Calls from the Wilds


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Craig North sent along an email with some good ideas. Here they are:

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Enforcing Speeding Statutes

Homeowners often complain to authorities about speeding motorists passing their homes while ignoring posted limits and warnings. Some cities enforce their statutes more vigorously than others. This is one such a community.

Thanks to Steve Davis


  • If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. Jay Leno
  • The problem with political jokes is they get elected. Henry Cate, VII
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. Aesop
  • If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven. Will Rogers
  • Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. Plato
  • Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. Nikita Khrushchev
  • When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. Clarence Darrow
  • Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. Author Unknown
  • Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. John Quinton
  • Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. Oscar Ameringer
  • The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. P.J. O'Rourke
  • I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952
  • A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. Tex Guinan
  • Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Gore Vidal
  • I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. Charles de Gaulle
  • Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. Doug Larson
  • Don't vote, it only encourages them. Author Unknown
  • There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. Will Rogers

Speaking of politicians, this fellow makes just as much sense as what we hear on the nightly news, don't you think?


And we thought some of the marching antics we had to go through in basic training were silly...

Pakistan/India border, end of day ceremony

thanks to Jim Buchanan

Winter driving tip:

Proof that wet, icy roads can be slippery.

thanks to Dick Carleton

Startling Pictures

For those of us who grew up when there were still living Civil War veterans (Albert Woolson) it is difficult to believe these photos are 150 years old:

Civil War Photographs

thanks to Dick Carleton

Ever See An Eagle Do The Breast Stroke?

This footage was taken at Mallard Lakes subdivision in Baton Rouge. Someone had shot a nutria, and it was floating dead in the water. Video

thanks to Jim Buchanan

The Pilot

Once upon a time, a pilot asked a beautiful princess, "Will you marry me?"

The princess said, "No!"

And the pilot lived happily ever after and flew jets all over the world and drove hot cars and chased skinny, long-legged, big-breasted flight attendants and hunted and fished and went to topless bars and dated women half his age and drank Whiskey and Captain Morgan and never heard bitching and never paid child support or alimony and kept his house and guns and ate cold leftover crew meals, potato chips and beans and blew enormous farts and never got cheated on while he was at work and all his friends and family thought he was frickin' cool as hell and he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up........ The end.

Will Mouat's Trivia

Questions derived from:

The Gun Book (For Boys and Men)

by Thomas Heron McKee, 1918

April 2012

1. Why is the Battle of Crecy, fought in France in 1346, a landmark in the annals of Western firearms?

2. The first hand-held guns were little more than cannons on a stick, and were greatly overshadowed by long bows and crossbows. What was the first great change in hand-held gun design?

3. The rifled barrel lay practically unused for nearly 250 years because it was so difficult to load. Around 1700 and American discovered a way to load his rifle more easily than before – what was it?

4. Up to 1840 there were many attempts to produce an easy-loading rifle. An American invented what type of bullet in 1830 that was a leap forward in technology?

5. One of the chief goals of firearms inventors had been a gun that would deliver successive shots rapidly (slow loading is why bows and arrows remained popular until the 19th century). Who produced the first commercially successful gun which fired more than one shot without reloading? (this isn't a trick question and could provoke some discussion)

6. In the 19th century, some inventors tried to create guns that would deliver a charge over time (rather than in an instant), thus gradually accelerating a projectile up to speed. What were these?

Download the answers as a .pdf file

Arms Heritage Magazine

Gunpowder Testers (Eprouvettes)

In order to understand the importance of gunpowder testers, a few words about the development of gunpowder are in order.

Depending on the source of information, the origins of gunpowder can be traced back to the seventh century when highly volatile substances known as “greek fire” were used in naval warfare. It is generally accepted, however, that the first true gunpowder formulae were published in the thirteenth century, when the principal ingredients—saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal were first listed.

It was probably in the last quarter of the thirteenth century when the concept of using gunpowder as an energy source for projectiles first originated.

The early versions of gunpowder consist of three components—charcoal, sulfur and potassium nitrate. Charcoal and sulfur are the combustibles- potassium nitrate, the oxidizer. Charcoal was produced by incinerating elm or maple in an oxygen free environment and pulverizing the result. Naturally occurring sulfur was pulverized and refined to remove impurities. Potassium nitrate had to be highly refined by progressive dissolution in water and drying operations.

Simply mixing the basic ingredients together did not produce an acceptable, useable, propellant. The proportions of each had to be carefully measured and the complex methods of incorporating the components took skill and courage. Impurities in any of the components could cause sparking during incorporation and lead to disastrous results. Eventually, craft guilds were established and gunpowder manufacture rose to the level of an art.

Not all gunpowder was manufactured by equally consistent processes. Shortcuts could not only prove dangerous but could result in sub-standard gunpowder. In addition, sleazy characters of the day might cut quality gunpowder with other materials such as sodium chloride or other fillers to extend their profits.

Many methods were developed to test the strength and purity of gunpowder. A few grains of gunpowder laid on a sheet of white paper would leave a residue pattern when ignited, by which quality could be roughly interpreted. Some brave souls were reputed to have tested gunpowder by igniting a few grains in the palm of their hand. Good gunpowder, supposedly, would burn quickly and completely and not burn the hand. I would imagine that should poor quality gunpowder be thus discovered, consequences to the seller might well result.

But serious shooters and especially artillerymen needed an objective measure of quality so a variety of mechanisms for accurately determining gunpowder strength were devised.

Gunpowder Measuring device

Among those mechanisms were pistol-like devices where a measured amount of powder would cause the strength of the gunpowder to register on a measuring device. The entire story, with numerous illustrations, is told in the April 2012 of Arms Heritage Magazine. Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

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. Jim Barrie, Gregg Larson and Mark Jenkins are the generous providers of this months offerings. Many thanks for your help and generosity. Abby

Actually, there are many, many more World War II field manuals we processed this month but there just isn't room to list them all. Click these links to the website:

U.S. MILITARY MANUALS (except Hand Weapons- see US Rifles et al) - ALL MANUALS

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Letters from Readers

Abby, Abby, Abby. I command you to immediately stop perusing your catalogs to answer questions regarding values of firearms, if certain pictures are in a catalog, if an ancestor's second cousin's granddaughter is mentioned in Chapter 4, etc. Don't you realize this waste of time contributes to the lack of customer service that should be given to all of us paying customers? I swear I will come and burn down that addition on your house that you created specifically to catalog, (no pun intended), the 3,000 plus manuals, publications, if it takes any longer than the normal 4 days to receive my reprints due to your attempting to accommodate every Tom, Dick and Harry's ludicrous requests. BTW, I noticed it has been taking up to 5 hours for you to respond back to my emails. The warden only allows us 1 hour each day to use the computer so I do not receive your response until the next day! (This reminds me, does your son practice criminal law in Colorado by any chance?) Also, if I was to send you a little cash in the mail could you advertise to your readers that I collect Hopkins & Allens and Weatherbys? You could include my email, and I would send you 1.333% of my profits, after Federal, State and local taxes are calculated. This would all be cash, absolutely no 1099's. I must warn you that last year my gun collecting hobby, I mean business, actually was in the red $73,000. I must be doing something wrong. Anyway, thanks for all you do Abby. Do you ever have any "seconds" of old catalogs? And what about Christmas in July specials or pre-inventory sales? Maybe a "Boss is on vacation" sale? Regards, Curt Alan Hopkins (I know, my parents misssppeled my middle name)

Curt, Thanks, I needed a giggle! Abby

Abby, You sent me the wrong publication. You said on the phone it had a picture of my gun on the cover. The cover shows a Texan Jr... Mine is the "Cowboy" model. If you have a publication with the "Cowboy" model on the cover please advise. Michael Adams

Michael, You told me the cap gun you were seeking had a steer head on the grip. After ascertaining, by looking it up on our website for you, that the one we sent you had the Cowboy model in the index and therefore an advertisement for it inside the catalog, I told you it was also on the cover because the cap gun on the cover has a steer head on the grip. It apparently turned out the one on the cover was another model also with a steer head on the grip. I am sorry, with over 3500 publications and many people seeking exacting information about their particular gun it is impossible for us to do precise, in depth research and still sell the catalogs we offer for the price we do. If you are unhappy with your purchase please return it for a refund. Rob

Abby, Weblery scott ranger air rifle: i was wondering if you have and spec on the weblery scott ranger air rifle. I am looking for the the muzzle validity of the rifle because i am importing it to canada. customs want to know what it is. this is my wife grandfather gun and he has move to canada form england. thank you for any help that you can provide to me in this matter. ryan stewart

Ryan, Webley literature did not give muzzle velocities but I would think new the gun developed about 600-700 fps, less now that it is older. Hope that helps. Abby

Hi Abby, Always a nice, personal touch to your transactions. Thanks. Dennis

Hello, I have a number of ORIGINAL vintage Fireearm related Manuals and Catalogs which I am contacting a munber of venders trying to establish value as I di\o intend to sell thyem. I had hope I could get your Expertise and if you are interested in buying them. Thank You for your time and consideration. I have a number of thses and they are ALL ORIGINAL. Example attached is a Cilvel War Musket Rifle Manual and uses string to bind it. Very Truly Yours, Thomas Paul Oestreich

Paul, I would be interested in seeing a list of what you have to offer. Prices, however are very difficult to assign to individual items because they vary considerably. Also people who sell them tend, naturally, to predict lower prices than say an appraiser. Appraisers rarely look at items like this though. I would suggest that Ebay is the best place to sell them because they will sell for their actual worth at an auction. So, depending on what you have and whether they are original and not a reprint, I would love to have copies for my collection if I don't already have them. If you were to let me copy them I would be happy to sell them for you on Ebay where you could follow the auction. Please let me know. Abby

Abby, winchester model 75 parts and sights: am looking for a parts breakdown and sights for a winchester model 75,22 long rifle.if you have this please let me . best regards, phil

Phil, Most of the older Winchester catalogs had parts diagrams (flat) and takedown procedures so if your M75 dates to before the mid 30s any catalog with it mentioned in the index should do. Why don't you see if you can find a catalog with it in the index and let me check it out for you? Cheers, Abby

Abby, Would you be willing to accept $8.50 including shipping for one of the Ebay listed Hubley 1933 pistol catalogs? If so please let me know and i will purchase. Thanks, Sam

Hi Sam, This reprint isn't an auction, it is an Ebay, Buy it Now fixed price sale. Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby, In addition to single shot rifles, in general, I have become very interested in J. Stevens Tip-Up Rifles: specifically, the Model 1880, Number 6 Expert Deluxe in .38-35 caliber. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of published information available on these firearms…. 1.) Could you tell me how deeply the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. History; by Joe Vorisek book that you offer goes into this particular topic? From the index, it doesn’t appear that much space is spent on “tip-downs” (invariably referred to as “tip-ups”, today) 2.) Is there a particular Stevens catalogue which zeros in on this subject area? Thanks, Bill PS: I’m not in any rush over this info…

Bill, Thanks for your note. I get a lot of this sort of question and I don't really know how to answer. Not knowing exact parameters of what you seek it is virtually impossible to abstract a book and tell you whether it contains the information you need. If you can be a lot more specific I'll try to help. As you may know, we reprint almost 4000 catalogs, books and manuals so I confess I am not intimate with the contents of each. I try hard, though, to do a reasonable index for each, so when I do research for a customer I need to know exactly what they need to know. Cheers, Abby

Abby, am trying to fix my fathers webly&scott 1906 25cal auto pistol it was his fathers allso, am in need of a parts manual and someone who could suply parts ? mainly a V spring and other bits.any way hope U can help, Dan.

Dan, The manual you looked at may help you identify the parts and tell you the names but we are not a parts house and cannot help you there. You might find a parts gun at gunbroker dot com or auctionarms dot com or a supplier at my website cornellpubs dot com (look for the parts link at the top). Rob

Abby, The 1903 rifle manual that you sent is very nice! I especially like that you left in the page that was signed by the original owner in October of 1915. Thank you, John

Abby, Got the catalogs and am very pleased. Great job. Kyle Floyd

Dear Abby thank you for a very fast delivery, once again top quality printing. Very pleased. Paul Bellamy

Dear Abby, And my deepest thanks to you. The book arrived in todays mail and it's just what I was looking for. I wouldn't expect anything less from one of Joe Vorisek's books. Ned Fall

Abby, Colt Single Action Army: I just received a letter of authentication from Colt regarding S/N 29xxx, one of 39 guns shipped to Schuyler, Hartley and Graham on Sept. 27, 1876. The letter states the finish as "Blue". My gun is nickel plated. Can you explain this discrepancy? Thank you, Doug Brown

Dear Doug, I haven't the faintest idea about a difference in the description of a revolver shipped 135 years ago to a company that has been out of business for over a century but I am flattered you think I might know! Perhaps it was plated at a later date or someone at the factory made a mistake on the shipping order or maybe the person who sent you the letter goofed, who knows? By the way, we are reprinters of old gun catalogs. I mention that just in case you think we might be the recipient of the gun when it was originally shipped. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Thanks for answering. I have to admit it was a "shot in the dark". It's just so damn hard to get a hold of anyone from Colt! I want to put this gun up for auction and I'm afraid the discrepancy might affect the asking price. Thanks again, Doug

High Standard 1964 Gun Parts Catalog: If this is a 1964 parts catalog, I can't understand why the cover has the round logo that wasn't used until 1970. Can you please tell me if your reprint is from some other reprint that must have been done after 1970? Thank you. Bill Carter

Dear Bill, You are sure a sharp-eyed one! Actually, the answer is really simple, I didn't know the precise date when the circle came into use. The original didn't have a cover so I made one myself and used the circle, mea culpa. I changed it for future uploads. Did you want to buy one or just point out my error? Abby (he did buy some, thanks!)

Abby: I am glad you have the catalogs on hand to copy/print. You offer us in the firearms collecting fraternity a great service. Thank you. Joe

Dear cornellpubs, Does this manual show loading for the .308 x 1.5 Barnes WildCat? Jkrancour (Ebay)

Sir, I know nothing about reloading and am the last person to advise you about specific loads. I can tell you there are numerous references to Barnes bullets in the 1966 Vol II Ackley (we reprint three of his Wildcat and reloading books). Perhaps information on our website would help. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT wILDCAT cartridges. All you need is to be able to do read. Look in the index of Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders 1959 Ackley-Wildcat to see if a .308 x 1.5 Barnes is listed as one of the cartridges this book lists. My question is as simple as that. Please check it out and get back to me.

Kranc, I try to not do research for people who don't sign their notes with a name and who yell at me (typing in caps is considered yelling on the internet) or who act condescending. However, I did look for you probably because you annoyed me by assuming you knew how "simple" it is to find information. Well, here is the story. Ackley books have no index, the whole book is arranged in a sequential manner, or sort of a sequence that would probably make sense to a reloader. For example, you can evidently neck down larger casings to accommodate smaller bullets, so you might find a .308 mated with a .270. So, in a 500 page book what you ask is not quite as simple as you think because casings are mixed up with calibers.

Anyway, I looked at the three Ackley books and found the cartridge you seek in the last of the three I looked at. It is in the 1962 Ackley book which is known as Volume 1. It isn't of course, volume 1 because Ackley published what can be considered volume 1 in 1959, the first one to catch your eagle eye. And then, to further confuse the issue he also published volume II which was actually volume III in 1966. So, once again, you want the 1962 Ackley book. We do reprint it and it is available on Ebay or at our website if you can't find it in the jumble of Ebay. Rob Mouat

Abby, Breechloading Shotguns 1860-1940 Vol. I: I have an American Gun Company shotgun that I believe was made by Crescent Arms. The serial # is 319850. I would like to know if this book would be able to tell me the date it was made. I have heard that all of Crescent Arms records were lost but also saw in the description that your book had serial #s. Thanks, Nick

Nick, If, indeed, your gun was made by American (or Fox) then the Vorisek book may help you identify it but I doubt you will get much help with serial Nos, as American's don't go that high. That sort of research is why people buy our books. Now, a couple of things. I don't believe Crescent and American produced at the same time (looking them both up on my website may give more info on that). Also, Crescent marketed guns with dozens of names including American Arms perhpoas using a version of the GH Fox patent. The list is in the Breechloading book under Crescent. Abby

Abby, Thanks for sending me (your newsletter). I have friends that are still laughing their a-- off, with some of the info.,others are happy as heck to have references. Kudo's..keep up the great work. Bill Frost

Abby, You’re welcome. Have you thought about making your pubs. available in .pdf format? They could be sent online, no postage, no shipping, no waiting. If they were too big, they could be sent as pt1, pt2, etc. Jim

Hi Jim, Thanks for the idea, but unfortunately as soon as we did that in the past, copies began to appear on Ebay in both print and pdf format and that really dilutes the market. Also, folks think nothing of sending a copy to a buddy or, in fact all their buddies... we got one of our own catalog pdfs forwarded back to us that went to over 200 people! So, although your suggestion seems sensible, it would pretty quickly terminate our little business and we still have a lot of work to do to round out the collection. It is our ambition to preserve these wonderful old parts of our history for future generations and then offer them for free. Meanwhile to pay for the new additions we have to make a bit of a profit. Cheers, Rob and Abby Mouat

Hello Abby, The books have arrived but I am disappointed with the quality of the finished article. They are all oversized and the French Luger manual does not resemble the original in finish and is blurred etc. What do you suggest we do? Best Regards, Charles Murray-Roscoe, CMR Intl Classic Firearms

Dear Charles, I guess you didn't read the description section of my website describing what you bought. Here is the link to the page on the website. Specifically, I don't make forgeries of the originals because that inflames the ephemera collectors who see my meager efforts as undermining the worldwide market in collectibles and those are people you don't want to upset. It is also way too expensive. Anyway, if you wish to return the publications you don't like, I will refund you purchase price. Cheers, Abby

Hello Donald, thank you for your purchase on GunBroker.com. I appreciate your support. Abby


Don, All original Winchester manuals by AA Arnold had soft covers, we do them with a "glossy" cover. We can't, however make a "glossary" cover as that information is irrelevant. Perhaps you meant to say glossy? Anyway none were ever hard cover. We could do that but it would be very expensive. Let me know what you are thinking. Abby

Dont want any Don Wolf

Don, Charming, thank you for your courteous and friendly reply. Rob Mouat

Abby, 1840-1860 breachloaders: was wondering if much info on afred woodhill doubles, if worthit but i believe his name mentioned 1870 powell {ohio} catalog might be all but can not fin on your sit again had one stolen ins. co. doesnt know even made so wont pay trying to dig up anything I can have found 2 believe 1`mine trying to get it investigated thank youdoubles Neil Hofstrom.

To Mike Carrick: Mike, I have no idea what to tell this guy about his Woodhill gun. Can you think of anything? Cheers, Rob

Dear Rob: I guess he wants to find out how much to claim on his insurance policy. It won't do him much good to look in Powell's catalog because it will be just current 1870 prices, which are meaningless to today's collectors. I'm in Hawaii until 28 March so don't have access to my records. And, of course, the value is highly influenced by the condition of the gun. Old English shotguns usually have a very modest value unless by Purdey, et al. Regards, Mike

Abby, Garcia Fishing Equipment 1969 Catalog: Could you tell me if the Garcia Conolon rods shown in this catalog? Thanks Dave

Dave, The rods seem to be named by purpose... eg. "popping rods" rather than material or maker. I wouldn't know a conolon rod if I fell over it so I am sorry to say I am no use to you to find one. Rob

Abby, i would like to know about your company history of 12 bore guns. arshi jamal

Dear Arshi, You have made a mistake. We do not make guns, we reprint old gun catalogs. We are publishers. Abby

John, I wanted to order your book but a message came up stating that this wasn't a secure website. How can I order it? John Hucker

Hi John, Some of those messages can be misleading but they are necessary to warn us about the baddies. Basically, a regular website isn't normally secure, meaning the content isn't encrypted until you get to checkout which should be encrypted- secure. The way you can tell is if the URL (the web address) starts with http:// the site is not secure (don't use your credit card at an unsecured URL) and if it starts with https:// it is (the "s" stands for secure) Most websites do the "https" thing only on the checkout pages. Anyway, I would be happy to take your order on the phone. You can call me 9-5 most days but I am in and out to the post office so if I'm not here, leave a message and I'll call back. Or you can tell me what you want in an email and I'll figure out the bill and send you an invoice you can pay with your credit card (at a secure place- Paypal is our "bank, but you don't need an "account" with them); or you could send us a check. Hope this helps, Abby

Hi Abby, My Colt Pistol was one of two shipped to Schaefer in 1885. Could you tell me if Schaefer is still in business? If records were still available I would like to find out who they sold my pistol to. Any information would be appreciated, Best regards, Norm

Norm, No, I don't believe they are. In fact I bet they've been gone for over a century. Sorry. Abby

Abby- Colt 1900-11 - .38 Auto Pistols Models Manual Reprints. Printed on high quality 20# 92 bright acid free paper. C'mon we both know this is bottom line paper,, is it possible to get this manual on some decent 24# paper? To be honest I use HP 24# 97 bright for everyday office use in our 2 companies,,, I would at least expect paper of quality that we use for everyday BS. Actually I was going to buy the manual until I saw that "warning",,, hell I ONLY use 20# for flyers at Gun Shows and even that is HP 96. Seriously I would like a manual but NOT one I would have to reprint on decent paper. 812-853-5007 Lee Wirthwein

Lee, Thanks for your note. Pretty snotty, but good fodder for the Rants and Raves column. Regarding the 20# paper, there is a fairly good reason we use 20#. We ship over 4 million sheets of paper a year all over the world and shipping costs money, a lot of money. Customers hate to spend money on shipping and because shipping is based on weight it saves a lot of buckaroos to use the lighter paper; including 60# cover stock instead of 80#, you should be "warned". That makes good sense to a fellow like you, owning two businesses and all, right? Rob Mouat


Dear MADHU RASTOGI, No, I am sorry. We are not the H Burgsmuller & Sohne Company. They were located in Kreiensen am Harz Germany and I believe they are out of business. Abby

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

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Well, dear readers, they walk among us. Last month one Barry Trousdale of SMS (Steyning Motor Sales) 116-118 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, England (Ebay Name: "sporthonda") ordered a $9.95 catalog from us. We sent it but he claimed he never received it so we sent another and refunded what he had paid us in full. The next thing we knew he gave us a negative feedback on Ebay with this comment:

"Never arrived, replacement sent "never arrived", what do you think!!!!! NOT GOOD".

We contacted him and asked him to remove the negative which he agreed to do saying:

"Should either or turn be delivered then I shall ofcourse look into changing feed back left for you,( I have received several packages from the states in the past few weeks/days with out any problem!) sent twice really !!!!!"

We then sent him a third copy for free and he responded by writing

"One wrong item received, told seller, they didn’t want it returned abuse started".

This guy is a first class cheat, a "rag and bone man" to use the vernacular of Auld Blighty. By the way, you may wonder why I didn't leave him a negative feedback... Ebay allows sellers only positive feedback capability. This is Mr. Trousdale's shop in Steyning:


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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

Provenance for Your Gun

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

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

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

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

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

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

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