Calls from the Wilds


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* When Ross Seyfried told me he wanted to write an occasional column for my newsletter (more about that below) it started me thinking about my business and the result of those thoughts is this; I would like to ask you for a favor please. As many of you know, I try to make improvements to my website on a regular basis. The challenge I face is understanding how and why readers use the website. I know, that sounds silly and I can hear the peanut gallery already grumping... "durn woman doesn't know nuttin about her stuff!" Well, I do know a little bit about my books. I know collectors, police, government agencies, prosecutors and historians use my books for "research". What I have trouble doing is put words to the vague idea of "research".

For example, I know if I take my books to a gun show I immediately attract an earnest group of guys who rush up grab a catalog, study it intently, put it down and rush away (no, they don't buy anything, they are just doing "research", sometimes repeatedly). Well, I want to learn more about exactly what sort of information they glean from the catalogs and how they apply it to purchases they make. It seems obvious to me that my gun show researcher has been told by someone that the gun they are selling was "modified by the factory in 1932" or something, and they use the catalog to see if that is reasonably true. Am I on the right track? How can I put that in a short sentence?

My catalogs can transport the reader back to times long ago and create a mental image of products and weapons available at the time but is that why you read my catalogs? I sell thousands of reprints so I know I am missing some of what they are used for and if I better understood their value I could modify my website to better reflect their usage. So, would you please write me a sentence that declares how you use my catalogs, or for what purpose they are valuable or when they are useful to you? Thanks for your help!

One of my customers has a copy of the book "Suicide Specials" by Donald B Webster, Jr., 1954, Telegraph Press, Harrisburg as well as a set of some 70 copies of Double Gun and Single Shot Journal starting with Issue No. 1 that she wants to sell. Is anyone interested?

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* I am very flattered that noted firearms writer and expert, Ross Seyfried has volunteered to write an occasional column for my humble newsletter. I am particularly grateful for Ross’ help because I am a pretty small fry who couldn’t otherwise afford to pay for as esteemed a talent as Ross.

Ross is a full-time rancher in Oregon who became a writer and photographer to complement his hobby. Ross has written for American Rifleman, American Hunter, American Handgunner, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life and many other hunting/shooting magazines. He spent 20 years as Shooting Editor at Guns & Ammo and is now a regular contributor to The Double Gun and Single Shot Journal. Ross also currently works for the NRA as a writer and consultant.

He was a licensed professional hunter in Zambia and Tanzania and is currently a licensed guide and outfitter in Oregon. He was a U.S. National Shooting Champ and the 1981 World Champion shooter. Ross has collected fine (and usually Damascus) doubles for more than 30 years and has grown to specialize in single shot rifles and ball & shot guns. His interest is not only in collecting, but in making the ammunition for and hunting with virtually every one of his collection from flintlocks to hammerless ejectors in sizes from .17 to 4-bore.

Something of Great Value

Because you are reading this you are at least superficially aware of Cornell Publications and their passion for recreating old catalogs from the arms world. I have been a customer for many years and have a wide spectrum of their catalog reprints; but even with this familiarity and exposure I am continually taken aback by the extraordinary and magnificent resource that Cornell has to offer.

I suppose it is fair to ask, in this day and age of computers, internet and apparently endless free information, “why bother with hundreds and hundreds of old catalogs?” If we cut to the chase I can tell you that there is information and knowledge in these old catalogs that simply does not exist elsewhere. As both a professional writer and “reader” I have found over the years that much of the “information” that is out there is simply opinion, not fact. Worse yet, much that is printed is nothing more than parroting of something said by some other “expert” who only thought he knew. I often see things like “they did this or that, this was THE load, or they never made one of those.” If you open an old catalog from the day when shooting was the most important sport on Earth, you will often find the “experts,” really do not know. People often ask me, “how do you know, or where did you find that?” More often than not, the answer is, “it is in the XYZ original catalog.”

When you open an old catalog you are looking at reality, not opinion; and these facts from the makers, in the day when it mattered answer many questions. What load did Marlin use in their .38-55? Did Smith & Wesson have a way of defeating black powder fouling in their revolver barrels? Do you take the barrel out of the rifle when you clean your 1873 Winchester? What kind of a bullet did Rodda use in their 300-yard long range ball and shot gun. Did Winchester make High Wall rifles chambered for the British cartridges? What was the real performance of the German 8 x 57 cartridges? Is that Westley Richards best quality, hand-detachable lock, magnum 12 gauge made in 1925 with Damascus Barrelsa fake? The answers to those and millions of other questions are right there in the old catalogs!

I use the catalogs in another way; they are the basis for my formula to determine the value of a collectible gun. I freely admit that my philosophy of collecting is different than most and that my “formula” generally does not apply to the rarity-driven markets. In essence when I evaluate a piece, the final number is based on two things: how much did it cost when it was new and how much of the original is left? Said another way, how good was the gun and what is its condition. While the condition must be determined by skilled eyes, the original cost can be found in the maker’s catalogs from the day when the gun was made. Back then a gun that cost 100 Pounds Sterling was a much better and more valuable piece than one by the same maker that only cost 15 Pounds . . . even though they were made by the same maker in the same year. Of course the knowledge is not limited to just English or American guns. Cornell Publications has catalogs from many nations around the world, and the list is always growing.

It is fair to ask; where do these 3000 old catalogs come from? Many reside in “Abby’s basement,” while more often than not, dedicated collectors loan their original catalogs to Cornell Publications. The reprints that Cornell sells are scanned from the originals, and then digitally reprinted. The original catalogs are often ridiculously rare, expensive and fragile, so the reprinted versions are wonderful, even if you have an original, because you can actually handle and use them on a daily basis. And for those of you with originals who might contemplate loaning them for reproduction, I urge you to do so. I have loaned many of my precious originals and can tell you they are treated with great care, returned undamaged and accompanied with much gratitude! Once the original has been added to the Cornell data base, they can be reproduced on demand . . . made to your order if you will. The quality is quite wonderful, with slick and often full color covers, neatly bound and all at about the cost of a box of shells.

With this introduction I think it will be fun and perhaps useful if from time to time I pick an individual catalog and share an overview of its contents. In the next installment we will peek in Abby’s basement and find a new addition to the list. This will be a “Stoeger’s Bible” 1950 edition. It comes from a time I truly wish I could recreate, and I suppose in a way we can think of these grand old catalogs as time machines . . ones that can take us back to when one of the finest and most complete sources of guns, ammunition and supplies was right on 5th Avenue, New York! I will pour through the more than 500 pages and pick out fun things to share with you, things that illustrate the theme and wonder of the old catalogs.

Elk Song Ranch, 2010


New Books and Special Thanks

H&D Folsom catalogs have always been slow sellers but they shouldn't be. Folsom catalogs often rivaled the Abercrombie and Fitch or VonLengerke or Stoeger volumes for the broad line of products they carried. George Haines allowed me to borrow eight Folsom catalogs between 1921 and 1940 to round out my collection.

These are the Folsom catalogs I now have available:

Ted Simmermon from Canada thought I better have a Canadian version of the WWII vintage Enfield/Webley .38 Revolver manual to go along with the British and Australian versions.

Ted also sent along a nice little booklet about of Canadian deer hunting tips put out by Canadian Industries Ltd around 1950. Worth a look by all deer hunters.

Kari Prager is recovering well enough from his motorcycle injury earlier this year to send me a Gevar Karabin-Beskrivelse 6.5 mm 1940 Manual. My Norwegian is a bit rusty though and so I'll have to send a copy to Garrison Keillor to see if he can do a translation for me.

Jim Whisker finished an expanded version of his Gunsmiths and Allied Occupations of South Carolina.

Norman Turner contributed a copy of the c1952 Modern Bond Catalog. Norm wrote a nice little note about buying some of the leftovers from the then-defunct company in 1956 but I lost it, to my deep regret, or I would share it with you.

Don Hanby sent me a stack of Remingtons but only these four were both illustrated and ones we didn't have:


By the way, I came across this article while doing some research on the H&D Folsom Company. It comes under the heading "I didn't know the gun was loaded":

SHOT BY HIS EMPLOYER; Head of H. & D. Folsom Arms Company Under Arrest. Says Second-Hand Revolver Was Accidentally Discharged --- Peter Koller, Wounded Man Now in Hospital.

New York Times, July 3, 1900, Wednesday

While examining a pile of old revolvers lying on a counter in the store of the H. D. Folsom Arms Company at 314 Broadway, yesterday noon. Henry T. Folsom, the head of the firm accidentally, shot and fatally injured Peter Koller, one of the salesmen. Koller, unconscious and in a dying condition, was taken to the Hudson Street Hospital. The bullet entered his right breast, and although the doctors probed for it, they could not find it.

The revolver with which the shooting was done was one of a consignment of second-hand weapons which had just been delivered to the firm by the Adams Express Company.

Mr. Folsom and Koller were looking over the revolvers during the noon hour to see if any were loaded. Picking up one of the largest, a .38-calibre, Folsom pulled the trigger. A report that could be heard on the sidewalk followed, and Koller staggered back and fell to the florr, with this hand clasped to his right side.

Those in the store stood dazed for an instant. Mr. Folsom, who was the first to recover sent one of the salesmen for a policemen. Policeman Daniel Nealis hurried into the store. He found Mr. Folsom and several Clerks bending over the prostate form of Koller.

The policeman says that when he asked how the man was shot, Mr. Folsom replied “ He must have shot himself accidentally. The policeman immediately summoned an ambulance from the Hudson Street Hospital.
When Ambulance Surgeon Page arrived he said the man was probably mortally injured. He was removed hurriedly to the hospital.

It was not until 3:30 o’clock that Policeman Nealis again entered the store. He could not understand how the man could shoot himself accidentally in the right breast. To a reporter he said:” I went up to Mr. Folsom, and I says to him, Mr. Folsom, you shot that man.” “Yes’ says Mr. Folsom. “ I shot him. I was holding the pistol in my hand when it went off. It was an accident”

Nealis told Folsom he would have to arrest him. The latter submitted quietly and the two went to the Macdougal Street Station, where Mr. Folsom was locked up.

A few minutes after 7 o’clock Justus Von Lengerke of the firm Von Lengerke & Detmold, arrived at the station house in company with Magistrate Meade. The Magistrate fixed Mr. Folsom’s bail at $5,000 and Mr. Vonlengerke qualified as Folsom’s bondsman. The trio then left the station house together.

At the store of the Folsom Arms Company all information was to the details of the shooting were withheld. No one in the store would admit that he had been a witness to the affair.

Koller is one of the oldest salesmen in the employ of the firm, having been there for over twenty-two years. He is married and lives with his wife at 212 Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn. Word was immediately send to his wife, and she arrived late in the afternoon. He regained consciousness for a time while she was there, but soon lapsed into unconsciousness again.

Mr. Folsom is President of the H. & D. Folsom Arms Company. His home is in Orange, New Jersey. He is a member of the University Athletic, Yale Athletic and University Clubs of the Essex County Country Club of Orange.

At midnight Koller was still living and Dr. Page said there was a faint ray of hope that the man would recover, although the chances were that he would not live more than a day or two. Late in the evening Coroner Hart visited the hospital and took down a statement from the injured man, in which he fully exonerated Mr. Folsom, declaring that it was an accident, pure and simple.


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Letters from Readers

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* Why buy US made ammo? Dick also included this email forward:

"...A  guy came into the PD the other day to ask a  favor. He  had a S&W 629 (44 Mag.) that he wanted to  dispose of after a mishap at the range. He  said there was a loud bang when  he tested his new ammo, (Chinese  made), and  the gun smacked him in the forehead, leaving a  nice gash. When  the tweety birds cleared, this is what he saw..."

Bet he never uses Chinese made Ammo  again!

Jim Buchanan has this furry visitor in his back yard in suburban Kent, England:


Which reminds me of this ("When in deep doodoo look straight ahead and keep your mouth shut"):


Dr Issa M  Alzard (issaalzard@hotmail.com) wrote the following: "Need detailed information on UMC prodcuts line as also the price list. We are very much interested to market UMC products in Kuwait. Pl advise by return of your interest.
B Regards
Issa M Alzard"

Butch from down under wrote this: Hi Abby, I have read about punt guns in novels as well as firearms magazines. That video (in the May newsletter) is spectacular. Abby please may I ask in your news letter for information on Vickers Sporting Rifles from 1910 to 1945. My particular interest is where manufacturing took place or if this was outsourced. Any info is good. Thanks for your time,  Butch.

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Sometimes catalogs are smaller than the paper I print on so I print my logo and "Shooter's Notes" on the part I cut off. I often include the blank pad with the catalog if it doesn't raise the postage too much. I got this message back after I send one of the catalogs out:

Dear Sirs, I recently ordered a copy of Colt 1921 Firearms Factory Catalog, your invoice number 17426. It arrived today  neatly cut in two pieces. I have included an attachment to show the two pieces. Could you please send another copy. Thank you,


Dear Abby: Never thought I would start a letter like that. Your September 2008 Newsletter ran a story about me owning a Frank Troeh shotgun that I would like to sell. As you know we never received any interest in the gun. Would you please run the story again? It was on page 10 of 15. Thanks for your help.
Larry Hattan

September 2008 Newsletter

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Rants and Raves

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Last month I shifted printing to a new computer, a Dell, with pre-installed Microsoft Office. MS Office had a faulty installation, it ran an install loop each time I tried to start one of the programs and eventually crashed. Microsoft would not support software installed by Dell and Dell would not allow me to speak with the Software Experts unless I paid more money for a software service contract. Not surprisingly I refused to pay for something I already paid for and the result was that I had to reinstall my operating system. That was when I discovered I didn’t have a copy of the OS from Dell and they wanted more money to send it. I again argued and eventually I was sent a recovery disk which I used to replace the OS. Meanwhile the printer drivers from Hewlett Packard for Windows 7 caused some of my catalogs to mispaginate. I wasn't aware of the trouble until I got some complaints. In most cases I refunded the purchase price and sent a free correct copy. Ebay customer "Yellowbird58", Garry Law from Counce, Tennessee was so grateful for this special consideration he wrote this on my Ebay feedback "I got a full refund due to Item being printed very poorly with no proof read." He also gave me a "neutral" grade that stands out like a sore thumb.

Abby :-)

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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

* SPAM!! I get, on average, about 300 new subscribers each month. Many are folks who signed up. 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 each month, 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.

*Spammers intercept emails using various tools and strip the emails of all the addresses. All it takes is for one addressee on your list to visit the wrong site on the internet and wham all the addresses you mailed to are on a spam list.

But there is something you can do to help fight SPAM. When you forward emails to many individuals use the BCC: space (stands for Blind Carbon Copy) 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. Hold down your left mouse key, select all the addresses with your cursor and release the left mouse key. Go to Edit, Cut. Then click on BCC:, click Edit and Paste. Finally, put your own email address in the TO: box and press Send. None of the other email addresses will be visible to any of the addressees and they will love you for not contributing to the spread of SPAM! Whoopee!

* Paypal - I don't like Paypal and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant than they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they 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 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 (somewhat) its previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

* 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 right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.

* 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

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, 1835-1899, 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.

* 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 here 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.

* 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.

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". So, a little more about credit cards and the internet. Every time you use your credit card at banks, gas stations, restaurants, stores and while browsing, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Small shops like ours carefully enter the information at a website belonging to a financial clearing house. Others, like Costco and Walmart are connected directly but they all go on the net.

What can you do to help make your credit cards safe? Know with whom you are dealing and what is happening when you hand over your card. Does a nervous and suspicious looking waiter disappear into the back room with your card? Hmmm. Does the gambling website where you are about to enter your card have no address, country or telephone number? Hmmm.

Your best bet is to confirm that the website address where you enter information begins with https:// rather than just http://. The 's' stands for secure, meaning encrypted. Also, be confident that the website itself is trustworthy, has 'contact us' information including a name, address and telephone number. Beware of offshore websites. Even with all these protections, some cards are stolen. We had a card stolen by thieves in Azerbaijan. How they got my card I have no idea but I check the charges on my card regularly (daily, in fact) and picked up the scam quickly and cancelled the card.

Parts Suppliers

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

Spare parts, accessories and original bayonets as well as complete original examples for all models of Ross Rifles- Barry DeLong   barryj@localnet.com   or 423-472-1972.

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.
Kenn Womack

Trapdoors Galore Email: trapdoorsgalore@gmail.com Address: 3240 W. Arby Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89118.   Phone No.  702-361-5322  Everything For The Trapdoors + Free Research On S/N's For The Trapdoor & Krag's

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

Provenance for Your Gun

Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!

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 Von Lengerke & 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
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

Gun sellers often give themselves a lot of latitude when claiming the provenance of weapons they sell. Age or factory modifications to the base model can add considerably to the value of any gun. The question repeatedly is- The Truth! Having a Serial Number from the gun in question can often lead you to the year it was manufactured and then to a catalog we reprint. This can be useful in determining how the factory intended to make guns... models, styles, calibers, engraving, checkering and options available.

To help you on your search I have put together a page on the website with links to websites that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture:


Original Gun Catalogs and Books for Sale

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