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Here are some links to really terrific videos. The first is an underwater movie in HD of the waters off Bali. The fish are simply marvelous, makes me want to take SCUBA lessons and reminds me of Mike Nelson (for those of you under 60, Mike was a scuba-diving TV sleuth played by Lloyd Bridges, glub glub). Thanks to Ginny Coombs.

BALI MOVIE

Next is a website for James Corbett, an Aussie who makes fantastical sculptures from old car parts, particularly British and French cars. His website is lacking but there are links to galleries showing his work there. Thanks to James Blackford.

JAMES CORBETT TREVOR VICTOR HARVEY GALLERY

Next is a website with some of the most spectacular photos of lighthouses, many from Michigan.... Brrr! Thanks to Chris Jones.

LIGHTHOUSES


HALLOWEEN - OF GHOSTS AND GOBBLINS

Fall fires burning neath black twisted boughs

Sacrifice - to above

Smoke swirling quickly towards misting clouds

Offering - of this blood

Into the flames and without shame - consumed with howls and screams

Pumpkins grin - in their despair - on all - hallows eve - hallows eve

It's All In The Detail

by Iain Lowson

I’m not a fan of guns, not really, but I am a fan of Abby’s work. A big fan.

I’m a writer, and one of my projects is a role playing game setting called Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein. It was in creating supplementary material for that setting that I was shown Abby’s site and Abby’s wares. It was love at first sight, let me tell you. Now, you might wonder why Abby’s huge stock of catalogues and suchlike would be of any interest to me and to the folks who play role playing games (RPGs for short). Let’s start with what an RPG is.

Playing an RPG is basically an exercise in group story telling. One person, usually called the GM (Games Master; a slightly self-important title, but there you go), keeps track of the setting while the rest of the folks around the table play people who live in that setting. All of that information comes from a book (or set of books) like the DH:LoF one. The GM plays all the other characters the players meet, as well as describing what’s going on. When the players attempt to do something a little tricky (climb a cliff, run away from a bad guy, jump a raging river, whatever) dice are rolled to see if they managed it. Together, the group creates a story in a way that can be deeply personal to those involved, but almost indecipherable to folks outside of the group – the ultimate “You had to be there” situation. Trust me, though, it’s brilliant. You have to be there…

Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein is set in a fictional version of Romania (for non-geography types, that’s a country in the Balkans, in Eastern Europe ) in the year 1910. The setting is a big “What If…?” story, and see’s Victor Frankenstein create his own country where science and enlightened reason are king. Of course, despite his best intentions, Frankenstein’s plans are corrupted by the selfish and the vain amongst his followers. If you’d like to know more, please visit the book’s website: DARK HARVEST

The book Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein has everything in it that you would need to run a game of the type I describe above. It has a detailed alternative history of Europe, picking up from close to the end of Mary Shelley’s original novel (with a slight alteration in Frankenstein’s attitude to his discoveries). It has the rules needed to play, lots of artwork, and descriptions of the country and many of the people and things in it. Uniquely, I think, it is entirely possible for non-role players to pick it up and read it just for fun. It helps that there are half a dozen short stories in the thing. Anyway, back to Abby!

What Abby’s catalogues do for my setting, and for those in a great many other RPG games and settings, is provide a wealth of detail. A really great story, a really great setting, is defined by its detail. DH:LoF, while set in a fictional country, has its roots in reality, in actual history, in real things once sold from retail catalogues. Thanks to Abby, and to the many collectors and enthusiasts she is in contact with, players can browse a catalogue and select not just any old tent, but an Abercrombie & Fitch Co. special waterproof Amazon tent, treated by Lorentz Process, measuring 9” tall and costing $24.70 (with an extra $2.36 for the poles and stakes). Yes, they can pick their guns too…

So, thanks Abby. Keep up the good work. You’ve a broader audience than you might ever have thought.

Iain Lowson, 18th October, 2011


MORE PENETRATING QUESTIONS:

  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
  • Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
  • Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
  • Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  • Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
  • If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
  • Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
  • Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
  • Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
  • Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
  • Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
  • How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
  • Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
  • In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
  • How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
  • And my FAVORITE.........

  • The statistics on sanity tell us that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends --if they're okay, then it's YOU.

Here are a couple of pics of Jim Buchanan's 2500 mile Wild Western swing (that's Jim with his right knee in peril:

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Guest Column

Rapid Developments

By James Blackford

I began this month intending to write about advances in Infantry type weaponry since the end of WWII. Then I bogged down in questions of function and design, versus actual intended uses, reliability, quality, and the type of military missions being increasingly fought in ever changing situations. I came to the conclusion, that - one size definitely does not solve all problems, or tactical situations.

Luckily I lost half of the article in transmission via cyberspace and I could not recollect my prior train of thought, thus making no sense at all. So I will try to keep it simple as I was definitely biting off too much. What I was trying to say and illustrate was that very rapid advances have been made in Military Small Arms/Weapons Systems since the end of WWII allowing soldiers greater flexibility to adapt to greatly different tactical situations.

The Korean conflict and various minor insurrections around the world immediately after WWII were, of course, largely fought with the same era surplus weaponry but with Vietnam came radical changes. Weapon developments coincided with and evolved from advances simultaneously made in improvements to high impact plastics, metallurgy, ballistic and optical sciences, and in the chemistry for improved propellants etc. All these disciplines came together for infantry small arms requirements in our current modern warfare situations.

In Vietnam, short range, rapid burst jungle ambush situations were the norm requiring light, rapid firing weapons and from there combat has returned to longer range engagements requiring superior old fashioned marksmanship. We are once again talking about the necessity of regaining accuracy at 500 yards, or half-kilometer sniping/ambush ranges, to accommodate the terrain in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Vietnam saw the introduction of the Armalite AR-15 and the similar short-range Colt M-16, both in the down-sized .223 or 5.56mm caliber. The British Army about the same time adopted the 5.56mm Enfield Weapon System, adaptable in various versions from the personal 'bull pup' type to the longer barreled Light Support Weapon select fire LMG with a folding bipod. These older weapon systems are probably not too efficient at the longer ranges currently more often experienced in Afghanistan type territory and combat conditions, which have illustrated the need for longer ranged more effective and accurate rifles.

What really caught my attention was the excellent Accuracy International Sniper Rifle L96A1 7.62mm, equipped with excellent telescope sights. Unlike the earlier adaptation of the older Lee Enfield into the cut down wooden stocked version of the L42A1 7.62mm*, the Accuracy International was then almost the last word in the sniper role. But it was made possible by superior capabilities in the developments and manufacture of high impact plastics to make a really sturdy and stable platform for a very accurate 7.62 mm caliber rifle.

I think the wildest development in American Sniper Rifles came from the civilian hobbyists adopting the old .50 Cal. Colt Browning HMG bullet for long range target shooting, which led to the penultimate sniper's weapon: the Barrett .50 Rifle. Initially in single shot, it is now available with a box type detachable magazine holding up to ten rounds making a truly formidable weapon with an extremely long range; it is highly accurate up to 1,500 or so yards.

But, the Barrett is also very large and heavy, suitable for semi-temporary outpost defense, and more static, fixed position, counter sniping at longer ranges. Ideal in Afghanistan type extreme ambush counter fire situations.

Our current gun publications are replete with advertisements for a large variety of functional looking, modern bolt action and semi-automatic infantry rifle systems some of which are intended as civilian versions of military rifles. But I would venture to suggest that their very 'military appearance' would lead to their banishment in States like California.

Just to mention a few such rifles - the DPMS Repr in .308 Winchester, and the efficient looking FNH USA SCAR Model 16 in 7.62mm NATO round, a version of the U.S. SOC new rifle.

Even some of the older Armalite style rifles are now offered in .22 versions - I suspect for military wannabe plinkers. It is all good cheap fun.

The British Army recognizing the same need for old fashioned longer range marksmanship and has introduced the L129A1 Modular Weapons System equipped with Trijicon 6 X scopes etc. it has interchangeable length barrels from 16 to 20 inches for longer range sniping roles.

Perhaps because of the extreme weight and bulk of the Barrett .50 - possibly one of the best rifle/cartridges combinations intended for the sniping role, is the Savage Arms Model 110 BA in the efficient ballistic caliber - the new .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, combining range, impact and accuracy in one ultimate combat long range rifle.

The point that I set out to make was that without modern research and development in hard polymer plastics, metallurgy, ballistics, propellants and optics, none of these weapons would achieve the accuracy that they now possess.

But in the end, despite all the modern gear, results still come down to basic marksmanship, and training, for which there is no substitute!

James Blackford

October 27th 2011

* The 7.62mm NATO cartridge re-barreled version of the Lee Enfield Mk.IV rifle with the wooden fore end removed, and modified butt/cheek rest, plus a squared off boxy magazine replacing the 'sloping' patterned familiar older magazine of the .303 Mk.IV. became the 'L42A1'. (Very confusing which is the norm in Government circles !).

Letters from Readers

*Brandon James sent the following photo to ask help in identifying his pistol. The barrel markings indicate it is a "Henry's Rifling A&T 1417". There are some proof marks I don't recognise. Rob Mouat

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Dear Mike, What do you make of this pistol, a customer wants to know?

Dear Rob:

Is it really a percussion pistol? With the lever-action top and separate barrels, it looks to me to be a cartridge gun. What appears to be a nipple is a primer striker. But the photos are not too clear. If it is a percussion gun, disregard the rest of this email.

Visualize the rifle shown above with the barrel cut off just ahead of the forearm and the buttstock trimmed off along the top line of the pistol grip. Notice the base of the rear sight is still on your pistol. The "100" shown between the Birmingham proof marks is "100 bore" which converts to about .360 caliber, which is a common caliber for Rook Rifles.

I see similar guns in two of your publications: P. Webley & Son, Catalogue of 1877, about the first third of the catalog under "Rook Rifles" see Pattern 54.

In P. Webley & Son, 1888, page 19, Rook, Rabbit & Kangaroo Rifles, No. 55H is similar, but the one in 1877 looks more like yours.

I don't say yours is made by Webley, but that is the style, and probably many makers produced them. Rook rifles were very popular up to about WW1.

If it is a cut down rifle, it might be illegal. By Federal law, all rifles cut down to have a barrel less than 16" and/or less than 26" overall length are illegal to possess. However, this is definitely an antique (made 1898 or earlier), with ammunition not readily available, so maybe it does not fall into the cut-down rifle category. I wouldn't want to discuss it with the BATF. There is little collector's value if it is a cut-down rifle.

Keep in mind that I do not know for certain that this is a cut-down rifle, and most law enforcement officers probably would not realize it even if it is a cut-down gun. I don't want to frighten your customer, but he might want to keep the possibility in mind.

Regards, Mike Carrick


Abby, Thanks for your note. I look forward to receiving the book. V.M. Starr was my great grandfather and when I read excerpts from his booklet online I could hear his voice from when I was a child at his elbow in his workshop. I look forward to sitting down to visit with the old man again as I read it from cover to cover. Thank you for re-printing it and keeping his wisdom and experience available to those who never had a chance to meet him. Cheers, Steve Odefey


Abby, I was wondering if you have come across general catalogues for The London Armoury Ltd? They where based in London at 31 Bury Street St. James. I have a couple of catalogues for specific lines such as Colt etc.. But was just wondering if they had a general catalogue. Thank you, Cymon Wallace

Dear Cymon, The address is familiar but I can't place it offhand. Neither do I recognise the London Armoury. Readers? Abby


Abby, I wanted to thank you for promptly shipping my order, I received it three days ago and meant to e-mail thanking you but got busy. The reprints are nicely done and much appreciated and received much sooner than I was led to believe from your e-mail saying it would take at least ten days to arrive. The catalogs arrived in good shape, again, thanks much.

It is nice that someone is working at keeping a record of our history at a time when most people just forget the past and why things happened. I own one of the guns in the H&R catalog, it was purchased by my great-grandfather in the early part of the twentieth century when he was assigned to be a guard on payroll shipments to the coal mine where he was working. Back then the people were more slaves than just being employees as the only place they could spend their earnings was at the company store and they were never paid enough to ever get free of the mine. Were they to leave without all their bills being paid off they would be hunted by the local sheriff and returned to the mine owner for punishment. Thanks for helping fill in a small part of my family history. Mike Cunningham

Dear Mike, You are quite welcome, it is gratifying to receive emails like yours, Abby


Abby, I bet you a dollar to .38 cartridge casing that Yahoo's problem was that they didn't like the fact that you were involved with firearms publications, because firearms are bad in their eyes. Betcha! All the best--Joe Howard

Joe, That's my bet. I suppose some young, eager whip at Yahoo thought I was selling hand grenades and RPGs. I never did find out why Yahoo bounced over 1700 newsletters in August. I had to send the subscribers a simple email note directing them to the website where they could view the whole thing. Who knows what they think? Abby


Abby, Thank you for reprinting this stuff. These two are for gifts to friends of mine in Germany and England. I serve on the board for the Unites States international muzzle loading committee, and having some of these books reprinted has really helped us to educate the rest of the world on the shooting history here in the states. Keep up the good work, and have a great day, Lee Shaver


Abby, Replica or Real? I have a Daisy Gun Book I picked up somewhere a while ago. How do I know if it is printed by you or an original copy? David Guter

David, Our logo is on the back page along with a statement from the manufacturer giving us permission to reprint Daisy advertising. Abby


Abby, Wonder Trap . Chamberlain Wonder Trap. Box 2. Would like to see a picture of the Wonder Trap to see if it is like what I have. Thanks! Glenda H Kilby

Sorry Glenda, I didn't make a reprint of that flyer. Abby


Abby, Not to worry, I understand it takes a bit of time to print up an order. Just to see what y'all have to put up with I checked your rants and raves section, things never change with the idiot faction. I can see they're still out there in force. I'm a retired Pennsylvania State Policeman and I can tell you what you're getting is nothing new, just the latest version of the lame brains that populate a lot of the world. It sometimes makes one wonder why if they have a human form, they can't think, but that's the way they are. I'm just glad to see you guys are at least trying your damnedest to furnish a record of what things were like over a hundred years ago, most people have little or no concept of the history behind the guns that exist today. I know I've tried off and on for a number of years to get manuals for some of my older guns without any luck. I never ceases to amaze me what the Internet has provided to those who take the trouble to look. What a lot of people don't realize is back in the early part of the twentieth century no manufacturer furnished a manual with their guns, they assumed you knew how to run a gun and were smart enough not to point it at something you didn't want to destroy. Those days are long gone now, at least half of any new manual is devoted to "stupid" warnings. I think you guys are doing a very good job when you consider some of the people you have to deal with, thanks for the e-mail letting me know you got my order. Take care. Mike Cunningham


Abby - I always look for my needs in firearms manuals on your site and appreciate the quality of the reproductions and prompt service. Ron West


Abby, 1917 A&F catalog cover. I have bought several catalogs from you in the past. I am interested in the 1917 catalog but I cannot make out the "added" label on the cover. Can you please send me a clearer picture of the front cover that I can read. Sincerely, Charles Whittaker

Charles, That was a sticker telling people that due to the war, prices may vary. Cheers, Abby


Abby, SFM 1912 Societe Francaise des Munition - Ammunition Catalog- please, 11 "x 8", can you tell me what these dimensions are in cm? I'm French collector. Regards, Patrick

Patrick, One inch=2.54cm. Cheers, Abby


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

TO Who It May Concern: I think your buisness acuman sucks. I ordered a reprinted catelog of Marlin froim you over two weeks ago and I havnot recd it yet even though you cased my check sent in good faith to you. I suppose i am no out of luck and just wasted the money right??? Lars Izzard

Well, Lars you ordered a Savage catalog reprint seven days ago ( Friday evening) and you paid immediately with a credit card... thank you. The order was processed on Monday, printed. and packed Tuesday and shipped Wednesday. You should get it later today. You are most welcome. Best regards, Abby

I got the Savage catalog today but I told you I wated a Marlin 1967 catalog why cant' you get it right????

Lars, Slow down. Your email this morning was the first I've heard about a Marlin catalog. You ordered a Savage catalog last week (I double checked the order) and that is what I sent you. Now, did you mean to order a Marlin in the first place? What do you really want and how can I fix it for you? Abby

Abby, I thimk you are hopfully confised. Forget it, I will never do buisiness with you again. EaVER LARS

Good grief, they walk among us and they are armed and angry! Abby

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

* The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.


* Tired of SPAM? Virginia (our website guru from Carolina Web Creations) says:

1. Never use your real email address when signing up for stuff online. (ie: forums, purchases, etc.) There are many free email services out there (Google, Yahoo, Juno, etc.) where you can create an email address for your online activity. This will help ensure that your public email address is one you don't really care about, and will help keep your personal email address secure.

2. Use forwards cautiously - As much as we all like to entertain our friends with funny emails, cute links, and amazing videos, forwarding these things to your entire address book only add to the problem with email harvesters. While your address book may be clean and free of hackers, you can't guarantee that everyone receiving your forwarded email is as fortunate. Once you have forwarded that email (with all the addresses visible) and the recipient then forwards it to their address book, it's all downhill from there.

3. Use caution when visiting websites. Just because a site has appeared in the #1 position in Google doesn't mean it's a reputable organization. Web developers are savvy and are not only skilled at forcing a high ranking position in the search engines, but also at coding things to get what they want from those who visit their webpage.

4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, DO NOT OPEN IT. If you get an email from someone you know and the subject line is strange or inconsistent with something that you might normally receive from this person, DO NOT OPEN IT. And the most important - if you get an attachment from anyone with an extension of ".exe" - DO NOT OPEN IT! (.exe is an executable program, and once you double click on it, it will run some kind of program on your computer, usually designed to completely wipe out your hard drive, or something equally malicious.)

5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware. I personally use both of these. Also, use caution when clicking advertisements - remember, these are ADS! They WANT you to click their ad and purchase their product and it's not always something "good for you".


* Paypal - I don't like Paypal any more than most people and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant than they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they were cheaper by far than a bank when I started the business and it would cost a fortune to change the code for each page on the website to a new processor.


* INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.


At my website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, I reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but I also reprint over 160 gun catalogs from merchants that sold Remington firearms such as Sears or Abercrombie & Fitch or Spalding. Those are the listings on the right of the page.

Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time.


* If you have trouble reading small type on my website or any other, you can increase the size of the text on the screen by holding down the Control key (that's the one in the lower left of the keyboard with Ctrl on it) and scrolling the wheel on top of your mouse back and forth.


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* Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!

The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet.


* Why Buy Old Catalogs- originals or reprints? If you want to learn about a gun or gunmaker I applaud you, and am so happy you found my website. History is what I am working so hard to preserve by making old gun catalogs available to collectors and historians. Buy a catalog from a gunmaker of the appropriate year and you will learn a mountain of true facts about your gun- right from the maker's month, so to speak. Never again will you have to rely on hearsay or bluster.


*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look.


* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... There are two areas of concern when you make the decision to pay online with your credit card. First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. There are two clues to security. One is in the URL or site address found at the top of the browser. Normally the URL begins with http://www etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https://www. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company. By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants and, of course, while browsing, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Small shops like ours carefully enter the information at a website belonging to a financial clearing house. Others, like Costco and Walmart are connected directly but they all go on the net.

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. Be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. That is one of the reasons I like to pay with Paypal. When you do that you are giving only an email address to the company, not your credit card number (Paypal holds that information for itself only).

What can you do to help make your credit cards safe? Know with whom you are dealing and what is happening when you hand over your card. Does a nervous and suspicious looking waiter disappear into the back room with your card? Hmmm. Does the gambling website where you are about to enter your card have no address, country or telephone number? Hmmm.


Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ed Buffaloe handmakes holsters for a variety of weapons. Email him.

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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

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

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

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

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

SERIAL NUMBERS

Cheers,
Abby