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Christmas Gifts

We get a fair number of requests from people wondering what to buy for friends as gifts. Tough question! If you don't know the specific make or model of a gun your friend owns or collects it is risky to buy him a publication that is model or make specific. We have a better idea.

You probably have a good idea of the era that interests your friend so below we suggest some publications from different eras. These are merchant catalogs that offer a vivid picture of not only guns of the time but clothing and accessories. All of these books offer a really good read and we are sure your friends will be grateful for your thought. (please order right way though, time is short! Also, please let us know it is a gift so we can get it out as fast as we can)

HARTLEY & GRAHAM (NY)

GREAT WESTERN GUN WORKS (JH JOHNSTON) – Pittsburgh, PA

Homer Fisher Catalogue - 1880

Bown 1876, James & Son Enterprise Gun Works, Sporting Goods (PA)

SCHOVERLING, DALY & GALES (NY)

CLABROUGH (GOLCHER & JOHNSTONE)

CHARLES J. GODFREY - NEW YORK

Curry and Bro., San Francisco 1884 Catalogue

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

FOLSOM, H & D (NY, NY)

MEACHAM, EC (St. Louis, Missouri)

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FIREARMS & SPORTS - (NY, NY)

AF STOEGER - (NY, NY)

also... for super, super reads consider the biggest Bannerman catalog:

Bannerman 1927 Military Surplus Goods Catalog

Now, there are many, many more merchant catalogs from the U.S. and abroad:

Here is the link!


Do you miss Jay Leno and his HEADLINES?

Here are a few:

headline


Remember those endless and apparently stupid marches in the military? This would have been the way to go:

Try this baby

thanks to Jim Buchanan

YOUR GUMMENT AT WORK

This is an article from the New York Times, Nov 14th edition. I won't say much about it other than it is one of the funniest pieces I've read in the Times- like something written for Laurel and Hardy or the Keystone Cops... Rob

"The review found that the Secret Service’s alarm systems and radios failed to function properly, and that many of the responding officers did not see the intruder as he climbed over the fence, delaying their response.

OmarOmar Gonzalez, the man charged in the incident, could have been stopped by a Secret Service officer who was stationed on the North Lawn with an attack dog, the review said. But the officer did not realize that an intruder had made it over the fence because he was sitting in his van talking on his personal cellphone.

The officer did not have his radio earpiece in, and had left the second radio he was supposed to have in his locker. It was only after he saw another officer running toward Mr. Gonzalez that he was alerted to the security breach. At that point, the officer gave the dog the command to attack, but the dog had not had a chance to “lock onto” the intruder “and may not have seen” him at all, according to the review. Mr. Gonzalez continued into the White House.

A Secret Service officer outside the White House last month. An intruder ran through bushes near the North Portico that officers wrongly thought were too thick for anyone to pass through. Credit Evan Vucci/Associated Press

The review has not been made public, but members of Congress were briefed on it Thursday. An executive summary was obtained by The New York Times.The review of the Sept. 19 breach is part of a much broader investigation of the Secret Service being conducted by the deputy secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. That investigation is focused on other incidents in which the White House fence was scaled and how security at the White House could be improved. Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned after the September incident as well as other security lapses by the agency.

In addition to faulting the Secret Service for its handling of the security breach, the review also found that the agency mishandled its investigation of Mr. Gonzalez in the months before he succeeded in entering the White House. He first came to the attention of the authorities in July when he was arrested on gun charges in Virginia. A month later, he was stopped outside the White House carrying a hatchet but was not arrested.

The report also said that because of staffing shortages, the uniformed Secret Service officers who were responsible for protecting the White House did not receive adequate training. But the bulk of the report focuses on what happened on the evening of Sept. 19, from the time officers recognized Mr. Gonzalez outside the White House.

Repairing SpikeMr. Gonzalez did not appear to show any odd behavior, so the officers did not talk to him or alert their supervisors. An hour later, at 7:19 p.m., officers on Pennsylvania Avenue spotted him climbing over the fence at a point where one of the ornamental spikes was missing. The officers ran toward him and told him to stop, but he continued over the fence onto the North Lawn.

One officer called over his radio that someone had gone over the fence, and an alarm was sounded. Two officers approached Mr. Gonzalez with their firearms pointed at him and told him to stop. He continued running, and the officers decided not to use lethal force because they did not believe he was armed.

One of the officers followed Mr. Gonzalez into the bushes in front of the North Portico but lost sight of him.

The summary said that the officers “were surprised that Gonzalez was able to get through the bushes” because “prior to that evening, the officers believed the bushes” were too thick to pass through.

It was at that time that the officer with the dog joined the pursuit.

An officer stationed nearby was unable to see what was occurring because his view was obstructed by trees and bushes. That officer “was unable to hear any comprehensible radio communications about alarm breaks or Gonzalez” until he had gotten close to the North Portico entrance.

“By the time the officer exited his vehicle and began yelling commands at Gonzalez, Gonzalez had nearly arrived at the bushes,” according to the summary. “The officer was unable to reach Gonzalez before he entered the bushes and, as a result, went around the bushes toward the North Portico only to find that Gonzalez had already entered the White House.”

An officer stationed at the North Portico door could not hear on the radio what was occurring and had an obstructed view. Instead of remaining at the door, the officer took out his weapon and took cover behind a pillar. The officer put his finger on the trigger of his gun, pointed it at Mr. Gonzalez as he came up the stairs, and told him to stop. But, Mr. Gonzalez continued running and the officer did not shoot because he did not believe Mr. Gonzalez was armed. It was later discovered that Mr. Gonzalez had a knife.

The wooden doors at the North Portico were closed and the officer assumed they were locked. “Believing that Gonzalez was trapped, and concerned that the canine might erroneously lock onto him, the officer chose to remain in place and out of the way” of the other officers who were chasing after him.

But the doors were not locked, and Mr. Gonzalez entered the White House. The emergency communication system by the entrance had been muted. As the officer stationed there tried to lock the doors, Mr. Gonzalez “barged through them and knocked her backward.” She told him to stop but he continued on to the East Room.

“After attempting twice to physically take Gonzalez down but failing to do so because of the size disparity between the two, the officer then attempted to draw her baton but accidentally grabbed her flashlight instead,” the report said. “The officer threw down her flashlight, drew her firearm, and continued to give Gonzalez commands that he ignored.”

Mr. Gonzalez entered the East Room, but then exited, heading down the hallway. Two officers stationed in the White House, assisted by two plainclothes agents who had just finished their shifts, tackled him.

Outside the White House several officers, who said they did not know the layout of the building, were lining up in a tactical formation. “By the time they entered,” the report said, “Gonzalez had already been subdued,” it said.

A copy of the findings was given to the acting Secret Service director, Joseph Clancy, at the end of last month so he “could immediately begin to take any additional security measures that the findings warranted in order to better ensure the White House complex is secure,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. But no Secret Service agents or officers have been disciplined in connection with the incident."


John Dickson & Son

The Round Action Gunmaker

by Donald Dallas

  • Limited edition of only 1000 copies numbered and signed by Donald Dallas
  • Every John Dickson & Son shotgun and rifle listed (over 8000 guns) with details on each
  • 352 pages detailing the history of the famous Edinburgh firm never before published
  • 447 photographs and drawings
  • Private publication by Quiller publishing
  • Price £60 Order from Don Dallas

Rob Mouat

A ride that will knock the back teeth

out of a clothing store dummy:

The late Ken Purdy wrote in his 1949 landmark book "The Kings of the Road" that Ettore Bugatti once said Bentley built the fastest lorries (trucks) in Europe. Bugatti also said, when people complained about his cars lacking braking, that he "built his cars to go, not to stop". (I just ordered a used copy. Mine is so old it is falling apart just like most of the cars he wrote about)

But today, how quickly could you get to 300km/hr (about 180mph?) in a road vehicle? The answer will astonish you.

Speedy Wheels


 

Arms Heritage Magazine

Requiem in Pax

This is trip to the outer edges of arms lore. While we were researching the article on Civil War Torpedoes, we ran across a curious subject. Bizarre enough that peaked out interest such that we looked into the subject further and were quite fascinated with what we learned.

Maudlin as it sounds, there had always been a brisk business in unearthing freshly buried corpses. Sometimes to sell the bodies for anatomical study and sometimes to retrieve valuable jewelry.

Grave Torpedo

Numerous techniques were devised to assure the departed would rest in peace. Occasionally collectors will encounter a specimen of the "cemetery gun". These were often used in cemeteries to foil late night incursions. Mourners and visitors were well aware of these devices. They were removed during daylight hours and relocated at unpredictable and varied locations at night. Even if they failed to wound the would-be thief, they acted as an alarm to alert the night watchman.

It was just after the Civil War that the demand for fresh bodies spiked. From 1865 to 1890, the number of medical schools in the United States doubled. The students needed fresh cadavers to train budding surgeons in anatomy and physiology. The only legitimate source of bodies was condemned criminals and those few families willing to consign their departed to medical science. This led to a burgeoning trade in fresh corpses.

As might be expected, inventive minds turned toward the solution of the problem. T. N. Howell developed and patented what he called a "grave torpedo". It consisted of a Container holding 3/4 pound of black powder. A triggering device using percussion caps was mounted on the top and the whole device was covered with a protective dished plate. The device would be placed atop the casket, armed and covered with earth at the burial. Any attempt to disinter the corpse would serve as a shape charge directed at the would-be grave robber.

Grave TorpedoAn advertisement for the device read --

"sleep well sweet angel, let no fears of ghouls disturb thy rest, for above thy shrouded form lies a torpedo, ready to make minced meat of anyone who attempts to convey you to the pickling vat"

Yet another inventor devised a mechanism that would fire a shotgun blast of .36 caliber pellets should anyone attempt to lift the lid of a coffin after interment. P.K. Clover's "Coffin Torpedo" was patented in 1878.

Specimens of these devices have shown up on Antique Road Show and the PBS Show, "History Detectives". A conversation piece for the dedicated collector of Arms Curiosa. Read more in an upcoming issue of Arms Heritage.

 

With the help of Cornell Publications we have produced “Annual Compendiums” of our first three 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 three annual editions each contain over 200 pages of pure content.

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 toNed Fall for letting us reprint his really useful guide to Brand Names used before the Second War. This is a particularly confusing period of conflicting and duplicated names so Ned's book is a real asset to any collector or guns show attendee. Thanks too to John Roy and Ton Hartink for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.


A. Cordy & Fils c1920s (Liege, Belgium)  

Bernardelli Model 60 Owner"s Manual  

Bernardelli Model USA Owner's Manual  

Bernardelli New Model USA Owner's Manual

Bernardelli Pistola Mod. P 018S Manual (Italian)

Bernardelli Pistola Parabellum mod. P018-P018-9 Catalog

Browning 1960c Model B Manual (Dutch)  

Browning 1962 Superposed (Dutch) Manual

Browning 1966 Model A Manual (Dutch)  

Browning 1966-Superpose Special Chasse Manual Flyer (Dutch)  

Browning 1966-Trombone Manual (Dutch) Flyer  

Browning 1970 Model F (German)  

Browning 1970s Superposed Catalog (Dutch)  

Browning 1973 Superposed Flyer (Dutch)  

Browning c1962 Model A Manual (Dutch)  

Browning c1970 Model F Manual (French)  

Browning c1978 Superposed Manual (Dutch)  

FN 1961 Legia Star Ammunition  

FN 1969 Legia Star Ammunition  

FN Mauser 1968 Flyer (Dutch)  

FN Mauser c1964 Manual (French)  

Handbook on the Armalite AR-10 Infantry Rifle Cal 7.62 NATO  

Lebeau-Courally 1903 Webley Gun Catalog (Liege)  

M60 1961 Field Maintenance Manual TM9-1005-224-34  

M60 1971 USMC Machinegun Manual Form 6-4A  

M60 1976 W-E and Tripod Support Maint. TM9-1005-224-34P  

M60 1987 W/E&D Technical Manual TM 9-1005-224-24  

M60 D&W/E; M122 Operator Manual TM 9-1005-224-10  

Shotgun Trade Brand Names- Who Made or Used The Name 1880-1940  

T-52-E2 1957 .30 cal Light Machine Gun Development Notes  

The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs 1940 Catalog (UK)

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Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, “The School of the Krag” by Captain William De V Foulke- a book/pamphlet written in 1901 if you can find I would buy it. Norm Angell.

Norm, I don’t have one but if anyone does, please tell me…


Dear cornellpubs, Received your Heiser catalog a few days ago. It's very nice, but at the present time I was hoping to find information on the sheriff or storekeepers holster and it is not shown. Do you have an earlier or later catalog that would have that holster in it. Dave

Dear Dave, I looked at the other issues we have and none of the holsters in them seem to have names like Sherriff or Storekeeper. Perhaps that was a later marketing gimmick. Sorry, Abby


Dear Abby, I am interested in vintage shooting equipment. There is no better source of information than the original sales catalogs. Although they are "sales pitches" there is information within that connects the dots on different models, accessories, etc. I thank you for your service and have many of your reprints that are always ready reference material for me. thanks. LJM


Abby, Thank you for your follow up. I look forward to receiving the manual and get started using it ASAP. You will first on my list when I’m searching for manuals and books. Thanks again, Brad


Hi Abby, The hand drawn Winchester Model 70 Complete Takedown Manual is a fabulous resource. I previously bought the Winchester Model 12 Gunsmith Complete Takedown Manual and can honestly say that the books are a very valuable information resource for collectors or shooters of these great old guns. The written explanations are clear and concise. The hand drawn graphics are clear and concise. There are subtle and valuable clues to disassembly and reassembly in addition to big picture stuff. With a dwindling supply of spare parts for guns like these, breaking or damaging parts through ignorance can be a big problem. Books like these can help avoid these difficulties. Thanks for all your efforts on our behalf. Paul Schmolke

Others can be found with the Winchester Catalogs we reprint, Abby


Is it November already? I am still down loading the Arms and the Man! I have several copies but this is a treasure trove. Many thanks to Ed Reynolds. William Iorg


Hi Abby, I have a couple of firearms manuals/ publications that I am happy to ship to you if you consider them to be of use/interest. 1/ Handbook on the Armalite AR-10 Infantry Rifle Cal 7.62 NATO 2/ The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs 1940 Catalog (UK) Much of it contains "Parker- Hale" items/accessories. I am not seeking any "reward" other than their eventual return. Regards, John Roy, ps. keep up the good work

Thanks John, I really appreciate your help and will add them to this month’s offerings! Abby


Hi , Abby : Received your always highly interesting and very entertaining monthly newsletter today.....out of curiosity I took the time to read the emails you receive from all over the world and your responses to them......I have only this to say......you are a lady of great patience.....a great deal more patient than I !!...........Keep up your good work ..... there are many of us who enjoy and appreciate it very much.......even if an occasional page is not the exact size of a 120 year old catalogue , or not of the exact texture of the original , or a little blurry , or this or that , and upsets a nitpicker on the other side of the world......Regards!!.....Hector.


Abby--- I have been reading your email column just for entertainment, but now I’m beginning to wonder about the people who order from you! It’s hard to believe that folks can read your ads and descriptions, and still expect perfect replicas of the original books, catalogs, and pamphlets. Maybe the old Army phrase about ‘not being able to pour P out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel’ applies in such cases. I’m not sure I would have the patience to handle the complainers as well as you do. By the way, I need a copy of the latest manual on the 45/70 Trapdoor Springfield rifle, and I need it to include the serial number of every one made, who it was issued to and the name of his outfit, the identities and tribes of every Indian who captured one, and, if possible, the exact alloy of the steel the barrel was made from. If you cannot furnish this, you are obviously worthless as a source of information to collectors. Hang in there, Babe--- Don Neal

Oh Don - what a great way to start the day - I am still laughing at your email.... yes, they are out there and I guess you either "get" what and why we do what we do or just don't. Thanks always for your kind support and business; you have been there since the very beginning when we started .... Abby


Followup From Last month:

Greetings Abby, I believe Tom may have inadvertently sent along an incorrect Model Number for the Medalist. He is likely referring to the: H & R Medalist Model #451. Your H & R Publication (#1397) dedicates a half page and lists with great detail the Model 451, also an excellent photo. These rifles came with a simple bi-fold sheet listing the various aspects of the rifle. There should be a Takedown Screw just forward of the Magazine Slot which will release the Action from the Stock. Regards, Roger D. Kurowski

Dear Abby and Roger, Thank you very much for the effort and results. That’s what I call team work. I just ordered the booklet. Thank you so very much. My rifle does say model 41? It is exactly like the 451. Tom Grieco


Abby, “Automatic Pistols and Revolvers Illustrated” I have, what looks like an original of this publication by Lieut H. Douglas. I would describe it to be in fair condition. Does it have any value.? I look forward to hearing from you. regards, Gordon McCorkindale

Dear Gordon, I doubt it has much value in fair condition, sorry. Abby


Question From last month:

Dear cornellpubs, I am looking for data on the specific mould # 308329 only I don't want information on the 311329 as I already have this information. Does the Lyman book have this specific mould # listed? If so do you have one and how much does it sell for? - rcat08

Dear Abby, The fellow who was asking about the sizes of the Lyman 311329 cast bullets probably is a new reloader. I have been reloading both cast and jacked bullets since 1954 and also swage my own jacketed bullets. Have Lyman manuals as far back as the 1930’s. Most new reloaders do not realize that Lyman revised their nomenclature years ago for many bullets. 311329 used to be 308329 they are the same bullet. In Handbook 39 (1953) it is listed as 308329. In an undated Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook it is listed as 311329. Since the blocks were interchangeable with the handles the mold blocks are stamped with the bullet number. You could order almost any mold block directly from Lyman in an undersize, they used the standard bullet number with a U behind it. I have several different 30 caliber blocks marked 311 and one marked 308. The first three numbers are the size in fraction of inches the bullet will cast as. The second three are the actual catalog number of the bullet. Casting an oversized bullet then sizing it to the correct size is better than casting it undersized for your rifles bore. I shot 30 caliber competition for almost 30 years loading all my ammo and at 60 rounds per match shooting three matches a month for many years have a little loading experience also loading for many other calibers. Probably more information than you need but good to know for the next enquiry. Gordon

(I forwarded this note to rcat08 (Ebay) but got no response, Abby)


Hi Abby, I just received my 1926 Lewis and Sons catalog, and realized that it is the abridged version of the No. 56 catalog of 1936. Your 1926 catalog (56a) mentions the Firearms Act of 1934. Do you have a copy of the actual 1926 catalog from G.E. Lewis and Sons? Thank you. Mark

Dear Mark, Gosh, I'm sorry. We rely on people who send us catalogs for the date and sometimes they get it wrong. I guess I just didn't match the No 56a on the cover with the 1936 No 56 version and it was right there in the image for me to see! Well I guess I have to admit to the occasional mistake. I refunded your payment for the catalog because I'm afraid that was the only "1926" I had. This is a link to the ones I have: LEWIS, GE - ALL CATALOGS (you'll see I re-dated the 56a). Thanks for pointing out the error. Best, Abby


Abby, Hate to be the bearer of bad news and you may have already heard this. The 10 vol. set of Winchester catalogs you have for sale is actually a 12 vol. set with vol. 11 going 1911-1914 and vol. 12 1915-1918. You are apparently missing the last two volumes from the original set. If you have any interest I would sell my complete 12 vol. set for $900 + ship. That would allow you to resell it for the $1200 value and break up the incomplete set for sale as individual volumes. By the way, I sent you some catalogs to make copies of and received some others back from you some years back when I lived in KalispellMT. Thanks, Tom Seefeldt

Oh well, at least the partial Winchester set I have will make nice kindling to warm my porridge during the bleak holidays… Abby


Dear Abby, “Digest of US Patents Relating to Breechloading and Magazine Small Arms” by V.D. Stockbridge. I recently came across an ad for reprints of this book in an old copy of Flayderman's catalog. Its an illustrated survey of firearms patents from 1836-1873 with 800 illustrations,176 pages. I tried to find a copy on Amazon and on Google Books, could only find an original for a mere 1700$. Maybe one of your readers has copy of the reprint and would lend it to you for copying. I'd buy a copy. David Soderberg

David, Go to ADDALL and search for: Digest Of Patents Relating to Breech Loading and Magazine Small Arms (Except Revolvers) Granted in the United States From 1836 to 1873 Inclusive by V.D. Stockbridge. Addall searches all the used book stores and there is at least one available for $50. Best, Abby


Abby. Your services are greatly appreciated by the shooting and collecting communities. Mark


Hi there from Scotland! I hope you may have a scrap of information for me - I have a friend with an Air Rifle marked t.w.c. & Co - which I beleive to be T.W. Chambers, the well known gunsmiths/parts suppliers in the UK - What I want to know is - did they ever produce their own air rifles, and if so, have you ever seen or heard of them in a catalogue? Many, many thanks for reading my question. kind regards Donald Webb

Hi Donald, I have not come across a Chambers air rifle, but I might have missed it. Why not call them yourself: T.W.Chambers & Co Best, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Bauer Firearms c1975 .25 Caliber Automatic Flyer, Fraser, Michigan There is still a photo of this goods?? It would be desirable to see more details of the goods before it to buy. Thanks. - stariy.bashmak (Ebay)

Dear Bashmak, What we are selling is a paper copy of an old advertisement, not a real pistol. It is only two pages and the one page we display shows good detail. Best wishes, Rob


Dear Abby, I am hoping I bought the right publication to give me practical advice on using a old Belding and Mull powder measure that I picked up. That type of measure is quite accurate when measuring really coarse rifle powders, which I sometimes use. I have a friend who was born in Canada and was active in their Cadets as a teen, shooting their C1 (FAL) and No. 4 MK I. He wants to go to Camp Perry and shoot at least the latter in the Vintage match this summer. You always have great stuff. Chris Dingell


Dear cornellpubs, When I purchased this item, there was no indication that it would be 2 weeks before it as shipped until AFTER I paid. That didn't make me very happy. Can you upgrade the shipping to Priority? - f350turbodiesel (Ebay)

Dear f350turbo... Actually there has been a band of text on top of every listing we have since yesterday that has says "This seller is currently away until Dec 01, 2014. If you make a purchase, there may be a delay in processing your order." (click on the Sharps link below and look at the top). Good news is we are still here today and still working until tomorrow so we can get your Sharps out today! By the way, Ebay gives us no choice about the wording, size or color of the type in that notice so I am sorry you missed it. Your print job is next on my list! Cheers, Rob


Hi Abby, Received the reprint books today left very positive feedback.. I was a little surprised that they did not have a plastic spiral bounding as did the originals. If I decide to order 2 more and have them bound in plastic can you supply then without the binding - just loose leaf. How much? Thanks and no real complaints about what I received. CPW151 Roger - cpw151 (Ebay)

Roger, I think you will find the thermal binding on our books works just as well as a spiral bound book, you can open it flat to any page you want and each page will still be firmly bound. It is also a little less work for us to thermal bind our 5000 individual book offerings that spiral binding and even if we did spiral bind all we print then people would complain about that too so we can't really win and please everyone every time. But yes, if you want to get them unbound, we can do that, just let us know when you buy them. We'll even make you another of the '59- unbound- if you want it with your next order. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Thanks Rob, You are right. You can't please everyone all the time. I just doesn't work that way. It was just a thought that I had so they would be more like the originals. Your binding is probably better. If I decide to spiral bound 2 & 4 I guess they will be the same price as I paid for them bound. Thanks and your company is doing a great job and a much needed service. Roger

Well, the binding wasn’t better to him in the end and after 1001 more emails we refunded his money and told him keep the copy we sent him and to look for an original! Rob


Sirs: Can you tell me who made a Single shot 12 gauge shotgun with Blue Grass (two words) in cursive script on the plate above the trigger? The serial number is 38201 Thanks, Dave Busse

Dave, You hit me at just the right time, we are about to publish Shotgun Trade Brand Names- Who Made or Used The Name 1880-1940 by Ned Fall. It was Crescent Arms Co. Cheers, Abby


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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"We'll skip revealing people's stupidity or nastiness during the December holidays and wish everyone a Happy Christmas, Abby and Rob"

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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 Carter (our website guru from Carolina Web Creations) says:

1. Never use your main 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 and help control spam.

2. Use forwards cautiously - Use BCC (look for the link to open it near your address bar). Cut and paste the addresses you want to send to into BCC and this hides them from hackers and harvesters... helps control spam!

3. Use caution when visiting websites. Just visiting a webpage can infect your computer. Not all No.1 listed sites on Google are safe!

4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, 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 hurt your computer, possibly ruin it!)

5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download free programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware.


At the Cornellpubs website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, 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.


* 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 I use my book scanner. The catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This puts much less stress on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing 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.


* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... You have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally the site URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Do you trust the company you are giving the info to?


Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


FIREARM APPRAISALS

email William E Sterner Bill is certified by the American Gunsmithing Institute as an appraiser. His website for Black Shepherd Firearms Appraisal

or

Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. 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 selling parts for old guns...

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Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

SERIAL NUMBERS

Cheers,
Abby and Rob