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correction- May Newsletter:

OK, so it was a Studley Brace not a Stanley Brace... mea culpa.


The Studley Tool Chest

Henry O. Studley (1838-1925) was an organ and piano maker, carpenter, and Mason who worked for the Smith Organ Co., and later for the Poole Piano Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. Born in 1838 in Lowell, Massachusetts, Studley is best known for creating the so-called Studley Tool Chest, a wall hanging tool chest which cunningly holds some 300 tools in a space that takes up about 40 by 20 inches (102 × 51 cm) of wall space when closed. Studley joined the Massachusetts Infantry at the start of the Civil War and was captured in Galveston, Texas in 1863. After the war he returned to Quincy and joined the Rural Masonic Lodge. He died in 1925 and was remembered in his obituary in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger for his remarkable tool chest, among his other achievements.

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The AC-130W Stinger II Gunship along with the J model was awesome way back when it was an AC-47 Spooky (also called Puff, the Magic Dragon) fitted out with three GAU-2/M134 miniguns during the Vietnam War, but today the Gunship is an army on its own.

In the Belly of the Monster

A Night Inside the Monster


You Gave Me a "D" in Existentialism !!!!

Fred Reed, the political and social gadfly, recently wrote an article about the dismal state of colleges that are run like businesses pandering to student whims. His commentary was titled "College Then and Now: Letter to a Bright Young Woman."

I think the article speaks for a lot of older folk who feel that the current trend of continuing high school for another four years (called "college" or the more stately term "university"), at huge expense, is silly. Anyway, I noticed in The Week Magazine a short piece that said Oberlin college students want a change. Oberlin College is or was at least, a respected liberal arts school in the midwest. Here is the but... more than 1300 of the 3000 or so undergrads, have petitioned the administrators to abolish midterms and all grades below C.

Why abolish low grades? Well, it seems the students are too busy with their protest schedules to study and grades are slipping. Because of their protests against societal injustices of one sort or another, "A lot of us started suffering academically," one student said. Reason.com also picked up the piece.

Gusty Wallihan

Gusty Wallihan

Standing over one of her many trophy mule deer, subsistence-and-sport huntress “Gusty” Wallihan appears every inch the frontier matron with her dressy bonnet, prairie-pattern cartridge belt, floral-embroidered gauntlets, hunting knife, and Remington-Hepburn rifle. Photo c1895. I wonder what Gusty would think of midterms being abolished.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus from SNL brings us the all-new Mercedes AA Class all electric car with the unique battery dump feature...



OK, so first we'll try to stretch our dollars:


If that fails we'll slide over to the liquor store and cash a check:


All because of the kids rotten father:


thanks to Dale Hilt

And the Detroit News is capable of Penetrating Insight:

"Average surface temperatures have increased by a few degrees Fahrenheit for much of the Great Lakes in recent years... The increases are mostly due to warming during the spring and summer."

Would you buy a Kindle version of our catalogs?

As we edge toward retirement the question of how to best preserve our work comes to mind. We have a friend who wants to carry on the printed versions of our catalogs and manuals but we are also considering digital versions.

Naturally PDF files pop to mind but PDFs are easily copied and posted to friends, neighbors, email "phonebooks" and every website imaginable. We refuse to make PDFs because they would depreciate all the work we've done to the level of those email jokes that are endlessly forwarded. We have worked too hard for 12 years building this collection to do that.

We admit that digital versions of our catalogs and manuals would be really useful to collectors who could store collections easily, carry them on their tablets to shows and auctions. We want to ask you if a Kindle bundle compromise might be attractive to you.

Kindle files from Amazon work on most tablets and other devices, are difficult to duplicate and they cannot be printed so that solves the PDF problem. But would the files still be useful? Would you buy them?

For makers like Winchester, for which we have a lot of material spanning 125 years, we could make Kindle books containing say 20 years of catalogs at a time. For others where we have less material, we would just bundle similar makes or types of weapons.

Would this be attractive to you? Please let us know because the work would be a huge undertaking that could span years. We would sacrifice adding some new material and it would be a very expensive new investment for us. We want to be certain it would work before we jump into the commitment and your feedback would help enormously.

Thanks, Abby and Rob

Rob Mouat

Last month I wrote about my tractor purchases over the years. One tractor had a tow-behind set of hand mowers I used as a gang mower affair. Well, lo and behold I got one of those emails titled “you may be a redneck if…” and there was a variation of my tractor. I guess some redneck stole my idea!


We had a privet hedge in front of the house that grew ever taller with the passing years. I bought a Little Wonder electric hedge trimmer that worked beautifully except that I couldn't reach the top of the hedge from the ground. I was too impatient to use a sensible step ladder and our son, Will, had not yet grown taller than I was so we had a problem. We solved it by using, that’s right, the tractor!

By then we had the Ford 1510 with the front loader. I put the 2500 watt Yamaha generator we used mainly for power failures to keep the fridge cold in the bucket, ran a cord to the back and installed the steel carrier on the rear lift with Will in the middle armed with Little Wonder. By gently backing along the hedge we were able to trim the top. It was all a bit precarious. This fellow seems to have a better idea:


Rob Mouat

Arms Heritage Magazine

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 5, All Six Issues

It's done! Volume 5 is now available from the Cornell website, just click above. I bet you can't wait!


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

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

New Books and Special Thanks

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website. Special thanks to Dennis LaVarenne, Tom Quigley and Mike Carrick for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. 1892 Reloading Equipment

Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. 1905 Reloading Equipment

Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. 1906 Reloading Equipment

Browning 1922 Slide Action .22 Rifle Patent Applications with Images

Churchill Guns (UK) History 1970s and Ads

Pedersen 1910 Slide Action High Power Rifle Patent Appl with Images

Remington 1982 Gun Catalog

Remington 1984 Gun Catalog

Smith & Wesson 1931 Gun Catalog

Stemmler 1932 Archery Essentials & Catalog

Union Hardware Co. 1887 Reloading Equipment

Union Hardware Co. c1908 (Eureka & BGI) Reloading, Whistles, Police Equip.

Union Hardware Co. c1913 (Eureka & BGI) Reloading, Whistles, Police Equip.

Weatherby 1980 Guide Catalog No. 20

Winchester-Olin 1948 Flashlights & Batteries Catalog

Manuals reproduced from the Basic Manual of Military Small Arms:

Austen (Australian) 9mm Machine Carbine Manual
Beretta Model 92 FS (92 e 98; 92 FS Compact; M Type; 96 & 96 Compact) Manual
BESA (British) 7.92mm Machine Gun Manual
Bren (British) .303 LMG Manual
Browning (Belgian) HiPower 9mm Automatic Pistol Manual
Browning (Belgian) Long 9mm Automatic Pistol Manual
Colt (British) .455 Automatic Pistol Description
Enfield .380 Pistol No. 2 Mark 1 & Mk 1 Asterisk Manual
Hotchkiss (British) .303 Light Machine Gun Manual
Lancaster (British) 9mm SMG Manual
Lewis (British) .30-06 LMG Manual
Owen (Australian) 9mm SMG Manual
PIAT Projector (British) Anti-Tank MK I Manual
Rast-Gasser (Austrian) Revolver 8mm Field Stripping
Roth-Steyr (Austrian) 8mm Pistol Manual
Schwarzlose (Austrian) 8mm Machine Gun Manual
Smith & Wesson (British) .38 Pistol No. 2 Manual
Smith & Wesson (British) .455 Revolver Description
SMLE British Army Rifles No 1 to No. 5 Manual & Description
Sten 9mm SMG Mark I, II, III & IV Manual
Steyr (Austrian) 9mm Pistol Manual
Steyr-Mannlicher (Austrian) 8mm Rifle Model 95 Vickers (British) .303 Machine Gun Manual
Webley (British) .455 Automatic Pistol Manual
Webley .455 Mark VI Pistol No. 1 Manual

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Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, I see where you list the 1926, 1931, & 1936 IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) are listed as from a "original", while 1927, 1930, & 1934 are from a "nice copy"? Which of these has the clearest, most readable text? Thanks! Russ

Russ, All the Ideal catalogs are pretty good. Those that were photocopied we cleaned as best we can. I don't think you would have any problems with any of them as we have had no complaints during the 10 years we have sold them. Cheers, Abby


Dear Allen, Daly, Charles 1965 Gun Catalog The 1965 Field Grade OU seems to have a rounded pistol grip. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Missing Blob for item 1133212, Allen

Dear Allen, I'll look for a blob. Abby

(Dear Abby) In this catalog "Union Metallic Cartridge Company (UMC) 1896 Ammunition Catalog" would there be any information about a .45 Schofield Cartridge offered with Smokeless Powder? I'm looking to document that cartridge. Thank you, John Saffran

Dear John, We get scores of question like yours each week so forgive me for asking: are you looking to document your research with something you buy from us or do you just want to know? If it is just information you want I would suggest the International Ammunition Association. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) Winchester Form #'s 247; 249; 249 & "instruncion envelope- I have the above originals. Do you have any info concerning them. Will be glad to send photos. PM Clarkson

Dear PM, We have hundreds of Winchester publications and, I suppose, each has an identification number printed somewhere, but I must confess I don't know off the top of my head which number belongs to which publication. So I am afraid I can't tell you much about your pieces from what you told me. Also, to be honest, we are not a reference library so that sort of research appeal would be better directed toward the Winchester Collector's Club members who might be better equipped to help you. Cheers, Abby

(Dear Abby) catalogo francisco sarriugarte Rfe·#631. Comments: me gustaría me mandaran el catalogo arriba indicado si se puede contra reembolso mi dirección muchas gracias, JOSE Mª SANTOS NAVARRO, SPAIN

Dear Jose, I am sorry, we don’t ship COD. Abby

Dear Wazmdoi, Please give me your address in English so I can ship your items. I have written to you twice and soon your order will expire. This is all of your address I have: 212-9, 344-0116, Japan, Abby

Dear Gordon, Sorry, we were away for a few days. Will get your order out tomorrow, sorry for the delay, Abby

Dear Abby, Everyone deserves a vacation , I hope you folks enjoyed yours . I was more worried that I was doing something wrong while trying to contact you , and I didn’t want to receive a negative feedback . I am in no big hurry for the item, and would gladly have had patience if I had known you were on vacation, sorry . Enjoy your trip , no worries here . Take Care, Gordon

Dear Abby, Hello there. I was seeing if my books have shipped yet? Ordered two. Derek

Dear Derek, We are on holiday this weekend but can tell you the mailing program sends an email to the address you used when buying when it makes the mailing label. Cheers, Abby

(Dear Abby) Ok I bought it a few days ago and haven't received anything. Except an email from paypal saying it all went through. (Derek)

(Dear Cornell) Hello. I would be interested in several copies. Can you combine orders for one shipping costs? Thanks, Shawn

Dear Shawn, Sure, glad to. Just mention it in the first one you buy and Abby will take care of it, refunding any excess. Rob

(Dear Cornell) Winchester Model 42 Complete Takedown Manual - I need a manual for the 1961 Winchester Model 42. Do you have those? (Ebay)

Dear lafaye!, The manual you selected should work just fine for you. They did not change the action until 1964 when they began using some stamped parts. Rob

(Dear Cornell) ROSS RIFLES - ALL CATALOGS I understand that one of the Ross 1913 catalogues is for the Canadian market and one for the US. Would you let me know please which one was meant for Canada, the "Early" or the "Late"? Keith Mitchell

Keith, That distinction is new to me. Both the "early" and "late" versions of the 1913 catalogue list a New York agent for the company but both have British spelling and were printed in Canada originally. The 1913 Handbooks are, of course, Canadian and for the services. If this is important to you I do know a fellow who might be cable to shed light on the subject. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Rob, Yep, I have already been in contact with Barry. It was he that said that that was the difference between the two catalogues. He said that some models weren’t sold in the US – presumably the .303 models. However, always slightly cryptic in his emails, he didn’t say which was which. I just thought you would know but I will email him again. Keith.

Keith, Send me a copy of his email and perhaps I can discern the difference. Rob

Rob, Um, I guess the simplest question is what is the difference between the two 1913 catalogues? The descriptions indicate one is a page longer. It’s the sporting rifles that are of interest to me.

I am researching an article on “The Sporting Ross Rifle in New Zealand” for a local shooting mag here in NZ. I have a couple of nice Ross sporting rifles, an M1905E and an M-10, with a nice M1905R to come. I would normally be in the “original catalogue only” brigade but my chances of finding any are remote. I do have a mate with a couple of superb examples. They were bought in new condition from the auction following the closedown of an iconic gunshop here in Dunedin, A & W McCarthy, which was in business for over 100 years – and put out their own series of excellent catalogues which are sought after – alas, I have only one. I will scan a couple of pages and send them – may be of interest to you. Believe it or not, the last owner was Cormac McCarthy (not the author) who was a noted collector as well. One of the most valuable items in the auction was the shop’s huge and impressive UMC cartridge board which I believe went to the States. There were other Kynoch and Eley boards as well. The mate with the Ross catalogues spent $1,300 that day on catalogues – and that bought him a lot!

My Mother used to say that her Grandfather, Neil Ross, used to tell her that he was a cousin of Sir Charles Ross – which is what sparked my interest. Keith.

Keith, Forgive me, but we are just now preparing to leave on holiday so I can't help you much with "what are the differences" type questions, we just don't have the time to do that, now even less. We get a dozen similar questions each day. Anyway, if money is a problem buy one of the 1913 catalogs and I'll give you the other for free then you can compare them. How is that? Cheers, Abby

Abby, I will take you up on that, thank you. I will buy another couple of catalogues to make up for it. Keith.

(Dear Cornell) Pocket Manual for Shooters and Reloaders 1964 - Ackley- Does this book have data on Ackley's wildcat cartridges(.280 Ackley improved,.280 R.C.B.S?)Thanks Jim

Dear Jim, I am not a reloader but most people buy the two more comprehensive volumes below:

(Dear Cornell) Stevens 1888 Arms & Tool Co.- was this originally put out by j stevens tool &arms also howmuch info is there on the crack-shot #16 thats my big want. was this originally put out in 1888 an is this the oldest version you have listing the crack-shot # 16 taw45 (Ebay)

Dear taw45, We get loads of questions like yours each day about the reprints of original catalogs we offer- some 5000 different catalogs in all. The problem is we can't really answer questions like "how much information is there about..." because we don't know what you want or expect... what is enough? Also, we can't do a lot of research about specific models for people. That is why we try to put a nice index with each catalog. Also, companies changed names of guns they made as advertising evolved so a "crack shot" might have been a "hunting rifle" in an earlier catalog. We reprint dozens of Stevens catalogs between 1875 and 1950 when they were absorbed into the Savage catalogs. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Cornell) Iver Johnson 1926 Revolvers and Guns Parts and Price List Catalog- Does this catalog have a schematic or detailed pictures for the Iver Johnson Double Barrel Shotgun? I see it depicted in the side schematic on the cover. I am looking for a picture of the locking bolt for the double barrel shotgun and all I can find is the side profile schematic, and it does not show the part. I would purchase if there is a picture of the locking bolt. Thanks Mike Gaubaz

Dear Michael, The image in the picture accompanying the ad is the only one associated with the DB gun they made in 1926. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Cornell) Charles Greenblatt 1965 Police Equipment Catalog- Are firearms, especially S&W handguns, listed with prices? Thanks! Knucklesl (Ebay)

Dear Knuck… Please see the index with the advertisement for the list of contents listing the S&W models in the catalog, and yes there are prices. Thanks, Rob

(Dear Cornell) I am a German Sharps owner and very interested in ordering the catalogs 1859+1864. Could you please tell me where I can buy them in Germany or can you send them to me? Thank you for your trouble, looking forward to your reply. Yours faithfully, Peter Woerner

Dear Peter, We ship to Germany often. We have many German customers. See also the German section of our reprints. Best, Rob

(Dear Cornell) Stanley Tool KIt- NOT! Kelly

(Dear Cornell) NOT A STANLEY TOOL- corvoergive

Abby,every time I see a picture of that tool chest I drool. It is actually The Studley Tool Chest. I first became aware of it on the back cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine many years ago. I don' know of any connection to Stanley, but I am sure that they would be proud to have some association. The chest is a national treasure and occasionally goes on tour. An internet search will find the whole story. Thanks for the smile. Bill Ford

Bill, Good catch- I shouldn't believe everything people tell me! I'll make the correction in the next edition. Thanks, Rob

(Dear Cornell) Found the picture of the toolkit 'Please hand me the brace' interesting. You might want to Google the image though. Not Stanley tools, but made by Henry O. Studley. Has been on display at the Smithsonian and there is a Youtube video on it. Fantastic bit of kit. Best regards, Les Thompson

Hi Les, Thanks for your note but your colleagues beat you to it. You were more polite though, some people just said "not!" Cheers, Rob

Tommy, Marbles 1907 Specialties for Sportsmen Gun & Knife Catalog- I just checked and I don't have those pages from the original scans given to me by ARTCA, sorry. So that is all there is of that catalog. I withdrew it from Ebay. Actually we've been advertising it since 2006 at $.10/mo and never sold one so it is no loss. Abby refunded your money and I am sorry that I didn't notice until you told me there were missing pages. Rob

(Dear Abby) Any catalogs on A. H. Hess & Son, Houston, Tex? Thank you. June Johnson

Dear June, I don't believe so, but if you have some you would like to lend us I would be very happy to add them to our project and return them undamaged. Cheers, Abby (Anyone else have one?)

Dear Abby, Just a note to tell you how pleased I was with the the ad of my 1904-1906 Hopkins & Allen Triple action revolver. It sold new for a staggering $9.95. I posted the ad along with a photo and history of the old gun. Awesome. Thanks Guys. Paul Roberts

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

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, we reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but we 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 we are adding more all the time.

* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... You have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally the site URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty 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!

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 or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Do you trust the company you are giving the info to?

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