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."

Who Doesn't Like a Good Illusionist?

Darcy Oake

Worth reading carefully:

Winston Churchill loved "paraprosdokians", figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected. Here are some examples not necessarily attributed to old Winston:

1. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

2. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

6. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

7. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out, I just wanted pay checks.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put "DOCTOR."

11. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

12. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

13. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

14. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

15. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

16. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

17. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

18. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

19. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

20. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

21. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

22. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

23. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list.


24. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but now it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one.

Support for our Troops!

For all you motoring enthusiasts - Evel Knievel's son Robbie is taking over his dad's Dare Devil profession.

Next weekend in support of our troops Robbie will be flying to Kabul, Afghanistan to stage one of his most dangerous stunts.

He is going to try to jump over 100 ISIS extremists using this IED resistant Caterpillar D-9:



This is a mini course on photography I think is valuable

Fire tricks- Send the grandchildren out of the room!

Flowering Cacti

Tasty and interesting dishes made in a waffle iron

And some good ideas for leftovers

This is a neat page of math oddities

10 things to know about hotels and bookings

Frustrating riddles

ShanekaBacon Rage

A Grand Rapids, Mich. woman, Shaneka Monique Torres, faces up to seven years in prison after she was convicted of multiple charges on March 25, 2015 for firing a bullet into a McDonald’s drive-through when staff forgot to put bacon in her cheeseburger. Thankfully nobody was injured.

thanks to John Campbell

Detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez.

'How was he killed?' asked one detective.

'With a golf gun,' the other detective replied.

'A golf gun! What is a golf gun?'

'I don't know. But it sure made a hole in Juan.'

Rob Mouat

"Free Range Children"

There have been articles in the paper recently about a couple, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, of Montgomery County, MD. They allowed their two children aged 10 and 6 to walk home, unescorted, home from a park a mile away. The children never reached home. No, not that. The good folks from Child Protective Services, acting on a tip from a Concerned Citizen, had snatched the kids and locked them up for three hours before the frantic parents located their offspring.

The vast majority of child abductions are committed by relatives, not nefarious people who dwell in dark, filthy basements. British writer Warick Cairns has estimated that an average child would have to stand outside for 750,000 hours, unsupervised, before being kidnapped by a stranger. At that point the child would be 85 years old.

With the help of some old pictures I tried to recall some of my youth in Connecticut where, if I were discovered watching TV, I was invited to leave the house and not return until dinner time. What did I do, where did I go? Well most of the time I walked into the woods and imagined grownup sorts of conflicts like battles with animals and bad people. I was usually alone because in our rural community children were sparsely planted.

By ten I had a Remington rolling block .22 short rifle that had belonged to an uncle. With the rifle I dispatched the occasional squirrel but mostly stones placed on a rock as a target. Soon after, when I joined the rifle club at school I bought an old Mossberg. I don't recall the model of the first one I had but it featured several flimsy flip-up front sights I didn't like. Eventually traded in the old Mossberg for a proper (inexpensive) Mossberg target rifle at Bob's Guns and reverted to the trusty Remington as a field gun.

From time to time though a child came to play and one day someone, Mark Williams brought a set of Lawn Darts. These were heavy metal things with a point to stick in the ground when they landed. I never saw instructions for the game so we made up the rules, we were pretty sharp!

We started the game we called Gravity Missiles by putting the hoops on the Lawn Dartground as far apart as we thought we could throw the darts- in the field next to our house. We would then hurl the darts in the direction of the other side of the field hoping they would land in the center of the hoop which we could no longer see in the tall grass. Pretty soon we figured out that walking back and forth across the field was a waste of youthful energy so one of us stood on each side of the field and we threw the darts at each other jumping out of the way as they landed. For some reason this made sense even though we became more accurate.

One of the darts fell in the vegetable garden and speared the last squash of the season. Mom saw that and fearing Freddie the dog was next to be impaled told us to come in for lunch. Spam again. Mom told us to open the can.

can openerThe Can opener left sharp, serrated metal edges so we had to be extra careful. Mark refused to hold the can so I had my little brother do that while I hammered the metal hook part on the bottom of the device through the Spam can top near the edge by banging on the round pommel. Then I levered the opener all the way around the top to remove a jagged top disk allowing careful access to the contents- slick and nobody was hurt this time! After lunch Mom didn't want us running around because we might get a "stitch" so we immediately turned on the TV while she was at Mrs. Bailhe's house borrowing some Janitor in a Drum to clean up the mess we left in the kitchen.

TV Antennas-

"...a little to the left, now back, now adjust the horizontal hold. tvWait, don't let go of it, there is less snow when you hold it." Perfect. With little brother on the step stool holding the antenna we could just barely make out some nonsense on As the World Turns, a new grown-up show at noon. We only got CBS during the day so we gave that up and went outside to go roller skating.

Roller SkatesThese were possibly the worst invention of all time. On the right you have roller skates which were clamped onto your street shoes using the "skate key" below.

This is how it worked: First you put the skate on your shoe after you adjusted it for length. The front and back parts slid in and out and were held together, sort of, by a bolt on the bottom which was tightened with that hex wrench at the top of the skate key... The hex part was rounded by generations of use so you skipped that step leaving the rusted bolt in place (the skate had been left in the rain ten or twenty years ago by some ancestor who had size fifteen shoes by the time he was eight years old).

Skate KeyNext you tightened the clamps in front, using the other key part (like a clock key). The idea was to firmly grip the hard soles of your shoes holding the skate on. In practice, the skate was still too long for your shoes and the soles of the shoes too flimsy to hold anything. So, as you tightened the clamps the only resistance they had was the crushing of your toes. When a sufficient pain threshold had been met you gingerly stood and fastened the dried out leather straps around your ankles until the metal buckle dug into your skin.

Now, completely unadorned of helmet, knee and elbow pads or even long pants we were ready. We clattered off the porch to the driveway which upon arrival we discovered was still covered with dirt and gravel. That didn't really matter anyway because the wheels refused to revolve readily and the whole assembly was better suited to trudging through the dust to the other side of the drive where you sat to remove the painful skates and find something else to do. We would put skating out of our minds until next week when memory of this day had faded into the past. At which time you got out the skates and first put the skate on your shoe after you adjusted it for length...

capsShooting with live ammo was forbidden when there were two or more of us (and you thought our parents were neglectful!) so we had to make do with bows and arrows and cap guns. One child did hurt himself with an arrow but that was because he was running with two of them in his mouth, sharp end first, when he fell forward, not because someone shot him. We were careful not to shoot one another! He was OK after a trip to hospital.


The cap guns were pretty harmless as were the caps except for the small burns weburn got from placing rolls of caps on a rock and beating them with another rock. Later we burned some plastic models of military vehicles to simulate war. We did that in the pine needle bed in front of the house. The fire was hard to put out but we managed. Those trees were 200 feet tall and if they had burned up Papa would have killed me.

Soon it was winter...

For years Aunt Babe or Mom knitted us mittens for winter. They were usually too short to stop the snow from slipping under the wrist to freeze our palms but we had to wear them because someone knitted them and that was all we had. Mitten GuardBesides my complaint that I would rather have no mitten at all because they held snow and ice in my hand was ignored. They were made of wool so the snow matted and with the heat of our hands (heat for a few minutes anyway) melted through the weave and soaked our hands before freezing solid.

Mittens had a very distinctive smell as they dried on the radiator after we came in. We never lost a mitten though because Aunt Milly thoughtfully stitched one to another with a long piece of yarn that ran up one arm and down the other. One year, though, Granny gave us a set of mitten snaps meant to replace the yarn that ran from one side of our coat to the other. Mitten snaps were immediately caked with ice and caused our chapped hands to bleed on the metal as we attempted to open them to escape out coats when we came inside.

Now that we had our coats off we had a much greater challenge- galoshes. GaloshesGaloshes pulled over our street shoes and bucked snuggly half way up our legs. They were always hand-me-downs and were either too small or too big. If they were too small they were the subject of strenuous evolutions to get over the shoes and then after Mom stuffed your pants inside the tops they were difficult to buckle and the result substantially reduced blood flow to the feet. Girl cousins noticed this more than I did and their feet were always too cold causing sledding to end way too soon. Getting galoshes off was impossible. Period. Caked in ice and snow the only way to pop open the buckles was to get a dinner knife and pry the top open usually scratching the knife to Mom's dismay.

sledWe had a sled which hung unattended and ignored for most of the year on the wall of the detached garage with the dirt floor for most of the year... until that one day when the sun was shining and there was snow on the ground ready for a glorious day. Jack Bailhe had a hill behind his house, a trail really, that curved down the side of a cliff around trees and rocks, perfect for sledding.

Jack made a fire and invited the neighbors. My dad volunteered Mom's Revolutionary War antique pewter pitcher to boil milk for hot cocoa and off we went. I was wearing several pairs of old jeans and my trusty galoshes over too small shoes and no socks so the galoshes would fit.

Walking wasn't easy with the sled, climbing, really. But then we were at the top of the hill ready to shoot down. I lay on the sled and nothing happened. John Bailhe, the oldest Bailhe son helpfully told me to hold the sled against my chest and run to the edge of the cliff and fall down on the sled. I did that, the sled remained motionless and I slid several feet down the hill until the snow packed into my jacket drew me to a stop.

Not being stupid and hurting a bit I decided to wait and watch how others did it. The Bailhe's had sharpened and waxed sleds that, in time, wore a packed path down the mountain until I thought I could try again. Meanwhile, following John's woodsy advice, I took a raw twig and polished some of the rust off the runners of my sled. Actually the wood idea only lasted a couple of minutes before I switched to a rock for better polishing performance.

I was ready to go, I took a running leap and flew down the now packed and icy trail. I made it to the first corner where I discovered I had no steering. Sleds of this type steer by yanking one side or the other of the handlebars. Mine didn't move and I mowed down several saplings or bushes or something. They scratched my face pretty well so Mrs. Bailhe put some moss from under the snow on my face to, I guess, absorb the blood. She was good at outdoor remedies but she was surprised when my face turned bright red. The rash extended down onto my chest so she sent me home with the pewter pitcher.

Mom took one look at me and screamed, "What have you done to my pitcher? It's ruined. Dear God, that has been in the family for 200 years and you ruined it. How did you melt it? I can never face Mother again, go to your room."

Tomorrow I'm going to build a snow fort.

Arms Heritage Magazine


The Fight Over the Fraud that was

America's First Breech-Loading Revolver

The Real Rollin White/ Smith & Wesson Story

By Robert Swartz

Most gun enthusiasts know the story about how a Rollin White patent for a totally impractical gun contained a claim for a minor feature, the bored-through cylinder. And they know that Daniel Wesson spotted that detail and arranged to acquire rights to that patent with a royalty payment to White, thus spawning the Smith & Wesson monopoly on that feature and, basically controlling the revolver market for the next 17 years.

SW First Model

Most are also aware that numerous challenges, patent circumventions and infringements occupied the many years during the span of the in-force period of that patent.

Like so many things taken at face value, much of what we accept as fact turns out to be folklore. Robert Swartz, a gun collector and attorney has delved into the story as only an attorney could. He has spent countless hours poring through court records, depositions, interrogatories and other related documents to put together the whole story.

He has found instances of deception, theft, misunderstandings, bad law and conflicting data, all of which might have resulted in different findings that might have un-hobbled the gun industry and hastened the development of useful revolvers.

SW Model 1 1/2

Patents for bored-through cylinders, for example, existed in Europe years earlier for pistols the the LeFaucheux pinfire revolver.

The entire story is revealed in a two-part article in Arms Heritage Magazine in the April and upcoming June issues.

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Letters from Readers

Hi Abby, If I send you some old catalogs do you have to send them back? I would rather not have them back. Do you want any that are reprints or do you only take originals? Thanks, Genie

Dear Genie, How very nice of you. The quick answer is we don't have to send back catalogs, many people send us extra catalogs and books they no longer want. But, and this is important, before you send anything it is a good idea to give us an idea of what you have- not in detail but an idea. You see, we have a lot of material we have not yet processed from after about 1945 and there is no need to duplicate things. Thanks so much, Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Re: King Sights, 1939, Under Sedgley does the catalog list socket wrench sets??? Thanks, Chuck Garrett - cggscout (Ebay)

Dear Chuck, No, King was a gunsight maker and seller and Sedgeley made high quality specialty rifles. King was a Jobber for Sedgley Sprinfields. Rob


Abby, Received my book today, cant tell you how thrilled i am with it, i will continue to tell others about your company and the fast friendly service i received, HUGGS to you and your wonderful company, your loyal customer, Allen.


Hi Folks, Would you by any chance have an instruction manual for the Springfield, Stevens 22 cal. model 87A? If not, how about a catalog with break down illustration? Thanks, Ted

Ted, We don't. But there is a flat parts view in a Stoeger parts catalog we have that indicates the gun is the same as Savage 6a, b, c and d; Stevens/Springfield M76a, 87a, b, c, d, t and 187. So that should help in a search for the right manual. Any of those should work for you. Numrich probably has a schematic online. Cheers, Rob

WOW, Thanks Rob for your very prompt response! We have a number of Stoeger catalogs and will check them out. Appreciate it, have had good experiences with Winchester catalogs requested from you in the past, you provide an excellent resource. Thank you, Ted


Dear cornellpubs, can you artificially age any of the manuals ? or know a way to do it? Thanks... - clueman1 (Ebay)

Dear clue... No, we don't do that because we don't want to be accused of selling forgeries of originals. However, if you want to make a modern paper appear old one way to do it is to very briefly dip it in strong coffee (or tea for lighter color) complete with a few grounds. After it dries it will be yellowed and the grounds will leave "age spots". Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Ok thanks I still want a few of your originals at some point - clueman1 (Ebay)


Dear cornellpubs, If I buy two of your Lyman manuals, can they be shipped in one package for $3.75? - arclight-1 (Ebay)

Dear arc... Well, that depends on where you live. Generally in the US I can manage that but abroad it may be more and there are some countries to which I will not ship. Please just let me know when you buy them and I'll do the best I can. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I live in Connecticut, I just bought a catalogue from you. - arclight-1 (Ebay)

Dear Arc… Sorry, I'm not processing orders on Sunday morning, I'm just answering all the questions people ask. If you buy more than one of anything from us, let Abby know (Ebay doesn't tell us) and she'll do her best with the shipping and refund any overage she can. Rob


Dear cornellpubs, I got the manual today and left 5 star feedback. Thank you I am very happy. – blockmastr (Ebay)


Dear Abby, shooters bible 1943. hi, if you have a original copy let me know can pay up to 200.00 if in decent condtion and of course will be glad to buy a reprint, thanks Don Johnson

Don, I haven't processed all the Stoegers we have yet because they are a pain to do and don't sell well. I do have a list of years from a fellow in Indiana and he indicates the catalog numbers show the 1942 and 1943 with the same number (34) and same number of pages (512). I'll have to check to see if we have one with the 43 date and get back to you... keep reminding me! I'll attach the list. Rob


Hello, J Stevens Model 425 High Power Rifle. I was wondering if your reprint of the manual "Stevens 1909 Firearms General Catalog & Component Parts No. 52 (revised" has any information on the assembly/disassembly of the Model 425 High power rifle? Thanks, Ian Smith

Ian, The M52 is called a Schuetzen Jr. in this catalog. There is a parts diagram (parts were common to other rifles they made) and a cutaway drawing of the part locations but they do not give written instructions about takedown. Rob


Dear Rob: new ideal molds- Comments: we spoke today about a manual for the new ideal molds one is 40 gv't 405 the other is 3855 55m thank you for your tolerance and help steve

Hi Doug, We got the note below from a nice fellow. Can you help him or tell me where to start looking for the tools he is asking about? Cheers, Rob

Rob: It's not clear what the question is. If he's looking for information about newly-issued moulds, he should contact Lyman Customer Service at 1-800-632-2020 and request a copy of the latest Lyman Shooters' Products Catalog; if older moulds, your reprint of the 1978 Cast Bullet Handbook should cover it. If he actually has the two moulds, he can read all the numbers and letters stamped on the two pairs of blocks and e-mail the info to me. Doug

Doug, He apparently thinks the tools he has are antique. I told him about ARTCA and sent him your email. Thanks for the help. Rob


Dear Abby, H&R stock- Comments: Just wondering if you can give me any info for interchangeable stocks for my h&r gamester model 349 ... Having a hard time finding what other stocks if and will fit it thanks in advance. Eric

Dear Eric, Offhand I don't know the answer to your question. I'll put it in the next newsletter and perhaps a reader will be able to advise you where to look. Cheers, Abby (Readers?)


Dear Abby, You are awesome! I am excited to see them in person. I am sure they will be excellent additions to my small Astra collection. Thanks!!! Tony


Dear cornellpubs, Browning c1931 FN Auto 5 Manual I have a 1933 Browning A5 12ga semi-auto would this manual work for my gun? - rlnaeve1ru7 (Ebay)

Dear rlnae... I am sorry, I am not familiar enough with Browning Auto 5s to give you that information. On the other hand, if you doubt the model changed much between 1931 and 1935 then it should work for you. Rob


4/27/2015 : Dear Walt's Auto Body "Jeffrey Hall", WE ARE ON HOLIDAY UNTIL 4-28 (FAMILY IS VISITING) SO ORDERS WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THEN. Thanks so much for your order and support for our efforts to preserve over 5000 old firearms and manufacturing catalogs, books and manuals. Abby

(Dear Cornellpubs) I ordered this last week. It stated 2-5 day shipping. I expect it this week! "Jeffrey Hall"

Dear Jeffrey, You expect it this week do you! Well, if you are unhappy with our service we will be very happy to refund your money, no need to be demanding!!! On the other hand, Abby and I, with our little company, are the only place in the world where you can buy this publication so some patience on your part would be a good idea if you want to get it from us. Cheers, Rob (It was shipped within 5 business days of his purchase anyway)


Howdy guys Daisy 1961 - 75th Anniversary Catalog - Wanted to know if this 1961 Daisy catalog advertised the Daisy .44 Ball & Cap toy cap gun made by Nichols Industries, Inc.? – maddogmarket (Ebay)

Dear maddog... No, not in that one. I remember seeing a cap and ball pistol in a catalog we reprint but I don't recall which one. We do have a cap gun section at our website that might list one in an index. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, is their any load info on paper base shot shells in this hand book ???? ray - green-tide (Ebay)

Hi Ray, If I understand correctly you are referring to paper shotshells as opposed to plastic shells which they started to use in about 1966. So, the answer is yes, all the Ideal catalogs we reprint from #1 in 1891 through the 50s would have information germane to paper shells. Please let me know if this doesn't answer your question. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Would you be willing to sell the 65,61,69,82, and 56 Weatherby guides all for $13 each or $65 for all five. Shipping will obviously be combined and determined. Please let me know your decision. Thank you Farrell - custer44 (Ebay)

Dear Farrell, Sorry, no. Some of those I think are in color and they are loss items for us. Color is extremely expensive to print, besides we do this as a hobby and contribution to the sport and don't make a load of money when you consider the cost of acquisition and advertising 5000 items. Cheers, Rob


Dear Cornellpubs, I just ordered my first book from you, and after browsing your website (specifically the rants and raves) I am now attracting attention from other offices with the constant chuckles. I just subscribed to your newsletter and hope it is even half as entertaining as your rants and raves! Looking forward to the reprint Winchester 77 manual (yes, I know what I ordered, expect black and white pages, and honestly could care less if the printer inserts a page upside down...). Great website, I appreciate what you are doing, and wish you the best! Thanks for a good laugh today. Mike, Houston, TX

Thanks Mike, We appreciate your good nature. We are always surprised, I guess we are slow learners even after 12 years of this, by the impatient and unappreciative language some folks display. I suppose they live the "lives of quiet desperation" Thoreau spoke of and have little consideration for the good work of others not as unhappy as they are. I do hope you like the newsletter, which is really just a shameless vehicle to vent our frustrations and sell new additions to our collection. Cheers, Rob


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Dear Cornellpubs, robert abels c. 1967 catalog: Approximately 1967 my father C. Stuart Martin sold his collection of 150 antique firearms, including a wall cannon, two cross bows, a small cannon carried on the Sullivan-Clinton Revolutionary war expedition, numerous Kentucky rifles, and a Billinghurst rifle. The exact catalog might be identifiable if my father's collection was specified or if I could scan a catalog in a library or at a dealer's. If you don't have this robert abels catalog, could you suggest how I continue my search to find a reprint or original. Thank you. Barry Martin

Hi Barry, I understand your interest in finding what happened to your dad's collection. I guess you think he might have sold the collection to Robert Abels and now I gather you are trying to find a catalog that listed some or all of the things he sold. Unfortunately, we get loads of requests for us to scour the reprints we offer in search of specific items like your dad's. Sadly, we just don't have time to read all the entries in catalogs to do that sort of research and frankly it would cost more to hire us to do the research than it would cost to buy the catalog. So, I am afraid the best we can suggest is that you buy the catalog you think would most likely have what you want and do the search yourself. Abels rarely disclosed the source of his wares, sorry, Rob


Abby, I received the manual today. It is exactly what I expected. I left you A+ positive feedback online. Thanks. Rich Vinyard


(Dear Cornellpubs) Hello again. Would you possibly have old books on shotguns with the double hammers Kelly Bourasa

Dear Kelly, Yes, of course. Many companies made single and double hammer guns during most of the last two centuries. Rob

(Dear Cornellpubs) I would love to purchase more old shotgun books. If you have any that may fit my criteria let me know Kelly Bourasa

Hi Kelly, We would like to help you but because virtually every company that made shotguns before about 1920 also made hammer guns I just don't know your exact interest. Are you interested in hammer guns as they might have been sold in the old west, or British hammer guns from India or Africa or more modern ones? Hammer guns have been made pretty much right from the percussion era of the 1840s through today. Also, should we direct you to books written by authors or to gun company catalogs? Thanks, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Speer 1959 Reloading Manual No. 3 for Commercial Cartridges - does this manuaL Have the data for the 35 newton/ not the belted one – divorced (Ebay)

Dear divorced, I'm sorry, I'm not a reloader so I don't know what "not the belted one" means or what to look for. Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Our Navy 1898 - I have an original copy of this in excellent condition, I was wondering if you know the approximate value , It has been in our family over 100 years. – httommi (Ebay)

Dear htto… Sorry, I have no idea, I can't remember what we paid for ours. Rob


Abby, Ref: Mi-Cris Sailor DOB 08-08-1966, Hall of Fame in 1993 & Peters True Blue Amunition. I'm Roger from Cedar Rapids, IA. For years I've seen this tin sign with a Black Lab Holding a Box of Peters True Blue Ammunition in its mouth and above the Dogs picture it says Lab Approved. I thought years ago I read some where the Black Labs name in the picture was Mi-Cris Sailor, Born on 08-08-1966 and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1993. I have looked all over the internet trying to find out what that Black Labs name is on that Advertisement. I found Mi-Cris Sailors picture and history but nothing about him being the Lab on that poster. Can you find out what that Black Labs name is and what his relationship was to the Peters True Blue Ammunition advertisement. You can e-mail me or just click reply to this e-mail and let me know? Below are two original cardboard cutout advertisement pictures of this Lab with no name. I would be so happy to hear from you. This question has been on my mind for years. Thank You Roger Opfer

Readers, I’ve not come up with anthing for Roger. DO any of you know the answer?


Dear cornellpubs, Tikka (Finland) 1978 Firearms Catalog: Hi wanted to no the condition and how many pages the book has.And if u have other books on the tikka rifles only Tikka no other rifle thsnks. - 201002gn (Ebay)

(Oh jeez, read the advert!) Dear 201002… Sure, it has 10 pages and is a REPRINT so it is new! Abby


Dear cornellpubs, Savage c1980 Component Parts Manual Catalog: simple question, does this manual illustrate the model 24s (side lever), I have looked at many manuals, but the model 24s is not shown! - danc9331 (Ebay)

Dear danc933… This is from the index in the advertisement: • 24S, SD, SE, MS, MSD, MSE...71 There is an exploded parts view of the gun, a .22 or .22mag over .410 or 20ga. Rob


(Dear Cornellpubs) Breechloading Shotguns 1860-1940 Vol. III R-Z: Hey I was wondering if the info on the wilkes barre shotguns in the book is worth buying it or not any info would be appreciated and thank you for your time Justin

Hi Justin, Thanks for writing. Normally I discourage people from buying one of the big Vorisek shotgun books for just one company, especially a company like W-B that was around for only a few years. But in the case of W-B, Vorisek has several pages including a flyer with cutaway and prices, corporation notes, and some serial number info so the book might help you. Rob


Dear cornellpubs, Winchester Model 70 Complete Takedown Manual: Will this manual also cover the post '64 model 70? The biggest difference is in the bolt assembly. – bzpiping (Ebay)

Dear bzpi... To be honest I don't know. This one was drawn in 1958 and naturally reflected the rifles as they were made then. What changes might have been made between then and 1964, well, you sound as if you know much better then I. Sorry I can't be more specific. Cheers, Rob


(Dear Cornellpubs) Have you considered a wish list or the ability to save the shopping basket while consider what we need and to put small things a place where we are reminded of them when we order.

Dear person… Gosh, yes I sure would like to do that but the last time we checked the quote was $15,000 for the coding required and I don't think our customers would be willing to eat that amount of money. I'll keep trying though. Also, in order to do that we would have to make people create an account with login and password and all that garbage that people hate, otherwise it could not keep the file after you left the site. Do you think a wish list that isn't saved would be helpful? Rob


Dear Abby and Rob, I don't know what I did to receive this email today (the newsletter from last month) but when I started to read it it was like a late Christmas present. You may not know what joy it was to my crew members and myself to learn and laugh. We especially liked the reply to the Canadian as he was rude. We thank you both for the service you provide and the time it take out of your life. God bless, I hope your days are sunny. Wm Sullivan Captain USCGMM


(Dear Cornellpubs) Are your reprints hardcover or paperback? David Saiz

Dear David, You can't fool me, I know you are joking, because every one of our publications (with few exceptions as noted) has the same description like the one below! 15 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. Cheers, Rob

Comments or Questions?

email Abby and Rob

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Dear cornellpubs, Thompson 1929 Guns- Price List & Catalog Hi, is it possible to show all 17 pages? Thanks for your time – houseofthesevengables (Ebay)

Dear houseofth…, No, I'm sorry, we don't have the time to do that and if we did, we wouldn't have much to sell. Cheers, Rob

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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 Carter (our website guru from Carolina Web Creations) says:

1. Never use your main 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 and help control spam.

2. Use forwards cautiously - Use BCC (look for the link to open it near your address bar). Cut and paste the addresses you want to send to into BCC and this hides them from hackers and harvesters... helps control spam!

3. Use caution when visiting websites. Just visiting a webpage can infect your computer. Not all No.1 listed sites on Google are safe!

4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, 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 hurt your computer, possibly ruin it!)

5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download free programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware.

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