W line including the “New Military Target Revolvers” (and on the next page the Thompson Automatic Carbine Model of 1927). So, have a look at the right side of the main website page for any major weapon manufacturer to see the list of retailer catalogs featuring the makers line of products for that year (the list is in chronological order).

Rob Mouat, Brighton, MI

New Books and Special Thanks

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website.

Many thanks to Fede Graziano of the Argentine Gun and Ammunition Collectors Association, Mike Carrick, Chris Calvin, Jan Paul Loeff, Bob Toth, Nick Niles and Al Carleton for lending us catalogs to scan and return.



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Letters from Readers

*Abby, Can you tell me if this catalog has George Lawrence gun holsters showing the size numbers and guns the numbers fit Thanks – lcbur

lcbur, No, as with most holster makers, they give a model number and then either ask you to provide a caliber or barrel length or they say it can accommodate up to a certain length. That said, there are a few holsters that are for specific makes and barrel lengths and those are specified. Can you imagine how much space would be taken if the catalog listed every gun, length and caliber for every holster? Abby

Hi,,I currently own an original copy of this book. However one page has been torn out and I was wondering if you could possible sell me just one page.I am looking for page 91,92.I will wait for your reply,,Thanks - 8788chuck

8788chuck, We get a lot of requests for "just one page that features XXX" but, honestly, it takes more time and trouble to print one page than the whole thing so it would be more expensive for you to get just one page than to buy the whole $11.95 catalog reprint. Abby

Abby, Hi there, is the original booklet for sale? Thanks. - 4463gene

4463 gene, I have the original but it is not on Ebay and Ebay forbids under threat of dire consequences selling it outside Ebay. In fact, under Ebay rules I can't even give you my email address. Sorry, Abby

Dear Abby, I see that you have a 59,61,and 62 catalog with the Rifleman's Flip Special rifle listed. What about 1960, any catalog with the flip special for that year or any other years? Thanks - dkj013

Dkjo13, Enter Hubley in the search box for our Ebay store. all the catalogs we reprint have an index. Abby

Abby, Does this reprint catalog show any of the Audley-Folsom safety hoslters for revolvers? Thanks! - go_diamond_0

go_diamond_0, Yes, Audley and Folsom catalogs show safety holsters for revolvers, Abby

Dear Abby, Early Jeffereys catalogues: Can you advise if the 1904 WJ Jeffereys catalogue covers their earlier firearms, from the 1880s. It would seem so. There is a chapter on Cape guns, which are double barrell 360/360 and 410/22 which I am interested in. Chris Birt

Chris, To be honest, I don't know if the catalog features guns from the 1880s although I doubt it. If they did, it would sort of be like a 2011 Ford auto catalog featuring cars from the 1990s which doesn't make much sense to me. Of course 1904 wasn't too far into the smokeless powder era and the guns offered like the Top Lever, hammer double they call "Old Reliable" probably was much the same as the ones before... also looks to be black powder as were probably some of the others. Sorry I don't know more to tell you. Abby

Abby, I wish to sell an 1889 Bannerman catalog. this is an original, not a reprint. If you are you interested, what is your offer? It is in nice shape, no torn pages, no mold, etc. Pages are numbered 1-25. Size is about 4 inches wide X 8 inches long. Best regards,Mike Boyajian

Thanks Mike, but I have one. If I were you I would put it on Ebay during the fall. Abby

Abby, Is the reprint catalog you are selling the one that is actually pictured in the auction listing? – orbruce

Orbruce, Yes, why do you ask? Abby

Hello, I'm looking for detailed info on the special mount for a Thompson on a motorcycle. Does this catalog have any illustrations. I'm trying to make one for a documentary! Thanks in advance. - nero69

Nero69, The Thompson 1923 catalog has three pretty good photographs of the mount which was very much the same for motorcycles, tanks and boats. The motorcycle photo shows it mounted for the rider to fire. The 1929 catalog has a photo of the gun mounted on a sidecar and later catalogs like the 34 had a drawing of the 29 photo. For your purposes, I would say the '23 and '29 catalogs would be best. Abby (Oddly, I never heard from him again. You have no idea how much time I spend answering questions and being ignored!)

This fellow left us a neutral on Ebay. When I asked why, he responded:

Abby, I thought there would be more detailed information. Robert R.

When I explained to him that punishing me for something that was written a hundred years ago was unfair, he retracted the neutral rating. Abby

Dear Abby, Thank you so very much for this reprints! Thank you for a fine and professionally provided service. Dave Fisher

Dave, you are very welcome, thanks for writing, Abby

Dear Abby, military pattern: do you have any publications on the military pattern by bsa thanks regards, Elaine Davidson

Elaine, Thank you for your note. BSA made "military pattern" cartridge rifles as well air rifles and, for all I know, pistols too. In fact, many manufacturers in many countries made mp versions of weapons in use by the military services covering over a hundred and fifty years. Specifically which weapon are you seeking information about and exactly what era. Finally, what information are you seeking? Abby

Abby, I received my copy of "Webley 1790 - 1953 in the mail today. Very fast, good service. Printing is good and the paper is fine but - the pictures are very bad. Most have been reproduced as black silhouettes with no observable detail. The whole purpose of this book is to describe and illustrate various models of Webley firearms but that is not possible given the quality of the illustrations. I am not familiar with your reproduction methods but if this problem can be resolved I would be very happy. Thank you. Dick Fawcett

Dear Dick, However much I wanted to write back and say something snotty like "what do you expect for $9.95", after I looked at the catalog I realized I could make it better with the latest edition of Photoshop. So, I set about working on it and think it is much improved now. I'll send you the Mk II copy in the next mailing. Actually, the original isn't that great because they used poor quality images to illustrate the oldest revolvers. By lightening them considerably and then using the sharpening tool the details are more discernible if not perfect. I also enlarged the catalog slightly which also helps detail and that gave me the excuse to raise the price for the next buyer! I hope the copy I send is better for you. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Every now and then someone does something to restore my faith in humanity. I am amazed, impressed, very satisfied and all that jazz. Your reprint of this book is wonderful, far better than I expected.The first edition was pretty sad but the second edition is a keeper. Thank you very very much. Dick F.

Abby, Received today first order. Was surprised by service time. Just what I needed. I will be needing other pubs. Plan to show this one around to gun shop and antique gun writers in my area. Thanks Abby for being here for us old gringos. Grant Meadows

My Pleasure, Abby

Abby, I have seen that you ave plenty of catalogs regarding guns of the '85. i have myself a ''sipson shul game gun'' that i bought back in '85. the problem with the barrel keys that prevent my gun from closing. is there a chance that you have some parts to replace it? can i send you a photo with my problem? im also interested in buying new barrels. thanks for your time. any answer will b helpful. Regars, Nicolas

Nocolas, Sorry, we are publishers, we don't sell parts, we reprint old gun catalogs. Abby


Doug, This catalog features Batavia Leader shotguns which were made from 1898 to 1915. This one is probably closer to your serial number and has a bit more information. Although A&F apparently carried the Leader, it is not in the catalogs of the period, I checked. I suggest you contact Bob Beach at Griffin & Howe because they have original owner information from Abercrombie & Fitch, the people who apparently sold your gun. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Could you please tell me if there is mention of the model 1877 rifle (also refered to as the English Sharps) in this or any other of your Sarps catalogs? longrange.7115

Dear longrange.7115, As far as I know, the only weapons pictured in the catalog are the ones mentioned in the index of each. There may be some mention in the text but I wouldn't know. Abby

Abby, i have 2 32 caliber handgun breakfront the only thing i can find on the gun is on the handel it shows F&W can you tell me anything about my grandfather owned the gun and he died in 1941. thomas mace

Dear Thomas, Follow this link to Forehand and Wadsworth. From your description it is hard to tell exactly which model you have so you might want to start with the History by Joe Voresek then come back and buy the correct catalog. Here is the link to the history. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I am a collector of vintage bamboo fishing rods, and doing research on them. I am looking for a full colored catalogue of Montague/Chubb, Loves Hardware,Heddon,L.L.Beans,Winchester,Horrocks Ibbotson (1900-1935), Southbend/Cross,Clerks,or any other outfitter/hardware supplier of fine rods/tackle from the period of 1890-1930. I would like full color only for the purposes of identification and restoration of these vintage rods. If color is not available I would like a list of what you do have of either color or b/w. thanks Ed Ponder

Dear Ed, As you might imagine, we get scores of requests from people seeking specific information about their particular interest. We are just not equipped to do all the research we are asked to do, however, so I will give you a couple of suggestions to make you request possible. If you go to the website and enter "fishing" in the search box you will get a list of catalogs that have “fishing” in their index. Go to each catalog and see if it is printed in color. This is also an incomplete list of fishing gear.

Then you can send me a modest list of possible titles and I will open each to see if it has what you seek (please make sure you send the list of what you want with the list of titles). I'll try to help that way. Very few will be in color by the way. Try this one.

Frankly by asking people to contribute to the research this way I guess I eliminate most of them because I never hear from them again. I think sometimes folks just ask for things as an idle exercise. Cheers, Abby (I never heard from him again).

Hi Abby. i received the 1957 catalog last week sometime last week. I paid for them separate , but I paid the second one with no shipping since you said you would combine the shipping costs. Please advise. John wilder 1955 hubley catalog

John, This is complicated but I will try to explain. Yes, I will "combine" invoices and I did that for you, at least I didn't charge you shipping for the second catalog you ordered. The first one was already scheduled for printing and processing when I learned about the second so that went out by itself. The second was printed yesterday and will go with the next shipment, probably today and I will pay the postage. Cheers, Abby

Abby, eibar 380 cal 9mm pearl handle my father left me a pearl handled Eibar 380 cal 9mm pearl handled gun. regular 9mm cartridges are to large. Made in spain. Very old. What type of cartridge will fit? gayla graham\

Gayla, I'm sorry we reprint old gun catalogs and are not gunsmiths. With any old gun it is advisable to have it thoroughly checked by a qualified gun expert before shooting any modern ammunition. There were many variations of cartridge size and configuration made for the same caliber. Also powders vary greatly. The pistol you have is likely designed to fire .380 automatic cartridges which are, essentially, a rimless, short .38 cartridge, but check it out first! Abby

Abby, Was reading Rants & Raves I think ya might put these in book form and make a couple million. these are great humor as good as letters to the ration board or the draft board. Too funny, whata bunch of nutz.LOL. Grant Meadows

Dear Abby, I wanted you to know I bought a late 19th century Greener catalogue from you for a friend. He had just had his grandfather’s Greener hammer gun restored and the model was shown in the catalogue. He was thrilled. Brian Buckman

Dear Abby, I am researching vintage 8ga. reloading. would like to know if any of the Ideal manuels contain such info. if so, which ones. thanks, Gene Rodemich

(I asked Doug E:) Dear Doug, Do you have an answer for this fellow about 8ga.-reloading off the top of your head? I am trying to get in and preserve all the tomatoes and peppers before we get a frost and just don't have time to do the research for all these questions people ask. Hope all is well. Thanks, Rob

Abby; I don't normally have much to do with "shoots-bird guns", as the late Cajun humorist Justin Wilson used to call them, but I do know that the 8 gauge fell out of popularity by the end of the Black Powder era, and - indeed - is considered illegal most everywhere for wild- and water-fowl.

The "Ideal Loading Flask" first seen on the back cover of HB No. 1 (ca. 1891), and offered through HB No. 9 of 1897, was stated to accommodate from 8 gauge down to the smallest pistol cartridges with the buyer's choice of charging nozzle; but all other Ideal shotshell tools were offered only for 10-gauge and smaller shells. On a quick run-through of several issues, I nowhere see any info on 8-gauge loadings.

I suggest a Web search for enthusiasts of these older, larger gauges - on up through the huge1- and 0-gauge "Punt Guns".

All well here, but garden was a disaster, with weird temperature ups and downs; hoping for better luck with Fall vegetables. Sheep and goats just fine - the seven remaining old hens are laying grudgingly, but a hawk(?) apparently got both of the ducks. A neighbor had a bear take three of her prime Navajo-Churro sheep - but they did get the bear! All our best, Doug E.

Abby, I have an old flobert/parlor rifle, it's serial number is (21628.12 ).... I'm trying to find the year so I can purchase documentation to learn about this gun. Thank for any help... Jim Han

Jim, Flobert type guns were made for at least a century by various makers. I would suggest you start with Joe Vorisek's history of Flobert guns: Cheers, Abby

Abby, Would you consider selling one page of this catalog (1959 Hubley) and sending the picture through an email? I have found an Old Pal Walking Horse that appears to be in pretty good condition at an antique store but may have some damage to the head. I need a photo for comparison. I am not even sure how it works. Thanks! Betsy

Betsy, I'd be glad to do that but you would have to pay the price of the catalog because of the time it would take to find the page and send it to you. I get dozens of requests for "just the page of... xx" and I would spend all my time finding pages if I didn’t charge for them. Abby

Abby, I have a friend who is looking for a catalog for 1899, 1900, or 1901 which list a Lefever side by side shotgun “F” grade gun. Would you have this catalog? Thanks and have a “WONDERFUL DAY”! Don Keller

Don, The Hartley & Graham catalog of 1899 shows a checkerd grip Lefever as described in their list of the F grade. They also give details about H, G, F, E and D grades of that year. Here is a link to Lefever catalogs we carry. Best, Abby

Abby, Hello, came across one of your original catalogues (Jan, 1936) pages pretty browned and brittle. Can you recommend a catalog with spanish american war items (circa 1898). Thanks, Hamilton Ross

Hamilton, The best catalog of war surplus from the 1898 war was the 1910 Bannerman catalog (it took them a decade to add all the salvage they bought after the conflict). Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Abby, Have not heard back about the shipping yet. Don't bother,what you can do is send a post paid return envelope. Yes ok you made $5.75 on the shipping but you lost allot of good will and my recommendations to my customer base for your products. I have been in the surplus and firearms industries going on 42 years. Have written many an article in publications I am sure you are very familiar with. Taking the poor quality reproductions on paper the drugstore uses on their copier was not enought. But that the books fell apart in my hands pages were cut bad one at a steep angle. Please with all of the good people out of work ,that who ever put this together would not last in the real world. I have contacted the credit card company and stoped payment. This could be call fraud. Hope there is a world of suckers so you will be able to feed your family. This editors $71 you won't have. Pete Keehn, Queens, NY

Dear Pete, For an old soldier you are a pretty nasty piece of work, ill-educated as well judging by your language. For all the 42 years you have spent “in the surplus and firearms industries” you have learned little tact or diplomacy, but then I suppose a junk dealer doesn’t really need to be tactful or even pleasant, does he?

Your comments about my efforts to preserve old history notwithstanding, I have over 17000 customers from around the world, almost all of whom understand the purpose, validity and value of my work. A few like you, a very few really, don’t “get it” and are relegated to the Rants and Raves section of my website Congratulations, you have joined an exclusive club!

Oh, by the way, I missed your first note or I would have refunded the extra shipping or even the whole order had you asked politely (I like to keep skinflints happy), but now, I'll let you battle it out with your credit company. 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.

* 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.

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

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

Provenance for Your Gun

Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!

If you own a gun by one of dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the Griffen &Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.

Robert C. Beach,
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: