Calls from the Wilds


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From John to Jayden

This is a link to Social Security list of Popular Baby Names chosen by parents... you can also set it to different years to see how name popularity has changed from John in 1930 to Jayden in 2010!

Building the Berlin Wall

And this one is an animation documenting the physical building of the Berlin Wall. Quite a project!

Fuel for Allied Forces Following D-Day in Europe

We never really thought about it before but the tanks, trucks, aircraft and other vehicles operating in France, the Low Countries and then Germany must have used a huge amount of fuel. To supply this vast machine pipelines were laid across the Channel and then across land all over Europe. This is an interesting newsreel video giving the details.

World War II: After the War

This is a collection of often poignant photographs taken after the end of the war.

Slow Motion Video of an Owl Landing on a Camera

This was apparently shot at a golf course and shows an owl that apparently mistook a surveillance camera for a small animal. The last few seconds gives one the feeling of helplessness a mouse must feel at his end.

The Blonde Who Hunted Alligators:

After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the young blonde declared, 'Well, then, maybe I'll just go out and catch my own alligator and get a pair of alligator shoes for free!'

The shopkeeper replied with a sly smile, 'Well, little lady, why don't you go give it a try?'

The blonde headed off to the swamp, determined to catch an alligator. Later in the day, the shopkeeper was driving home, and spotted the young woman standing waist deep in the murky water, shotgun in hand.

He saw a huge 9-foot gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning reflexes, the blond took aim, shot the creature and hauled it up onto the slippery bank.

Nearby were 7 more dead gators all lying belly up. The shopkeeper watched in amazement as the blond struggled with the gator.

Then, rolling her eyes, she screamed in frustration... "Darn, THIS ONE'S BAREFOOT, TOO!"

Your Tax Dollars at Work Department!


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Antique Firearm Trivia

What Do You Know About Browning?

1. John Browning’s father, Jonathan, was born in Tennessee and headed West. Where did he settle and whom did he follow?

2. Believing that “a man does best that for which he is suited,” how did John and Matthew Browning operate the gunshop after they inherited it from their father?

3. A rival arms manufacturer said “I don’t know what you received for that [what?], but I would have given half my factory for it.” What was it?

4. John Browning was hunting in the marshes near the Great Salk Lake in 1892 when he noticed the movement of nearby rushes after he discharged his gun. What did this observation lead to?

5. How many rounds per second did the Browning Peacemaker fire?

6. The Browning automatic pistol was one of the first practical automatic pistols. It was patented in 1897 and began manufacture in 1900. How many of these were made over the next twelve years?

7. Browning brought out the .45 caliber military pistol in 1905, and it underwent military tests. At the time, it had the distinction of being the only small arm to complete the tests with a perfect record. How many rounds did a single pistol fire without a malfunction?

8. The US Military tested automatic rifles in 1917, on the eve of war in Europe, searching for better weapons. Browning brought two new guns and within a year sold 48,000 of them. The Brownings were brilliant gunmakers and shrewd businessmen, but did they also drive a hard bargain with the US Military?

The answer to every question is from “A History of Browning Guns From 1831,” published by Browning Arms Co. of St. Louis, MO. in n1942. A reprint of this booklet is available on our website.


compiled by Will Mouat

Arms Heritage Magazine

Mass. Arms Co - The Beginning

The Mass. Arms Co. was founded in 1851 by a group of men whose names would soon become famous, both individually and collectively, in arms manufacture-- Horace Smith, Daniel Wesson, Joshua Stevens and J.T.Ames. The firm set up in a factory owned by Ames.

Their strategy was to produce a pistol to compete with the Colt product. Unfortunately they trod a bit too close to Colt's protected features and soon found themselves involved with a lawsuit with Colt. Colt prevailed and they were required to modify their design to avoid infringement. Leavitt's Patent was the key to circumventing the Colt conflict. It substituted a bevel gear for the "hand" Colt used to rotate the cylinder during the cocking action and was probably a better and more durable, though more expensive solution.

Their first guns were revolvers based on a design by Daniel Wesson's brother Edwin. The Wesson basic design with the Leavitt cylinder-rotating device gave name to those guns. The produced about eight hundred Wesson-Leavitt revolvers in the heavy "dragoon" size and another thousand or so pocket pistols.

The entire story will be told in the June issue of Arms Heritage Magazine. The magazine is available on-line by subscription for $19 per year. All back issues are available on-line to new and current subscribers.

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Rob's Column

Who, What, Where, When and How

Abby’s intent, when she started preserving old sporting goods ephemera, was pretty clear. She wanted to make our collective history easier to research for future generations. She was impressed by the welcome and enthusiastic reception she received from people all over the world. Not just museum curators, historians, researchers and movie producers who understandably appreciate the availability of this material but from the rank and file collectors and those of us who are just curious about guns, related materials and history.

So, other than the “professionals”, who are our customers? Many folks are simply curious about their surnames and wonder if the Biffar or Mahillion or Pope who made history a century ago could have been an ancestor. Others have heard about their great great uncle Tryon who, back East, owned a dry goods store that sold guns and want to see what he sold. Some people have collections of relic revolvers or rifles that are just pieces of metal and wood as they sit on shelves but that come alive in the pages of hundred year old catalogs that tell not only all about calibers, barrel lengths, ammunition and models, but also ropes, saddles, billies, dog collars, handcuffs, parlor guns and all the other gear our ancestor prospectors, saddle tramps, homesteaders and pioneers needed to forge the country into farms, ranches and factories of today.

Collectors and history buffs are interested in all sorts of oddities found in the pages we reprint. We get collectors of whistles, fishing rods, decoys, glass balls, ammunition, guns, sights, optics, cameras, ball bearings, plumb bobs, bar bells, archery gear and anything else you can imagine. People ask the most arcane questions and we love it (well, most of it)!

Henry Thoreau wrote in his epic Walden that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. I suppose he was quite right really, I know there were many, many years I slaved away at work I really didn’t like and during moments of Walter Mitty fantasy, I dreamed of how it must have been to live in other centuries. With the wisdom of age I now know it must have been pretty miserable compared to the way we live today but that didn’t stop the day-dreams or my want to collect all things antique and interesting from a pre-Revolutionary house to old tools, tractors and guns.

I clearly understand now that the knowledge of things old that we acquire during our short lives contributes greatly to the tapestry of our being and that those of us interested in history and firearms are helped along by the massive amount of material available today to teach us. Never has it been easier to acquire the tools to educate ourselves than now. What has not been so readily available, or affordable until Abby came along, was as complete a portfolio of firearms material as we now offer the gun enthusiast.

We aren’t done yet and we are about to make some good changes. Until now we have been using a rather clumsy method of recording sales, processing orders and then printing, collating, binding, packing and shipping what we sell. We have outgrown ourselves and are currently working on better computerizing the process. We hope the result will be faster, better and more accurate service. We’ll keep you posted.

But that is not all; we plan to expand our offerings to include more reprints of old, out of print books authored by knowledgeable experts in times gone by. Men with familiar names like Ackley, Crossman, Laidley, Roberts and Whelan. A lot of good, then contemporary, information can be gleaned from books written at the time the guns, techniques and materials were new so I encourage you to use the Books by Authors tab on the left of the website and then to sort the books by Publication Date. From there you see the list of authored books by date and it is easy to pick out specific eras to study. Just this month we added the following volumes for you to consider.

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 this month to Dick Salzer, Doug Sweiger and Noel Chapman for lending us some of their precious collection to scan for our collection. Authored books we are offering this month are listed just above.


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Letters from Readers

Great news letter! This is my first experience with Cornell Pubs and I'm sorry it took so long to find you folks. Already ordered a couple of catalogs. Thanks, Butch Dutton

I an totally upset that you force customer (me) to use pay-pal. My account has been dorment for years, I do not like it and do not use it. I did not give a pay-pal password and inform you now that I will not pay any associated fees for using pay-pal! Thank you. Lorne Davis

Lorne, I don't think you quite understand how Paypal comes into the transaction. I use Paypal as my virtual terminal. That means I use Paypal as my bank. While I don't like Paypal either, they are much less expensive than our local commercial banks and that is my choice. Now, it costs you nothing to pay me with your credit card. What I do is clear the payment through Paypal much as a restaurant might use Bank of America or Merchants Bank to handle their credit card transactions. Also, you do not need a "Paypal account" to use your credit card to pay me, I don't know your Paypal account number or your password and there is no additional charge to pay me with a credit card, the transaction is simply cleared through Paypal. There, does that make it better? Cheers, Abby

Abby, You are correct, I did not quite understand, but I got a message which said I had a pay-pal account. I did many years ago, but under a different e-mail address. I thought some how It had been cross referenced to me someway or you set up an account for me! You do not have an office or business here in MI.? So I assume pay-pal is responsible for the "tax" charge. Lorne

Lorne, No, actually we are located in Brighton, MI, about halfway between Detroit and Lansing off I96. So, the Wizards of Lansing require us to collect Michigan sales tax for sales within the state... sorry! Abby

Abby, Looking for manual to assemble/disassemble stevens visible loader 22 pump. Patient date on barrel April 30, 1907. Larry Lockwood

Larry, The visible loader is notoriously difficult to assemble. Don't take it apart without finding the NRA 2 page instructions. I don’t have one, but if someone does, and will share it, I’ll put it up for free in the download section of the website. Abby

Hello Abby, I have a Model 94 purchaced between 1974 to 1977. This model does not have a safety. Do you have a manual that specifically spells out everything needed to know about that partucular era? Thanks, Jim

Jim, As far as I know, the Winchester 94 takedown manual is the only one of its kind available. It is certainly the only one issued by the Winchester company and it dates from about 1960. Of course, in 1964 aftewr this manual was profuced, Winchester changed from machined to stamped and cast parts so that might make a difference. Abby

Hi Abby, I am sorry to bother you with this, but I am searching for a Marlin Catalog I had when I was very young. I thought it was the '69 issue but I ordered it and it wasn't the right one. I have narrowed it down to 67, 68 or 70. I see you have all three. All I remember was inside it had the Marlin Glenfield across the bottom of one of the pages; the one with the deer head on the grip and stamping on the forearm. If you have time, would you mind looking through these three and see if it's one of them? I know you may be busy and not able to and if that's the case I totally understand. Have a nice day, Brian

Brian, Thanks for your nice note. I appreciate your tone in contrast to so many people who are rude today. I looked at all the Marlin catalogs from 1960-1977 and none exactly match your description. The closest I can come is the 1972 edition that features a deer (with the Marlin 332 not the Glenfields) and a two page image of the Glenfield 60 along with smaller images of the rest of the Glenfield line. I'm sorry I couldn't match exactly but sometimes the memory plays tricks (at least mine does). If you can give me a better idea of the stamping on the stock? and the model Glenfield, I'll have another look. Cheers, Abby

Good morning Abby, Just a quick note to let you know that I received the Handbook for Reloaders yesterday. Print quality and assembly are great! Thanks a million & best regards, Michael Laflamme

Wide Angle is a small, UK-based film producer. For use in a current documentary film project I am looking for a historic image of the Sharps factory such as that shown on the cover of your reprint. Would this be available? Peter Axten

Peter, The image was used on several of their catalogs. Here is a link to one of them. Abby (never heard from him again)

I recently purchased your EC Meachan catalog and was dissapointed in the quality-some print was not readable, but you had warned about that. Can I expect this Remington catalog to be of better quality or was the Meachan typical? Thanks. Dan

Dan, What you are asking is incredibly subjective but I will try answer. The Meacham original was printed on very cheap newsprint and crammed a lot of information into a relatively small space as was the want of mass merchants at the time. The Remington was printed by the company and is a "simpler" format and much easier to read so it is likely that you will not be disappointed by the Remington. That said, I do have customers who expect everything I reprint, all 3500 manuals and catalogs, to be of sufficient clarity and contrast to be acceptable for publication in Double Gun Journal or Shooting Sportsman and many are not. I reprint catalogs printed up to 150 years ago and because of the scarcity of originals I take what I can get and do the best I can with them. After all, the mission I have set myself is to preserve the old catalogs before they are all gone, not to reprint only perfect forgeries of the originals something yet another faction of complaints about... deflating the worldwide market in ephemera by making reprints (we don't). So in direct answer to your question, the Remington is better than the Meacham but neither is perfect. See some of the Rants and Raves at my website to get a better idea of how demanding some people are. Abby (I don't think he ordered the Remington)

Abby, I received my Catalogue but it was missing pages 1 & 2 could you send me the Missing pages or a complete Catalogue Please? Phil Behrens

Hi Phil, You are not missing pages one and two. Back then many catalogs started page one with the cover, page two with the inside cover and then the numbered pages began with three, just what you have. I know it is confusing but the people who designed the darn thing have been dead a century so there is nobody to complain to! Cheers, Abby

Do these catalogs (Federal Gas Life Protection 1933 Catalog) show pictures of the tear gas billy? Pictures in use, like the later catalogs? If so, how many pictures on how many pages? Could you send me an example from each catalog? I have one of the original Federal Gas Billys and I am trying to document it. Thanks! Roger Allgood

Roger, Yes, if the tear gas billie is listed in the index it is shown in a picture. I am sorry, though, I just don't have time to do individual research this time of year- too many requests from too many people. There was some discussion and pictures in the newsletter we send out a while ago about tear gas billies. Abby

Abby, REceived a booklet i already have purchased Where is the one i won and paid for.Feed back and ans waiting. Not happy. One sent is not what i paid for or ordered What gives. JOHN This sucks. John Eschler

That bad, is it John? Oh my dear man, I’ll have to fix it right away!

Thank You! I received my Winchester Model 50 manuel in yesterdays mail. (Feb 14) I think in the future you ought to pay a little extra and use tracking. Michael

Michael, Thanks for the advice but the trips to the PO and waiting for clerical help would take way too long to add tracking- much less the expense. The time would make everything that much slower and even more people would complain about not getting their purchase quickly. It is actually more efficient and cheaper to just mail duplicates when people complain. People expect things will be delivered overnight but it takes me several days to enter, print, collate, bind, pack and ship orders and when the PO takes 10 days to deliver I get the short end of the stick. Ah well, part of the cost of doing business I suppose. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Does this magazine have an advertisement for red head archery? Thank You - mrgq041276

Mgrq, To be honest I have no idea what "red head archery" is or what to look for. Abby

Abby, I'm looking for information about my ancestor Edward Middleton who made guns in Birmingham, England. Rob French

Rob, All I know about the gentleman is that he was located at Aston Road Mill from 1855 to 1856 and at 56 Legge St from '57 to '95. He was granted Brit Patent 14,087 of 1852 for a breechloading gun. Good luck, Abby …. Readers???

Abby, i have my grandfathers old falling block xl 44cf shotgun which i want to refurbish. can you offer me some guidance to a catalog or book which has schematics for the H&A 44cf xl shotgun? I think some parts are missing and I want to machine new parts and screws for it. thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Jeffrey Dynes

Jeffrey, H&A had a couple of incarnations with the old company disappearing before WWI. I don't believe that company produced a 44cf xl, they simply referred to single gun and double gun etc. Also, the parts diagrams were flat drawings, not exploded views which came into fashion after WWII. The old drawings were certainly not blueprints. We do reprint a couple of parts books from the old company as well as other material. You can find it here, however without a picture(s) I don't think I can guide you to anything is specific. Note that each catalog for sale on our website has an index. Rob

Abby, You must be a saint! I read your last Rants and Raves, and ...I don't know how you have not totally given up on mankind. E-mail and eBay have proven Darwin wrong, and have allowed the earth's really stupid people to find a way to survive. Best, Ralph (the target ball collector) Ralph Finch

Readers, Ralph is a connoisseur of 19th century target glass balls and he has a wonderful website dedicated to the balls, he does a newsletter too, called On Target! By the way, his website and our too was designed and implemented by Virginia Carter at Carolina Web Creations (contact her if you have an idea for a website yourself).

Hi, Abby, Thank you so much for your kind notes (“Remind me to give you a $7 credit, Abby”) and e-mails. I have been a little overwhelmed here, neglecting some of the social niceties. You provide a valuable resource for me as I write my books and articles. Thanks for your continued hard work on our behalf! Very best regards, Walt

Abby, I have purchased all of the Lefever catalogs that ya'll cary. I am doing some research on Lefevers and am needing more data, so, would it be possible to purchase a copy of just the cover and pages within other catalogs that sold Lefever guns. I would greatly appreciate this as you have about 25 or so catalogs that I need data from. Also, I will be purchasing some books as well. Shane

Dear Shane, Yes, it would be possible but very expensive. You see you would have to pay for the research time as well as the man-hours it takes to separate out just Lefever pages so there would certainly be no saving for you over buying the whole catalogs. I am also afraid that even if you wanted us to do that it would not even be possible until summer when things calm down a bit for us. By the way, don't feel alone, we get lots of requests for "just the page of...". Cheers, Rob

Abby, This is Not an appraisal request. I am trying to establish a cost basis for 2 rifles. One new, I bought in 1958 and one used, I bought in 1967. Both have recently been sold. Your item #2349 in the above catalog list the rifle ( Marlin 336 ). Mine was the .30-.30 Winchester caliber. Does this catalog list the price? 2nd Question: The 2nd rifle I bought was a used Winchester 52B (.22 cal ) in 1967. I have searched for 2 days on the internet for the price of this rifle, new or used in 1967, but to no avail. Plenty of selling prices but not what I need. Any suggestions on where I can turn to now? Thanks; Ron Gaughf

Ron, Both the 1958 and 1967 marlin catalogs give list prices. Abby (never heard from him again)





Dear???, Uh, ok… (this is from the fill-in box on the website so we have no return email address to remove, duh!)

Abby, I have a 12 gauge side by side S R Jeffery shotgun and would be interested to know when it was mnufactured and any other information..would any of your books be of assistance? Thank you. Mervyn Archdall

Dear Mervyn, Thank you for your note. I don't know of a source for serial number information from the Jeffery company so I can't help you there. I can tell you their guns changed little from year to year after roughly the First War so the catalogues would allow you to identify the model and grade of your gun. Which catalog to select to find your exact gun is not something I can tell you, however. I think more people buy my reprints to get a flavor of the times rather than to find their specific gun, but you never know you might hit the nail on the head! Here is a link to all the Jeffery catalogs we reprint. Best, Abby

Abby, Speer Wildcat reprint: Received my order yesterday. Great book and nice job. I owned the original back in the 60’s but sold it later on for good price at a gun show. Great to have a reprint to look at again for reference. Mike

Abby, Some more pics from my latest trip. This time I drove west from Las Vegas across Death Valley and over the Sierra Nevadas into California. Was thwarted at one stage when I found the road over the mountains was blocked and had to make a detour of several hundred miles. No problem though, we saw a lot of great scenery. Including Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Also a pic from the gun show in Vegas. No I didn’t buy this - wouldn’t fit in my suitcase. Jim Buchanan


Dear Sir or Madam, I am a journalist of the Polish "Bron i Amunicja" ("Arms and Ammo") and "Arsenal" magazines being solely dedicated to firearms. I would like to ask if it would be possible for you to make some detailed information about your firm available to me. I am strongly interested in the products manufactured by Cornell Publications. I would like also to ask to send me all available history of you firm and materials about your products such as and orginal papers brochures,papers catalogs operation and maintenance manuals,books as well as high resolution (300 dpi) photos of pistols on the CD, technical data and features of your pistols and an old photo copy of newspapers with your permission to publish them in magazine mentioned above. I would really appreciate your help. can you send me an orginal materials not by e-mail because its better way for me to writing, please? By the way i,m collector of catalogs could you send me some info about other collectros from all over the world,please? I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely yours, Piotr Szewczyk. address: Wiejska 50/54 m.34, 97-200 Tomaszow Maz., Poland, Europe

Piotr, Please see our website for information about what we publish. No, I’m sorry, I can’t send you free copies of everything we produce or have in archive storage. Abby

Abby, Thanks again for an amazingly fact-filled and entertaining newsletter! I always look forward to its arrival in my inbox! Your patience with the "one-percenters" that seem to believe that their wrath is fair to distribute to anyone without first allowing the courtesy of addressing the real or imagined error is amazing! You deserve a medal. Best regards, Max Davis

Hi, just had a chance to leaf through this catalog. Based on what I can determine, it is not a C1973 catalog, but more likely a mid 80's piece. An example, Nosler Ballistic bullets are advertised for sale, and they were not introduced until the mid 80's or later. There is really not much info in here that I can use, Nor am I impressed with the copy quality. Some of the smaller print is unreadable in the tables. Thanks, Steve

Steve, Abby said she refunded your purchase price so I hope that is satisfactory to you. I appreciate your advice that the Freedland is mid-80s. We are not always right when we estimate the date on an undated catalog and rely on the good help of people like you. I will redate the catalog c1985 (the circa indicates I am not sure of the date). Looking at the original catalog the small type is hard to read there to but I will try to enhance it a bit, too bad they used cheap paper to print it. Thanks for the help, Rob

Abby: Yesterday I received the 1953 Weatherby Guide that I had ordered from you. I just wanted to say thanks for the great job in reproducing it from an original, the really nice job of binding it and the quick friendly service in getting it to me. I always enjoy doing business with you. Thanks for making my day again. Reading the continued correspondence from "Unable to Please" "CUSTOMERS" that you deal with on an almost daily basis, reminds me why I never sought new employment after I retired from the Illinois State Police! I couldn't do it! Keep up the great work, I loved my latest purchase of the 1953 Weatherby Guide catalog and have NEVER been disappointed in anything I have purchased from your company. If you're ever in N/W Illinois, give a call, lunch is on us! Al Vickers

Hello. Would you please tell me what fly rods are listed in this catalog? Is there a listing for Kosmic rods? Thanks. - strikezoner

Lots of rod makers, but a quickie look didn't show and by that name, could be wrong though. Abby


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Samantha- Thanks a whole bunch for the neutral feedback on Ebay with the comment:

"it took awhile to get here and was a photo copy not a re-production"

That hurts sales and raises prices for everyone. You failed to read Ebay rules which state before you give less than positive feedback CONTACT THE SELLER! It hurts worse when the dope who leaves it is wrong... The description states WE PRINT TO ORDER. That takes TIME! It was also not a "photo copy". It was a laser printed REPRINT. Nasty, imperious people are the bane of our lives! Who made you the judge, jury and executioner? A little power and it goes right to some people's head. Rob

Rob, lets see thats why its called feedback if ya dont like what i said get over it and when you wright me a message like this dont make it any better on your part and i will be reporting it. sammie

OK sammie... Let's see, you can't spell and you don’t know enough simple grammar to write a single sentence, you are belligerent and can’t understand why you were wrong. Oh, I get it, you are angry at the world and think you are better than you are. It is so simple really. Pity. Rob

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

* 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.

* 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 and Free Downloads

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

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 Griffen &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: