Calls from the Wilds


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* I read with a little sadness that Marlin is closing its North Haven, Connecticut plant next year. Marlin is owned by The Freedom Group which also owns Remington. The company has not yet announced where Marlin might reemerge, perhaps Ilion, New York near Remington? We can only hope.

Marlin was founded in 1870 by John M. Marlin who had worked for Colt in Hartford during the Civil War. Frank Kenna bought Marlin in 1924 and the family ran the company until its sale to Remington in 2007. Remington was sold to the Freedom Group in 2008 according to the Hartford Courant. The Freedom Group also owns Bushmaster, DPMS/Panther Arms, H&R, Dakota Arms, Parker,  AAC, Barnes Bullets, EOTAC and Mountain Khakis.

But wait a moment. In this market that isn't the whole story. Remember Cerberus, the secretive company that bought Chrysler from Daimler Benz before the bankruptcy? Well, Cerberus is headquartered in Amsterdam and owns 94.5% of Freedom Arms which had sales of over a billion dollars last year. The company sold 1.1 million long guns and 2 billion rounds of ammo.

Cerberus displayed some questionable judgment with their investments in Chrysler and GMAC so we can only hope their track record improves. They have a lot of eggs in one basket called Freedom Arms. What happens to these venerable companies if Cerberus becomes distracted for some reason?

* I had a problem with printer drivers last month. My new computer running Windows 7 required updated printer drivers which I dutifully installed. Unfortunately, the drivers failed to discern the difference between landscape and portrait documents resulting in every other page of some catalogs to be printed upside down. If you got one of those, please let me know so I can replace it- for free, of course.

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Stoeger 1950 - The Shooter's Bible #41 Gun Catalog


As promised, or threatened, depending on your point of view, we begin a journey, touching from time to time some of the individual catalogs that Abby offers. It is difficult to know where to begin, among the thousands, but I wanted to start with one that illustrates the immense theme. I chose the No. 41 Stoeger, The Shooter’s Bible from 1950. It is as old as many of us, but not ancient. Many of the items within can still be found and are owned by many American shooters and collectors. And yet the spectrum within a Stoeger, in a way, illustrates what it meant to be an American and a shooter in the day.

As we begin to peruse the more than 500 pages of information and things to buy we see an article by Jack O’Connor, How to Sight Your Rifle. The thing that jumps out at me is the inverted “T” target, the very kind I use today and that was used by the English in the 1800s. Beyond there is sound, basic information on how to zero an iron-sighted rifle, something lost on most shooters today. Flipping a few pages finds four pages of Weaver scopes, with among other things the lovely little J-4, with its ¾-inch tube and a cost of $27. At the same time we see the Lyman Alaskan for $60 and a 2” Unertl for $125. It is interesting to see that the grand Pre-64 Model 70 rifle would only cost you $109. In an earlier edition we find Zeiss scopes ranging in price from $36 to $94 and perhaps more unusual are illustrations showing how to use the big 3-post German reticules as rangefinders!  And to round out the service you could buy a Griffin & Howe double lever scope mount, and have Stoeger fit it to your rifle. 

In the land of ammunition we see two full pages of various .22 rimfire ammunition. Moving from an extraordinary selection of ordinary rimfire ammunition we find cartridges from the road less traveled. How about Peters .45 Auto shot cartridges or Kynoch .600 Nitro Solids (noted as being in limited supply for $90 per hundred), which is about what a single round will fetch today!

The Smith & Wesson revolvers are fun. Things like the grand old 1926 Target .44 Specials are right there for the buying at $77, or you could get the incredible, “The Most Powerful Handgun Ever Made,” The S & W .357 MAGNUM” for $100!

1950 is just after the end of WWII and we see an interesting availability; Lugers! “Because of the impossibility of obtaining new Lugers, we have undertaken to supply selected used genuine Lugers.” They ranged from Grade 1 to Grade 4. The “1” was virtually as new for $75. Grade 4 were “War Trophies; not checked, sold as is.” $25.

If that is too ordinary, you could get a Mossberg MO-SKEET-O. These were miniature shotguns (with “Patented” bores) that fired .22 rimfire shotshells. In addition to the guns you could get the miniature trap and clay targets. The testimonial says the Royal Canadian Air Force used these to train Air Cadets during the war.

Another page has handgun grips for various Colt and Smith & Wessons in Pearl, Ivory and Stag. You could get Pearl or Ivory for your Colt Single Action Army for $18, the carved steer hear or eagle were $5.50 extra. It is no wonder that we see so many vintage revolvers with fancy grips . . . that were not fitted at the factory. 

You could get a variety of reloading equipment, bullet moulds, primers and powder. To illustrate how one can learn from an old catalog; I have had a huge old “gang” bullet mould for many years. It is clearly a very high quality piece of work, with ten cavities, made by Cramer. While I had not gone to great lengths to discover its ancestry, it had remained a mystery until I began to peruse this catalog. Ah ha! There they are, with bullet designs in a very wild variety (including many very practical flat-nose shapes). Cramer Moulds were available in 2, 3, 5 and ten cavity styles, with the 2-cavity costing a modest, but then expensive $10.50, while my ten-cavity mould sold for $50!! When you realize that this was half the cost of your new .357 Magnum, it is easy to see these were very special, high precision tools.  

Speaking of precision; if you were the do-it-yourself type the Atlass Lathes, shapers and milling machines were there, along with the stones, files and other tools of the gunsmith.

In the good old days, a shooter was trusted with his own destiny. That is, he could buy parts, any part, for his rifles. Oh yes, this was still the free and wonderful time when government and lawyers had not taken control of the lives of Americans. There were exploded drawings and parts lists for most American guns and you were FREE to buy what you wanted or needed to make or repair your own piece. For example; Stoeger could and would sell you a receiver for your Model 52 Winchester for $15.50, or one for your Model 70 for $19!

The selection of books for sale was remarkable on its own. There were more than 40 pages of books for sale and yes, with no apology, they were REAL BOOKS, not DVDs or other electric miracles. The subject matter was broad: gunsmithing, trapping, hunting, fishing, natural history, shooting, optics, astronomy, jewelry, mathematics, dogs, handloading and cooking. The list of some of the authors would make most modern libraries envious: Elmer Keith, Jack O’Connor, Saxton Pope, William Bayard Sturgis, Ray Bergman, Lee Wulff, Phil Sharpe, James. V. Howe, Archibald Rutledge, Nash Buckingham, Russell Annabel and John Taylor. Ah, those were the times and men; not pretenders or salesmen, but the real thing. 

Beyond, the spectrum of interest is very wide. There are a variety of articles that remain interesting and useful more than a half-century later.  Lee Wulff tells us about trout fishing, right next to the pages of hand-tied flies and split bamboo fly rods. Pages in the middle of the catalog offered gun blue, dog training scents and even coon scent for the trapper. Of course you would need boots and clothes, Pendleton shirts no less! The boat, knife, and smoking pipe were there; and even a long bow made of Yew Wood. And conspicuous by their absence were camo clothes and plastic contraptions . . . Thank Goodness!

In the end I realized this 1950 edition is just the tip of the ice berg. Abby has a large selection of Stoeger catalogs, including the early, pre-war ones. Then the two grand golden eagles graced the cover and it was known as “America’s Great Gun House.”  In the earlier editions we see a much larger selection of guns, many are the rare and wonderful ones from Europe that disappeared after WWII; Mausers, Mannlicher Schoenauers, Combinations and England’s finest. So, whatever your era of interest the catalogs are there for you.

These old catalogs are many things: information, interesting reading, prices from the past and perhaps most important they are fun that fuels the passion.

Ross Seyfried, Elk Song Ranch, Oregon - 2010

* Without intending to be controversial, I want to recommend a very interesting video disk about the tensions in the Middle East. Although the West has taken a keen interest in the area since the days of Pope Urban II nearly a thousand years ago, our more recent excursions really began during World War I and much of the intrigue centered around the exploits of the British officer known as Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence.

The David Lean film about Lawrence starring Peter O'Toole is a milestone in historical movies (I remember my uncle saying that if Lawrence crossed the desert one more time he would leave the theater). But that isn’t the film I am suggesting. I want you to see the PBS film: Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World. and, in fact, if you don't use Netflix to rent movies, now is a good time to start. To quote the blurb on Netflix, “This engrossing investigative documentary produced by PBS digs deep into the life of the controversial Thomas Edward Lawrence, known in many circles as a British spy during the Arab Revolt of the early 1900s. Dubbed "Lawrence of Arabia," he was renowned for his undercover deal-making and espionage work that helped shape the Arab region into its present incarnation.”

Lawrence spent several years roaming the Middle East before the war and his true motives and objectives were never really clear to anyone, but the results of his activities changed the world forever. So if you don't have the time or inclination to read The Seven Pillars of Wisdom or the Collected Letters of TE Lawrence, this is the next best thing.

* My son, William, just finished restoring a Schoverling, Daly and Gales bicycle complete with wooden wheels from the dawn of the 20th Century. Here is a photo:



Abby :-)


New Books and Special Thanks

These are two very special books. American Small Arms was written by Edward S. Farrow who was perhaps the best qualified person in the country to write about small arms due to his extensive military experience. For example, he discusses one encounter: "During (my) association with the Unatilla Indians and when (I) captured the tribe of "Sheepeater" Indians in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho in 1879, (I) had a great variety of arms at (my) disposal for the purpose of making comparisons. No two Indians possessed arms of the same pattern and caliber; and, yet with few exceptions each thought his arms possessed features of merit..."

Charles Winthrop Sawyer was the preeminent arms scholar of his age. His discussion of firearms during the colonial period through the Revolutionary War is entertaining and instructive.

This month I added a collection of Gun Digest publications. These are new books published by Gun Digest and they contain a wealth of often sought after information. I did this not because I want to become a book reseller but because I get so many requests from folks who want exploded parts views to reassemble a gun they, or someone else, took apart or other information I just don't have readily available. The Standard Catalogs below have price information- something else a lot of folks call about. I hope this effort will help. Here they are with really complete contents information (that took ages- almost as long as the Stoeger's below!):

Fred Adolph of Genoa, New York sold an astonishing variety of unusual guns and rifles. The fellow who sent me this catalog wants to remain anonymous but I disagree with his guess at the age. He though about 1914 but I think it is about 1921. If anyone can give me a better year I will be happy to use it.

The same fellow also sent me an amazing document that I hope will help scores of people hoping to identify Codes and Markings on their weapons. This remarkable booklet reveals the secrets of hundreds of alpha and numeric marks on gun barrels and receivers.

This British GE Lewis c1930 catalog from Joe Norcom is unusual because it is in French. Joe also had a nice Verney Carron from 1955 we also borrowed.

David Colvin found a 1908 Remington which neatly plugs a hole there. And I found a few more to add as well:

This Savage 1909 is an important addition. Savage catalogs are pretty rare and this one cost me a fortune even though someone fired a .22 through it three times! With a little magic from Photoshop you can hardly see the damage and the catalog is a beauty.

In the past I concentrated on restoring Stoeger catalogs from before or during the war but now Ross Seyfried has convinced me to move into the latter half of the 20th century. So to compliment Ross' above article about the 1950 Stoeger, here it is with a few follow-ons (Stoeger's are a treasure chest of information about models and who made what, when):

Here are a few I've had on my desk for months including a really big Weatherby- 136 pages!

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Letters from Readers

* Abby, I am the great granddaughter of Fred Dewey who worked as a gunsmith at the Three Barrel Gun Shop in Moundsville West Virginia.  I own some of his own guns, one of them being his hand-made triple barrel gun. I was told recently by a collector that these books may be of interest to me and my family.  We are looking forward to receiving them.  Thanks again.  All the best to you, Kim Heller

* Hi Abby, In your last newsletter you asked many questions about what people do with your catalogs.

   As an old gunsmith, I have customers in eight different law enforcement agencies, offer firearms estimates to customers, and help out many of the law agencies with forensic ballistics and firearms identification.   To answer your questions as to why people buy your products, the answers are all “Yes”.   They are purchased for all the reasons you mentioned and more.   But you wanted one sentence to sum it all up.   That one is difficult.   Ross had the right idea when he mentioned that there’s a lot of BS flying around that is purported to be “fact”.   (Thank him for an a very excellent article for me.)  I use the old books to sort through and debunk what someone said or what I’ve seen on the internet or to provide the best possible answer to my customers.

   So, how about this sentence/s:  “These books and catalogs will help anyone become much more knowledgeable about firearms facts and history.  Unlike many “reference books” of recent production, these books are reprints from original manufacturers and dealers.  These are the books the modern “reference book” writers use to put their books together.”  

   Like Ross, I use many books of old or original manufacturers and dealers and ballisticians to provide the best possible information to my customers.    A wise friend once told me that “Knowledge is one of the few things you can take with you when you die, so never quit learning”.    I have also learned that when people like Ross speak, I want to be listening.   When a person does the proper research before spouting “words of wisdom” it shows and if I’m paying attention, I may gain a little more “factual” knowledge to help along the way.   

Thanks for a great product and great service. Yours,  Royce Williams, The Powder Keg - Gunsmithing.

Abby, I really enjoy Ross Seyried's writing, he missed one other thing that these pieces of history is good for. According to my 1888 Colt's catalog a Colt Single Action army revolver sold for $16. The "new" Colt company (US Firearms) sells the same kind of revolver for $1225 (7031.25% increase). .45 Colt ammunition sold for $22.00 per 1000. Average cost from the Midway web store is now $719.84 (3272% increase). This kind of shows what the US dollar is worth and it is going to get a lot worse soon Jim Mills

Abby Thank You!  You provide a wonderful service that is priceless to those of us who enjoy old firearms and the history that goes with them. Lee

Hey Abby, Tell Ross he has a load a fans out here. You are a lucky lady to have him on your side! Bob Carter

Dear Abby, Never thought I would write that but I can't resist telling you how I enjoy reading Ross Seyfried. I've followed him for many years but recently we just don't see enough of him. All the mags seem to be about concealed carry guns and .45 auto clones. Ross writes about the beauty of proper firearms. Heinrich Klienst

Rants and Raves

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The winner is: Last month, Gary W. Law of Counce, Tennessee, using the Ebay sign-in “yellowbird58” bought a Daisy catalog from me. He was displeased because it apparently printed upside down. My mistake, printer problem. I refunded his money immediately and offered a corrected copy but he left me neutral feedback anyway. Then, about a week later, at 11:00pm one night, he bought another catalog reprint from me. Anticipating another problem, I offered to refund his money again. I said “Gary you were displeased with your last purchase from me – why don’t I just refund your money now – let me know. Abby”

He replied: “Thats entirely up to You.......................... I was displeased because of the reasons I stated. Every second page of the last one was upside down. If You cant understand My displeasure with that then Just go ahead and refund My money. If You can then I was willing to give You another shot. On second thought. You are correct go ahead and make the refund. I do not wish to do Business with a Person of Your Caliber. I will leave You the Negative feedback You deserve with an attitude like that.   Gary W. Law / Yellowbird58

Then he immediately sent another email: “Lucky for You eBays feedback system would not allow Me to leave the negative feedback for 7 days.When I requested the refund on the last daisy item. I requested You to include the extra postage required to send the faulty printing daisy publication back to You...... You did not do that and I was not going to loose My money for Your poor workmanship. But after Your smart elick e mail I do wish to return the last piece of junk to You to see Your mistake for Yourself. So Please do give Me Your mailing address............................. After Your inspection By all means put it where the sun don't shine. Gary W. Law”

This man is obviously hostile. I complained to Ebay and this is, in part, what they said:

Dear Abigail,

Thank you for taking the time in writing eBay in regards to the member yellowbird58 purchasing a second item from you after leaving non-positive feedback for a previous transaction.

I can understand your frustration when a member after leaving non-positive feedback for a previous transaction with you, purchases a second item from you and want to help you receive resolution in this situation.  We will thoroughly investigate the situation from this point and take the appropriate action in an effort to prevent any further abuse of the eBay community.

...Whenever there is a situation where a buyer has left non-positive feedback for a previous transaction and then purchases another item it shows that the member may be intending to disrupt your listings.  Because this is considered a violation of eBay policy, I have taken the next step in appropriate action at this point…

Abby :-)

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

* The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.

* SPAM!! I get, on average, about 300 new subscribers each month. Many are folks who signed up. Others are people I automatically signed up when they bought something at an auction site or my website. Of the ones I sign up to get the newsletter normally only six or eight unsubscribe each month, usually because they have a last name the same as a catalog they bought or made the purchase for a friend or relative. I am naturally flattered that so many folks are pleased to hear from me once a month and thank you all for your indulgence.

*Spammers intercept emails using various tools and strip the emails of all the addresses. All it takes is for one addressee on your list to visit the wrong site on the internet and wham all the addresses you mailed to are on a spam list.

But there is something you can do to help fight SPAM. When you forward emails to many individuals use the BCC: space (stands for Blind Carbon Copy) instead of the To: or CC: spaces in your email forwards.

Many address books will only put selected email addresses into the TO: box so go ahead and do that. Hold down your left mouse key, select all the addresses with your cursor and release the left mouse key. Go to Edit, Cut. Then click on BCC:, click Edit and Paste. Finally, put your own email address in the TO: box and press Send. None of the other email addresses will be visible to any of the addressees and they will love you for not contributing to the spread of SPAM! Whoopee!

* Paypal - I don't like Paypal and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant than they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they are cheaper by far than a bank for a small online business, They are reliable and they are secure. No, I don't like many of their policies but they are the least expensive I can find so we have to live with it. I do accept checks if you prefer and I don't wait for them to clear. If you stiff me with a check you go directly to the Rants and Raves column with your full name and address displayed for the world to see. By the way, Paypal has softened (somewhat) its previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

* Ebay - The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that saves me sales commissions to Ebay!

* 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 the many different browsers out there.

* 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.

* More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little 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 and on any web page). :-) Abby

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. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1835-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

* I have some nifty tricks for you! If you have trouble reading small type on my website or any other, 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 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.

* Gun Value & Parts - I get scores of phone calls that start out "I inherited this gun from my grandfather and I just want to know how much it is...", I do not do appraisals, nor do I sell parts. See here for parts suppliers.

* 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. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

* 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. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

* Browser Usage - Sometimes people mention they cannot follow the links I put in my newsletters, or that the pictures don't show up. Well, sometimes browsers are set to only receive messages in plain text. This is usually because their internet connection is slow and pictures make it even slower. There are settings to allow or disallow HTML language (pictures and links).

Your browser (the program you use to view emails and internet sites) can be set to allow you to click on links to other web pages. The link can either open a new window with the original window disappearing to a small block near the top of the screen or it replaces the current window with the new selection. In the former case to return to the prior window, click the box near the top of the screen. In the latter example click the "back arrow" also at the top of the page (different browsers such as Firefox, Netscape or Internet Explorer use different symbols for the back arrow). For the most part, I use links that replace the newsletter page with the new link. So, to return to the newsletter, you will have to use the back arrow to return to the newsletter.

* 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.

* If you collect Military Arms please check out the link page I have to Government and Military Publications as well as 75 Manuals of the World's Military Weapons (1945) in A Basic Manual of Military Arms - 1945 as well as the link to Machine Guns.

* YOUR ADDRESS- Yes, I am shouting! Each month I get angry phone calls, emails or letters from folks who "ordered the book xxx days ago and STILL DON'T HAVE IT! Usually they don't have it because the registered address at the website where they ordered the book is false (to "protect" their identity) or long outdated. When I point that out, they usually say that I should have double-checked or that their correct address was on their check or some other excuse. Sorry, I print address labels from the website as you typed it in. If your address is wrong the book goes to the wrong address. Please check your address at the website whenever you order something online. Thank you.

* 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!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Nigeria and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won in their very generous random lottery, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. 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.

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". So, a little more about credit cards and the internet. Every time you use your credit card at banks, gas stations, restaurants, stores and 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.

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.

Your best bet is to confirm that the website address where you enter information begins with https:// rather than just http://. The 's' stands for secure, meaning encrypted. Also, be confident that the website itself is trustworthy, has 'contact us' information including a name, address and telephone number. Beware of offshore websites. Even with all these protections, some cards are stolen. We had a card stolen by thieves in Azerbaijan. How they got my card I have no idea but I check the charges on my card regularly (daily, in fact) and picked up the scam quickly and cancelled the card.

Parts Suppliers

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   barryj@localnet.com   or 423-472-1972.

Hello Abby, I am responding to your request for parts source information for Remington Rolling Block Parts. We are attempting to supply reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. While this is a work in progress, I believe we are the largest supplier of these obsolete parts in existence.
Kenn Womack

Trapdoors Galore Email: trapdoorsgalore@gmail.com 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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota their catalog (three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams) is available at (605) 343-9544 for $39.95

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

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email info@sarcoinc.com

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

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!

Art Acord, or Bob “Tumbleweed” Baker 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 Von Lengerke & 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 dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the G&H website:

or Contact:
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)

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 the website with links to websites that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture:


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