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What do you make of this photo?

No, look closer. It's a woman in full body paint sitting on a stump with her right leg drawn up and her left leg straight. Neat, huh?

Thanks to Jim Buchanan

These 5 Million Dollar Pistols Will Blow You Away
...Or Will They?


It’s time now for you to see what a set of $5 million pistols looks like. Crafted in the 19th century, and molded with gold and other expensive gems, the pistols indicate their owner was no doubt wealthy with a slight flair for dramatics. He sits in the bar, pistols at the ready, waiting for some ruffian to start a squabble. He finds his moment, stands up and flourishes his pistols. The crowd gasps and is blinded by the value of the metals as the trigger is pulled and time stands still... More.

"Holey" bullets claimed to go faster

Competition shooters like their bullets to fly as fast (and thus straight) as possible, and they try to keep recoil to a minimum. Italian ammunition-maker CompBullet produces a series of bullets of the same name, which are claimed to both go faster than normal ammo, and produce less recoil. The secret? The bullets have go-faster holes in them.

Available in several calibers, the copper alloy bullets have a main cavity in the base, with multiple "vents" machined into their sides. These reportedly serve several purposes. More.



This is the only Adams-Farwell automobile in existence. Made in Dubuque, Iowa between 1890 and 1913 they were unique with a five cylinder stationary crank-shaft rotary engine similar to the ones we see in WWI aircraft. What you see above are the pistons rotating around the crankshaft. Click here for the U-Tube video at Pebble Beach


The antiques dealer and collector Joseph Kindig Jr. never fired a shot with any of his hundreds of American rifles made around 1800. At his store in York, Pa., he would refuse to sell his gun inventory to buyers who seemed snobbish or ignorant. He believed that the firearms represented the first major American artistic innovation.

butstockHis guns came mainly from Pennsylvania workshops, where a single artisan made and assembled each one: the maple stocks, iron mechanisms and brass floral ornaments. Each workman’s product “contained something of his spirit and soul,” Mr. Kindig told an interviewer in the 1950s.

Mr. Kindig, who died in 1971, at 72, lined a showroom with guns. The Kentucky rifle, also known as the Pennsylvania long rifle, was Joe’s first love, and he continued acquiring in this field. Ultimately, he assembled the largest collection of long rifles in the world. In May 1955, Life magazine published its first-ever foldout, highlighting a few of Joe’s rifles. His descendants, who still run an antiques business in Pennsylvania, maintain about 450 of them in storage.

“They’re standing like soldiers, shoulder to shoulder to shoulder, all around the room,” his son Joseph Kindig III said in an interview. About 60 of them will appear in “Masterpieces of American Longrifles: The Kindig Family Collection,” an exhibition that opened May 24 at the Reading Public Museum.

Thanks to the New York Times



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Thanks to Jeff Steidle at Regress Press (auto catalog reprints)


(May 4, 1907 - April 29, 2014)

Walter Walsh at 101Colonel Walter Rudolph Walsh was an FBI agent, USMC shooting instructor and Olympic shooter. Walsh joined the FBI in 1934, serving during the Public enemy era, and was involved in several high-profile FBI cases, including the capture of Arthur Barker and the killing of Al Brady. He served in the Pacific theatre during World War II with the Marine Corps and, after a brief return to the FBI, served as a shooting instructor with the Marine Corps until his retirement in the 1970s.

A high profile shooter, Walsh won numerous tournaments within the FBI and the Marine Corps, as well as nationally, and participated in the 1948 Summer Olympics. He received awards for his marksmanship until the age of 90 and served as the coach of the Olympic shooting team. At the FBI's 100th anniversary celebration he was recognized as the oldest living former agent and noted as being a year older than the organization itself. Aside from some hearing and memory loss, he remained physically fit at his 103rd birthday and, in March 2013, became the longest-lived Olympic competitor.

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Arms Heritage Magazine

Civil War Signal Pistols

Communications in any war is extremely important. During the Civil War a formalized group , the United States Signal Corps was formed. They utilized many methods for transmitting messages over distance-- wires were laid for telegraphs, aerial man-carrying balloons were sent aloft to observe enemy positions and communicate with ground forces, signal flags were used during daylight hours and a novel system of pyrotechnic signals was devised for night time communications.


There were two systems in use, the first used a set of three different colored flares, red white and green. As the attached chart shows, by reference to a pre-arranged set of standardized messages, numerous combinations of one, two or three colors could quickly transmit line-of-sight messages at night.

The second, the Coston system used a more complex array of single or dual colored flares by which messages could be spelled out.


A future article in ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE will explore these systems in detail. Remember, ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE is a great bargain, for a measly pittance of $19 per year you get not only six issues as they are published but you have access to all past issues (now 20 in number) in the Archives section. Just go the website, ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE where you can view a sample issue and subscribe.

With the help of Cornell Publications we have produced “Annual Compendiums” of our first three years of publication. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. Dick Salzer, Publisher

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 1, All Six Issues print issue

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 2, All Six Issues print issue

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 3, All Six Issues print issue

Now available and listed below are scholarly, inexpensive, stand-alone articles as they appeared in previous issues of Arms Heritage Magazine.

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Letters from Readers

Last month we ran an article about the sale of what looked to us from the side-view photos as being a two barrelled revolver. We were quickly corrected by Horst Held, the seller of the revolver in question. From his website we were able to see a photo of the third barrel lurking in the center of the “barrel cluster”. Horst wrote, “Hello, this was sold with 3 barrels, please see (my website). Well, I thought it is Spanish made, Horst Held”

Thanks Horst, I had no image of the second, top barrel. Interesting. The stamped lettering Pistola Concaricato appears to be Italian but, of course it could have been stamped after manufacture by someone else, perhaps the military. Thanks again, Abby

Abby, Rob: I've seen that 18-shot revolver elsewhere (maybe Winant's "Arms Curiosa" - but that's out of reach just now). Look closer - it has three barrels, one centered below the upper pair, and perhaps that lever at top right of the breech was a selector for which row was activated. I don't even want to think about what our California lawmakers would make of the double-barreled autoloaders! (Though many, many years back I ran across a wild-eyed type who had welded two M1 carbines side-by-side for more firepower. I didn't stick around to see him try to fire it / them.... Will be sending off a Paypal for AH Vol. 3. Keep up the good work! Doug

Dear Abby, Very interesting, I admire your infinite patience with a twit like 'Joe Tomahawk' around walking freely in the normal world. You must at times get the feeling that you are talking to a brick wall, not a sentient being at all. I was rather fascinated by the twin barreled 9mm Auto. quite a gimmick for a collector. But it would be banned in California as it contains a total of 18 bullets. Anything over ten is a no no, but they have also banned the importation or sale of what they call repeating firearms/pistols. No one really knows what is actually legal or illegal. What was known as any 'self loader' firearm is claimed to be illegal. legislated or not. The most dangerous self loader in California is Dianne Feinstein of course, the CCW U.S. Senator. Harry

Just felt the need to thank you for these wonderful news letters. Can't even remember how or why they began but oh I so do look forward to them. The photos are always awesome and I frequently print out them and post them on a special board at work for all of the boys to enjoy . Please keep up the great work and please keep my web address current. Gary Matson

Hi Abby, Your Newsletter arrived today and is great. As usual I also went to the Original Catalogue boxes but got an OOPS message with nothing there. Please let me know when it is back available. Regards, Keithj

Keith, I will work on the original file one day but right now I think I’ll sell the leftovers on Ebay when I get a chance. Cheers, Abby

Hi, I hope you are doing fine. You probably being ask that a thousand times but do you sale individual pages of your catalogs listed? Example: Cooey firearms listed in the Levine Brothers 1925-26, is it possible to have a copy of that particular page? Best regards from Canada, Jean

Jean, Sure, we can do that but it costs a bit extra for the time, say $3.00 more than the price of the catalog. Cheers, Rob (For some reason we didn’t hear back from Jean!)

Abby, Rob; In reference to a letter (in last month's newsletter) concerning "LEADER" 1901 primed empties. These are Winchester shells sold for loading by individuals or small loading companies. The 1901 is not a date, as many think, but a code to indicate the shells were not loaded by Winchester. Mike, Hampton, VA.

(in last month's newsletter) Hi, I'm looking for information on the .22-20 Harwood Hornet. It is my understanding that some info appeared in an 1893 Ideal circular, also in an 1894 Ideal publication (Ideal c1894 Mfg. Co. Handbook of Useful Information No. 5?). The only other reference I've heard of was in a 1895 Fishing and Shooting magazine. Do you have any of these items in your huge inventory that have info on the .22-20 Harwood Hornet. Regards, Ed (Ebay)

Dear Abby, Rob: The .22-20 Harwood Hornet was real, and the Ideal Manufacturing Co. did make tong tools for loading it. Here is the Ideal Handbook No. 5 (1894), p. 74 reference, in an ad in the back posted by Reuben Harwood:

and a photo of an example of the cartridge (l.) from another collector alongside the parent Stevens .25 - 20 Single-shot cartridge (not to be confused with the shorter, fatter .25-20 WCF):

and two views of an original Ideal No. 3 tong-type loading tool in this caliber that was briefly in my possession awhile back:

probably a special-order item, as it is not shown in the Ideal tool lists from that period. I do not have any other references to this cartridge in my files.

Doug Elliott


Dear Abby, My apologies for not replying sooner to thank you for the prompt delivery of the Winchester 1871 catalogue that I ordered. What is so interesting about this catalogue, and my reason for purchasing it, is the inclusion of a detailed report including diagrams of groups shot out to 1,000 paces, from the Winchester Model 1866 Musket, which was written up by the Swiss Federal Rifle Commission on this Model, as tested by their rifle committee. For any collector who has one of these early 1866 Muskets, a copy of this Winchester 1871 catalogue would be a welcome addition to their reference library.

Secondly, some time ago, I purchased from you, a copy of ''Rifled Infantry Arms: A Brief Description of the Modern System of Small Arms as adopted by The Various European Armies'' by J. Schon, 1855; (English translation). This report contains a wealth of information on the rifles used by all the various European nations of that time, including rifling systems, projectile designs, and chamber systems. It's one of the best reference publications relating to rifles of the mid-1850's that I have ever come across for the price of this reprint, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to collectors, or shooters who have rifles of this period, who seek original information, Best wishes, Ray McMahon, Australia.

Dear Abby, I have a copy of "In the Gunroom" by Major Sir Gerald Burrard. Please let me know if you are interested in reprinting. Cheers, Herb

Dear Herb, Yes, certainly, that is a worthy book to add to our collection and we would appreciate the opportunity to copy it. Please send it to Cornell Publications, PO Box 214, Brighton, MI 48116 and insure it for some amount to discourage the PO from losing it. I'll return it promptly the same way. Thanks for thinking of us. Would you like a copy of the book for yourself? Best, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, this manual isn't the one I was looking for, but i'll keep it, I need one speer or remmington, that gives start loads and max loads, for several powders and specks out to 500 yds, - 304cole (Ebay)

Dear 304, I am not a reloader so I am afraid I need a bit more information about what you need. Please let me know in detail about the cartridge(s) you are working with and what you want to do. Best, Abby


Dear 304… OK, as we said before we are not reloaders but I can tell you that we do reprint two Speer reloading handbooks from the 70s. I'll paste links below. each has a page from inside the book and if you click on the image it will show larger. I hope that helps you recognize which one you had. I don't know what a starting load pressure is but looking at the page of the 270 it does not mention that- has velocity etc. Perhaps in a different section? Abby

Dear Abby, I just received the 2 Lyman Cast Bullet Handbooks.....Fantastic. I'm so glad I found your site. I see a long and pleasant relationship in our future. John

Dear cornellpubs, I am very much interested in the purchase of this Lefever Arms Co. 1889.. I have a Lefever double barrel that I am restoring and I am seeking parts breakdown and assembly drawings for it.. The serial number is 25314...and I think that it was built in 1893 or 1894... accordingly could you please advise me if this publication will cover my needs... If not.. do you have another publication that might be helpful for my needs... I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION ..!!!... KAT1- agkat1 (Ebay)

Dear Agkat... We reprint several old Lefever catalogs including a couple that may help you. Back then, however, companies had not yet thought of using an "exploded" parts view so we do not have that nor did they give detailed written instructions. What they did do was print "cut-away" drawings in their catalogs and I believe the 1892 or 1904-5 reprint we do will do the job for you. One source for serial numbers gives your gun as 1897ish rather than the earlier date you mentioned. A link to that site is on our website. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear Cornellpubs, Booby Traps: So this is an illegal copy? Just asking. Doug V (Ebay)

Dear Doug, No, it is a reprint of a non-copyright restricted document that has been de-restricted by time. If you are asking because you missed the fact that it is a reprint in the advertisement and thought it was an original I will be happy to refund your purchase, just let me know. Best, Abby

Dear Cornellpubs, No, you can send it. Some people get disks that has 3000 manuals, and print stuff and call it an original. I like clean manuals with all pages, not selected pages. Doug V

Dear Doug, This is a "reasonable facsimile" taken directly from an original, not a photocopy. However, it is not perfect, it is a good copy. Below I will print what I say about "quality" in each Ebay advertisement (in case you missed it). Please note that we offer a 100% money back guarantee so you should be covered. Best, Abby

Dear Cornellpubs, Ok, I'll take a chance on you. Go ahead and send it. Thanks for letting me know. Doug V

Dear Cornellpubs, Got your Manuel today. Nice copy. I left you positive feedback. But your binding could use some work. By the way, the book is for one Booby trap device only. Your listing may lead others to think its about many traps, not just the one trap. Doug V

(Booby Trap - Mine Warfare 1967 - Australian -Manual Tough way to make $12… Abby)

Dear cornellpubs, I can see that this catalog LISTING IS WRONG. Garcia Sporting Arms volume FIVE is a 1972 catalog. Who did your research? Kind regards Gregory Kozak. - evilkozak

Dear cornellpubs, I see this listing is WRONG also. I suppose anyone can make a mistake. Garcia Sporting Arms volume SIX is a 1973 catalog. Kind regards, Gregory Kozak. - evilkozak

Dear cornellpubs, I see this listing is WRONG AS WELL. Please note that Garcia did not have a Sporting Arms catalog in 1967. 1968 was their first year for Sporting Arms. Garcia Sporting Arms volume FOUR is a 1971 catalog. Kind regards, Gregory Kozak. – evilkozak (Ebay)

Dear Gregory, Thanks so much for your help with the GARCIA - ALL CATALOGS AND MANUALS . As you may know we have scanned and reprinted over 5000 old gun and sporting goods catalogs in our efforts to preserve them for the next generation. When a catalog is undated we rely on the person who lent it to us to help with the date. If he is uncertain we list the catalog a c19?? (the "c" is for circa meaning about). Anyway we were wrong with the Garcias and appreciate your help. I am re-dating them now. We do have two more that may also be wrong and I would be grateful if you would look at them and tell me if you know the correct dates. they can be found at: Cheers, Abby

May 21, 2014 Hi I have already ordered paid and not received this Browning c1950s FN Trombone Rifle .22 Manual-Catalog item on the 15th January 2014. I have tried to contact you and have heard nothing. Where is my manual or my money. I will contact ebay. Please send this item or I will enter a dispute with you. Regards MyronT1, Queensland, Australia (Ebay)

May 21, 2014 Myron, Back up. Before you can complain to Ebay you have to pay for the item, then we will send it to you. Abby

May 22, 2014 Dear cornellpubs, I will be sending payment of $14.95 via Credit Cards shortly. Thank You, myront1

Dear cornellpubs, Does this manual (Mossberg 1946 Gun Component Parts Catalog & Gun Chronology) have info on disassembly of these general guns? - dougb7903 (Ebay)

Dear dougb... No, it is a parts book with flat plan views of the parts, not exploded parts views. The latter did not come into general use until well after WWII. Best, Abby

Dear Abby, I have your 1911 ALFA and 1939 Stoegers and they are great references. Q: Can you recommend a general catalog with all major makes and models sometime in between, 1925-1929, say? If you tell me to go through your entire list, that will be OK, but it might be a while before that led to an order. Jim

Jim, "All major makes" is a pretty big order but I can give you some suggestions, most of these carry brands from the US and Europe:





VON LENGERKE (Detmold & Antoine) - NY - ALL CATALOGS

WUM 1932 (German- Eng, Fr, Sp, & Ger Text) Gun & Sports Catalog

Best, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, We are in China and mailing catalogs here is not practical as we have asked you about doing it before. All I need are the numerous Redfield catalog pages describing and picturing the 3/4" inch dia. tube 4X Redfield Westerner and Sportster small size scopes only. I don't know how many catalogs they appeared in? Scan and send in PDF is fine. Not other info. or pages needed. Can you oblige and how much? I can send payment via Paypal if reasonable. Cheers Don Grube

Don, Thanks for your note. We do ship to China so I am not certain what you are saying about our previous contacts. We can do research to extract information from our catalogs but it is expensive at $100 an hour but that service cannot be bought through Ebay, it is available by special request through our website. To do the research it would be helpful to know the era of the subject item. On Ebay we only sell complete, paper catalog reprints mailed by USPS post. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, You seem to give the same push back as the girl we communicated with about 2 months ago that said she would get back with us and tell how much to ship a Redfield catalog to China. She lied and never did it. How many Redfield Scope catalogs do you have between 1965 and 1998?. I don't think you have them all. It would only take a few minutes to thumb through the stack and find the 3/4" 4X Westerner and 3/4" 4X Sportster scope pages and set aside. It will only be on one page. Tell me how many catalogs have the scope described that we are looking for. If your 're too busy or too lazy to help please disregard this message. I can try coming in thru your web site like I did before or you can forward to said girl that I don't remember the name of but I bet you can find her. - gru-bee

Dear gru-bee, The "said girl" of your note is my wife of 45 years and accusing her of lying is in ineffective way to persuade me to do you a favor. Consequently, you may write us off as "too lazy" to be of much help to you. Rob

Dear Cornellpubs, I recently ordered from you a document called Manurhin c1972 MR73 Revolvers & Manual. I just received a different document, which is some sort of treatise by Manurhin on 50 cal. ammunition. I do not want this, but I really would like to receive the MR 73 manual that I ordered. What should I do to receive the correct document? Thanks! Christopher

Dear Christopher, My fault, I pushed the wrong button, will send the correct one, my apologies. Rob

Dear Abby, Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook 3rd Edition, Understand you have the 3rd edition available. I've only been able to get to the 1st and 2nd on line. I'd like to order the 3rd. thanks, Stu

Hi Stu, Sure, you can order it by following this link (just click on it and it will take you to the right webpage). You can buy it there. Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby, I received my manual today, in perfect condition. Thank You! Jeff Rivard

Abby: Received the two new catalogs today; superior quality and usual. Thanks again! Tim

Hi Abby, Thank you for printing hard copies of the Arms Heritage magazine. I have a Krider pistol as in Mike Caricks section in the Volume 3 June issue. Regards, Jerry

Dear Abby, Guardian 25 cal auto, we have a hawes firearm the model is a 230 25 cal 41/2" chrome plate, Cannot find out anything about it serial Number 097397. Rickie

Dear Rickie, Your pistol seems to have been made earlier than either of the two Hawes catalogs we carry. The lowest model number in the 1969 catalog is in the 300 range. Best, Abby

Dear Sirs, i have an catalogue of 1933-34/abdoolaly noorbhoy&sons original catalogue of india and spencer and co catalogue. I am a simple person! I demand a price of just 3lakhs for this whole catalogue,i will give u this whole original package and don't print it in any form! Arunrajan

Dear Arunrajan, I understand that 3lakhs works out to about $5000.00US and that is a bit dear for us. Thanks anyway. Rob

yawara stickHi, Rob, I had mentioned to you that F. A. Matsuyama had published a small instructional manual on the Yawara stick for police. From what I can tell from the files I can find, it appears that it was privately printed (staple-stitched), and the George F. Cake Company is listed as the distributor. Copies of the original manual come up from time to time on eBay. (The last time one came up for auction there, I was asleep at the wheel.) I'm the type who likes to hold a book in my hands, so if someone were to produce a decent reproduction of this manual at a reasonable price, I would buy one. I imagine there are a number of people like me, who are not collectors, but who simply would like to have the information. My interest in the Yawara stick prompted me to purchase your George F. Cake catalog. I'm curious to see what the Yawara stick and manual sold for in the 1960s, what similar devices were offered for sale, and old catalogs in general are just neat, the way advertisements are the most interesting part of old magazines.

In any case, there are lots of old manuals in the self-defense/martial-arts/weapons-instruction category that might find an enthusiastic (though limited) audience. For example, I have a staple-stitched booklet (64 pages) titled The First Book on the Kashi-No-Bo Technique: The Unbeatable Method of Stick-Fighting for Self-Defense, written by Claude St. Denise. It was produced in 1964, and appears to have been privately printed. On the title page there is a sticker that reads "Wehman, Bros., Publishers and Distributors, Hackensack, N. J." As I recall, I paid nearly $30 for it from an internet auction site. The book is basically a manual to show you how to defend yourself with a 7-inch length of wooden dowel. Apart from my interest in the Yawara stick, the reason I bought it is because I remember the book from my childhood. I never saw the book, but I remember the full-page magazine ad for it. I seem to remember it appearing in comic books (where many such books for the martial arts were sold in that era), but it may have appeared in one or more of the mens' magazines such as Argosy or True. I found the original ad on-line, but it doesn't specify in what magazine it appeared yat

The ad is hilarious and over the top, but also a minor masterpiece of direct marketing. I remember having seen the ad running for years and years, which tells me it was successful. In many ways, the ad is much more interesting than the booklet, which is fairly straightforward. It appears that Claude St. Denise had attempted to write a serious self-defense manual. If the ads to sell it had been so serious, I doubt they would've sold very many of them. I bought the booklet from the internet to satisfy the curiosity of the child who was intrigued by the ads.

I don't know how old you are, but you may remember the ads for Yubiwaza. Those did appear in comic books. Apparently the man behind them was a legitimate martial arts instructor who was talked into writing a full-length book on jujitsu finger techniques by one of his students, who happened to be a publisher. The book was pared down into a 14-page pamphlet and sold through comic books, and the author spent the rest of his life trying to live it down.


By the way, I received the Yawara stick from Craig today. It's in absolutely perfect condition. It belongs in a museum, but first I need to have it for a while. Take care Rob, and thanks again. I look forward to reading over the George F. Cake catalog. Sincerely, George Roberts

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Readers: Catchme248 is an Ebay account we use to sell original catalogs so as not to confuse buyers of reprints from Cornellpubs on Ebay. "Kathirish" (Ebay) bought an original Iver Johnson catalog from us through the Catchme248 Ebay account and had some trouble paying for it because our email address was old on Ebay. We fixed it the same day, he paid and as a gift for his trouble we sent him a free book by Joe Vorisek about Iver Johnson along with a free scratch pad a brochure. No good deed goes unpunished.

"Dear catchme248, I contacted Paypal and the issue is on your end. They said that you probably have an old email address linked to your paypal account and need to update it with your new one. They said if you would call them they would help you. David        - Kathirish (Ebay)"

Dear David, How embarrassing. You were quite correct and the long dormant Paypal account did indeed have the wrong address attached.  However, after an hour on the phone with someone very far away who spoke little English we managed to get it straightened out (they wanted a bank number to verify our account from a bank that was absorbed by another bank several years ago- all that to change an email address). Anyway, we got your payment, thank you, and will send the package tomorrow. I'm sorry for the delay but at our age we more move slowly than we used to. Cheers, Rob

Dear catchme248, I feel deceived, I don't know if I got an original publication or a reprint from Cornell Publications. What excuse am I going to get this time? In addition to what I purchased (maybe?) I received an advertising packet from Cornell Publications - 1) One Old Gun Catalogs Reprints 1850-1985 catalog & price list, 2) A Short Illustrated History of the Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works (sample copy) & 3) Cornell Publications note pad. The envelope I received was address form Cornell Publications. I thought I was purchasing the Iver Johnson booklet from you, an elderly person who was having issues with learning how to sell on Ebay and who was not familiar with how to keep their paypal updated. Right now I feel like I was duped! Sincerely, David Reiss

David, Good grief, deceived, duped why would you use such language? We have a lot better things to do than to dupe you or deceive you in any way! In addition to the original small Iver Johnson catalog/history you bought the package contained the items you mentioned. We gave you a free copy of a book we reprint by Joe Vorisek because we thought you might appreciate the gesture of the gift, we apologize. We included a list of what we reprint, we apologize. We included a free pad of paper, we apologize. Oh yes, we sold the darn originals through an Ebay account we had not used for a couple of years so as not to confuse our buyers of reprints which we sell by the thousands. The account apparently had an expired email address, I apologize. Although we may be old, we are neither stupid nor inept. Rob Mouat

Dear catchme248, My language as you call it, I say choice of words, only reflects how I feel. I never used the word stupid, that was your choice, but what did you think would happen when when you advertise the selling if a vintage publication and then ship it from the address of a business that reprints vintage publications, put reprinted material in the same envelope along with a catalog advertising reprinted vintage publications for sale. You don't think that might put some doubt in the mind of the buyer, especially when you add the fact that you make no mention of the fact that you are going to do so ahead of time and put no explanation in the package of why there is added material. Chew on that for a while and also reflect on the tone of your previous response. It that good customer service? David Reiss

David,  I really don’t understand you attitude or your anger. Sure, we goofed with the Paypal email address, but anyone could have done that. By way of apology Abby sent you a couple of free gifts she thought you might like. We sold the originals from a different Ebay account specifically because we didn’t want to confuse buyers at Ebay and, in fact, Ebay suggested we do that several years ago when an incident occurred (a guy who had bought an original, later bought a reprint thinking it was an original and became enraged at our “deceptive” practices). The separate account helps prevent that from happening. You got what you paid for, along with a couple of free gifts and you are still mad. Why? What did we do to deserve a negative feedback. Is that fair? Rob Mouat

Dear catchme248, I am not angry or have an attitude. I get it, but you really don't. I am done talking to you because your "hardheadedness" is keeping you from getting the point. You did it again, you mixed two conflicting businesses together, and just don't get it! I am done with you. Don't contact me again. David Reiss

Readers, This charming gentleman gave us a negative feedback at Ebay. Fortunately Ebay removed the negative from the account because there was no reason for him to have given it to us.

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

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

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* Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog I use my book scanner. The catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This puts much less stress on the spine.

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

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