Calls from the Wilds


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Upcoming Holidays and Our Plans and...

Our New Website!

This fall is going to be extremely busy for us. We are with family for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays so the house will be packed and we won't have as much time for business as usual.

Also, and this is a big one, all the search engines, Google, Yahoo and the rest have changed their algorithms so much that our poor website just doesn't register anymore. That means we need a new website and we have started the process. I'll bet however, that it will take a bunch of our time this fall so I want to ask a favor... would you please order Christmas presents of our catalogs early so we can get them out in a timely manner?

I'll make a list of our favorite merchant catalogs in ascending date order below to help you make a selection your friends are sure to love. Of course, if you know the name of a specific maker weapon someone has a catalog or manual is always a good choice as are BANNERMAN, Abercrombie & Fitch, AF STOEGER, SCHOVERLING, DALY & GALES, VON LENGERKE (Detmold & Antoine) and others.

Our favorites by year- earliest first:

James Bown 1876 & Son Enterprise Gun Works & Sporting Goods
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
Evans Gaming Co. 1909-1910 Cheating Equipment (Illinois)
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 & E Stevens 1924 Cap Pistols, Mechanical Banks, Toys Etc.
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
Federal Gas Life Protection 1933 Catalog, Pittsburgh, PA
Federal Gas Protection Laboratories 1934, Pittsburgh, PA
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.
Arizona Highway 1958 Gunslingers of the Old West

They are Sure to Get This Guy From The Pictures

PerpPolice said a Kriss Crossing Drive homeowner reported Labor Day that someone broke into his attached garage, which was unlocked, the prior evening and stole two shotguns, one long rifle, one hunting bow and a Dewalt drill and Sawzall.

Nearby security cameras captured images of the suspect in the area of this crime, and it shows the person had a unique gray and black backpack and wore a dark red hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with any information about this crime or who recognizes the backpack or clothing is encouraged to call Detective Curt Novara at 517-540-7952

Thanks to the Livingston Press Argus

Ventusky - Wind, Rain and Temperature Maps

This is a unique way to look at weather maps, thanks to Jim Buchanan

Secure the Borders!

I've often wondered about border security with Canada. Crossing into Windsor, Canada last week on our way to the Hemmings Concours D'Elegence for vintage and antique cars in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. caused me to ponder the border during the long passage across Ontario at 62mph (100kmh).

Although the border security checkpoints are certainly impressive at places like Detroit and Niagra, the rest of the border is, well, porous. There are literally thousands of miles of unpatrolled countryside and water connections between the two countries. On any given summer day untold thousands of boaters on the Great Lakes churn up the waters between the two countries with no checking of who meets with whom on the water or who docks where. Those thoughts reminded me of a mass invasion of Canada we Yanks made last month.

Detroit Free Press:

Strong winds blew more than a thousand Float Down participants off course Sunday afternoon and onto foreign soil, setting off an hours-long headache as floaters had to be bused back home.

floaters“When we reached the shore we were met with some friendly Sarnia Police that gave off the vibe that they were going to try their best to get us back to the U.S.,” she said. “But instead of waiting around we decided to use some muscle and get ourselves back. I jumped in the water with a life jacket and swam holding the rafts while my friend, Zach Howe, was in a kayak paddling.”

After about an hour, Gabrielle made it back across the river. She said others she saw weren’t as lucky. Sarnia Police Service Staff Sgt. Scott Clarke said between 1,200 and 1,500 floaters landed in Sarnia. It took 19 Sarnia Transit bus loads and six hours to return everyone back to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Clarke said.

"Most people were pretty well behaved and we did our best to get them back over and keep them warm and comfortable," said Lee Patterson, Sarnia Transit deputy director.

Clarke said Canadian Customs did not process the citizens, but left that for U.S. officials to do.

Pics and story from Detroit Free Press

A House is the Foundation for Good Living

After World War II, GI Bill loans were available to help returning servcicemen build a house. The terms of the loan called for a significant payment to be made once the foundation was in place. I suppose some fellows thought a sturdy foundation was enough of a house because the landscape in Michigan was once littered with houses like the one below... a foundation with a roof on it but no upper floors. The garage in the second photo was added in the 70s. Where we live in Brighton, MI was once a vacation area beacause of the numerous lakes. Auto workers who lived near Detroit often used the money to build a "foundation house" as a vacation home.

The Cowboy

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountain pasture in Montana when a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a fashionable clothes, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

Bud looks at the man, who is obviously a "muppie", then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"

The yuppie stops his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Apple iPhone 7®, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany ...

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Apple iPad® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Galaxy S7® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on Hishitech, Y.K., miniaturized HP Laser printer®, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the calves and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?" The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a Congressman for the government", says Bud. "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know damn-all about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.”

“Now give me back my dog.”


Rob Mouat

Don’t squat with your spurs on…

Last month I wrote an article about what I called “gun violence” and questioned if a letter campaign to local newspapers would help make more people aware that gun owners are just like everyone else and are not the problem but could be part of the solution.

Well, first of all, several people told me not to use the words “gun violence” and the point is taken although I don’t quite know what to call the 514 gun murders and 3300 people shot in Chicago alone so far this year. Others pointed out that the letters to papers campaign I suggested would never be printed. I guess they were right about the newspapers, I wrote pretty mellow notes to five SE Michigan papers and none was published. So the letter idea is a non-starter. But the problem still exists, there are just too many shootings in this country. Aside from the occasional, but becoming more frequent, crazy person who murders a crowd of people, there are just too many bad guys with guns shooting rather indiscriminately. The bad guys don’t seem to care who they shoot when they open up with whatever weapon is at hand.

It is obvious that a hell of a lot of people who have guns should not have them. Jail doesn’t seem to help a lot. We have the highest percentage of incarcerated people in the world. With less than 5% of the world’s population we imprison almost 25% of the world’s prisoners and this at a time of historically low crime rates. So, what gives? I think it is pretty obvious that most of the problem is gang-bangers in high crime areas with guns. As a side thought, I find it hard to blame police for shooting someone when that person will not obey direct and clear orders to, for example, get on the ground but that is another column.

Below I reprint three letters that cover the sentiments of those who wrote. My thanks for the time everyone took to participate in seeking a solution to the problem from a gun-owner perspective.

So, this month my question is how do we keep guns away from criminals, gang bangers and others who seem to have no fear of using them?

Hi Rob and Abby, First of all I would like to thank you for the wonderful service you have provided for all these years. I am very thankful for all the reprints, newsletters , and being able to contribute in a small way to your data base.

When it comes to what gun owners can do about the violence on our streets it is a real dilemma as the generation we represent is passing. While small town Michigan and other similar settings may benefit from a letter writing campaign in the large cities and population centers it will be pointless as the media is markedly anti-gun and does not recognize the 2nd Amendment as legitimate in this era. Stupid people have always done stupid things that rational people will never understand.

When I was growing up the lesson of the Holocaust and Third Reich was that one should never surrender your weapons for the greater good because duly elected officials can be coerced into perpetrating evil. This is not taught anymore and people who wish to affirm their rights are considered seditious by large swaths of our society. It is fortunate that there are still a considerable number of people who will assert their rights regardless of what our duly elected officials concoct perhaps in hopes of reason returning to the public discourse.

Here in California the assault weapons ban was supposed to rid the streets of the 250,000-300,000 legally purchased weapons by the citizenry. Approximately 6,000-7,000 were ultimately turned in and now there are a quarter of a million people who decided that a right would trump the 'public good'. This is both encouraging and depressing as many of these scofflaws represent some of the best of our society in all strata. The outlook is not good. Our schools, media, public officials local, state, and fed would absolutely be overjoyed if we would just give up our hardware and accept the superiority of their view that guns are evil.

The best thing you can do on your end is to point to California and cities like Chicago as examples of where you don't want to go or become. Be thankful that it is only stupid people that you have to deal with and not stupid politicians that think you are the real problem.-------------Nels

Rob, Read your above article about writing local newspapers, well I'd like to but our "letters to the editor" will not publish anything that they consider "controversial" and that word covers a lot. I've tried but to no avail, it's a waste of time. William

In comment to your article on "Gun Violence", might I suggest you stop using that Liberal, Emotion- Stirring phrase and argue to condemn that phrase to start. "Gun Violence" in a misnomer. "People Violence" is the correct term. Have you ever heard a Liberal Progressive Media Minion use the term "Knife Violence", "Bomb Violence" or, "Automobile Violence" with the same frequency they use "Gun Violence". They don't because they want to single out guns as the "BAD" in the report..... Better argument is, "Why are criminals constantly being released from jail to commit more crimes?" Seems like if that criminal finally commits a crime with a gun, that's "Pay-Dirt" for Liberal Politicians so they can pursue their gun banning agendas with more public sympathy and support.

1) Enforce the Laws.

2) Stop Plea- Bargaining.

3) Eliminate the Early Release rules.....10 MEANS 10!

4) Enforce the Laws.


Arms Heritage Magazine

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 5, All Six Issues

Just in time for the holidays Volume 5 is now available from the Cornell website, just click above. I bet you can't wait!


With the help of Cornell Publications we have produced “Annual Compendiums” of our first five years of publication. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics.

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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. Special thanks to Lanny McGee, Dennis LaVarenne, Andrew Wright and Steve Brunner for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Aiming for Sport c1950 Sporting Arms and Ammunition Mfrs. Inst.

Ben Pearson 1957 Archery Catalog

Browning .30 1918 & .30 1918 U.S. A1 Automatic Rifle

Browning 1938 (circa) FN Fabrique National Shotgun Catalog

Browning 1950 (circa) Fabrique Nationale (FN) Shotgun Catalog

Browning M1918 Machine Rifle A2 Description

Case Cutlery 1964 Knife Catalog

Century International Arms 1993 Gun Catalog

Colt 1964 Gun Catalog

Colt U.S. M1917 .45 Revolver - Stripping and Cutaways

Enfield .30 Model 1917 U.S. Rifle Manual

Garand U.S. Rifle M1 cal. .30 Manual

H&R Reising .45 cal Model 50 & 55 Submachine Gun Manual

Lyman 1951 Telescope Flyer

Lyman 1952 Telecopic Sighting Equipment

M1 & M1A1 & M2 Field Stripping U.S. Carbine .30 cal

M3 U.S. Submachine Gun cal .45 (Grease Gun) Field Stripping

Pedersen 1952-1953 Gunsmith Supplies

Sako Finnwolf Lever Action Rifle Operations manual

Smith & Wesson U.S. M1917 .45 Revolver Manual-Cutaway

Springfield .30-06 U.S. M1903 Rifle Manual and Cutaway

Thompson .45 U.S. Model 1928 Submachine Gun Manual

Thompson Submachinegun U.S. M1 Field Stripping

U.S. 1911 and 1911A1 .45 Automatic Pistol (stripping, cutaway etc)

Weatherby 1962-1963 Guide- Tomorrow's Rifle Today

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Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, I was recently given an old Webley & Scott air pistol and you had material on it! Wow! Thanks, Paul

Dear Abby, I just finished reading through all my Hubley guides. Wow! It's so awesome that you have all these catalogues to help all of us cap gun collectors:-). Thank you so much for your professionalism:-) Cheri

(Dear Rob)Are PDF or digital copies of manuals for sale? If so would there be any difference between the physical copy price? I am interested in purchasing digital copies of a couple of manuals. Thanks, Michael Cecconet

Dear Mr. Cecconet, Presently we offer pdfs of only a few Winchester manuals. Our shopping cart makes it very difficult but we are working on updating the website and during the next year or so more catalogs and manuals will be available by pdf. One of the problems facing us is that guys tend to forward pdfs to all their buddies and that would dilute our 10 years of work assembling this collection of over 5000 old and rare documents. So, we are working on it. Cheers, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) I have a 16 guage and 20 guage victor sarasqueta 7e shotgun. Which catalog. I'm thinking mid 1970's manufacture. Both sidelocks, nice engraving, bohler steel barrels, 3rd fastners, bushed strikers, and articulate triggers. Which catalog should I buy, and hopefully 7e and 10e describtion as these could be 10e guns. Thanks carr66061@aol.com

Sir, The M7e and M10 appear in this catalog: Victor Sarasqueta 1977 Gun Catalog- Eibar, Spain Would you like one? Thanks for your interest, Rob Mouat

Hi Abby, Package arrived in good condition on Tuesday, I am very pleased with the prints you did for me, now I have to go buy 10 frames to mount them in. Thank you to you and Rob for all your help. All the best, Matthew

Dear Abby, Material arrived day before yesterday in very good condition. Have certainly enjoyed reading about firearms from a day gone by and their interesting advertisement. Thanks guys! Erik, Freeport, Florida

Hello Abby. I received the Greener Police Gun pamphlet yesterday, thank you, and I have left positive feedback on eBay. I am a little disappointed that the listing says it is six pages, but in reality there are just three pages with writing and two pages to show a shot pattern. It is also a descriptive pamphlet that describes the Mark III gun's specification, it's not a catalog. Regards, George

Dear George, Thanks for the positive feedback, I appreciate that consideration. I have refunded your money, no need to return the piece. Forgive me for calling it a catalog. Graham Greener called it that when he dug it out of the company archives for us about ten years ago and ever since I have followed his lead. However, after you corrected me I shall change the name to "pamphlet", I hope you approve: WW Greener c1936 Police Gun MK III Pamphlet. Best wishes, Rob Mouat (Abby is out of the office today)

Thank you Rob, I did not expect a full refund, that is excellent customer service. Regards, George

(Dear Rob) Hi, received the manual today, looks as though somebody forgot to trim the edges off it. It has excess white borders all around and looks nothing like the picture on your auction or anything like the original. I have never seen anything like this before. Is this what they all look like or did mine get out the door prematurely? Gto4spd (Ebay)

Dear gto… I am afraid the answer is a little more complicated than the question, but thanks for asking. Because we reprint over 5000 old catalogs and manuals we have to appease the original makers as well as vocal ephemera collectors. In an effort to please everyone we don’t make perfect forgeries of the original pieces, we leave a border around each piece we make to make it obvious what we sell is not an original. The white border doesn’t show in the image not because we are trying to deceive anyone but because it is made directly from an image and is not a photo of the finished piece. Most people don’t care because they want the information not a display piece. I’m sorry you were disappointed so Abby refunded your money and you may keep the manual with our compliments. I do hope you will leave positive feedback because neutrals and negatives just encourage others to do the same and that ends up raising prices for everyone. Abby and I do this as a retirement service to collectors and historians not a regular business. Best wishes, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) Thank you for refunding my payment. I'm sorry for the confusion, only wish I would have known this going in. I was looking for a good copy since I couldn't find an original. I just purchased a Gold Cup and it didn't come with one and I like to have everything looking factory original for my collection. I will leave you good feedback. Thanks

(Dear) Rob, I am looking for pictures/diagram/description for the trigger stirrup for a Flobert 22 caliber rifle. I was hoping you could tell me if the book has the information I am looking for before ordering the book. Thank your time. Chris Nelsen

Chris, Flobert became a generic name for parlor rifles and pistols. They were made by dozens of small manufacturers over a period exceeding 50 years so I have no idea who made your rifle or when it was made so it is not possible to suggest parts for your weapon, or at least I can't. I think the best thing for you to do is enter flobert in google and see if you can find a forum of owners who may be able to help. When you post, some pictures and mention of any markings on the gun would help. Best, Rob

(Dear Abby) Am I correct that you only use PayPal as a payment method? I prefer to just use my credit card without going through PayPal but couldn't seem to get around PayPal when I tried to check out. Thanks for your great service, BTW. Erik

Dear Erik, We don't like Paypal either but they are the cheapest online credit card processing service we can find. Our local banks want an arm and a leg for the service and, of course, we would have to pass that along so Paypal is the lesser of two evils. Sorry, but they are all we have to offer unless you want to send us a personal check. Cheers, Abby

(Dear Rob) Subject: Wrong Version. I ordered download version and you guys are mailing it? And I can’t find where to download it. Randy Sarjeant

Dear Randy, Randy, I sent you the link for the download on the 10th... to your email as we received it, I gather you did not get the link from wetransfer.com or perhaps you thought it was spam and deleted it... anyway I'll send another, please look in your spam folder as well. What does "wrong version" mean in your subject line? Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) Means you were mailing and I ordered download. Two ways or versions (Randy)

Dear Randy, This should not be a big deal. I believe you understood the email from the response program we use sent you to indicate you were getting hard copy version, then you missed the email link we sent with the download. We didn't work Sunday so you had to wait until this morning to get the second download I sent. Please confirm you have now figured out how to get one of the two download links we sent you to work, the one Saturday or one this morning. You are welcome for the good service and polite manner we offer. Best wishes, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) Thanks sorry for the confusion from my end. I got the link haven't had the chance to download it yet. Work is getting in the way of hobbies. I'll try to down load it tonight. Thanks again Randy

(Dear Rob) hi. when i was a little boy in grade 4 my father a cnr train conductor would take mom to boston on his vacation. they stayed with his cousins. he brought back toys . ajax spacemen, then a maco paratrooper carbine with clip bullets and a bayonet. as soon as mom discovered the bullets i never saw them again. but i was in grade4 and still used crayons the same diameter as the bullets. but they only went about 2 feet but they still went. it eventualy broke, a crack deveoping between the hand grip and stock. dont know why. i also got an rel blue cavalry set and my brother got the grey set. gave his set and my 10 saddles to his best friend who needed them without asking. i had to hold the riders on their horses with with folded pieces of cardboard. and a marx charge of the light brigade set. mom came in 15 years later and said carolyn might not marry you when she sees your soldiers. so i gave ALL! them to my brothers son. 40 years later i asked him if his son still had them. he said NO! and he wasnt going to ask him. well ive repaced them all over the last few years , 3 uss wasps uss missouri, uss new jersey almost 300 blue rideres 15 wagons 15 cassons , three 152 piece johillco lead coronation sets with box and carriage 5 hubley colt 45s ( 1 colt 44 with box) and 3 colt 38s. 150 spi and 30 command wargames. i have replaced my maco para carbine with 3 but i was only able to get one ammo clip and bayonet. do you know anyone who might be able to get me a couple of ammo clips and bayonets. for 2 of my carbines. by the way while looking for maco last month i came across a maco machine gun with 266 people watching it on a buy it now for $85 in a box no less. well i bought it some fast. if you ever need a copy of it and the box it would be okay but might take me a little while to get out to staples to do it. ive also replaced my light brigade with about 8 sets. my first one had 624 pieces of which 115 were british lancers. i have my own toyland from the memories of my youth. all the best jack casey ps i also have 150 spi and 35 command wargames magasines with games. email Jack: "Jack CASEY"

Hi Jack, You have built up quite a collection, congratulations. I am afraid we don't reproduce boxes so no need to send us your carbine box, we stick to books, manuals and catalogs. I'll put your request for ammo in our newsletter, someone might have a source. Cheers, Rob

Dear Abby, I should be thanking you! You are doing a great service to the firearms collecting fraternity. I just found a reference to a family heirloom shotgun in a catalog at a cartridge show. I could not afford the original catalog so I bought a series of catalogs from you. Yours I could afford and I will cherish the reference material. Keep up the great work. History demands accurate records and you are providing that. Thank you! Steve Fowler

Hi Abby (or Rob), Thanks very much for your rapid shipping of this nice catalog. Unfortunately, I'd like to return it, hopefully for another of your catalogs from this company which shows any of their bicycle line. I collect antique bicycles and have recently acquired one signed by Schoverling, Daly & Gales. I specifically chose this 1909 catalog from your list because the contents listed bicycles, but alas, I just went through page by page and nothing is shown for bikes. Since I have no use for it (not due to anything you folks did), I'd like to return it either for a refund or more preferably, for another of their catalogs that do include bicycles - the one I have appears to have been made in the early 1900s. I will most certainly give you positive feedback, in whatever venue you'd prefer. Thanks very much for your attention and consideration. Feel free to call me if it would be easier to handle this in real time. Sincerely, Dean Alger

Dear Dean, Thanks for your note, Abby will refund your money. No need to return your purchase, just throw it away. We print to order because it is impossible to maintain an inventory of over 5000 books, at least in our small home office. Cheers, Rob

Hi Abby, This book, Illustrated History of The Forehand Arms Company, was listed on GunBroker and showed 10 available, but when I tried to order, it shows auctions closed on all your books. Will you be relisting or reprinting the Illustrated History of The Forehand Arms Company? We are in the process of starting a non-profit educational training facility for young shooters in Texas, that will include archery, crossbow, pistol, rifle, trap, skeet and sporting clays. We want to preserve the history of the shooting sports. Many kids now days will not get the chance to see or shoot these iconic guns, so we want to give them the opportunity to do so as part of the history of the shooting sports. We also have a display/museum area which shows the history of the shooting sports. We have several old shotguns, rifles, and pistols, as well as different styles of old metal skeet throwers from the early 1900's and clays from the 30's to the 70's. This book will be part of the display/museum area if we can acquire it. Please check out our website: topshottexas Thanks, Charles Forehand

Dear Charles, We have relisted the book, sorry for the delay.

email Rob or Abby

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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, we reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but we 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 we are adding more all the time.

* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... You have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally the site URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty 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!

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 or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Do you trust the company you are giving the info to?

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