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December 2008 Newsletter
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        In This Issue:

              1. Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Letters from Readers
              4. Provenance for Your Gun
              5. Serial Numbers by Year for Your Gun
              6. Double Gun Classics Magazine
              7. Original Publications for sale
              8. Rants and Raves
              9. Miscellaneous

Calls from the Wilds:Calls from the Wilds Image

*The Economy: Times are tough for way too many people, especially here in Michigan where the effects of the auto slowdown are apparent everywhere. I hope people will think charitably this year and donate time, money or goods to deserving organizations or individuals. My own sales have slipped a bit as people have become more careful in their spending habits. Where folks used to buy three or four reprints, they now buy just the one they need the most. But I am not worried, the lull gives me more time to get caught up with all the catalogs and books that have backed up over the last five years; at least we are warm, comportable and looking forward to spending the holidays with our daughter who arrives next week. I want to wish every one of you thanks for all your kind words and patronage and please have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

*Holiday Cards for service people: Last year there was an email campaign afoot hoping to send holiday cards to wounded servicemen and women at the Walter Reed hospital. The program was not a success because there was no organization in place to inspect the cards for improper contents or hurtful statements. This year, however, the American Red Cross and the Pitney Bowes Co. are sponsoring a “Holiday Mail Call” program. The Red Cross hopes to inspect and forward a million cards to both wounded soldiers and active service personnel. There is a link to the Red Cross program from the Walter Reed website:


http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil/Support/Pages/default.aspx

or the Red Cross site is:

http://redcrosschat.org/2008/11/11/mail-call/

The Mailing Address for Holiday Cards is:

Red Cross Holiday Mail Call
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The Guidelines below should be followed to enable a quick reviewing process as well as to ensure that cards are not offensive in any way to anyone who might receive one (it should be noted that each card will be opened and inspected for contents by Red Cross volumnteers):

  1. Please ensure all cards are signed.
  2. Please send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process.
  3. Please do not include your email or home address on the cards as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

Please do not insert photos, money religious articles (i.e. rosary beads, prayer cards etc.) glitter, ‘snow’ or like items as these will be removed during the review process.

Phone cards or gift cards will not be accepted with cards. Those wishing to donate such items should go to www.aafes.com, scroll down to “AAFES Community Connection” (blue background with gold lettering) and click on “Help our Troops Call Home” or “Gift Cards/Certificates for our Troops” in order to send such items.

“Care Packages” should be sent to www.AmericaSupportsYou.com

Participants are requested to send no more than 25 cards per person or 50 cards per group.

Cards must be postmarked no later than December 10, 2008

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*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!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Nigeria and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won in their very generous random lottery, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. 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. Of course I have the same reservations about Paypal that everyone does, but they are pretty safe. For your safety and my peace of mind, I shred all credit card information and my website pay system is secure.

By the way, last year Paypal softened it's previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now much more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

*Ebay has a new rule that affects a lot of people. The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that save me sales commissions to Ebay!

*Next, please double check your address to make certain it is current on all sites where you might order something. It will save a lot of trouble and anxiety. I am thinking of Ebay, Gunbroker, Paypal and Auction Arms in particular. And, while I am on the subject, I try to keep my prices as low as I can, but, not surprisingly, one of my greatest expenses is advertising, so, if you order directly from my website - www.cornellpubs.com - and not through the auction sites, you will save me a bunch of money that I can reinvest in new, old catalogs for you!

Abby

Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with Firefox

New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text):

For over two centuries the Brits have made an art of the Shoot. A shoot is both a social occasion for the hosting estate and an event for the local townsfolk in the village near the estate. Picture, if you will, a crisp clear and chilly Saturday morning in the village of Little Biggins in Shropshire, England. The estate owner is up early speaking with Mr. Beardmore, his game Bentley Imagekeeper while the lad Julian warms up the vintage Bentley MK VI Shooting Brake. Mr. Beardmore is responsible for raising and tending the birds as well as maintenance around the small estate. For this he and Mrs. Beardmore share quarters in the west wing of the manor house.

Mrs. Beardmore, the housekeeper, had prepared a hearty breakfast of porridge, bacon, eggs, kippers and fried bread for the Mr. and Mrs. as well as their guests, Sir Howard (known affectionately behind his back as the "vomiting baronet", from an incident in his youth) and Lady Annabelle who came up from Cornwall for the weekend.

Mr. Beardmore has observed the wind, listened to the weather forecast and has a suggestion to change the second drive to the east rather than the south because the wind today is, uncharacteristically, from the north and he feels the eight guns will take more birds with the wind at their side today. Furthermore, last year in the second drive with a similar wind, birds were lost off the end, some never to return to the grounds. Julian interrupts to ask if he can load the Bentley with his master's matched Purdeys or would he prefer different guns today. Julian will be the loader today.

Mrs. Beardmore is placing a large pork roast in the AGA cooker while planning the side dishes for the eight guns and three ladies who will be back around noon for drinks before lunch planned for twelve forty-five. Lunch will also feature pheasant cooked with bacon, cold salmon and a joint of mutton.

Mr. Beardmore is now organizing the locals he drafted to beat for the shoot. They will walk line abreast beating a stick against brush to raise the birds and drive them over the shooters who will be waiting about 40 yards apart, also in line abreast. Today there will be four drives, two each in the morning and afternoon. The shooters will also walk a field of kale for stray birds after the morning drives.

ImageAt nine oclock the guns arrive in their cars, two chauffer driven and the shoot begins. They hope to take over a thousand pheasant and a few hares today. Each shooter will go home with a brace of birds and a hare if he is lucky. The remaining birds will be sold to restaurants to help support the estate.

Ok, snap out of it! All that happened forty years ago, or was it one hundred and forty years ago when the cars were carriages? Find out all you ever wanted to know about shoots, shooting and big game hunting in the following books. I was delighted when Jim Lane sent me scans of a dozen books about the golden age of British Shooting parties. They cover everything from formal shoots like the one above to the bush of Africa in search of elephants and even big game in America. So the next time you are invited to a shoot in the UK, make sure you are prepared; both socially and with your best double (leave the J.C. Higgins autoloader at home). These books make super gifts too....

Big Game Shooting 1901 by Clive Phillipps-Wooley

Partridge Driving 1904 by Charles E. A. Alington

Red Deer 1912 by Rev. H. A. Macpherson

Shooting 1902 by Alexander Innes Shand

Shooting Field and Covert 1900 Lord Walsingham

Shooting Moor and Marsh 1893 Lord Walsingham

Shooting 1903 Vol 1- Horace C. Hutchinson

The Grouse 1894 edited by Alfred T. Watson

The Partridge 1896 edited by Alfred T. Watson

The Pheasant 1904 edited by Alfred T. Watson

Wild-Fowl 1905 edited by Alfred T. Watson

Doug Elliott increased his reputation as having a limitless supply of Ideal/Lyman catalogs with the loan of the 40th and 41st editions from 1955 and 1957 respectively. I am printing the Lyman and Ideal catalogs separately. Both Ammunition and Reloading catalogs will include the fold out ammunition/reloading guide:

Ideal-Lyman No. 40 Ammunition and Reloading 1955 Catalog

Ideal-Lyman No. 41 Ammunition and Reloading 1957 Catalog

Lyman Sights No. 40 1955 Catalog

Lyman Sights No. 41 1957 Catalog

Ron Bennett sent me a huge notebook stuffed with goodies for me to scan. I am thrilled to offer:

Colt AR-15 Automatic Military Rifle Manual c1960

Decapping and Cleaning Tools for Small Arms 1907/1917

Hollifield Dotter Instructions c1925

Instructions for Private Detectives 1898

Rifle 5.56mm XM16E1 1965 Field Manual

Springfield Rifle, Carbine & Army Revolvers Cal .45 Manual 1887

Unertl Telescopes c1952

Unertl Telescopes 1956

US Rifle Model 1898 Carbine Model 1899 Manual (1901 ed Krag)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1903 (1919 ed)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1917 (1918 ed)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1917 (1918 ed) Handbook

US Rifle .22 Model 1922 M1 Manual

My dear late brother, Tom Cornell, had these in his basement with his army uniform from the 60s:

US Rifle .30 Cal M1 1965 Field Manual

US Rifle .30 Cal M1 1969 Technical Manual

This was a request from my coming soon collection:

Kennedy Bros Hunting & Fishing 1910 Catalog (St. Paul)

By the way, not all our indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I figure out how to alphabetize them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers). :-) Abby

ImageFor those of you who helped Berta Lledo: Ms. Lledo sends her thanks and promises to keep us abreast of her activities as she continues her work salvaging the Turkish naval ship, Ertugrul. (For those of you who missed the start of this story see the October newsletter.)

 

Letters from Readers:

Kelly Rios suggests you take a break to go on a hunt at the:

Rancho Bellas Rocas

Hunting Vehicle

Hunting Vehicle 2

Jean-Charles Godreau wrote: Best sniper of  allies in WWI was Francis Pegahmagabow an Ojibwa Amerindian who had 378 confirmed kills and captured 300 Germans ,he used a straight pull 303 Ross rifle a lot of times just with the iron sights. A sniper captured with a telescope  was shot, like a soldier with a flame thrower or a German with a tooth bayonet. Forgotten heroes, shot twice, not a Canadian citizen, no Victoria Cross. Our motto is "Je me souviens". I guess we forget a lot. Jean-Charles p.s. the Ross was made in Québec City, not good for infantry but surgical for snipers.

Rick Wells asked: I am trying to find a book and equipment for making my own cast bullets. I have over 400 pounds of pure lead and know I have to add at least zinc or something. I know old wheel weights are the proper mixture or real close to it but I want to make even them a little harder. Any books you can think of? Rick Wells

Rick: Your best bet is to go to: www.castboolits.gunloads.com (yes, that  IS the spelling!), sign on, and ask for advice there ("chevyken", is the site owner and can help you there).  You will find them (us, as I post there as "floodgate") a very friendly and helpful bunch, especially if you mention that you are a "newbie" and just starting from scratch.  If you want to go it alone, contact Lyman Products at www.lymanproducts.com or call 1-800-22-LYMAN, and get their 3rd Edition "Cast Bullet Handbook" Cat. No. 9837249; about $25 postpaid last time I looked.  It is an excellent source on all aspects of casting.

One thing - you absolutely DO NOT want any zinc in your alloy!  Tin and antimony are the preferred alloying agents.  Unfortunately, modern wheelweights are increasingly made from zinc or zinc alloys, and these must be screened out, as they will really louse up your casting.

On the pistol and .22 rifle info, you MAY find what you need in the current editions of Krause Publications' , series of books on "Firearms Assembly and Disassembly". Doug Elliott

Deer Stands (The Haves and The Have Nots, thanks to several readers):

Deer Stand 4

Deer Stand

Deer Stand 2

Deer Stand 3

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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!

Whip Wilson, or Duncan Renaldo or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by VonLengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

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 G&H website:

or Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-2287
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

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Websites with Serial Numbers and corresponding dates:

John Spangler & Marc Wade operate ArmsCollectors.com!
They offer pages and pages of Serial Numbers to put a year to the following weapons:

| Marlin | Mauser Broomhandle (C-96) | Remington | U.S. Military | Winchester |

| Gun Marks | House Brands | U.S. Inspectors | WWII German Codes And Markings |

also at this great website is a list of handguns and rifles with known serial numbers that qualify as antique,

or: Antique Serial Numbers for lots of Makers (pre 1889 scroll down the page)

or: Doublegunshop.com for:

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Original Gun Catalogs and Books for sale:

This fall I promised to unload some of the twenty or thirty boxes of originals blocking the second bay of my garage! I decided to put up pages on the website (one page per box of about 70 catalogs each) with a list of catalogs priced at what I paid for them or in many cases much less. Here is the link: Original Catalogs for Sale if you would like prior notice of the sales, please sign up for the announcement newsletter. The hundred and thirty or so people who already signed up knew about this sale last week and some of the best bargains are already gone. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: eightbore@comcast.net. Many thanks to all of you who signed up! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

Rants & Raves Image

 

This month's winner is:

I think it's about time -- after months and years --- to toss this piece ------- of --- into a manure spreader !!!! ///// ???/ NOW. ???????????????? ?????????? ??????????? louie,  iron_man_tool- jensenron@yahoo.com

for more, and my reply, go to: RAVES and RANTS

Old Newsletters are available online:

If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the help button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

INDEXES for Every Catalog...

Every catalog we offer has an index at the bottom of the page or in the case of new listings on the right. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms as well as our website have indexes (I appreciate purchases at the website where we don't have to pay listing fees or sales commissions... shipping is cheaper for you as well!)

Must Read:

If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

Cheers,
Abby

November Completed Catalogs:

Big Game Shooting 1901 by Clive Phillipps-Wooley

Partridge Driving 1904 by Charles E. A. Alington

Red Deer 1912 by Rev. H. A. Macpherson

Shooting 1902 by Alexander Innes Shand

Shooting Field and Covert 1900 Lord Walsingham

Shooting Moor and Marsh 1893 Lord Walsingham

Shooting 1903 Vol 1- Horace C. Hutchinson

The Grouse 1894 edited by Alfred T. Watson

The Partridge 1896 edited by Alfred T. Watson

The Pheasant 1904 edited by Alfred T. Watson

Wild-Fowl 1905 edited by Alfred T. Watson

Colt AR-15 Automatic Military Rifle Manual c1960

Decapping and Cleaning Tools for Small Arms 1907/1917

Hollifield Dotter Instructions c1925

Ideal-Lyman No. 40 Ammunition and Reloading 1955 Catalog

Ideal-Lyman No. 41 Ammunition and Reloading 1957 Catalog

Instructions for Private Detectives 1898

Kennedy Bros Hunting & Fishing 1910 Catalog (St. Paul)

Lyman Sights No. 40 1955 Catalog

Lyman Sights No. 41 1957 Catalog

Rifle 5.56mm XM16E1 1965 Field Manual

Springfield Rifle, Carbine & Army Revolvers Cal .45 Manual 1887

Unertl Telescopes c1952

Unertl Telescopes 1956

US Rifle Model 1898 Carbine Model 1899 Manual (1901 ed Krag)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1903 (1919 ed)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1917 (1918 ed)

US Rifle .30 Cal Model 1917 (1918 ed) Handbook

US Rifle .22 Model 1922 M1 Manual

US Rifle .30 Cal M1 1965 Field Manual

US Rifle .30 Cal M1 1969 Technical Manual

 

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