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I have one of these on my car, how about you?

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Ernie Adams actually made what looks to be a 3/4 size 1949 Mercury


Mercury Dwarf Car Video

Thanks to Dick Carleton

Ha! I knew it had to be something like this!

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Thank goodness for studies like this. It's not our age, it's that darn door!

Notre Dame Door Study

Thanks to Dick Carleton

Crossing the Columbia River Bar

A little angling anyone? When you think you are having a bad day at work, remember these guys go out there every day. It's rough crossing the Columbia River bar where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. The water is shallow and commonly very rough. In stormy weather, the crossing becomes, well risky. In this video you will see 50 ft. Fishing Boats making the crossing.

Fishing Boat

Mouth of the Columbia River

Glacier Calving in Greenland

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Crash Bang!

Thanks to Jim Buchanan




Wind's from the south where you live, eh? Maybe not!


Rob Mouat

Gun Control and the Changing American Character

Fred Reed is a gadfly who often has ideas worth reading. I don’t always agree with him about all he says but I respect his opinions and his sensible thinking. By way of introduction to those of you who don’t know Fred, he is a Viet Nam Marine veteran. He was wounded and still suffers some aftereffects. Fred was a Navy brat who grew up mostly in rural Virginia. After his service he became a writer and police reporter and a few years ago moved to Mexico where he married a local gal.

Fred, like many of us, has mellowed in his old age but his commentary is still right on when discussing many subjects. His latest column discusses Gun Control and the Changing American Character. He isn’t rabid or imperious or stupid. In my opinion, he is right on and we seem to share many memories. This column will invite you to remember a different America... from the past when there were fewer people, fewer laws, less enforcement of the laws and a lot less government in general. Fred doesn’t say where we are going here but he sure has a good grip on where we have been.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Automatic Priming Systems

The period from the mid 1830's to the mid 1860's was probably the most significant period in arms development since the invention of gunpowder. That thirty-odd year stretch saw the rapid leap from the flintlock system to the cartridge era.

Within that time span inventive genius ran rampart. The V.D. Stockbridge book, A DIGEST OF U.S. PATENTS RELATING TO BREECHLOADING AND MAGAZINE SMALL ARMS* shows that literally hundreds of inventors developed mechanical systems to accomplish their own visions of how that progress should be made and how they might profit from the opportunities presented. The vast majority of those inspirations died on the vine-- some because they were impractical, others because they were poorly marketed. Very few systems persevered to extend in popularity beyond those development years.

Primer Type

One small niche in arms history was the apparent obsession by the Ordnance Department with developing automatic priming systems that could be applied to a variety of both muzzle loading and breech loading arms. This preoccupation is especially puzzling for two reasons-- firstly, the traditional reluctance of the military to try anything new and secondly when one considers the benefit of the application to muzzle loading guns. The priming of a muzzle loading pistol, musket or rifle was the least of the loading process yet by the early 1850's significant attention was focused on automatic priming devices adapted to muzzle loaders. The adoption of the Maynard tape priming system added significantly to the cost of the gun and required another type of primer to be inventoried and distributed. Other inventors followed suit and before the fad had passed, Sharps carbines and rifles using the Lawrence pellet primer and Perry tubular primer mechanism had been purchased and an automatic priming system of some type was a virtual requirement for consideration by the Federal Government.. The good news was that alternatively, guns so equipped could also still use conventional primers.

Primer 2

If automatic priming systems made little sense for muzzle loaders, their use on breech loaders was a significant factor in increasing rate of fire.

So here's the puzzle- well after the fascination with automatic priming systems for muzzle loaders had faded, why were so many inventors still working on complex and impractical applications to percussion muzzle loaders?

Find out the who and why of it in the complete article which appears in the February 2013 issue of Arms Heritage Magazine. Every known automatic priming system is illustrated. If you are a subscriber you've already seen it. If not you can subscribe for only $19. All thirteen back issues are available to subscribers.

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

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Printed Copy of Arms Heritage Magazine- The First Year

The first entire year of the magazine is now available from Cornell Publications for only $39.95. It is printed in color and all the time sensitive advertising has been removed so you get only the best editorial gun collector information available. Click here to see the index of all the issues.

*Cornell Publication should have a copy of A Digest Of U.S. Patents Relating To Breechloading And Magazine Small Arms available in a week or two. Send us a note if you would like to reserve a copy. We'll let you know when it is finished.

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. Jan Paul Loeff, Tony Norton, Roger Rusche we very generous to lend us catalogs to copy and return. Tony mailed us a whole package from England and Jan Paul did all the scanning himself. I can't tell you how nice it is to have help like that.

There are several books of note below. The Automatic Pistols and Revolvers 1914 was made for civilians perhaps outfitting themselves for an invasion or maybe for a trip to the front. It gives the pros and cons of popular handguns then available to the public in the UK.

List of books

The Complete Guide to Handloading, by Philip B. Sharpe is one of the "must have" books for reloaders as recommended by a recent article in Handloading magazine (image left). Also: Handbook of Cast Bullets by Lyman Corp. 1958;

Speer 1964 Reloading Manual No. 6

Lyman 1970 Reloading Handbook #45

Ideal 1940 Hand Book No. 34 - Ammunition & Reloading

Other reloading catalogs we reprint include several by Ackley, wildcat load catalogs, all the Ideals and dozens more. Reloading Catalogs

Identification of Firearms 1935 by Gunther and Gunther was the first book to guide investigators in the forensics of firearms, techniques that are still used today.

The Manual of Rifle Practice 1875 was, in some ways, the early version of A Course of Instruction in Rifle Firing 1879 by Laidley and was, in many respects, a U.S. version of the British Handbook for Hythe which was the granddaddy of rifle training and marksmanship in an era when the world was beginning to realize that formation volley shooting in formation was inefficient.


Automatic Pistols and Revolvers 1914 - Wartime UK Guide

Beretta 1977 Arms Shotguns and Pistols Catalog
Beretta 1983 Tactical Firepower- Rifles, Shotguns and Pistols
Beretta 2000 Shotguns and Pistols

Browning 1920 Automatic Sporting Gun Manual 12 & 16 Gauge

Charles Daly 1987 Fine Shotguns

Churchill Atkin, Grant and Lang 1975 Gun Catalog

Cogswell & Harrison 1970 Automatic Pistols, Revolvers

Cogswell & Harrison 1973 Guns and Accessories Catalog

Colt 1921 Automatic .22 Target Pistol Manual
Colt 1970 Rifles, Pistols and Revolvers
Colt c1923 .45 Government Automatic Pistol Manual
Colt c1925 Automatic Pistol .32 and .380 Manual

Complete Guide to Handloading - Philip B. Sharpe

Daisy M880 Power Line Manual
Daisy Model 814 Power Line Manual
Daisy Models 105B, 111B, 1938B. 95B Manual

Dakota Arms c1982 Gun Catalog

Description and Rules- Springfield Carbine, Army Revolvers

Evans & Balfour 1965 Gun Catalog, Melbourne, Australia

FN Browning c1965 High Power Pistols Manual
FN Browning c1970 High Power Pistols Catalog

George Gibbs 1927 Gun and Rifle Catalog, London, Bristol & Vancouver

Identification of Firearms 1935 by Gunther (Forensic Lab)

Interarms 1987 Gun Catalog
Interarms 1989 Gun Catalog
Interarms 1994 Gun Catalog

Ithaca 1989 Firearms Catalog
Ithaca 1990 Firearms Catalog
Ithaca Model 37 Color Flyer

Jackass 1970 Leather and Holster Catalog

Manhurhin c1972 MR73 Revolvers & Manual

Manual of Rifle Practice 1875, Remington, Springfield & Peabody- Wingate

Marlin 1955 Guns Catalog

Masquelier S.P.R.L. 1964 Armes de Luxe, Liege, Belgium
Masquelier S.P.R.L. 1968 Mfr D'Armes De Chasse, Liege, Belgium

Pachmayr 1987 Guns & Accessories, Los Angeles, CA

Parker-Hale 1958-9 No. Export Edition Shooting & Accessories

Public Sport Shop c1931 Gun Catalog, Philadelphia, PA

Regimental 1943 Officer's Handbook- German Army

Remington 1961 Parts Catalog
Remington 1993 Parts Catalog

RWS 1955 Dynamit-Actien-Gesellschaft-Ammunition

Sako 1978 - .22/.32 Pistol Manual

Sears 1969 Hunting Catalog

SIG c1965 Pistols Catalog/Manual
SIG Sauer P220 Pistol Flyer
SIG Sauer P220 Pistol Manual

Simmons 1966 Gun Catalog, Olathe, Kansas
Simmons 1970 Gun Catalog, Olathe, Kansas

Taylor Fur Company 1953-4 Catalog, St. Louis, MO

Thompson c1950 Submachine Gun M1928 Manual (UK)

Thompson Center 1989 Gun Catalog

Tryon, Edw. K. 1935 Wholesale Catalog, Philadelphia, PA
Tryon, Edw. K. 1958 Gun Catalog, Philadelphia, PA

Vapen Depoten 1947, Falun, Sweden
Vapen Depoten c1952, Falun, Sweden

Webley & Scott 1965 Air Guns, Shotguns, Revolvers, Pistols
Webley 1962 Revolvers, Pistols, Air Guns
Webley c1957 Single Barrel Shot Guns Catalog
Webley c1958 Double Barrel Sporting Guns
Webley c1960 Target Mk3 Pistol & Mk4 Revolver Manual/Flyer

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Letters from Readers

Abby, Is it possible to email me a larger picture of the 1939 Midland Gun Co. catalog as represented on the website. The picture and print is not clear. Mike Spina

Mike, No, I'm sorry. The picture at the website is purposely of low definition (and the file size small) so that many different pictures can load at once on a page allowing the hover mechanism to work showing the catalogs in a list. Have you tried clicking on the image to see it larger? Or, you could buy the catalog! Cheers, Rob

Abby, Purchase....listed below...cost including shipping? Holland & Holland 1904 Sporting Arms and Rifles Catalog, E Weiss

Dear E Weiss, The price of the book is on the webpage. To purchase the book, put it in the shopping cart and the cart will calculate the shipping. You don't mention where you live and, of course, shipping is dramatically affected by that information so I can't tell you without knowing. Rob

Dear Virginia, Can you explain in simple terms how the search engine works for our customers? Thanks, Abby (Virginia is our web developer and she does a super job! If you need a website, please contact her at Carolina Web Creations)

Abby, Your search has two functions. If someone searches for "Military 1943" (no quotes), then it will use those two words when searching - those words do not have to be next to each other in the title or content. If ANY of those two words appear in either the primary name, or in the content, then it will pull that and give you the results for both. Virginia

If someone searches for "Military 1943" (with quotes) then it will search for that exactly. You can see that NOTHING in your catalog table has those two words appearing together.

If you search for "Bayliss 1924" (with quotes), you see that it pulls the one item that has those two words appearing next to each other, as a primary name. Nothing in the contents has it that way. Virginia

Abby, I am looking for publications with Henry Deringers/Philadelphia Deringers for a birthday present I am making. I am looking for reprints of advertisements from Deringer himself or references/pictures in catalogs of gun dealers of the time. I searched your site using the search tool as well as reviewing catalog content descriptions, and can only find a possibility in a Schuyler Hartley Graham 1864 catalog. But I don't know if it works for my purposes. Do you know what is included in that catalog? Do you know if you have any other advertising or catalogs with Henry Deringer pistols? Thank you so much and sorry if I am asking for a needle in a haystack. I appreciate any info you can provide. Kind regards, Brian Shaw

Brian, There is, indeed a "deringer" (with correct spelling, not derringer) single shot cap and ball pistol pictured in the catalog. I don't know if in 1864 the name deringer had become ubiquitous and used by other makers to describe similar pistols by other makers. There are, indeed scores of such small guns scattered around the catalogs we reprint but I don't believe I could tell at a glance who made them. I'm sorry I can't be more specific. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello! Hope you can help? Looking for a publication that can help me reassemble a Hepburn #3 drop block I purchased totally disassembled. Wondering if you might have a manual that has pictures/diagrams that could help? Really having a problem with only one small part I just can't figure out how it fits to complete the assembly. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Gordon

Dear Gordon, Gordon, we might have something to help but I don't know off the top of my head. I am afraid it will take some research on your part. May I suggest you go to our website and do some digging around? Cheers, Rob Mouat

Rob: I've already done that and that's why I sent the message. I have no way of knowing if any of the publications you have would contain a pictured break down of the Hepburn #3 rifle. The rifle is listed in publications you have, but only by index and gives no indication of what information is presented whether it's just print, a picture of the rifle, pictures of parts or an actual picture that could be used for disassembly and reassembly.

I'd really appreciate any help you could offer and would pay a premium to obtain what I need to get this rifle reassembled. I realize time is valuable and you're not going to sell me a book that normally costs say $15 bucks if you spend an hour or so checking out what you have to verify you may have what I need...I am a realist and appreciate other peoples time and effort. Best regards, Gordon

Gordon, Ok, I'm sorry if I seemed short with you. We get so many requests like yours that we spend most of our time doing research from people who rarely even say thanks much less buy the $15 item we are selling and if they do they seem to prefer to go to Ebay where we pay huge fees. Anyway, the Remington 1880 long catalog shows sectional views of the guns Remington made at that time and gives instructions for assembly (see the index... I think the Hepburn was also the No 3) as well as a plan view of the parts. That was the best they did at that time because schematic or exploded views were not widely used until after WWII when Alex Aderer while working for the bureau of ships thought of the idea to aid abandoning sinking vessels. Ebay won't allow us to give you a link to our website but if you can't find the catalog on Ebay that is where it is. Cheers, Rob (No, he didn’t buy it!)

Abby, Enjoy browsing the different selections. Have worked on some old handguns - The Manual for the specific gun would have been a nice touch for the project. Michael Golas

Abby, Do you have this manual in stock? Remington Model 33 manual. Nelda Pinner

Nelda, I don't think we have one unless it is included in the catalog of the era (1930s)- you would have to check the indexes of those catalogs. Try Remington obsolete manual service. Abby

Sirs, I have paper work on a 22 Colt Woodsman Target that was sent to a Al Freeland in Rock Island Ill.in 1039 would this still be the same place? Wilson

Wilson, No, we are Cornell Publications, we publish old gun catalogs including Freelands. Freeland is out of business. Abby

Abby, Received, ur message sorry I wants more clear. I found u on the internet, thought u were a dealer for Frenchi shot guns. Looking for 12 gauge trap and field sport, and collectors item with folding stock. If u Have customers brochure on Frenchi shot guns, over & under. & folding stock. I would appreciate what u could sent. If not, perhaps u could put me intouch with a dept. Where I could optane buyer's info, on Models & price's. Thank you once again for taking time to reply. Ypurs. Truly, E.J. Bogin

Dear Edward, Thank you for your note. We do not sell guns or accessories. Look at gunbroker.com or auctionarms.com for used guns. Abby

Abby, I have this Whitney rifle Serieal #1 45. cl. And I am looking for information on it. Richard A. Speacht

Richard, Your rifle might be valuable, particularly if it is the No. 1 of any group. However, Whitney made a lot of guns over a long time and I cannot determine based on your very brief description what you have or if it is original or valuable. I suggest you have it appraised by a knowledgeable person in the first hand. It is impossible to determine a guns age or value by email. Abby (When people are “looking for information” about a gun, they usually mean “how much is it worth”, but sometimes they do mean information and that is where we come in)

Dear Abby, I was wondering about the quality of the Vorisek book which is not up to your usual standard (this is not a complaint, I had seen his books at Jas van Driel so I knew what I was buying). Hence my inquiry. This explains it (how Vorisek made his books-ed) and it is a valuable source. I appreciate that you to send a royalty to his widow. Too many people are not willing to acknowledge an authors hard work. My father wrote books about sailing and got a whopping 2.5% royalty for that. I have been suspicious of publishers ever since.

I just bought a Marlin catalog of 1955. It is 32 pages and contains some information that the 1954 does not have if your description of it is complete. For instance the 455 model bold action rifle that was actually made by FN in Belgium. Would you be interested in that? If so I will scan it for you. Best regards, Jan Paul

Dear Jan Paul, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to explain how Joe Vorisek made his books and did research. Yes, please, I would love to have the missing Marlin and if you would be kind enough to scan it for me I would be most grateful. Please scan in color at 300dpi with descreen set to medium (excuse me if I repeat myself, it is just habit). I am really grateful for your help. Thanks again, Abby

Abby, Good day, I am considering restoring a liege united arms ltd. double barrel. It's marked as "Columbia" model. Double hammers. I know probably cant completely identify the firearm with that info but that's all I got for now. Was just mainly hoping for any info or possible parts diagrams or really anything before I attempted taking everything apart. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Brian Hewitt

Brian, I'm afraid we can't offer you one stop information on that gun! Guns made in Liege during the early 20th century we most often from a cottage industry and there were hundreds of makers clustered around Liege. They were sold all over the world and carried whatever name the reseller wanted them to use. Columbia was a name attached to the Americas so it would follow that it was made for distribution here. To see how many catalogs and books about Liege we make, just enter the word in the search engine. To find a parts diagram would be most unusual unless the gun were to have been made for one of the big resellers and even then a rarity. One good book to start with is this one, not fancy but covers a lot of ground: Belgium, Shotgun Making in (A Short History) | by Joseph T. Vorisek. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I just bought your 1892, 1889, and 1887 Merwin & Hulbert Catalogs, and they just arrived in the mail. These were bought through eBay. I was fascinated looking at the contents of these rare books and booklets, being a collector of the large frame 44 open top square butt single action Merwin & Hulberts. It was interesting seeing what all other brands were being marketed within these Merwin & Hulbert catalogs, Spalding baseball equipment, rods, reels, safety razors, etc. I have a wooden cased set of Merwin & Hulbert cards and poker chips, but did not see those being advertised. I would like to have a catalog that shows these "sporting goods" as an older collecting friend told me this card/chip set would be categorized in those days. Thanks, James Kattner

James, Merwin Hulbert catalogs are extremely rare and the ones you bought are the only ones we've ever seen. As you learn to use our website, you will see, on the right of the Merwin Hulbert page http://www.cornellpubs.com/old-guns/historic-merwin-hulbert.php that other companies sold their guns and advertised them on their behalf. That is the only way I know to view earlier MH advertising. Yes we made the covers (the originals had none). We do the covers in color to make it plain that they are not original to the insides. We date catalogs as accurately as possible, we use expert opinions or dates found inside. If unsure we indicate the date as a circa... c1878. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I have a Mossberg Model 810A Rifle in 30-06. I am looking for a manual that has step by step instructions with illustrations of the assemble and disassemble proceedure. Aswell as other pertinent information. Please let me know if you have such a manual and if so, the cost including shipping to Miami, FL. Jorge L Cuadrado

Jorge, All manuals we reprint are listed on the website. If you don't see it there, we don't have it! Cheers, Abby

Abby, Need e-mail address or telephone number for E.C. Meacham Arms Company. william hensch

Dear William, Meacham went out of business many moons ago, long before email and possibly before they got a telephone. Abby

Greetings Abby, Well Abby, you did it again. Have been hearing about Mr. Pope's barrels for most of my adult life. Had a Winchester Model 1885, Deluxe High Wall, cross my path. From its Crescent Butt Plate to is folding Tang Sight and Lever actuated Falling Breech, it is one solid rifle. I can see where this single shot was meant to fill the void created by the closing of the Sharps Rifle Co. in 1881. What sets this one apart however is the fact that it has a H. M. Pope Barrel. The accuracy of Mr. Pope's barrels is the stuff of legend. Now thanks to your (1899 - Pope's Rifle Barrels) catalog, it is going home to its owners family with the background provenance that it rightly deserves. Just reading Mr. Pope's 'Preface' where he gives due credit to Messer's Hayes and Schalke, shows Mr. Pope was a straight shooter in more way's than one. Thanks' for all you do... Roger ps: Guess who is hitting the big 70... Me! Thanks' to you Abby, the last few years have been far more interesting than most...

Abby, I have got my delivery from you today , thanks very pleased with it, I have now ordered your lyman 1939 gun sight catalog today from eBay uk. Thanks. Colin


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Hello Joel -- I am sorry but we are out of this eBay item and I have refunded your money. I do not think Gun Digest will be printing this edition again. My apologies. Abby

Abby, Thanks for nothing!! Why the hell put an auction on for something you don't have???? Joel Copper

Joel, It wasn't an auction, it was Buy It Now and it was obviously an error. I said I was sorry. You never make a mistake I suppose. Anyway, "thanks for nothing" for being impolite! Abby

"Are you (F bomb) crazy" "Joel Copper" <jcopper2@hotmail.com>

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classic Firearms and Parts- a gun parts company that primarily supplies used original parts for firearms that have been discontinued for many years. Call Scott (603) 731-4866 Classic Firearms, 43 Carpenter Road, Chichester, NH 03258 email Scott

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

Robert C. Beach,
Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Bob's Email

Website: Griffin& Howe (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

Gun sellers often give themselves a lot of latitude when claiming the provenance of weapons they sell. Age or factory modifications to the base model can add considerably to the value of any gun. The question repeatedly is- The Truth! Having a Serial Number from the gun in question can often lead you to the year it was manufactured and then to a catalog we reprint. This can be useful in determining how the factory intended to make guns... models, styles, calibers, engraving, checkering and options available.

To help you on your search I have put together a page on my website with links to websites and sources that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture: