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That Loaded Gun in My Carry-On? Oh, I Forgot


SPEAKING OF AIRPORT SCANNERS

We recently endured the annoyance of airport scanners, pat-downs and shoelesstoilet entry so we were interested when we got an email from Joe Molitor in Spain. Joe has a novel idea for the airport security folks. Why not build a strong and secure scanning booth? The passenger enters fully clothed and with luggage, the door is closed and any explosive present is detonated. The room could work like one of those European street toilets. The whole room is washed and blow dried in preparation for the next passenger. Except for the occasional terrorist it would be fast, convenient and expedient and we wouldn't have to bother with those expensive and time consuming trials and incarcerations.


METAL STORM

16,000 Rounds a Second? Sounds expensive to shoot!metal storm

Thanks to Jeff Steidle


What Goes on in the Garden When You Aren't Watching

garden

Thanks to Jeff Steidle


CHRISTMAS DISCOUNTS

Gun Digest is discontinuing many of its assembly and other gun books so shortly they will not be available. I have some left and will sell them at wholesale prices for Christmas presents, so get your copies while they are still available. Here are a few titles to start all for $19.95 each:

Gun Digest 2011 Book of Revolvers Assembly/Disassy list $34.99 now $19.95

Gun Digest - Standard Catalog of Browning Firearms list $29.99 now $19.95

Gun Digest - Book of the 1911- Volume 1 list $27.95 now $19.95

Winchester Model 94- A Century of Craftsmanship list $34.99 now $19.95

Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistol Assembly/Disassy list $36.99 now $19.95

also we were able to get a few each of:

Hemingway's Guns - The sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway was $39.95 now $19.95


GUN BOOKS FOR NON-GUN PEOPLE

Do you have friends or family who are nervous around guns or dead set against them mainly because they know nothing about firearms? If that is the case, these are perfect Christmas gifts for them. When our children were "tweens" we took them out to the back forty and showed them how to load, unload, make safe and shoot a variety of handguns and long guns. Even if they never picked up another gun, at least they knew how to handle one. Not all children are so fortunate and these books are for them and their parents.

ImageThis three volume series emphasizes safety and proper usage of firearms, and is written with children in mind. The Gun Book for Boys, and the upcoming The Gun Book for Girls are the only kid-friendly books on guns and gun safety, they are well illustrated, engaging, and easy to understand. Also, for parents who are unfamiliar with firearms, The Gun Book for Parents is written for the parents of children who have read the Gun Books, and may have some concerns about firearms, from safety and legal issues to costs, potential pitfalls and benefits. This book is written in an easy, conversational style, and contains information on how to provide a youngster with proper shooting instruction if there is no one in the family who shoots, how to purchase a gun and store it safely, where to shoot, how to assess a child’s behavior with guns, and much more! It is recommended that parents read the children’s volume(s) as well.

Available from Amazon


Rob Mouat

SHOE HOUSE (Part Two)

Click here for part one (under Rob Mouat)

Some of my earliest memories are of my uncles shooting clay pigeons out over the water to sharpen their skills before duck season. After a lot of pestering, one of them gave me a 12 gauge to fire when I was five or six and the recoil taught me a healthy respect for guns at an early age. I was about seven or eight when I got my first gun, a rolling block .22 made by Remington, a Model 4. This was my grandfather’s gun when he was a youth, which is just about right because he was born in 1880 and the No. 4 appeared in 1890. It was produced for over forty years and was a sweet little rifle.

I was allowed to carry the rifle but not ammunition which was kept in the gun closet. It wasn’t locked but I was told not to open it alone and I didn’t. When one of the men was home during the weekends they let me set cans on the bulkhead by the bay and fire away. I admit it wasn’t the safest thing to do because bullets can ricochet long distances off water but in those days there were almost no boats on the bay and we were careful not to shoot in the direction of men raking for clams or of houses on the far side (which were perhaps two miles away). I think I was allowed only .22 shorts or possibly bb caps which were .22 shorts with a bb in place of the bullet, about as accurate as a stone. I think the primer was the only propellant in BB caps so it wasn’t too powerful a weapon.

I feel lucky to have experienced what it was like to have lived before everything became mechanized and every small action the subject of legal scrutiny. The small fields around the house were mowed for hay once or twicc a year by Joe Halsey with a team of horses. The grass was allowed to dry in the sun for a few days and was then raked into rows, again with the team of horses, and finally he picked up the hay with a pitchfork tossing it onto a hay wagon pulled by the same horses.

The Halsey’s farmed all the land around Shoe House in Watermill as they had since colonial days and they grew what Long Island was famous for in those days, potatoes. Joe used tractors in the potato fields and he would occasionally let me ride “shotgun” with my No. 4 on his tractor while he sprayed the fields with green insecticide. I know the stuff was green because his tractors were all green, or at least mostly green. While I grant you that most people associate green tractors with John Deere machines, Joe’s were Farmall’s, an A and an M, and they started off red.

Late in the summer the “tatta pickers” arrived to bring in the harvest. These were black itinerant workers who set up makeshift shanties in the fields during the picking time. They set roaring fires and sang songs and told stories. I was occasionally allowed to take them canned goods at the end of the day, sometimes under the guise of “running away from home”, and sit and listen for a time. It was quite exciting for a small boy and the spirituals they sang are with me today.

Late fall meant surf casting and duck season. The bluefish run along the coast of Long Island in late October and surf casting is a sure-fire way to bring home dinner. The hungry fish will bite at almost anything you throw in the water so shiny spoons are just the ticket. For stripers my uncle from Texas relied on plugs and Uncle Brooks would spend hours on the beach fishing for the elusive striped bass. The adults used long bamboo rods, my Uncle Amos made them himself, fitted with what I guess you would call a drag reel. Nobody had spinning reels in those days and my job would be to unsnarl the reels when they got tangled. I remember cold nights on the beach and great snarls of fishing line, no plastic filament in those days.

My parents and I lived in Brooklyn and they came out on the Long Island Railroad for weekends while I spent the whole summer at Shoe House. The railroad in those days had cars with wooden seats. I remember looking at people sitting behind me through the slats. It probably annoyed the heck out of them. I also remember traveling out to Shoe House alone but under the watchful eye of the conductor who had been given instructions to see I got off at Southampton. I worried I would miss the stop though and remember him calling out stops in Patchogue, Shirley, Quogue and Hampton Bays all the time worrying I would miss my stop and then worried the train would end up in Montauk and I would be all alone.

In May of 1953 New Zealander, Edmund Hillary, first climbed Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay his Sherpa guide making the final assent. My father, a Scot, in a burst of Commonwealth patriotism, devised to memorialize the event by dragging blocks of ice to the peak of the Shoe House which had been draped with sheets to simulate snow. Well-fortified with spirits he, my uncles and a couple of friends set about the task with enthusiasm. There are photos of this event somewhere but I don’t have them. Granny was furious when she saw what they had done and told them to get down immediately. The blocks of ice, one on each side of the peak, were released and as they hit the eaves of the house they smashed the rain gutters. My grandparents were not amused.

My grandfather died later that summer of ‘53 and Shoe House became unsupportable without him. It was rented for a couple of years, to smugglers I heard, or maybe that was just a story to tell small boys, but then it was sold and in 1955 Granny moved to Bridgehampton to a much more manageable house.

Next I’ll talk a bit about the duck hunting season.

Rob Mouat, Brighton, MI

November 2012


Arms Heritage Magazine

THE PISTOL THAT STARTED A WORLD WAR

Question from Bill Pickens, South Carolina: I have read that the pistol used to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo was a Browning. But I have seen references saying it was Model 1900, a Model 1910, is missing, is in a museum, etc. Can you straighten this out for me? I have a Model 1910 in the 30,000 serial number range. Was this gun made before 1914?

Browning 1910Answer: I agree, there is a lot of misinformation on this incident. In the book John M. Browning, An American Gunmaker, it states incorrectly that a .32 caliber FN Browning Model 1900 was used by Garvrilo Princip to assassinate the Archduke, and thereby start WWI. I think that the most up-to-date book, and the most reliable for FN Browning pistols is FN Browning: Side Arms that Shaped World History, by Anthony Vanderlinden.

Vanderlinden reports that the court records show the four Browning Model 1910 pistols recovered from the conspirators have serial numbers 19074, 19075, 19120 and 19126, and were part of the same shipment to FN’s agent in Belgrade on December 3. 1913. The caliber was not mentioned, but the bullets recovered from the body were 9mm. A period photograph from the trial shows two pistols, magazines and ammunition. Since 2005, the pistols have been on display in the Austrian Museum of Military History in Vienna. Your pistol was probably made about 1913. Michael Carrick

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Letters from Readers


Abby, You print such interesting stuff!! Dave


BrevetteAbby, I am looking for a manual for a Brevete Reform pistol. Can you help? Thank you for your time. Butch

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Abby, Randall Made Knives 1967 Catalog. Is this Randall Catalog dimensionally the same as the original and does it come in booklet form like original, stapled etc? Thanks. Lu

Lu, It is about the same size as the original but not precisely the same. It is folded and stapled. Abby


To whom it may concern....My Aunt gave me an old Chief of Police shield that belong to the first Chief in Petersburg Va....It had J.P. Lovell & Sons Boston on the back of it. Do you have any idea where I might be able to find some history on these badges...did they come with a gun? She told me he had and old Colt with a pearl handle but it came up missing 30 or so years ago. Thanks for any help you might be able to give me. Kevin Richey

Kevin, Your story is interesting but I have no knowledge of the history of that town. Lovell was a merchant from Boston that went out of business about a hundred years ago. We reprint old gun catlogs. Oh yes, it is very doubtful that the sale of badges were in any way connected with sales of guns. Abby


Hi my name is Susan. I see that you have the Military Inn catalog from 56. I own and typed the Military Inn Gun Auction Catalog. Everything went to auction on Oct of "72 or 73" I have my book stored so can't see exact date. But I did the typing of every gun to be auctioned for Mr. Palmer. If you are interested in anything on it let me know. Or anyone who may want to purchase the original that was typed by that person! I did sign the cover of the catalog because I did all the typing of it. And they gave me a copy along with pay for doing the catalog. Have a great day. Susan Bishop

Dear Susan, How very interesting! I have been thinking about a way to get you some money for the auction catalog you typed. You may know that we send out a newsletter once a month to around 15000 customers. I you would like, I could feature a story you write about the Military Inn and the sale of the contents. I could then show a picture of the catalog and say that you would like to sell it for a price you set. Any photos you have of yourself, the inn and the contents would add to the story. How would that be? Cheers, Abby


Hello Abby, Regarding the inquiry from the Norwegian reader, Trond Sundby, in your October newsletter, I suggest that he remove the forearm and separate the barrels from the frame and take some quality, close-up photos of all the markings found on the underside of the breech/barrels as well as all other marks stamped elsewhere on the gun. He should then post those photos on the Shotgun World I.D. and Value Forum with his questions. The collectors and dealers on that forum are very knowledgeable and should be able to determine the chamber length and proof pressure and confirm the year of manufacture from the photos. Good photos showing the condition of the metal and wood will help them to estimate value in US currency.

FWIW, the letters "AN" within a square stamped on the gun would confirm a 1985 year of manufacture. Chamber length should be stamped either 12/70 (70mm) or 12/76 (76mm). Proof pressures are usually expressed in Bar or Kg/cm2 and stamped on the underside of the monobloc/breech end of the barrels. The final proof mark will be the word "Finito" under a star within a circle. Regards, JG Doneski


Abby, Winchester Manuals Looking for the following Winchester manuals: M1873, M1887, M1890, M1894, M1895, M1897, Models 62 & 63. Think you can help? Roger W Johnson

Roger, Well, that depends on what you have and exactly what you need. We reprint all the AA Arnold gunsmith manuals for guns Winchester made around 1960. Here is a list of all Winchester catalogs and most manuals (scroll down to see all). The Arnold Gunsmith manuals cover most of the guns made at the time they were originally published with machined receivers and prior to 1964. Now, Winchester catalogs from before about 1922 contained manuals (although not in the detail the Arnold ones have) for all the guns made in the year the catalog was printed. So, using the index for each catalog we print on its webpage, identify which catalog reprint has most of the guns you need in it and that way you will get all the manuals.

Now, if you have guns made after 1964 you probably have stamped receivers and the mechanisms may be a bit different so you need a more modern manual. Go to the manuals section of the website and check out what we have there for Winchester. Hope all this takes care of your question, Rob Mouat


Abby, 1800s nepalese export kukries....that appeared in an old bannermans' i saw decades ago; I would like to research, find such, & get some kind of a hard copy , or e-print-out, of catalog pages' pictures (a brit has found a Nepalese kukrismith that is making vintage kukries again!) Barry Smith

Barry, If memory serves, Kukris as used by the Ghurkas appeared in several Bannerman catalogs. I think they called them "Indian Ghoorka" or "Ghorkhas" or "Kshatri knives" (Bannerman history is sometimes a little fanciful and their spelling varies). I could do some research for you to determine which catalogs had them but I am afraid we sell only whole printed catalogs. Otherwise we would spend out lives and consequently all our money sending just pictures of specific items to people. We get way too many requests for "just the page that features xxsxz...". I bet the 1955 Bannerman would have what you need but I know they had them back to at least 1925. Cheers, Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, Handbook for Hythe - The School of Musketry of the British Army 1860. The original had a number of fold out pages. Have these been included in their original format as well? Thanks. - firebrand38 (Ebay)

Dear Fire, This may be a little hard to understand and the answer may not be worth the trouble but here is is. The original from which this was made was a small vest pocket handbook with tiny type. In order to make it readable we decided to enlarge it somewhat into 8.5 x 11" format. This allowed the fold out pages to be given a page in the book by themselves. So, it is all there but in slightly different format. Rob Mouat


Abby I received my order for the FN Browning automatic rifle 22. However, it looks like a page may be missing. On the back of page 21 it shows a picture of the rifle parts with an item number that corresponds to the list on pages 18 and 19. Not all the parts are shown on the back of sheet 21. Am I missing a page? Thanks Alan

Alan, On face value you are quite correct, there seems to be a page missing with parts not listed on the parts illustration page. However after some investigation, I see that, in all the FN .22 Auto rifle manuals in Spanish, German and English that we reprint from c1910 to WWII, each has the same single drawing with the same parts as seen in your issue. Some larger parts like the barrel were not illustrated. So, I am sorry to say in the vernacular of the times, "that's all she wrote". Abby


Hi Abby, Greetings from across the Pond! Keep up the good work! You'll be pleased to know I've just ordered another couple of books having just bought a new rifle (I think you'll guess which one) and needed a manual and some means of identifying the scope on it. I've been buying books from you for some years now and have always been impressed by the quality of what I've received and by the service you give. It must be quite difficult to provide a quality reprint when the source material may not be in the best condition yet still needs preserving for all to enjoy. I can only thank you for the due diligence you take in providing the quality reprints we all enjoy and need, despite the sometimes poor quality of the source material. I recommend your website to all my friends if they are looking for any books or catalogs. Once again thank you for all your doing and keep up the good work! Tim Read

Dear Tim, Thanks for your note. It is refreshing to hear pleasant words now and then. Most of the time it is the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, that gripes about trivial things overlooking the rich content and ready availability of what I offer. I appreciate your support and kindness. Abby


Abby I am a past customer who remembers that you were soliciting catalog swaps. I need a 1917 L C Smith catalog for research that I am doing. I have an excellent copy of a 12 page 1931 "The New Ithaca Gun" catalog measuring 8x14 inches that I will send for the Smith catalog. You don't have a copy of the 1931 Ithaca catalog listed on your site and this is one of the prettiest I have seen. Tom Breeden.

Tom, Thanks for send ing the 1931 Ithaca catalog. Interesting, it is identical to the 1932 one we already do. The company was probably feeling the pinch of the depression at the time. I’ll add yours as the 1931 to replace the 1931 we do in black and white and return yours with the copy you asked for. Thanks, Abby


Abby, Does this catalog have the "Mowrey" black powder rifle in it? Interarms was the distributer for it back to at least 1972 if my information is correct. If not do you have one with the earliest listing. Thank you. - usa95959 (Ebay)

Dear 95959, No, the earliest appearance of the rifle was in the 1976 edition of Interarms. Abby

Abby, How much information is given for the Mowrey Black Powder Rifles? - usa95959

Dear 95959, That is one of those questions that leaves me with nowhere to go because I have no idea what you are looking for. I guess to be safe I better answer very little or about, as they say in New York, "about a buck three eighty".. Abby


Abby, Walter Evans of Wisconsin was a decoy carver that supplied decoys for VL&A. Is there mention of his name or photos of the available decoys offered in your catalog? - mfa89 (Ebay)

MFA, Gee, I don't think so, I'm not as decoy expert however. The decoys are illustrated. Also, decoys appear in literally scores of our old catalog reprints, just enter "decoy" in the search box at our website. Rob Mouat


Sir, Unertl scopes. Is there any literature or publication that lists the years the scope was made to its serial number. Thanks. James Gurall

James, One reason people buy catalogs from us is to try to identify when certain models of guns or, in this case, scopes were made. Naturally, catalogs wouldn't have serial numbers because it is likely the catalogs were printed before the scopes were made and I am not aware of any recent publication that gives serial numbers (and it would be fairly recent). The Gun Digest book on Sights and Scopes is good to help identify model, years of manufacture and value. Abby


Abby, I’m glad to see some of my old Swiss books still in your catalog (I’m looking for more for you to archive). When I was but a child I thought one of the coolest things ever would be to have a monastery to obtain manuscripts and the knowledge they contained for preservation and sharing. Maybe you are doing so, thank you for that. I bother you because I do not know of anyone else that may have a reprint (everyone wants the originals of course) of the little manual that rolled up and was put into the WWII German G43 rifles. Heck I would love it if you had a copy and even better if it had already been translated into English. Once again (it has been several years since, and I do appreciate the Email newsletters) I still think you are a beautiful lady (at least inside, since I don’t know what the exterior is) and that you should appreciate your loving husband for his support of your accomplishments. David Fairhurst

Dear David, Thanks so much for your note. It arrived while we were on holiday. We are just back and I have had a chance to look at the backed up emails. I don't think I do have the manual you are looking for and I was surprised that it isn't in the A Basic Manual of Military Small Arms 1945 (WWII All Country Manuals). Cheers, Abby


Abby: I have two Winchester factory service manuals that cover a complete range of firearms at the time they were printed. While I am currently out of country I believe one is 1956 and the other 1970 would you be interested in having these to copy for sale? Bruce Williams

Dear Bruce, We are back from our holiday and are following up on emails that arrived during our absence. Your Winchester books sound very interesting and I would like to see them but before you go to the trouble of sending them to me would you please check them against the list of WINCHESTER ARMS CO - ALL CATALOGS & SOME TAKEDOWN MANUALS we already reprint? If you hover over the link to each item before you click on it you can see a preview of the cover. I look forward to hearing from you when you get back. Cheers, Abby


Hello Abby, I have received the Funk Catalogue and it is very fine and rare too. Nobody that I know in the business have ever seen it before. The dating 1926 might be a little wrong. There are several reasons for that:

1. Prices are given in " Mark" (M), but from 1924 Germany used the socalled "Reichsmark" (RM).

2. The text mentions the "German Empire", - but that ended in 1919 when Emperor Wilhelm II resigned after WW1.

- I do not think, that the Catalogue is made in the WW1 years (1914 - 18), when Germany could not export to French, English or Spanish spoken areas. My best guess is 1913-14. Does your contact have reasons for dating it "1926"?

Kind regards, Peter Lund, Denmark

Dear Peter, Thank you so much for the correction. The catalogs came from generous collector and he dated the Funk Catalog. I had no reason to second guess him so I just accepted what he said. Based on your information I have revised the date and now say it was c1913. Please tell me if you would like a refund for the purchase because I didn't mean to mislead you and I appreciate your help. Cheers, Abby


Ideal 1939 Hand Book No. 33, - Ammunition & Reloading. dos the have any info on 8ga shotgun and do you have any ks mcdougall,doudlas sidney arundel. 1985 8 bores ammunition ? - duckwet (Ebay)

Dear duck, I'm not quite certain what you are asking, please be much more specific and I will try to help. Rob


Do you have a book which shows the disassembly and assembly of the Iver Johnson 2nd model 32 cal. hammerless.And the Price of it.Thanks Roger

Roger, Many of the IJ catalogs had parts plan views but if you want a real takedown manual the only one we have for the IJ Safety Hammerless (break top) is Gun Digest 2011 Book of Revolvers Assembly/Disassembly. Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Is the model 1903 Winchester 22 Auto included in Winchester 1903, March Repeating Arms Catalog and to what length is is talked about? I would be interested if there was any amount of history about it included. Thanks for your time. - accountrygirl

Dear accountrygirl, The Win '03 automatic rifle is first introduced in the 1904 catalog. There are several pages describing the rifle. It should be on Ebay but if not it is at our website. Each of the 4000 old gun catalogs we reprint has an index of contents. Regarding history, don't forget that this was a contemporaneous catalog and little history had been written about the gun when it was published. Abby


Dear Abby, I want to thank you for the original copy of Arizona Highways November 1958 (Gunslingers of the Old West by Lea F. McCarty) you sent. I remember seeing my dad's picture of lightening at the Grand Canyon when it first appeared. The picture is all the more remarkable because fast film was not used then. He took two shots, one is just like the other except one has the lightening. Back then, we had to wait to see IF he got it. Our neighbor was Mr. Carlson, editor of AZ Highways. Dad just dropped by with his picture. Unfortunately, they had just done a full magazine on the Grand Canyon, but Mr. Carlson was so impressed he put it in the next one. Normally, they only used transparencies, but he really WAS impressed with that photo. Now we see photos of lightening all the time and think nothing of it, but it was very special then. I'm so happy to have a copy to give to one of our girls. They're difficult to find now, and I want each of them to have one. You are a sweet and thoughtful lady; I really appreciate this gift. Sincerely, Kaydie Marshall


Abby, hello, members from the marlin collectors asociation told me you had the 1893 and 1894 (year printed) catalog however i can not find them in your list, do you have these? thanks, john roovers

John, This is a link to MARLIN FIREARMS - ALL CATALOGS we reprint (scroll down when you get to the page). To buy just click on "add to cart" and when you are done go to the cart. Cheers, Abby


Abby, I am looking for manual on redfield 5star rifle scope 4x12x40 with a tombstone yardmarker in the scope. John Lanza

John, I don’t think we have one, readers?


Abby, A friend of mine has a pistol with 2 hammers uncertain of the name - I believe she said gruber or bruger. Do you know of anything like that? Debbie

Debbie, If the name doesn't come up in the search bar at the website I am afraid we would need a lot more information to help you. Readers? Abby


Abby, Looking for an owner's manual or any printed material related to a .22 rimfire bolt action rifle. I think it was made about 1940. Stamped on the gun: Springfield Model 15, Savage Arms Corporation, Chicopee Falls, Mass USA, .22 short, long or long rifle, Patent 2173576, 2223092, 2230372. No serial number could be found. Any information would be appreciated. The manual I bought from you for my Paige Lewis Model D is fantastic! You do a great job, and it is appreciated. Dave Nuss

David, Here it is in this catalog: Stevens 1937 - Springfield - Crescent Davis Catalog no manual though. Abby


Hi Abby, the 1872 Colt catalog arrived in Saturday's mail in great shape. Many thanks once again. –Mark


Dear Abby, The catalogs arrived a couple of days ago, and was everything I could have hoped for - the Abercrombie&Fitch catalog gave me a few bad moments as it appeared that the prices had been removed - then I found the supplement in the back with the list prices. I believe that you will be seeing more orders from me in the future. Sincerely, Rod Basler


Hello Abby: I just received my reprint Crescent shotgun catalog. The quality, along with the price is very nice. Thank you. Ron (Garfield Hts., OH)


Dear Abby, (The attached images are of a) Steyr is a 20 page catalog with a front page on greenish carton and 16 relevant pages. I scanned them in 400 dpi. If all went well you should have had a Wetransfer download warning already. Best regards, Jan Paul (Holland)

Dear Jan Paul, Super! It worked perfectly and the unzipped images look perfect. I'll process the files when we get back from holiday. Would you like a hard copy by mail? Best, Abby


Abby, Newport Model CN 16 Ga shotgun, Could you look to see if you have a catalog listing for a Newport Model CN 16 Ga shotgun. I believe it was made by Cresant Arms Co around 1931. A serial number I see stamped on the gun is E31679. Doug Palmer

Doug, The gun was made for Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett according to Vorisek's book: Crescent Arms Trade Brands (you may buy it at the website). Abby


Abby, Field strip Enfield 4 rifle, Does the "Lee Enfield Rifle Manual and History, c1954" Field strip the rifle in detail? Carlo Sanfilippo

Carlo, The manual tells you how to field strip the gun but does not go into detail because it assumes that if you are in the field you don't want to completely disassemble the rifle. For that I would suggest one of these manuals:

Abby, 1910 A. Hollis & Son Gun and Rifle Manuf. This catalog was recently sold by Wolfe's Sporting Collectibles but just I missed it. If you purchased it will you be publishing a reprint? Regards, Bill

Bill, Sorry, we didn't buy it. This is our only Hollis: Hollis Guns 1893 Catalog (UK). Of course, they were sold by other companies and were advertised in company catalogs. If you do a search for the single word Hollis in the search box all the matches come up. You can look at the contents by clicking on the red line. Abby


Abby, Question: The 1921 catalogs for

Do either of these catalogs include advertisements and prices (presumably in marks) for the Lignose Einhand 2A and 3A 6.35mm pistols? Sincerely, Rod Basler

Rod, There is only the one catalog here... name presented differently for ease of finding, and it is an ammunition catalog, no weapons are sold in it. Abby


Abby, Thank you! Your publications are an invaluable reference resource. Hamilton


Abby, Chassepot needle gun 1866. I don't see anything on your site regarding this firearm but thought you might have seen at least tech dwg or scrap of paper on this arm. So far very little is published other then its service history and how to load and shoot. Vern Adams

Vern, If you enter "Chassepot needle gun 1866" in your search box using Google you can find a good deal about the gun including the technical drawing attached. Cheers, Abby


Hi Abby, I was suprised by some of the comments left on your newsletter pages. What do people want?? or expect. I received the Winchester Model 42 book today and it was what I expected, a copy of an old item. It would have been nice to be able to find a mint one, but yours will allow me to strip my gun without damaging anything. Thank you for an excellent service and I will definitely come back for any further items that I require. Speak to you soon, Dave.


Hello! Thank's for your good service. Here you have a scan of a Norwegian peep sight. Beside Kongsberg Våpenfabrik and Hagens peep sight this was the most used for Norwegian Krag Jørgensen rifles. Kj rifles vas the most popular target rifle until ca, 1995, and outshot mauser and AG3 in rapid shooting. Hagens sight, who I like best, was a Lyman licensed sight. Best regards, Fredrik.


Abby, HOW DID YOU, AND FROM WHERE, DID YOU GET MY E-MAIL??? This e-mail is PRIVATE AND IS NOT TO BE GIVEN OUT TO ANYONE I HAVE SHARED IT WITH!!! Please advise me of your source....and remove me from your mailing list immediately! THANK YOU. Tom Letourneau, Cumberland, RI

Hi Tom, Gosh, I didn't mean to get you upset. You must have bought a reprinted gun catalog or manual from us. I am sorry and, of course, I'll remove your name immediately. I too hate spam. Abby


Abby, interested in purchasing item # 2305 (Winchester 1965 Sporting Arms Catalog ) ...how good a condition (nice) was the original catalog in? Ken Sansone

Gosh Ken, I don't remember, but then, with it being a comparatively recent catalog it would probably have been pretty good, why do you ask? Abby


Abby, William Read Gunsmith - (You said) "I am not sure that they actually made anything,". I have a 50 caliber smooth bore buggy cap-lock buggy gun with William Read Boston on the barrel, this gun may conclude that they made this piece. Robert Land

Dear Mr. Land, Thanks for your note. Many reseller and wholesale companies like William Read commonly sold guns they bought from manufacturers that were stamped with their name. Consequently, it isn't uncommon to see guns with the name Godfrey, Meacham or even Sears Roebuck on them (although I will concede that Sears did invest in at least one manufacturer). I believe that Read falls into the group of resellers who had guns made for them and then sold them under their own name. An illustration of this practice is the Crescent Arms Co. They produced guns for many companies and under many different brand names. You may download a list for free at: Crescent Trade Brands. So, until I can find some information indicating a financial interest in a firearms company I think William Read will have to stay in the wholesaler category. Thanks again, Abby


Abby, I know that you are very busy and may not have time for this but I am needing more info on the Lefever "I" grade shotgun. Could you possibly tell me if the catalogs of Godfrey, Chas. J. 1906-7 and Powell and Clement 1909 have ads with that info? Thank you, Shane

Shane, Neither lists an I grade (as in Ithaca), Godfrey has a "1" grade and P&C says "H grade has new Carmen Nitro Steel barrels...". Abby


Abby, Got the reprints in.... WOW! Totally awesome, outstanding quality. Will definitely buy again! Thanks. –Brandon


Hi Abby, Just to say I got my order yesterday, brilliant service, seeing as you had to mail to England. Will be ordering more from the website... You are providing a great service, and it is much appreciated.. With kind regards, Barney


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Do you ever sent what you sell. I ordered last week and still nothing. I am filling a compplaint with Ebay in for hours unless I heard from you!!!" Karl Stout, Los Angeles

Dear Mr. Stout, Are you always so rude? You ordered the darn book Monday evening- three days ago. We print to order so it takes a couple of days to process the order, print the book, bind it, pack it and ship it to you then we are forced to depend on the post office to deliver it in a timely manner. We say a week to try to delay the folks who write the next day asking where their catalog is. I have preserved over 4000 old gun catalogs and make them available to collectors and historians from all over the world. Because we print to order we don't have the overhead of a warehouse filled with illegal aliens driving forklifts and therefore we can offer rare reprints at very reasonable prices. Abby

 

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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


Popups and Blockers

Popup Blockers on your computer may block some links in this newsletter from opening. Many people set their browsers to block popups. This popup blocker may make it impossible to see some of the links in this newsletter because the link may ask the program to open in a new window (popup). If you experience this and want to suspend the popup blocker in Firefox go to Tools/Options/Content and click the popup box. in Internet Explorer go to Tools and then Popup Blocker (about in the middle).


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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

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

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

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

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

SERIAL NUMBERS

Cheers,
Abby