Calls from the Wilds


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*Mike Carrick and his wife Bev were in Argentina last month where they visited the Iquasu Falls. Dr. Tom Grollman went on the trip with the Carricks and took the pictures below. Mike said, "This is a 'new' seventh wonder of the world. Supposedly Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls Africa, and Iguasu are competing for the best in the world. We have seen all three, and this is by far the best."

Mike Carrick



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*Last month I ran out of some of the Parker gun catalog reprints I buy from Ed Muderlak and it is with great sadness I have to report that Ed passed away just before Christmas at his home in Durand, Il. While I never met Ed in person I spoke with him many times on the telephone. His good cheer and extraordinary knowledge of Parker guns will be missed. May he rest in peace.

*We had a visit from the ATF the other day. No, I didn’t run and hide in the bathroom, he was a friendly fellow who just needed some help. You see Federal law says some guns aren’t guns at all; those made before 1899 are just clubs, not firearms and the lawyers know it and exploit the loophole to help the baddies run free.

Basically, as it was explained to me, Federal law says that weapons falling into the antique era (prior to 1899) are not legally considered firearms. According to the ATF agent, handguns manufactured prior to 1899 that were made to fire black powder cartridges, fall into the antique “non-gun” category despite their ability to chamber modern smokeless cartridges. This anomaly applies to Federal crimes, and not necessarily state crimes, so if you hold up a liquor store in Oxnard with a P. Webley revolver you’re in hot water. Use the same gun to knock over an Army recruiting office and you might get away with a lesser sentence, wisdom aside.

An interesting fly in the ointment is that as the law reads: “(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or (B) any replica of any firearm described in subparagraph (A) if such replica - (i) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or (ii) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.” I read that to preclude handguns made to fire “rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition”, but apparently courts have held that such weapons do fall under the antique definition if they were designed to “use rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade”, e.g. black powder.

The weapon our agent was interested in was a Harrington & Richardson .32 revolver made to shoot black powder cartridges in the 1880s. It was a non-fluted cylinder model called a “bulldog” type (most Bulldogs were large caliber). The “perp” had the gun loaded with modern .32 caliber ammunition that perhaps he should have fired, likely with explosive results, thereby obviating the entire exercise. The point is, of course, that the old revolver was capable of chambering modern smokeless ammunition. A more serious observation is that black powder ammo can be deadly too, it is just that the ammo is not easy to come by. Finally, smokeless powder was developed in the mid 1880s but I don’t know if smokeless revolver cartridges were available before 1898. I’ll have to look into that unless someone can enlighten me.

Claims of non-guns have apparently increased as more lawyers become aware of the loophole and challenge the courts. This is an annoyance to the ATF and the books we sell often contain information that accurately dates the weapons, hence our popularity with the service. We have several ATF agents who turn to us for information.

Now, everyone agrees that an 1890 Colt SSA firing a 200 grain bullet, black powder or smokeless, will kill you just as surely as a club but Federal law says if it was made before 1899, it is a club. Stupid but true. Michigan law says that you need a permit to buy a cartridge firing revolver but not a percussion revolver. I have a Old Navy Colt .44 cap and ball that, indeed packs a wallop, enough so that I wouldn’t want to be shot by it. So, the villains here are the lawmakers and the courts, not the enforcers. Don’t blame the ATF.

* Remember those old time radio programs like Amos and Andy, Bob Hope, Father Knows Best, Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen, Ellery Queen, Hopalong Cassidy, Flash Gordon and Eddie Bracken?

Well the Radio Lovers website allows you to listen to those and hundreds more while you work on your computer. Click on the link, turn up the sound and enjoy!

Ross Seyfried's Column

Ross is on holiday this month.

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 to David Colvin for the 1969-70 Weatherby, it's a beaut and kudus to Gary Halbakken for the '88 Thompson. Michel Baikrich, a Belgian ex-pat living in Cartagena, Colombia very kindly scanned his L'Arquebuserie catalog for us. Mike Carrick found the really nifty Martini-Henry manual (I loved the songs they gave the troops to sing as they exercised). Excepting a few items from my stock everything else comes due to the generosity of Fede Graziano, of the Argentine Gun and Ammunition Collectors Association.

Cheers, Abby

·  BKIW-DWM 1930 Zusammenstellung Ballistik Angaben
·  Brenneke Jagdwaffen c1931
·  Carlos Rasetti 1917, Buenos Aires, Argentina
·  Dynamit Nobel 1972 Catalogo de Municion, Buenes Aires, Argentina
·  Erma Werke c1985, Dachau, Germany
·  Fiocchi 1955 Ammunition
·  Geschichte der gesamten Feuerwaffen 1911
·  L’Arquebuserie Cat. 77/5 c1970, Liege, Belgium
·  Lorenzotti, Pietro 1926, Brescia, Italia
·  Mauser 1971, Mauser Bauer Corp, Fraser, Michigan
·  Neue Studien- Gezogene. Feuerwaffe- 1861, Darmstadt, Germany
·  Portable Military Weapons 1927 Dutch
·  Roth 1910 Ammunition, Bratislava, Tchechoslovaquie
·  Thierbach Handfeuerwaffen, 1886

·  Colt 1925 Revólveres de Colt, for Mexico and Chile
·  Colt 1938 Revólveres y Pistolas Automaticas
·  Colt 1957 Revolvers and Pistols w/Prices
·  Colt 1960 with Prices
·  Colt 1972 Handbook and Catalog
·  Fecker c1955 Rifle Telescopes
·  Hercules Powder 1970 Smokeless Powder Guide
·  Rifle Musket Model 1863 Manual
·  Smith & Wesson 1975 Gun Catalog
·  Stevens 1934 (late) Gun Catalog No.60
·  Thompson 1988 Auto-Ordance Corporation
·  Weatherby Fine Firearms 1969-70 Gun Catalog

·  BSA c.1913 Rifles de Aire Comprimido
·  CIL Munitions 1972 Montreal, Canada
·  Treatise on Ammunition 1877, London, England
·  Treatise on Ammunition 10th Edition 1915, London, England

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Letters from Readers

*Hi Abby, I've received the 1908 Winchester catalog reprint and it's great! Thanks so very much for helping to preserve the history of our old firearms. Best regards, Bob in Arizona

Thanks Bob! Abby

*Hello I live in Rotherham, England & have seen the above publication on your website. Is it available in the UK as I would like a copy, but can't find it anywhere in the UK that stocks it. Kind Regards, Peter

Our project is to preserve old gun catalogs for future generations. We currently reprint over 3000 titles from the 1850s to the 1980s and we add 25-50 a month. We sell our reprints to finance the project. Also, we are probably the only resource in the world where you can purchase these reprints (we print to order). So, if you want the Churchill catalog, chances are we are the only source and we ship worldwide. Abby

*What I am about is, I saw you copy the Waffen- und Schiesstechnischen Leitfaden written by Karl Fischer in the 40s. I inherited one original copy in a very good shape and colourful pictures in it, from my grandfather. Now I want to sell it and I asked myself whether you are interested or know someone, who might be interested in an original copy of this. Thank you in advance & Kindest regards. Lasse

Thank you for your note. Unfortunately, I don't know a market for your book. I would suggest Ebay in both the US and Germany as a good source for sales. I don't know the value of your book, but if you put it on Ebay you can select a reserve that must be met before the book sells. Good luck, Abby

*Hello Abby, The books I ordered last Thursday arrived today. What a great service you provide.. On a cold snowy northern Nevada day like today it was a nice surprise to receive great reading material. Please keep up the good work. Harv.

Thanks Harv! Abby

*Could you help me with a repair or service manual for the Sportco range of rifles. If it had drawings of all the parts in them that would be good. Thanks Tod in Austrailia

Sorry, Tod, I don’t have one. Abby

*Genealogy History: I'm trying to find information on John T. Siner and Leander C. Siner that are listed in your book. l. How many pages? 2. Do you copy pages, or do I have to buy the whole book? Thanks, Daniela

Daniela, What book are you looking at, we sell over 3000? And no, we don’t sell pages of books. Abby

*I'm looking for a specific Hy Hunter catalog (ca. 1962 or so, I think) that has an ad for the (if memory serves) "T-62 Civilian Defense Weapon" which was an AR-7 .22 action stuffed into a totally nasty wooden stock; the ad I recall showed Mr. American Hero (wife and kids huddled behind) using this POS to defend against Chinese Commies parachuting from the sky, typical Hy Hunter over the top classic. REALLY ENJOYED your letters section, by the way! Thank you for your response. Don

Sorry, Don, the only Hy Hunters I have are the ones on the website. I’ll keep an eye out, you watch the newsletter. Abby

*Greetings Abby, It looks like you have done it again. I was wandering around in the wilderness looking to gain some provenance with regard to a Zehna Type 11 pistol. Lo and behold, you have the "1927, J. L. Galef Catalog" listing the Zehna with picture and description. My friend will appreciate handing his war (WW-2) trophy down to his family with your catalog reprint. Keep up the good work... Roger

Thanks Roger! Abby

*A friend of mine has a 410 pistol with the 17 circled and number 1339 with a 5 laying down. He is trying to find out how old this gun is it has been in his family for years and would like some help if possible. Thank you for your help. William

William, We don't normally answer this type of question because we just get too many of them. But in this case, off the top of my head and lacking a picture, I would guess that the pistol is a Stevens Auto-Shot No. 35 or Pocket Shotgun (1876-1906) or Crescent Davis (the company was bought by Stevens in 1930) Ever-Ready Mo. 200 (1931-33). Abby

*Speer 1959 Wildcat Cartridges Reloading Manual: Dear RHM11075, Hello: Is this reprint about 11" x 8" open or closed? Thanks, Gb; Ebay: - gb_port61

Closed, Abby

*1974 Ithaca Parts & Service Manual: Hi, I was under the impression that you offered a reprint of this manual. I was not able to locate it using your search function. Is this something that you DO have? Could you let me know the price? Thanks, Jim

Jim, The search function is very particular about the manner and order of input for it to work properly. For example, "Ithaca Parts Manual 1974" would not retrieve the correct item if the item is named "Ithaca 1974 Parts Manual". Better to use the alpha function on the left of the page and go to the Ithaca page that lists all Ithaca catalogs we reprint. Abby

*Dear rhm11075, Does this booklet have any rifles or pistol made by anyone with the last name of Atkinson? Ebay:- atkinson-2010

I am sorry, but I get so many requests similar to yours that I just cannot take the time to read an entire book to see if there is a particular name mentioned on the off chance I could sell a $12 book. You see I reprint over 3000 old catalogs and everyone from plumb bob to fishing gear collectors have arcane questions so this is a standard reply. Abby

*RE: Ithaca. I've already checked out your website and am impressed by what you have. Howard Voorhies won the ATA championship in 1924 shooting an Ithaca trap gun, so I'd guess he'd be carried for several years in their catalogs. You list a 1928 catalog and he might be in that in the trap guns section. You also list a 1932 catalog that has a section on prominent shooters that might contain him. Not sure if he'd be in anything later than that as there were other shooters that came along. Thank you, Donald Voorhies, Jr.

Donald, I'm sorry, I checked every catalog through 1939 and not one, unfortunately featured, your GD except the 1926. I am also surprised because the same fellows are repeated in each catalog for years, particularly the winners of the Grand American Handicap. In fact, there are 35 shooters pictured in the 1932, five twice. Is it possible your GD died shortly after the 1924 victory? The text talks about people who use Ithaca guns so perhaps he changed makers? Anyway, I am sorry I couldn't bring better news. Abby

*Subject: these are for a revolver match at my club Comments: I am asking about Firearms in American History; Volume II-The Revolver as I need 20 of them Thanks, Ed

Ed, We print to order so you may certainly order 20, I’ll even personalize them with a logo or other title on the cover if you would like. Abby

*Dear Sir, Sorry I speak only French and Spanish. Si le interesa tengo un catalogo de 1977 de cuando yo era fabricante de armas el LIEGE. Gracias por sus comentarios. Saludos cordiales, Michel

This generous fellow from Belgium very kindly lent us a copy of L’Arquebuserie which you will see in the new books this month. Muchas gracias, Merci beaucoup ! Abby

*Do you have the Weatherby catalog that has the rifle case that has gold felt inside and was made buy Emmebi, late70s early 80s. Please call me Monday at 810 555 5555 I live in flushing, MI Thank You, Kenny

I don’t mean to be facetious Kenny, but I wouldn’t know an Emmebi gun case if I fell over it. Abby

*Hello, I'm very glad I bought this catalog that is fundamental for me to go back to the old LC Smith, who was my grandfather. The only problem I think it is shipping since I'm in Italy, and then ask politely if he is willing to send the catalog to Italy. If you are concerned is willing to take other catalogs by yourself. Let me know. Regards, Mauro in Fiore, Italy.

Sure, Mauro, I’ll be pleased to ship your catalog to Italy, Thanks, Abby

*Subject: mark 1; Comments: the book to explication to the gun tank you. steve girard

Steve, To be honest, I haven’t the foggiest idea what you are talking about! Abby

*Dear Abby, The books I ordered arrived in record time. The quality of the books is excellent, service was superb and I hope to do more business with your company in the future. Sincerely, William E. Meuse, Curator, Springfield Armory (Ret.)

Thank you, Sir. Abby


Rants and Raves

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This month I don't really have any rants so I thought you would like to see some of the mail I got this month. That is why the above Letters from Readers section is longer than usual, Abby


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".

There are many easy ways to reduce your risk of being a target for spam - education and understanding is a great first step.

* Paypal - I don't like Paypal 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 are cheaper by far than a bank for a small online business, They are reliable and they are secure. No, I don't like many of their policies but they are the least expensive I can find so we have to live with it. I do accept checks if you prefer and I don't wait for them to clear. If you stiff me with a check you go directly to the Rants and Raves column with your full name and address displayed for the world to see. By the way, Paypal has softened (somewhat) its previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now more reasonable. I wrote about it in my Newsletter.

* Ebay - The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that saves me sales commissions to Ebay!

* Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with the many different browsers out there.

* 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.

* More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers and on any web page). :-) Abby

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. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1835-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

* I have some nifty tricks for you! 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.

* Gun Value & Parts - I get scores of phone calls that start out "I inherited this gun from my grandfather and I just want to know how much it is...", I do not do appraisals, nor do I sell parts. See here for parts suppliers.

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.

* I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

* 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. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

* Browser Usage - Sometimes people mention they cannot follow the links I put in my newsletters, or that the pictures don't show up. Well, sometimes browsers are set to only receive messages in plain text. This is usually because their internet connection is slow and pictures make it even slower. There are settings to allow or disallow HTML language (pictures and links).

Your browser (the program you use to view emails and internet sites) can be set to allow you to click on links to other web pages. The link can either open a new window with the original window disappearing to a small block near the top of the screen or it replaces the current window with the new selection. In the former case to return to the prior window, click the box near the top of the screen. In the latter example click the "back arrow" also at the top of the page (different browsers such as Firefox, Netscape or Internet Explorer use different symbols for the back arrow). For the most part, I use links that replace the newsletter page with the new link. So, to return to the newsletter, you will have to use the back arrow to return to the newsletter.

* Must Read: If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

* If you collect Military Arms please check out the link page I have to Government and Military Publications as well as 75 Manuals of the World's Military Weapons (1945) in A Basic Manual of Military Arms - 1945 as well as the link to Machine Guns.

* YOUR ADDRESS- Yes, I am shouting! Each month I get angry phone calls, emails or letters from folks who "ordered the book xxx days ago and STILL DON'T HAVE IT! Usually they don't have it because the registered address at the website where they ordered the book is false (to "protect" their identity) or long outdated. When I point that out, they usually say that I should have double-checked or that their correct address was on their check or some other excuse. Sorry, I print address labels from the website as you typed it in. If your address is wrong the book goes to the wrong address. Please check your address at the website whenever you order something online. Thank you.

* 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!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Africa and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. 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.

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". So, a little more about credit cards and the internet. Every time you use your credit card at banks, gas stations, restaurants, stores and 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.

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.

Your best bet is to confirm that the website address where you enter information begins with https:// rather than just http://. The 's' stands for secure, meaning encrypted. Also, be confident that the website itself is trustworthy, has 'contact us' information including a name, address and telephone number. Beware of offshore websites. Even with all these protections, some cards are stolen. We had a card stolen by thieves in the Middle East. How they got my card I have no idea but I check the charges on my card regularly (daily, in fact) and picked up the scam quickly and cancelled the card.

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.

* This company sells a huge variety of springs: Talleres Echebarria, C/Magdalena 2, ES -20690 Elgeta, Spain, Tel.(+34)943-768073, Spanish Only!

* Hello Abby, I am responding to your request for parts source information for Remington Rolling Block Parts. We are attempting to supply reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. While this is a work in progress, I believe we are the largest supplier of these obsolete parts in existence. Thanks, Kenn Womack

* Check out the Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. They sell all kinds of parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. They have leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and much 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 (three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams) is available at (605) 343-9544 for $39.95

* 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

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!

Sammy Baugh, or Eddie Dew or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by Von Lengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

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 G&H website:

or Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
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 the website with links to websites that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture:


Original Gun Catalogs and Books for Sale

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