Calls from the Wilds



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"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."

We have a client looking for a 1943 Stoeger Catalog. That year is fairly rare and is a re-issue of the No. 34 from 1942 so is valuable. Please let me know if you have one you want to sell.

Nifty Old Videos with Music: The Best of Times

Did you ever pump gas and look for the Chevy filler cap?

Chevy gas cap

Ever Split Cordwood?

...then you gotta get one of these

cordwood splitter

thanks to Dick Carleton

Most of our generation 50+ was

HOME SCHOOLED in many ways

1. My mother taught me


"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."


2. My mother taught me RELIGION.

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."


3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"


4. My father taught me LOGIC.

" Because I said so, that's why."


5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.

"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, You're not going to the store with me."


6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."


7. My father taught me IRONY.

"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."


8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."


9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?"


10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."


11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."


12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"


13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."


14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .

"Stop acting like your father!"


15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."


16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

"Just wait until we get home."


17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.

"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"


18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."


19. My mother taught me ESP.

"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"


20. My father taught me HUMOR.

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."


21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT

"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."


22. My mother taught me GENETICS.

"You're just like your father."


23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"


24. My mother taught me WISDOM.

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.


25. My father taught me about JUSTICE .

"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"

No matter where you lived weren't these the EXACT WORDS your parents used?

thanks to Ronald Carleton

Fun Bowling Game

(no download needed)


Unified Weapons Master Article

UMD Armor Video


Rob Mouat

RAGES- Road and Email

Martin Zale and Claud Ledbetter Against the World

Most of the time I am a pretty peaceful guy, I try to restrain myself. As I enter my dotage I’ve seen most of the things that drive young people nuts and I rarely get excited by them anymore. A few others my age, or a little younger, aren’t quite as at peace with the world as I am.

A few months ago, in broad daylight, a fellow in Howell, MI, Martin Zale, drove his truck in front of another motorist and cut the guy off. At the next stoplight, a few yards down the road, the offended motorist got out of his car and strode up to Zale who was sitting in his truck. Zale, age 69, calmly rolled down his window, took out his licensed Ruger 9mm and shot the offended guy in the face killing him where he stood. Zale was convicted of murder and awaits his fate.

The point of this story is to query what goes on in the mind of a man who would do something like that. Where did that anger come from? I think most of us have had a rush of adrenalin from things that happen on the road but I’ve never got out of my car to confront another motorist, have you? On the other hand I never shot anyone who confronted me in my car either. I may have occasionally muttered under my breath about someone, but I don’t remember bad drivers from one minute to the next, life is too short. Road rage is a silly emotion that can lead to really dangerous behavior and, if you think about it, rage is really a good thing to avoid because it can kill you. I won’t dwell on road rage because I think most of us can concede a two and a half ton car travelling at 50 miles an hour is a pretty risky tool even without a gun in the picture.

In our retirement Abby and I run Cornell Publications because we want to, not because we have to. For decades we put in our time at jobs that were occasionally tedious, and now we have a job that is fun. We take pleasure in sharing our digitally preserved old catalogs, manuals and books and we hope they will be enjoyed by generations to come. We specialize in guns because they have always been part of our lives. We own guns, we were brought up with guns and, I suppose, were taught to think of them as tools, much like a hammer or a tractor. We were taught that any one of the three, a gun, a hammer or a tractor can kill you. Care should be taken when using any tool.

Words are a kind of tool and they can be dangerous too. They may not tear the flesh but they can weaken the heart. Today there is another kind of rage afoot, email rage. We see it from time to time in what people write to us for no apparent reason. Some folks say things in emails that they would never say in person and some of what they write can be pretty rancid. The Rants section in our newsletters and at the website reveal the nature of folks we would rather not encounter personally. Fortunately for us these notes are pretty rare given the volume of email we receive.

Then, last month, we hit a new low, an email from Mr. Claude C. Ledbetter of Augusta, KS. Mr. Ledbetter is one of those angry people we all know. My late brother in law would have said Mr. Ledbetter has something under his skin just itching to get out. Mr. Ledbetter, out of the blue, wrote:

Crap printing. I bought this manual to see the exploded view of the gun. Its so damn fuzzy and cheap i cant even make out the numbers associated with the parts drawing. Way overpriced for the quality presented. Absolutely and completely disapointed with the product. Will not return and will pass my opinions on to as many collectors as possible. I am sure this will be ignored. Cc ledbetter Email

Notwithstanding the abrupt manner with which he expressed his displeasure, he was right, the exploded parts view of the $12 manual he got was not good. It was my fault for not checking the proof and his was the first one we had sold so I replied:

“Dear Cc, Despite your crude and threatening note to us, your complaint was reasonable so I printed you another copy with a larger diagram. I hope this one meets with your approval and will not result in more nasty communications from you. Rob Mouat”

That got Mr. Ledbetter really wound up and he let fly with this note. I can’t bring myself to print what he actually wrote but I am certain those of you who spent enough time in sophomore locker rooms will be able to fill in the blanks:

“You are so ignorant. Your company relies on customers and to keep customers the company must be thick skinned and do the right thing. But instead you want to take a little jab. Go **** your ignorant **** self Right in your fat Puckery *******. Just in case you missed it you ignorant ***hole. The former sentence was crude.”

Than after he calmed down a bit he decided to qualify what he wrote with this message:

“The thing is , you have spent employee time,ink,paper and postage to send me another copy even before asking me if I want it. Then insult the customers. You are a business genius. Go to the local library and check out a business 101 book. You still don't get it. I will discuss your company for years to come at every venue throughout the U.S. You are really lost. Good luck on your suicide."

I do hope that all of you readers who support what Abby and I do will speak up if this guy actually wastes his time shrieking obscenities about us at "every venue throughout the U.S.". Please, though, wait until he leaves the room lest you become a target yourself.

Now, as I said, I’m not normally an excitable person but this sort of thing is just not right. It is probably embarrassing for Mr. Ledbetter and demeaning to us and to our hobby and, presumably, this guy is armed. He is the sort of fellow that you really don’t want to confront if he cuts you off as you are motoring home from the post office. Let’s be careful out there… and with our emails too!


Arms Heritage Magazine

Samurai Arrows

Thanks partly to the existence of a rare version of iron rich sand and perhaps divine inspiration, the Japanese were able to develop a process to create and the finest steel yet produced and to craft that steel into swords that have never been rivaled. The story of the Japanese sword manufacture from the smelting of the ore to the polishing of of the blades is fascinating and well worth reading, whether or not it is a major area of your interest.

What is lesser known is the fact that those same craftsmen created arrowheads, called yajiri that were subjected to the same degree of pride and craftsmanship as were the swords. Some were crafted for battle and some for ceremonial purposes but all exhibit the amazing qualities of the sword.

The Samurai arrow was called yanone. It's shaft was bamboo that was grown in a specific area of Japan where conditions provided a perfect spacing of nodes. After curing for two or three years the shafts were ready for fletching using the tail feathers of various eagles and sea hawks. The length was over three feet. Once fitted with a yajiri, they were a work of art.

All of the specimens illustrated date to the 16th century. Amazing to realize that such craftsmanship was applied to items that were expendable in battle.

Fig 1

Illustrated above are some of the basic types. From left to right, the first two are of the willow leaf (Yanagi-Ba) pattern, next is the split point type (Karimata), sometimes called a rope cutter. The fourth item is the flesh ripper (Watakushi) with its barbs and finally the chisel pointed (Tagone-Ya) for penetrating armor.

Fig 2

When mounted on a bamboo shaft, they are quite lethal.

Arms Heritage Magazine brings arms-related subjects of all types to its pages. If you are not already a subscriber, it is very inexpensive to sign up-- only $19 per year. Remember, all current subscribers have access to all back issues (now numbering 26) as well as current and future issues. Just go to the website, Arms Heritage to sign up.

With the help of Cornell Publications all three “Annual Compendiums”, each containing all bi-monthly magazines for the year are now available in beautifully bound sets. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. All three past years are now available for purchase at Cornell and the latest year will be available soon.

Cornell Publications printed compendiums - years One through Three

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine online!

Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, Great job as ever with the newsletter. And especially enjoyed Mr. Churchill’s quotes; I have yet to find a match to his wicked wit. And I should thank you again for the great service of maintaining a library of technical and marketing literature for all of us. Julian Mendoza

Dear Rob, After reading the Newsletter. I understand completely, I am confused. Thanks for the wisdom. I look forward to your emails. Robert Avery

Hello Abby, The catalogs have arrived today. The quality is excellent and I have to thank you for your outstanding service. Regards, Manfred

Hello. The book arrived today. It is great. I will leave you positive feedback. Thanks again, Bob – rpapak (Ebay)

Dear cornellpubs, re: Bauer Firearms: What is u selling handle grips for that gun i like buy cover for handle - rcledge36 (U.S.A.)

Dear rcled... We are publishers. We do not sell parts. We print old gun catalogs and sell them. If you need parts you have to go to a parts dealer. Rob

Dear Sirs. I buy in USA a magazin from yours about the Browning 1935 Shotgun .12 GA I have one. The operating handle is broken and the breech bolt in not so good. Do you know where can I buy these parts. Have you some e-mail from the Fabrique Nationale in Belgium? I am in Uruguay - Sud America. Thanks and best regards. Nicolás Mojoli

Dear Nicolas, Please try these companies. Good luck, Rob:

Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota

Gun Parts Corporation 

Sarco Inc.

Dixie Gun Works

Hello Abby, I received the manual today. Very pleased with it, the quality is outstanding. Thank you very much; I was happy to leave you A+ feedback for the transaction. Best regards, Roy

Dear cornellpubs, You write: "New reprinted item ( but any defects in the original will be visible )". Please note them. Can I shoot with the Flobert ? Or ist it only an item to look at in exhibitions ? Yours Willfried Kurz - art..design101 (Germany)

Dear Willfried, If you are asking if we are selling a 1958 Flobert Rifle for $8.95, the answer is no. We are publishers, we reprint old gun catalogs and what you are asking about is a reprint of an old advertisement. Yours, Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, ref: Heike Hobby - Indian Artifact Catalogue c1920 (Illinois) Does this have plate 26-49? which will have Indian artifacts pictured. - rockman0_12

Dear rock... There are 11 plates but none numbered "26-49" and if you are asking if there are 24 plates individually numbered above 25, there are only a few. Rob

Dear Sir-Madam , I bought a shotgun without barrel from an antique store. I found that its Spain made but couldnt find the producer. If you help i'll be appreciated. Aytunc Menevse

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Can anyone decode the receiver codes and proof marks for Aytunc?

Dear cornellpubs, Colt Manual: Will you sell 3 for 10.00 each? - tubs21 (Ebay)

Dear tubs... Not through Ebay where we have to pay listing fees and sales commissions. Best wishes, Rob

Dear Rob, Mauser 1939 Luger (Paraellum) Manual: I was browsing your site and saw the ad for the above manual. Please be advised that if the cover photo goes with the reprint you mention, a "1939" manual, you are incorrect in your description. The manual whose cover is shown is c.1970. I was at Mauser in April 1972 and these pistols were on the production line at that time. They were made primarily for Interarms. I sold these guns in a large shop in San Francisco for years, until they were discontinued. You should correct you listing. As it is, it is (unintentionally, I am sure) misleading. John Moss

Dear John, Sure, we'll fix that and I appreciate your help. We rely on people who lend us publications for dates of things we don't know about and, I guess, this fellow was wrong! Rob

Dear Rob, I recently came into possession of several gun manufacturer retail catalogues. These are from a retired ACE Hardware owner. Do they have any value or should I add them to my fire pit kindling? Steve Martin

Hi Steve, That depends entirely on what they are. An 1872 Colt catalog could be worth many hundreds of dollars, a 2014 Remington, nothing. Cheers, Rob

Rob, The majority are early 70's and include browning, Ithaca, h&r, mossburg, colt handgun, remington, savage, winchester and one for FIE? Any questions, suggestions or ideas on how to determine their value? Thanks, Steve

Steve, Those are fairly common and are probably worth $10-20 each if they sell. If I were you and you want to profit from the sale, I would bunch them by manufacturer and sell them on Ebay or Gunbroker. They won't bring as much money but the job would be easier. If you don't want to bother with that we would be happy to have them to fill in gaps from the collection we are trying to preserve. Rob

Rob, Thank you for your help. I will be in touch if I decide avoid the " e-bay , gun broker" path. Have a great day. Steve

Comments or Questions?

email Abby and Rob

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Dear Abby, re: c1908 Claybrough catalog The item arrived today. Shipment and delivery was prompt and appreciated. I am somewhat surprised (although after reading the "fine print" it is there) that only the cover is color. I feel this is less than totally upfront. No, I am not asking to return the item, that would cost as much as the item in the beginning. Am I totally thrilled? Obviously not. Will I be a returning customer?.........well....... Ed Pauch

Ed, To paraphrase a comment perhaps incorrectly attributed to Abe Lincoln, this is a case of pleasing some of the people all of the time but not all the people all the time. Every once in a while people misread the statement that the cover is in color and infer from that that the whole catalog is. Fact is we reprint color catalogs in color and black and white catalogs in black and white. We help folks to not make the mistake of thinking that B&W is color by including a photo of an inside page with the ad for it. I don't know what else I could do to make the ad more clear. We've been selling reprints for 12 years and have had only a handful of complaints about B&W not being in color, but plenty of other gripes. Read some of these Rants and Raves.

In the case of the c1908 Claybrough catalog, the original was B&W so there isn't much we could do about that. I am sorry though that you feel you were deceived and want to remind you that you can return the piece and get your $14.95 back if you wish. We don't like unhappy customers! Cheers, Rob

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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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.

* 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 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. Abby


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" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety...

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be safe to send your card information to the company... if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


email William E Sterner Bill is certified by the American Gunsmithing Institute as an appraiser. His website for Black Shepherd Firearms Appraisal


Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. 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 selling parts for old guns...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


Abby and Rob