Calls from the Wilds


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Larry Shelton has a new book telling all there is about Clabrough guns:

Book ImageThis book tells the story of a successful English gunmaker and businessman named John Plumb Clabrough, from Yorkshire, England. He learned the gunsmith trade from his father, traveled to the United States in 1857, and crossed the continent to open his own gun shop in San Francisco, California. In 1873, John moved back to England and established a company in the Birmingham Gun Quarter to make shotguns for the American market.

The result of decades of research by Lawrence P. Shelton, author of CaliforniaImages Gunsmiths 1846-1900, this new book tells the story of the Clabrough family of gunmakers in England and America, the company they built, their partners and successors (Golcher, Johnstone, and Redgrave), and the guns they made and sold. The book discusses all grades and variations of Clabrough hammer guns, hammerless sidelocks, boxlocks, trade guns, and Bull Dog pistols. It features over 200 illustrations and photographs, and has 256 pages, with a full index.

JP. Clabrough Gunmaker is the essential reference book on Clabrough guns, and a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the Birmingham Gun Trade, English guns in nineteenth-century America, and the history of side-by-side shotguns.

Larry Shelton, P.O. Box 188, Folsom, CA 95763

Buy it directly from Larry at his website.


There are a lot of really nasty commercials on TV today, just watch the six o'clock news. Every once in a while a really good one escapes from the Dumbos who run ad agencies. Of course, I've never seen this one on TV, too bad.

What Curiosity Can Do


I'm not at all sure I could have figured this out...


Most folks will instantly recognize this as a photo of a pig's mouth but how the camera got to take this shot you will never guess:


Jukebox- 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s...jukebox

(The songs are all there but you have to click around a bit to get the decades to appear)




This high school graduation site has some wonderful old TV Show clips too

OK, First we take up the slack in the wire...


Thanks to Jeff Steidle of Regress Press (Old Car Catalogs)

How crowded is your neighborhood?

This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.


Note that Australia joins us in the Americas for our billion and that the half of China through Japan group and the Indian to Thailand group are different colors. Asian countries must envy sparsely populated Australia!

I wish I knew if this fellow actually warned the elephant to stop by showing it his weapon...


On the other hand the technique clearly doesn't work with a camera...


Rob Mouat

The Fall of Fortresses

A friend sent us this story the other day and I think it deserves to be passed along to our readers:

In Elmer Bendiner’s book, The Fall of Fortresses, he describes one bombing run over the German city of Kassel:

Our B-17 (THE TONDELAYO) was barraged by flak from Nazi antiaircraft guns. That was not unusual, but on this particular occasion our gas tanks were hit. Later, as I reflected on the miracle of a twenty-millimeter shell piercing the fuel tank without touching off an explosion, our pilot, Bohn Fawkes, told me it was not quite that simple.

On the morning following the raid, Bohn had gone down to ask our crew chief for that shell as a souvenir of unbelievable luck. The crew chief told Bohn that not just one shell but eleven had been found in the gas tanks—eleven unexploded shells where only one was sufficient to blast us out of the sky. It was as if the sea had been parted for us. Even after thirty-five years, so awesome an event leaves me shaken, especially after I heard the rest of the story from Bohn.

He was told that the shells had been sent to the armorers to be defused. The armorers told him that Intelligence had picked them up. They could not say why at the time, but Bohn eventually sought out the answer.

Apparently when the armorers opened each of those shells, they found no explosive charge. They were clean as a whistle and just as harmless. Empty? Not all of them.

One contained a carefully rolled piece of paper. On it was a scrawl in Czech. The Intelligence people scoured our base for a man who could read Czech. Eventually, they found one to decipher the note. It set us marveling. Translated, the note read: “This is all we can do for you now.”

Biography from Wikipedia:

Elmer Bendiner (Feb. 11, 1916 - Sept. 16, 2001) was a notable American writer and journalist.

Bendiner was born in Pittsburgh to William Bendiner, a businessman, and Lillian (maiden name Schwartz). Growing up Jewish in an Appalachian environment where the Ku Klux Klan was influential and "Jews, Catholics, and the very few blacks on the outskirts of town ... served as ritualistic enemies" helped shape him. He attended City College of New York from 1932 to 1935, then met Esther Shapiro, an editorial assistant, while he was working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle; they were married in 1941, shortly before the U.S. entered World War II. During the war, Bendiner served as a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked for Esquire, then for a series of medical publications, and wrote a number of books. Among his better-known works are The Rise and Fall of Paradise (a history of al-Andalus), A Time for Angels: A Tragicomic History of the League of Nations, The Bowery Man, The Virgin Diplomats, Biographical Dictionary of Medicine (co-written with his daughter Jessica), and The Fall of Fortresses.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Civil War Hand Grenades

Although hand grenades are not usually associated with Civil War, some were produced in large quantities and used in well documented battles. Others were invented and produced in small quantities and perhaps never saw battle.

The use of hand thrown or gunpowder propelled explosive bursting projectiles goes back as far as the origins of gunpowder itself. As soon as the high pressure nature of exploding gunpowder was recognized, clever minds realized that by confining it in frangible container, severe damage could be inflicted. From the earliest applications where fused shells were rolled down ramparts toward an advancing enemy to the petards, hung against doors and ramparts, the concept of the hand grenade evolved.

KetchumThere were four patented types of grenade made during the Civil War. Foremost was the well-known Ketchum variety, resembling a cast-iron egg with a protruding wooden shaft and cardboard stabilizing fin. They were made in three sizes-- one, three and five pound weights, and were design to explode on impact.

Another system, patented by W. W. Hanes, consisted of a nipple-studded inner ball contained within an outer shell and was designed to explode on contact. These may not ever have been used as no traces have been found on battle fields and they appear to be inherently dangerous to the user.

Two other systems, the Adams Patent and the Confederate Rains grenade operated on the principle of a tether that was connected to a friction primer which activated as the slack was taken up in the tether. Both saw limited use. Below is a flintlock grenade launcher.

Grenade Launcher

A future issue of Arms Heritage Magazine will examine these and other hand grenades used during the Civil War.

If you are not already a subscriber to Arms Heritage Magazine, you will find it the best buy in vintage arms literature on today's market. A full year costs only $19 and active subscribers have full access to all 19 back issues. Subscribe at Arms Heritage Magazine. Printed Annuals for the first two years, with all ads removed, can be purchased from us at $39.95 each, plus shipping.

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. Special thanks to Tom Castonguay, Jim Buchanan and Dennis LaVerenne for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy. If you have been looking for a good AK-47 manual the following one it it!

AK-47 - U.S. Army 1969 Training Handbook- Operations and Maint.

Ben Pearson 1961 Archery Catalog

Daisy Powerline 92 Pellet Pistol Manual

Folsom 1941 Arms, Ammo Fishing and Sport Goods No. 50 Catalog

Hunter 7.62 Semi-Auto by Norinco Manual

Imperial Chem 1927 Sport Cartridges Testing

Instructions for Care & Repair of Small Arms & Equip 1918 Ord. Dept

Kahr Arms- Model 1911 Models Auto Ordnance Manual

Leupold Golden Ring Scope 1983 Manual

Mississippi Valley Shooters Supply 1960, Starkville, MS

Nichols Stallion .45 Cap Gun Manual

Peters 1896 Cartridge Co. Metallic and Shot Gun Ammunition

Pistol- Cal .45 Automatic M1911A1 1964 TM 9-1005-211-34

Pistols M1911A1 and Revolvers cal. 38 1971 FM 23-35

Pistols M1911A1 and Revolvers S&W .45 1942 Ordnance Maint TM 9-1295

PS Preventive Maint Monthly No 425, 1988 (US Army Comic)

Rebuild Standards 1953 for BAR, M1, Carbine, Pistols, Revolvers, MGs etc.

Rifle, M1 W/E, M1C, M1D (Snipers) Depot Maint Manual- US Army

Rifle, M1 W/E, M1C, M1D (Snipers) Operator Maint Manual- US Army

Rifle, M14 1972 Organizational Maint Manual, incl Parts-Tools

Rifle, M16A1 & M16 1983 Tech-Maint Manual TM 9-1005-249-24&P

Rifle, M16A1 5.56MM 1970 Field Manual FM 23-9

Ruger No.3 SS Carbine 1977 Manual

Saiga Semi-Automatic Firearms Manual, EAA Corp.

Sniper Weapons System (SWS) 1989 7.62mm M24 Operators Manual

Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmaker

Wing Archery c1960 Catalog

Wing Archery c1962 Catalog

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Letters from Readers

Abby & Rob - Just received my two latest publications from you and am very happy and satisfied with them. I got the 1939 Stoeger's Catalog and Handbook plus the 1898 Rifle publication by the US gov't printing office. The 1939 reflects my birth year and so my natural interest in that time period. Plus it is part of my personal history that will be willed to my children and grandchildren.

I don't know how you keep up the quality of the fine reproductions that you offer, but I have never been disappointed in your merchandise. How any buyer would ever be tempted to give your company anything less than perfect ratings on EBay baffles me. I left positive ratings for both items and a quick comment.

A quick note to Rob, did you notice the use of a drone borrowed from the border patrol people (at least that is my impression) to be used against a North Dakota rancher that kept three of his neighbor's cattle for trespassing? He was found not guilty of the original charge but was charged with resisting arrest despite being exonerated of criminal intent. I can see that drones will soon be in the hands of a lot of local law enforcement departments as a result of "security" needs and "free grants" through the federal gov't. I hope I am getting through to my children and grandchildren what is happening to our once great nation and to real freedom.

Thanks again for some fine products and quick service. Sincerely, Wayne

Dear Abby, My order arrived safely today. Many thanks! Simon Jeffreys

Abby, I got the catalog you sent and it is fine but it doesn’t have the name on the back in gold like the last one you sent me. I’ll send it back so oyu can put it on. Sincerely, Bart

Bart, We don’t advertise that we emboss the spine of catalogs we sell. In fact, because is expensive and time consuming, we only do it for authored books and then only when we have time. Abby.

Abby - Thank you for being there. I am looking forward to receiving my 3 new purchases. - Jerry

Hi Abby, Just a quick note to say thanks for my Slazenger Rifles 1953 (AU-Lithgow) Gun Catalog-Manual, I am more than happy with it. As a collector of Lithgow/Slazenger firearms it makes a great bookend to my collection. Many thanks, Mark

Mark, This company sold Slazengers too. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Please let me know the shipping and tracking information as soon as you can. Thanks, - bobarceniajr (Ebay)

Dear bobarc... You bought the item Friday evening (our time) and we are presently (Monday morning) recording Friday night through Sunday sales. We print to order and it normally takes several days to record the sale, print, collate, bind, trim, pack and mail orders (you can read about this in the advertisement on Ebay). You selected standard shipping but we can upgrade you to Priority if you need your purchase in a hurry. Please let me know. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello Is there a story by John Barlow in (Ideal 1913 Handbook and Catalog No. 24 ), Called ( To The Trade And All My Friends ) Please let me know with Thanks! - projectno55

Dear Proj... I don't know. Barlow signed a piece in older Ideals called To the Shooter. In 1898 they ran that and another called To the Trade but not under his name. That is in the following ones of the era. We reprint all ideals from No1 in 1891- no41 in 1957. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Can this be sent more affordably by media mail? Marc

Marc, Probably, but with Ebay rules and needs (like tracking) it would probably take a special trip to the PO to do that. Tell you what, if you tell me when you buy it I'll knock off a dollar from the postage, how's that? Best, Abby

Dear Abby, If you've a chance to look at the WW Greener c1932 Big Game Rifles Catalog I'd be pleased if you can tell me if there is mention, and/or an image, of a cream maker; I'd be delighted and thankful enough if there is, that I would buy a copy of it. Semper Fi, Mark.

Mark, No, I'm sorry, none between 1920 and the 50s has an ice crewam maker. Best, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello, I am interested to know if the decoy page (248 in the 1926 catalog) has shorebirds and tinnie shorebird decoys illustrated? I just recieved the A&F Catalog, nice work. Thanks, - hillmandecoy06 (Ebay)

Dear hill…, The page you asked about is baseballs... the decoy page has some illustrations and one is tin snipes. Rob Mouat

Hello Anthony - many thanks for your purchases. We appreciate your support. PLEASE RESPOND to confirm that you do, indeed, want three copies of the Handbook on Small Bore Rifle Shooting 1950. It is easy to make an ordering error using the shopping cart so I can easily refund your money for items you purchased by mistake. Many thanks again, Abby

Abby, Yes I want 3 copies of this. You really do not understand. I come from a long line of competition shooters. I have set 6 National records in shooting. I have a cousin that won a Silver Medial in the 1972 Olympics and a Gold Medial in the 1976 Olympics in Shooting. He has also won two World Championships in Shooting. I am getting on for him. He has also wrote a book. Thank You, Anthony

Dear Anthony, I am delighted to send you three Handbooks. Please forgive me for asking if you wanted three but you don't understand my clientele. Some people mistakenly order more than one of an item and are then enraged when I send the multiples. I then have to deal with the returns and refunds of money. It is much easier to confirm the order as this happens all the time. I am flattered you told me about your family successes in shooting. I do hope you understand why I questioned your purchase. Best wishes, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Would this Erma Luger .22 Pistol Manual c1965 cover the ERMA BP22 model? Thanks, Lou

Dear Lou, I have no idea. The model number is not mentioned in the piece as far as I can see. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, is the foldout present? Lewis M1916 Automatic Machine Gun- Savage Arms Co - chauchatchauchat (Ebay)

Dear chau... We split the foldout into two full size pages for ease of reproduction. Rob

Abby, What an awesome company. Don't know why I haven't come across your company much sooner. Don Shurr

Dear cornellpubs, Do you have anything else available on the Gewehr G41 (M) than this: Mauser G41(M) Gewehr- Automatic Rifle – aclineman (Ebay)

Dear acline... No, Western Arms apparently had some for sale in 1955: Western Arms Corporation c1955 Gun Catalog, but other than that the one you saw is the only publication we have on the weapon. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Could you tell me if American merchant resellers and gun makers are listed in this book: Gun Barrel and Receiver Codes, Markings and Proof Marks? Thank you, Shane

Shane, Yes, but the information applies mainly to older guns and, of course, is not absolutely complete- good reference though. Abby

Abby, Received the books today and love them, thanks so much Bob Sigmon

Abby, I have been collecting old Smith and Wessons. I have been able to find resources for them. I just received a Hopkins and Allen and it is very hard to find information other than basics of the history of the company, little about their weapons. I am hoping this book sheds light on the weapons themselves. I have you saved in my favorites for reference material just like this. Dennis

Dear cornellpubs, Greetings, what would the combined shipping cost for this item plus 291034042775, 370960134459 , and 370960139138 to be to shipped to Alberta , Canada T4J1R7 ? Regards, Gary (EBAY)

Gary, I am just swamped with orders at the moment so I didn't cut and paste each of the Ebay item numbers you sent to see what they are. If you order and ask for an invoice I can put them all together and figure out the shipping to Canada and let you know... I'll charge what the PO charges. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello I'm interested in artillery and was wondering if the Bannerman 1927 Military Surplus Goods Catalog listed cannon implements and other artillery related items? Also would you combine shipping. Thanks for your time. – joejoeandme (Ebay)

Dear joejoe... Yes it does. Check the index with each of the Bannerman catalogs we reprint for more details. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Do you have the Weatherby 1976 Fine Firearms Catalog? It has an elephant, a gun and a buckle on it. A picture is below. - colkid77 (Ebay)

Dear colk... We have that one but I think it is a 1973, at least that is what we were told and it is how we have the item listed. I think it is on Ebay (as the '73) but is not it is on the website. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Does your reprint of the Canjar 1964 Rifle Accessories contain an exploded view of the trigger for Mauser rifles? – denveritguy (Ebay)

Dear denv... No, this is an advertising piece and while it pictures Canjar triggers in cutaway views and tells which one fits the Mauser 98 I wouldn't treat it as a repair manual. Abby

Abby, Thank you for producing these materials! I have trouble seeing images in your newsletter. Dave

Hi Dave, The image problem is probably the way you have your browser set up and, frankly, it would likely take a lot of time to figure out why and how to fix it. If you want to try, I would call your service provider and ask them for help. Probably the easiest way around the issue is to look at the newsletter at the website. Here is the link That said, have you tried clicking the “View as a Webpage” at the top of the newsletter? Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hi Have you mailed my Book ? If you have mailed it what day did you mail it on. Thanks Larry - caseman1952 (Ebay)

Larry, We try to say in all the advertisements and in every communication that "we print to order that way we can offer over 5000 catalogs and manuals, but it may take a week to process, print, collate, bind, pack and ship your order so please be patient." Your order was received and is being processed for printing today. It should go out Monday or Tuesday. We'll send you tracking when it ships. Thanks for your support, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, You have (4) product catalogue's that I am interested in buying but I would like a discount on the items and shipping, please let me know, thank you. - 4madmaude (Ebay)

Dear 4mad... Please let me know what you want and where you want them shipped for me to combine the shipping (I need to know the size and weight to do that because each of our publications is different). Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I am interested in your Weatherby 1969-1970 & 1970-1971 product catalogue and (2) of the Winchester 1967 assembly manuals - shipped to Port Huron Michigan – 48060 - 4madmaude (Ebay)

Dear 4mad… OK, I assume you mean the '67 Win Components Parts catalog (has exploded parts views, no instructions). We would ship all by Priority for $5.25. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, what is your best price on both the 85&84 catalogs? rocket.02012 (Ebay)

Dear Rocket, I assume you mean the Beeman catalogs. They are marked Buy it Now, they aren't auction items so the price is set. We do combine shipping and can give you the price when you tell us where you want them shipped. Cheers, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Does this book Hotchkiss 1918 Handbook for .303 Machine Gun MK I & I* (UK) show in detail how all the parts go together inside the receiver? I collect military weapons and have not found one book that gives detail on the parts and how they fit inside the receiver of model 1909 Hotchkiss MG. - packardv12 (Ebay)

Dear packard... I don't know. Let's start with the model. This one is identified as a Mark I and I* so I can’t say it is a Model 1909. The book gives detailed written instructions for assy and disassy and there are a few detailed illustrations of the gun- cutaways- but they are from photocopies and they are neither large scale nor engineering drawings. On the other hand, while I assume this is what the soldiers in 1918 used to work on the gun, I don't know if it is adequate for you to do the same. I can tell you that it is not like modern exploded parts views with step by step pictures showing sub-assemblies and I've had customers in the past blame us because books written a hundred years ago are not "as good" as "modern" ones. I can add that we reprint 20 Hotchiss manuals covering guns from 1874 to 1925 and all are available at our website if they are not on Ebay. cornellpubs dot com. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, hi does this Haenel Flyer c1938 Flyer come in english and german - rem54 (Ebay)

Dear rem… “In German- Illustrated Pamphlet” Abby

Dear cornellpubs, thanks, is there any way from cornell to have translated to english. thanks bruce. - rem54

Bruce, No, but if you type the instructions into this translator you can get a rough idea of the English version. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Does this catalogue: Remington 1882 Arms and Ammunition Catalog reference Model 1 1/2, .22 cal. sporting rifle? – strelkovoi (Ebay)

Dear strelk... The 1882 lists the Model 1 in .22 cal. The 1887 catalog we reprint lists several of the 1 1-2 rifles in different formats. Rob Mouat (We are often used as a reference or research library because people ask questions like this and never buy a thing!)

Abby- P'53 manual reprint arrived in good order. Nice job! Appreciate your taking the time and trouble to offer your items on ebay. Thanks, Ross Hopkins

Thanks Ross, and thanks for signing your name, so few people do these days! Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Do you print with a laser printer or ink jet printer? With ink jet, the printing is not permanent and printing can run if it gets wet. – sevans (Ebay)

Dear sevens... Ink jets are way too slow for us because we print hundreds at a time on any of six printers we use. Three are big, black and white HP lasers, one is a color HP laser and others and covers are printed on big Xerox Colorcube printers (melted ink). Our publications are water resistant but like any publication they have limits. Cheers, Rob (He isn’t a buyer, just a busybody)

Abby, This flat package did arrive today. These are very nice reproductions. Thanks for the catalog, I have other pistols that I might have interest in securing booklets for. Sincerely, Dennis Morris

Dear cornellpubs, I am looking for a catalog including a Montgomery ward western field 410 shotgun single bolt action. would Montgomery Ward 1936 Guns Catalog have this. - josh1655 (Ebay)

Dear Josh, Yes indeed, there is that shotgun in the catalog. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Would you please take a look at the pages Remington 1911-1912 Guns and Parts - Union Metallic Cartridge Co.& let me know if HICKS/UMC; HICKS/REMINGTON OR ANY OTHER HICKS percussion caps or HICKS/primers are listed. If so, I would be interested. Bob – bluegoldlacrosse (Ebay)

Dear Bob, Yes, there are Hicks caps in the catalog. Abby

Abby, I got the catalog from you today. I have an original and there are some pages in it that are in color that are not in color in the one you sent. Can you send me the color pages so I can put them in the book? Simon Carter

Simon, We don’t reprint all catalogs that had some color with our color printers. The simple answer is that it is exactly eight times more expensive per page to print in color. We, therefore, make a quality decision whether the publication is enhanced by the color sufficiently to warrant the extra expense or not. Naturally, we tell you if the catalog is printed in color as part of the description. Your catalog with only four color pages out of 220 we felt was fine to print in black and white. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Good Evening,I received the item (Fiala Arms Co 1920 Flyer) today. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Your description stated 2 pages measuring 8.5" x 14" and your example flat item. What I received was one page measuring 8.5" x 11". The item was folded and the copy material appears reduced. It was mailed in an large envelope with cardboard. Why I don't know since the one sheet was folded. You could have mailed it for 49 cents.It's hard to believe you get away with charging this kind of price.Even though I'm upset, I wish you a nice weekend.- chestercountycoinsncurrency (Ebay)"

Dear John, Gee, I'm sorry to have upset you so much. The 14" was a mistake in entering the item for sale (oddly, nobody has noticed it in six years) and the copy would have been distorted had we enlarged it to that size. In fact, our copy is printed slightly larger than the original because the original was made for overseas mail on onionskin paper and the print was tiny. The item is indeed 2 pages- front and back of one sheet of paper (think about page 1, 2, 3 etc. of a book) and then tri-folded as stated in the ad. I made a notation on the advertisement for Ebay that it is one sheet of paper, printed on two sides so no one else makes the same mistake. We mail using envelopes because so many people complain when we don't use cardboard (can't please everyone all the time). For the record, we paid $52 for the original and have sold 6 at $3.45 in six years.

Anyway, I don't like to see anyone so distressed over a small purchase so I refunded the $5 you paid including shipping which reduces our total sold to 5 (no need to return the item) and your final cost to $0. You have a nice weekend too. Cheers, Rob Mouat - This is one of those situations where I want to remind the customer that he cannot buy one at Walmart for $1.23 less. RM

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

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

1. Never use your main 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 and help control spam.

2. Use forwards cautiously - Use BCC (look for the link to open it near your address bar). Cut and paste the addresses you want to send to into BCC and this hides them from hackers and harvesters... helps control spam!

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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.

* 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 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

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


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.

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks selling parts for old guns...

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