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Dear Abby, Happy New Year. I have written a new book, The Greener Collections, illustrating many of the fine guns we made from 1829 to the present day.
Book imageThis new book contains more information about our early period of gunmaking (1829 – 1875) and includes photographs of some of the finest Greener guns in museums and private collections from all over the world. Information about Joseph Henry and Albert John, two of W W Greener’s brothers who also made guns, is included with illustrations of the guns they made. Many sportsmen collect other items and memorabilia associated with shooting so this new book would be incomplete without some examples of these.
The Greener Story, published in 2000 is still available and both books are invaluable sources of information for anyone interested in Greener guns, museums, auction houses and gun shops.
Either or both books may be ordered on-line at the Greener Company website: click on ‘Books’. I look forward to hearing from you.
Graham N. Greener, Director

I have no comment on the pics below!


Thanks to Jim Buchanan


thanks to Dick Carleton

Why it's called Lake Superior

Pretty amazing..... Did you realize
how big this lake is?

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Lake Superior Facts

1. Lake Superior is, by surface area, the world's largest freshwater lake.
2. The surface area of Lake Superior (31,700 square miles or 82,170 square kilometers) is greater than the combined areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
3. Lake Superior contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, even throwing in two extra Lake Eries.
4. Lake Superior contains 10% of all the earth's fresh surface water.
5. There is enough water in Lake Superior (3,000,000,000,000,000--or 3 quadrillion-- gallons) to flood all of North and South America to a depth of one foot.
6. The deepest point in Lake Superior (about 40 miles north of Munising, Michigan) is 1,300 feet (400 meters) below the surface.
7. Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior.
8, The average elevation of Lake Superior is about 602 feet above sea level.
9. The Lake Superior watershed region ranges in size from 160 miles inland near Wabakimi Provincial Park to only 5 miles inland from Pictured Rocks National Seashore.
10. The Lake Superior shoreline, if straightened out, could connect Duluth and the Bahama Islands.
11. The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is 27 feet, making it easily the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes. Underwater visibility in places reaches 100 feet. Lake Superior has been described as "the most oligotrophic lake in the world."
12. The lake is about 350 miles (563 km) in length and 160 miles (257 km) in width.
13. In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
1. Lake Superior is one of the earth's youngest major features, at only about 10,000 years of age--dating to the last glacial retreat. By comparison, the earth's second largest lake (by surface area, and largest by volume), Lake Baikal in Russia, is 25 million years old.
2. Fifty-eight orchid species are native to the Lake Superior basin. In North America, only Florida has more native orchid species.
3. Lake Superior produces the greatest lake effect snows on earth. (Significant lake effect snows are a rare phenomenon, occurring--besides on the Great Lakes--only on the east shore of Hudson Bay and the west coasts of two Japanese islands.) Lake effect snows extend 20 to 30 miles inland, primarily on the Ontario shore southeast of Marathon, and from Sault Ste. Marie to the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Average annual snowfall in Michigan's Keweenaw exceeds 200 inches in places.
4. Lake Superior has been at its modern elevation for only about 2,000 years, when elevations of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron dropped, creating a rapids at Sault Ste. Marie.
5. Lake Superior has its origins in the North American Mid-Continent Rift of 1.1 to 1.2 billion years ago, which produced a huge plume of hot mantle where the present lake sits. The crust tore apart, leaving an arc-shaped scar stretching form Kansas through Minnesota, then down to Michigan.
6. Within its borders, Lake Superior has both the thickest, and nearly the thinnest, crust found anywhere in North America.
7. When European explorers visited Lake Superior in the 1600s they reported giant sturgeons (up to nine feet in length) and pike of greater than seven feet in length.
8. The largest tributary of Lake Superior, Ontario's Nipigon River, was in the 1800s the finest brook trout water in the world. It produced the world record brook trout of 14.5 pounds.
9. Some of the world's oldest rocks, about 2.7 billion years of age, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.
10. The average annual water temperature of Lake Superior is 40º F. It only very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for hours. The last complete freezing of Lake Superior occurred in 1979.
11. Migrating birds of prey funnel down Lake Superior's north shore in great numbers each fall. On a single day at Duluth's Hawk Ridge as many as 100,000 birds of prey might pass by.
12. Lake Superior rests mostly on Precambrian rock at the southern edge of the Canadian shield, the largest exposure of such bedrock on the planet.
13. Sliver Islet, a Lake Superior island off Ontario's north shore, was the site for 15 years in the 1800s of the world's richest silver mine.

Thanks to Ginny Coombs


Tim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend.
One evening, after the honeymoon, he was assembling some loads
for an upcoming hunt.
His wife was standing there at the bench watching him.
After a long period of silence she finally speaks ...
"Honey, I've been thinking ... now that we are married, I think it's
time you quit hunting, shooting, hand loading, and fishing. Maybe
you should sell your guns, boat, and airplane.
Tim gets this horrified look on his face.
She says, "Darling, what's wrong?"
"There for a minute you were sounding like my EX-WIFE."
"Ex-Wife!", she screams, "I didn't know you were married before!"
"I wasn't."

thanks to Dick Carleton

Are You Ready To Star on TV?

logo imageDear Abby, My name is Janelle, I am the VP of casting at Metal Flowers Media. We cast TV shows including: Storage Wars, The Colony, One Man Army, Ice Road Truckers, Bar Rescue and Frontiermsmen. I am currently casting a show called "Weaponotics" for the history channel. Basically, I am looking for gun enthusiats who are extremely knowledgable and love firearms. It's a really badass show and is in the early stages of being developed. Below is a press release. If you're interested or know someone would be a great fit please pass along or email me back your contact info. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
The History Channel - Nationwide Search for Gun Enthusiasts:
A nationwide search has begun to find the most enthusiastic, energetic people who know and love everything about guns! This new series will celebrate firearms in all forms. These gun experts will have their dreams come true as they get the chance to be featured on the History Channel! If you eat, sleep and breathe all things firearms - if you are the biggest “gun-nut” - then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!
Casting Directors at Metal Flowers Media (The Colony, American Guns) are currently seeking people who are an encyclopedia of firearms. This gun know-it-all must be able to blow your typical gun enthusiast away with their knowledge of firearms.
If you are 21 + and are able to spit a wide range of "gun talk" we want to hear from you!
Thanks, Janelle Nixon, VP of Casting
Metal Flowers Media, LLC
Email Janelle

Christoph Funk, Gewehrfabrik, Suhl

by Peter Ravn Lund

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Collectors and Fans of Hunting Guns,

The history of one of the fine old Gunmakers from Germany, Christoph Funk, Suhl, is now ready. English and German Text.
Hardcover, 184 pages. 75 color photos. 39 b/w photos. Includes 3 complete Catalogs - two of them never published.
Topics covered include Gunmaking in Suhl - Funk Gunsmith Companies - Nimrod Gewehrfabrik Thieme & Schlegelmilch - Römerwerk - Patents and interesting Gun Technology - Funk-Gerl Superbullit - "Jubiläums Drillinge" - Model Listing - Production 1835 - 1960 - Photo Gallery - Proof Marks.
Download Introduction PDF with index and pages from the book.

Rob Mouat


Remember the Crazy Russian Guy I've linked to in the past? He was the fellow who fired an amazing array of weapons and posted the videos on YouTube. The man who produced the show was a fellow named Keith Ratliff and his YouTube channel FPSRussia was the site's ninth largest with 3.5 million viewers. But last month Mr. Ratliff, 32, was found murdered in his office, not in Russia where you might suspect he lived, but in Carnesville, Georgia.
He was shot once in the head and was surrounded by several guns leading police to suspect the killer might have known him. “For him not to pull out (a) gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody,” his brother, Kelly Ratliff, told a television channel in Lexington, Ky., where he used to live. “Either that or he was ambushed.”
Mr. Ratliff was not the star of the show, however, his friend Kyle Myers did the shooting in the videos putting on a thick "Russian" accent. So much for self defense though, in this case, the guy had flamethrowers, street sweepers, miniguns, even quadcopters armed with machineguns and someone walked up to him and shot him in the head.

Rob Mouat

Arms Heritage Magazine



a PRINT COPY of all six issues from



or CLICK HERE to download a pdf sample issue

Arms Heritage Magazine is a treasure trove of factual, obscure and fascinating information, excellent photographs and magnificent trivia assembled by a distinguished troop of very well respected collectors and experts. All articles are meticulously researched and carefully reviewed by a panel of experienced professionals. In addition to feature articles, each issue contains features on cartridge collecting, blades, accoutrements, a question and answer forum, book reviews and a summary of recent auction results as well as a story aimed at the beginning collector. Editors David Carroll, Frank Graves, Bob Berryman, David Carter, Roy Marcot, Mike Clark, Flem Rogers, George S. Lewis, Jr., Danny Clark, Wayne Warren, John Sexton, Andrew F. Lustyik help Dick Salzer, Richard Overall and Mike Carrick turn out a first class product.

Cornell Publications has been selected to publish a hard copy as a permanent and nicely produced book of all the fine articles and features from the first year of Arms Heritage. This book needs to be in your library if you are a serious enthusiast or collector. Additional years will follow. Abby

In response to many requests from subscribers and from collectors who simply don't like to read magazines on-line, we have created a hard-copy print version of all articles and features from the first year (Volume 1) of Arms Heritage Magazine. The Annual consists of 210 pages of pure content - all advertising and extraneous material have been deleted. Later this year we plan to offer Volume 2 in a similar fashion.
The Annual is bound with heavy card-stock covers and is in full color with an index of all feature articles. It can be purchased through Cornell Publications for $39.95 plus shipping (depending where you live). All back issues will continue to be archived on the AH website and remain available to current subscribers.


Issue Number One- image

  • Patents- Circumventions and Infringements
  • A Tavern Tell
  • A Self-Loading Masterpiece
  • Reloading Cartridges for Colt’s Thuer Conversion

Issue Number Two -

  • The Starr Family of Revolvers
  • Inspector Cartouches on Colt Model 1860 Army Revolvers
  • The Tool Room at Colt’s Factory - 1872
  • Entry Point- Boy’s Single Shot Rifles

Issue Number Three -

  • Team Creedmoor- Americas First Sports Heroes
  • Deringer’s Deringers
  • MBA Gyrojet Pistols
  • Entry Point - Dug Up Relics

Issue Number Four -

  • Colt Brevete Revolvers, A Collectors Guide
  • The Key to the American West
  • Collecting Glass Target Balls
  • Entry Point - Top-Break Double-Action Revolvers

Number Five -

  • Colt Dragoons
  • Tinder Lighters
  • The Union’s First Mdel 1860 Colt Revolvers
  • Kaufmann and Pryce - Webley’s Little-Known Pistols
  • Entry Point- Automatic Pistols

Issue Number Six -

  • The Burnside Carbine
  • Volcanic Ammunition
  • Webley WG Revolvers
  • Armed Images - Part 1
  • Entry Point - M1 Carbines

CLICK HERE to order vol 1- hard copy

CLICK HERE to download a pdf sample issue


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. Many thanks to Tom Rowe, Jan Paul Loeff, Steve Lawson, Jerry Schleiger, Al Cole and Mike Carrick for lending us catalogs we reprinted below. Of note is the PO Ackley Handbook and Catalog from about 1953. I think this must have been one of his first publications and it gives a little history to that point. The Hubley is one of their first "full line" catalogs featuring cap guns many of us grew up with. The Thompson catalog is one of their earliest as far as I can tell. The Waterfowl catalog has some beautiful illustrations. The Peabody publications are pretty rare, also from Tom Rowe, the Trajectories booklet is really fascinating.

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Letters from Readers

Abby, Got the re-prints in the mail yesterday, they are GREAT! Thanks for proving such a great service! Do you guys happen to have anything on the Colt Burgess rifle? Regards, Bob
Dear Bob, If you type "burgess" into the search box at the website you will come up with a fair number of hits. While in the window, click on "see contents" to get a look at the index. If you need more info about any one publication, please let me know. Abby

Dear Abby, I received the book and catalogs yesterday, everything is perfect and it's exactly what I was looking for so, thanks a lot ! With my best regards from France. Johannes

Hello i would just like to let you know that i received the two printed booklets you sent yesterday friday.25th and have to say that i was not very unhappy and as a result i am returning the two books under your money back policy. I would just like to tell you that i dont leave bad feedback in any instance and on refund i will give you positive feedback. The booklets were just not of the standard expected but thank you for your time. Yours. David Briggs.
Dear Mr. Briggs, No need to return the catalogs I sent you, we print to order so they have no value to us and you might as well keep them for reference. Regarding "standard", Ebay doesn't give us enough space to explain our whole project. We are attempting to preserve old gun catalogs before they are all gone. To do so we work from originals and copies depending on availability. Due to age, not all donors are perfect and we make no promise of perfect reproductions. We don't reprint in necessarily the same size, ink, paper or aging. We do the best we can but we do not make forgeries of originals, our prices would be much greater to do that! We also occasionally trap the buyer who thinks he has bought an original despite our clear notice that we make reprints. At any rate, I have refunded your purchase price. For more information, please go to our website and see the "about us" link. Best wishes, Abby

Abby, I read on the net that you might have information on the Savage 1920 safety assembly. If so could I get some info? Thank you for your time. John Henry McNulty
John, We reprint over 4000 old gun catalogs and manuals but it is hard to do specific research for questions on "information" not knowing exactly what you need. Please have a look at our wesite where we hope you will find exctly what you need. Here is a link to the SAVAGE ARMS - ALL CATALOGS. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, hello - does this catalog mention an 8 bore paper case sporting load with round ball (not shot)? thanks. - goodform98 (Ebay)
Dear Good, I'm sorry, we get too many very specific gun and ammunition questions to be able to do that research. I can tell you the catalog does have paper cases, however. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I know this maybe a dumb question but is it possible yo build the gun with all the parts - beastboy310 (Ebay)
Dear Beast, Yes, if you had all the parts you could build a gun. Of course, you couldn't buy the parts from us because we are publishers, not parts dealers. Abby

Dear Bernie, Thank you for your note, but I am afraid I don't understand your question. We reprint old gun catalogs. Are you referring to one of our reprints? If so which one? We do not sell guns. Please elaborate a bit and I will try to help you. Abby (never heard back)

Dear cornellpubs, sry to trouble you just asking where might i find a parker hale ba. 27 mount ty jack shardik41 (Ebay)
Dear shardik41, Pardon me? Please explain in more detail so I can understand what you are asking. Abby
Dear Abby, i am sry what i was wondering if you knew or would have a scope mount for a parker hale 303 cal. rifle the mount that was on it previouly was inscribed with the # parker hale ba.27 i am trying to find one the same as mine is broken i ty jack
Dear Jack, Ok, we reprint old gun catalogs, we are not a parts house. Try Jack First or Numrich. Abby

Abby, I have a Rivolier Pere et Fils (RPF) that I would like to find out more information on. You stated in the book description (Vorisek’s Breechloader’s Books-ed) that you could let the buyer know if there was enough info to warrant purchase. I'd appreciate any info. you could give me. Thanks, Tim
Tim, Thanks for asking, and no there isn't. Says: "RIVOUER PERE ET FILS Shotgun maker located In SI. Etienne, France from at least 1928 to 1940, Shotguns made by this firm are usually only marked RPF." Cheers, Abby

Dear Cornell, Received three catalogs ordered and am pleased with them. I'm very pleased that you've undertaken this important work and maintaining a library for the benefit of all of us in the shooting fraternity. Thanks, Jim Flatman.

Dear cornellpubs, Is this the book with 32 short colt reload info? Ideal 1933 Hand Book of Useful Information No. 30 Catalog - timberboomer123 (Ebay)
Dear Timber, This is one Ideal catalog that has load data for that round (other Ideals we reprint do as well). Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I have a stevens 22 that looks like the crack shot and or favorite... my problem is that the 22 doesn't say either . It says J. Stevens A &T company... Do you have a book that would cover this model or should I get the other [crack shot, favorite] to take its place? Thanks,Bob - rcohen262mr (Ebay)
Dear Bob, Stevens made crack shot and favorite rifles and both are listed in this components catalog. Problem is I don't know what you mean when you say "Do you have a book that would cover this model or should I get the other [crack shot, favorite] to take its place?" Are you looking for a sales catalog instead of a parts catalog, or what? Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, i have a smith and wesson american .44 da you got a book for that - 1954lowe
Dear 1954lowe, Probably, when was it made? Abby
Dear cornellpubs, 1888 i think the guy i got it from thought it was a russian - 1954lowe
Dear - 1954lowe, Ok, we are getting closer. Next, when you say "you got a book for that", what exactly do you mean? Do you want a hard cover "book" discussing the model, a novel that mentions the model, a catalog showing the gun, a parts catalog, takedown manual, reseller catalog, what? What are you trying to learn from the "book"? Abby… (never heard back)

Dear cornellpubs, Hello-this catalog of knives for sale ( original ) came out im May 1991 at the Blade Show in Knoxville,TN I should know I was there-this is not circa 1985! PLease correct the mistake-only myself will notice the mistake-this catalog came out the same time the very first book on Randall Made knives was for sale at the BLade SHow-author of this incredible book was signing copies! OK 1991 not 1985! Will but it when I see the correction! GOod day folks! – snowballiii (Ebay)
Dear Snowba, I had correspondence with Randall about the catalog and he didn't correct the date from 1985. Are you sure it wasn't printed earlier (c1985) and used for several years appearing at the signing you attended? I like to be accurate but certain before changing things. Cheers, Abby
Dear cornellpubs, NO way-I know more about Randall than they know about themselves! There was a review of my book in 1991 and also the writer reviewed this catalog at the same time-review came out in November 1991! this catalog of knives for sale came out in MAY 1991!!!!! - snowballiii
Dear Snowball, Ok, let's slow down. I like to get dates correct but I want to know with whom I am speaking and what qualifications they have to make the assertions they claim. I do not change dates from unidentified snippets of email conversations from people who casually write in. We reprint over 4000 old gun catalogs and I get on average ten or so emails a week from people who don't sign notes who claim all sorts of things. If I started to listen to all of them I would have a real mess on my hands. Now, I do appreciate help from people who sincerely have knowledge of something that is historically important to the collection I am afraid I cannot listen to everyone, especially those who are unidentified. Thanks for your input, Abby (He wrote back that if he gave me his name then I would know who he was. That was the last I heard!)

Abby, I am tracking down reloading information for the 357 Auto Mag Pistol (AMP). Supposedly, Speer 1974 Reloading Manual No. 9 has the 357 AMP (and 44 AMP as well!). Speer 1974 Reloading Manual No. 9 - 357 Auto Mag Pistol? Does the Speer #9 have the 357 AMP? v/r, Louis Ohland
Dear Louis, The 357 Auto Mag is listed on page 392 and the 44 on page 406... looks like 2 pages ea. Sorry to be in a rush, I have 47 emails to answer! Abby

Abby, Is it at all possible to receive your newsletter in hard-copy form through snail-mail? It is, for a gun collector and burgeoning gunsmith like me, so very full of interesting and valuable information. Thanks. I am currently an e-subscriber, but old-school in practice (and age) and always in need of preparation for the moment the lights go out and the PC and cell-phone go down. :) John Cooney
Hi John, No, I'm sorry we don't do a hard copy for a number of reasons. Mailing costs is one, it would cost over $7000 a month in just postage, but the main reason is time, there are just two of us and it takes us every minute just to keep up with orders. I suppose we could hire people but we had that for thirty years in our own business and swore we would never again...! I do have some helpful information though, all old newsletters are available online from our website. Here is the link: newsletters. Cheers, Rob and Abby

Abby, I am looking to buy a catalog that lists / shows Pre World War II, Haenel Air Rifles. I am particularly interested in the Haenel Model 1 DRP, Haenel XV/VA (Model 15 with wood forestock), and Haenel XXXX (Model 40). I have researched your listings and found numerous publications that include Haenel products, but could not tell if the models I’m interested in were included. Would you please check the following two publications and let me know if either or both show these models? I know this is a lot of trouble, but it would really be helpful to know that the publication I am buying has the information I need.
1) Item # 2508 “Parker Hale 1938 Sporting Section Catalog”
2) Item # 878 “Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1936 Catalog”
Thanks for your help and all the great publications you provide. David Saye
Dear David, This sort of question always leaves me thinking I shortchanged a customer. I know we have what you want but just don't have the time to look at all the things we reprint to find it. The A&F has the Mod X and Mod V.J. (presumably for "5 jr." -no 292) Haenels. The PH has Mod 5, M7 and M33. I'll attach a Haenel flyer from 1938. That might help a bit. Use Google translator to get some English from the German. Abby

Hi Abby, I have a US Revolver Co 32 5 shot gun but not a top break. I took apart the hammer and not it's not working corectly so I will need a manual to get it back together. The serial number is E44700 and it has the US on the grips. If you do have the manual that would be awesome and please contact me for payment. Thank you, Nelson Ocasio
Dear Nelson, Your revolver was made by Iver Johnson in 1927. We may have an exploded view of the weapon but we are way too busy right now to do research for you. You could check the Gun Digest books we carry to see if they have IJ solid frame revolvers listed or get back to us after Christmas. Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, I ordered one of you publications a few years ago. Your descriptions of you publications and your process for how you create the was MORE specific than most items listed on the Internet. I have stayed on your distribution list for the newsletter simply for the entertainment of reading from the morons who complain because they apparently cannot read simple English. I want to Thank You for the entertainment, your updates and the reference links. I am sure at some point I will need one of your publications, and I know how to get them. Thanks again an Happy New Year, John B Marshall


Hi I recently purchased an old stoger trap gun and would like to know if it is one of your catalogs serial # 40092 made in Italy Jason Ketchel
Jason, It probably is in one of the Stoeger catalogs but which one I have no idea. I don't have access to Stoeger serial numbers to determine year of manufacture, sorry. You could write to them and ask though, here is the link: Stoeger Industries Home, Abby
Abby Attached is a page from a Stoger catalog that I would be interested in getting the full catalog see if it helps to know which one. Thanks Jason
Jason, Ah, AFS, that helps- that was their "house brand". Well, it took an hour, but I found it. The ads first appear in the 1934 and 1936 Stoeger catalogs listing a price of $100 and again in the 1939 Stoeger (this is the one you sent me images of) for $175. The add is substantially the same in all three. A.F. S. guns may have been made by Ferlach in Austria. I say that because in the 50s Stoeger advertised their guns as AFS Ferlach but sold mainly multi-barrel guns. Having been made abroad also may explain the large price increase between 1936 and 1939. Here are the links to the catalogs I mentioned: Abby

Dear Abby, winchester 410 model 42 shotgun: Built in approximately 1955. Engraved by Master engraver Gino Gargnel. Please provide cost of Manual. alvin glatt
Dear Alvin, This is the most complete manual for that gun: Winchester Model 42 Complete Takedown Manual . Abby

Abby, do you have the DuPont 1964 or later loading manual? Clay Dudenhoeffer
Dear Clay, Yes, we have this one: DuPont 1968 Handloading Guide. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Standard Arms Model G - .35 Remington: Hope to purchase reprints of Owner's Manuals, Catalogs and Schematics of this weird old gun. Will buy anything you have, Thx, Guy Maris III
Guy, These are the Standard Arms catalogs and manuals we reprint: Cheers, Abby

Abby, Thanks for the email and appreciation. I am happy with the fast service and large selection of historical manuals and catalogs you offer. I can't wait to receive my next order. Keep up the great work, I look forward to doing more business with your company in the future. Sincerely, Tom Franklin

Abby, Vintage gun ads: i'm looking for gun ads (rifle or pistol) from the revolutionary war era in the US, i.e. the mid to late 1700's. i would also like any documents that discuss guns used by the average person in that day in the US. do you have anything like these? tony ferraro
Tony, I've never seen a gun ad from the 18th century. Guns were made in those days by smiths who worked locally and who probably did not need to advertise. There may have been the occasional used firearms ad but again, very local. Sorry, but I bet you are out of luck for ads. As far as publications go, we print a great number of documents and many of them refer to old guns, both as collector’s items and information texts. You can find them all at our website or if you can be much more specific about what you are looking for, perhaps I can help guide you. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, can i get this on like 28lb paper or how much for a pdf file and i can print my own on 28lb paper? - kb133 (Ebay)
Dear kb, We don't sell pdfs, out database is not stored that way. I could print it on 24# paper but that is the closest I can come. Cheers, Abby

Abby - You have a great newsletter! Thanks for making the free downloads available. Really enjoyed reading the B-17 Log. Thank you!!!! Jan G. Snedeker

Hello, my name is Terry Duncan and I hope that I'm not bothering you, but I found your email address on a firearms forum. I was looking for information on a gun that I have. It's a FLOBERT 6mm cal.. If you can help me out I would appreciate it very much. Thank you, Terry R. Duncan
Terry, From that information I can't tell you a lot about your gun. The Flobert name was attached to many guns shot with the primer only and often called Saloon Guns. They were generally fired indoors and were made for many years. I think you should see all the material we have on Flobert by entering the word flobert in the search box at the website. Also you might be interested in this publication: The Flobert Gun - History. Happy New Year, Abby

Sirs: Are these manuals the same deminsions has the orginals? If so, did the originals come FOLDED in the box w/ the pistol? Thanks SO Much, David - cherokeebill48 (Ebay)
Hi David, First, we do not make forgeries of originals so our reprints are not to be mistaken for an original that came with a pistol. Also, our reprints are not necessarily exactly the same size as the originals. Some originals were printed on non standard size paper or the type was tiny or other things. We adjust the size to make them more readable yet still resemble the original. I don't know it this particular (Colt Woodsman) manual came with the pistol when it was made. Happy New Year, Abby

Abby, I don't mind waiting. Please make sure that my copy is crystal clear and not blurry. Thanks ....... Paul
Dear Paul, Thank you for your note. I have refunded your purchase payment in full and will not be sending you the manual you ordered. I've learned when dealing with Ebay customers that I cannot guarantee that what I reprint is perfect (in your words "crystal clear"). I work with material that is often hovering around 100 years old and although I do the best I can to make the best product I can I cannot please all the people all the time. Ebay has empowered buyers with their feedback threat to an extent that they have critical power over the seller and I like to keep my feedback positive. Cheers and Happy New Year, Abby

Hi Friend, Catalog came... I am very happy  It is excellent!!! Beautifull piece... Friend if I can help you in any way just let me know... You are great guy and Cornell Publications is an excellent company... I wish all best for Christmas and New Year... Best Regards, Miroslav (Croatia)

Hello Abby. Thanks for the email. Have the items shipped yet? I have not received them yet, but with the holidays and all I know shipping is delayed. Just checking in. Thanks, LOU Z
Dear Lou, A Notice was left at your PO on the 20th of Dec that they were waiting for you! Many thanks again! You were sent a confirmation # on the 17th by Stamps.com to search USPS. Happy Holidays and Happy 2013 to you. Abby
Abby, Thank you. Sorry to bother you. I guess none of my employees can look into a PO box when they go to the post office. Guess I have to go there myself. Lou


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This month's winner is:

"Abby, I find it rather shameful that you would sell a book that you claim has some 425 pages with a few that don't copy well when in fact the copy you sent me has only 47 pages that have anything on them at all. Nearly 400 blank pages in this $25.00 book. I appreciate the shooters notes notepad you sent but I have a 400 page notepad to use first. Anthony Hinton"

Dear Anthony, Shameful? You know better than that. What you apparently got was a printer error which happens now and then, so no need to panic. I'll print you another and then everything will be peachy cream, won't it? (I assume you were joking by your note and that you weren't seriously thinking I would send you 400 blank pages on purpose. I wouldn't be in business long if I did that a lot.) Best wishes, Abby

"Abby, Thanks for making it right. In my business we can't afford to have a quality contol issue come up in the first place. Someone didn't look at the job when they were finished. Just a helpful hint. Thank you. Anthony Hinton"

Dear Anthony, I am sure your business is a lot bigger and more important than mine. My business, or project really, is just me. Well, sometimes, Rob helps me when I get overwhelmed as I have been since Christmas. In fact, it was Rob who loused up your book. I better fire him, but then we've been married almost 45 years and that would be awkward.

Anyway, what I do is to preserve old gun catalogs before they are all gone. I sell the reprints to help pay for what is an incredibly expensive project. Of course, it is even more expensive when I have to fix mistakes so it pays to not make them in the first place. I'll have a stern talk with my husband about his shoddy work habits, that'll fix him! Thank you for your gracious approach to such an egregious error on our part. Sincerely, Abby

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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

Popups and Blockers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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: