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June 2009 Newsletter
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Email: Abby@cornellpubs.com (please don't "return" this newsletter to the unmonitored mailbox except to unsubscribe)

        In This Issue:

              1. Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Letters from Readers
              4. Rants and Raves
              5. Notes for New Readers
              6. Parts Suppliers
              7. Provenance for Your Gun
              8. Serial Numbers by Year for Your Gun
              9. Original Publications for sale
              10. Old Newsletters

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*Thanks to the hard work of Virginia Carter of Carolina Web Creations, my new website is now live! Virginia has worked tirelessly to give me everything she or I can think of to improve the old site. What this means to you is a much easier site to navigate. All the link groups such as Dates, Ammunition, Knives etc. will available on every page. Also, each catalog cover and inside page image will pop up as you pass the mouse cursor down the list. You can click on the images of a catalog and see a larger image. You can do a search and click on "Check Contents" button to see the contents with your search highlighted. You can narrow a search by putting the search in quote marks: "Marlin Model 20". Plus a lot more I'll talk about next month! For me the entry time of new additions will be a fraction of what it takes now and that will leave me more time to add more material. Everyone comes out ahead!

If you are thinking of making or refurbishing a website, please give Virginia a shot. She is really terrific and economical too. She did work I was quoted over $30,000 to achieve for a fraction of that amount. Although I have never met her and we live the better part of a thousand miles apart, she easily got the job done. She did the job without complex paper charts and prolonged discussions because she is smart and that makes up for a lot of busy work! But there is something else, Virginia, despite her talent for coding and all the brainwork that goes into conceiving and executing a complex site with over 2500 pages of products, was still able to do all the tedious transfer of data with nary an error I can find. If you find one, please let me know and I'll have it framed! Seriously though, any glitches let me know so we can fix them. And do call Virginia, you won't regret it.

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*I'd like to talk a little about spam today. This last month I have been deluged with Drug ads, Sudden Wealth, Male Pleasure Stuff and other distasteful advertisements. And I have to see each one. Why? Well, the spam filter often intercepts real emails from customers, something I cannot afford to have happen. The thing is, I know where all my  garbage spam came from, and I know how to prevent it.

A certain Mr. Billie Bryant from California likes to forward messages to his entire address book which contains hundreds of email addresses, including sadly, mine. Now, while it is a simple matter to delete the emails I get from Billie there is a more insidious aspect of his actions. By broadcast emailing to all those people he is the perfect target of spammers. They love to get their hands on juicy emails that contain hundreds of addresses they can strip and either sell or use themselves. And use them they do. After Billie sent out his latest bomb my spam increased from a few a day to over two hundred a day.

How do I know it was Billie? Well because this has been going on for a couple of years and every time Billie sends out a bomb that “by accident” includes my email address I get spammed for weeks afterward. I have begged Billie almost a dozen times to delete my email from his address books and just leave me alone. From this simple request of mine to dodge the Male Pleasure spam, Billie, in his infinite wisdom, managed to conclude that I am a pinko liberal secretly plotting to betray all he believes in. He has written the most foul things to me and has threatened to lambast me on all “his forums”, ruin my business and reveal me as the “rad lib” I must be! To see his most recent tirade see Rants and Raves below. But there is something you can do in addition to writing him a note bb801@msn.com encouraging him to leave me alone. You can send your own email forwards to many individuals by using the BCC: space instead of the To: or CC: spaces in your email forwards.

Many address books will only put selected email addresses into the TO: box so go ahead and do that. Then select them all with your cursor and while holding down the left mouse key, release the left mouse key, go to Edit, Cut. Then click on BCC: (stands for Blind Carbon Copy), click Edit and Paste. Finally, put your own email address in the TO: box and press Send. None of the other emails addresses will be visible to any of the addressees and they will love you for not contributing to the spread of SPAM! Whoopee!

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*You may not know that I pride myself by serving customers from all walks of life, creed, color etc.. In fact, I have customers in places that may not readily spring to mind... Russia, India, Mozambique, Antigua & Barbuda, Burundi, Iraq and even (don't worry, he ordered a Bannerman, not the  anarchist’s cookbook) a prisoner of the great state of Texas:

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New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text):

The Bannerman 1910 is a notable one because it is the first issue that reveals all the gear and guns the company bought from the government following the Spanish War of 1898. Francis Bannerman started the company after the Civil War by selling war tonnage as individual surplus goods and by the end of the Spanish war he was big enough to buy almost all the government refuse. The story goes that the city fathers discovered one day that Bannerman has over 400 tons of high explosives in his store at 501 Broadway and sagely invited him to move it… right away. Hence the construction of the Bannerman Island Arsenal on Pollopel Island near West Point on the Hudson. Anyway, getting back to the Bannerman 1910, it took some years to catalog all the gods they bought and this is the first edition of the venerable Bannerman catalogs to show off all their treasures. I must warn you, however that the old original from which this was taken was heavily browned and on newsprint. The result is that this reprint is not perfect. It is readable and most illustrations are fine, however, some of the photographs are not very good. I do have a 1907 Bannerman I have not yet processed but it is a hundred pages smaller and does not have all the gear in it the 1910 does.

I completed another two volumes by the prolific and popular late Joe Vorisek. United States Handgun Trade Brands, Manufacturers and Distributors 1865-1930 is a lengthy title to a treasury of handgun makers and what they called their guns. We have two lists in the book. One is sorted by gun name and the other by manufacturer and the names they used. So, if you have a Red Jacket Number 3 spur trigger revolver, you will know it was made by the Lee Arms Company. Joe also left us a List of People's Names in the Firearms Industry (pre-1940). This is for you historians who are trying to track the copious movements of gunsmiths, inventors and businessmen throughout the gun industry before the war.

Because of the popularity of Hopkins & Allen guns in general (based on the number of calls I get for information) I am reprinting Charles Carder's short book on Tip Up Shotguns from H&A. He covers, 32 models with illustrations and is a must for knowledgeable collectors.

Hand in hand with Carder's book is the Hopkins & Allen-Forehand Arms Catalog of 1901

Jim Whisker sent me another of his beautifully researched books on colonial and percussion gunsmiths. This time it is the illustrated Gunsmiths and Allied Professions of Eastern Pennsylvania.

To date I have pretty much ignored the Crosman line of BB and pellet guns. I hope to partially make up for that oversight by offering manuals for the following models: Crosman 73, Crosman 130, Crosman 160, Crosman 166, Crosman 454, Crosman 600, Crosman 2200 Magnum, Crosman Mk I & Mk II, Crosman Pellmaster 700-707, Crosman V-350. These are all color manuals.

While on the subject of non-explosive arms, I also did a useful Daisy Parts Manual they put out in 1990 and a Hubley Toys and Guns catalog of 1964.

King for Price 1963 was a small company with a huge inventory based in Spring Valley, NY. Here is a question for you. Companies like Ruhr-American, King for Price and other small companies had really big inventories. Did they have a drop ship arrangement with some other company like Sears or Monkey Ward rather than investing all the money it would have taken to buy all that stuff? Does anyone know?

J. Curtis Earl's arms collection is legendary. In fact his collection is now housed by the Idaho Historical Society and on view now at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, a site Earl, himself, donated over $600,000 to renovate to secure his collection. Earl passionately believed that machine guns were a terrific investment. This J. Curtis Earl 1986 Machine Gun catalog explains how you can secure your fortune buying machine guns from him.

P. Powell was a famous outfitter from Cincinnati, Ohio during the late 19th century and this Powell 1877 catalog was a rescue mission. I had an old photocopy made with the negative image- wet copy method that was really poor. It took a whole day to make a really poor reprint but I did it anyway because Powells are so rare. There are sections where they text is unreadable but others that are barely ok. Interesting though!

The mystery of the Krupp-American and later Ruhr-American 1966 companies has been solved. See the letters section below for details. I also plan to do the Luger-American offshoot when Ken Neeld has a chance to send me one from his collection (they were all Herter companies).

I had requests for a Marlin 1974, Mossberg 1971 and a Winchester 1876 so I processed them. I also realized I had shorted Weaver Scopes so to make up I also did a Weaver 1960 catalog. In the same vein I thought it would be proper to do a Stoeger 1941 representing the last year before the US entered World War II.

The Springfield Arsenal made up a technical manual called Gun Drilling, Long Slender Pieces in 1964 that is just fascinating. Being a Gum'ment photocopy some doofus always gave away the original once a week forcing the powers that be to dig up a copy to be the next "original" so, the copy isn't perfect something that can be repeated for all the following official publications:

U.S. Air Force Operations, 1994 by the US Army Armor School, Ft. Knox.

Aviation Operations 1993 by the Cavalry Branch, U.S. Armor School, Ft Knox.

British Army Explosives Course and notes I decided not to offer because it has detailed descriptions of homemade explosives and any potential Timothy McVail could blow up his neighbor using it and I don't want that on my conscience..

Landmine Warfare 1981 by the Army Correspondence Course Program

I can see that this month has been less productive that some other months for adding new catalogs but things have been slow coming in and I haven't seen too much to buy. With a bit of luck things will pick up next month!

Abby

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By the way, last year Paypal softened it's previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now much more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

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Letters from Readers:

Last month I mentioned that I had added a Krupp-American catalog to my collection and I speculated that they were related somehow to the German Krupp munitions empire. WRONG wrong wrong!

Abby,

Keep up the great work!  Here is what I know (or suspect) about Krupp American:
 
I believe that "Krupp American" was related in some way to the Herters operation in Waseca, MN (about 80 miles south of the Twin Cities). 
 
Herters emphasized their (alleged) long time European connections ("started in 1893"), and hyped all their products in a most shameless way with imaginative names and descriptions and endorsement.  But, they actually did sell pretty good stuff at pretty reasonable prices, almost all under their own brand name.  Their product line ranged from what seemed to be the core business of reloading tools and supplies to firearms, gun stocks, gunsmithing tools, hunting gear, boots, outdoor clothing, canoes, fishing gear, etc. They seem to have actually started in the 1950s and lasted until the late 1960s when they rapidly declined and pretty much vanished from the scene after passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and went bankrupt in the 1970s.  The better managed and financed folks starting Gander Mountain and Cabela's at about the same time seemed to have absorbed the Herters' market.
 
Krupp American was located in Glenwood, MN, (about 125 miles NW of the Twin Cities).  They seemed to pop up in ads in the American Rifleman at about the time that Herters started to decline (circa mid to late 1960s).  I am certain that they had no relationship to the famous German Krupp establishment, but merely adopted the name to create an impression that they might have been, or at least had great European connections.
 
Krupp American apparently offered many of the same types of items as Herters, and may have been run by a former employee or an aspiring competitor hoping to use a similar business model.
 
Yet another outfit, Ruhr-American, also operated in Glenwood, MN, and I suspect they were related to the folks who ran Krupp American.  I think they were the last of these three firms to be established, and seem to have been more in the "guns and ammo" niche, as a retailer of name brand products rather than selling items with their own brand name. 
 
Hope that helps clarify who Krupp American was.
 
John Spangler- Serving Collectors and Students of Firearms and Military History.
Antique and Collectable Firearms and Militaria Headquarters
http://oldguns.net

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Abby:

"Krupp American" was actually a "catchy" name used by Herters to market some of their reloading tools and supplies; no connection with the German industrial firm.  Ken Neeld (cc above) is our Herters guru and can provide you with more info on this one, and might like to see the catalog.

Doug Elliott

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Abby,

There were three companies.  When one was closed the next opened. Luger American was first and the most noticeable.  The tools and other items they sold were mostly Herter’s though the reloading tools have some significant differences.  Luger American tools are marked as such.

Krupp American was next. They sold the same tools as Luger American but were not always marked as such. Often the Model number was there but the name was completely eliminated or missing the first part of the name.

Ruhr American continued in this vein  but with even less identifying markings.  What was consistent was the dark green color all three companies used.

All published separate catalogs, some were the size of the Herter’s catalog and others were much smaller.

I have not worked out exact dates of each companies existence. Ken Neeld

ARTCA Archive Manager, News Letter Editor, www.antiquereloadingtools.com

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Abby,

This was another company like Herter that sold mostly low quality gun stuff...nothing to do with Krupp steel of Germany.

Joel Black

 

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This month's winner is: "ABBY: THIS IS "FIRST" EMAIL FORWARDED TO YOU IN TWO MONTHS!! WE MADE A MISTAKE AS YOU WERE DELETED FROM ALL OUR WEBS BUT THIS ONE? AND FOR YOU TO SEND OUT TO ALL OUR FRIENDS & SEVEN OF THEM EMAILED US SAYING WHAT A A---E YOU MUST BE? SORRY BUT THOSE ARE THEIR WORDS? WHY IS IT YOU COULD NOT HAVE JUST EMAILED ME ABOUT THIS INSTEAD OF INVOLVING OTHERS? ARE YOU REALLY THAT MUCH OF A D-----D? MUST BE YOU HAVE ANOTHER AGENDA FOR THE HARSH FEELINGS FOR OTHERS & THEN TRY & DO BUSINESS ONLINE? WELL SINCE YOU HAVE DONE THIS I WILL LET "ALL" MY FRIENDS IN THE NET KNOW YOUR L.W. FEELINGS AS IT IS ONLY FAIR TO RECIPROCATE SUCH UNFAIR & UNCOUTH  WAY OF DOING BUSINESS?WHY NOT JUST ADMIT YOU ARE A RAD.LIBERAL & GET OVER IT? I MUST HAVE BEEN OUT OF MUY MIND PURCHASING ITEMS FROM YOU? ADIOS! BILLIE BRYANT

Billie, Look, politics has absolutely nothing to do with this. It never has, although I will say that I dislike character assassination mails such as those you propagate- whether liberal or conservative. It is unhealthy for the mind and just makes people bitter. Now, if you were capable of the simplest understanding you would glean that you have been a pain ever since you wriggled into my life by causing me to be deluged with third party spam emails. That is the problem and that isn't politics, just your stupidity.

As far as your foul mouth goes, I do not like to be called dirty names by anyone, you or your half dozen "friends", and by inserting dashes or ****s you do not conceal the real word. I did manage to struggle past the third grade and can read between the lines!

The best advice I can give you is to just drop this right now. You are getting further and further out on a limb and the saw in your hand is on the wrong side of your body. Thank you for deleting my email.
Abby

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

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Notes for New Readers (and useful information for everyone)-

*I get, on average, about 300 new subscribers each month. Many are folks who signed up and others are people I automatically signed up when they bought something at an auction site or my website. Of the ones I sign up to get the newsletter normally only six or eight unsubscribe, usually because they have a last name the same as a catalog they bought or made the purchase for a friend or relative. I am naturally flattered that so many folks are pleased to hear from me once a month and thank you all for your indulgence.

*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.

*Paypal- I use Paypal to process credit cards because they are cheaper by far than a bank for a small online business, They are reliable and they are secure. No, I don't like many of their policies but they are the best and least expensive I can find so we have to live with it. I do accept checks if you prefer and I don't wait for them to clear. If you stiff me with a check you go directly to the Rants and Raves column with your full name and address displayed for the world to see. By the way, Paypal has softened it's previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now much more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

*This is a listing of History books: mostly naval (US & UK) and Civil War history we have in our library that are duplicates. If you would like one (or more) let me know and you can buy them for 50% off the listed price at the website. Just cut and paste the online listing (or write it out) into an email to: abby@cornellpubs.com

DIRECTORY TO ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS AT ABBY'S BOOKS

*Ebay- The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that saves me sales commissions to Ebay!

*Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with the many different browsers out there.

*INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the bottom of the page or in the case of new listings on the right. 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. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1857-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

*I Have some nifty tricks for you! 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.

*More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers and on any web page). :-) Abby

*Gun Value & Parts- I get scores of phone calls that start out "I inherited this gun from my grandfather and I just want to know how much it is...", I do not do appraisals, nor do I sell parts. See below for parts suppliers.

*I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

*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. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

*Browser Usage- Sometimes people mention they cannot follow the links I put in my newsletters, or that the pictures don't show up. Well, sometimes browsers are set to only receive messages in plain text. This is usually because their internet connection is slow and pictures make it even slower. There are settings to allow or disallow HTML language (pictures and links).

Your browser (the program you use to view emails and internet sites) can be set to allow you to click on links to other web pages. The link can either open a new window with the original window disappearing to a small block near the top of the screen or it replaces the current window with the new selection. In the former case to return to the prior window, click the box near the top of the screen. In the latter example click the "back arrow" also at the top of the page (different browsers such as Firefox, Netscape or Internet Explorer use different symbols for the back arrow). For the most part, I use links that replace the newsletter page with the new link. So, to return to the newsletter, you will have to use the back arrow to return to the newsletter.

*Must Read: If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

*If you collect Military Arms please check out the link page I have to Government and Military Publications as well as 75 Manuals of the World's Military Weapons (1945) in A Basic Manual of Military Arms- 1945 as well as the link to Machine Guns.

*Old Newsletters- If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the HELP button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

*YOUR ADDRESS- Yes, I am shouting! Each month I get angry phone calls, emails or letters from folks who "ordered the book xxx days ago and STILL DON'T HAVE IT! Usually they don't have it because the registered address at the website where they ordered the book is false (to "protect" their identity) or long outdated. When I point that out, they usually say that I should have double-checked or that their correct address was on their check or some other excuse. Sorry, I print address labels from the website as you typed it in. If your address is wrong the book goes to the wrong address. Please check your address at the website whenever you order something online. Thank you.

*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!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Nigeria and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won in their very generous random lottery, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. 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.

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*Parts suppliers. We get hundreds of calls about parts and some folks who are doing something about supplying parts...

Hello Abby, I am responding to your request for parts source information. For Remington Rolling Block Parts. We are attempting to supply reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. While this is a work in progress, I believe we are the largest supplier of these obsolete parts in existence. Thanks, Kenn Womack

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota their catalog (three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams) is available at (605) 343-9544 for $39.95

Gun Parts Corporation (Numrich) Kingston, New York (845) 679-2417. Well established with a good website.

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email info@sarcoinc.com

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

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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!

Sammy Baugh, or Eddie Dew or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by VonLengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

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 G&H website:

or Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-2287
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

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Websites with Serial Numbers and corresponding dates:

John Spangler & Marc Wade operate ArmsCollectors.com!
They offer pages and pages of Serial Numbers to put a year to the following weapons:

| Marlin | Mauser Broomhandle (C-96) | Remington | U.S. Military | Winchester |

| Gun Marks | House Brands | U.S. Inspectors | WWII German Codes And Markings |

also at this great website is a list of handguns and rifles with known serial numbers that qualify as antique,

or: Antique Serial Numbers for lots of Makers (pre 1889 scroll down the page)

or: Doublegunshop.com for:

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Original Gun Catalogs and Books for sale:

Last fall I promised to unload some of the twenty or thirty boxes of originals blocking the second bay of my garage! Rather than list them on Ebay, I decided to first put up pages on my website (one page per box of about 70 catalogs each) with a list of catalogs priced at what I paid for them or in many cases much less. If they don't sell to my on-line clients I will then go to Ebay when I get a chance.

Here is the link to Box 4. All other boxes can be accessed at the bottom of the box 4 page. if you would like prior notice of the sales, please sign up for the announcement newsletter. The hundred and fifty or so people who already signed up knew about this sale last week and some of the bargains are already gone. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: eightbore@comcast.net. Many thanks to all of you who signed up! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

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Old Newsletters are available online:

If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the help button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

Must Read:

If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

Cheers,
Abby

New For June:

 

(Please let me know if you have any problems with the website where I confess to an occasional bug.)

website: www.cornellpubs.com (double click this link)

email: abby@cornellpubs.com

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Abby Cornell Mouat
Cornell Publications
P.O. Box 214
Brighton , MI 48116
810-225-3075 (9-5 Eastern Time Zone please)