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Watch Prospective Immigrants

Preparing for the New Wall


The IRS has returned a tax return to a man in New York City after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly.

In response to the question "Do you have anyone dependent on you?" the man wrote: "2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack-heads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons, plus 450 idiots in Congress and another group that call themselves Politicians.

The IRS stated that the response he gave was unacceptable.

The man's response to the IRS was.... "Who did I leave out?"

Nothing New Under the Sun

Back When Kids were Allowed Outdoors


Stuff Changes...

A grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about societal changes (he was a smart kid and read the dictionary)

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: television, cell phones, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers - the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.

Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together.. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir." We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk, the term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap. or from the archives How old do you think I am? I bet you have this old man in mind....you are in for a shock! Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time . Are you ready ? This man would be only 70 years old today.

Ian Coley - Buy a Shoot

Besides offering shooting school, gun shop, air rife range and other services, the Cooley team also sells packages that include a day shooting at some of the finest shoots in all of Great Britain.

Ian Coley Shoots at Estates in England... WOW!

No, we didn't get paid for the plug! I should look into that though.

Rob Mouat

Shoots in Great Britain

As most of you know "shoots" in Great Britain are very different than most "hunting" here in the U.S., at least the hunting I did as a youth in the Northeast . Later, I had the good fortune of being invited to join a few shoots when I lived in England as a young man. Shoots are, to put it mildly, quite an experience for a young man. My godfather, Keith Darby, leased (it was a 100 year lease) an estate called Badger Heath near Wolverhampton, Shropshire. Each Saturday during the fall he attended a shoot at a different estate including one at Badger Heath. Once a year was all his estate could handle some shoots could manage more.

I grew up in Connecticut and often hunted with my uncle in Long Island. Duck hunting usually consisted of sitting in the pre-dawn, ice swept gloom of a damp duck blind on the coast of Shelter Island waiting for the first water fowl of the morning. This was after a middle of the night, light breakfast followed by the ferry trip from Sag Harbor. Honestly, this teenager usually couldn’t hit a thing I was so cold. Uncle Ted normally got his limit of the canvass backs, mallards, black ducks and others that were so prevalent way back then.

Hunting/Shooting in England was very different. My first shoot in ‘65 started in the mists of a chilly late fall day on an estate in Staffordshire. There were eight "guns" and eight "loaders" (each "gun" had two shotguns- all were double barreled, my borrowed guns were a beautiful pair of Purdeys).

We took Keith’s Lotus Cortina wagon (not really a shooting brake) to a beautiful, very old, stone stable the size of a strip mall on the host's estate where we met with the other guns. The first “drive” was a short distance from the barn. The guns lined up behind a hedgerow and waited as the “beaters”, local boys and men who walked abreast of one another through the brush beating their sticks on trees and the ground to “drive” the birds toward our “stand”. Suddenly what seemed like scores of birds shot over our heads and all seven guns opened up with pheasants dropping all over. I was so startled I didn’t even raise my gun. If was quite a scene for a 19 year old boy.

The next stand repeated the first and this time I was prepared and downed two birds with four shots. My loader to whom I handed my fired gun quickly loaded it and held the gun for me ready to take. Keith had a talk with me as we walked across a farm field of kale while prepared to down jump-birds and hares on the way to the next stand. He told me he and the host expected better shooting from me and explained the host sold the downed birds to restaurants in London.

We had a couple more stands before a sumptuous lunch at the manor house and a couple more stands in the afternoon (I did much better once I learned the form). Each shooter was presented with a brace of pheasant to take home and the hundreds of downed birds went to market to support the shoot. Another time I’ll tell you about the hare I shot during the walk across the kale, just not now, I have to get my courage up. Well, they did say they were a nuisance and had to be destroyed, they didn’t say they ate them.

Rob Mouat

Brighton, MI

Arms Heritage Magazine


By Mike Carrick for Arms Heritage Magazine

Question: via the Internet

I have a WW2 Japanese Type 14 pistol. It is late war, July 1944. I also have one dated 1935. I notice that the late one has a leaf spring near the bottom of the front grip strap. What is this for?


The Magazine Retaining Spring (A) was introduced in January 1940, Showa 15, and its main purpose was to apply a little pressure to the front of the magazine in case the magazine release button was inadvertently pressed. This prevents the magazine from dropping out of the magazine well.

The second purpose was to facilitate loading. If the magazine button (C) attached to the follower is pushed down firmly, the forward lip of the magazine follower (B) will pop into the hole in the front of the magazine, and cartridges can be dropped into the magazine with no magazine spring pushing up against loading.

Then when the fully loaded magazine is inserted into the magazine well, you can push in on the magazine retainer spring (A), and it will push the lip of the follower back into place. Don’t try this with a magazine that is not fully loaded. A third aid is the very small hole (D) just at the bottom of the magazine button. The tip of the regulation cleaning rod fits into this hole to help you pull the magazine follower down when reloading a partially-full magazine.


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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 Steve Cleveland for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

This month, as you can see, we have all manuals, they are the most interesting ones we have in the in-box and now they are done. We are also up to our necks developing the new website that will be compatible with phones and tablets (see the mobil app mock-up at the right) and handling Christmas orders. Please get your orders for the holidays in as soon as possible, thanks.

Austrian WWII Rifles M1886, 88, 88-90, 95; M1914 Description & Identification

Austrian WWII Service Revolvers Description and Identification

Belgian Service Rifles & Pistols WWII-1951- Description and Identification

British WWII Service Rifles and Pistols Description and Identification

Browning .50 M2 Machine Gun Manual

Browning c1951 .30 1917 and 1917A1 Machine Gun Manual

Browning T-Bolt Rifle- Both Belgian & New Manuals

Chinese Post WWII Hand Weapon Evaluation

Czech Service Rifles, Carbines, ZB29, MGs & Pistols c1945

Danish Service Rifles & Pistols c1951

French WWII Service Rifles, Pistols and MGs Characteristics, Operation etc

German c1951 & WWII Service Rifles, Pistols & MGs

Greek WWII Rifles & Carbines Description & M-S 03/14 Manual

Hi-Standard Supermatic Trophy 104+ Series Manual

Hungarian WWII Rifles, Pistols & MGs Descriptions and Specs.

Italian WWII Service Rifles, Pistols & MGs Description & Identification

Japanese WWII Rifles, Pistols & MGs Description and Operation

M9 A.T. Rocket Launcher (Bazooka) Description & Parts

Recoiless Rifle c1945 57mm & 75mm- U.S.

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Owner's Manual

Springfield Armory 1911-A1 Pistols Manual

TM 9 1010-205-10 M79 40mm Grenade Launcher 1985 Operator Manual

TM 9-1005-223-34 1972 M-14 General Maint Manual

TM-9-1005-224-23-and-P 1998 MACHINE GUN, 7.62-MM, M60 WE etc. Maint Manual

TM-9-1005-226-14 1959 Maint .22 Hi Std, Ruger Mk1, .38 S&W, Win M70 & 52, Rem 40X-S1

TM-9-1005-229-12 Oct 1969 SUBMACHINE GUN, CALIBER .45 M3, WE Op. Maint Manual

TM-9-1005-229-35 1969 SUBMACHINE GUN, CALIBER .45, M3, WE Depot Maint

TM-9-1005-234-14P, 1967 GRENADE LAUNCHERS M7A3 AND M76 Org Maint


TM-9-1005-249-10 1985 Rifle M16 & M16A1 5.56mm Ops Manual

TM-9-1005-298-12 7.62mm High Rate XM27E1 OH-6A Machine Gun 1969 Ops Manual

TM-9-1005-298-20P 7.62mm High Rate M-27 OH-6A Machine Gun 1969 Org Manual

TM-9-1005-298-34 XM27E1 Hi Rate Helicopter Machine Gun Genl Support Manual 1969

TM-9-1005-301-30 1986 Small Arms Wooden & Plastic Parts Repair Manual

TM-9-1005-307-24P 1973 Gun Mounts- XM27 20mm, M26 .50cal Maint Manual

TM-9-1005-309-23 & P 1983 SUBMACHINE GUN, 5.56-MM: PORT, FIRING, M231 Org Maint

TM-9-1005-315-12-and-P BLANK FIRING ATTACHMENT for .50cal M85 Machine Gun 1981 Maint Manual

TM-9-1010-205-24 M-79 1972 Grenade Launcher Maint Manual

W & C Scott & Son 1872 Shotgun & Rifle Catalog

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Letters from Readers

(Dear Abby), hello,i have winchester 30-30 mod- 1894 serie.707186 in good condition how much if the cost. thanks a lot of. hernan cepeda (Ebay)

Dear Hernan, am sorry Hernan, we do not do appraisals by mail. The value of your rifle will vary depending on your country. Abby

Microsoft Website Corrupted with Local Malware?

I had occasion to need some tech support from Microsoft, so I went online to find their support site. Well, there are dozens of sites that make that claim in various ways, and many of them seem quite legit until they try to sell you something or ask for personal info. I knew that, and sought the real thing (with the right URL from Microsoft). I looked like the real thing and asked the right questions until it asked for my credit card info. I balked at that and went back and Googled "genuine Microsoft support". I got the same one I had used. So I proceeded and, unwillingly put in the credit card info, and then proceeded to get to the support options. I finally got to talk to a tech support person and I got the fix I needed. So then I asked him how come the credit card number request. He insisted there was none. I must have gotten one of the bogus sites. I said, look, I am talking to you. Are you a bogus site? No no, we are the real thing. So how come I had to put in my credit card info to talk to you? He could not answer that, but he surmised that a malware had injected that credit card request into their support site. So I told him that he should spread the word about that, because I spent a great deal of time trying to avoid just that kind of scam and still got scammed on a legit site. I hope he raises the issue, but who knows. Anyhow, I promptly called Visa and cancelled my credit card and got a new one. It is to the point that you cannot trust anyone, even the good guys are being used. Mike Nesbitt

Dear Mike, Hmmm, I’ve never been able to talk to a real live person at MS and they always seem to ask for money if you try but I can see this could be a problem so we will run with it. Rob

Hello Rob and Abby, Thank you for the (ship notice). I’ve owned this Erma .22 since my Air force days in the mid 1960’s and used it often for plinking and pest control on the ranch. Over the years, a number of small issues have developed and your reproduced manual will be a welcome source of support for repairs that become necessary. My sincere commendation for your preservation of documentation like this that are instrumental in maintenance of old but dearly loved craftsmanship from our youth. Very best wishes, Bob Fansler

Hi (Abby), Re: Galef's Go Getters 1935 Wholesale Gun Catalog, New York. I'm sorry but at least on the eBay mobile app., the detailed description is overlaid and much cannot be read. Can you tell me if this catalog contains an "Escodin" Model 31 revolver in .32-20 or .38 Special? ("38 Smith & Wesson Special"). Thank you. V/R, Craig (Ebay)

Dear Craig, No, I am afraid a quick look did not reveal such a revolver... Spanish is it? Probably would not be in the index anyway, we can't list every firearm in 6000 catalogs we reprint (with over 3000 on Ebay). Cheers, Rob

(Rob) Yes. It's indeed Spanish. Supposedly the best of the breed in the day closest to Smith & Wesson that was not one. (Craig)

(Dear Rob) Re: Montgomery Ward 1952 Fishing & Hunting Catalog. I am searching for a 1950's Montgomery Ward Catalog that has both the Sea King boats and trailers. I believe that the Wards Hunting and Fishing Catalogs will have the best opportunity to show both items. Do you have any Wards catalogs with the boats and trailers? Paul Turner / Nashville (Ebay)

Hi Paul, The 1952 has boats only, no trailers. That is the only MW catalog we have from the 50s with boats. Sorry. Rob

(Dear Rob) Your ebay affiliate directed me here. Im doing a promotion for the AR7 by Henry Rifle. Along with the review I wanted to share with viewers old prints which show the history of the AR7 back when it was through Armalite and Charter Arms. If you submit samples of that category to the below address I will verbally plug your website and provide clickable links to your website in the video info or blog. Of interested let me know and below is the mailing address. Please include a company card or info with the mailing to ensure proper credit. Thanks Brad Cumpston, J.O.A.T. Reviews

(Dear Rob) The 1st , 3rd and 4th links (you offered) would be great. Do you by chance have any of the original Armalite version of the AR7? Thanks and will shoot you a link once the project is complete. Brad

Brad, I asked Abby to send you those publications. No, I don't have any Armalite weapons and cannot lay hands on the original publications. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Rob) When I went to checkout and pay on paypal (for Winchester manual) there is a charge of $2.69 for shipping. Is this correct? I didn't think there would be a shipping charge on a PDF download. Darrin Plumer

Hi Darrin, We are in the process of doing several things; one is offering pdfs of some of our publications. Meanwhile, we are updating our website. Unfortunately, our current shopping cart charges shipping regardless of the purchase, the new one will do better, Abby will refund the shipping if you buy the item. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) My order is in the mail, thank you. Rereading your "contact us" page I want to also thank you for your promise not to steal all my money. Gave me a good chuckle. Bob Irvine

Good afternoon Abby. I just received my two catalogs today, and I must have missed something!?!?!??! I did not know, or realize, that the catalogs would be printed in Italian. If it’s my stupidity, I’ll learn to live with that fact. But since I neither speak nor read Italian, the catalogs, however nice they are, are not what I was looking for. But I sure do not remember seeing anywhere on your order page that catalogs of Italian guns, would be published in Italian!?!?!?!?! Sincerely, William Jackson

Dear Bill, We are back from the Thanksgiving holiday and I am settling in to answer questions. I think you bought the

The description next to the picture says the catalog is in Italian and I repeated that in the index in italics. But that doesn't matter because you missed the information. What can I do to make things better for you, would you like a different year? BERETTA FIREARMS- ALL CATALOGS. Best, Abby

(Dear Abby) do you have any manuals or brochures on old trap/clay throwers? Bluebeck321 (Ebay)

Dear Blueb… We reprint over 5000 old gun and sports catalogs, books and manuals. The quick answer is sure we do. However, before we start looking for you, please be much more specific about what you are looking for and what era interests you. Also, what are you prepared to spend on purchasing our old catalogs? Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Can you reprint "The Ross Rifle story – 1984 by Roger F Phillips I'd really like to get a copy of The Ross Rifle story Unknown Binding – 1984 Is there any way this can happen? by Roger F Phillips. Al Stern

Hi Al, No, that is copyrighted and I could not sell enough to justify getting permission to reprint. Sorry, Rob

Dear Abby, Thank you so much. I really appreciate what you guys do ! George Kennedy

(Dear Rob) Does your company have, or be able to obtain, the ORIGINAL copy of Novotny's 1935 Gun Catalog (St. Paul, MN)? What would the estimated price be if you could obtain a copy of that for me? Thank you. Randy Place

Randy, We might have one somewhere but right now we are too involved with holiday orders. If you remind us after the first of the year we may have time to look (we have thousands of old catalogs and they are not ordered so looking would be an enormous task). Rob

(Dear Rob) I received a Browning T-Bolt manual this date on 2016-11-15. The manual that I received is not the correct manual requested as it is for a newer Japanese manufactured T-Bolt of recent design and production. The manual that I requested was for a "Belgium Browning T-Bolt" the older model manufactured from 1964 (65) to 1974 (a different configuration). I am in a dilemma and am unsatisfied with the "incorrect" product received. Please advise of my course of action. Receipt no. 1031-8913-8738-1315 refers. Yours truly, Jonathan Roung

Hi Jonathan, Let's see, you bought the manual at our website after looking at the picture and reading the description which nowhere states the manual is for a "Belgium Browning T-Bolt. You didn't write or call for advice and now you say you are "unsatisfied" and imply you "requested" a different manual and that this is our fault in some way. Please advise us what you expect us to do for you. Cordially, Rob Mouat

(Rob) If you have the "Belgium Browning" T-Bolt manual (for the original Belgium production), I would gladly return the manual sent to me for the "older" Belgium Browning manual. I appreciate your understanding......please advise. J.C. Roung

Dear Jonathon, Would this help, it is new? Browning T-Bolt Rifle- Both Belgian & New Manuals – Rob

Hi Rob & Abby, Just received my booklet on the Slazenger Rifles 1953 (AU-Lithgow) Gun Catalog-Manual and just wanted to say thanks. Very pleased with booklet and hope to purchase more in the future. Thanks again, Peter

Hi Rob, Do you have a manual showing old Western Field rifles and pictures maybe crossing reference who they were manufactured by? I have all your Mossberg catalogs, but have several WF that I can't cross reference. Thanks, Max B

Max, It is a long shot but this might help. You mentioned Mossberg. Other than that I just don't know where to tell you to look, sorry. O.F. Mossberg & Sons, A Short Illustrated History Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Re: Hawes Firearms 1975. Does this book or manual contain any info on a hawes manufactured 1851 navy.36 caliber 6 shot black powder pistol with a 71/2 inch barrel and a brass frame.. Thanks ronky35

Dear ronk… Yes, both the 1969 and 1975 editions of the Hawes catalogs we reprint in color feature that weapon. Rob

Hi Rob, Thanks for the link. I finally got around to downloading it (A Winchester Gunsmith Manual pdf format) onto my home computer and I was successful. I like the hard copy -very nice by the way- to study while I'm reading in my kitchen. I like to download and print off the PDF copies when I'm working on my firearms in the basement and will likely get grimy fingerprints all over them. You provide a very nice service and will likely check out your store for more of my antiques. Thanks a lot, Peter

Dear Cornell, Do you have a DWM ammunition catalogue, circa 1932 - 1936 ? Jim Flatman.

Dear Jim, Sure we do, here is a link to all of them: DWM - DEUTSCHE WAFFEN UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN - ALL CATALOGS Cheers, Rob

(Dear Cornell) I live in Switzerland, but do not speak german. So my payment was hazardous at least. Please keep things in english, even for foreign countries. Frank Leutenegger

Dear Frank, We write all our advertisements in English. Perhaps Ebay and Paypal translate them to the language of the country where they make them available? Cheers, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) Re: Noske c1938 Telescope Flyer. Does this brochure mention Noske's "Hunter" line of scopes? Trying to figure out when they started that line. I see no mention in earlier material. Thanks? 123robert0_11 (Ebay)

Dear 123rob… Yes, but c1938 means about 1938 because the flyer is undated. Do you want to buy a Noske c1938 Telescope Flyer? It only costs $3.45. Rob (guess not…)

(Dear Rob) Re: Weatherby 1953 Fine Firearms Catalog How much would a set of catalogs that covers these years including shipping to Iowa cost? Cs32651 (ebay)

Dear cs… I'm not sure which or all of the WEATHERBY - ALL CATALOGS you are talking about. We reprint all the ones below (there were all 46 of them listed in my note- no response so I guess he doesn’t want them after all). Rob

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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Abba and Rob, I received today your item. Just one word. Terrible. $16.95 for this crap. $18.00 for shipping, 30 days to get! Total $34.95. Unbelievable. $34.95 and you are not able to put a piece of adhesive tape correctly. I don't think possible to give you a positive feedback on Ebay. I think will be fare better to sold this via digital way, as PDF, instead. At least, no wast time, and no waist of paper, no waist of gas, and airplane flight. I thank you for assistance in this matter and I look forward to your reply. Best regards. Luca Cecchini (Ebay-Italy)

Dear Mr. Cechini, Thank you for the photo of the package. We apologize that something happened to your manual and that the postal people destroyed the well packaged item. We have over 17,500 positive feedbacks and have sold hundreds of the Beretta catalog. I asked Abby to refund your money purchase price and shipping.  Do not try to send this bad item back - perhaps you can use it for notes.   I assume you will give us positive feedback in light of our refund and saving you the irritation of having to return the copy. I am sorry to have disappointed you and our sincerest apologies for your trouble. Sincerely, Rob Mouat (I am sure Luca's tenuous grasp of English explains his rudeness)

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Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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, we reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but we 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 we would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and we are adding more all the time.

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