Calls from the Wilds


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Elk moose

Fun Target Game

You get three shots in 30 Seconds. Mouse moves pistol, button shoots. Text is in Russian but it is pretty simple...


Thanks to Dick Carleton

So, I was digging my car out for the 25th time this year...


Searching for USED STUFF?

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

Hello Abby, Our hope is that you can help us spread the word on a new gun search engine we've created. The search engine is called Lionseek and what it does is scan the 'for sale' sections of popular gun forums and then organizes the data all in one area - making the experience of hunting down an item much more efficient. We've recently passed the 1 million page views/month mark and it would be a huge help if you could include a mention of our site. Tom Kazarian, Co-founder

9 Volt Batteries can give you a Hot Time in Your House tonight... TOO HOT!

9 volt

Thanks to Jeff Steidle at Regress Press (car catalog reprints)

FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) - Now for your IPhone


No, I didn't get paid for running this advert! But, I think it's neat. Apparently you snap the device over your iPhone and it will show and take images in infrared. The company touts it for home repairs (heat leaks), security and "outdoor activities" which I take as a euphemism for looking at naked purple people.

Thanks to Jeff Steidle at Regress Press (car catalog reprints)

Nikolaj Arndt- Scary Street Artist Extraordinary



Thanks to Ron Carleton

Movie Filmed on Market Street in San Francisco April 14, 1906 (before the April 18th earthquake)

David Kiehn, Bay Area Historian dated the film (this is a different link than the film itself).
Thanks to Calvin Pruett

Golden Gate Bridge c1936 During Constructionbridge

Thanks to Perry Hecker

What can a drone see from 17,000 feet? You'd be surprised!

Rob Mouat

Is a Drone Coming to Your House?

U.S. News, a respected news organization and magazine reported on January 15th that Rodney Brossart has been sentenced for terrorizing police officers who were attempting to arrest him in 2011. Rodney, a North Dakotan cattle rancher became the first U.S. citizen on U.S. soil to be arrested with the help of a Predator drone.

Customs and Border Patrol lent its Predator drones 700 times between 2010 and 2012. The agency had previously admitted to lending out the drones 500 times, but said it misplaced the records for 200 additional flights, and "discovered that it did not release all entries from the daily reports for 2010-2012" on the eve of a federal hearing in a case involving EFF. Despite lending drones out to groups such as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and various state and local law enforcement groups, Brossart's remains the only arrest in which law enforcement has admitted to using a drone.

RodneyApparently, Mr. Brossart had a disagreement with a neighbor over the neighbor’s wandering cattle and the police showed up to arrest him. Brossart and his sons hid out from the police and ultimately were ferreted out with the help of a Homeland Security Predator. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the arrest and Rodney will have to serve only six months of a three year sentence.

While it is obvious that Rodney should have just returned the stray cows to their owner, thereby avoiding this whole affair, he instead went into hiding on his property and refused police orders to surrender. Not an unusual situation for the police. What caught my eye, though, was the drone use by the police. The cops took advantage of the Homeland Security standing offer to lend a drone to police whenever possible and whenever the police might need such help, so the police are not to blame; it was the easy and less dangerous way out of a potentially bad situation.

But what about using the drone in general? I guess this was a pretty simple situation of a drone using, perhaps, infrared cameras to locate several fugitives hiding behind, say, a machinery shed on a farm in North Dakota. A pretty clean affair. But what happens if, for example, a drone of Homeland security is called into action to help police to locate a pair of teenagers who stole some money from an ATM in downtown Brighton? Or to chase a drunk and reckless driver or the guy in the pickup who beat up his wife or maybe you because you ran the red light at Main and Broad. Remember all those weddings we accidentally bombed with drones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan? Mistakes can happen and a TV picture is perhaps not the best place to develop a tactical plan on home turf.

There are currently some rules set by the FAA about where a model drone can fly. The rules say it should be under 55 pounds, and should be flown for non-commercial use within sight of the pilot and lower than either 400 or 700 feet depending on the interpretation of the rules. But, there are new rules coming in 2015 that will allow drones to access commercial airspace for military, commercial and privately owned drones.

I can imagine that we are not too far away from teams of trained local police quad copterdrone operators “on patrol” flying these things all over town, not big ones but the big and small ones (you can buy today for $1000 with the wide-angle HD cameras underneath). What would the police do about the guy spotted on drone TV shooting his old dog out in the field south of town. Or the farmer standing next to his tractor peeing on his crop, should we call in the health department SWAT team? How about those kids, are they filming a home-slasher movie or is it real? Do the cops roll the Homeland Security provided army tank with the SWAT team or what?

I don’t like the police using drones, and I don’t like the militarization of police* with all that scary gear we saw at the Boston bombing and for that matter, I’m not too happy with the idea of a neighbor’s drone hovering over my barn watching what I am doing in my backyard. It is way too easy to misinterpret situations viewed through a mini-cam. Drones are a lot of fun to fly, unless flown carelessly or without due regard for others rights, so I think the time has come to set some specific limits on their use and to carefully review the 2015 rules.

rip*This is one nasty 9mm round being marketed to the police and civilians by G2 Research. "A devastating new bullet designed to ‘take out all your vital organs’ has been released - aimed squarely at women who worry about protecting their homes." I'd hate to be a child in the next room when all that shrapnel passes through a burglar's arm.

Thanks to Wayne Ruxton for the heads up about Rodney

Arms Heritage Magazine

A Japanese Interpretation of the Colt Walker

This revolver was clearly inspired by the Colt Walker, however, the Japanese craftsman that made it had his own ideas about detailing and finishing. The makers name, Kunitomo is the name of a family with an arms making tradition that extends back centuries.

Colt Walker

The gun is embellished with two different family crests, appearing on the cylinder and on the upper barrel flat. Conjecture has it that the gun was made to commemorate the conjoining of two families, possibly by marriage. Only one crest appears on the barrel flat suggesting that it might be that of the family that commissioned the piece.

The mechanism is exactly like that of a Colt revolver of the period except that the internal parts are finished as perfectly as the rest of the gun.

A detailed article on this interesting gun will be featured later in the year in Arms Heritage Magazine.

Arms Heritage Magazine is now in its fourth year of publication. It's still only $19 per year and current subscribers have access to all previous issues (now numbering 18 issues). Subscriptions are available on line at Arms Heritage Magazine.

Bound and printed versions of years one and two Annuals are available from us.

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 our website.

Special thanks this month to Steve Whitley, Dennis LaVarenne, Bob Beach and Steve Brunner for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Too many people overlook catalogs from companies like Von Lengerke Abercrombie, Stoeger (Shooter's Bible), New York Sporting Goods and many other mass merchants and mail order houses because, I suppose, those catalogs were not issued by a specific manufacturer such as Colt.

That could be a mistake because they carried the latest lines from a variety of makers for the year published. So, say you have a Lefever from 1900 and we don't have a Lefever catalog for that year, well check out the William Read 1900 Gun Catalog, Boston, Massachusetts (link to the right of the Lefever main page) which has the Lefever line inside.

Gun Makers whose products are illustrated in a Merchant catalog are listed in the index for the merchant catalog (on the catalog page) and the merchant will appear when doing a search for, say, Colt toward the bottom of the results.

We've also cross indexed the contents of the merchant catalogs to appear to the right of the main page of all major manufacturers- check out the right of the Colt page where you will find a mass merchant catalog for almost any year.

New Additions this month:

Browning 1963 Arms Co.- Shotguns, Rifles, Pistols Catalog

Browning c1963 Pistols, Rifles Shotguns Pocket Catalog  

Colt 1980 Part and Price Catalog  

Comanche Revolver Manual- Lasserre S.A., Argentina

CVA Single Shot Shotgun Manual  

EAA Big Bore Bounty Hunter SSA Manual  

Federal c1972 Ammunition Catalog  

Firing Regulations for Small Arms 1916 US Navy  

Funsten Fouke Fur Co 1927 Trapping, Guns and Access. Catalog  

Glenfield Autoloaders M75C, 60 Owner's Manual  

Handbook on Small Bore Rifle Shooting 1950 - Whelen  

Howard Hill Archery 1962 Catalog  

Hubley 1973 Cap Gun and Toy Catalog  

Hubley c1925 Cap PIstols Catalog  

Hubley c1932 Cap Gun Catalog  

KHT Hardware Co. 1937 Gun & Ammo Catalog- Duluth, MN  

Maynard P Buehler c1963 High Power Rifles & Access., Orinda, CA.  

New York Sporting Goods 1905 Catalog  

Remo - Gewehrfabrik 1934 Gebruder Rempt  

Remo - Gewehrfabrik 1937 Gebruder Rempt - Kipplaufbuchse  

Remo - Gewehrfabrik Aug 1934 Gebruder Rempt, Suhl  

Remo Bock-Gewehre 1938 Gebruder Rempt, Suhl  

Remo Gewehrfabrik Gebruder Rempt M1936 Repetier-Buchse  

Remo- Spezial 1931 Jagd und Sport Gewehre  

Simson 1935 Waffenfabriken Co. Katalog, Suhl  

Springfield Armory - Headless Cartridge-Shell Extractor Manual  

Springfield Model 1882 Chaffee Reese Bolt Action Magazine Rifle  

The Theory of the Rifle & Rifle Shooting 1919, John Hicks, London  

Von Lengerke & Detmold 1922-23 Gun & Sports Catalog (NY)  

Weatherby 1967-68 Fine Firearms Catalog  

Western Ammunition Handbook 7th Edition c1941

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Letters from Readers

hi Abby:-), beautiful catalogues received in good order. Thanks so much for the smooth transaction, for saving me on shipping and for the kind feedbacks. I left you too. Greetings from Israel, Ron

Abby, A happy and prosperous New Year to you. My Maynard reprints arrived today safe and sound and well before my Maynard rifle. Thanks again for your reprint business. You provide an invaluable service in researching these old rifles. Otto

Abby, The very best to you! No rants from me, just a huge rave about how great your expanding resource is.. keep up the great work. Simon

Dear cornellpubs, What you are doing should be supported because there is too much of historical value in what you are doing IMO. Regards, Dennis - dmlv49 (Ebay)

Thanks Abby, Your shop is the greatest ever , the problem is making ones mind up what to get next . So a Happy and prosperous 2014 to you and yours . Cheers Razz .

Dear cornellpubs, Does this catalog (Lawrence Leather 1970) list information such as a holster chart which shows which models are designed for a specific firearm. Thanks! – texasstadium (Ebay)

Dear texas… Most holsters have suggestions for the types or model gun it will hold. BUT, please remember that handguns have been made by the millions by thousands of manufacturers for almost 200 years so not every gun in every caliber with every barrel length is mentioned specifically! Rob Mouat (heading off unhappy customers at the gulch)

Dear cornellpubs, I am interested and will buy one (Bear 1953 Archery Catalog ), but not for $20 shipping. If you can ship it regular ground mail, with USPS to me in Canada it only should cost a couple of dollars at most. I was born in 1953 and have a Bear bow from that era, so I would like one. I am on a fixed income and cannot afford that much for shipping. - raymondo273 (Ebay-Canada)

Dear raymondo273, The shipping to Canada is $6.00 - as noted on the eBay listing lower down- if you have trouble getting your postal area correct just wait for me to send you an invoice with the correct shipping - thanks for your interest.... Abby

Dear cornellpubs, It shows $20 on all of your catalogs! I may bid on and buy several, can you combine shipping in one envelope? Whatever the postage is for US Post Office ground is fine, just don't want to pay it on each one. I own a magazine business and ship magazines into and out of Canada each week and we can get 5 into one envelope easily and they are all 52 pages each, so these should be no problem, most are smaller than that. - raymondo273 (Ebay)

Raymond, This is more than I really wanted to get into, but Ebay charges a commission on shipping (I know, that sounds wrong, but they do) so they put the most expensive shipping method on the top. Buried down further you will find alternative methods that are cheaper. Now, we reprint over 5000 old gun catalogs and Ebay doesn't make it easy to figure what combined shipping could be because all our reprints have a different shipping weight. So, what I do is adjust shipping after an order is placed based on what the shipping actually costs. Depending on the quantity and size of the order the cheapest way to ship might be Canada Priority for $20 but as you point out often several different items can fit in the envelope. Finally, we say in at least three places in each advert that we combine shipping. Also, none of our listings are auctions everything is "Buy it now". Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I know they charge commission on shipping, I sell on eBay too. I feel it is wrong to do so BUT some guys 'mark up' the shipping to make up for this, and more. When you see $20 for shipping with a Buy It Now item you ARE committing yourself to paying that on EACH item. I have had it happen so that is why I asked. I don't like spending this much time on it either. I am a magazine publisher myself and know that sometimes you have to take time to explain policies, even eBay policies to clients. I will see which ones I need, buy them and they pay the shipping at check out. I intend on buying a lot of Bear bows and collecting them, and will need the cateloges for each year to make sure I know what I am buying. Thanks, - raymondo273 (Ebay)

Raymond, We'll take care of you, not to worry. Make a note on one of the purchases for us to check the shipping and we'll be fair with you. We do quite a lot of archery catalogs so when you are puttering around the internet remember to watch out for "cornellpubs"... Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, I just tried to buy this one (Bear 1953 Archery Catalog ) and add to the cart but it made me check out first and I don't know the others to add to it. Set one of these aside please as I need that one and will buy others. How do you add others without checking out individually? - raymondo273 (Ebay)

Raymond, Like you, we sell on Ebay but don't often buy there so I am not familiar with their latest checkout nonsense. Good news, though, we print to order so everything we offer is always available, all the time. Just let us know what you need and when you buy it just send us a note to tell us it is part of a larger order, we'll adjust shipping. Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, Ok, thanks. I know there was a problem with Bear's 1957 catalogue as the printer accidently destroyed nearly all copies, so Fred took the new cover and put it on the old 1956 catalogue! Can you compare these two and let me know if they are the same or different? I will look at which ones I will need and let you know. Thanks, - raymondo273 (Ebay)

Dear ray… different.

Dear cornellpubs, will this book show detailed markings and dimensions for each 22 cal rifle to help determine the model number. Thanks - pistol1044 (Ebay)

Dear pistol1044, No, not really. It gives barrel and overall lengths and a picture (from a photocopy), but it was an advertising piece at the time, not a technical or historical manual. It would help but it is not the end-all of information. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, thanks. can you tell which model has a 25 1/2 inch bbl and is 43 inches in length? this would be a tremendous help. Thanks pistol1044 (Ebay)

Dear pistol... I'm afraid I don't know off hand. That is the sort of thing people buy our publications to determine and I've long ago learned to not try to guess what other people own by email. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Will you be at the Tulsa gun show April 5/6? John - akpakr619

Dear John, Perhaps, but not with a table. We've learned through hard experience that displaying at gun shows is not good for us- people use our material as a free library, do their research and walk away. I remember one guy who kept coming back and looking at British shotgun catalogs, again and again. In the end he asked for one we didn’t have and walked away mad! Cheers, Abby

Abby, Winchester Model 88 Complete Takedown Manual. Do you have a copy of the Win. M-100 as well ? Thank you. cag48 (Gunbroker)

Cag… No, I don't believe Winchester made one for the m100. By the way, make sure your firing pin was modified in the Winchester recall. The gun can fire at half cock causing an explosion if not fixed. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Winchester Model 50 Complete Takedown Manual. Could I trouble you to glance through your manual and see if specific instructions with pictures/illustrations show how to remove the stock. Thanks - Rick in Maryland – rfjtoys

Rick- Yes, there is a section about removing the stock. Rob

Cornellpubs, Just a follow up on this delivery issue. I contacted DHL who said I needed to talk to USPS say they are the delivery service DHL uses for their Global Mail Service. I spoke with the USPS office for my zip code. They spoke to the carrier who claims he left it on my porch. Is it possible for you to make a claim against DHL and send another copy? Thanks, Ed

Ed, I confess to being a little confused. We got your order for the Armsmear book Tuesday morning, and emailed you about payment. We got payment confirmation the same day and entered the book in our next printing queue. It was printed, collated and bound yesterday and will ship today. I know nothing about DHL as everything we send goes by USPS. You will get a USPS tracking number by email when the package is stamped. So, I am afraid I have no idea what you are talking about with tracking numbers and DHL/USPS delivery. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Wrong package, sorry, Ed

Dear cornellpubs, Good morning, I read your message about taking time to print and allowing at least 2 weeks. My question is do you have any old firearms catalogs that are already printed that could be bought and shipped more quickly? I need one by 1/24/14. I really like the Winchester 1897 November- Repeating Arms Catalog no 60 one if you possibly have one already printed. Thanks, Janice – jpplain

Janice, Thanks for your note. We say that because it usually takes a few days to print, collate, bind and ship orders. That said, if you need something quickly, just let us know and we can expedite it. We are trying to cut down the number of people who order one day and write the next asking if it has been shipped and want the tracking number etc. Answering them takes so much time you wouldn't believe it! Anyway, we are happy to help, just let us know. Abby

Abby, I should not get on your website because I want to buy everything that I see. I have a couple of questions: 1. Not that I am in a hurry, but do you keep stocks of items printed to ship or do you have to print each one with every order. Just curious. However you do it the service is always fast. 2. Would you be able to make a profit by simply supplying the digital file of some of these catalogs to the public. Meaning, that you would not have the cost of actual printing but the customer could view it on a computer and not have it as a printed item. I am guessing that the problem with a computer file, is that it would lend itself to easy copying and thus cut down on business.? Just curious. I am an engineer, and I have to know how things work, it is how my mind operates. Thanks, Mark

Mark, You raise an interesting question that we have wrestled with for years. The cost of acquiring the originals we work (primarily) from is very high so we have to make some money to pay for the project. It is also a full time effort for two of us so we deserve a little pay as well. If we sold pdfs as we once did to my chagrin, they would litter the internet and each one sold would soon be worthless. People have little respect for things they buy, they think they "own" them in every sense of the word. Witness the free downloads we offer. Literally thousands are downloaded each month after I send out the newsletter. In January alone, List of Names in Gunmaking Business was downloaded 1497 times and, although we have an ongoing business, it would soon cease at those numbers. Such is the nature of a niche enterprise. On the other hand, if we could devise a method of “renting” a pdf for a period of time, as you suggest, people would want it for little money and despite the difference in time and production costs, there goes our profit margin. So, it is a difficult question that I have no answer to right now. Perhaps in future a flash of insight will strike us and we will be able to accommodate you. Would, for instance, you pay $100 a year for unlimited access to the database to view watermarked pdfs of everything we offer? Cheers, Rob Mouat

NOTE: I’ll get Rob to look into it if we get a lot of positive feedback from this email… I’ll let you know what happens. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I received my catalog and am unsatisfied. The ink severely fades from dark black to nearly illegible, primarily on the last page. What is the process for a refund? - pitmaster12012 (Ebay)

Dear Pitm… You were quite correct; the parts page was all messed up. I replaced it so anyone buying in future will get a good one. Abby said she refunded your money. Sorry for the inconvenience. Rob

Hello! My name is Eric Hedrich - I ordered a book online for my father Emil as he does not have email or computer access. The book was a CETME rifle instruction manual. I thought that it would have a complete blowup of the parts on the gun including an itemized part list, but all it has is verbal information and not specific pictorial detail regarding the gun. Do you happen to have such a beast in your inventory and if so, what would be the part number? All I can find are electronic copies of this on C.D. and he does not have a way to view it, he needs a paper copy. The book that I did order, he already had and wants to return it. Is that Okay? Thanks, Eric N Hedrich - in care of Emil Hedrich

Eric, No - that is all I have ever seen on Cetme and I refunded his $7.95 thanks – Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Does this (Hogdon c1980 Black Powder Loading Data) cover 45-60, 45-70, and 50-70?? - rays_1976fxe (Ebay)

Dear rays… Gives the Pyrodex equivalent of Black Powder eg, 40 gr bp = 24 gr Pyrodex. Gives muzzle velocity of various caliber ball & Conical bullet loads. Gives various loads for 45/70 with different bullets. Goes up to .460 Weatherby. By the way, we also reprint all the Ideals up to the 50s, the Ackley reloading books (4) and the Speer including Wildcat. They are all on Ebay but if you have trouble finding them try cornellpubs dot com. Rob Mouat

Abby, Hi, Is the G&H catalogue their first one they produced back in the day? Thanks, Chip

Chip, I don't know. It is an early one and I've never seen one that predates the one I have but I cannot tell you it is the first one. Cheers, Abby

Howdy ... After this writing I'll put in an order for a copy of this manual ... I wanted to ask if you happen to have a reprint manual for the British SMLE .303 issued by Britain, WW I or post WW I ... ?? I tried to look through your vast index but fell asleep ... I wish to thank you in regarding this question and your time as well .... - boomer5552 (Ebay)

Dear Boome.... We do quite a few Lee Enfield/Smle manuals of various vintages and I'll put a link to all the titles below. There is also a BSA SMLE catalog from just after WWI. Lee Enfields Abby

Hi Abby, Re: Browning A5. The most significant aspect of the different manuals would be the exploded parts diagram for the A5 showing the safety catch and operation there of... .

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There were 5 types not 4 as in the supposedly authoritative Shirley and Vanderlinden book. 1903 Type One with the safety midway along the guard, 1904 Type 2 at the forward end of the guard but no integral catch, 1905 Type 3 as Type 2 but with a catch, 1951 Type 4 the cross bolt, 1960 Type 5 with a modified button but operating as the Type 4.

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(The Top Image) shows Type 1 on my 1905 gun; (The Bottom Image) shows Type 3 on my 1944 gun (sold in 1944 direct to an allied soldier within weeks of the liberation of Liege) Best Regards, Eoin (Eoin Sloan Cdr RN CEng)

Thank you Eoin. I wish someone would take the time to check through my A5 manuals and make certain I have identified them properly... In fact if someone wants to help with that, just send me the item names and numbers and I'll send you a free set to check. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"I want to return the Colt 1933 Parts book I bought from you because it is useless to put the gun cack togehter. My son took it all apart and I bought the book to put it back together but I can't and your website told me it would. Why do you sell a useless book like that? I put the parts on the table like the books says but It doesn't tell me what to do next. Can I send them to you in exchage for you refunding the money and you put it together? Bobby Carson, Memphis"

Dear Bobby, I'm sorry the component parts book won't work for you. Of course, it is Colt 80 years ago you are really annoyed with, not us. I'll refund your purchase price, but I'm not able to reassemble your weapon, try a local gunsmith. Abby

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

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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.

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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.

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We get hundreds of calls about parts.

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