Calls from the Wilds



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"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."

Grandpa's Ipad...

OK, pass me up that lightbulb, would ya?


Thanks to John Campbell

So what do YOU see here:

girl and boy


actually the one with the hairy arms and legs is the guy...

Thanks to John Campbell

This thing eats cars, engine and all!

car eater

More Awesome Machines

Lockheed Martin has a laser that stopped a truck!

Raytheon wants to keep making Tomahawk missiles

Beautiful Winter Wildlife Video


Thanks to John Campbell

Common MythConceptions:

Dogs Sweat by Panting...

No. They regulate temperature through Panting. They actually sweat through footpads

Don't Eat and Swim...

Doesn't increase risk of cramps; alcohol is the biggest risk increaser. But a full stomach will make you short of breath.

We Have Five Senses...

We actually have close to 20, including balance, pain, movement, hunger, thirst, etc.

Lots More...


golf ball


water girl


One day Harold's mom came to school to check on how he was doing.

The teacher told his mom honestly, that her son was simply a disaster, getting very low marks, and that she had never had or seen such a stupid boy in her entire teaching career.

The mom was shocked at the feedback and withdrew her son from school and moved out of Detroit, relocating to Cleveland.

25 years later, the teacher was diagnosed with an almost incurable cardiac disease. All the doctors strongly advised her to have heart surgery, which only one surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic could perform. Left with no other options, the teacher decided to have the operation, which was successful.

When she opened her eyes after the surgery she saw a handsome young doctor smiling down at her. She wanted to thank him, but could not talk. Her face started to turn blue, she raised her hand, trying to tell him something, but quickly died.

The doctor was shocked, wondering what went wrong so suddenly. Then he turned around and saw our friend Harold, a janitor in the Clinic, who had unplugged the life-support equipment in order to connect his vacuum cleaner.

Don't tell me you thought Harold became a heart-surgeon.

Thanks to Dick Carleton

Arms Heritage Magazine

Illuminating The Battlefield

In Arms Heritage Magazine's on-going series of unusual technology of the Civil War is this forthcoming article on the use of floodlights to illuminate the battlefield. Past issues have covered "Signaling in the Civil War" Civil "War Hand Grenades" and the "Winans Steam Gun".

One of the lesser known innovations during the Civil War was the use of Calcium lights (also called "Limelights") for night signaling and battleground illumination. Like a lot of innovations, this one had little impact on the war itself but is another example of how evolving technology always finds its way into the military mind.

Some Background

The peculiar property of calcium oxide, commonly known as limestone, was discovered in the 1820's by Goldsworthy Gurney using apparatus developed by Robert Hare, namely the application of heat, generated by the combustion of compressed hydrogen and oxygen, to a stick of limestone. At temperatures well above 4000 degrees Fahrenheit, the limestone glows with incandescent silvery intensity.


In 1826, Thomas Drummond had adapted the idea to surveying and had co-opted the name to "Drummond Light". In 1836, the concept was first used for stage lighting and quickly became adopted by theaters around Europe and in the United States in the years following. When used in stage lighting it was called "Limelight" giving birth to the phrase "in the limelight"

In the United States, Robert Grant had proposed in 1850, that public buildings and grounds could be illuminated in Washington by means of the refinements he had invented to the stage application. Later that year, Senator Hamlin of Maine offered a petition that an appropriation be made to test the efficacy of use for lighthouses. The result was a $5000 authorization to test the economy and effectiveness of the calcium light.

An 1851 issue of Scientific American records Professor Grant's test in New York. Reportedly a calcium light, equipped with a parabolic reflector, threw a beam of light from Staten Island to Castle Garden, 8 1/2 miles away, on August 8, 1853. Another test in 1854, using again, a parabolic reflector, threw a beam detectable at a distance of 11 miles. By 1857, it was reported that calcium lights were being used by ships to signal one another.

Civil War

LimelightProfessor Grant brought the concept of calcium lighting to the attention of General Benjamin Butler and by mid-1861 a calcium light was installed at Fort Monroe to detect ships that might try to pass in the night.

Apparently the lighting worked so well that Professor Grant was encouraged to promote the idea for battlefield use. The traditional opposition to new ideas from the War Department bureaucracy seems to have been absent in this case because by 1862, Professor Grant had been authorized to organize the"Robert Grant's Calcium Sharpshooters" consisting of Company E of the 102nd New York Infantry Regiment.

The story will be told in a future edition of ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE. If you are not already a subscriber, just go to our website, and download our free sample issue. Subscriptions are only $19 per year and subscribers have access to all back issues.

Cornell Publications Years One through Three- Print Editions

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* Limelight Diagram from Wikipedia

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 Roger Jacobs, Paul Breakey for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Antique Arms Journal July 1953 (Chicago)

Beretta 1986 - 9mm Allegations on Army Selection

Beretta 1988 - M9 Quality and Safety Problems USGAO

EMF 1985 Gun Catalog

Fusile 1978 Semi-Automatique de 7,5mm Modele 1949-56

Handbook for the .45 inch Gatling Gun- 1880 Naval (UK)

Lewis 1917 Automatic Machine Rifle- Ops and Tactical Use (US)

Lyman 1967 Reloading Handbook 44th Ed

M-16 1988 U.S.-Korea Coproduction Review USGAO

M60 W/E Operator's Manual- 1998 TM 9-1005-224-10

Military Commission to Europe 1855 & 1856- Ord Dept U.S.A.

Notes on Arms and Armor 1916

Pederson Self-Loading Rifle c1932 Vickers

Pistol And Revolver Shooting 1920

Proof of Small Arms 1916 Rules & Regulations & Scales (UK)

Remington 870 Field Manual (Introduced in 1949)

Rifles and Rifle Shooting 1912 Askins

Ruger 1967 Blackhawk & Super Blackhawk Manual

Simeon North- The First Official Pistol Maker to the U.S 1913

Smith & Wesson 1930 Gun Catalog

Stemmler 1939 Archery Catalog

Stemmler c1945 Archery Catalog

The Book of the Machine Gun 1917- Longstaff (UK)

The Machinist's Guide to the Thompson Submachine Gun .45 1928A1

The Royal Rifle Shooting Match on Wimbledon Common 1860

U.S. Rifle Model 1917 Base Shop Data 1942

Walther c1965 Sub-Machine Gun 9mm x 19 Parabellum Manual

Webley 1956 Mark IV Revolver Maintenance Instructions

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Letters from Readers

Dear Readers, This is the sort of Email that makes our day’s work worthwhile:

Dear Abby, Just wanted to compliment you on your great customer service. Ordered 3 manuals on a Monday and they were in my Wednesday's mail. With information I got out of the one manual I was able to repair an old Winchester rifle without having to take it to a gunsmith. That more than paid for all three manuals. Again, Thanks you for your great products and exceptional customer service. Thomas Chapman


Dear Abby, Received the Tranter book and have compared it to the original in Roger's Library and it is FANTASTIC, our customer will be happy and we will be ordering MORE. Thanks Pauline Ford


Dear Rob, I have a Three Barrel Gun with parts missing for the rifle barrel mechanism. Does your manual show the inner parts well enough that I can see what they look like and how they operate? My hope is that I would be able to make what is missing...if I know what they look like and can see how it works. How much does the manual cost? Thank you! Gary Smith

Gary, This one has, as indicated in the contents, a sectional view of the inside parts. It is from an old photocopy and the detail isn't exactly an engineering drawing. On the other hand this is probably the only thing in the world on the gun so the $12 might be well spent. Rob


Dear Abby, Love the old stuff .. Thanks for preserving my memories! Thomas Sharkey


Dear Abby & Rob, re: Lincoln and Brian Williams March 2015. Just about fell out of my chair when I saw that one. Not good with a fractured neck. You've got to put a content warning with something like that. All the best, Walter Brunner


Dear Abby, Thanks for the reply. I have used the Paypal option. Your web site is amazing, a truly invaluable resource for firearms researchers. Tom Caceci


Dear Abby, I note you have reprints of Lyman 45 and 43. I have a decent quality copy of #44, and was wondering if you could use it? Thanks, Roger Jacobs

Dear Roger, Yes, indeed, that would be great, thanks. Please send it to Cornell Publications, PO Box 214, Brighton, MI 48116. I'll scan it and send it back right away. Would you like a copy or something else in return? Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, The manual was placed in the mail today. Gee, a copy would be swell. Ever since Handloader Magazine ran a article about this manual going for something North of a hundred bucks on e-Pay, I knew I had to share a copy with you folks to stop that kind of horse fertilizer. Sincerely, Roger


Dear Abby, I have these two calendars- 1926 and1942 calendars for Dunham-fulton Gun Co. in great condition. Wonderered if your company is interested in urchasing or if you know of someone who might be interested. My father collected calendars and they were in his estate. Susan Treml

Susan, I would get in touch with the fellow below. He is honest and specializes in the sort of thing you have: Eric Ward President, Sporting Collectibles by Ward’s Auctions Inc. 1808 37th Ave. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Best, Abby


Dear Abby, Is there any information on BRYN MAWR bicycles in any of your catalogs? Elmira Arms Company. Don Osbourn

Don, All the following catalogs came up with the name Bryn Mawr when I entered the words in the search bar at our website. You should check the contents to see if they have what you want, Best, Rob


Dear Joe, A neutral feedback at Ebay just encourages others to leave even more damaging comments and that hurts our business. Until this week we had only one neutral in an entire year, and then we got two in a row. One was completely unfair because it complained that what we sold him for $12 wasn’t “original”. We offer a money back guarantee. If you don’t like it we’ll give you your money can. But we ask you to change your feedback to positive. If you agree I’ll send you a link to make the change.

Abby and I are retired but we work hard to provide collectors and historians with access to otherwise unavailable old gun books, catalogs and manuals, over 5000 of them. We sell on Ebay because it is the only advertising we can afford and we price our books at little more than it costs to buy, print and sell them. We feel we are preserving a history that would otherwise be unavailable. Please help us maintain that service. Cheers, Rob Mouat (He changed it! Good man.)


Dear cornellpubs, Hello I only received one copy I orders and payed for 2 . What's going on? I have not left any feedback yet. Please resolve this soon. – bubbascooper (Ebay)

Dear bubbas... I got notice of an open case at Ebay at nine this morning. I sent you two emails this morning right after we got to work. Because you filed a "case" at Ebay they require me to answer through their system for dealing with open cases and they seem to process that mail slowly. Anyway, I am sorry, it was my fault, I failed to notice you bought two of the same thing and apparently sent you only one. Don't worry though, I printed another one and it is in the mail. You should get it shortly. Next time if you have any sort of problem, just send me an email and we will take care of it immediately no need to file a case, that just slows things up, they must be closed and Ebay sits in the middle. Cheers, Rob Mouat



Dusty, We would need more information. Manufacturer, description, calibre, barrel, approx date of making etc (is it a repro for example). Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Hello, would you consider $12.50 shipped on this pamphlet ~ if not thanks for hearing me out // regards // df- 4935douglas (EBay) Lawrence Leather Goods 1970 Catalog - $14.95

Dear 4935… No.


Dear cornellpubs, Good afternoon, would you sell onebof these Manuela for $7.50? – deeretractorgreen (EBay)

Dear deere… No.


hi, I'm looking for a catalog close to 1890 or so, that would show the double rifles (in 500 nitro express, if possible). do you have anything that might come close? thanks! Gary – gscherbert(ebay)

Hi Gary, If you are referring to only Cogswell, the 1900 is the earliest catalog we have. Cogswell may have been featured in merchant catalogs prior to 1900 but I don't recall seeing them. I searched out website for mention of Cogswell but came up with only the catalogs listings. The 1903 Cogswell have server pages on nitro double rifles, however. Sorry, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Received empty torn envelope with " RECEIVED WITHOUT CONTENTS" stamped on the front in red. - bohica666 (Ebay)

Dear Mr. Walker, I can assure you we didn't ship it that way! What the notice means is that the darn PO mangled the envelope and sent you what was left. I am sorry they did that and have printed you a new copy that will go out in the post today. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, Thank you, you're living up to what I've heard about Cornell Publications. - bohica666


Dear cornellpubs, My name is zeir and I would like to know if you are interested in buying an original Daisy Handbook no.2? If your answer is yes, I'll send you pictures of it. Thank you! Balino08@gmail.com – zekozeir (Ebay)

Dear Zeir, Thanks for the offer, but we have one. Cheers, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Sorry, no leave feedback option appeared. Thanks Byrd

Hi Byrd, Thanks for trying but Ebay makes nothing easy! Not to worry though, we have plenty of feedback, including a couple we would rather not have! Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, I only need information about the model "Diamond Pistol 43". Any way you could just print off that part for me for like $5? - horsetrader001 (Ebay of course) Stevens c1904 Arms & Tool Company No. 51 Catalog

Dear horse... It is more trouble for us to search through a catalog for specific information, then print it separately than it is to print the whole thing. Therefore, regrettably, it is more expensive to sell you a few pages than what you would pay for the item as offered. Sorry, Rob


Dear Abby, Sidel and another catalogue. I was in the printing/ platemaking trade for 38 years.You need a better camera operator. The reproduction is very poor. I photographed some really bad copy. It looked better. Richard Binger

Dear Richard, Thank you for your note. I guess you missed the section on Quality. I might add that not all catalogs are ones we processed ourselves. Some rare ones are done by the owners. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Received Item. Left feedback for you. Thank you for your usual fast, easy, and pleasant transaction. Frank


Hello Abby and Rob, Just want to say I really enjoy getting your Newsletter. Always lots of information; and I do get a good laugh from your replies to the idiots you have to deal with. I don't know how you can keep your sense of humour dealing with people like that. You folks offer a great service in preserving old firearm literature. I will be ordering some more manuals from you soon. Keep up the good work! Best regards, Jim M.

Thanks Jim!


Dear Cornellpubs, re: Browning 1906 - 6.35mm/.25 cal Baby Pistol #370791492448. Does it come with a mag? - og61025 (Ebay)

Dear og61… We are publishers, I do hope you are not expecting an antique automatic for 12 bucks, right? Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Sorry I was mistaken and sent the wrong message, this is a manual correct?

Dear og61… Yes, it is a manual/catalog. Rob


Dear cornellpubs, US Magazine Rifle & Carbine Model 1898 & 1899 Krag Manual (1901 edition) Does this manual show how to disassemble and reassemble the1898 Krag rifle from beginning to end, Thank you. Dan R.

Dear Dan, This manual shows the most detailed drawings and descriptions they made in the day for the user of the weapon. It should be more than adequate for a takedown and reassembly. Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, I have tried several times over the past few weeks to purchase this item, but you evidently have me blocked(?)! I have sent several inquiries and requests like this one with no response. What ever it is that I did, I ask your forgiveness and your willingness to allow me to but again. - princess2moons (Ebay)

Dear Princess... After you wrote some nasty things to us last year we blocked you. I'll ask Rob to look it up and respond to you. I have no record of any unanswered messages from you recently. Abby

Dear Donney, After our exchange last year we decided to block you from further purchases on Ebay. I am sorry we had to take this step but when people write the sort of things you did the likelihood of a less than positive feedback from that person in the future it high, hence the block. I do, however invite you to purchase anything we sell at our website or on Gunbroker where feedback is less important than on Ebay. We received no communications from you during the last few weeks. there must have been an error in the transmission. Best wishes, Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, Good morning, thank you for the quick feedback. I have an unrelated question, I am a big fan of the Mauser Argentine 1909 bolt action rifle, would you happen to have any reprinted catalogs specific to the 1909, particularly including the dimensions of the bolt action and schematics? Thanks, Jim

Jim, Thanks for your note. We reprint over 5000 publications but I don't recall one with Argentine Mauser engineering drawings. You might want to poke around our website and if you see something there that is a possibility, ask me and I'll take a look for you. Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, Want refund. Item is a crapy photo copy.can't really see pics which is what I wanted. – nobodyisbidding (ebay)

Dear Nobody, I'll refund your money right away. I also agree about the copy. Unfortunately that is all that is available. We do post this notice at the top of the advert: "Seller Notes: New Reprinted Item 15 Pages (but POOR PHOTOCOPY)". All the ones offered on Ebay of this item are the same photocopy and all are the same poor quality.” Best wishes, Rob Mouat


Abby, Is there any chance that you might find (or borrow) and re-print one of their catalogs? Wolf & Klar were a Fort Worth, Texas gun business from 1902-1950's. They are popular among collectors because of the many Colt and other makes of handguns engraved there. W&K would buy nickeled Colts or Smith & Wessons and add engraving for area cowboys and law enforcement agents. In fact one of the Smith & Wesson hand ejector 44 Spcl configurations was called the "Wolf & Klar Model" by the manufacturer, as all production was dedicated to that Fort Worth firm.

I have seen one such W&K catalog, and it was full of pictures and prices. W&K not only added engraving, but also fancy carved pearl and ivory grips. Some of the carved steerheads were overlaid with gold! No doubt a reproduction of a 1910's-20's catalog would sell extremely well, with lots of interest. These catalogs are likely all numbered (rather than with year of printing), but as long as the Colt Single Action is pictured it will be a winner. James K

Thanks James, I haven't seen one but will put it in the newsletter for next month to see if anyone has a copy they might lend me to scan. Thanks, Abby

Abby, Great. That's a good start. If I ever find one that can be bought, you can copy it too. One can date these W&K catalogs by what is listed, and what is not. For example the last Colt M1877 DA's (a.k.a. Lightnings) were sold in 1909. James

James, After 15 years and 5000 catalogs processed so far I can tell you that using the maker manufacturing dates of a specific weapon is a very approximate way to date merchant catalogs. Often they sold existing inventory for years after production ended making the process if dating a catalog very difficult. On the other hand new models are a bit easier except that sometimes maker announced a model for a particular time and then failed to deliver leaving the merchants with egg on their faces. Cheers, Abby


(Dear Abby) Are all your reprints marked as such so no one mistakes them for originals? Thanx, Billy Gross

Billy, Only a moron could make that mistake but, yes, our logo appears on most back pages. We've been doing this for over 15 years with no complaints, well one complaint in 2004 I think it was, but we do a pretty good job without ruffling feathers. Abby

Thanx Abby – I am looking at ebay. Your listings are obvious. But I was concerned some people were re listing without saying they were reprints and not showing your markings. Thanx, Billy

Billy, Well they could certainly do that, there are crooks everywhere. Abby


Dear Abby, I got a kick out of seeing my dad's catalog. He used to own Frank Mittermeier, Inc. He is now 97 years old. I will show him. Thank You. Grace Conforti LaForge

Dear Ms. LaForge, How nice to hear from you. Please tell your dad for us that in our retirement, Abby and I are trying to preserve as many old gun and related merchant catalogs as we can. We have done over 5000 including your dad's. Thanks for writing. Rob Mouat


(Dear Abby) Armamento de Repeticion 1947 Mauser Argentino M1891 Hi! Is this book mainly all written in Spanish?? I'm looking for a few Mauser books as a gift and certainly don't want to send any books that are not in the English language Thank you and I appreciate taking the time to answer me - lost-and-found-goodies (Ebay)

Dear lost... The text is in Spanish (note that the description says Spanish Text and the index is in Spanish text). We do, however, reprint over 40 old Mauser publications and over half are in English. Rob


Abby, You don't show Ideal Handbook #5(1894) in your list. In the latest edition of Handloader, Mike Venturino writes that he has a reprint from 1992. His # is (406)xxx-2659. Give him a call and see if he will be willing to share with the rest of us. Thank, Ian

Dear Ian, Thanks for your note. Actually all the Ideals were there, I just had them out of order. The #5 appeared before the #4 due to the way the computer arranges things. Thanks for pointing out the problem, I fixed that and a couple of others in the list. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Hi , Would you take $10 US, shipped to Canada for this? GREGG – vickisalesvicki (ebay)

Dear Gregg, No.


Dear cornellpubs, Hi. I have not received a reply to the question I sent you last week through your own website. That question is: Is there a lot of information in this book about Joseph Harkom & Son shotguns to warrant purchase? Thanks. - jdickson397 (Ebay)

Dear jdi... Sorry never got the message. To answer your question, no. The Breechloader books are for large collectors/dealers looking for a little information on a lot of different makers as a reference source, not for the other way around. That is why we invite queries, we don't want to disappoint. Rob


Dear cornellpubs, This is an Airrifle Haenel III-56. Not 111-56. If you use the right Searchword, you may sell the items better. best Regards ... Patrick Pitt (from Germany)

Dear Patrick, Thank you, I changed the listing. Best wishes, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Hello, I have a Winchester Model 94 manufactured in 1969. While reading the description of your takedown manuals, I noticed these were created prior to my rifle. Would this manual be applicable to my rifle or is there another manual for my rifle? Stephen - blueiis62 (ebay)

Dear Stephen, Winchesters made after 1964 had internal parts substantially the same as before with changes noted below in the manufacturing method. The manuals we offer were unique in Winchester's history, they never made anything like them again. Cheers, Rob

Wikipedia: Upon Olin's retirement, Olin Corporation's new chief executives sought to maximize company profitability, giving corporate preference to its flourishing chemical business over gun production, which was unprofitable and labor-intensive. As a result, Winchester ceased machining both the receiver and many small parts of the Model 94 out of solid steel billet as of 1964. Sintered steel was used on the receiver, stamped sheet metal for the cartridge lifter, and hollow rather than solid steel roll pins used in the action. While the rifle's function, safety, and accuracy were not adversely affected, the changes—in particular the sintered receiver, which was as strong as its solid-steel predecessor but which did not respond well to a traditional blued finish—were conspicuous and came as Winchester made even more fundamental changes to its flagship Model 70 bolt-action rifle. Taken together, they were seen as a retreat from quality production across the company's whole range, seriously damaging Winchester's reputation for making quality firearms in the process. In response, many sought out rifles made before 1964, which command a markedly higher resale value on the gun market to this day.


Dear cornellpubs, I'm looking for a couple of 22 rim fire extra long cartridges and possibly a cartridge box for a display with a rifle chambered for this caliber. If you do not have any, do you know anyone that does? Thank you. – redtractor (Ebay)

Dear redtrac... We are publishers, we don't sell ammunition or ammunition box covers. Try gunbroker.com. Rob


(Dear Abby) I am writing to request your free catalogs joey cornett p.o.box 1706 viper ky 41774

Dear Joey, The free catalogs offered at our website are not things we send you. They are free downloads you get by clicking on the link and downloading the file to your computer. When you finish the download you can view the file on your computer or print it out on your printer. Did that answer your question or did you mean you want us to mail you a printed copy of the brochure listing the catalogs we reprint? Cheers, Rob


Dear Abby, March letter snow pictures. The picture of the car with the drawings in the snow on the windows of people reminds me of the car I saw recently with the decals you can buy of stick pictures of the family to put in windows. This one had parents and several childern. The Father figure had a red line through it as in been kicked out!! Gordon Martin


Dear cornellpubs, Hi, it looks in the photo that the cover has a little tear below the barrel near the rear of the barrel. of the gun image Is this true or part of the reproduction image? Thanks, Don - colt777 (Ebay)

Dear Don, It was a rip in the copy used for the scan (we didn't do it). By the way, there is no cover, it is simply a two page reprint of the original on paper. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, does this catalog have a full view of a marlin 100-g - bustbust10 (Ebay)

Dear bust… The catalog has a picture of the 100g on two pages, is that what you are asking? Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Hi! I'm trying to find a picture or any information about a flobert rolling bar 22 that was my great grandfathers and was wondering if this book will help me identify it? Thanks!! Neh - mistymeadows54 (Ebay)

Dear neh, I really don't know. Many Flobert guns were rolling block and others used different receivers and actions. Not knowing more about the gun it is impossible to tell if your specific gun is discussed in the book. I picture doesn't really help because we don't do that sort of research. What you have is a research project where, over time you learn more and more about the weapon. Best, Rob

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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"From: "S Mulsow"

Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 10:40:43 AM

Subject: Re: Cornell Publications sent you a package

(Dear Abby) The tracking no. you sent is NFG.

Dear Sir, Well, let us start with your whole name or was it ordered under a different name? I have no “S Munslow” - was your purchase web, eBay, GunBroker or Auction Arms? I will be happy to help you if thats what your note means - Thanks Abby

(Abby) Let's not start with my name - if you can't read it from the email then I understand why you have problems. Just how many named S Mulsow do you deal with, as far as tracking you can't seem to do it either, one way or the other. Your reliance on auto-tech does not seem to work when there is a problem. You don’t even know where it was purchased. So to quote you “if thats what your note means”, the tracking number YOU SENT did not work when digitizing on it’s hot link, nor when coping and pasting it in the USPS tracking site, probably USPS problem, but you are using them. And I don’t care how happy you are, Aye (must be a Canadian which explains a lot). NFG comes from No Fit Gage, No Fit Gun, or No FN Good. Please don’t bother to correspond on this subject further. S

Dear Mr. Munslow, So, "S", you are an a'hole. Is that clear enough for you to understand? NFG aside, I'll forgive your many typos... where did you go to school? Most Canadians can at least do a passable job communicating without debasing themselves as you do and even though we are not Canadian, we show them some respect, a courtesy that apparently escapes you. Cheers, creep, Rob Mouat

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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. Abby


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" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety...

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be 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!

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


email William E Sterner Bill is certified by the American Gunsmithing Institute as an appraiser. His website for Black Shepherd Firearms Appraisal


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...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


Abby and Rob