Calls from the Wilds


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The Date of our Demise was Exaggerated

Many people inferred from the last newsletter that our retirement was imminent. We hope that is not the case. What we were trying to say is that we've been preserving old catalogs and manuals for twelve years and the end of the project is now closer than the beginning. Therefore, we ask you to dig out your treasured old gun catalogs and manuals and let us borrow them before either we or you are gone! Another idea- do you know someone with as stash of ephemera you could talk to about lending them? No damage will be done; we get the originals back quickly and even trade for some of ours!

This website has a must read story about the

Steamboat Arabia

(click the link)


thanks to Dick Carleton and Red Rabeneck

Dinner Companion to Beat the Band...

(click the link)

Exploding Chef

thanks to John Campbell

So, I was sitting in my tree stand...

click the link and then scroll down the page a bit...


Electric Wire on Car? May Save Your Life...

(click the link)


Thanks to Puget Sound Energy

Wonder how many collisions this stunt caused...

(click the link)


Charming- Deer Frolicking on the Water

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thanks to Chris Jones

The Wizards of Australia (It's True!)

A couple of blokes in Australia needed some cheap gasoline so the crept up on an idle tour bus carrying a container and a length of hose. The plan was to steal the gas by siphoning it into the can. One fellow stealthily unscrewed the gas cap. Then the other snaked in a long hose, took a deep breath, exhaled and gave a mighty suck on the end of the hose to start the siphon.

Most of us would give a week's wages to over hear the conversation between the two while they discussed why the one unscrewed the cap to the human waste tank rather than the gas tank.

The Week Magazine Feb 5, 2016

Rob Mouat

Federal and Local Police Overstepping

the “Protect and Serve” Boundary?

Vernon Howell. Those of us who remember the incident knew Mr. Howell by the biblical name he later took, David Koresh. In 1993 Mr. Koresh led a group or cult calling themselves Branch Davidians (not to be confused with the original Davidian Seventh-day Adventist group) that eventually based itself in a compound outside Waco, Texas. Fewer than 100 members supported themselves by means unknown but not in any luxury until Koresh cemented his leadership of the band and began buying and selling guns, mainly at gun shows, which they did legally. One of the members had a FFL.

The guns were not what attracted the attention of the authorities though; it was girls, or rather young women, lots of them. Koresh had some goofy notion that he should father 24 children who ultimately would rule the world or some such nonsense and he had set about this task busily impregnating female members of the tribe. Unfortunately for him, some of the “women” were a tad on the youngish side, some even younger than age of consent in Texas at the time, 14. While this behavior certainly deserved the attention of the authorities, it was, surprisingly, Koresh’s sexual appetites that attracted the attention of the BATF.

The ATF, you ask? Well, apparently allegations of child abuse were lodged by detractors and ex-members of the cult and after investigating the U.S. Department of Justice decided there was evidence of child sexual and physical abuse and somehow the ATF got wind of it and dug into the matter. Despite the merits of the charges, legal scholars point out that the ATF had no legal jurisdiction in the matter of child protection. Nevertheless, the abuse charges were used by the ATF to make a case against Koresh. Or perhaps they were interested in the gun trading and the girls were simply something they decided they could use as the excuse to raid the complex, their motives and reasoning are unclear.

Anyway, on Fed 28, 1993 the ATF raided the compound and the assault resulted in the deaths of four agents and six Branch Davidians. To the consternation and surprise of the ATF the Davidians didn’t surrender despite their losses that day and a 51 day siege ensued until April 19th when the final attack took place by scores of ATF and FBI agents supported by helicopters and various military vehicles. Jurors in a subsequent inquiry were told that the military vehicles used by the FBI in the Branch Davidian operation included seven Bradley armored waco1personnel carriers, four 54-ton combat engineering vehicles (used to punch holes in the buildings), two M-1 Abrams battle tanks, and a tracked maintenance recovery vehicle. It was also stated that no military personnel took part in the raid. A spokesman for the Army Special Operations Group, Lieut. Col. Charles Merlo, said, "My understanding is that we helped the A.T.F. with some range assistance and medical training, but that we did not have anybody present during the raid."

I maintain that both agencies, the FBI and the ATF, are basically police departments not military units. During the attack and while barricaded inside thewaco2 building, some 80 Branch Davidians, including David Koresh, died; 22 of these victims were children under the age of 17. Many apparently died as a result of a fire that burned the buildings. Origins of the fire are disputed but one might conjecture they were started by the many tear gas canisters fired into the buildings.

I mention this notorious event not to dredge up the bad decisions made by government agencies or individuals but rather to illustrate what happens when a heavily armed police department attempts to use military tactics and equipment to quell a civilian matter. There were other national incidents, Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, the infamous chase through the streets of Boston for the Marathon Bombers and more recently, although it too started in 1993, Cliven Bundy and his fight with the Bureau of Land Management.

The Boston exercise in particular gave me pause as I watched on TV thousands of police dressed with military gear rushing in and out of civilian homes with machine guns. While apparently none of the residents objected to the searches, I hate to think what would have happened if some homeowner had demanded a warrant.

With less publicity local police face similar situations all the time albeit without national exposure. Traditionally, for the most part, police have dealt with their responsibilities efficiently and with professional restraint however, during the last 20 years or so more and more military gear and military tactical mindset has crept into local police departments.

Next month I want to explore the effect of the police display and use of military grade gear and machines on the public perception of local police departments.

Rob Mouat

Arms Heritage Magazine

Civil War Flying Machines

Most Civil War buffs are aware of the balloon reconnaissance flights by Thaddeus Lowe--daredevil excursions over battlefields in plain view of enemy rifled-muskets to observe and telegraph tactical information back to command posts on the ground. It might surprise readers to know that other ideas were also being explored. (See Arms Heritage Volume 4, Number 5 for details on ballooning during the Civil War)

The pages of this magazine have chronicled some weird and wonderful ideas from that incubator of wild concepts – the American Civil War, but none to rival these – Flying Machines. That they never got off the ground is a given but these ideas do show the imaginations of the times.

Confederate Version

William C. Powers was an architectural engineer/mechanic in Mobile, Alabama during the Civil War. Between 1862 and 1863 he conceptualized an idea for an aerial bomber that could break the Union blockade of Mobile. He drew plans and built a model of a proposed aircraft that could rise vertically and travel horizontally while carrying a man and a load of explosives.

The machine consisted of a large helical blade that could rotate on a vertical axis providing lift. Another series of airscrews could provide thrust and various rudders would enable directional control. Power would come from a steam engine.

Funds were not available for such a project. Fearing the the North with its assumed greater resources might capture his plans and build the machine in great quantities, he decided to keep his design secret. Thus ended the Confederate super-weapon.

Union Version

The idea was also considered by the Union. Supposedly, a device was exhibited by an unknown inventor. It consisted of a series of vanes connected to a flywheel. When then the flywheel was spun by the action of a hand-pulled string, it rose to an altitude of about 100 feet. After seeing this demonstration, Major General B. F. Butler expressed the belief that a man-carrying version might be possible. (Similar toys are currently available in novelty stores)

He detailed the engineer, Edward W. Sterrell, to report officially on the matter. Sterell, using the toy as a model, added gliding planes and completed drawings for a full scale version. Drawings showed four fans for lift, two above the engine and two more below. Two horizontal fans provided propulsion and steerage. The rear fan was on a tiltable shaft to provide good directional control. A lateral shaft with sliding weights enabled equilibrium to be achieved.

The length of the machine was to be 52 feet and from wingtip to wingtip a bit longer.. The body design was cigar-shaped and intended to contain a high pressure boiler and steam engine as well as the operator. Various means of sliding weights to balance the craft were provided.

General Butler was so impressed with the drawings that he ordered the machine to be built at once. Since no Federal appropriation was available, a group of wealthy citizens underwrote the project. A sheet iron screw, 32 feet in diameter was actually built and tested. It could actually lift 500 pounds which was more than its weight.

That was about as far as the project went. The lack of a suitable power plant probably saved the life of the daredevil who might have been assigned to test it.

But here is the most ingenious all – in theory, perfectly logical to the mid-nineteenth century mind of the inventor:

“ …just as man has managed to make use of the powers of inferior animals given to him to be his servants to effect his purposes. There are many birds noted for strength of wing and endurance in flight”.

The writer notes that he has “never found the opportunity to put my idea to experiment” and goes on to suggest that swans might be the best bet (number of swans to be determined after lifting tests)

Flying Machine

(from the September 23, 1865 Scientific American)

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Letters from Readers

Hi Abby and crew, Just a line from Olde England to say thank you for the Webley & Scott shotgun catalogue. It arrived in perfect condition without being folded by either of our postal services. Now that I know which model of shotgun it is I can negotiate a better price! Allan Kirk

(Dear Rob) re: Browning c1970 BPS Pump Shotgun Manual - does this cover the field model 22, Browning 20 Gauge Pump Shotgun? Thanks, newcrowastro (Ebay)

Dear bewcr… I'm not familiar enough with Browning shotguns to advise you about the M22 Pump. I would advise you to ask Browning directly. Rob

Dear Abby- Awesome. Thank you. Curtis Fox

Hi Rob and Abby, Received my order today extremely pleased with it so happy to have found your service. I would not hesitate to recommend you. Regards, Andrew Hall

(Dear Rob) re: Browning 1900 FN 7 Shot Pistol 7.65 Caliber Manual With this item you don't happen to have used or new old stock firing pin for fn1900? Pin is not going to be used it is a memory present to frame with booklet and grips. Thankyou, three-one-two (Ebay)

Dear Three… We are publishers, not gun part distributors. Rob

Hi, re: Ayra Durex Company 1938 Destroyer Carbine Gun Catalog. Is the print legible and in english???is it just a page or a magazine??? Thanks, djvwbugs6uzz

Dear djvw… Yes, of course, the print is legible. Here is the description and contents that are with the ad that will fill in the details:

8 pages, about 8 1/2" x 6", glossy soft-cover in full color. New COLOR re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 92 bright acid-free paper. Fully Illustrated. Spanish gun - text in English.


• Ayra Durex Company 1938 Destroyer Carbine Gun Catalog

• In English

• Precision Fire Arms

• Specifications of the Destroyer

• Ballistics

• Operations

• Assembly and Disassembly

• Mounting and dismounting

• Cleaning

• Parts Diagram

Hi, re: Cooey-Winchester 1973 (Canadian) Gun Catalog does this book speak of the RCMP Centenial rifle? steph05bfl (Ebay)

Dear steph05... Yes, it does:


• Winchester Cooey 1973

• Olin Corporation Cobourg, Ontario Canada

• With Prices

• RCMP Centennial Colour Prints and 94s see below:

• Model 94, 64 and RCMP Commemoratives

• Etc…

Abby & Rob, Thank you so much for shipping this to me, I received it on Saturday. I'm impressed with your work and you can be sure I'll be checking your site often for something else I may need. Thanks again, Harry Grinder

Dear Abby, I owe you a big "thank you" for this literature...just the best in every manner. I will be a returning customer. Many thanks for a very professional job. Allen

Dear Abby, re: Star 1940 Modelo Militar 9mm Reformado Manual Thanks for the technical manual! This will help me with my pistol, as well as help me brush up on my Spanish! Joseph

Dear Abby, I would like to purchase a catalog, unfortunately I do not know the year my gun was manufactured. I purchased it in the early to mid 70's. I have a 20 gauge double barrel shotgun, manufactured by Aramberri, imported by Interarms, model Star Gauge 132. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Don Braddy

Dear Don, The Star Gauge DBS is listed in the 1972, 73, 75 and 76 Interarms Catalogs. The 72 ad is different than the later ones (format is different, not the gun) and the later ones are more colorful: INTERARMS - ALL CATALOGS Cheers, Rob

Hi again, Frommer- Instruction pour le Pistolet Auto c1901- Budapest Frommer- Le Pistolet Automatique cal. 7.65 mm c1902 Budapest manuals arrived today also. I knew it was going to be in French, but I ordered it anyway. I was hoping it had some additional pictures that I could figure out, but didn't, but that is the chance I took, which is OK.

Its too bad, there wasn't a sheet that had the translation that would be included with the book, or other different language books. Being people contribute to the monthly E-mail. Maybe if asked, some people may interpet a book and send it to you for a small fee or free. Maybe a small note in the newsletter may help accomplish this. I am sure if noted the book ad about the extra English paper, it would help in sales. The only French I know is French bread. Oh Well!!! Outside of that, good job and thanks again, John

Dear John, Thanks for your note. I can tell you why we haven’t had any manuals translated- we do way too many in foreign languages and sell too few. In total we offer about 5000 reprints of which about 700 publications are in a number of different languages- (French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Russian, Czech etc.) so the task would be huge. But the real problem is that we sell very few of any one item each year and even English language manuals of rare weapons either never sell or sell one in five years so the return on effort would be minimal.

Why do we do it and why offer so many rare ones? Well, Abby and I, in our retirement, have dedicated ourselves to preserving these old publications in one place for future generations so the monetary return is secondary. That is especially true when you consider how much it costs to advertise and sell on EBay compared to our website! That is why we don’t list everything we offer on Ebay. Try Google Translate to help your project! Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) I would like to make an offer of 10.95 for the Bear 1978 Archery Catalog. I would be willing to cover up to 5.00 for shipping. Are you willing or able to agree to my offer? Thanks for considering it and look forward to hearing back from you. Have a nice day..... Rog rr198554** (Ebay)

Dear Rog, We sell reprints on Ebay at a fixed price that we feel is fair given the high cost of printing and advertising on Ebay (probably 1/3 or more of the 5000 items we offer sell less than one each a year- including Bear catalogs) so I am afraid we can’t accept offers. Shipping can be regular mail or Priority and regular mail to Grand Blanc, MI from Brighton, MI is less than $5. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Hello there, Where is my order? Joined 1/21/2016 at 16:46 in Chicago and then no trace of the consignment. Alfred Schuh (Germany)

Dear Mr. Schuh, We post packages from Michigan. Chicago is where packages leave the United States. There is no tracking available after they leave Chicago. International shipping can take a month or more. The time depends on the Customs Inspection in Europe. I am certain you will receive the package shortly. Sincerely, Rob Mouat

(Dear Cornell) Remington Model 4 Manual? Did a search and found nothing, can you double check for me? Thanks, Bernie

Dear Bernie, Which Model 4 are you referring to (there were at least 2)? I believe the “new” Model 4 and 7400 were one and the same. Here is the link to our manual. And this is the reason I believe it is the same (see the section on history). Cheers, Rob

(Rob) The rolling block .22 was produced between 1890 and 1933. About 350,000 we produced in that time. According to Ken Womack at rolling block parts (who told me to try you) Remington was not very good at keeping mfg dates tied to serial numbers. (Bernie)

Bernie, Looking through the Remington manuals and catalogs I see from the parts diagram in the 1894 catalog that the old Remington No. 4 had only seven moving parts. From that I can guess that they never issued what we would call today a "manual" for the weapon. So, the best I can offer you is that parts diagram (it is not and exploded view): Remington 1894 Arms Company Catalog . Rob

(Dear Cornell) re: Tranter Cartridge Firearms- Black, Guerin, Michaud. Is this a copy of the 2nd edition? (I saw that one should have come out back in 2011) Did anyone do a book on Kerr revolvers tat you know of? Thanks, earlbrasse (Ebay)

Dear earlbra… I don't believe there is a second edition. When the authors ran out of the first printing and the prices for used ones went way up, Mr. Black gave us permission to reprint the original book with soft covers. The printing is from his proof copy. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Cornell) Item received today in perfect condition, many thanks for an excellent service, yours Jim Pruden

Abby, my books came today! That was very quick! Thanks. Best wishes, Garnett

Dear cornellpubs, J'ai oublier de vous laisser une évaluation, j'en suis désoler. Je tient à vous dire que vous êtes un très bon vendeur. Merci beaucoup pour la transaction - beverly2812

Merci beaucoup, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Great reference items. Any catalogs that show Rifleman 44-40 rifle [ Chuck Conners] with SCABBARD by Hubley? Thanks for any help you might provide. Milt

Hi Milt, The 1961 catalog features the Rifleman's "flip special" #203, the 1962 calls it the "Ring Rifle":

Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I recently purchased some Winchester 1893 catalogs from you on GB. I need to know if the any of your 1894 catalogs contain the 1893 12 gauge slide shotgun with parts description. The 1893 catalogs only had the 1893 lever action shotgun. I'm also looking for any schematics for the Winchester 1893 slide shotgun. Thanks in advance for your response. Best regards, James Allen (Ebay)

Dear Mr. Allen, Both the 1894 Winchester catalogs have the M1893 shotgun - six pages with cut-away drawings and flat parts views. I am sorry that schematics did not come into common use by gun companies until after WWII (1945) and I can't find one in any of my later books. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Hi Abby, Just a note to let you know that the catalogs and reprints made it home safely. Once again, many thanks for everything you've done, and kudos to Rob for the excellent job in cleaning up the old Gattermann catalog to preserve this information! Steve Whitley

Hello Rob / Abby , many thanks , I received the booklet on BSA air guns , very happy with this , please convey my thanks to all , kind regards Fred Andrews

Dear cornellpubs, Thanks for sending the missing catalog. It is a real pleasure doing business with you. Thanks for producing reproduction catalogs. They really come in handy when purchasing a firearm then needing information that you may have at my fingertips. I collection original Winchester and Browning catalogs and use yours as fillers when the originals are not available or cost prohibitive. Thanks again for what you produce and the great service. Etienne

Hello Abby, Regarding Robbin Schurr's enquiry about a U.S. Arms Co., No. 2 revolver, the enquirer may be referring to the United Sporting Arms Company of Riverhead, New York and Tucson, AZ (aka: U.S. Arms Co.). A few years ago, the Standard Catalog of Firearms had a lengthy article detailing the history of this firm.

Other possibilities would be United States Arms (aka: Otis A. Smith Co., Rockfall, CT, circa 1870-1875) and the U.S. Revolver Company (a division of Iver Johnson). I have found no reference to a Model No. 2 revolver produced by any of the above firms. Brgds, JGD

(Dear Abby) thanks for the info, much appreciated. ROBBIN

Dear 2277cars, I am refunding some of your postage since it was mailed regular mail and there was no need for priority service to get it to you any faster. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, ok, thanks a lot. Now-a-days most people would just keep the extra money and not mention it at all. Nice of you to act like a real old time human being and take the time to refund it and to notify me. - 2277cars (Ebay)

Note from Abby- Now if Ebay would only refund the commission they took on the extra postage without filling out 57 forms you can’t find!

Dear cornellpubs, Do you have an exploded view of how a Victor 22 CAL RF is put together ? And the parts list ? Say yes, and Thank you. - steveholly81jerry

Dear steveholly81jerry... There have been a number of cheap .22 revolvers (it is a handgun, right?) named Victor over the years. H&R and Marlin to name two. Unfortunately most were made before WWII when exploded assembly views were not common so I doubt I can help you. If you want to be a bit more specific about your piece I'll do a bit more research. Pictures would help. Rob

Hi Abby, I received my catalogs within days of placing the order. They are excellent, with clear and sharp detail. Even though I chose somewhat at random, they have exactly the info I seek. Thank You, Steve P

Dear cornellpubs, May I please have one single price (Incl. S&H) for the following ?

  • Parker c1913 Gun - Flying Ducks Catalog( 290893129436 )
  • Ithaca 1942 Gun Catalog( 290893129721 )
  • AH Fox 1926, The Fox Guns( 370791493465 )
  • Savage 1959, Stevens Fox, Rifles, Shotguns Catalog( 370791493468 )
  • Harrington & Richardson Arms 1970 Gun Catalog( 290990351511 )
  • Marlin 1947 Gun (LC Smith) and Rifle Catalog( 370960134577 )
  • Lefever Arms Co. 1905( 290893130897 )

Thank you; Mike F. - (Ebay)

Dear Mike, your eBay user ID says you live in NY. It would be $5.00 and sent priority either box or priority envelope. You must buy them and then request a combined invoice. I am not sure how easy that is to do.... so buy them and wait until I can send you a combined invoice. Thanks for your interest and Happy New Year! Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I was hoping for a generous price discount on each and every single catalog inasmuch a I was about to buy seven, (7) at a time. Mike

Dear Mr. Furness, This is awkward but I am afraid we don't discount sales on Ebay. We pay hefty fees to Ebay (much of the total for things we never sell but have to offer) and we try to price our catalogs and books at little more then break-even. Abby and I are retired and the project to preserve old gun catalogs is our small contribution to the sport during our "leisure years". Abby says she can give you free shipping but that is really the best we can offer. I do hope you understand and we will understand if you decide to buy nothing. Best wishes for a Happy New Year, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I'll prolly just order 3 or 4 of my original 7 picks. Thank you for your time; Mike Furness (retiring in 7 months !)

Sir , I have the book on the .22 magnum , now I want the .22 long rifle......Thank you.........rmoss"

Dear rmoss44... That was a bit too cryptic for me. Please explain in detail what you want and we will try to help. Rob


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Mr. Trudell, jdwsu (Ebay) When you telephoned us from our website last Friday I told you the Marlin manual we reprint is not exactly the same size as the original and will not fit in the regular #10 envelope the original fits in and is heavier than the original, hence the additional postage above the $.49 you demanded. We talked further and it is apparent that you want a perfect copy of the original manual to show with your gun. I told you that what we offer will not meet those exacting specifications. Because we reprint over 5000 pieces of old ephemera and each is printed on different paper with different inks etc. it is impossible for us to make forgeries of originals.

I see now you have gone to our Ebay store to buy the same piece from us and you indicated that you refuse to pay the requested postage and require that we use a #10 envelope with $.49 postage. I am sure you are aware of all the Ebay guarantees and "buyer protections" etc. so to preempt any disappointment you may feel when you confirm our reprint is not the same as the original I refunded your purchase price including the $.49 postage and am mailing you the piece for free.

Sincerely, Rob Mouat

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

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

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

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

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. Send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.

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