Calls from the Wilds


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A shot in the Arm!

Thanks to Arms Heritage Magazine


We thought these were only in the movies...

thanks to Jim Buchanan

A Little Canadian Humour

(About the same all over I bet)

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence (no, not THAT fence) at Government House.  One is from Ottawa, another is from Toronto, and the third is from Montreal. All three go with an official to examine the fence.

The Ottawa contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring,  then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900, $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Toronto contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700. That's $300 for materials, $300 for my crew  and $100 profit for me."

The Montreal contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers, "$2,700." The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Montreal contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Toronto to fix the fence."

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed.  Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams.  If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.  I think, "It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
Babe Ruth

One night at Cheers (TV Sitcom), Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson:
"Well, ya see, Norm, it's like this…  A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.  And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.  This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members!  In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.  Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.  But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.  In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine!  That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

thanks to John Campbell


There are raised, metal edged runners on the bottom. These were used to traverse the ice and open water between Long Island and Fire Island. Since the ice was not reliable, the boat must work duel duty. They were marginal sailboats, sailed with an oar for a tiller, and a pike on the ice. A pike and grapnel were used to pull out of the water and back onto the ice along the way. They did evolve into a more efficient ice boat for racing, but what I have restored was a transportation, hunting, vessel. Dave Diefenderfer

Dave says these were sold at the Abercrombie store in New York in 1905 and are peculiar to Long Island's Great South Bay. Does anyone have any more information about Ice Hoppers or the company (ads were not in the A&F catalogs). See the Island Hopper below!

This Is How You Can Quickly Get out of a Sinking Car

Glass Breaker

Above is a picture of an inexpensive glass breaker/seatbelt cutter tool. Abby and I bought a whole box of these for our each side pocket of our cars and all the cars our children own. This little tool could be a life-saver. With electric locks and windows, what happens if the car battery is knocked out in an accident? We bought our tools from Amazon

Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled

The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness — fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue — only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting after four episodes, the last of them in August.

The show, “Eden,” was billed as a unique social experiment in which 23 men and women living in isolation “would take on the challenge of building a new life and creating a society from scratch,” according to a statement promoting the show.

The contestants were taken to a 600-acre estate on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, which is known for its forests, lochs and beaches. But “Eden” proved to be anything but paradise. Over time, all but 10 contestants quit the show.

The contestants were on an uninhabited private estate that the Ministry of Defense used as a training ground during World War II, The Radio Times of London reported. A six-foot fence was erected on three sides of the estate, with the fourth side bordered by the sea, it said.

“Eden” had no winners or losers. It was intended to feature the making of a society from scratch. The show followed the contestants, which included a doctor, a chef, a carpenter and a shepherd, as they debated their own rules and laws and decided on their living arrangements.

Four episodes of the show were aired and viewership dropped to 800,000 from 1.7 million. The first episode aired on July 18 and the last on Aug. 8.

OSHA Nightmare

(Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Island Hopper

(How to stay away from the incoming tide)

This Might Actually Work

(Drafty though, less so if the props are at the stern)

No Auto Lane Tracking Here:

Rob Mouat

New, Second Office!

We are in the process of buying a condominium in Connecticut where we plan to have an East Coast base from which to do research for our project to preserve old firearms publications. The East Coast is where, of course, the majority of firearms manufacturing took place in the 19th and early 20th century so it will be a lot more convenient for us to take a week or two at a time to visit places like Hartford, Springfield, Ilion, Chicopee, Boston, New Haven, Bridgeport and all the others. We plan to have a duplicate printing plant in Connecticut so there should be no delay in getting material to our customers. I'll let you know how it goes next month... wish us luck!

Rob Mouat

Brighton, MI

Arms Heritage Magazine


Gun Collectors Magazines – A Brief History

Recently we occasioned upon an early gun collectors journal.  It got use wondering just how early such periodicals got started and how they evolved over about a century.  The one that got us interested was called STOCK AND STEEL – Volume 1, Numbers 4 and 5 and dated 1923.  Whether they were the first such periodicals or not remains to be seen—please let us know if you know of any earlier.

Those tracts were the “Official Organ of the Associated Firearms Collectors of America” whose motto was “With the Wisdom of Minerva let us Classify the Arms of Diana and Mars”.  The list of Officers includes some picturesque titles such as “Master Armorer” and “Master of Weaponcraft Romance”.  Perhaps it was he who composed the poem that graced each cover.

It appears the neither the organization nor the magazine ever got any traction but they set the stage for many subsequent efforts.

In the mid-1940’s G. Charter Harrison, Jr. and Sam Smith started a publication the called “THE GUN COLLECTORS LETTER”.  It was sold by subscription and consisted of a single folded-over sheet (four pages) and carried one or two very brief articles by authors including Harold Peterson, Eldon Wolff and Herman Dean.  After the 17th issue, the name was changed to “THE GUN COLLECTOR”.  The content expanded and the printing quality improved.   We understand that that magazine persisted through its 48th issue—at least that is the highest issue number we’ve seen.

The story continues and covers the evolution of arms magazine from the beginning to the present.

The Best Bargain

A subscription to Arms Heritage Magazine is unquestionably the best bargain in arms literature.  Here’s what you get for a mere $19:

You can view a sample copy free by going to the Arms Heritage Magazine website. 

We have produced “Annual Compendiums”- bound, printed copies, of the first five years of publication. We removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. They are available here: Annual Compendiums

New Books This Month Because Changes are Coming...

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to our website. Now, you may be startled to see nothing new added this month and wonder why that is for the first time in 12 years. Well, it isn’t our fault! We have beautiful new website hatching and the data from the current website is being transferred, or more accurately has been transferred to the fledgling new site. That means anything I add, change or delete from our existing website will be lost and not seen again until I reenter it on the new site. So, a pause is in the works.

By the way, the new website will be compatible with "hand held devices" like phones and tablets. I don't use my telephone for surfing the web, I find the small screen annoying, but about half our customers do, hence the move.

All that said, we need the money your support brings in each month so please go to our existing website and buy something! And please remember that every time you use your credit card it "goes on the internet" so there is nothing to worry about using it at our website. The danger comes from buying from an unknow website.

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Letters from Readers

Rob, My name is John Taylor, we have a mutual friend, Will Graves, who said you might be able to provide information on a pistol my father owns, which appears to be a version of the 1860 Colt revolver. I Have attached several pictures of this pistol, in hopes that you can help us identify the specific type and age of this weapon. Lastly, would you, or someone you know be able to provide an approximate value on something like this. Thank you, John Taylor

John, How nice to hear from you. Please say hello to Will from me. Regarding your dad's revolver I am afraid what you ask is a bit out of our range of activities. We publish catalogs and manuals, or more accurately, reprint them. The problem is that they range roughly from 1870 on, when the format became widely available. There were few catalogs or manuals printed before that date. So, I don't think I can help you. There are a couple of fellows listed as appraisers on our website who are willing to take a stab at value or perhaps one of the auction companies might give you more information. Good luck. Cheers, Rob


And then there is this guy…

Please allow me to offer a full payment for purchase of $405.05 for your Tracerlab SC --- 16A Windowłess Flow Counte,item number :221 963 527, $50 MORE THAN YOUR BUY--IT--NOW. I making this because I made unpaid in the last 12 months and I am you need a reason to
stuart.adelman-2012 (84 ) (Ebay)

Dear Mr. Adelmann… huh? Rob


Dear Abby: Sorry no marital questions here, tee hee, but I just received my air rifle manual from you for my FWB300 air rifle.  The quality of your reproduction is excellent and exceeds my expectations, just like the fine rifles that it represents.  Thanks for the good service and quality product. Best regards, Paul S.


Hi, Re: Weatherby 1988 Catalogue; Please can you tell me if the above catalogue will be packed so that it cannot be bent or folded in the post, as I like them un-creased. Many thanks, Steve in the UK

Dear Steve, The answer is longer than you might wish. If we pack in a Tyvek envelope and ship regular air post for $9 or $10 the envelope has to be "floppy" according to the USPS regulations! Otherwise a Priority Intl cardboard envelope with a stiffener costs a mere $35. I know, it is outrageous but I am afraid that is all we can offer you. Cheers, Rob (Floppy is their word. Apparently some wizard for the USPS bought a machine that processes all overseas envelopes by sending them along a belt, then around a wheel to reverse direction 180 degrees and if the package is “stiff” it grinds the machine to a halt!)


Thanks Abby you do us all in the shooting/collecting world a great service! Ed


...on the 1911a1 fm23-35 when you redid it-did you remove the name on the cover? seems like it would look better without it. dimensions? Thanks- eyeonit2 (ebay)

Hello eyeon... I'm not sure which publication of our 5000+ you are asking about. If it is this one (ebay link provided to one of the two different fm23-35 manuals we reprint) ) I'm not sure which name you are talking about. All our ads feature an index at the bottom, just scroll down, also, at the top under the name it has dimensions, pages etc. Cheers, Rob Mouat

I asked a simple question-when you scanned the above mentioned manual-did you remove the name on the cover(so it would look like an unissued original) and instead you went into a rant about how many thousands of manuals you reprint. I didn't need to be told this-I know it-I can read. what I do need to know is an answer to my question as I have need of initially 400 of these manuals and possibly upwards of 2000+ of these manuals. could you provide me with the information-thank you! eyeonit2

Dear eye... Whoa there, I meant no offense with my response to your question and I certainly did not intend a rant. We get scores of random questions each week that rarely result in a sale and I guess I sometimes sound impatient. I’m sorry.

In fact I didn’t even know there was a name on the cover (that has to do with those 5000 publications you mentioned) and didn’t see it until I enlarged the image at ebay. So, in answer to your question, no I didn’t remove the name. I could, of course, but I didn’t because people generally like that connection to history. Next, our publications are not perfect forgeries of original publications, we just can’t do that with so many different titles, and instead our work is to preserve old manuals and catalogs for generations to come. This title is 8.5 x 11”. Finally, I am afraid we are totally unprepared to sell large quantities of any title through Ebay.

Note this manual is a 1940 version and we have another from 1971: Pistols 1971- M1911A1 and Revolvers cal. 38 FM 23-35- Manual 95 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. Rob Mouat


(Dear Rob) Do you happen to have an ec meachams catalog from 1887 or 1888 on file that you could print? sandccustomcalls (Ebay)

Dear sandccustomcalls - Bad Luck, no we don't, sorry: Rob Mouat
MEACHAM, EC - ALL CATALOGS (St. Louis, Missouri)


I'm a fan of Ben Pearson archery and would like to know if you intend to continue listing the early catalog reprints from the 60s and earlier. Thanks, Tim - tnkclark (Ebay)

Hi tnk... To be honest I'm not sure which Pearson catalogs we have on Ebay. Because of the cost of advertising there we have not added new material for the last few years and I want to start deleting some slow sellers like the Pearsons when I have a chance. I'll paste a list of the ones we offer below and you can see if they are on ebay. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Contact Form Inquiry:
Name: george m
Subject: Stevens catalog
Comments: Stevens 1930 rifles,shotgun,pistol,component parts catalog

Dear George, … and so, how may I help you? Rob


Dear Abby, I ordered an 1891 catalog last night and paid with paypal but got no idea when it would be mailed or no authorization. thanks, John

Dear John, I got your note and will try to help. Your note doesn't mention where you bought the catalog or what it is so, because Abby is on holiday, I am not quite sure where to look for your purchase. Not to worry though, I'm sure it will turn up and when it does we will print and ship it within a day or so. Cheers, Rob

I bought it from this website last night. John

John, We are recovering from 4 days without power. I still don't know from your notes what you bought but I am sure it is in the works and should ship tomorrow. Rob


It (the catalog we sent-ed)  arrived in great condition, and is a fascinating read. Now I know ALL about my ‘new’ hammer gun! Allan


Hi There –Re: Winchester gun Catalogue 1902. I am based in Australia and need this catalogue for a prop for a Film prop asap - just wondering if I could please purchase a high resolution digital file, rather than a hard copy? Would that be possible? Many thanks, Anna - ANNA McEWAN | Graphic Artist WINCHESTER  I  WINCHESTER FILM PRODUCTIONS PTY LTD

Dear Anna, Thanks for your note. Film and magazine people always want a hi-def file! I could probably put together a pdf including the cover and insides, but the images are not hi-def mainly because the print in those days was not the same as a glossy magazine today. Most of the files are 500K to  1MB. Please tell me what you would do with the pdfs and that would help me decide how to put them together. I expect I could make the pdfs you ask about for $50US. Please advise if this is acceptable and which one you want. Cheers, Rob

… Never heard back so I guess the price was a bit too steep for the company… Rob


Just wanted to thank you for my recent order for a manual for czech rifles and pistols, specifically, the cz27.  Although the copy is a little rough, I understand the difficulty and want you to know that most of your customers appreciate what you do for us.  Thanks again, Mario Saviano


(Dear Abby) need a catalog of recipe's for 10/12 gauge hulls need more than federal and lo-brass Winchester.... powder  catalog's prior to 1972 may suffice, reviewed your listing, interpretation on this end ambiguous. Dan

Hi Dan, I'm not a reloader so I am afraid I have no idea what you are asking for. If you can elaborate and be specific I'll try to help but honestly, if you can't find what you need in our listings, I rather doubt I can find it. Check Ideal catalogs and all the others under Reloading. Rob


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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is


Abby: Received this publication and we are disappointed in what we have received. In my opinion, it isn't worth the paper it is printed on! VERY poor and dark images!! In some pictures. you can't even make out what the picture is! The lettering also is not of sharp. We feel ripped off on this! We would like our money refunded. James Koepp

Dear Mr. Koepp, You feel ripped off do you? Well, sir, had you looked at the image accompanying the advert you might have discerned the quality of the reproduction. Or if you had read the description accompanying the advertisement you might have learned even more. But no, you bought it then used abusive language asking for a refund. Hmmm, what is wrong with this transaction? See below! We preserve old gun catalogs and manuals, not all are perfect and we note that. On the other hand, as honest and polite sellers we will allow you to return the piece in good shape and we will be pleased to refund your purchase price. Good day, Rob Mouat

From Advertisement: "32 pages, about 8 1/2" x 11", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from an OK photocopy (some of the images are not crisp- see picture). Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated."


Re: Marksman M1010 & M1010X Owner's Manual (for $3.45!)...are you sure you can send these to australia ? i used to have one. i hope you can post it they are a cheapie but theyre fun , i used to shoot pizza boxes. beaglechad (Ebay)

Dear Beag... I used to have one too, back around 1960! It was a fun gun for a youth - no pizza boxes though. I used tin cans (Abby will arrange shipping). You do realize that what we are selling is a reprint of the owner's manual, right? Cheers, Rob

beaglechad (ebay 121Turquoise Star) well i wouldnt wanna swear but .... F*** !!! ...can you please refund ? chad

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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, we reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but we 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 we would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and we are adding more all the time.

Many folks call me to give us an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! The key is to trust the company to whom you are giving the information.

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...

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