Calls from the Wilds


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Great Old Magazines Available

One of our long-time customers died a year or so ago in nearby Michigan. He very kindly left us his collection of old gun catalogs and we have been able to fill a lot of missing holes in our stock by using his legacy.

Recently, we got a call from his widow, Ann, who asked us if we could help her find a home for some of the magazines Bob collected over the years. I don't think she expects much money for any of them although a modest contribution would probably be appreciated. The list is below and you can reach Ann through us and we will forward your query. Write to us. I suspect she would probably appreciate it if interested parties took a large number of what interests them and not bother her for one or two. Naturally, you will be expected to pay for the shipping. Here is the list:

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN  (NRA)  1945-2010  a few issues are missing
FIRST FREEDOM (NRA)  2001 - 2012  
GUNS & AMMO 1965-2012
GUN WORLD  1965, 1968, 2000-2001
GUNS    1958,  1969-1982
RIFLE  1969-1980   2001-2011
SHOOTING TIMES  1965-2009   No complete year
GUNS & HUNTING 1966-1968
RIFLE & SHOTGUN 1996-1997
HANDGUNNING  1996, 1997
POPULAR GUNS   1996, 1997
POPULAR SCIENCE  1 issue 1931, 1 issue 1932 4 issues 1935, 4 issues 1936,
3 issues 1937, 1 issue 1948
POPULAR MECHANICS one issue each in 1947, 1949, 1971
MECHANIX  ILLUSTRATED one each 1951,1956, 1971
SCIENCE & MECHANICS one each in 1950, 1961 and two 1960
MODEL CRAFTSMAN 2 in 1934, 3 in 1936, 2 in 1937, 12 in 1938, 1 1939. 1
in 1940

Woman Stops Grizzly Attack With 25 Cal Pistol

This is a story of self-control and marksmanship with an itsy bitsy shooter by a woman against a fierce predator. What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself?

The Beretta Jetfire:

Beretta Jetfire“While out hiking in Alberta Canada with my husband we were surprised by a huge grizzly bear charging at us from out of nowhere. She must have been protecting her cubs because she was extremely aggressive. If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire with me I would not be here today!

“Just one shot to my husband's knee cap was all it took... the bear got him and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace. It's one of the best pistols in my collection..."

What Do Bored Engineers Do?

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Bored Engineers

PT Boat No. 658 Restored (Portland Oregon)

PT 658

Fire Bombers


Turn Shotshells into Slugs:


Run Away! (Yes, it is a revolver in her hand)

run away

Thanks for contributions from Doug and Bev Elliott, Ginny Coombs, Jeff Steidle

Rob Mouat


The business in Boston bothered me every bit as much as it bothered every American and most foreigners as well. That sort of crime is both senseless and cruel. I cannot conceive how youths can arrive at such a place that they decide to do something so stupid. But they wouldn’t have harvested the publicity they evidently craved had it not been for the press doggedly trying to make a big “terrist” story out of their misguided criminal act.

Because of the publicity they achieved, we all know more about Dagestan, Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan than we did before. We know, for instance the residents of those countries have anxieties that run deep and have evolved over millennia. They have been invaded and occupied all the way from Ghengis Khan in the 12th century to Tamerlane, the nemesis of Central Asia in the 14th century who killed some 17 million people and who brought Islam to the area, to Ivan the Terrible in the 16th Century to the recent Russian communists trying to collectivize their historically tribal culture. It looks as if the residents of the region were in the way as busy tyrants tramped through their constituency.

So, generations of these people have resisted the occupation of uninvited tormenters. Eventually though, we come to the old Tamerlane’s modern namesake, Tamerlan Tsarnaeev who, with his brother, misguidedly “masterminded” the pressure cooker assault on the Boston Marathon while neglecting even an escape plan. These kids were not wizards, just impressionable thugs and they got caught. One was killed and the other one is destined for the hot seat. I guess they were seeking some sort of revenge for something they were not too clear about and decided to bomb and maim some long distance runners. Go figure.

But something else bothers me even though I don’t want it to. We all know about the Second Amendment and gun rights but only a relative few of us really worry about having to take up arms against the “gumment” when they try to oppress us. Sure, we talk about ominous and anonymous forces of a hidden autocracy seizing guns and revoking travel rights to Bermuda from time to time but none of us truly believes things will come to that sad state. I didn’t, until I got a funny feeling watching the videos of the manhunt in Boston.

Don’t get me wrong, the police and FBI and ATF and SWAT and whoever else was there did a fine job running the perp to ground and they even took him alive, which surprised me considering there were reportedly thousands of heavily armed troops in pursuit. Lots of gunfire too. I’m glad that nobody was injured that last night with all those nervous soldiers (or police in soldier gear) around.

What bothered me was what I saw on TV. There were armored cars, flack vests, automatic weapons and images of as many as six or eight troops filing in and out of people’s homes, in a suburban neighborhood, searching for someone who was allegedly against our government.

Let me ask you a question that you can answer in comfort while you read this. What would you say if the doorbell rang while you were watching a rerun of Donald Trump and his silly circus? You get up from your Barca-Lounger and open the door. You see a crowd of army looking guys with machine guns and the leader probably says something like “Sir, we are chasing a dangerous felon. May we search your house?” I’m assuming the troops don’t just say, “get out of the way” and barge in. Anyway, do you let them in?

One guy did and they made a mess of his house before they left after using it as a stakeout position. What do you do? If you say no, what do they make of that? Do they surround the house assuming you are hiding something? If you say “where is your warrant” do you then cover your ears waiting for the flash bangs? I had a funny feeling watching troops, possibly hundreds of them, backed up with armored vehicles and possibly thousands more police, search civilian houses. I felt guilty for having those thoughts but they lingered.

That whole scene troubled me and I’m not really sure why. Should we feel safer with such a monumental and sincere response by the government or should be take a deep breath and ponder our liberties?

Rob Mouat

Brighton, MI

Arms Heritage Magazine

A Set-trigger for Colt Percussion Revolvers

Exactly why anyone would think it was a good idea to fit a set-trigger to a Colt percussion revolver is an enduring mystery to the world of arms historians. Apparently F. Schenck of San Antonio thought it was and set out to do exactly that. With a minimum of changes to the original mechanism, he crafted a very clever mechanical aftermarket kit that could convert any Colt 1851 Navy or 1860 Colt imageArmy to his system. Only the trigger guard, trigger and hammer required replacement to make the changeover.

He tried unsuccessfully to interest Sam Colt in the idea but was rejected out of hand. It was a solution to a non-problem. As a result, only a handful of specimens are known.

The story will be told in detail in a future issue of Arms Heritage Magazine. Subscriptions are only $19 per year and can be set up by going to Arms Heritage Magazine. A sample issue is available free for your viewing. Subscribers continue to have access to all previous issues at the website.

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. Recently we were fortunate enough to buy a great number of old automatic weapon manuals and catalogs and have processed over 100 of them. They appear in the recent additions section of our website as April and May "OLD GUN CATALOGS, BOOKS AND MANUALS
RECENT ADDITIONS". What a collection they are! I really hope you enjoy them as much as we did preparing them for publication.

But we also did a fair share of Old Gun Catalogs as well and we'll list them first followed by the Automatic Weapon manuals and flyers with a divider between the two sections.

Catalogs first:

Basic Reloading- A Step by Step Guidebook-1954

Belding & Mull 1974-1975 Gun, Reloading and Accessory Catalog

C-H Die 1966 Reloading Equipment Catalog

Der Ratgeber fur den Jager- c1975 Waffen-Franconia Wurzburg

Dupont 1975-76 Handloader's Guide- Smokeless Powder

DWM 1956 Jagdbuchsen-Patronen Ballistische Leistengen

Eley 1966 Sporting Ammunition

Farquhar 1934 .303 Light Machine Gun & .50 Anti-Tank Gun (UK)

H & D Folsom 1920 Gun Materials No. 17

H & D Folsom 1937 Gun Materials No. 46

Handbook on Small Bore Rifle Shooting 1936 - Whelen

Harrington & Richardson Arms c1937 Single Shotgun Flyer

Hensold 1956 Optics Flyer

History of Rifles, Revolvers and Pistols 1920 Army Ordnance Publ.

Hogdon, BE- 1958 Reloading, Acc, Rifles and Pistols-Shawnee Mission

Hogdon, BE c1963 No. 7 Guns, Reloading, Access. Shawnee Mission KS

Hopkins and Allen 1982 Gun Catalog by Numrich

Hopkins and Allen c1975 Gun Catalog by Numrich

Goldberg Gun and Surplus Goods Catalog, Phila, PA.

Ihaca 1978 Hawken Gun Catalog

IMR 1990 Handloader's Guide for Smokeless Powder (ex-DuPont)

Interarms 1961 Gun Catalog

Ithaca 1888 Gun Catalog

Ithaca 1924 Gun Catalog -

Leslie Edelman Reloading Equipment & Guns, Phila, PA -

Mossberg 1974 Gun Catalog -

Pacific 1941 Gun Sights Catalog -

Redfield 1938 Sight Guide No. 38 -

Ruger 1986 Gun Catalog -

Sheridan 1970 Blue Streak and Silver Streak Air Gun Manual -

Sniping-1946 Small Arms Training (UK) -

Steyr 1985 Gun Catalog -

Von Lengerke & Antoine 1934 - No.85S Gun Suplement Catalog -

Weatherby 1974 Fine Firearms Catalog -

Weatherby 1987 Fine Firearms Catalog -

Weaver Scopes 1966 Catalog -


Automatic Weapon Manuals and Catalogs:

Arme Automatique M1952 SMG AA52 Manual (French) -

Beardmore-Farquhar Machine Guns Models of 1924- Glasgow -

Beretta 1965 Shotguns and Pistols- Galef, US Dist. -

Beretta A5 Submachinegun Manual Flyer -

Beretta AR70 Assault Rifle AR, SC, LMG Brochure -

Beretta AR70/.223 Assault Rifle AR, SC, LMG Manual -

Breda 1941 Machine Gun Model 30 (UK) Manual -

Bren 1940c .303 Light Machine Gun- Description & Use (UK) -

Bren 1942 .303 Light Machine Gun- Small Arms Union of South Africa -

Bren 1942 MKII .303 Light Machine Gun Parts Manual (UK) -

Bren 1944 & Browning .303 MGs Mk I Straddle Mounts Parts Manual -

Bren 1948 Light Machine Gun Training Manual (Canadian) -

Bren 1955 .303 Light Machine Gun Armourer's Manual (Canadian) -

Bren 1969 .303 MKS 1,2,2/1,3 &4; 7.62 L4A1 to L4A7 Handbook (UK) -

Browning 1918 BAR Automatic Rifle Handbook -

Browning 1918 BAR Automatic Rifle Handbook (Revised) -

Browning 1942 Automatic Rifle 1918A2 Colt R75A Parts & Tools Manual -

Browning 1942 Automatic Rifle 1918A2 Colt R75A Supplement -

Browning 1943 Automatic Rifle BAR M1918A2 Base Shop Manual -

Browning 1950 Automatic Rifle BAR Type D- FN Manual & Description -

Browning 1957 Automatic Rifle M1918A2 Field Maintenance TM9-2111-1 -

Browning 1961 Automatic Rifle BAR FN-D Parts- French & Dutch -

Browning c1942 Automatic Rifle BAR Instructional Charts -

Cetme Special Purpose Assault Machine Gun 5.56 x 45 Handbook -

Chauchat 1918 M1915 Instruction Manual (U.S. Army) -

Chauchat 1918 M1915 Mechanism- School of Auto Arms, Calif. -

Chauchat 1918 Manual of the Automatic Rifle U.S. War Plans Division -

Chauchat 1942 Istruzione Provvisoria Sul Fucile Mitragiatore CSRG (Ital) -

Colt 1971 CMG-2 Machine Gun Manual -

Darne 1923 Mitrailleuse Legere Darne Mle 1923 Machine Gun -

Die Machinenpistolen MP43/44 1944 Manual (Swiss Army) -

Die Machinenpistolen MP43/44 1955 Manual (Swiss Army) -

E.M.1 (C.E.A.D.) Automatic Rifle .280-in Ministry of Supply, London -

FAMAS 5,56mm c1978 Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne -

FAMAS GiAT F1 Submachine Gun- English version -

Fiat-Revelli M35 1941 Mitragliatrice (Machine Gun) Istruzione Sulla-Italian -

Franchi LF57 Submachine Gun (Italian) Flyer -

Galef's Go Getters 1935 Wholesale Gun Catalog, New York -

Gun, 37-mm, 1916 Ordnance Supply Catalog ORD 9 SNL C-33 -

Heligun EX17 1966 Multibarrel MG- Hughes Aircraft Proposal -

Hotchkiss 1874 Revolving Cannon- A Description 37mm -

Hotchkiss 1886 Revolving Cannon Ordnance Memo -

Hotchkiss 1901 Automatic Machine Gun (Rifle Cal.) Description -

Hotchkiss 1916 Automatic Machine Rifle M1909 Benet-Mercier Handbook -

Hotchkiss 1918 Handbook for .303 Machine Gun MK I & I* (UK) -

Hotchkiss 1918 Model of 1914 Handbook (U.S. Ord Dept) -

Hotchkiss 1920 Instruction Modelle 1914-Unites de Mitrailleuses (French) -

Hotchkiss 1921 Model 1914 Instrukcja w języku polskim -

Hotchkiss 1950 Modelo 1914 Ametralladora Descripcion (Spanish) -

Hotchkiss c1914 Description de la Mitrailleuse Automatique (Fr) -

Hotchkiss c1925 Aircraft Machine Guns- Observer's Types -

Japanese 1946 Submachine Gun- UK Report of Unknown 8mm Type -

Kulspruta M/36 1966 Beskrivning Kungl Armeförvaltningen (Sweden) -

Kulsprutegevar m/21-m/37 Swedish Browning Automatic Rifle Beskrivning -

Kulsprutegevar m/21-m/37 Swedish Browning Automatic Rifle Detaljkatalog -

Kynoch 1907 Machine Gun (Schwarzlose Patent) -

Lewis 1915 Machine Gun .303 Part 1 (Provisional) Hanbook- UK -

Lewis Gun 1941 Mechanism Made Easy -

Lewis Gunner, 1941 The Complete, by An Instructor -

Lewis M1916 Automatic Machine Gun- Savage Amrs Co -

Lewis Machine Gun .30 cal 1917 Hand-Book of the, Savage Arms Co. -

Lewis Machine Gun 1916 Russian Manual -

Lewis Machine Gun 1918 Russian Manual -

Lewis Machine Gun 1919- Russian Manual -

Lewis Machine Gun 1924 Russian Manual -

Lewis Machine Gun c1918 (Airplane Type) Savage Arms Co. -

LMG 25 1939 Das Leichte Maschinengewehr (Swiss Army) -

LMG-25 1956 Le Fusil Mitrailleur (fm. et fmt.) Manual -

Low Maintenance Rifle by TRW 1973 Technical Manual -

M1911A1 1964 .45 Pistol Direct and Support Maintenance Manual -

Madsen c1930 Machine Gun Argentine Model 1926 Manual -

Madsen c1932 Description of the M1926 (in English) -

Madsen Comparison M1904 and M1912 English Translation -

Madsen M/50 1954 INA 953 .45 Submachine Gun for Brazil -

Madsen M1920 Machine Rifle Characteristics and Tactical Use -

Madsen-c1938 Maschinengewehre und Infantrie-kanonen IX -

Mannlichers Selbstlade-Karabiner und Karabiner-Pistole M/1901 -

Manual Del Fusil Ametrallador Dreyse 13 utilidad para el Ejercito -

Marlin c1940 .300 Machine Gun- Quad Mount Construction & Handling (UK) -

MAS-Fusil Semi-Automatique De 7,5mm Modele 1949-56 et Modefie -

Mauser c1908 Selbstlader Automatic Rifle Manual -

Mauser G41(M) Gewehr- Automatic Rifle -

Mauser HSc Pistol Manual (German) -

Maxim 1889 Rifle Cal. Machine Gun Handbook (UK) -

Maxim 1935 Machininengewehre 08/15 und 08/18 Handbuch -

Maxim 1938 Wapenvoorschrift- Mitraileurs M8, M8/13, M8/15 (Dutch) -

Maxim 1947 M1910 РУКОВОДСТВО ПО РЕМОНТУ 7,62-мм ПУЛЕМЕТА МАКСИМА обр. 1910 г.(Russian) -

Maxim 1958 M1910 РУКОВОДСТВО ПО РЕМОНТУ 7,62-мм ПУЛЕМЕТА МАКСИМА обр. 1910 г. (Russian) -

Pedersen c1930 Self-Loading Rifle M-P.A. Handbook- Vickers (UK) -

Pieper Bergman M1908 Pistol -

Schwarzlose 1907 Machine Gun. Syeyr (Austria- in English) -

Schwarzlose 7-12 MG 1932 Memoria Descrittive Mitragliatrice (Italian) -

Schwarzlose M7 1913 Einrichtung und Verwendung der Maschinengewehr -

SIG KE7 c1935 El Fusil Ametralladora- Spanish -

SIG KE7 c1935 Leichtes Maschinengewehr (LMG) Technische Daten -

SIG KE7 c1935 Light Machine Gun (LMG) Technical Data -

SIG KE7 c1935 SMG Fusil Mitrailleur- vue d'ensemble (overview) -

SIG P210-c1946 Automatic Pistol Neuhausen SP 47-8 Manual -

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Letters from Readers

Abby, Ref April Newsletter: the black armband on the aviator in the photo- That armband was probably red. In those days, black and white films were orthochromatic, meaning they were blind to (did not record) red light. Anything red was the equivalent to black to the film. That's why film back then could be developed by inspection under a red safelight. It wasn't until the invention of panchromatic films that things which were red could be recorded on film as shades of gray. There was a very long period of overlap, and orthochromatic films for snapshot cameras lasted up until the mid 1950's, and as special-purpose films for press and view cameras up until just a very few years ago. All the best, Roger Smith

Roger, Thanks for the note. I wonder why he would have been wearing a red armband and what it meant? Abby

Abby, Ref: April Newsletter: My dad was an early private pilot (1929) and was in the Army Air Force in the Pacific during WW-2. Learned a lot about some of the things that were secret at that time. Blimps patrolled the entire West Coast during the war. Being an old ranch kid have a correction on the big gray 4 cylinder smokey "hit and miss" engine it is a Fairbanks Morse 2 cycle diesel controlled by a throttle governor and not a hit and miss governor. There are many videos of old engines that are not hit and miss where the people taking the video does not know anything about engines. Just my two bits worth. Keep up the good work. Gordon Martin

Dear cornellpubs, Got any KA-BAR knife books on fixed or folding knives? Thx, Dean - grizzly3toes (Ebay)

Dear Griz, We reprint over 4000 old gun and knife catalogs. If you cannot find what you are looking for at Ebay, try the website cornellpubs.com. Rob Mouat

Hi Abby, Greetings from across the ‘Pond’! Just to let you know I got the takedown manual last week, just before I went away for a few days. Sorry but this is the first chance I’ve had to let you know. As expected, another good job well done, so once again, thank you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you provide an excellent and unique service, and nobody does it better because there is no one else! Keep up the good work Tim

Abby, Winchester 1896 December- Repeating Arms Catalog No. 58: Comments: Is there a way to tell if a catalog is original or a reprint? Joe Ashman

Joe, All our reprints are printed with our company name and contact information on the back cover. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, hi does any of your ideal reloading books show load data for the stevens 25-20 single shot cartridge or 25-20 ss thank you. - 5105vincent (Ebay)

Dear 5105, I suggest the Ideal 1936 Hand Book No. 32, - Ammunition & Reloading (1936, 7 & 8) as it gives loads for a variety of bullets. We reprint it but if you can't find it on ebay we have it at our website. Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, I recently received said shotgun and I am looking for any information on the gun. More specifically the age of the gun and how to strip it totally down. If you could help me, I would appreciate it. Robert - rncbc18 (Ebay)

Robert, To give you any direction I would need to know a little more than "said shotgun". Abby

Abby, Harrington & Richardson Arms 1906 Revolvers & Shot Guns Catalog: Hi, I have an original H&R Catalog from 1906. It was sent to my uncle along with a letter from Mr. Harrington thanking my uncle for writing to H&R. I also have a price list that was included. It all has been stored in the original envelope for over 100 years. Condition is pristine, not even a wrinkle. It is identical to the item you have listed. Would you have any interest in purchasing these items? Or would you be willing to point me in the right direction for selling these items? Thanks, Herschel

Herschel, If yours is identical to the one we show in the picture at our website, then what you have is a copy of our catalog because the cover is our design. The original cover came from a photocopy and was too dark to use as the cover. That said the best way for you to sell your original is to offer it for auction on Ebay. Start the bidding at a reasonable price and see what happens. If I were to buy it I could offer you $30.00. Good luck, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello, Are any of the axes DOUBLE BIT AXES in the Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1904 Catalog? Thanks for your time. - trapnut2 (Ebay)

Dear Trap, No, they didn't appear until our reprinted 1917 A&F catalog. Abby

Hi Abby, I look forward to receiving the Midland Sporting Guns 26th ed - 1914 Catalogue, It gives me the chance to purchase a piece of history at a reasonable cost, otherwise you would never get the chance to see these catalogs.I am so glad your company exits and i know many other people will feel the same. Keep up the good work Many Thanks Nick.

Hi Abby, I got the book in very good order. I left positive feedback also. The info contained is not for my model 94, its close but not the same. I was wondering if you could take a look if you have a book a little newer. Winchester made improvement changes from year to year. So if you do find an older 1964 or so book please let me know. Thanks, Tony

Dear tc, No, those manuals were made by an engineer for Winchester and all apply to the machined receivers models, not the stamped ones used after 1964. I am unaware of any such detailed publication made by them after this one, sorry. Abby

Abby Well what I am after is any guide to reloading the 32 long colt as far as powder etc.maybe shell dimensions, mine was made in 1911 chambered for the 32 long colt ,if there was a way to search all the books I could find it but its overwhelming I never seen so many books, but if too much trouble thats alright i will see whats in the book when i get it because i am also starting a shopping cart now of some i have found on s&w ,stevens, i have a lot of friends around here i have to tell them about this site they would go ape over these books. Harold

Harold, I know very little about reloading but I can tell you that some of the earliest books on the subject are the Ideal catalogs. In particular, the Ideal 1926 Hand Book of Useful Information No. 27 Catalog has reload information for the .32 Long (OL) and .32 Long (IL) and specifies loads for Win Primers and for Win shells (also UMC and Peters) giving loads for Hi Power, Smokeless and Black Powder as well as other information I don't understand well enough to repeat. Here is the link: Ideal 1926 Hand Book of Useful Information No. 27 Catalog and other Ideal catalogs: IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, I work at a state crime lab and was trying to locate a copy of Identification of Firearms 1935 by Gunther (Forensic Lab) with the court cases. Is it possible to special order a reprint of this entire book? Thank you! Eric

Eric, I'm sorry, the fellow who sent us the copy of the original sent only the section outlined. Unfortunately, he passed away and I have no access to his original. There are a few available at www.addall.com but they are expensive. Sorry I can't help. Cheers, Abby

Hello there, Hope this email finds you well, this is Russo Haojun Pan from Beijing, China. I'm writing to you ask about a book called Waffen und Schiesstechnischer 1943 Leitfaden fur die Ordnungspolizei (color). Before I purchase this book, would you tell me how long will it takes to Beijing? Thank you so much! Looking forward to your reply. Best regards, Russo

Russo, Thanks for your note. To be honest, I have no idea how long shipping takes to China, which would depend on the mail service to the two countries and which shipping method you select. Regular mail in the past has taken 7-14 days but can take a month or more. Express Mail is probably a bit faster but is expensive. If you would like to try to figure out the best shipping, here is a link to the US Postal Service: USPS - The United States Postal Service (U.S. Postal Service). Best wishes, Abby

Abby, Comments: I am looking for any publications by the Spanish maker Jose Uriguen that uses trade name of 'el reno'. may now be dead, may have been taken over by another.based in eibar, probably on his own.a long shot, and apologies for troubling you, but your resource is very good! thank you for reading this. Martin Grove

Martin, Thanks for your note. I am sorry that none of the combinations for your query come up in the search box at our website but I will put your letter in the newsletter we do and perhaps someone will know something. Abby, Readers?

Hello Danny, Thank you for your purchase on GunBroker or AuctionArms. I appreciate your support. My kindest regards to you, Abby TOTAL: 411.45


Doris, It should be obvious that the number 4 is a $ sign- at least on most keyboards.... typos do happen - my address is in the note P O Box 214 Brighton MI 48116 Abby

Your manuals are the best resources for collectors of vintage firearms. LJM

Dear cornellpubs, Speer 1970 Reloading Manual No. 8 any chance you could check to see if the book has pistol load data for Winchester 473AA and 452AA powders if so I will buy it now thanks in advance – yourdealmann (Ebay- he sent the same question for several different powder catalogs)

Dear Your..., That's a tough question that would take a lot of time to answer. Various powders are listed for different cartridges, bullets and calibers. I am afraid I just don't have the time to look at all the ammunition listed in three large catalogs to see if a specific powder is mentioned for any one particular load. Sorry, Abby

Hi Abby, Do you have the catalogue for Felix Sarasqueta SA c1985 (Spain) Gun Catalog, in digital format that i can download opposed to the hard copy reprint you offer? Regards, Calum

Hi Calum, Thanks for your note. Our reprints are available only in hard copy. Cheers, Abby

Wiltshire Arms, I aquired a old WIltshire Arms single shot, shotgun. I'm trying to get more info and pictures. Can you help? I see the numbers: 676zm on the lower barrel. Jim Schulz

Jim, Could this catalog help? Wilshire Gun House Catalog c1954. Abby

Hello customer service associates, I need an owners manual for a Auto Ordnance serial # USMC0353, Marine Corp. Commemorative .45acp cal. pistol. Can you help me out with this request? Thank you very much. Bill Frost

Bill, We get hundreds of requests for owner’s manuals but all we can do is to tell you is what it says at the website: that everything we reprint is listed on the website. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, is this booh got the info for a M-1887 Winchester lever action shotgun with diagraham for dissambley & showing all the inner parts with name of parts and where can a person get parts for the M-87 winchester. – lzlit (Ebay)

Sir, Partly. This is a reprint of an 1887 Winchester gun catalog and it does have the Winchester repeating shotgun along with cutaway drawings of the parts, a parts chart and part names and numbers. However, because the catalog was printed over 125 years ago it doesn't have current information on the availability of parts. For that I suggest you go to our website and look under the link for parts distributors for antique guns. Does that answer your question? Rob Mouat

Abby, Disappointed that your Eley catalogs stop at 1978, as I'm looking for something later - say, 1987 or 1988. Any chance? I need information on specifications of the range of .22 LR available at that time. Margaret Leonard

Dear Margaret, I am sorry, but what you see if what we have available at the moment. Abby

Abby, I have received the jAlcan 1967 reloader's manual and was hoping that it would have a bigger pistol section. Do you have any of the Alcan manuals that have more pistol data, particularly 45 Colt? Thanks - 041bkj (Ebay)

- 041bkj, Of all the Alcan catalogs, the '67 has the most information on the .45. Most others stop at .38 for some reason. Others have bullet information but none is extensive. Rob Mouat

Hi there... I have perused your website C 1986 list of Canadian Gunsmiths from 1650 to 1900 and London, England Gun Makers 1850 to 1900. The editor comments and the Copy right 1986 would imply to me that you have compiled that list from other sources. There are however no notes as to the sources. I am especially interested in the 1865 reference to J&H Delaney (John & Henry) in Cobourg CW (Ontario since 1867) and am hoping that you can advise where that citing came from ... i.e. a particular Directory or Cataloge etc. Many thanks for any assistance that you can provide. Paul Brisco

Paul, Joe Vorisek, the editor or author of the free download of Canadian And London Gunmakers to 1900, worked on that and other projects for many years while an employee of Traveler's Insurance. The copyright dates probably refer to earlier editions or drafts of his works. Unfortunately, Joe is dead so we can't ask him about his sources for information. I can tell you however that during Joe's travels he frequented many of the old libraries in the northeast which, in the days before thieves started cutting them up to sell on ebay, contained many very useful resources. Read more about Joe here: http://www.cornellpubs.com/old-guns/historic-vorisek.php Rob Mouat

Hello-Is this item printed in black/white or is it the original color? Also,is it 4 separate pages or 1 large page that folds like the original? Thanks, Paul - retont (Ebay)

Hi Paul, This reprint is from an original manual. It can be printed in color BUT the original was black and white (look closely at the picture and you will see some staining on the top. The stain is in color.). Also this was a four page 8 1/2'' x 11'' manual, not a foldout 17" x 22" (which would be 8 pages if printed on both sides) and is reprinted that way. We do one from 1978 (also not a foldout) that is smaller and has some color inside and on the cover. Abby

Abby, G/day looking for a workshop manual for a 1972 Mercedes 206D camper Van 2.2 Diesel Regards John

Hi John, we reprint old gun catalogs and manuals. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hi, Is this book Handgun Trade Brands, U.S. Mfrs & Dist. 1865-1930 just about spur trigger guns or does it have info. about other old revolvers too? - sindysin

Sindy, Scroll down for a page to see the index listing many guns discussed in the book. You will see that lots of them are not spur trigger, bulldogs for example. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, hello, does this Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1940 Catalog edition carry ads for diving masks and fins?? looking for sea dive mask ad from 1940 and swim fins probably Churchill fins? if so I will order a catalogue ..thank you, jon – subpilotjon (Ebay)

Jon, I don't believe it does carry swim fins. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, I know this is a lot to ask but, could you provide me a picture of the page in this catalog that shows the Smith & Wesson Model 40? I'm interested in buying one of your catalogs if there is a picture and product information on that model. Thanks – tenover (Ebay)

Ten, I'm sorry we get too many requests for "just the page that pictures xxx" and to do so is more difficult than printing the entire catalog. However, as it is in the index, it, the M40 Centennial, is pictured and has a spec sheet attached. Abby (never bought one)

Dear cornellpubs, Hi. My name is Clint Poling. I am searching for a Case catalog showing the old cotton sampler pattern with picked bone and iron liners. If you have one I am very interested. Thank you. - wilsonpoling123 (Ebay)

Dear Wilson, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know a "picked bone and iron liners" if I fell over it (them). Abby

Abby, You fill a very important niche in the world of gun collecting. Dan Hancock

Abby, Churchill By Kassner, I am looking for an owners manusl for a Churchill Highlander by Kassner, I think the raflr was made by Sabatti and there no help. Thank You, Ken

Hi Ken, All manuals we reprint are listed on the website. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Can you let me know if Kren bats are offered in this Winchester 1923 Full Line Catalog catalog? Thanks! – rondonmb (Ebay)

Rondo, As was the usual practice, bats and most other sports gear were marketed under the Winchester label. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Abby, Manual #1959 is titled Model 37 takedown manual. However in the manual description, Model 37 is not listed. Is Model 37 included? Ronald"

Yes Ronald, Abby

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

* The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.

Popups and Blockers

Popup Blockers on your computer may block some links in this newsletter from opening. Many people set their browsers to block popups. This popup blocker may make it impossible to see some of the links in this newsletter because the link may ask the program to open in a new window (popup). If you experience this and want to suspend the popup blocker in Firefox go to Tools/Options/Content and click the popup box. in Internet Explorer go to Tools and then Popup Blocker (about in the middle).

* 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

Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply "Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply has a page titled Guns & Guitars. On it, one will find some hard-to-find screws used by different gun manufacturers. Also included are a few Weaver style scope screws. In addition, upon request, we will search for hard-to-find screws used in guns. We stock an extensive range of slotted oval head wood screws in a black oxide finish, and others. David Naven"

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

Classic Firearms and Parts- a gun parts company that primarily supplies used original parts for firearms that have been discontinued for many years. Call Scott (603) 731-4866 Classic Firearms, 43 Carpenter Road, Chichester, NH 03258 email Scott

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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

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


Free Downloads

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 Griffin & 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: