Calls from the Wilds



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"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."

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Not surprisingly, “Mortgage” comes from the French words “mort” (death), and “gage” (pledge) meaning you pledge to pay it until you’re dead...

The Armourer to James Bond

Geoff and JimGeoff Boothroyd had an interesting relationship with Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, who died in 1964. I set links to the Wikipedia biographies of both Boothroyd and Flemming (above-just click on the names). By the way, I thought it was interesting, when I read Flemming's bio, that he thought Bond should look like Hoagy Carmichael the musician.

Boothroyd was a longtime friend of Jim Buchanan a retired police officer from Kent, England. Jim sent us the above article and the photo taken of him with Boothroyd shortly before Boothroyd died in 2001. That's Jim on the right.

thanks to Jim Buchanan

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Union Soldiers

W. H. Murphy testing a bulletproof vest in 1923


To: The Social Security Commissioner

Dear Commissioner,

My name is Charles Wright and I live on First Street. I would like to present before you the following story:

'Many years ago, I married a widow out of love who had a 18-year-old daughter. After the wedding, my father came to visit a number of times, and suddenly he fell in love with my step-daughter. My father eventually married her without my authorization.

As a result, my step-daughter legally became my step-mother and my father my son-in-law. My father's wife (also my step-daughter) and my step-mother, gave birth to a son who is my grandchild because I am the husband of my step-daughter's wife. This boy is also my brother, as the son of my father.

All at once, my wife became a grandmother, because she is the mother of my father's wife. Therefore, it appears that I am also my wife's grandchild. A short time after these events, my wife gave birth to a son, who became my father's brother-in-law, the step-son of my father's wife, and my uncle. My son is also my step-mother's brother, and through my step-mother, my wife has become a grandmother and I have become my own grandfather.'

In light of the above mentioned, I would like to know the following: Does my son, who is also my uncle, my father's son-in-law, and my step-mother's brother fulfill the requirements for receiving childcare benefits?

Sincerely yours,

Charles Wright

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Standard Catalog of Winchester Firearms

Book IMage286 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy HARD-cover in full color. New Book. Printed on high quality paper. Fully Illustrated with 350 color photos. Includes Commemoratives. F+W Media, Inc, c2007. ISBN 0896895351, 9780896895355. By Joseph M. Cornell; photography by Paul Goodwin.


We have only four new books left and I see they are selling on Amazon new for over $90 each. Our price this holiday season is $50.00 with $5.50 shipping until they are all gone.

Rob Mouat


...and why you should buy them

The firearms collecting hobby for many people is more than getting a good deal on an old gun and stuffing it away in a gun safe to be taken out once a year for inspection and return. For some people it is a regular trip to the range for shooting sports. For others it is seeking the perfect load or perhaps a new wildcat round. Still other people love the camaraderie of a gun show or hunting trip with old friends.

My great interest is the history that might surround and old weapon. There is an almost palpable sense of transportation to an earlier time when handling a firearm made a hundred and fifty years ago. With a little concentration one can almost imagine what it was like when that gun was bought from a merchant and perhaps took a trip across the new country. Maybe it travelled by wagon or train to a trading post on the frontier, and then rode in a scabbard or holster from Abilene to Yellow Knife.

It was these daydreams that first drew me to old gun catalogs so many years ago. I could imagine someone of few letters slowly reading the advertisements for a pistol or shotgun that cost a month’s salary. But that poor buyer wasn’t naked, he wore clothes, had a hat, a duster perhaps, boots. If he farmed he had some tools, if he punched cattle, a bedroll and if he were a banker he probably had a house, furniture, children, a wife and, and…

Catalogs were the answer. As I slowly fleshed out these long dead people in my mind’s eye and with the help of my catalogs, I saw clearly the necessary things they bought and other things to make their lives easier. It was with my catalogs that I better understood the fabric and texture of the owners of guns made so long ago and I marveled at how the guns had survived to tell the stories of centuries past.

Last month I highlighted a group of the larger mass merchants that sold all sorts of goods, not just guns, to pioneers and Eastern gents alike. This month I want to put the spotlight on some smaller merchants from across the country who also sold a broad range of materials to customers. In fact, some of these shops probably bought their merchandise from the big boys I mentioned last month. The top group are just some of my favorite publications and the lower ones are merchant catalogs with varying amounts of gear other than guns and sorted by year, oldest first. Check Abby’s index on each page for the contents. Here they are:

Federal Gas Protection Laboratories 1934

Evans Gaming Co. 1909-1910 Cheating Equipment (Illinois)

Arizona Highway 1958 Gunslingers of the Old West

Regulations for the Service of the Mexican Rural Police 1880

J & E Stevens 1924 Cap Pistols, Mechanical Banks, Toys Etc.

Cap Pistols for different generations


James Bown 1876 & Son Enterprise Gun Works & Sporting Goods, PA

Fisher, Homer - 1880 Catalogue, NY, NY

GW Turner & Ross 1883 Fire Arms Gun Catalog, Boston

Hodgekins & Haigh c1883 Guns & Access Catalog, NY

Curry and Bro., 1884 Catalogue, San Francisco

J. A. Ross Co. 1884 Firearms Catalog, Boston, MA

EC Meacham Arms Co. 1885 Gun & Sport Goods Catalog, St. Louis

John P. Moore 1886 Catalog, NY

John P. Lovell 1887 Gun Catalog, Boston

George W. Harder 1890 Illustrated Gun Catalogue, Williamsport, PA

John P. Lovell Arms Co. 1890 Gun Catalogue, Boston

Fletcher, Jenks & Co. 1891 Guns & Sports, Detroit, MI

EC Meacham Arms Co. Gun Catalog 1893, St Louis

Ingersoll, Robert & Bros. Sporting Goods & Sundry 1894 New York

Gemmer, JP Catalog - 1898, St. Louis, Mo

Dunham-Fulton Gun Co. 1905 Catalog, Oshkosh, WI

Frank P. Hall Co. 1910 Gun Catalog, Columbus, Ohio

Greer & Lang 1914 Gun & Sporting Goods Catalog- Wheeling W. Va.

Hingston Smith Arms Co. Ltd. 1915 Catalog, Manitoba, Canada

John Pritzlaff 1915 Gun & Sport Goods, Milwaukee, WI

J. Galef Sporting 1925 Catalog, NY

Von Frantzius, P c1928 Gun and Sport Catalog, Chicago, Ill.

L. Oppelman 1930 Imported & Gun Catalog, Lynchburg, VA

Bourne & Bond Guns and Hunting Catalog 1933-34, Louisville, KY

John B. Varick Co. 1934 Gun Catalog, Manchester, NH

Elmira Arms Company 1934 Gun & Sport Catalog, Elmira NY

Galef, JL 1939 World's Fair Issue Gun, Fishing & Sports Catalog, NY

Howe's Greatest Bargain Book 1939-40 Catalog, Cooper's Mills, Me

I. Goldberg 1949 Gun and Surplus Goods Catalog, Phila, PA.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Important News from Arms Heritage Magazine

ASAC LogoWe are pleased to announce that the archives of the 50 plus years of articles from the Bulletins of the American Society of Arms Collectors are now available on-line , at no cost, through a direct link from Arms Heritage Magazine. In addition, current subscribers to Arms Heritage Magazine have access to all 28 back issues of the magazine as well as current and future issues.

As our readers have noticed, Arms Heritage Magazine has published a series of articles on the lesser technology of the Civil War—Signaling, Hand Grenades, the Winans Steam Gun so far, and in the October issue, Calcium Lights on the Battlefield. Yet to come are articles on Torpedoes (mines), both land and marine, and the use of rockets as well as a few other oddities. We intend to gather these articles into a book on these little known sidelights of arms lore sometime in mid-2016. Watch for an announcement on this site.

Subscriptions are still dirt-cheap, only $19 per year, and can be instantly obtained by checking in at the Arms Heritage website. Bound paper copies of the each of the first four years of the magazine (with all advertising and redundant information removed) are available from Cornell Publications at $44.95 each plus shipping.

Cornell Publications Years One through Four

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine online!

New Books, Catalogs, Manuals 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 Dennis LaVerrene and Paul Breakey for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy. As you will see, these are mostly manuals including a great number of old Remington manuals. There is a tremendous demand for manuals and I want to catch up with stock I've been putting off. Please see the Rob Mouat section above for lots of old catalogs everyone seems to overlook!

Barrett M468 Operator's Manual

Barrett Model 95 Operator's Manual

Barrett Model 99 Operator's Manual

Bear c1972 Reloading Catalog

Bernardelli Schematic Drawings

Browning 1954c Automatic Shotgun Owner's Manual

Browning Schematic Drawings

Colt Armalite AR-15 Color Brochure

Colt Frontier Scout 62 Single Action Revolvers Instruction Manual

Colt Schematic Drawings

Franchi Schematic Drawings

Glock Models 17 17L 19 20 21 22 23 24 Instruction Manual

Harrington & Richardson Schematic Drawings

Heritage 9mm & 40 S&W Stealth Pistols Owners Manual

High Standard Schematic Drawings

Ithaca Schematic Drawings

Iver Johnson Schematics Drawings

JC Higgins Mod 20 Pump Shotgun (High Standard M200)

Llama Schematic Drawings

Makarov 9mm Pistol Instruction Manual (English Text)

Mannlicher-Schoenauer Schematic Drawings

Norwich Arms Gazette 2002-6

REMINGTON- Loads of new manuals, just scroll down

Ruger Old Army .357 Percussion Revolver Instruction Manual

Smith & Wesson Schematic Drawings

Springfield SAR8 Sportster .308 Safety & Instruction Manual

Steyr HS 50 Manual Betriebsanleitung (English & German Text)

Steyr Mannlicher Schematic Drawing

Stoeger Luger Schematic Drawings

The Archers Company 1936 Catalog- Bristol, CT

Thompson Omega Muzzle Loader Rifle Owners Manual

Winchester Schematic Drawings

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Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, Could you give me any advice on how to get a wildcat cartage introduced? I would like to contact Layne Simson but can't find a email or address for him. Thanks Keith Taylor

Keith, I don't know Layne Simson but I'll put your request in the newsletter next month and perhaps someone can give you a hand. Abby … Readers??

Dear Rob, I'm from Australia and trying to find a little information on a .22 Long calibre Forehand & Wadsworth ammunition box. I understand these were only made 1871-73 or so. I see the Forehand Arms book by J VORISEK has a chapter on ammunition but I don't wish to take a punt and buy it from you, if the information I'm after isn't in there. Can you tell me precisely what info this book contains on 9rimfire) ammunition made by Forehand & Wadsworth (as that is what is marked on the label). Thanking you, Gerard

Dear Gerard, As you can imagine with over 5000 old firearms publications, we get scores of detailed questions each week, usually asking "what information" such and such has about this and that. Well, I'm afraid the only way we can do that sort of research for free is to know exactly what the searcher needs to know. Cheers, Rob

Hi Rob, Thanks for your reply and I understand the impost it must be checking details for [prospective] customers. I just needed to know how specific that chapter in Vorisek's book is on ammunition, how many pages in that chapter, whether there's much there on rimfire calibres, especially .22 Long. Or is this chapter mainly on centrefire ammo? Are there pictures of any boxes they made? Most of the book I imagine discusses the firearms produced by F&W, whereas I'm only keen to know what ammo they made and when. I understand if time prevents you checking this. However if it appears the book has any info I'm after, I'll likely be placing an order with you for it. Regards, Gerard

Hello Gerard, Yes, there is information about the rimfire cartridges, about half the pages. A couple of rounds are pictured and there are a few .22 boxes. In all about 15 pages. Cheers, Rob

Dear Abby, Do you have a publication that would show the front of the old weatherby store on Firestone Blvd in California?. Thanks! Irving

Dear Irving, Yes, the 1952 flyer shows a drawing of the store and the '53 and '56 both have a twilight photo of the store. The photos are in color but I normally print the catalog in B&W because the rest is B&W so if you buy it ask for the page in color (if that is what you want) Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, Many thanks but it isn't exactly what I need. Regards! Irving

Dear Irving, Did you see that the two second ones I mentioned were photos of the store, not drawings? What are you looking for? Abby

Abby, Yes many thanks, I am going to forward the info to the guy that asked me. Thanks again! Irving

Dear Abby, has it there in the catalog Homer Fisher on 1880 item n 274, a page on the model shotgun Colt 1878 ?.Cordialy Philippe DAUXERRE (France)

Dear Mr. Dauxerre, No, the Fisher catalog does not have the Colt shotgun. I believe the best choice for you is the GRUBB catalog which has 2 pages of Colt shotguns: Best wishes, Rob Mouat

Dear ROB, Thank you for your answer. The modele as attachment is it in the grubb catalog. Philippe

Dear Philippe, I think so? It says Double bolt, Top lever, Rebounding bar locks, Automatic firing pin, Patent lever bolt... And, as far as I can tell it looks like your picture. Cheers, Rob

Dear ROB, A last question. There is a photo du shotgun in the catalog ?

Dear Philippe, no, there is a drawing of the gun- not a very detailed drawing. Rob

Hello ROB, Thank you for your answer,I ordered it to you, I shall see. Cordialy, Philippe DAUXERRE (To his credit, after all this, he did buy the catalog. Thank you Philippe)

Dear cornellpubs, Hi there, do you see any Italian stilettos in here for sale? Is there any chance I could see the page, if there are some for sale in here? Thanks! - gbautto1935 (Ebay)

Dear gbautto1935, No, this is a shotgun catalog. Rob Mouat - cornellpubs

Dear cornellpubs, Hi there, do you see any Italian stilettos in here for sale? Is there any chance I could see the page, if there are some for sale in here? Thanks! - gbautto1935

Dear gbautto1935, There is a page of pocket knives in this one- "coltelli vari" including a couple that appear to be automatic knives. Please don't ask for "just that page" - it costs more to do that than to print the whole catalog. Check out all the catalogs we reprint featuring automatic knives. Rob - cornellpubs

Dear Rob, I just wanted to let you know that the two items I recently ordered (1905 Smith & Wesson catalog, and 1908 Smith & Wesson price list) arrived safe and sound on Saturday. I also want to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts to provide reasonably priced, quality alternatives to expensive and hard-to-find (and often damaged) original books, manuals, etc. The only critique I have is that the 1905 Smith & Wesson catalog is actually the 1912. That is not a concern to me, as having read the "contents" list on your site I knew it contained the information I was seeking. It is more of an FYI for you. Again, let me say how pleased I am with the products you provide. I will be a repeat customer, and I will certainly promote your services to others. Jim Martin

Dear Jim, Thanks so much for your help in identifying the S&W, I corrected it. It is only with help from people like you who share knowledge with me that I am able to straighten out errors. Thanks again, Rob

Abby and Rob: I did not find - probably could not find - an owner's manual for the following: Savage Model 840 (rifle in .30-30); Mossberg Model 185K-A (shotgun in 20 gauge); and Ranger (Sears) Model 102-25 (shotgun in 16 gauge). Do you have them? Kind regards, Vincent

Hi Vincent, I guess you looked at the lists of all the manuals we reprint at our website: . I am afraid it they are not there, we have not yet done them. I am spending time the next couple of months to add manuals so that may help. Cheers, Rob

Dear Rob, Replica Arms Co 1847 Colt Walker Black Powder, Good morning, I was just given a Replica Arms Co 1847 Colt Walker Black Powder Pistol as a 70th Birthday gift WITHOUT an operating manual. By any chance would you have one that I can purchase? Thank you Stephen

Dear Stephen, It doesn't ring a bell with me but all the manuals we reprint are on the our website. Cheers, Rob

Hello Abby, Just received the Abercrombie and Fitch catalog, and it looks great! I bought it because it listed a Haenel-Mannlicher sporting rifle. I traded into one of these a while back, in 8mm x 57J caliber (.318" bore, not .323"). Mine was not listed, just larger African calibers (NOT A PROBLEM.) My rifle might have come from Sears, which carried them from the 1890s thru start of WW-1. Of possible interest: The contemporary Sears catalog listed these rifles for $24.50, Abercrombie and Fitch for $49.50. For comparison, a factory worker with a decent job might earn $25.00/month. Further comparison: In 1912, my immigrant grandparents made a 3rd Class Atlantic crossing, Hamburg to NYC, which cost each of them about $25.00. Best regards, Frank Brayman

Hello Abby, We just spoke. Could you please search your 1925 through 1931 Griffin & Howe catalogs? I'm searching for two advertisements: 1.) description of Belgian made double rifles offered by Griffin and Howe. 2.) description of an ammunition / caliber called 35 Griffin & Howe . (Not 35 Whelen, not 35 Remington. If you come across either, advise which Catalog I need to buy. Regards, Troy

Troy, G&H imported double rifles in large calibers in the c1930 catalog. No mention of .35 G&H but they might talk about it in the text in one of the catalogs. I suppose you could order anything you wanted to be specially made by them because, after all, they were custom rifle makers. Rob

Rob, .35 g&H is a small caliber. Did they mention small caliber (non-magnum) double rifles in the catalog? Did they list caliber choices? Troy

Troy, I'm sorry, Abby and I reprint over 5000 old gun catalogs and get hundreds of specific requests for information. We just don't have time to research things like this in detail. That's why we sell the catalogs we reprint to finance the project for so little money. Rob

Rob, I understand. I also can't drop $75 on several papers that may be of no value. I wish you had an electronic catalog so I could look at them for a reduced fee and order print copies of those I want. Regards, Troy

Troy, Sure, why not call Bob Beach at G&H, he might help. I don't think I have ever seen a reference to a .35 G&H round. They did do, I think, a 350 Mag for a Mauser action but I doubt they had a Belgian double like that unless it was a special order. Ask Bob, Rob

Rob, Bob told me to call you. Troy

Hello! Could you please tell me if your Hopkins & Allen Safety Police revolvers manual has a schematic of the .22 caliber model of this revolver? Thank you! Ron

Ron, No. I can tell you that without looking because schematics or exploded parts views were not common until after WWII. The best you can hope for is a flat parts view with no assembly information. Cheers, Rob

Rob, Thanks for the reply. A flat parts view would be all I would need if it showed the .22 model of this Hopkins & Allen Safety Police revolver. Can I ask if it has this flat parts view? Ron

Ron, The Safety Police- Carder book shows some images from 1911 parts book (which we also sell). I checked that book, the 1911 parts and 1914 parts catalogs. All have large frame and small frame parts views but the smallest calibre they show is .32 for the small frame. Rob

Rob, "Parkerifling" was done by the Brimingham gunsmith firm Alfred J. Parker, of Bath Street Old Schools, Brimingham, not Parker Hale. Jim Flatman.

Dear Jim, Thanks for your note. I think the relationship between AG/AJ Parker and Mr. Hale - Parker Hale was a bit complex. The 1938 Parker Hale catalog Ross referred to in the September newsletter does indeed offer "parkerrifled" Small Game Rifles as indicated in the image attached to the article. This is a good article about the relationships. Cheers, Rob

Thanks Rob, For the Parker, Parker Hale histories. Parkerifling was certainly advertised in Parker Hale catalogues. Some years ago, I bought a deluxe Winchester single shot rifle in Inverness, Scotland. Its calibre was .25-20 Single Shot. No. 1 round unslotted barrel with Lyman tang aperture sight. I sent it to Alfred J. Parker at Bath Street Old Schools in Birmingham and had it Parkerifled to .22 Hornet. I used it extensively in Canada for woodchuck, rabbit, crows, etc. I then sent it to Rowland Watson in Birmingham where I had the beautiful walnut stock and bluing refinished. (Barry King was operating Rowland Watson at that time). I believe I paid 25 pounds for the rifle in Inverness (at Inglis gun shop), sold it at Christies auction more recently for 1,100 pounds. Jim Flatman.

Rob, How come the image with the shopping list in the September newsletter is called davinci when you say is was from Michaelangelo? Ginny

Ginny, Ah, I see. Well, it looked to me as if it were a deVinci and I saved the image with that name before I read the bit that went with it. I never changed the name because I didn't think someone would see it! Mystery probably solved. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Got anything for A. H. Hess & Son, Houston, Tex? Thank you. heis46 (Ebay)

Dear heis46, I’m not sure what you are asking. If you mean do we have any reprints of catalogs from that company, I don't. If the company has products in any of our reprints, they might, but I don't recognize the name. Abby

(Dear Abby) Was asking if you had a catalog reprint. Got a Biffar Chicago from you. Can't find out much about Hess & Son. Did find a partial page from a 1905 catalog. Thanks.

Rob, I don't know where you picked up that gem about the origin of "sniper", but whoever came up with it was most assuredly no snipe hunter, or even a shotgunner. While the eurasian snipe is a bit larger than our north-american one, it is still a small and fast and erratically flying bird, requiring an open-choked gun and small shot. (Which doesn't carry far.) A snipe typically holds close until it explodes from a few feet away, no deliberate long distance shooting there, but a quick snap shot. Nor is the term that old, but seems to have originated, in the press, during WWI. In the beginning, before the use of "snipers"with scoped rifles became common, it was probably the quick shot who managed to hit a momentarily appearing moving head in the opposite trench. Regards, Walt Brunner

Dear Walt, Thanks for your note. The etymology of words is sometimes elusive but I think there is adequate historical, written and common expression usage (mostly British) to support the derivation of snipe as being evolved from the little bird. I, myself, recall British soldiers referring to "going sniping" both in reference to the bird and more human quarry. And, if you think about it your reference to a “quick shot” ties in with the idea of shooting a quick jumping bird, don’t you think? Here are a few other sources that connect the two, just click on the links: Sniper 1, Sniper 2, Sniper 3. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Hubley Colt 46: I am trying to find assembly instructions or a spring layout for the subject cap gun. Do you have such or can you point me to someone who does? Larry Campbell

Larry, I’m sorry I don't have one and I have no idea where to look. Abby Readers??

Dear Abby, A couple of years ago you had a lot of the predecessor of the American Rifleman magazines on your newsletter that you could download and read. I think it was Shooting and Fishing, but it could have been Arms and the Man. Do you remember which newsletter it was? I tried to find it and couldn't. I had to have some work done on my computer that they erased some stuff that I wanted to keep. If you can remember which newsletter it was I would appreciate it. Kerry Squires

Kerry, We are away now, but if you go to our website and scroll down the left side you will find all the free downloads link. Click that and everything is there. Cheers, Abby

(Dear Rob) Ref: Bren 1942 MKII .303 Light Machine Gun Parts Manual (UK) Does this Bren publication have all the exact measurements (specifications) for the receiver? As in, could those measurements accurate enough to be uploaded to a computerized milling machine to reproduce a receiver? sscstealz-dealz (0) (Ebay)

Dear sscstealz-dealz, No it does not. Rob

Hi Abby, Just to let you know that I received the item this morning. I am impressed with the quality of it. Looks like it's going to be a fascinating read! Thanks again. Mark.

Dear cornellpubs, Do you have a dealer program ? do you combine ship for a shipping reduction on orders of books. - mtevanstradingco1942 (Ebay)

Dear mtev… Dealer program? Not for sales made through ebay, the costs are just too high to allow that. Yes we do combine purchases and refund overages in shipping but, of course, that depends on what you buy, what it weighs and where you are located. Cheers, Rob

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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Everyone was pretty nice this month so I have nobody to complain about, thanks for a pleasant month. You know, I always worries me that some folks can get so excited about a $10 piece of paper that they sometimes resort of cursing and threatening... amazing.


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Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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At the Cornellpubs 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.

* 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 I use my book scanner. The catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This puts much less stress on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing 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. Abby


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" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety...

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be safe to send your card information to the company... if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


email William E Sterner Bill is certified by the American Gunsmithing Institute as an appraiser. His website for Black Shepherd Firearms Appraisal


Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. 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 selling parts for old guns...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


Abby and Rob