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September Newsletter Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics from the September newsletter. The free downloads were very popular but in an unusual way. The National Sportsman Magazine issues were downloaded by 125 readers who then forwarded the link to other people who downloaded the issues 2731 times (even though I don't think they were that interesting). The 1935 American Rifleman issue was downloaded by 38 readers who forwarded the link to friend who downloaded the issue 2418 times. America and the War (WWI) was opened by only 5 readers but later 357 others. Arizona Highways by 33 readers and 1306 others, Canadian and London Gunsmiths by 6 readers and 2222 others. I think that is great because it brings new people to the website, but isn’t it terrific how the internet works?


Testing Bulletproof Glass in 1932

This is one trusting spouse!

Thanks to Dick Carleton


How to Get to Mars

Thanks to Red Rabeneck (and others)


World History in Two Minutes

(this about sums it up and it is pretty clever - a high school student put it together!) The little box thing in the lower right of the video screen will enlarge the image to full screen, to return hit the escape key.

Thanks to Dick Carleton


Tour America by Air in Six Minutes

Thanks to Ginny Coombs


The Remarkable Bannermans

Francis Bannerman built one of the world's largest arms selling businesses out of the scrap left behind after wars came to an end. He started just after the U.S. Civil War and the company lasted until about 1970, about a century. Bannerman left behind a treasure trove of catalogs (click here to go to the page of Bannerman reprints). Beginning with the 1888 issue and ending with the 1966 farewell copy the contents are fascinating. Holt Bodinson wrote about them in the October Guns Magazine:

"David Bannerman, a son, recalls that in the 1880s the backyard of their home in Brooklyn was covered with “hundreds of cases filled with the obsolete Civil War US oval belt plates. These had a brass front and a heavy lead back. They were put in the smelter right there, and the lead run into pigs and the brass in barrels. As I recollect, it was a very profitable undertaking.” That was the genius of the Bannermans. Buy government scrap and smelt it into real dollars.

Some of the great purchases of the firm were the government’s liquidation of Civil War and Spanish American War stores in 1900-1901. Bannerman bought thousands of Civil War rifles, carbines and revolvers and moved them quickly into the public mainstream through large department store chains like Gimbels and Mays. The booty from the Spanish American War contained so much explosive ordnance and artillery that Bannerman built a warehouse in the style of a Scottish castle on an island in the Hudson River near West Point."*

*Read more about the Bannermans in the October issue of Guns Magazine

By Holt Bodinson

Rob Mouat

MORE ABOUT THE BANNERMANS

The prologue to the history of Bannerman Castle is that when the city fathers of New York discovered that the Bannerman company had, by 1900, stored in their basement at 501 Broadway some 400 tons of high explosive, they politely asked him to remove it... "immediately if you please". The result was "Bannerman Castle" on the Hudson River near West Point. By the way, the castle, or what remains of it, is a wonderful visit if you ever find yourself in the area. Check out The Bannerman Castle Trust.

Bannerman catalogs have a lot to do with why you are reading this newsletter. About 10 years ago I was looking through some old books that had belonged to a long gone friend, Graydon Walker. Graydon was a marvelous old time newspaperman and advertising copywriter (he was responsible for Lucky Strike Goes Green when red dyes were needed for the WWII war effort). I was up to my knees in naval history books when I came across a 1955 Bannerman catalog. After some thought, I recognised it from a stain on the front cover as being my catalog from my youth. My father must have lent it to Graydon during my absense one day.

I was thrilled to read this old book once again and when I showed it to Abby, she agreed other people would love to read it too. After securing permission from Jane Bannerman, who lived in New York at the time, we spent three months cleaning up the scans of the book to make it presentable for reproduction and sale. It was only after some time had passed that we learned the 1955 version of the catalog was itself a rehash of previous versions and that all copy and pictures surrounded by clipping lines, cross-outs and corrections, each of which we painfully removed in our reprint version, were perfectly clear in early versions of the catalog, the 1927 issue being the largest and best. After that the company simply cut and pasted new and revised items.

Bob MouatAnyway, the Bannerman problems with the New York city fathers that Holt Bodinson mentions in his article for Guns Magazine (Octover 2012) reminds me of a story about my late father.

LCL(L)As a young officer in the Royal Navy he was made the CO of a little ship called an LCI(L) (Landing Craft Infantry) that was fitted out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. The LCI(L) was a small (158 feet) ship designed to carry three officers, 24 men and 200 soldiers. While commissioning his ship in New York he met and later married my mother. My father's flotilla served during the invasion of Sicily and Italy and later in the Far East.

OerlikonAfter the war when he decommissioned his ship in Glasgow he, for some reason he never made clear, removed an Oerilikon 20mm Automatic Cannon and took it home in a lorry to Melrose, Scotland where he stored it in his Mom's shed. Sometime later, as he was preparing to immigrate to the U.S. he suddenly came to the realization that his war trophy wouldn't be much use in civilian life, couldn't be fit in his luggage and probably wouldn't pass the New York customs inspection anyway. Fortunately this epiphany coincided with a government sponsored arms armistice so, at his mother's urging, he dutifully asked the village postman (the designated gatherer of, by then, illegal weapons) to stop by. The man pedaled up on his bicycle and was aghast when presented with a fully operational machine cannon; "Ock, an I dinna thunk I kin menage thot on me bicycle, Mr. Mouat"! That is one of those "don't you wish you were there, stories"?

Rob Mouat


Arms Heritage Magazine

Hopkins & Allen Czar

Question from Nicholas R. via the Internet

Please see the attached photos of a seven-shot .22 cal. nickel-plated, revolver marked CZAR along with “Pat. Mch 28, 71, May 27, 79.” There is a very well executed image of a dog’s head molded in the top part of the hard rubber grips. Can you tell me who made this suicide special?

CzarCzar2

Answer:

Last year noted collector of this type of spur-trigger revolvers, Jim Shaffer, admonished me for using the words “suicide special” when referring to this class of inexpensive revolver made by several firms under their own name or marked with proprietary names concocted by the resellers. I agree with Jim; these were mostly sold for self-protection and plinking.

Your revolver was made by Hopkins and Allen about 1879 and marketed by any number of firms. The dog’s head is a feature of H&A pistols, but sometimes you will see the CZAR with the letters T&R in place of the dog. This represents Turner & Ross of Boston who advertised “The biggest bargain that has ever or will be offered. . . . We know it to be accurate and reliable at 100 yards. . . .The CZAR is made of the finest English steel and is rifled as carefully as a Creedmoor Rifle.” This hyperbole is typical of the advertisements of the era.

An ad in Harper’s Weekly 5-31-1879 makes fantastic claims that the CZAR is equivalent in all respects to a Smith & Wesson or Colt. Then we are told that the CZAR revolver was part of a large order to Russian Nobility, but not having the money to complete the order, the CZAR will be sold to the general public at $2.75 and not the $10 the Russian Officers had intended to pay.

The CZAR is offered in the 1880 Homer Fisher catalog, and it is the only ad I’ve seen about the CZAR that seems honest. Fisher tells his customers “not to believe the hifalutin, long drawn out descriptions seen in newspaper advertisements, don’t take for Gospel truth all that ad says about Russian Officers. We sell this revolver for $2.50. It is a good revolver for the price.” Homer Fisher was a large dealer of Sharps, Ballard, Winchester, etc., and it is refreshing to see him tell his customers the CZAR is just a common, inexpensive revolver, and OK at the price.

I found these very valuable (for research purposes, but inexpensive to buy) reprint catalogs at Cornell Publications

Michael Carrick

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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 the New Zealand Cartridge Collectors Club (NZCCC) and Kevan Walsh who made it possible for us to get scans of many of the catalogs offered below.

 


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Letters from Readers


"maggie2011ursula" sent a message about Marbles 1924 Outing Equip- Guns, Knives & Etc Catalog #370608456112: receved my 1924 marbles catalog nice but back cover not as ad do you have back page pic.? ihave left possitive feed back thanks - maggie2011ursula (Ebay)

Oh geez, I was afraid this would happen. It has been my experience that lots of old ephemera lack covers but rather than not reprint the insides which contain a wealth of information we make a cover to replace the missing one. When you ordered we had just got in a beautiful original with a fine cover so rather than send you a made up cover we sent a reprint with the original and a note explaining what we did. Now, if you would rather have the cover we made just send back the one you have with a note and we will print you one of the ones we made up. How is that? By the way, I am changing the picture in the ad right after I send this! Abby


Hi Abby, You are a star, many thanks. Kind regards, Denny R


Hi again Abby, I was wondering if you have any information regarding a 12 gauge o/u shotgun from Armi P. Zanoletti. It was bought new in a store here in Norway in 1985 and it is foldable (I think it was called a poacher gun). You load the gun via the top lever and not by breaking the gun I have been able to determine the chokes to be full and half, but there is no markings on the barrel that say anything about either the chamber length or the chokes. I have looked everywhere on the gun for other proof marks as well. There is a crown mark on the barrel and on the receiver, but I think it is just the manufacturers QA stamp, as there are many of them. Here in Norway lead is forbidden and I know that this gun is produced for lead only. I want to shoot steel ammunition (at least trap ammunition 24 gram shells with 500 bar pressure) and I would be most interested in finding out what pressure the barrels are tested for, and what chamber length (it is hard to measure by hand) it has. Any other information about the gun is also appreciated. There is not much information on the net regarding this gun. It would be a shame to throw it away, due to its good condition. Have a nice day and a good weekend ! Best Regards, Trond Sundby, Norway

Readers?? Abby


Hello Abbey, your sending has reached me. Thanks a lot. At which I have to state, that the packing was not choosen that ideal beacause some of the prints now have dog ears. Concerning the quality, it´s readable and surely a good copy, but I´m a bit "dissapointed" because I thought more of a professional reprint, like kynamco is selling the W. W. Greener catalogue. Anyhow, I will leave a good "review" on ebay. Maybe it´s a bit my failure because i was expecting something different . Thanks again for all. Konstantin

Hello Abbey, because I didn´t get any response onto my last e-mail, I just want to contact you again and like to ask if you will refund the money back, because of the condition (please see my e-mail further down) of the examples. Kind regards, Konstantin

Dear Konstantin, I received your first email but because you asked no questions and because I thought it was only informational I did not feel it required a response.

I am disappointed by your email requesting a refund for your June 26th purchase. You do not mention which catalog disappointed you or why or why you are disappointed. With regard to the Kynoch Co reprint of the 1926 Greener catalog, we reprint over 35 different Greener catalogs including the 1926 they reprint:http://www.cornellpubs.com/old-guns/historic-greener.php. Our 1926 is as good as theirs but others we reprint are not very good because the original was poor. You see, quality of reprints depend on the condition of the original. We do not sell forgeries of originals, we sell information. We reprint over 4000 old catalogs and manuals. Some are very good reproductions, others are not. The quality varies.

Shipping to Europe varies too. Some shipments are damaged in transit. We will usually replace one shipment if it is damaged if we are told about the damage in a timely manner. Now, if you will please tell me exactly what is wrong with your purchase I will try to understand how I can help you. "Quality of the reprint" is not a valid complaint however, because I clearly state in each Ebay advertisement that the quality of these old reprints varies from one to another. Sincerely, Abby (no "e", that is the church)


Abby, Do you have anything on a Winchester Model 1901 lever-action 10ga? I cant find any references or what parts would have been used. Do you have any manuals? john davis

John, The Model 1901 is in the 1901 catalog as well as subsequent catalogs for as long as the model was manufactured. Look at the listing at the website for the index and pics. All Winchester manuals of that era contained manuals for the guns they made. Abby


Subject: Bannerman 1927 Military Surplus Goods Catalog, Hello. This might be a stupid question, but I was just wanting to know what year was the original copyright of the Bannerman 1927 Military Surplus Goods Catalog and what years has this catalog been reprinted. I see some have 1980,,,etc... How do you know the difference? Are the original copys hard to find? Bradley E Batten

Bradley, I would guess the copyright would be 1927 unless yours is a trick question. Some material was reprinted by Bannerman in subsequent issues. Original copies are available now and then but because they were printed on cheap paper most are in poor condition. By the way, we have permission to reprint the catalogs from the Bannerman family. Abby


Dear cornellpubs, do u have clip for modle emi erma werke 22cal thanks gene - geneh515 (Ebay)

Gene515, We don't sell parts. Abby


Abby, need part for 592 5mm winfield lafferty

Winfield, We don't sell parts, how could you miss that fact when you filled out the form at the website that says in huge red letters

“WE DON’T SELL PARTS”?


Abby; I wrote to you yesterday regarding my ordering the catalog(s)...both IF you believe I will benefit from both ,,OR perhaps (1)..? I just do not need both catalogs IF they contain the near same items I hope these are in English as I cannot decifer French. Sincerely, Guy

Guy, Sorry to be tardy, I am buried with questions from people and am doing my best to answer everyone. Both GR catalogs are in French. There is a translator available so if you wanted you could get a rough translation: Google Translator http://translate.google.com/#. As far as benefit, I don't know, one is 1925 and the other is 1940 (presumably printed in 1939 before the war however). You can order either at the website. Cheers, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Does this publication indicate that it is a reproduction or reprint? - waljoy1

Waljoy1, Yes, we do not make forgeries of originals! Abby


Abby, Can you offer information on a Simson w/ serial #250787 – it is a SxS 12GA? Pre-WWII or post WW-II? Condition is 90% or possibly a bit better. Receiver is highly engraved. David Dodson

Dear Mr. Dodson, I have no idea when your gun was made and am not certain exactly what information you are seeking other than a year of manufacture. Please enlighten me. Abby

Abby, I am sorry for being vague. First, am interested in learning whether it was manufactured prior to WW2. Secondly, an idea of approximate value of it IF it is a pre-war piece. David Dodson

Dear Mr. Dodson, As we mentioned, I don't know when you gun was made. Also, as it says in huge red letters above our phone number:

For Firearm Appraisals: email Mike Rich (Mike is an independent contractor, he has no affiliation with Cornell Publications. He will get back to you -- please do not call Cornell Publications for appraisals)

You might try buying a used copy of the Standard Catalog of Firearms by Gun Digest or the Blue Book of firearems values on Ebay or Amazon or looking at one at Barnes and Noble. Rob Mouat


9-14-12 Dear Abby, I have not not not, my Order from the Invoise # 29122, not my Order on the Zoll on Germany, please send the Matchcode or Trankingnumber !!! Not sending my Order, my 92.- US. $ retur !!! I can not shipping time over 28 day´s !!!! Mister Keller (Germany)

9-14-2012 Dear Mister Keller, We received your note. We are surprised by all the !!!!!!!!! in your note. We shipped your first package. It was apparently lost. We shipped a replacement package on September 4. Mail to Europe goes through Chicago from Brighton, MI. We paid for the second package. It cost you nothing. It was shipped by the US Post Office. The shipping number is LJ667147463US. Packages to Europe can take 4 weeks. I do not know why shipping can take so long. We must wait for the package to be delivered or returned. There is nothing else we can do. Mister Robert Mouat

9-15-2012 Hi Abby, my self is verry Habby, I have the sending from 09/04/12 !!! 07/13/12 over normal parcel post ! I have not,not, not the first sending from the 7/18/12 !!! Verry thank yuo Mister Keller


Abby, Winchester mdl 94 manuel. Was told it shipped last Sat., as of today not received. bill simpson

Dear Bill, Thanks for your note. Unfortunately this happens all the time with the PO and there isn't a thing we should do about it for at least another week. Your tracking number is 9400111201080103735329 and, as you can see, it was shipped and is in process. If, every time I got a note from a customer that they hadn't yet received a package, I sent another package, the prices I charge would triple and the customer would have piles of the same thing eventually arriving at his address. Please be patient. Cheers, Abby


Abby, First off, let me thank you again for my Savage and Stevens catalogs I ordered a while back. The quality was great and they provided some much needed information. I'm starting to compile several images to be considered for inclusion in my book on the Stevens Savage combination guns. As you are well aware, a copy of a copy loses a lot in translation and quality. So I was wondering if it was possible to have you send me an electronic file image of the cover only of the 1940 Stevens Export Catalog? Of course I'm will to pay you for this service. Let me know if this request is possible. Thanks Abby for you great work, products, and services. Keep up the good fight! Johnathan

Johnathan, Attached is my original un-retouched image of the Stevens cover. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I cannot express how awesome you are. Please accept my humble thanks and sincerest gratitude. When I finish the book, a signed copy is headed your way! John


Abby, Schoverling, Daly & Gales 1912 Guns & Sports Supplies can you tell me what are the tool kits listed on page 211? Are they pocket or pocket knife tool kits? Thanks! – ncwizman (Ebay)

Dear ncwizman, Yes, and there are several other pages of Swiss Army type tool knives. Abby


Abby, I have a bicycle with the Bryn Mawr bicycle on it. It also says Elmira Arms Co. on the head badge. The s/n is 43054. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Don Osbourn

Don, I'm sorry, I don't know a thing about old or new bicycles. It is possible one is pictured in one of our Elmira Gun Catalog reprints. Abby


Abby, Was reading your newsletter and rants and raves yesterday and remembered all the things I need to get from you, hope those jerks don't discourage you. Thanks for the service you perform - jk


Abby, Catalog received-delighted as usual. Thanks and have a fine weekend! John


Abby, I am looking for a catalog or any manufacturing information on shotguns made by Sandro Lucchini. This is small Italian (Val Gardone) high grade manufacturer. Do you have any information or suggestions? Vincent

Vincent, I am afraid if you don't see it at the website we haven't processed it yet. My newsletter each month announces new additions. Abby - readers???


Abby, another great newsletter! I especially appreciate the .pdf file of the November, 1958 Arizona Highways magazine. My father-in-law took that magnificent picture in it of the lightning strike in Grand Canyon. My wife-to-be, then age 18, was right behind him when he took it, urging him to try, although the timing had to be split-second. Also, the information on Norwich, Connecticut arms was interesting, as I have a Model 1861 contract rifle-musket that came from the Norwich Arms Company in 1863. It was one of 25,000 produced there. The April, 1935 American Rifleman debuted ads for a couple of arms that I collect; the S&W .357 Magnum, and the Winchester Model 69 rifle. Again, thanks for your many efforts and the great job that you do. The stuff you put out there is invariably interesting! John Marshall

Hi John - What a wonderful note - thanks so much. What a small world. I was charmed by the magazine and wanted to share it. I have the original which I would love to send to your wife - Are you still at 8409 N 17th Street Phoenix? My customers are the best - except that small deviant percentage! Abby

Abby - THANK YOU so much! My wife says we had a copy, but it's been mislaid or lost over the years with several home moves. She will be delighted to know that it's coming. Just as a point of information, Arizona Highways never returned the original slide from which the picture was printed to my father in law... You are a PEACH! Many thanks again; you are very thoughtful (and generous)! Best regards, John


Hi Abby: Received my book order today - everything is good. Nice job on the reprinting ! Thanks for filling the order. David White


Abby, How dare you charge so much for a copy of an old......... I'm only joking! Seriously, your business is a real gem & I'm sincerely thankful it exists. I find that in many instances it turns out that it's just one or two pages of an old publication which are of major interest & I just couldn't justify paying collectors prices to buy an original catalogue - your re-prints are ideal as their modest cost lets me & others obtain information we probably wouldn't have been able to otherwise have. I look forward to placing further orders. Regards, Russell


9-5-2012 Abby, I thought you might want to know, in case you are not already aware, I still have not received the Browning Automatic 1915 .22 Rifle Manual/Catalog. I checked the tracking number you sent to me and it shows the item was sent 9/1/12 and was "Out For Delivery", on 9/4/12. BUT it appears it is being delivered back to your post office in Brighton, MI 48116? Was my address omitted from the item, at the time of mailing? Please advise. Leroy (Ebay)

Lee - There are other packages out there too that seem to be in holding - not sure but I guess the Labor Day holiday has mail sitting in sorting centers. It was shipped to your Paypal address. So I guess we should give it a day or so. Who knows how the USPS works???!@# Abby

9-5-2012 Abby, You apparently never read my previous message, fully. The Browning Automatic 1915 .22 Rife Manual/Catalog, never left Brighton, Michigan, Zip Code 48116. You may want to check the tracking number you gave me: 9400111201095853734. The above mentioned item never left Brighton, Michigan on 9/1/12. It never left your area of address, but the post office was trying to deliver it in Brighton, Michigan on 9/4/12. Thus, it may even be missing my address. This may be what happened to the first one, do you suppose? Have you checked the ink/toner in your postage machine, lately? Lee

Lee, I have learned that a million things can happen at the PO - I can always send you another one if you don't receive it is a few days! What else can I do? Meanwhile, I refunded your money. I have tried everything I know but to wait until the PO figures out how to deliver your package. Best, Abby

9-9-2012 Abby, Just received your item today and checked back on the tracking number and found the reason for the delay in delivery. The Brighton P.O. sent item on 9/1/12, to the Detroit P.O. which sent item on 9/2/12, back to the Brighton P.O. which then resorted the item on 9/4/12, then they tried to deliver the item in Brighton, MI. Finding their error, the Brighton P.O. then resorted the item again and sent it to the Tampa P.O., arriving there on 9/5/12. The Tampa P.O. sent item on 9/5/12, to the Zephyrhills P.O. which sent item out for delivery to me, on the same date. Thus, the mail problems you are incurring are from inept postal employees working in the Brighton P.O. It appears, Detroit, Tampa and Zephyrhills Post Offices have their acts together, but not the Brighton Post Office which apparently has a different mind set. Just thought, you might be interested. Lee

Lee, I’m glad you got the package but, for the life of me, I just can’t bring myself to feel guilty about the postal workers in Brighton particularly when Detroit was the PO that returned it to Brighton. I don't work for the PO and, after all I do pay them about $40,000 a year! At any rate it wasn't that big a deal after all, was it? Abby


Abby, Page-Lewis reprint: Sent in my money on 8/22 and have not received the reprint. Also called the number on your website and got a message that the phone number was no longer in service or disconnected. What's the scoop? George

George, This happened to a package a few days ago. I have no idea why or how it happened and neither does the PO here. It will, however, get sorted out and sent to you when they see the error. I feel kind of funny apologizing for the PO but I suppose I should. Be patient. Our number is the same, perhaps you misdialed? Cheers, Abby

Thanks Abby. You have to love the USPS. I appreciate the very prompt reply. George


Dear cornellpubs, Sturm Ruger 1959 Gun Catalog (Carbine .44++): The Hawkeye was only made from 1963 to 1964 so I don't see how this could be a 1959 catalog… - bdady8129

Dear bdady, Thank you for your note. When people lend us catalogs to reprint we rely on their expertise to date the item. We were told this was a 1959 flyer and represented it as such. If you have information that proves a different date we would be happy to revise our date. Can you provide such a citation? Thanks, Rob Mouat (he did and we revised the date on the catalog)


Abby, We received the book. Packaging and condition of the product was great. The item was as described in the listing with only 38 pages, I just wish it had more content than just the basics, seemed a bit like just a brochure. Really looking for a general history on Unertl and more in depth information. My only dissatisfaction is with the content, not the book itself which you did a good job with the printing. Do you happen to have any more thorough books on Unertl? It's been difficult to find any online. Thanks, Damian

Damian, Yes, the Unertl publication we sell is indeed a catalog, sorry. That is what we do, we reprint olf gun catalogs. I try to make clear the contents of each item we sell in the index but sometimes, I suppose, that isn't clear enough. The only other publications that might help you are two books by Townsend Whelen. I can't tell you if the contents will tell you all you want to know. Unertl is elusive: Telescopic Rifle Sights by Townsend Whelen 1936; Telescopic Rifle Sights by Townsend Whelen 1944 Cheers, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Sorry but I have to give you neutral feedback. The book was poorly printed and cut badly. The information contained is fine but I was expecting a quality booklet as advertised. - brianp1651 (Ebay)

Dear brianp1651, Brian, that is too bad - probably my fault. We are on holiday at the moment. We will be happy to refund your money if you will not give use neutral feedback. We realize that we make mistakes and cannot please everyone.. Please allow us to return home and deal with this properly. Regards, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, OK I will simply say I will leave feedback later. Such a shame, if it had been copied square on the paper and then cut in straight lines I would have given you full positive feedback. Brian.

Dear Mr. Penfold, When Abby and I retired we decided, as a gift to our colleagues and friends in historical circles who collect firearms, to share our collection of old gun catalogs by making them available at modest prices. In so doing we also hoped to provide a source of inexpensive historical reference material to younger folks we hoped would also become interested in the hobby.

We succeeded beyond our expectations and have been written about in national magazines around the world. The result has been a flood of orders for what we manually produce one at a time to satisfy sometimes extraordinarily demanding and discerning customers. We also go out of our way to try to tell people what to expect and what to do about it if we fail to meet their standards, I will paste a bit of what we say on each listing below, or at least the sections describing “quality” and what to do if you don’t like it.

Now, with regard to your particular purchase, I gather from your emails that Abby failed to cut the paper squarely and that this distressed you. We naturally want you to be happy with your little purchase from us so by way of fixing the problem, we can offer to print the item again and hope Abby cuts it squarely this time or we can refund your money. Just let us know which you would prefer. A word of warning though, the copy and contents of the book will not change, they are the best we can manage and although I am certain there is someone out there who could do better, it isn’t us and we cannot afford to hire him or her and still keep prices somewhat reasonable.

I will also mention that we have customers from all over the world who are happy with what we do but we do concede that we cannot please everyone all the time. You can look at our Ebay feedback to see some of what others have said about us. You might also be amused by reading the Rants and Raves section of our newsletter and website. You can find it at cornellpubs dot com. Cheers, Rob Mouat

From Ebay advertisements:

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. Keep in mind that we reprint over 3500 different publications and each reprint necessarily reflects the quality of the original or copies we work from. Not all donors are perfect by any means. Many old catalogs were printed on poor quality, thin paper with cheap inks that bled and some donor catalogs suffer from stains, rips, bleed-through, fading, bug damage and a host of other problems. Not all can be restored to original condition. We also work with both old reprints and old photocopies. Why? Because that is what is available. Please read the description above to learn more about this publication.

This stinks! We have over 16000 happy customers from all over the world, but we cannot please everyone all the time, nevertheless we can put things right, even if the post office destroys your package. If you don't like what we send you or if it is trashed, tell us. Don't just give us bad feedback. Why? Because we will refund your money or replace your item for free (of course, we don't do that too often with the same customer) ... and the Ebay terms of use require you to let us try to fix your gripe!

Also, a neutral feedback is not what it looks like, it is really a bad grade and hurts our sales which raises prices for everyone. Please leave POSITIVE feedback.

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

I can't decide. But I can tell you this, you've all heard the old saw (is that tautology - a round circle?) about too much time on their hands, haven't you? Well, just reread some of the stuff above, that content should cover this section too! 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.


Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN, has been involved in firearms restoration and appraisal since 1962.  Although Mike specializes in appraising Early American “Doubles,” side-by-side shotguns and rare rifles, he also does firearm appraisals for most American made guns.  These appraisals are frequently used to establish value for insurance, estate sales and/or resolutions and for owner’s wanting to know “what’s it worth?”  Whether one gun or an arsenal, send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

Spare parts, accessories and original bayonets as well as complete original examples for all models of Ross Rifles- Barry DeLong or 423-472-1972.

Remington Rolling Block Parts. Ssupplies reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. Kenn Womack

Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. Parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. Leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and more.

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

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

Joe Salter sells all sorts of things including butt plates, antique guns, collector ammo, air guns, holsters... well, check him out: Joe Salter

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota their catalog is three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams - (605) 343-9544

Gun Parts Corporation (Numrich) Kingston, New York (845) 679-2417. Well established with a good website.

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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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.

contact:
Robert C. Beach,
Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-2287
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:

SERIAL NUMBERS

Cheers,
Abby