Calls from the Wilds


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Readers- Last month I forgot to mention that I added some new free downloads. You can check them all at the website by clicking here. The World's Book 1908 (25 megs) is particularly interesting.


We had tons of American Rifleman Magazines from the widow of a friend who died. We sold them for her and they were all bought by a fellow who, after getting the earlier years, decided he didn't want the ones from the 60s through the 90s (I'm not certain every issue is included). So, you can have them for free, just pay the postage (three parcels of $15-20 each). Please let me know. Abby



We get some questions about Damascus (twist) barreled shotguns that are not easy to answer. This video shows a machinist making a beautiful, short Damascus barrel for a small cannon.


To learn more about Damascus barrels, their maintenance and restoration this website has loads of information and links to folks who can help.

Iowa Grants Gun Permits to Blind People

Blind Shooter

State officials concede that being unable to see what you are shooting is not ideal, but say that failing to grant the permits would violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Other states do impose a vision requirement or require applicants to take a field test to prove they can hit a target.

The Des Moines Register

DARK AGES... 1969??


I think many people believe modern computer systems are a fairly recent evolution. Perhaps they think the Apollo moon missions were accomplished with little more than steam engines and a lot of explosive. This Remington Arms film from 1969 gives us an insight into the manufacturing methods of some 45 years ago. They look pretty modern to us!


We have some special things to offer you this season starting with Bob Elliot's beautiful book on Lefever titled Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunsmith. Bob has imageabout 40 books left and he sent us 20. They have been selling for over $80 but we reduced the price to $64.95 on the website:

Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunsmith



The America- Stories of War collection is a remarkable 36 DVD Collection with flyer and Metal "Ammunition Case" box. Over 100 hours of documentaries and 50 complete feature films that vividly capture America at War. (Click on the link below to see the index of contents.)


Includes 3 DVDs of the entire NBC Victory at Sea production on naval warfare during World War II that was originally broadcast in 1952–1953. The music soundtrack, by Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett, was re-recorded and sold as record albums. The original TV broadcasts comprised 26 half-hour segments and all are included on these DVDs.

America Stories of War - 36 DVD Collection- 50 Films & 100+ hours Documentaries was $59.95 now $39.95



(OK, for you youngsters, that was an electric typewriter)

Thanks to Harry B. for passing this on. This 240 year old programmable, writing automaton is astounding when considering the time period it was created in.

Will you please BE QUIET!


thanks to Dick Carleton

Searching for USED STUFF?

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

Rob Mouat

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Minigun


M134 Minigun featured on FPS Russia

Latest thing, right? Hot new weapon of the post-war era, well, maybe not so new after all...

Power Driven Gatling Shoots 3000 Rounds Per Minute

A patent was granted Gatling in 1893 for a rifle calibre gun with an electric motor built into the rear of the gun casing.

The motor could be detached and replaced by a hand crank should no power be available. The power-driven weapon in tests was fired at the phenomenal rate of 3,000 rounds per minute (Wikipedia claims a more modest 1500 rpm). Production of a reliable mechanism capable of this terrific volume of fire placed Gatling's design as far ahead in the power-driven field as his reliable hand-cranked gun had been with respect to the manually operated weapons of 1865. As a final defiant gesture to the "full automatic" trend, a device was designed in 1895 for eliminating the electric motor and converting Gatling machine guns to automatic. It did not entirely eliminate the hand crank, but depended on it to sear off the first round. Thereafter, the gun became gas-operated in the following manner:

A spring loaded pivoted lever was mounted on the front of the gun housing. Near the muzzle of each barrel there was a gas orifice. Upon firing the initial round the orifice of the discharged barrel was positioned against the lever. This allowed the gas to bleed through this vent driving the lever down. The lever, upon being returned by its spring, indexed the gun through a ratchet assembly bringing the next barrel into position to be fired. This permitted a constant rate of fire to be obtained by correlating the size of the gas orifice with the spring pressure on the lever arm. Gatling lived to see his weapon progress from loose powder and percussion cap, from hand crank, to full automatic.


Arms Heritage Magazine


Arms Heritage Magazine Volume II

A Little History and Background

Several years ago when it became obvious that Gun Report Magazine was defunct and when offers of assistance or buyout were rejected, it was decided to start a new magazine from scratch. It soon became clear that the startup cost of a print magazine was higher than any of the principals were willing to commit investment, further, it is increasingly obvious that the future is, like it or not, on-line publication.

Many of the former readers of Gun Report and current readers of Man-at-Arms have indicated dissatisfaction with the on-line format. We have taken two steps to respond to these complaints—first we introduced the ability to view the magazine in pdf format as well as the on-line reader version. That step enables readers to print out selected articles or, if desired, the entire magazine (for free to subscribers). The second thing was to consolidate all of the articles for a given year into an annual Compendium.

With the help of Cornell Publications we have produced the “Annual Compendiums” of our first two years of publication. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. The first years Annual contains more than 200 pages, the second year Annual, just recently made available, has more than 250 pages of pure color content.

VOLUME 1, all six issues bound as one

VOLUME 2, all six issues bound as one

Check in online at Arms Heritage Magazine

New Books and Special Thanks

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website. Special thanks to Gordon Spragge and Paul Breakey, whose limitless collection continues to help us grow, for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Some of these are very interesting. The first two are private issue manuals from WWII in the UK for civilians and enlistees. They taught the novice about military weapons. The Home Guard manual is enough to give one pause.

The BSA SMLE booklet is the only one like we've seen. It was a manual but also had hand laid photographs. There couldn't have been many made and may have been a mock-up for a booklet the company planned to make.

Andy Palmer ran the Military Inn Restaurant in Dearborn, MI and published Great Guns newsletter that evolved into a magazine. His entertaining articles and, let me say, vivid prose are reminiscent of the era.

U.S. readers may be surprised to see that the Brits have an NRA too. Look below for two of their older publications.

We offer a number of publications that concern themselves with proofs and proof marks (enter the word "proof" in the search box at the website) and a couple of new ones are worth a close look below.

Automatic Pistols & Revolvers Manuals c1940 (UK)

Bernards Small Arms Manual c1940

BSA c1918 SMLE MK III- Lee Enfield Rifle

Bushmaster 2003 Flyer

Great Guns 1955- all 11 Monthly Magazines by Andy Palmer- Military Inn

Great Guns Quarterly 1956 1st ed. American Guns Magazine- Andy Palmer

Great Guns Quarterly 1956 2nd ed. American Guns Magazine- Andy Palmer

Great Guns Quarterly 1956 3rd ed. American Guns Magazine- Andy Palmer

Hotchkiss 37mm Cartridge by Werner Sunkel (D)

Hy Hunter's 1956 Frontier Sixshooter Catalog

M16A1 Rifle Booklet- US Gov 1983 (four booklets)

Notes on the Proof of Shotguns and Other Small Arms 1993 (UK)

NRA Journal Jan 1949 (Bisley Camp, Woking, Surrey, UK)

NRA Journal Winter 1952 (Bisley Camp, Woking, Surrey, UK)

Parker 1933, AG & Co. Small Bore Catalog 10J

Parker Hale 1936 Small Bore Section Catalogue

Pistol 1947 Revolver No2, MK 1, 1* and 1** (UK-Enfield/Webley Type Revolvers)

Rules for Proof 1954 (UK Gunmaker's Co. & Birmingham Proof House)

Russian Manual c1976 AKS-74U (AKS74UN2)

S&W 1955 Model No.10 - 38 Military & Police Revolver Manual

S&W 1955 Model No.16 - K-32 Masterpiece Revolver Manual

The Home Guard Training Manual 1942 (UK)

The Ranger, June 1 1943, HQ PCMR, Vancouver, Barracks, Canada

The Ranger, June 15, 1943, HQ PCMR, Vancouver, Barracks, Canada

The Services and Territorial Magazine Sept-1951 Magazine

Webley c1970 Revolvers, Signal Pistols, Anti-Riot Guns Flyer

Webley Pistol Revolver, .38 Inch Mark 4 Manual Identification List

Sig 550/551 5.56mm Armourer's Instructions


We redid some of our "loss leader" Winchester catalogs this month using a new technique to make them darker and with greater contrast. The technique also allowed us to remove some lingering background shadows from the old copies. We are pleased to offer these venerable and beautifully illustrated gunsmith manuals for only $9.95 each to help introduce our reprints to new customers and for old friends too. Perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends with pre-64 Winchesters.

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Letters from Readers

Abby, FYI (September Newsletter). Bonham's auction - Hickock gun… I know the background of this gun and I believe the gun is a fake. The original gun was stolen from it's owner 30+ yrs ago, but the owner still had the paperwork provenance, which was later sold without the gun. Original gun was ser. # 3619. The auction gun is a substitute, it's not the Hickock gun. I've notified Jim Farrel @ Bonhams and they are investigating. I knew the original owner and saw the original gun before the theft. Ed C.

Ed, Wow, that is really interesting. Please let me know what happens, I'd like to follow up in the newsletter. Thanks for writing. Abby (Note: as of 9-26-13 the gun was still listed for auction at Bonhams)

Abby; I enjoyed ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 1, All Six Issues so much I subscribed to the magazine but it arrived in digital form only. Not the proper format for such a publication. Your offer of ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 2, All Six Issues has made my day ! Thanks much. John G.

Abby, Just received Arms Heritage magazine vol. 2 , excellent, very pleased, will order the other in a few weeks, Bob Atwood

imageDear Abby and Rob,

Thanks for the special print job here is how the final gun display turned out. I decided to make it 2 separate pieces to make it easier to display .

Again Thanks, Chuck Hooper


Hi Abby, I never received the book. It was sent to Cody WY and I am in NH. What can we do? The tracking number said it was delivered. But no one was in residence there. John Chivers

John, Well, I shipped it to the address on the order and you tell me it was delivered. What would you like me to do? Abby

Sorry about last message. The book you sent has been found. John

Hello Abby, Could you tell me why Item #4100 has less pages than Item #3924 but costs more? Would Item #4100 be available for immediate shipment? Regards, Scott

Scott, Horrors! Inequity at its worst, but not to worry, I fixed it! Everything we sell is available, we print to order and that takes a few days. Abby

Hi Abby, I purchased a Wm Grah Liege Catalogue from you ebay site & it tells me that the item has been withdrawn. I still wish to purchase this Catalogue, need to know how to pay Ebay ...... item # 290893129922 Jeff Foster

Jeff, Sometimes Ebay can be confounding. I see our listing says we have 9 for sale so I don't know why they bounced you. It would probably be easier for you to buy it at our website, and cheaper for us with no commissions: William Grah c1928 Gun Catalog, Liege, Belgium. Best, Rob Mouat

imageGood Morning, I have read your advert on the net but I would like to find out something about a firearm part though. I am attaching a picture could you kindly tell me if you know any gunsmiths who perhaps trade In this firearm part. We can’t find this part anywhere in South Africa we are struggling to get this specific part. Please take a look at picture and let me know if you have any contacts who may perhaps have this part or who Knows where we can perhaps find this part. Kind Regards, Chantal "Louis Pieterse"

Dear Chantal, Oh sure, that’s an old fleeblewatzer, I think I’ve got some in the basement, I’ll have a look. Abby - Readers?

Hi Abby, A question for you. While perusing the booklet I purchased from you, Cartridges for Rifles, Pistols & Antiques c1961 (Australia) by Cyril Waterworth, I noticed that page 54 is repeated (i.e. same front and back of page) and there isn't a page 55. Can you email me a scan of page 55? Regards, Ed

Hi Ed, I did find the original scans with the image of page 55. I've attached the image and will also send you a new book in the mail. Sorry for the mix-up and thanks for telling me so I could fix it. Abby

Hi Abby, You're absolutely the BEST! Thank you, Ed

Abby, Many thank for sending me the Lang catalogue I ordered. Both service and product first class Regards, Keith Gratton, Ayrshire, Scotland

Dear Abby, I have a number of 60s, 70s, and 80s gun catalogs from Winchester, Remington, and Marlin. Do you know anyone who buys these? Harold Swindell

Harold, You could try to sell them on Ebay.com, Gunbroker.com or AuctionArms.com but, to be honest, they are pretty common and don't sell for a lot of money. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hi, do you have a manual for the sears ranger single shot 22? – masonk (Ebay)

Dear masonk, What you ask isn't as simple as you might think. Ranger was a Sears & Roebuck "trade" name and any of a number of companies made rifles for Sears under that name. I have a Stevens 416 that was also sold by Sears as a "Ranger" (Your rifle might not be the same.) I would imagine that you need to look at Mossberg, Savage, or any other manufacturer from the 1930-40's to see if you can find one that is similar. You could try to Google "sears ranger" and see what pops up but other than that it will take some research. Abby

Dear Cornellpubs, “Bauer Firearms c1975 .25 Caliber Automatic Flyer, Fraser, Michigan” is the vintage 25 caliber real or replica?! work or non-working?! - junbug4442 (Ebay)

Dear Junbug: "2 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New COLOR re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated". Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Browning c 1950 (Baby) FN Auto Pistol 6.35 Manual hello , witch model is it exactly ? because the picture loook like the FN 1906 not the baby ... how many pages ? sincerly - steveat484 (Ebay)

Dear Steve, We reprint a couple of different ones for the Model 1906 including the one you asked about, the (Baby) FN Auto Pistol 6.35. That manual refers to the pistol as the “Baby Browning”.

Abby, FN Model 22 handgun: My husband needs a parts list and manual for this gun. He has it taken down and wants to put it back together properly. He is not sure he has all of the parts. Thank you for your response. Merritt Crenshaw

Dear Merritt, I think the parts to all the Browning series 1910s were the same so this manual should do the job. But first have him watch these two videos (for free!) they may do the trick: Vid 1; Vid 2. Abby

Dear Abby, SIG Armourer's Manuals arrived, very clear and well bound. Thank You, Richard

Abby, I looked through your H&A catalogues and wanted to know if they listed any information on a Hopkins and Allen hammerless, boxlock 20 gauge double barrel; specifically one "long chambered" for a 3" shell. I just purchased one in nice condition that has 30" barrels and is heavy ... and looks to be factory chambered for 3" shells ... when the industry standard was 2.5" for 1917 and prior. I suspect that this model (which doesn't have anything except the company logo) was marketed as a long-range gun.

Although the 20 gauge 3" magnum was not popularized until the 1950's, I did discover that Stevens introduced their Model 200 20 gauge pump in 1912 that was chambered for up to a 3" shell. I am hoping to find some company literature to support my theory. Not sure if Marlin might have continued the line after purchasing the bankrupt company in 1917, but the fact that the shotgun has no barrel markings definitely suggest pre-war manufacture at least. Bill Uptergrove

Bill, First of all I assume you are talking about the old H&A company that went out of business in 1917. If so, I'm not sure they made 3" shells at all back then. Certainly their catalogs didn't specify the longer chamber in their models. I think you have to find a model number for me to work with something like 100, 210, 220, 230 etc. That is how they identified models in their catalogs.

With a look at the Hopkins & Allen 1914 Late Catalog, I can find no mention of a 3" chamber. H&A made steel and twist barrel shotguns from 10ga up with barrel lengths up to 40". Perhaps Joe Vorisek's book would help you identify what you have: Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. Fifty Years of Gunmaking 1867 - 1917; Vorisek. Marlin bought the machinery after the demise of the old H&A for war production. They did continue a couple of H&A models until the mid 20s: HOPKINS & ALLEN - ALL CATALOGS. As you can see, H&A was reincarnated in the 70s. Abby

Abby, I've seen your eBay auctions for some years now, and yet my last three were my first purchases. Now that I know that your dating is "rough" (we use circa as in c1940 when we are uncertain of a date- Abby), you should know that this is a hotly-contested arena for U.S. patents for holsters, and in such cases, catalogues are often used as "prior art" in the prosecution of patents. In fact, printed matter is one of the few acceptable proofs of prior art, and can be used to "defeat" a patent by a third party. As such, unknowledgeable inventors may be relying on your dating of holster catalogues, to either proceed or give up.

So: as to your Heiser catalogues, you should know that their catalogue NUMBERS are not indicative of the DATE. The evidence is that their catalogues began to issue at their 50th anniversary, as Number 1. For example: Heiser's catalogue number 29 is marked 78th anniversary edition and is also marked 1936; and catalogue 41 is marked as their 92nd anniversary edition (1950). Perhaps you would be better served by noting the catalogue number only? Hope that helps. Cheers, Red Nichols

Red, Thanks for your help. We often rely on the collectors who lend us the catalogs to reprint for date information. If we think they are uncertain we use c1940. I followed your suggestion and removed the dates from the website for the Heiser catalogs. The others auction sites will follow in time. Best, Abby

Abby, Your comments on the 1936 Stoeger catalog say that the 35 and 38 years which you reprint are Much sharper. However, I can't find 35 or 38 on your site. I would be interested in the 1935 at least. Wayne Dunning

Wayne, you are quite right, I did say that and there are no 35 and 38s available. I don't remember what happened there but I bet the dates I originally used on the 35 and 38 were wrong and I re-dated them '34 and '39, just a guess though, that was ten years ago and memory fades! Abby

Abby, Would you happen to have any manual on the (Winchester) mod 58 22cal bot action??? these guns were mfg from 1928 to 1932 for youngsters , what i need is a picture of the cocking mechanism for the bolt. thank you , John ander5lei (Ebay)

John, I can tell you that by that time (1928-32) Winchester did not include manuals in their catalogs (Winchester catalogs prior to 1920 had manuals) and not at all for simpler actions. The best I can offer is a flat plan parts view of the mechanism from the Winchester 1934 Gun Component Parts and Sights Catalog
we reprint. However, I can tell you that those parts are common to the following models: 02, 04, 99 and 58 rifles and Model 36 Shotgun bolt action (as indicated by the parts page). The mechanism is pretty simple and the parts plan might be all you need to assemble the weapon. Abby

Abby, Could i obtain a picture of tthe part , or do i have to buy a 1934 catalog??? thank you, John

John, I could extract the image of the parts from the catalog but that would take some time and would actually be more expensive than for you to buy the catalog. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Bear 1967 1/2 Archery Catalog (Intro for Super Kodiak etc)
$11.45 - 8 Pages
is this original or a reproduction? what condition is it in. thanks. – hainesjohn (Ebay)

8 pages, about 8" x 11", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed IN COLOR on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. PLEASE NOTE:These Bear catalogs are color laser REPRINTED from original scans… good grief, Abby

Abby, Your Garate Trocaola & Lemes Inc, Firearms c1922 (New York & Spain)catalogue predates June 1924, when Lemes was dropped from the firm name. They were founded in September, 1922. I can mail you a brief history...if you like. Keep up the good works! Jim

Thanks Jim, I'll change it to c1922. I appreciate the help, my guess of 1920 was just that, a guess! Cheers, Abby

Hey Abby, Long time / no talk! I know you are not in the parts business, but because of what you do, maybe you can help. I need a couple of front target sight blades for large frame Pre-War Smith & Wesson revolvers. Any suggestions about folks in this business? Hope this finds you well, Dave Kern

David, Try the parts suppliers link from the website. Good luck, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Do your inks run if wet? Thanks! – jadeid (Ebay)

Dear jaeid, Only in Syria, heh, heh. Ok, not usually, the insides are printed with a laser printer using a thermal process rather than an ink jet which sprays on the ink and runs easily. The covers and color publications are printed with a thermal solid ink bonding process that is pretty resistant to most anything except high heat. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, do you have a catalogue for BSA guns for 1928. Thank you, Ken - bsa39 (Ebay)

Ken, No, but we do have one BSA 1927 (Birmingham Small Arms) Catalog. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Browning 1928 FN - Full Line Catalog: I am interested to knew if and how many pictures there are from the factory itself? – adrianosilvabaumgartner (Ebay)

Dear Ebay Customer: About 22, inside and outside factory. Abby

Dear Abby and Rob, As promised, you will find the paper I wrote (Armes-France) about the work you do in direction of firearms. Many thanks with my best congratulations. JM Jeannot (Sorry, it is in French language, are you able to understand it, my I translate it if you have any dificulty).

Dear cornellpubs, Winchester 1873 Fire Arms Catalog Is this printed with a glossy cover? - vintagegal59 (Ebay)

Dear Vintage… 76 pages, about 8 1/2" x 11" glossy soft-cover in full color. Abby (sigh)

Dear Abby, I recently purchased a Ross 1907 rifle and came across your recent gunbroker auction for the re-print. I got stuck in a traffic jam last night and was literally 15 minutes late for the gunbroker bid. I then did some internet searching to find abbybooks in Brighton. I did leave a message on your phone. You can ignore that message since I've now found this wonderful website, subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to upgrading my C&R pieces with material from Cornell Pub. Thanks for this wonderful work and I'm glad to have "discovered" it. Bob Albright

Hey Abby, Just placed another order. Thanks for this marvelous service. You stand tall in the realm of gun collectors! All the best--Joe H

Abby, I just found your website and was surprised to see the nice write-up about my dad, Charles E. Carder. Thank you so much for the nice article and for remembering him. Debbie Carder Mayes

Dear Debby, Thanks so much for taking a moment to write us, not many people could do that. You dad worked hard along with Joe Vorisek to shed light on 19th century manufacturing in the U.S. and many people appreciate his efforts. We miss your dad and are sorry he is gone. Best wishes, Abby Mouat

Hi Ron - you have been such a good customer - thanks and Happy last bits of Summer! Abby

Thanks Abby - I'm a good customer because you are a GREAT source of useful information. Ron West

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Abby, I need parts for a J.P.Sauer & Sohm Western Marshal 22/lr. Robert F Taylor

Dear Robert, I'm sorry, you must have missed this part when you filled out the form to ask us your question:


Also, we DO NOT sell any of the PRODUCTS advertised in the reprinted catalogs we sell, nor do we stock parts for any product or know where you can get parts! All MANUALS we reprint are listed on this website. If it isn't here, we don't have it. For Parts: see our Parts-Suppliers section...


To see pages of Rants and Raves, and my replies, go to: RAVES and RANTS

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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

Website: Griffin& Howe (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

Gun sellers often give themselves a lot of latitude when claiming the provenance of weapons they sell. Age or factory modifications to the base model can add considerably to the value of any gun. The question repeatedly is- The Truth! Having a Serial Number from the gun in question can often lead you to the year it was manufactured and then to a catalog we reprint. This can be useful in determining how the factory intended to make guns... models, styles, calibers, engraving, checkering and options available.

To help you on your search I have put together a page on my website with links to websites and sources that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture: