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Ohio-based SSK Industries has produced the largest center-fire rifle in history. It is a .905 caliber which produces recoil equivalent to shooting ten .30-06 rifles at the same time.

recoilEach bullet costs $40 and comes in at a weight of 2400 grains. For comparison, the bullet fired out of an AR-15 costs $.50 to $.70 and weighs approximately 55 grains.

The rifle itself is currently being produced at a weight of about 50 pounds, but the earlier prototypes weighed in at over 100 pounds.

(The fellows making the video seem a bit challenged by the numbers they discuss but that is one impressive firearm)

New Hampshire Volunteers Depart for Mexican War 1846


Thought to be the oldest known war photograph



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Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunsmith

We have some special things to offer you this season starting with Bob Elliot's beautiful book on Lefever titled Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunsmith. Bob has imageabout very few left and he sent us 20, we have eight left.

They have been selling for over $80 but we reduced the price to $64.95 on the website:


Uncle Dan Lefever - Master Gunsmith


Remember reading the Sears Catalog and marveling at all the things offered by mail? Well, that was the way a great deal of merchandise was sold in the latter half of the 19th century. Now, of course, over 100 years later we are going that way again with the internet, but back then the catalogs were the gateway to a world of things unavailable at the local trading post.

We have often thought that a lot of the old catalogs we sell few of are a lost trove of fun reading that many people would love to see. Most of our sales are the catalogs or manuals of individual manufacturers... Colt, Remington, Walther, Sharps, Cooper and many others. But to us it is the merchants who sold many lines of goods whose catalogs are the most interesting. While a Winchester- January 1884 Firearms Catalog will answer a specific question about the Winchester line, The Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. 1884 Catalog shows the Winchesters and a whole lot more of the merchandise people all over the country bought (by the way, Hibbard became True Value - read the story at our website, just click on the link).

Below we have a list of our favorite mail order merchants. These are great gifts you can give to anyone who is interested in our history, not just gun buffs.

19th Century Mail Order Merchants:

Curry and Bro., San Francisco 1884 Catalogue

Edw K Tryon, Jr & Co. Guns & Sport Goods 1883 Catalog, Phila, PA

Fisher, Homer - 1880 Catalogue, New York


Charles Folsom 1884 Guns and Sporting Goods, New York

Harder, G 1890 Illustrated Gun Catalogue & Price List, Williamsport, PA


Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. 1884 Gun Catalog, Chicago

John P. Lovell 1887 Catalog, Boston

John P. Lovell Arms Co. 1890 Catalogue, Boston

JP Gemmer 1898 Catalog, St. Louis, Missouri

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

Schoverling, Daly & Gales 1892 Firearms and Sport Goods Catalog, New York

Storrs & Candee Sporting Goods Catalog 1894, Hartford, CT

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

Rob Mouat


economyThis is a little out of the ordinary for this column but I think you might appreciate Ray Dalio's simple explanation about how the national economy works. Ray's qualifications can be reduced to noting the $3,000,000,000 (yes, that is three billion, not a measly three million) he earned in 2011 from his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. I suppose, therefore, he knows whereof he speaks. Anyway, it is interesting to hear what we all depend upon discussed without the usual academic jargon associated with high finance. Rob

Arms Heritage Magazine

Arms Heritage Magazine

On-line magazines offer some unique features, not the least of which is the ability to embed direct, one click, links to advertiser, club and organization websites.

As you read through Arms Heritage Magazine you will notice three things-- first, the articles are continuous from beginning to end without embedded advertisements or jumps to other parts of the magazine. Second we are not limited to a specific number of pages as are print magazines. This enables comprehensive articles to be without being subject to the editors scissors. And finally, almost all photographs are in color.

The result is, that when we consolidate each year's content into a hard copy print version Annual, what we produce is not just a bound periodical but rather a reference work, one which offers hours of reading pleasure to a variety of interests.

Case in point, in the last issue, Charles Pate authored a comprehensive article entitled "The Colt System of Manufacture in the Percussion Period". The article was meticulously researched and contained dozens of photographs and engravings illustrating every step in the manufacture of Colt percussion revolvers. Included were a number of actual photographs from the period showing the coltsvillemachinery and tools actually used in the various processes. The article ran for fourteen pages and will go down as the "last word" on the subject. In an upcoming issue we will publish a 26 page article, a study of the metallurgy of firearms from the very beginning to the present.colt fire

Figure 1 - The Colt Factory in the 1800s.

Figure 2 - The Colt Factory today - It's for sale!--the ultimate Colt collectable.

Figure 3 - Colt factory fire of 1864.

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

VOLUME 1, all six issues, printed in color and bound as one

VOLUME 2, all six issues, printed in color and bound as one

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

New Books and Special Thanks

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website. Special thanks to Gordon Spragge and Paul Breakey from whose library nearly all of these publications came.

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Letters from Readers

Dear Cornell, Stevens 200, Caliber 308 plus all models: I want to purchase a catalog that has a complete listing of the Stevens, Model 200, including 308 caliber. I want it to include all the different models and options. For example: barrels, triggers, stocks and so on. I would also like it to be the last major Stevens catalog. I can't figure out how to do it on your website. George Henderson

George, Thanks for your note. I'm not sure we can help you. The Stevens 200 seems to be still in production and we don't reprint catalogs newer than 25-30 years old (our main interest is in preserving very old ones). If I were you, I would call Savage: (413) 642-4260 (for Historical Information) and ask them to give you dates of production and such, then let me now what you find out. I'll then see if we have anything that would help with the older M200 catalogs. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Abby, Thank you, your books are awesome. Craig

Abby, Thanks very kindly. Cornell Publications is one of the very few sources for dating early antique western products. Your re-prints have been an invaluable reference for my soon to be completed book on antique .41 pocket revolvers of the 1870's - 1890's. I will be including, in my book, a thanks to Cornell Publications with your website info to promote possible sales and research information for those who might be interested. Brendan Murphy

Brendan, Thanks so much for your kind words, I appreciate your thoughts. When your book is available, please let me know and I will be pleased to give you some space in my newsletter with a couple of pics announcing it. Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, Numrich Gun Parts website has a cross reference listing house brand models and original manufacturers' models. All the best, Gerard Doneski

Abby, The catalog arrived today, Wednesday. Thank you very much for the nice service. The cartridge I asked you to research, the .30 Gov’t 1906, was there in complete detail. Better than expectations. Over to eBay now for feedback which will be great. This catalog was a real nice surprise too. It is loaded with wonderful information that is hard to find. One real nice, and unexpected, find was my Dad’s 22 listed and illustrated. I have never seen that level of detail on his gun. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to dig into the old catalog and find the material I wanted to research. Very appreciated. Regards, Paul

Hi, All Firearms ever built y Barker's Surname, or Barker name anywhere??? I am very interested in family research, and old firearms, and even some of the more Modern firearms!!??, One I have been a trying to buy at a reasonable cost also on a 327 federal Magnum revolver model 632 ??, Wow. I just cant shell out nearly 1,000.00 dollars they are selling for on Gunbroker now, because they discontinued all of them, Its a really great caliber ,as well I may add! OK, all the best to you good folks, Jerry Barker

Jerry, Enter the word "barker" (without the quotes) in the search box at our website. When the results appear, you will be able to click the "check contents" link and see the index of each result. That should get you started. Of course, as far as genealogy goes, Barker is a fairly common name and there is go guarantee the result is related to you. Good luck, Abby

Abby, I'm trying to locate information on a E. Kettner SxS 16 Ga. sn# 24XXX. It has no proof date so it was likely made before 1914. It is a sidelock with Rose & Scroll, side clips, and cocking indicators. I'll purchase the Vorisek book if it has specific information, but it is more book than I require, and if it can't help me it will be a waste of money. Thanks, Tom Salzer

Tom, The Vorisek book wouldn’t help you much for detailed information. Abby Readers?

Abby, Wondering if you might be able to narrow my search... I am looking for either a manual or schematic for the .177 calibre Hubertus Air Pistol, which is cocked by depressing the barrel into the receiver. I found a few references to the Hubertus Air Pistol, but could not determine which publication(s) may have the information I seek. Any chance you may be able to assist? I am grateful for any assistance. Sincerely, Jack

Dear Jack, I doubt anything we have would show a schematic or manual for the weapon. Schematics or exploded parts views, by the way, did not come into common usage until after WWII. Abby - Readers?

Hello Abby- I am looking for a gun catalog that features a rifle referred to as a 'BSA Model E' I currently have a copy of a single page of the catalog. The title reads 'PARKER-HALE Ltd Bisley Works Birmingham B.S.A. .303 cal. SPORTING RIFLES Rebuilt on pattern'14 Enfield Ex-Military actions Model D and Model E. I believe these rifles were made between 1949 and 1954. Any information you can provide on these catalogs would be appreciated. I have purchased several catalogs from your company previously and have always been very satisfied with your products. Dave Lee

Dave, The 1947 Parker Hale 1947 Second Post War Catalogue (and probably others) has a PH P-14 Enfield .303 Sporter, ex-mil but I see no reference to BSA. Rob Mouat

Abby, Many thanks to you for your kind words, great customer service, and for providing such valuable historic resources to old gun aficionados! :-) -Bob

Hi, Abby, Just finished "Colt 1934 on the Trail ". What a delightful little book! :-) I will definitely order more! All the best, Pete

Dear cornellpubs, Hello! I wanted to confirm whether an article by Carl F. Hudson is included in this handbook. I found a reference to it on this blog, and since it wasn't explicitly mentioned in your "contents include" section, I thought I should ask to be sure. Carl Hudson is my great-grandfather, so I'm really only interested in buying the handbook if his article is published there. Thank you in advance for your help, and thank you for providing copies of these old books! - becky.palsgrove

Becky, I had a bit more time today to read through he Cast Bullets book you asked about and, indeed your ggf does have a report on page 154 not listed in the index. Sorry to have mislead you when I said it wasn’t there. Also, forgive the delay in getting back to you. Due to the nature of what we do (reprint over 5000 old firearms catalog from 1850-1980s) we get literally hundreds of requests for very detailed and specific information. We don't always have the time to do the research right away. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I am looking for a Marbles catalog showing their tear gas billy clubs. These were made sometime in the 1920-30 period. This is police equipment. Thank you, Fred Loos

Hi Fred, I checked the 1915, 24, 32-33 and 1938 catalogs from Marbles and it isn't in any of them, sorry. These catalogs do have a tear gas billie:

Hudson Sporting Goods 1941 Catalog

Stoeger 1944 - The Shooter's Bible #35 Gun Catalog

Cheers, Abby

Abby, Do you know if Remington, Winchester, Savage, Marlin, Mossberg, Ithaca, Colt, Smith & Wesson, or Harrington Richardson produced any firearm catalogs for the USA civilian marked during WW2? I noticed that there are gaps in your firearm catalog listing for these companies for the years, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, and 1946. The gaps for those years may be a coincidence but it also may be because no civilian firearms were being sold during those years. My understanding is that all civilian firearm production was shut down in the United States during WW2 to divert all productive capacity to producing firearms for the American military. It took time to convert those factories to military use and it took time after the war was over to reconvert the factories to peacetime production. This is a lost footnote to history. There is not a lot of information about it and I would like to find more information about it. It would be nice if you can confirm whether or not firearm catalogs were produced for the USA civilian market for those years. Thanks in advance. Michael Muncy

Michael, I can't confirm that no catalogs were produced during the war but it is unlikely... there were some 1942 cats probably issued in 1941, I've seen some of those. On the other hand, some merchants selling weapons by the big makers did issue catalogs: Stoeger 1944 - The Shooter's Bible #35 Gun Catalog . Also by 1946, some makers were selling to civilians again. If you do some research at our website it is easy enough to pick out those catalogs made just after the war. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I see this is being sold as a 1917 IJ catalog. In 1917 IJ was making the "New Model". I note this because the pic of the parts breakdown states at the top it is for the old model, there were a number of different parts that changed between the new and old model. Is this just a typo or does this booklet also have a breakdown for the new model too. My decision to buy will be based on t this. Thanks for your help and understanding, John. - 52pickup (Ebay)

Dear John, The New Model is inside the catalog and in included in trhe index with the advertisement. It does not happen, however, to be the page we chose from the inside of the catalog to display in the advertisement for the catalog reprint. Gun companies often include models recently made but no longer in production in their parts catalogs for obvious reasons. Rob Mouat

Hi, before I order, I need to know if this Robert Hughes also had premises at 46 Fenchurch St London. Many thanks and best regards, Ian Scott

Ian, I believe Robert Hughes had more than one location in London. Cheers, Abby

Abby- Just got the Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmaker book....What a great reference and, thanks to you, a bargain! Even though my Durston Special that I've had for 50 years is the lowest grade, it's a 20ga. and has always been one of my favorite bird guns. Regards, Stan

Abby, LeFever, Wow!!! What a book! Thanks, Lewis PS. Y'all can come to Texas anytime. You are truly great folks.

Abby, Thanks for the great work you do with your reprints. My interest is in old British shotguns. It is ironic that the great makers of Birmingham and London employed thousands of highly skilled workers to supply sporting guns throughout the world for over 100 years. But now some of my fellow countrymen go to great lengths to deny their achievements, for example Birmingham city council want to delete all reference to the "gun quarter" as if it never existed, guns are bad after all! We British are notoriously guarded about passing on technical information, we don't write things down, we pass knowledge on word of mouth, to only those who need to know i.e. apprentices, but we always kept a little back for ourselves, knowledge is power after all.

For many years gunmakers catalogues, records, and other trade info was regarded as junk, and was burnt or generally discarded as waste. It is a great tribute to the many skilled craftsmen of the past that you help to keep a record of their endeavours alive for present and hopefully future enthusiasts. For this we have our American friends to thank. Many thanks, Andrew Paul

Abby- Nice to be recognized, thanks for your note! Just FYI, I really enjoy your monthly newsletter, especially the "Rants"! It's absolutely hilarious how stupid some supposedly intelligent people can get. Love your replies. Regards, Stan

Dear cornellpubs, Hi! Has this been shipped yet? If so, is there a tracking number? - ihc73scout218vr (Ebay)

Hello, You ordered the catalog reprint yesterday. We print to order, so it can take up to five days to process the order, print, collate, bind, pack and ship an order (we say that in the ad; there are only two of us). We also sent you an email note acknowledging your order yesterday. In that note we told you it can take up to a week to get the item.

Actually, part of the problem is the time it takes to write to all the folks who write asking about their item to tell them to be patient and that the order is in the works! Your order was printed and bound today. It will be packed and shipped tomorrow or Monday and you will automatically get a tracking number when it is. Sorry you have to wait but the fall is always busy. See all the H&A publications we print at our website. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Abby, I just obtained THE M1 Garand I've been seeking for years. You have two manuals, #3462 - The M1 Garand: Owner's Guide, and #3464 - The M1 Garand Complete Assembly Guide. Which do you think is the best? That's the one I will order. Bob Johannesen

Bob, I know little about Garand rifles so I would not be the person to ask to evaluate those two books, sorry. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Dear cornellpubs, do you have the books of 8 bore ammnuitions or more 8 bore loads or 8 bore and there cartrigdes please email it you get any of them – duckwet (Ebay)"

Dear Duck, We reprint over 5000 old catalogs and manuals. Now, I really don't know exactly what you are looking for. If you can be much more specific, I'll try to help but when you ask for "the books of 8 bore ammnuitions or more 8 bore loads or 8 bore and there cartrigdes" it doesn't give me a lot to go on. If you mean literally "the books of 8 bore" I can tell you we have nothing devoted exclusively to 8 gauge ammunition. If you mean do any of the B&M or Ideal catalogs mention 8 gauge ammunition or have load information, I can look. If you want to buy 8 bore ammunition I can tell you we don't sell it. If you are asking if I have reprints of catalogs that advertised 8 bore ammunition, I can look, but first I need to know precisely what you are after and from about what era... 1880, 1920, 1950 etc. Cheers, Rob Mouat (no reply)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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

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

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

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

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