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July 2008 Newsletter
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        In This Issue:

              1. Telephone Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Charleton Heston's Gun Collection?
              4. Provenance for Your Gun
              5. Double Gun Classics Magazine
              6. Original Publications for sale
              7. Rants and Raves
              8. Published Reviews of our Work
              9. Miscellaneous

Telephone Calls from the Wilds:Calls from the Wilds Image

I get several orders each month, from any of the three auction sites I use to advertise my reprints, with a big problem- the purchaser's address is incorrect. Usually, I first learn about this when I receive an indignant and generally unflattering email from the customer informing me that the catalog they ordered on such and such and paid for on blah blah is still not in their hot little hands and how could I yatta yatta!

My first response is to say the package was mailed on a certain date to, and I list the address I was given by the auction site or Paypal. Then comes another indignant and scornful note telling me the address was where they lived five years ago and demanding I immediately explain why I shipped to that address. Duh! Somehow the customer rarely realizes that I could not possibly know his old address without some help. Oh yes, then there are the guys who list a false address for reasons that escape me. I suppose paranoia enters into that scenario.

Anyway, please check your address to make certain it is current on all sites where you might order something. It will save a lot of trouble and anxiety. Abby


If the Comcast advert partially covers the newsletter,

Click this link to go to the newsletter online... Sorry, Abby

New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text):

I've had some generous folks lend me catalogs to copy and among them is Gerard Doneski who sent me a huge box of mainly European catalogs all of which I added to the collection in June (I still have many hundreds of yet to be processed catalogs in my files but I have been trying to keep up to date with incoming loans). Gerard sent me an Armas EGO c1975 , Armas Garbi 1975 , BRNO Arms c1975 , Classic Doubles c1975 , Excel Arms of America 1985 , Ferlach Guild 1982 , F.lli Gamba 1981 , Gnali Graziano 1968 , Merkel Doppelflinten c1985 , SAB Renato Gamba c1985 , Manufrance Series 80 c1983 , Merkel Doppelflinten c1985 . Not only that, Sylvain Benoit sent us an important Tradewinds (Mauser-Husqvarna) 1967 ,

Dick Steppler found a rare c1958 Hy Hunter Catalog featuring Frontier Colts , but the interesting thing is that someone spent the time to put the date of each gun under its' picture. There are 162 Colts featured and each has a year. Terry Jeffers found an extraordinary c1908 Maher & Grosh Cutlery catalog from Toledo, Ohio. Along with a gun section there are also auto opening knives for you switchblade collectors. For cartridge collectors, Troy Griseta sent us a Medicus Cartridges No. 3 c1955 and my dear friend Doug Elliott sent the last three Ideals to complete the collection from No. 1 in 1891 through Ideal/Lyman No. 39 in 1953. To finish off Doug sent Ideal No. 33 1939 , Ideal No. 34 (which ran from 1941 until 1947- all the same catalog during the war, although I can make a copy with whichever date you prefer. Click Here for all Ideal/Lyman reloading catalogs .) and Ideal No. 38 1951 . Doug also threw in a Scholtz- Brisbane, Australia 1938 Guns & Accessories it is very nice to have another Australian catalog, I haven't seen too many.

John Lee loaned me a nice Stemmler Archery 1964 for archery buffs and from my own inventory I found a old Star Submachine Gun Model Z-70 Manual plus a Walther Olympia Model OSP Manual .

Finally, and this is awkward, someone sent me .pdf files of the Defense Intelligence Agency (unclassified) Ammunition Identification Guides. There are two of them <15mm Vol 1 and >15mm Vol 2. This all had to do with the police request for help identifying military ammunition and I am extremely embarrassed to admit I lost the name of the very kind and generous fellow who sent me the files. Sir, if you read this, please send me a note so I can fix the oversight. email: abbybooks@comcast.net

By the way, our indexes are not alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I figure out how to alphabetize them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers). :-) Abby

Charleton Heston's Gun Collection- Talk about securing your weapons (but they weren't his!) :

According to the message attached to these pictures, which circulates via email and has also been posted to a number of firearms related forums and blogs, the attached photographs show a massive gun collection stored in the basement of a house owned by the late actor Charlton Heston.

Although the photographs themselves are genuine, many commentators have pointed out that the gun collection actually belonged to the late Bruce Stern, rather than Charlton Heston. Mr Stern was a lifelong military and gun collector. An attorney and Vietnam veteran, he was involved in a number of military and firearms related organizations. He was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Board of Directors. Mr Stern passed away in July, 2007.

The Stern gun collection became famous among firearms enthusiasts. A portion of the extensive collection was auctioned off in March 2008 by James D. Julia Auctioneers. The auction, which included firearms from other collections as well as Stern's, raised a record-breaking $12.7 million. Photographs of items from the Stern collection are available on the Julia Auctions website. Another part of the Stern collection is set to be auctioned in October, 2008.

Although the gun collection featured in the photographs did not belong to Charlton Heston, the late actor was a passionate gun rights supporter and served as president and spokesman of the NRA from 1998 until 2003. He died in April 2008.

Misidentification of ownership aside, these photographs certainly reveal a truly remarkable collection.

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!

Buster Crabbe , or Greer Garson or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by VonLengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

If you own a gun by one of these makers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the G&H website:

A&F, Baker, Bayard, Boss, Britte, Browning, BSA, Cashmore, Churchill, Crescent, Defourney, Dumoulin, Folsom, Fox, Francotte, Fred Adolph, GE Lewis, Gibbs, Greener, Greifelt, Griffin & Howe, Harpoon Guns, Henry Atkin, Hoffman Arms, Holland & Holland, Hollenbeck, Hollis, Bentley & Playfair, Ithaca, Iver Johnson, Jaeger, Jeffery, Kimball 20th Century, Krieghoff, Lancaster, Lang, LC Smith, Lefever, Leonard, Liege, Luck, Mahillon, Mannlicher-Schoenauer, Marlin, Martini, Mauser, Meffert, Merkel, Nimrod, Ogden Smith & Hussey, Owen Parker, Purdey, Remington, Remo Gehr, Rheinmetall, Rigby, Sauer, Savage, Schmidt & Haberman, Sedgley, Seymour Griffin, Simson, Springer, Springfield, Stephen Grant, Stoeger, Syracuse, Thieme & Schlegelmilch, Thompson, Tolley, Venus Waffen Werk, W&C Scott, Walther, Webley & Scott, Westley Richards, Winchester, Woodward.

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Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Double Gun Classics Magazine

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If you have yet to take a look at DGC, please do so now. This fine magazine is filled with interesting articles, hints, reviews and visits to some of the most fascinating places around. And now you can buy bound printed copies of all issues from Cornell Publications!

You can look before you buy because many issues are available in "trial size" pdf downloads from my website.

Just follow this link to take a gander: Check them out!



Original Publications for sale:

Because of events this month I did not get to the offering of original catalogs. Pardon me, but I will try to do better in June, although to be honest I probably won't get to it until fall because the garden is just starting and it is late in the season for me. Anyway, if you are interested in the hundreds of originals I have in boxes, please sign up for the newsletter announcing the sales. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: eightbore@comcast.net. And many thanks to all of you who signed up already! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

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This month's winner is: I ASKED TO "REMOVE" ONE MORE TIME TO THIS MAIL: oldguncatalogs@... IS ALLREADY THE THIRD TIME!!!! DON'T BE PESTER WHEN I CALL YOU SPAMMER THIS TIME, CAUSE SPAMMER YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kampa ...... For the rest of this story, go to: RAVES and RANTS

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Reviews of our work: During the last few years many wonderful editors, among them Rudi Prusok, Holt Bodinson, Mike Carrick, Vic Venters, Ross Seyfreid, Paul Milligan and Jas Van Driel, have taken the time and opportunity to write about my project. The latest comments may be read in Gun Digest 2008 by John Campbell and in the NRA publication Shooting Illustrated for March 2008 by Rick Hacker. Thanks so much guys! By clicking on the link above you can go to the page where all the article may be read and I did fix the faulty links. :-) Abby -

Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with Firefox

Old Newsletters are available online:

If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the help button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

Facts about some of my recent reprints:

I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies.

INDEXES for Every Catalog...

Every catalog we offer has an index at the bottom of the page or in the case of new listings on the right. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms as well as our website have indexes (I appreciate purchases at the website where we don't have to pay listing fees or sales commissions... shipping is cheaper for you as well!)

Must Read:

If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.


Ammunition Identification Guide 1985 (DIA) <15mm Vol 1 June 2008
Ammunition Identification Guide 1989 (DIA) >15mm Vol 2 June 2008
Armas EGO c1975 June 2008
Armas Garbi 1975 June 2008
BRNO Arms c1975 June 2008
Classic Doubles c1975 June 2008
Excel Arms of America 1985 Imported Gun Catalog June 2008
F.lli Gamba 1981 June 2008
Ferlach Guild 1982 June 2008
Gnali Graziano 1968 June 2008
Hy Hunter c1958 Frontier Colts June 2008
Ideal No. 33 1939 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1940 (all Ideal No. 34 catalogs are identical) June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1941 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1942 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1943 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1944 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1945 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1946 June 2008
Ideal No. 34 1947 June 2008
Ideal No. 38 1951 June 2008
Maher & Grosh (Toledo) c1908 Knives, Guns etc . June 2008
Manufrance Series 80 c1983 June 2008
Medicus Cartridges No. 3 c1955 June 2008
Merkel Doppelflinten c1985 June 2008
SAB Renato Gamba c1985 June 2008
Scholtz- Brisbane, Australia 1938 Guns & Accessories June 2008
Star Submachine Gun Model Z-70 Manual June 2008
Stemmler Archery 1964 June 2008
Tradewinds (Mauser-Husqvarna) 1967 June 2008
Walther Olympia Model OSP Manual June 2008

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