Calls from the Wilds


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The Studley Tool Chest

Henry O. Studley (1838-1925) was an organ and piano maker, carpenter, and Mason who worked for the Smith Organ Co., and later for the Poole Piano Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. Born in 1838 in Lowell, Massachusetts, Studley is best known for creating the so-called Studley Tool Chest, a wall hanging tool chest which cunningly holds some 300 tools in a space that takes up about 40 by 20 inches (102 × 51 cm) of wall space when closed. Studley joined the Massachusetts Infantry at the start of the Civil War and was captured in Galveston, Texas in 1863. After the war he returned to Quincy and joined the Rural Masonic Lodge. He died in 1925 and was remembered in his obituary in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger for his remarkable tool chest, among his other achievements.


Friends and Acquaintances

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” Oscar Wilde

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” Stephen Bishop

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” Irvin S. Cobb

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” Paul Keating

“He had delusions of adequacy.” Walter Kerr

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” Mae West

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." Moses Hadas

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Solar Impulse Conquers Pacific

Solar Impulse

Most people agree that TV Evening "News" is an endless cacophony; snippets and trash most of which would be better confined to the garbage that infects daytime TV. There are stories worth telling but are routinely overlooked. Solar Impulse is one such story. The all-electric, solar powered aircraft has now crossed the Pacific on its way around the world. The landing in California last month was, as far as we recall, largely ignored by TV. Piloting the craft took real courage and the flyers deserve the sort of attention normally given to people called “heroes” by TV but whom, in reality, are not. Cheers to Bertrand Piccard (pilot of the 1999, first around the world, non-stop balloon flight) and his fellow airmen!

Clever Scam:

A lady went grocery-shopping and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the "Store Security" to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by the store that they had not called her.

By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Store Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

Also remember that if you have a Garmin, it has "Home" in it and the thieves know you aren't there, particularly if you left the car in long-term parking.

What Kind of Dog are You, take the test...

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Laredo, Kent, England!

Jim Buchanan sent us a couple more pictures from "Laredo" which, he assures us, is actually in Kent, England.

Second Best...


We all know that Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world but what is the second highest? OK, so you knew it is K2 in the Karakoram Range but what is the second largest private home in the U.S.? Well it's the fireproof Oheka Castle on the North Shore of Long Island which comprises 127 rooms and over 109,000 square feet. That sounds like enough square footage to give even today's billionaires food for thought. The largest home in the country? The Vanderbilt's Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. Oh yes, they tore down number 3, Whitemarsh Hall, in 1980. The White House in Washington, D.C. is Number 25 and Mar-a-Lago, Trump's place in Palm Beach, is number 14. Here is a list of all of them.

Rob Mouat

Building up to a Shooting Range...

Our first house, cottage really, was a c1750s building that was about to be renovated when we bought it “as is” from the owner. It was a traditional center chimney, two up, two down building with a shed roof addition that had served as the kitchen until it was gutted before we took over (Abby noticed right away that it had no kitchen). The only finished room was the upstairs bathroom which had the flaw that the toilet had not been grouted and so rocked side to side. The plumber told me I was wrong when I complained; he said I simply did not know how to stand up without rocking the thing.

We immediately set about redoing the inside and because we both worked there was little time for yard work leading us to one of our first big purchases, a 1975 Wheel Horse C81 riding tractor. We had that marvelous machine for over thirty years and it never failed us although over time it was relegated to less strenuous work than it had originally done. That first house was located on a half-acre lot and the Wheel Horse handled the small lawn easily but a few years later we bought a larger place with about four acres of lawn that took hours to mow.

After some thought I bought a couple of push mowers and some angle iron. After removing the handles I fashioned an outrigger, tow-behind affair that extended the 42” cut of the tractor to about 65”- when cutting in a straight line. What I didn’t figure on was that when making turns the outriggers left twin furrows of uncut lawn necessitating repeated passes. Also, the additional drag of the other two mowers put quite a strain on the 8hp Kohler engine on our now little C81. Consequently, the cutting speed had to be reduced and the frequency of mowing increased. All in all the net savings of time wasn’t as great as I had hoped.

Then one day Steck’s Nursery was sold and Charlie Steck was selling his 1948 Farmall Cub. I bought it and Charlie dropped it off with a hay rake, dirt (or bottom) plow, lawn mower and sickle bar. The mower was a 48” belly mount (between the front and rear wheels) that naturally attempted to flatten the terrain given its wide swath and single blade. The mower was really clever though because when the blade came in contact with rocks or turf, the struck half the blade was designed to swivel out of the way. This caused a terrific vibration that shook the entire machine including me but eventually it straightened out and went in search of another victim. It took rather longer for my eyes to regain clear vision. Despite the small engine, about 9hp, the Cub did have four cylinders and loads of torque, enough for a snappy mowing speed that greatly reduced the time to cut the large lawn.

A month or two after I got the Cub I made a plan to put in a vegetable garden in the middle of the field behind our house. With some difficulty I mounted the single bottom plow and set about turning over the sod. I ran at low speed and made it about 10 feet when the tractor stopped abruptly and I didn’t. After unwinding myself from the steering wheel I lifted the plow off a large rock and resumed plowing- for about 10 feet when I hit the next rock. Connecticut is fraught with rocks, some from Canada, because the state is where a glacier stopped some 10,000 years ago dropping every pebble, stone and rock it had scraped off the land for 600 miles. Long Island, NY to the south is comprised of the topsoil and Connecticut the rock.

Later I learned that the middle of the field between two stone walls about 300 feet apart is not the place to make a garden because in addition to all the rubble rock Connecticut has, the middle of the field is where the colonist farmers buried the rocks they didn’t want to trek over to the border stone walls. My stomach aches to this day with long remembered bruises from trying to turn over that land.

The 300’ width of the lots have an interesting history. The King’s grant to early settlers in Connecticut was for something called “long lots”. These were pieces of property 300’ wide and 16 miles long beginning in what today is Westport, CT on the coast and ending in today’s Redding to the north. The idea was that the land would be cleared faster if the workers were too far from home to return each night and so camped out to get an early start the next day. You can clearly see the long, parallel stone walls from the air. I suppose this was thought of to startle the Native Americans who might otherwise have noticed the then slowly arriving neighbors.

I never used the sickle bar that came with the Cub because as a youth I worked on a dairy farm where one of my jobs was cutting the hay fields with a Ford 8N tractor and side mount sickle bar. A sickle bar for those of you unfamiliar with them is a cutter device resembling a giant hair trimmer with a six foot moving blade that slices back and forth against a fixed feeder bar. I don’t know today why I have any fingers on my right hand after making it a practice to clear debris from the bar by raising it and wrestling the sticks from the cutters all the while leaving the bar running so that as the debris was dropped the bar came menacingly alive with a horrendous clattering.

Several years later we had saved enough money to buy a four wheel drive, Ford 1510 Tractor with a front loader and a Woods 59 rear mower. That tractor is my best tool. I still have her; she came with us when we moved to Michigan and lives quietly in the barn. I’ve used her for everything from the mundane task of mowing, tilling, hole-drilling and snow plowing to more exotic tasks like lifting roofers and shingles to digging septic systems (with the front-end loader). One of the first tasks we did was to build a log backstop for a shooting range. I used the loader to move a huge dirt filled pile of 12’ long tree trunks to a corner of the field giving me a 150 yard range with a nice safety margin for almost any round. My tractor has never failed me and after 29 years of faithful service she doesn’t go out as much as she used to but is ever willing.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Typical grotesque masks on early flintlock pistols:

Butt Figures

Butt Figures

Grotesque Masks on Early Flintlock Buttcaps

In a forthcoming issue of Arms Heritage Magazine, author Peter Bower explores the symbology of grotesque masks in early arms decoration- The following is an excerpt from his study:

Prior to the 1660's buttcaps of any kind were rare on British pistols . Pistol butts were reinforced, if at all, by brass or iron bands around the base. Metal buttcaps were already common in Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy before this. They entered England with gunmakers associated with the return of Charles II in 1660, reinforced by the influx of Huguenot gunmakers expelled from France or leaving other European countries in the 1680's.

For the next 100 years buttcaps were commonly found on good quality British pistols (and plain ones became standard on most military pistols). Designs varied from plain, pierced or grooved, through floral, panoplies (or coats) of arms, and lions heads, to what are commonly called grotesque masks, made sometimes of iron or brass, but, increasingly of silver. The latter take the shape of stylized heads of wild or demonic symbols, each having some significance in the culture of the time.

The historic use of the generic term 'grotesque masks' to describe British pistol buttcaps is not constructive in that it assumes there are no ways to define this category. In fact there are basically four forms of 'grotesque mask', each easily recognizable. The first is the 'Wild Man', below.

The earliest grotesque masks originate in mostly French designs of the type illustrated in 'Master French Gunsmiths Designs', S. Grancsay (see Fig.1 for examples) . The majority of these designs are of 'Wild Men', a few of 'Green Men' (see below). Symbolically they represent pre-civilized man - physically strong, aggressive, but lacking civilized graces - sometimes fiercely so! 'Wild Men' can be found on Greek and Roman statuary, early shields, and other art forms - for a pistol owner they represented traits of a warrior. They are common on European pistols from the 1640's. The 'Wild Man' was the first type of grotesque mask used on pistol butts in Britain, and was popular through the 1730's with a some anachronistic ones recorded in the late 1770's (Data Table in magazine). There are a large variety of Wild Man masks (though all obviously Wild!), so declaring them a distinct category is, perhaps, over-reach, but it serves to fence them off from the next three (definable) categories. Fig. 2. will show some typical 'Wild Man' masks, with estimated dates. Interestingly, all the dozen, or so, pre-1730's English hallmarked pistols are holster pistols with Wild Man masks.


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Letters from Readers

(Dear Abby) re: Smith & Wesson Schematic Drawings. Greetings, are these the same drawings found in the Jack First / Numrich catalogs? Rusty

Hello Rusty, The drawings are from S&W. They could be the same ones used by other companies. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) I have a 1923 catalog and i don't see it listed here. I am just trying to verify the date of the book. Can you tell me if one really exists for 1923, it is dated may 8th 1923. Thanks! Trudy Fryer

Dear Trudy, Thanks for your note. You are absolutely right, we don't have a 1923 Stevens. Are you offering to lend it to us to scan and return, we would love to have a copy for our project! Best wishes, Abby (???? I guess she just wanted to know the answer to her question but I wonder what she was thinking.)

Abby, Abercrombie and Fitch 1937 Thank you for the wonderful catalog. I just left you great feedback. I wanted it not for anything gun-related but because I have acquired a pair of vintage Gokey boots with the A&F label inside. I'd read that they offered them up till around 1940. Sure enough, there they are in your 1937 catalog. How could I ever have researched them without eBay? Thanks again. Paul

(Dear Abby) Stoeger 1926- No. 5 Gun & Ammunition Catalog. I just thought I would drop you a line concerning my purchase . I am disappointed with the Quality of the reproduction . I purchased this item to go with a rather expensive DWM Luger from 1925 that I own . The scan prints on many pages are poor ,including the pages concerning their Luger products for sale at that time . I really believe that this copy was not done properly .Very crude . I am a antique arms collector and would certainly use you service in the future , but this is not good at all . Thanks, Michael Baird

Dear Mr. Baird, Some old catalogs like the Stoeger 1926 were lousy when they were printed (on newsprint) and the 90 intervening years since have not improved the paper or inks so there is a limit to what can be done to make them better. We do our best- the Stoeger images were beyond improvement but better than some that old we have seen. (I did double check and the scans show the original was not great). Regards, Abby

(Dear Abby) re: Winchester 1903, March Repeating Arms Catalog. Greetings, Does the 1903 catalog contain 35 WCF cartridge for the 1895 or will I have to get the 1904 catalog to see 35 WCF? Thank you, acwjc (Ebay)

Dear acj… The March 1903 shows the 35 Win cartridge for the M1895. Regards, Rob (Geez, the time it takes to research things for people who just want “information” and don’t buy anything is amazing)

Dear Rob (and Abby), Regarding the Bristol Shot Tower. It was decided it had to go in 1968 when the City Council thought it necessary to widen the road, Redcliffe Hill, on which it stood. Opposite was St. Mary Redcliffe, a magnificent 12th century church which, amongst other things, being 600 years older had seniority. The irony lies in the fact that a mere 30 year old concrete replacement shot tower elsewhere was thought worthy of preservation after the 'drop' principle had been superseded.

Incidentally, George Gibbs, a noted maker of fine guns and rifles, started up just along the road at 4 Redcliffe St. in the early 1830s. Apart from its first shot tower Bristol also gave the world the first transatlantic iron steamer, SS Great Britain now thankfully preserved in it's original dry dock, Concorde (and it's Olympus engines), Cary Grant, Wallace and Gromit, and, a particular favourite of mine, Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate. A local boy who had his moment of fame. Not forgetting, of course, John Cabot, who discovered North America by way of Newfoundland (Columbus actually missed and touched down in the Bahamas). Some also think that one of Cabot's sponsers, a Welshman named Richard Amerike, may have been rewarded by having the place named after him. Not everyone goes along with this. I for one am not convinced he was Welsh.

I understand that nowadays shot is more usually manufactured by the Bliemeister process involving air blasts and short drops into a hot liquid. A method which lends itself more easily to factory production than pouring molten lead through a sieve from a great height into a tank of water. I still think the old way sounds a great deal more fun.

This puts me in mind of an old fellow telling me that as a boy he made shot for an old muzzle loader using a piece of hoop iron, drilled with holes of a certain size, supported over a bucket of water, a plumbers lamp (torch) and a supply of scrap water or gas pipe. It seems you had to get the 'sieve' plate good and hot and melt the lead into it using the torch. To get reasonably spherical shot the drop height was critical. Around an inch or so I'm given to understand.

From a similar source were tales of reloading cartridges with homemade smokeless powder, the real thing being unavailable during wartime. This could be produced by chopping up scrap nitrate film scrounged from the local cinema (not sure about reloading primers - carefully crushed matchheads maybe?). As is said, necessity is the mother of invention. Meanwhile I'll stick with Unique! Cheers, Tony N

Thanks Tony! Rob

Hello, Abby, I recived the new manual you sent out to me. The print was much better than the first one you sent out. Thanks for standing by your product and going the extra mile to please your customers. Yes I would buy from Cornell in the future if I need some publication that you carry. Regards, Carlos

(Dear Abby) re: Sheridan Nov. 1970 Blue Streak and Silver Streak Air Gun Manual. I apologize, I believe I contacted you in the past days but since I didn't hear from you I assumed you did not get my message. Can you print me one of those Sheridan Airgun manuals in that same color but for a gun made in December of 1966? I believe the brochure is the same you are offering but I a no expert, I don't know how to tell the date on the manual. Please let me know. Best regards, azuaro (Ebay)

Dear Azuaro, I don't have a 1966 Sheridan manual and I am afraid I don't know if the one from 1966 was different than the one from 1970. Sorry I can't be of more help. Rob

Abby, Just keep your sense of humor intact! On a more business-related theme.... According to your web-site index, it appears you have yet to access any catalogs from the Army and Navy Co-operative Society. This organization, headquartered in London for decades, was initially set up to provide officers of the British military a one-stop shop to purchase their arms and field equipment. I realize you can't re-print anything unless you have received a copy of it, but I couldn't help notice how many catalogs and manuals related to British arms you already have. This leads me to believe you probably have several serious British arms collectors among your contacts (indeed, you have just "met" another one!). In light of that possibility, I was wondering, if the opportunity arose, perhaps you might mention to these collectors the lack of any A.N.C.S.L. catalogs in your inventory. Naturally I wouldn't want you to unnecessarily further burden yourself, but thought it worth a shot to ask. As you undoubtedly know already, these old catalogs are wonderful research tools for those of us who are very involved in our collecting interests.

As I look forward to reading those Parker-Hale catalogs, I'm compiling a list of the other items I'll soon be ordering from you. When I think of what I had to pay a collector in England for a loose stack of photo-copied pages of the Vickers-Pedersen manual years ago when I acquired my own V-P rifle...... Keep up the good work! Cheers, Terry

Dear Terry, I'll ask Rob to mention your request in the newsletter- I see a 1907 book from them on Amazon for $52+ but I fear I would never make that back if I bought it! Best, Abby

Abby, Many thanks for that. Yes, I'll probably break down and buy that particular book myself at some point, but as it is a modern facsimile of what is actually an Edwardian version of a monstrous Sears catalog, I suspect the amount of arms information in it is minimal. Still, I've bought books before for just one photo, so shouldn't complain. We collectors are a sick bunch. Regards, Terry

(Dear Abby) Re: Russian 1983 USSR AK-47 Manual (in Cyrillic). Is this for the AK-47 or the AK-74? By 1983, the Soviet Army had mostly converted to the AK-74... majormadmax (Ebay)

Dear Majorm… I'm sorry but not reading Russian I can't tell you. The cover appears to show AKM and AKMC if that helps any. Cheers, Rob (he was just the curious type or maybe I answered his question!)

(Dear Abby) Does the H&R 1923 catalog have a parts list for the 25 cal. self loading pistol, Bill O

Dear Bill, That catalog has a parts page for the "Premier" and "Police Premier" automatic. There is no mention of calibre. There is also a "hammerless" automatic in .22, .32 and.38 caliber. If you are referring to the .25 ACP 2" barrel 6 shot automatic, it was made from 1912-1916 (serial numbers are in Joe Vorisek's book on H&R): Harrington & Richardson Arms Co., A Short Illustrated History of and there is a parts page for the .25 in Joe's book. The 1913 catalog we sell has the pistol but not the parts page. Regards, Rob

Dear Rob, Thanks I ordered the book. Bill O.

Dear Abby, Sorry to ask, but I guess I ordered the wrong catalog (H & A Safety Police Revolvers), no problem...should I have ordered the Hopkins & Allen Fifty Years book to get manufacturing dates/serial numbers? Thanks for your time, Danny

Danny, If what you are searching for is a specific serial number and date of manufacture I am afraid you will not be successful. The very best anyone has been able to come up with for H&A and most other Norwich makers is estimated serial numbers for different types of weapons. Nobody knows when exactly they were made. Joe Vorisek lived in Connecticut and spent years searching through records to try to pin down information about various makers and his books, although not fancy, are about the best record there is. Carder lived in Ohio and worked with Joe to verify the most information they could.

The problem was that H&A was part of the Norwich group of makers, they seem to have operated with multiple overlapping owners and on a shoestring. When one was shaky it collapsed and another was brought on. The records were apparently not that important to anyone and few existed for long. The objective was to turn out a cheap product to make as much money as they could. Cheers, Rob

Hello Abby and Rob, Just want to say Thank You for the great reprint of the Beretta 92 FS owner's manual I received from you. Just what I needed and really fast shipping too. Thanks again; will be doing more business with you folks. Regards, Jim Mercer

Hey do you have an MH-53J Flight Manual? Just joking! Seriously, I agree with your contention that the police have gotten entirely too militarized. Yes, there has to be some capability to deal with druggees and gang bangers who have become exceedingly violent and incredibly well armed. But I'm sure that a tracked vehicles, black uniforms and grenade launchers are not the answer. As to bayonets...never bring a knife to a gun fight! Keep up the good work - and thought provoking editorials - and if you DO have an MH-53J flight manual CALL ME IMMEDIATELY!! Dave Mason

Hi Dave, Thanks for your note and comments. Try entering "MH-53J flight manual" in Google. There seem to be several sites that have pdfs- don't know if they are redacted but might work for you unless you want them for the local PD, in which case I suggest wearing aluminum foil headbands at all times to deflect the signals! Cheers, Rob

Hi Rob. I loved your note about the militarization of police forces. I was pleased to see the responses from your customers. I go to at least one gun show a week and could not do so without my closest friend who is almost always with me. We both worked in law enforcement and are appalled by the ultra-right attitudes we hear expressed by the majority of attendees. Our Constitution has been trashed by things like the Patriot Act and civil forfeiture. I was my agency's expert on search and seizure. At this point the 4th amendment no longer exists. Please tell Abby I am sure she is as bored as I am now that basketball and football are over. Joel

Dear Joel, Thanks for your comments, everything seems to have become less polite and more confrontational. I'll try to follow up to that article shortly- won't make a whit of difference but it makes me feel better. Abby and I have moved from sports to outside burning all the limbs that fell and cleaning up the place a bit- cycle of life and all... Cheers, Rob

Hello, Rob; I shared your editorial with a friend who is both ex-military and ex-law enforcement from Oak Harbor, WA and thought you might be interested in his take on the issue. He responded as follows:

Thanks for sharing, Brent. I know that there has been a lot of discussion about the fact that the police are wearing militaristic jump suits sometimes and toting around militaristic hardware and even using armored vehicles.

If the government wants to give a local department an armored vehicle, and it is used even to perform one rescue in an active shooter situation, it is worth it. OHPD has one, and so far they haven't crushed anyone's house with it, but the kids really enjoy touring through it at National Night Out. Jump suits may look SS-ish, but they sure are comfortable when you have to answer a call-in for a tactical situation and stay out all night, sometimes in a bush.

Grenade launchers don't have to launch grenades. There are many types of riot control rounds - CS, rubber buckshot, beanbags, chemical agents in liquid and powder form. We had a S&W 37mm dispenser at OHPD, but it would have been cheaper if we could have used a surplus M79.

Bayonets probably don't belong in the police arsenal. They definitely should be used by the National Guard, because they can prevent bloodshed if properly employed. When the Ohio National Guard marched on to Kent State campus, they only had loaded M1 rifles. They made the mistake of cornering the demonstrators where they couldn't escape, and when the demonstrators moved against the Guardsmen, their only defense was to shoot the students. Historically, trained Guardsman confronting dissidents with an orderly formation of bristling bayonet's has gotten more results. Nobody believes that the Guardsmen are going to shoot them, and most people don't know what that feels like anyway, so they bluster and continue to demonstrate. When they see the bayonet's, they tend to be a little more concerned that they might get stuck with one of them, and everyone knows what it feels like to get stuck with something sharp. People, even soldiers in combat, have been much more ready to flee from an approaching bayonet than from the threat of a gunshot. That's how the 20th Maine saved Little Round Top for the Union at Gettysburg. Oates' Alabama boys didn't mind marching up that hill into gunfire, but when the Yankees charged downhill at them waving bayonets they turned and ran. But I digress. The National Guard trains to use the bayonets, the police don't, and never will. It takes too long to get proficient with one, and I don't know of any agency that would cough up the overtime money to pay for the training.

Obviously, there are many sides to this complex issue……… Thanks, Brent Lambert

Dear Rob, I thought last month's newsletter was great, and not too long. Sing sour grapes, as John Prine says. Dennis

Rob, A while ago, (years?), you wrote a series of pieces about life of Long Island. I believe there were three parts. Could you tell me which issues they were? I grew up on LI in the 50's and 60's myself, and it's where I learned to enjoy and respect guns. Thank you, Peter

Dear Peter, Thanks for your note. I found two articles about Long Island 9/12 and 11/12 and I hope these are the ones you are looking for. I loved those years and hate the thought that they are so far gone. I don't recognize the people who live there now where I was from and the crowds are overwhelming. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) im looking intensely for a copy of a booklet originally developed by ballistic lab of Aberdeen proving ground. it is a firing table booklet entitled: FT 0.30-C-4. perhaps you may know where to locate a copy. thanks-charlie


Hi, Re: Stirling Squires Bingham Mfg. c1970 Company Model M20 Rifle Manual. I'm looking for a complete manual to help me disassemble and reassemble and maintain this old rifle a Squires Bingham model 20 If this has this information that's great but if not, please let me know and if you can suggest the correct book or manual for my needs. Thank you so much, Jonathan (Ebay)

Dear Jonathon, Questions like this are very difficult to answer because I don't know your level of familiarity with firearms. I can tell you that this is the "manual" (it is only one piece of paper with 2 sides) that came with the rifle. On the back there are written takedown instructions and a flat plan view of the parts. With the "manual" the makers apparently felt most owners could strip and maintain the firearm. You will have to decide if you want to spend the $3.45 to buy what the maker wanted you to have with the gun but please don't give me less than positive feedback if you find it lacking. Cheers, Rob


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 I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and we are adding more all the time.

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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 or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Do you trust the company you are giving the info to?

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