Calls from the Wilds


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Review of the SRM 1216 x 12 Gauge Shotgun

from Gunblast, The Online Gun Magazine

1216 Shotgun

A Sportsman's Library: 100 Essential, Engaging, Offbeat, and Occasionally Odd Fishing and Hunting Books for the Adventurous Reader

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Stephen J. Bodio’s famous review column in Gray’s Sporting Journal (1981-1992) included discussions on everything from hook and bullet how-tos to modern novels and science writing. Continuing in that tradition, A Sportsman’s Library: 100 Essential, Engaging, Off-Beat, and Occasionally Odd Fishing and Hunting Books for the Adventurous Reader draws on the same wide-ranging curiosity and encyclopedic knowledge of sporting literature that informed “Bodio’s Review.”

From all the familiar, beloved classics—books by Izaak Walton, Robert Ruark, and Norman Maclean—to the hidden gems that no one but Bodio could have uncovered (ancient treatises on falconry, and modern considerations of the “catfish as metaphor”), each one of these short reviews is illustrated in color and presented in a browsable, easy-to-read format. Nowhere else could an explanation of the intricate beauty of a classic salmon fly rub elbows with a consideration of the craftsmanship of a Best London double. And rarely do you see the science of the hunt juxtaposed against the hunt’s depiction in art.

Introduction by television personality and outdoor writer Jameson Parker.

I think most of us will agree that at least coaches earn money for their schools in stark contrast to most politicians who seem to cost us more and more...

Coaches VS public Employees

I think I know some of these people...

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STEALTH FIGHTER F117 Goes To The Bone Yard...

Stealth Fighter

Why can't we have commercials like this one instead of the incessant pill pushing rot on TV? (click on image)


This Rocket is Actually Descending under Control!

You must see this Space X video. (click on image). SpaceX has been carrying out test launches of the Grasshopper since September last year, with each launch seeing the 10-story-tall rocket leap a little bit higher. Each test sees the rocket launch, rise to a predetermined height, hover, and then descend to land back on the launch pad. (You may skip the advertisement at the start in the upper right corner of the screen).

Space X

Nice to see all these familiar faces again, if only briefly...

Send in the Clowns!


many thanks to Jim Buchanan, Jeff Steidle, Ginny Coombs, Jim Stiles, Marge Lanard and more.

A member of Parliament to Benjamin Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."

"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

Rob Mouat

I See You!

A couple of months ago I wrote about a near miss car accident I caused while driving with Abby here in Michigan. We were motoring along at about 55 miles an hour on a two lane road in clear weather at midday following about 250 feet behind a girl in a small car who suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. Unfortunately, it was that instant I had chosen to gaze off to the right at a nice farm. When I looked back I was about 50 feet behind her stopped car and was still travelling about 80 feet a second. Luckily with the help of fifty years driving experience, I missed her… by millimeters.

At the time and for some time afterward I thought the cause of the near accident was just inattention, or age related stupidity, or slow reactions or something else. But actually, I finally realized, it was none of those things. My reactions were great, they saved us. I’ve looked away from the road many times while driving… that’s what billboards are for, they count on our inattention. So what was it?

My eyes. I had developed cataracts over the last ten years or so and although my eyesight was correctable to a respectable 20/40 for the driving license test last year (20/40 left and 20/70 right combined to 20/40) there was a more insidious problem of which I was unaware until I saw an eye surgeon, cataracts. I knew I was seeing flares (or double vision when looking at bright lights) so I had given up night driving but what I didn’t understand was how my peripheral vision had been compromised.

During my eye test at the doctor’s office I endured all the normal stuff of covering one eye and reading the chart but those tests told me nothing I didn’t already know. Then the doctor did something that told me all I needed to know. She had me hold a half-egg shaped device to my eye. It had a hole in the end that allowed me to see the eye chart until she turned on a light that illuminated the inside of the egg. That essentially blinded me. She told me that test alone qualified for cataract surgery and it simulated the effect of bright light- day or night on my eyesight! Wow.

I had my right eye operated on last month. Although intimidating, the surgery is really easy. They gave me a mild sedative IV, slit the cornea, broke up the bad lens with ultrasonic, vacuumed out the pieces and slid in a new clear lens. Took less than a half hour and on the drive home I could see through the perforated plastic patch covering the eye. Later that day I took the patch off and could read a newspaper without glasses. Wow! Recovery was a non-event. I’m getting the other eye done in a week or two.

The real story, though, is the remarkable difference I notice driving. Situational awareness attributable to peripheral vision has increased many times over. I didn’t realize how much vision I had lost. It is also devilishly hard to relate with words, but I can tell you this, if you develop cataracts get them fixed. It is easy, painless and a lifesaver in many ways.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Market Hunting- Not for the Sportsman

Pipe CannonFor centuries the great Northern bays held waterfowl in uncountable numbers. The Chesapeake, Great South Bay on Long Island were the hunting grounds for illegal reapers of meat for the markets of big cities. No pretense was made of sportsmanship. Sneak boats, punts , sink boxes, skiffs and all manner of small, stealthy craft were modified into service.

The ingenuity of the hunters knew no bounds. Often, several barrels would be fabricated from pipe and arranged to simultaneously spray shot over a wide area. Autoloading shotguns were equipped with extended magazines as well as lights for night shooting. And sometimes a virtual cannon was mounted at the bow.

Skiff for Night HuntingThe entire story will be told in a future edition of Arms Heritage Magazine. Hard copies of the first year annual with ads deleted are now available from us at Cornell Publications (see ad). Online subscriptions can be obtained by going to the Arms Heritage website. Current subscribers have access to all back issues.

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Letters from Readers

Hi Abby, Hope you are well? Does this 1924 Midland Gun Company catalogue include the Company's Standard and De-Luxe air rifles? Also, does the 1927 Midland Gun Company catalogue you have listed separately include these two air rifles? Does the catalogue list them as the "Demon" Air Rifle? With kind regards, John (Ebay)

John, I get so many requests like yours from plumb bobs to fishing lures it is hard to keep up. Also, sometimes the questions are hard to answer exactly but I try. The '24 has two grades of Diana and one of Demon. The '27 has apparently two grades of Demon and a BSA air rifle. I hope that gives you enough information to get one or the other. We reprint 14 MIDLAND GUN COMPANY catalogues in all. Thanks for all your plugs about us in various publications too! Cheers, Abby

Abby, In our drastic search for information on Savage Arms early days after the Korean War your name came up as a possible supplier of literature on Savages lawn mower division in Chicopee Falls, Ma. This type of info seems to be very scarce. Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Dave Arrighi

Sorry Dave, as drastic as your search may be, I really don't know a thing about the lawnmower division of Savage. Abby

Dear Abby, Hello there. It's been a good long while since I have purchased anything from you, but I might have come across something that I be interested in once again. In the bottom picture where the scoped rifle is shown, I'd be interested in finding out as much as I can about the it, and the type of scope and mounts that are on it. What can you describe about them for me? Thanks, James

James, Winchester 697. The scope isn't identified but it is probably listed with the mounts in the 10 or so pages they have on rifle scopes in that catalog. Comes with the rifle and the mount is described but not identified by number. Abby

Dear Abby, Hello again. I've come across this Lyman 1933 Gun Sights Catalog #21 , and I am interested in the telescopic sights that Lyman had for this year. Pictures are a must in order to properly identify the scope that are listed. Can you describe them for me in this manner? My main interest lies in the 438 with non-click adjustments. Is it in this ad? Thank you, James

Dear James, Yes, the 438 is in this catalog with clear images and options. Abby

Lyman MountAbby, Does this Lyman catalog show a Lyman sight like the picture that I just sent to you? What I'm trying to determine "at this moment" is whether it was produced "prior" to 1938. The sight actually has the white enamel(?) markings on its elevation and windage knobs like the Winchester No. 1 mounts, which makes sense, as Lyman bought their line of scopes and accessories in late 1928, however, it differs in other aspects, which also makes sense. James

James, You are really getting into an area where people buy the catalog from us to answer these sort of questions... our reason for being so to speak. But, yes that is the scope in the catalog and no it doesn't have day, month and year on the catalog, just year. Abby

Abby, You are correct in that some people will buy a catalog without having the slightest idea as to whether it has a particular item in it or not, while more prudent individuals will not. I won't. That is why I was very specific in this particular request of you, even to go so far as to take a picture of my Lyman scope mount, crop it, and make it an attachment to you, and make a written description of it. Frankly, and respectfully, I certainly do not think that I'm asking too much to find out if the picture of the Lyman mount that I sent to you, shows up in the catalog. I do fully understand, however, that some people's intentions are not good, and that you probably contend with this same sort of issue very often. That said, if the subject Lyman mount is pictured in the the 1933 Lyman catalog, then I want to make a purchase of the catalog. Sincerely, James McBroom

James, I get scores of requests for specific information each month from people who want to know about everything from plumb bobs to fishing lures in some of the 4000 old catalogs I reprint. 90 percent of them seem to think I am a reference librarian with nothing to do but to confirm their hunches. The rest seem to get angry when my limited knowledge or pictorial misinterpretation misleads them. With that in mind I can tell you the picture in the advert (Lyman '33) looks like the one you sent me but to be honest I cannot promise they are identical because that is beyond my knowledge. I understand your reluctance to not part with the $15 for the catalog and it is OK if you don't buy it. By the way, I believe the 438 was introduced in 1932 and the field model is pictured with what appears to be your mount in a different catalog we reprint. Good luck in your hunt and I'm sorry if you feel I was rude, I didn't mean to be, Abigail Mouat

Dear Abby, I have a Daisy model 188 BB Caliber pistol. Does this manual cover the tear down and components of the pistol. Because I would like to take my pistol apart to clean. Also, would like to know what and where the parts go, if I should have a problem putting it back together. - 93nison_6 (Ebay)

Dear -93, No, this is not a takedown manual, only an operators manual. Abby

Abby, You're very welcome (for my order). Being able to find odd and interesting books is an old passion of mine. I love the internet, but there's nothing like an old book to fill in the blanks. Thanks again, Jeff

Abby, The only way I can get the information I want and need is from the printed word.You have been more help to me than you can image. Thanks! Slim

Dear Abby, Hi, would you let me know if you see Aviation clothing or equipments on the catalog? Thanks, - tokyo182 (Ebay)

Dear Abby, My uncle has an Old walther PPK (made in Germany) which he had purchased in 1980. He has unfortunately lost the manual of the same. Do you have the same? How much does it cost? Thanks & REgards, JB

JB, We have a couple. You can find them under "Walther". Here is the link. Cheers, Abby

Abby, The extra Darne catalogs made my day; not only are they awfully nice in quality but full of enough useful detail to confirm manufacturing date as being in the thirties etc. Cannot thank you enough! Steve

Abby, Regarding a reader's enquiry about the a/m Basque gunmaker Jose Uriguen (El Reno) (in the last newsletter). He should post his enquiry on the Shotgun World's Spanish Gun Forum. There are some knowledgeable folks who monitor that forum daily and may be able to help. Some forum members live in Spain and have access to catalogues and information not readily available in the States. Brgds, JGD

Dear Miz Abby, All three of my books arrived in good shape. All are very nice and completely what I anticipated. I guess I have no rant. Put me down for a rave. Craig North

Thanks Craig! Abby

Abby, re: Mantons gunshop Calcutta. Perhaps you could let me know when Mantons gunshop in Calcutta was established...& "What happened to the sporting guns/rifles used by Jim Corbett - of Maneaters of Kumaon fame ?" Thank you, Kenneth Minl

Sorry Kenneth, I haven't a clue. Abby- Readers?

Dear Abby, I've received the Ithaca Hawken Catalog and left postive feedback. Makes sense to me, a reproduction catalog for a reproduction rifle! Very pleased. Thanks! R Strahan

Dear cornellpubs, Yes I was wondering if you could tell me something about these metal shells there UMC 12 gauge shotgun shells old good shape trying to get idea on the price it looks like you might have an idea. - rka19731968 (Ebay- Union Metallic Cartridge Company (UMC) 1907 Shot Shell Catalog)

Dear rka- I'm afraid I don't understand what you are asking. Abby

Dear Abby, Just received my Model 94 booklet. Just what I wanted. I have several more coming. Soon I will find out what model my Savage is, and I will be looking for that one too. I figure it is about time I got the manuals for all of my guns. Thanks again, John Day

Abby, As always, thanks for the very entertaining and informative newsletter! You hit this last one out of the park, however! I really enjoyed the videos on Bored Engineers and Fire Bombers! Best to you, Max Davis

Dear Abby, Re:Bannerman, Howdy, I'm trying to find info on a bannerman casting that is approx. 12" dia., and is made up of civil war hat insignias (cavalry, infantry and artillery) breast plate, and regulation belt plate. They were used in displays, etc. I reviewed your bannerman catalogs but could not find reference to such. I can send a picture if you wish. Thanks. Steve Scheldt

Steve, I'm very sorry but I just don't have time to do that sort of research. We get hundreds of questions about every conceivable subject but with just two of us there isn't enough time. That said, Bannerman was famous for repeating advertising and if these were things had had made up, they probably appeared in a lot of his catalogs. I'd try a couple of the early bigger ones (Bannerman 1925 or 1927). They are great reading too. Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, my son has got a bicycle gun of the 1890....been tols women used it to shot dogs but nt kill them.any more info. beverley Jennings

Dear Beverley, Stevens made the most popular Bicycle rifle. Here are links to two catalogs carrying them, Cheers, Abby:

Dear cornellpubs, Westley Richards & Co. 1812 - 1912 Centennial Catalog is there anything on the .450 Number 1 Carbine Sporting Rifle. – harkright (Ebay)

Dear hark, WR offered several rifles from 450 to 600 bore but in that catalog they called none of them "number 1". We reprint lots of WR catalogs, perhaps a different year? Check the indexes. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hi, you have this and a pp/ppk 1956 manual/catalog...whats the difference, other than the year? I am actually looking for an owners manual. Also do you have for a j p shuer & sohn suhl crl 7.65 manual, and or any information about it? Thank you – abundanceworks (Ebay)

Hello Abun…, I'm sorry, I can't get into describing the subtle differences in owners manuals from different years. We have a number of JP SAUER and Sohn publications. If you can't find them on Ebay, try our website (each has an index of contents and we would rather you buy them at the website to save us the Ebay commissions). Cheers, Abby

Good morning Abby! Greetings from Colorado! After reading this most recent newsletter I have narrowed down you must make between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000 a year with Cornell Pubs. How did I arrive at that you ask? Well, the average person would not do what you do and put up with the crazy questions for any less than that. BTW, I went through the house and on all of my keyboards the dollar sign and number 4 share the same key. I tried to find one that did not so Doris Morris did not look like a total dumbass but hence, she is...................You should have told her the price went up. A few years back I remember you building a modest, quaint addition to allow your publishing business to grow. Did Rob have any say in the addition? I ask that because after reading his "Boston" rant I am guessing you need to move the scanner and table it sits on, open a 2 inch thick steel hatch to access the hidden underground bunker in order to call him for dinner. I'm assuming you only spend Christmas and your anniversary down there with him. Remember, "for better or for worse." Seriously though, I had those same weird feelings watching the coverage of Boston. I was in total amazement at the number of soldiers. All those law enforcement and it was a citizen who in the end found him. I just got another one of my great ideas! Bring back The Honeymooners and let Jackie Gleason play Chief of Police for Boston and Art Carney can be Head of the Northeast Division of the FBI, Boston office. I do wish I collected AR15's and M-16's instead of Hopkins and Allens. With half of my H & A's not able to fire I should be able to stand them off for a few months. Have a great weekend! Curt Hopkins

Dear Curt, Let’s see, $3m a year for ten years that’s $30 million bucks! No, I think I’d be sitting on the beach in Southampton sipping a Manhattan and not perspiring in my vegetable garden in Michigan! Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Why do you find it necessary to state that you are not affiliated with a gun manufacturer? You are selling a publication dealing with bayonets, for heaven's sake. Bayonet Training 1937 - Australian Small Arms Training Manual- rev. 1941– fishingfoice (Ebay)

Dear fish…, Thank you for your kind note. Yes, that book is about bayonets and you are very perceptive to note that they are not firearms. Perhaps I should state the obvious in the ad for each of the 4000 publications we reprint and say that if the particular publication isn't about guns then we should have said Bayonet Manufacturer or Fish Hook maker or Cannon Foundry or whatever. You win that one! (The disclaimer is required by several manufacturers who have asked us to make clear we are not them). Abby

Abby & Rob..., I'm glad someone else has finally made mention of the egregious breach of the constitution that was perpetrated by our government on the people of Watertown, Mass... The "nonchalant" attitude of the media makes me believe they're prepping the people of this country for a escalation of this type of intrusion and ultimately it'll lead to a country where martial law is the "norm"... I've been screaming this to everyone who would listen, thanks for making your feeling known, you're the only other person I've found who has seemed upset by this... Regards, Bruce Rukstales

Dear Abby, I'm confused about what publication would show the year of mfr for a couple of IJ's based on serial number and how to access them. Website suggests catalogs can be downloaded, but they do not open up. Steve Kimball

Steve, We sell reprints of old gun catalogs and some books like the IJ Book by Vorisek. You can buy it at the website, we print it for you and mail it to you. There is no free download for IJ guns. Abby

Dear Abby, I have a question on some other catalogs you have listed. I am trying to find a references to a 10x52r Springer Cartridge in old ammo catalogs from the 1910-1940. It was a very limited use cartridge in Belgium and in Austria with probably some use in Germany. Specifically do the following catalogs contain a reference to it: Cartoucherie Belge 1928 Gun Ammunition Catalog, Roth 1910 Ammunition, Bratislava, Tchechoslovaquie, Roth Ammunition (Austria) 1927 Catalog, BKIW-DWM 1930 Zusammenstellung Ballistik Angaben. If they do I will want to buy them. MICHAEL DITTAMO, COL, FA

Dear Michael, I know very little about ammunition and we get so many requests for different cartridges and loads that I really cannot do that sort of research for individual items. That said, I went to an opened each of the catalogs you asked about. The first seems not to have anything like that. The first Roth has measurements in different types. For example 795/816 or 50/22. None has a name of the inventor. The later Roth has a 589 10mm 20mm 16.1g 143Fur Hulse nr. etc. The DWM seems to go from 9,5x57-28 to 515 10,75x62. At any rate if the Springer cartridge is named after a specific individual, I very much doubt it will appear in any common ammo catalog under its name. Sorry, your question is way too specific and my knowledge is way too limited to be able to help. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Ref: Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1900 Gun & Sport Catalog. Would you know if this at an ad in it for the Canvas Decoy Co. Union City, TN? - pisa_asitopa (Ebay)

Dear pisa- No I don't, however Sears did not make a practice of identifying manufacturers in their adverts. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Benjamin Air Rifles 1946 Catalog Benjamin Image

Dear cornellpubs, Does this publication have diagram/parts schematic that covers 312 rifle? -toriumi1945 (Ebay)

Dear Tor, The index with the advert indicates the 312 is included with a diagram. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Sorry, but I don't understand your answer! Is that a "yes", it does have diagram of 312 rifle, or "no", it does not have diagram of 312 rifle? - toriumi1945

Dear toriumi1945, Diagram is the same for all the air rifles listed in the ad and is depicted in the image accompanying the ad. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Your answer is less than satisfactory!!! You sound like a "ROBOT" replying with generic answers; perhaps you don't have time to look at the product pamphlet, and see if there is a diagram schematic for the model Benjamin 312. the diagram illustrated in the ad, is the Benjamin Pistol. Again, PLEASE, does this product pamphlet have a DIAGRAM for the Benjamin 312----"YES----or "NO". - toriumi1945

Dear toriumi1945, Sorry you think I’m a ROBOT! We are out at a gun show and I don’t have access to the inventory. The image shows a bolt action weapon I assume to be the rifles. If you know better don’t buy the item. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Dear Robbie...the image is a PISTOL!!! What are you doing at a gun show, if you can't tell a pistol from a rifle diagram. If you don't know what your printing, how do you expect to sell it? Perhaps you need some remedial lesson in common courtesy, as well as salesmanship. - toriumi1945

Dear Tor... Thanks for your kind and thoughtful reply. I don’t know what I would do without nice folks like you to guide me. Gosh, you are right, good for you, you picked out, all by yourself that the picture to the right is a PISTOL. How clever you are, I only wish I could have done that alone. But you know, I’ll bet, when I get back to the office, I’ll find that the diagram in the middle applies to all the Benjamin air guns, rifles and pistols combined. I could be wrong, but that is my bet. Otherwise they would have inserted another diagram in the piece... But they didn't.Thanks again for your advice, and you work on that anger management! Cheers, Abby... Robbie the robot!

Dear Abby, Thank you for the thoughtful reply, but neither of us is entirely correct. As you point out the diagram on the right is that of a PISTOL...so you win that part. The diagram in the middle is for the RIFLE....so I believe I win that part. The diagram on the left is the pump mechanism for ALL Models! My sincere apology's if my prior response's offended your delicate sensibilities, and thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to at least look at the item in question. I'm guessing that your publisher's first & foremost, and not gunsmith's or engineers; so I again apologize for expecting too much, in the way of a meaningful answer the first time around. A little less sarcasm would also help, as I was seeking advice and knowledge for a project, and not personal criticism. Do you attack all question's from customers in this manner? - toriumi1945

No tor, I'm only sarcastic to people who are impolite. On the internet using CAPITALS is considered shouting and rude as is excessive use of !!! Calling me a ROBOT is also insulting. I deal with thousands of people each year. Most are polite and respectful. Some, like you, are bombastic and aggressive so I just return the same tone. What I told you in the first place was correct. The diagrams apply to all models of air rifles and the pistol. Good day, Abby

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* INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.

At my website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, I reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but I also reprint over 160 gun catalogs from merchants that sold Remington firearms such as Sears or Abercrombie & Fitch or Spalding. Those are the listings on the right of the page.

Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time.

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* Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!

The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet.

* Why Buy Old Catalogs- originals or reprints? If you want to learn about a gun or gunmaker I applaud you, and am so happy you found my website. History is what I am working so hard to preserve by making old gun catalogs available to collectors and historians. Buy a catalog from a gunmaker of the appropriate year and you will learn a mountain of true facts about your gun- right from the maker's month, so to speak. Never again will you have to rely on hearsay or bluster.

*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look.

* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... There are two areas of concern when you make the decision to pay online with your credit card. First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. There are two clues to security. One is in the URL or site address found at the top of the browser. Normally the URL begins with http://www etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https://www. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company. By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants and, of course, while browsing, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Small shops like ours carefully enter the information at a website belonging to a financial clearing house. Others, like Costco and Walmart are connected directly but they all go on the net.

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. Be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. That is one of the reasons I like to pay with Paypal. When you do that you are giving only an email address to the company, not your credit card number (Paypal holds that information for itself only).

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

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN, has been involved in firearms restoration and appraisal since 1962.  Although Mike specializes in appraising Early American “Doubles,” side-by-side shotguns and rare rifles, he also does firearm appraisals for most American made guns.  These appraisals are frequently used to establish value for insurance, estate sales and/or resolutions and for owner’s wanting to know “what’s it worth?”  Whether one gun or an arsenal, send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

Remington Rolling Block Parts. Ssupplies reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. Kenn Womack

Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. Parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. Leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email

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


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Provenance for Your Gun

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

If you own a gun by one of dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the Griffin & Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.

Robert C. Beach,
Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Bob's Email

Website: Griffin& Howe (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

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

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