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The NZCCC is having an auction of over 200 original gun catalogs given them by a well known family of gunsmiths. The collection encompasses makers from all over the world and you may find some real bargains. The catalogs appear to be offered at no reserve and the bid process is quite easy. The only catch is that the auction will be in New Zealand but don't worry, you can bid by mail or email and shipping is easy. In fact, we ship to New Zealand at least once a week and, unlike some countries, we have never lost a package. The brochure has instructions, forms and pictures along with descriptions of the catalogs offered for sale. Below is taken from the auction brochure that is downloadable from our website. Abby

From the Brochure:

On behalf of the family of the late Cormac McCarthy, the New Zealand Cartridge Collectors Club (NZCCC) is pleased to offer the Cormac McCarthy original gun catalog collection for auction on 28 July 2012. If you have questions regarding lot descriptions or the auction process, please contact, Kevan Walsh.

A postal bid form and illustrated brochure can be downloaded by clicking here. Postal bids must be received by the Secretary no later than midday Saturday July 21. Bids will be in whole New Zealand dollar increments. As a very approximate guide, US$1 buys NZ$1.25, £1 buys NZ$1.92 and one Euro buys NZ$1.67. Emailed bids may be received until July 24. Bids may be emailed to Kevan Walsh or faxed to +64-9-8496046 (MUST be marked “Attention: Kevan Walsh), or posted to: Kevan Walsh, NZCCC Secretary, Private Bag 92021,Auckland 1142, New Zealand


The McCarthy family have a proud history in the city of Dunedin at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand. Sam McCarthy and family moved to Dunedin from Australia in 1861 at a time of growth during the gold rush.  He set up a Lock & Gunsmith company with firearms becoming an important component from the 1880s with the purchase of the company by Sam’s sons Arthur (A.P. McCarthy) and Walter (W.D. McCarthy), forming A&W McCarthy. Arthur was a prolific shooter and developed gunsmithing skills. The company prospered with able marketing through the company’s series of catalogues, accessing a wide range of customers through the mail order business.

One of the Brownings had been to NZ as part of a world trip to arrange FN agencies and explain their products. A&W McCarthy obtained this agency along with another for RWS non-corrosive .22 rimfire ammunition. Fishing tackle was added to the range and this became an important part of the business.

Charlie Hazard, son of an Auckland gunsmith, was employed by McCarthy’s as a gunsmith.  Before 1900 he had served his time in England as a stock maker to Fred Williams (see catalogue #55). Upon his return to New Zealand, Charlie followed a recommendation by Williams to join McCarthy’s.  It was Charlie’s skills that gave McCarthy’s their reputation for many years to come.

Walter McCarthy sold his interest in the firm in 1935 and Arthur handed over management to his son Arthur (A.G.).  Upon the death of A.P. McCarthy in 1945, A.G. McCarthy took over sole ownership until Cormac McCarthy purchased it in 1967.  His son Frank purchased and ran the business until about the late 1990s.  Frank is the fifth generation McCarthy in Dunedin. The legacy of A&W McCarthy included memorabilia from trading over such a period. The catalogues form part of that legacy and it is great that this material was retained over the years and is now available to collectors and historians.


Jim Buchanan sent along this link to a site in England that has done a laudable job with the history of the Kynoch company, the venerable ammunition and powder manufacturer along with its siblings Nobel, ICI, Eley etc.


Jim also found this unique video of a young man studying the effects of firing a revolver and an automatic handgun underwater. His conclusion, however, that an automatic is more efficient should come as no surprise as an automatic has no space for propellant to escape between the cylinder and the barrel.


Dick Carleton forwared us a link to a video that shows a fellow shucking corn he cooked in a microwave. The corn slides out of the husk smooth as silk, well actually, it leaves the silk in the husk which is the whole point of the exercise. We tried it and it works, although Abby and I both thought the corn wasn't quite the same having been nuked. Maybe that is because we are still a bit suspicious of the "zapper". Check it out and see what you think.


Dick also came across a wonderful set of pictures taken of the American West in the decade following the Civil War and posted by the Daily Mail in England. They were taken by the photographer Timothy O'Sullivan who was apparently born in Staten Island, New York and who joined the Lt. George M. Wheeler 1871 to 1874 survey for the government of land west of the One Hundredth Meridian.

The narrative accompanying the photos tells us O'Sullivan took landscape images that probably inspired the later work of Ansel Adams. He also apparently made no effort to dress Indians in ceremonial garb as did most of his contemporaries and many of his subjects appeared casually dressed in denim trousers and white shirts, not at all the image we were brought up with of half-naked savages. O'Sullivan chronicled a beautiful, adventurous, rough and raw yet sad time during the birth of our country.


Discounts for Seniors

Many places offer discounts for seniors and while that email that circulates all the time may not be completely accurate, this website can give you some breaks: Senior Discounts website.

Arms Heritage Magazine

Early English Breechloaders

England probably got its first real taste of the benefits of skirmisher tactics and the rifle during the French and Indian Wars (1754 to 1763). Although there was certainly no rush to exchange muskets for rifles, a few visionary officers began to see the virtue of accurate fire and a few rifles, probably German, were provided to one of the most vocal proponents, Col. Bouquet, in 1758. It was through his efforts that a spark of interest developed and was kept alive (barely) during the ensuing years.

Reports began to surface about feats of marksmanship with rifles and a certain level of interest in rifles began to develop. One of the disadvantages often cited by the anti-rifle factions with the English officer corps was the relative slowness to reload.

Enter, at this point, Colonel Ferguson of the 70th Regiment who had developed an improved method of quickly loading the rifle from the breech. Although his unique rifle made him famous in the world of gun development, his invention was really a refinement of a previous development by a Frenchman, M. de la Chaumette who patented a similar system in 1723.

ImageFerguson's rifle used a vertically threaded breech plug which opened with a twist of the trigger guard to reveal an aperture in the barrel into which a ball and powder could be loaded. Another twist of the trigger guard sealed the breech for firing. One account indicates that Ferguson was able to fire his rifle seven times in one minute. (Figure 1)

Very few Ferguson rifles were made. Records indicate that four makers were authorized to make 25 pieces each. (William Grice, Benjamin Willets, Mathias Barker and Galton & Son). It seems strange that so few rifles would be distributed between so many contractors since tooling costs would have to be duplicated. Most surviving specimens are known with H. Nock markings so it is probable that at least one other contractor produced the Ferguson rifle. It is also possible that Nock may have been subcontracted to build mechanisms for the prime contractors

There were other attempts to develop flintlock breechloaders during this period. For the full story see the next edition of Arms Heritage Magazine. You can subscribe for only $19 per year at Arms Heritage Magazine and see this story and gain access to all previous editions

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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.

Robert Abels Company was the esteemed New York competitor of the Francis Bannerman company (Bannerman's Military Goods Catalogue) and successor to Tom Woroniecki's Roslyn Antique and Classic Gun Company. All three carried lines of antique and used military equipment that could be considered a notch above what we think of as "military surplus dealers". Abels, at the time, had a more varied and diverse stock of materials for sale especially in the gun and sword lines. His catalog is sensibly arranged in rough chronological order beginning with matchlock and flintlock pistols and progressing through percussion and cartridge handguns. He does the same for long guns but edged weapons are grouped by type as are armor and crossbows and the like. Each offering is carefully illustrated and priced by Abels and his assistant Bernard Day. These books are important for the collector because of the care of presentation and the wealth of knowledge the descriptions offer.

Jack Cook has done a remarkable job producing his big book of Marlin information. In it he covers almost everything of interest to the collector and this is, as far as we know the only volume of its kind available for Marlin.


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Letters from Readers

Abby, If you want to sound German, learn to spell KRIEGHOFF (unsigned)

Thanks for the heads up about the typo. Notice it was spelled correctly in the index. I do appreciate when folks point out silly errirs (sic) like that. Abby

Abby, New catalog find and one NOT in your June list! It is ARMAF, circa 1931, Liege, in French, German, & English. 36 pages. Do you want to copy it? Keep up the good work! Jim Hughes

Jim, Yes, please that sounds like just the thing for this summer offerings. Please send it to Cornell Pubs, PO Box 214, Brighton, MI 48116 and insure it for some amount to encourage the Postal folks to keep an eye on it! Thanks, sounds great. Abby

Abby, Got the books thanks. I have hunted for originals for quite a while with no luck. Nice to have good copies. William

Abby, I have a BREDA SIRIO model yr 1976 and would like to enquire if you have its catalogue because I need a print. Kevin

Kevin, The only Breda catalog is the one listed under Breda and that won't come too close to your gun. I also did a search for the word "Breda" and see it is listed in many publications but not as recent as yours. I do add many each month so if you get the newsletter you will see when I do a more recent Breda. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Looking for circa 1968-1973 22RF cat., green colour, 4-6 double print pages, models 200 - 300. Available in Australia at this time, accidently lost mine. Rgds, Bruce Yeoward – Perth

Hi Bruce, We get lots of questions like yours but the answer is always the same... if it isn't listed on the website we don't have it yet. We add many each month and the newsletter tells you what's new- link on top of web page. Cheers, Abby

Abby, My name is David Watson, I am a former Australian Army officer, licensed firearms dealer, gunsmith, firearms collector and firearms enthusiast, and reside in the wilds of Tasmania, Australia. I have written a book, for which I am searching for a publisher, currently entitled ‘Practical Guide to Practical Shooting: The Holistic Approach from Trigger to Target’. Can you please advise if your firm is currently looking at manuscripts and if so, can you please direct me to the person responsible for new submissions. Yours faithfully, David W

Dear Mr. Watson, Thank you for your note. We do publish some books by authors, Vorisek, Carder, and Whisker to name a few. These are specialized books of limited appeal and so are not favoured by the "big publishers". We also sell some books printed and published by others, the Gun Digest series for example. That is the good news, the bad is that judging by the title of your piece our website is not the place to market your book. Similarly titled books we currently offer don't sell well because, I think, we appeal to collectors and historians more than to shooters. Also, we don't have the facilities to market books through venues other than Ebay.

That said, if you have a manuscript in Word file form (or similar) and would accept a soft cover we are happy to offer it with our other authored books on our website and would pay a royalty for any sold. But before you do that you should try Scott Duff, Gun Digest, Mobray Publishing, Yellowstone Press and others I can't think of offhand (Google- Gun Book Publishers). Please understand I am not trying to dismiss your efforts, I am only attempting to be fair with you, we are a small "Mom and Pop" operation specializing in reprinting old gun catalogs and as such just don't have the upmarket resources the big boys have. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Abby, Providence Tool Co. 1881 Catalog covering Peabody Martini commercial and Long and Mid Range Target Rifles. Made by Providence Tool Co., Providence Rhode Island. Robert Fitz-Gerald

Dear Robert, Thank you for your note. You don't ask a question so I can only guess what you want. I don't have an 1881 catalog from Peabody, only the ones below. Are any what you needed? Abby

Abby: I received the 1969/70 Weatherby Guide the other day that I had ordered from you. This is the first of the color reproductions that I have purchased and am (as usual) impressed! Thanks for the great service, the great reproduced product and the great way you do business. Always a pleasure to conduct transactions with you. I read some of it ever evening and enjoy them a lot! Al Vickers

Abby, Yes, (I am) a repeat customer, but you do have wonderfully obscure and important things! Thanks! Dave

Abby, I am looking for a hard copy of a Smith & Wesston Moedel 4506-1 manual. This is a double action 45 ACP, discontinued by S&W in about 2002. Aparently, so were the manuals. Can you help? Don Moeller

Don, All manuals we have are listed under manuals or S&W at the website. Everything we do is printed and most are bound. Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby, George Layman the rolling block author here. Say did anyone ever mention to you or perhaps you know already about the 1994 Winchester Catalog "screwup" where they placed the years 1884-1994 on the cover?...another words they found out quick at WRA that it was supposed to be 1894 to 1994...i have a copy of this catalog as most were destroyed after the mistake was realized..just wanted to know if you knew about this..Take Care...George

Hi George, Gosh, no I never heard about that. Very interesting! I'll make a mention of it in the next newsletter, thanks for telling me. Cheers, Abby

Abby, You have more patience than these idiots deserve. Comments: Each month I read your Raves & Rants, even though I tell my self NOT TO DO IT. Reading those morons gives me the feeling that ... we are doomed. These people are armed, and breed ... You have a deserve place on the right hand of whatever religion you may believe. (After reading the letters they sent you, I no longer have any beliefs.) Best, Ralph

Dear Ralph, How nice to hear from you. I too am astonished by what people say or expect much less what they put in writing. On the other hand we also are privileged to know some very nice folks who make what we do worthwhile. Abby sends her best and hope we can meet for lunch one day soon. Cheers, Abby

Rob, I should have picked up on the fact that you appreciated English cars from the picture several years ago of the "shooting brake". I enjoying rebuilding most of the ones I have owned, 14 Jaguars, 2 big Healeys, even a Trimuph Stag. My favorite was a '59 Jag XK150 DHC. The kids were small when I finished it and we could drive it to shows and take them with us. You brought back tons of memories with the newsletter today, some of them (especially the dual battery doors) not so pleasant. I also showed a series 1 XKE roadster that took a few prizes, all my buddies called it "yellow" (it was Jag primrose) when I won my class. The early big Healeys were challenge. Found a '56 100-4 as a true basket case in a garage in the student neighborhood of the University of Kentucky (this was in the late '70s), amazing how many "mary jane" plants that those kids crowded around that garage. Again thanks, and please continue with the stories. Burnie Campbell

Burnie, Thanks for your note, Good for you with the Jags! I gave up after the 150 although I must say I have always longed for an E-type. Abby doesn't like them though so we never got one. My dad had a 1934 SS1 that we restored and that was a fun car, wish I had that now but not as much as the 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans we did a frame off on, That was a sensational car and worth a mint today. He sold it to a Harley Street physician while in Scotland in the 70s. I'm trying to convince Abby to let me have one of the newer Bentley Continentals (without much success). Cheers, Rob

Abby, Break-Action revolver catalogs. I’m interested in break action revolvers from the early to mid 20thcentury. Could you point me in the right direction for catalogs? Steve Duke

Steve, Thanks for your note. We have literally thousands of catalogs and many feature break action revolvers so I am afraid I don't know exactly what to tell you. I guess you should start with the well known names like H&R, Iver Johnson and Webley. From there you can go anywhere! A different way would be to buy some of the big mass merchant catalogs like Von Lengerke & Detmold 1908 Catalog (NY) and Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1910 Catalog which featured many makes. Abby

Abby, I have to commend you on your latest newsletter. These just keep getting better and better. I enjoy your eclectic and sometimes esoteric articles - always entertaining and informative. And just for the record, I've always been happy with your service, and you've made every effort to make things right when there is a rare glitch. You are a treasure, and it's a shame that some knuckleheads out there fail to appreciate you. I hold you up as a model of entrepreneurship and great customer service. Keep up the good work, girl! Best, John

Hi Abby, I don't always take time to read your email fliers. Probably because I glanced over this one and it cost me nearly $40. Bought to books and did one free download. Don't know if I should thank you or not. ;-) Keep up the good work, and have a great day, Lee Shaver

Abby, Sorry, you sent me a completely free replacement & I neglected to thank you. So..Thanks..you went above and beyond. Scott

Abby, I note that you start the Cooey Winchester line of catalogues at 1971. I have copies from 1967 onward in English and from 1967 to 1978 in French . Let me know if you are interested. Wayne

Dear Wayne, Thanks so much for offering to lend me the Cooey catalogs but, to be honest, I've never sold one of the ones we have. So, I think I'll not add to them at them at the moment. While I believe everything is important to preserve, I've got to be somewhat circumspect about what I put my time into, so much of what I do just languishes unread and unwanted! Thanks though, Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby, I am a keen wildfowler based in the UK and am after specific adverts from the above catalogue and indeed any other you may have that relate to old 10,8 and 4 bore wildfowling guns or punt guns. What i would like to do with them is to frame them and put them on the wall of my small gun room. I notice from the index that they have adverst for those guns and wander if you could reproduce them for me at least A4 in size? I look forward to hearing from you Regards, Darren Greaves (Ebay)

Darren, Many of our old catalogs feature large bore shotguns and some sell punt guns. The problem is we get many requests for "just the page featuring..." and just do not have the time to research our catalogs and then print only one page (the people usually expect to pay pennies for the result anyway). If, however, you are willing to pay for the catalog we sell and are willing to do the research, I will try to help you. In order to do the research you should go to cornellpubs dot com and see if you can identify a list of catalogs that may feature your guns (punt guns are easy to find by searching for the word punt). Big bore guns will take a bit more work. Let me know what you find and I'll see what I can do for you. Rob (never heard back from him).

No contents are listed. Does Harrington & Richardson Arms 1913 Company include the 28 ga. double barrel hammer gun? T.f.fark (Ebay)

TF, The hammer gun you asked about is in the 1913. Rob (never heard from him again)

Hi Abby, I've wanted to write you and let you know that both packages have arrived in Boise in fine shape. Sorry for the late note here... Also, I want to thank you for including the Galazan/Connecticut catalog. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I guess you've been pretty busy printing Mr. Vorisek's 3-volume set for folks here in Boise. I was visiting with a friend last weekend, and he had also just received the 3-volume set from you. Shawn likes his set very much as well, and has already been able to answer several questions he's had regarding some of the old classic shotguns. And I am also enjoying researching in Mr. Vorisek's material, as well as the Beretta, Remington, and Baker literature you sent! Thanks very much! Mark Montoya

Abby, Does Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1900 Gun & Sport Catalog have any ads for Canvas Decoy Company, Union City, TN or Acme Decoy? - pisa_asitopa (Ebay) Never heard from him again.

Dear Pisa, To be honest I would know a canvass decoy if I fell over it, but no, they are not in this catalog. We do reprint over 3500 old gun catalogs and the canvass decoy name sticks in my mind. Unfortunately, very few old companies identified products like decoys by brand, but the name canvass rings a bell. Why don't you go to our website cornellpubs dot com and enter "decoy" in the search box. I would be happy to look at a couple of possible catalogs if you identify them. Abby

Abby, Wards rifle scope. I have a Wards 93M-2116A Mossberg 9 rifle scope, can you tell me what year the scope was made..Thank you for your time. Jim Hayden

Jim, I don't know offhand and we are not set up to do research for people although we get an awful lot of requests for that service. Regrettably it doesn't pay anything and so the time invested is just lost. We could spend all day answering questions and never get any work done at all! Thanks for thinking of us, Abby

Abby, I opened the envelope containing the subject catalog and thumbed through the pages. To my disappointment pages 13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27 and 28 have serious defects. They make the reprint anacceptable. The defects run down the center of the page. Please advise if you can make a proper copy or have to return my payment. Bob Duklauer

Bob, You are right that there is a thin line down the center of the pages and while they are perfectly readable more discerning customers such as yourself may find that irksome. As we have sold only one copy of that catalog (to you) in the last five years it will be easier and more expedient just to refund your money than to try to fix it. Cheers, Abby

Abby, I appreciate your being very fair. I accept as the copy does not serve my purpose. Bob Duklauer

Abby, On your publishing site I sent you an email a short while ago indicating my interest in publishing a set of fact handbooks of a few high profile military cartridges/bullets for military enthusiasts to purchase if they are interested. The handbooks will be based on extensive research of unclassified DTIC documents released by the military and Aberdeen proving grounds. I’d like to know if cornell publishing does publish these types of handbooks/ebooks as your site claims. feel my concept of these handbooks of interesting and hard to find data could possibly interest many such readers. I look forward to your reply, Charlie Porter

Charlie, Your project sounds interesting and from what you say it would appeal to our audience. I must caution you, however, that we are certainly not a high volume seller so you won't make your fortune through us. As you probably know, we sell a number of authored books that we print for the authors and we are happy to pay a royalty for those sales. Why don't you send me a copy of what you propose and I can have a look at how we can publish it for you? I assume you have your manuscript on computer. What format is it in? Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, I got the catalog for the Page-Lewis Olympic model and am enjoying it. I found the patent papers for same and have attached them. Maybe you can use it as a leaflet or something like that in the catalog. Regards, Emery

Dear Emery, Thank you so much. I will do just that and include the patent drawings with the catalog for anyone who buys the catalog. Thanks again, Abby

Abby, Collectors edition of Great Guns. I have a pictorial catalog of Andy Palmers gun collection. Featuring 2 gun Scates and signed by him. 1956 copy I would like to sell this copy Would you or someone want to purchase this copy. Thanks, Joe Schlund

Joe, If it is similar to my copy (similar, I altered my cover slightly for sale) then I have one. In that case, Ebay is your best bet. Find someone who has an account and let it find its own level. FYI, I paid $13 for mine in 2006. Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, Loved your website. Hope you make a little money. This seems labor intensive. Best regards, Tom

Hello Abby, I recall an email conversation we had months ago about listing us in the section on Gun Parts Suppliers, but I haven't seen any sign of it happening, so I will repeat myself. Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply has a page titled Guns & Guitars. On it, one will find some hard-to-find screws used by different gun manufacturers. Also included are a few Weaver style scope screws. In addition, upon request, we will search for hard-to-find screws used in guns. We stock an extensive range of slotted oval head wood screws in a black oxide finish, and others. Our website URL is in the signature line below. We always enjoy the newsletter. Thanks. Dick Naven, Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply

Hey Abby, Yep, I luv em (your old catalogs). LOL I collect old loading tools, cartridges, and firearms related paraphernalia, those old catalogs are good research material. Aaaanndddd once in awhile when somebody wants to argue about when something was available I can cite a catalog reference showing when and how much. Keep up the good work and thanks, Jim Blair

Abby, Great Newsletter. Wonderful content. Am trying to track down the back story on a 577/500 3 1/8" cartridge which appears in Eley Brothers May 1886 catalog and is last listed in their 1912- 1913 catalog, both of which I have already bought from you. There were several publications of the time that I have found vague references to "The Field" and even more arcane Journal of Munitions and Explosives. Would you consider obtaining and selling this kind of material? Same thing with information on Royal Letters Patent. It seems that the British consider this stuff still classified. Larry Nearmyer

Larry, Thanks for your note. I try to stay away from magazines and periodicals becaue there is little interest in them. So, unless I read them myself and add them to the collection just to read at home I generally don't do them. Have you talked to the current "Field" people to see if they are related? Regarding the Journal, I think we do one I came across (no it is this) but you frighten me with visions of MI6 spooks crowding around my doorstep accusing me of breaching the Official Secrets Act by revealing Her Majesty's latest black powder round. Cheers, Abby

Abby, im ziad dowery on behalf of Andre Dowery the son of Aziz Dowery owner of Gebruder merkel suhl refill gun (Nummer des Jagdewehres :40756, Modell:303 ET, Kal:12/12, Gewicht:3370kg, Bohler- Laufstahl) he bought this gun on 04/10/1957 , we wouldlike to know how much this gun costs and if we do want to have another one having our own names to keep it in family how much its gonna cost me ? Looking forward to hear from you soon Best Regards, Ziad Dowery

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Pope Rifle Barrels 1899- $11.45- take $9.00? pptreasures (Ebay)

Dear pptreasures, Sorry we don't dicker over the price of publications. Try Walmart in the book section. Rob

pound sand,bob – pptreasures (Ebay)

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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1. Never use your real email address when signing up for stuff online. (ie: forums, purchases, etc.) There are many free email services out there (Google, Yahoo, Juno, etc.) where you can create an email address for your online activity. This will help ensure that your public email address is one you don't really care about, and will help keep your personal email address secure.

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4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, DO NOT OPEN IT. If you get an email from someone you know and the subject line is strange or inconsistent with something that you might normally receive from this person, DO NOT OPEN IT. And the most important - if you get an attachment from anyone with an extension of ".exe" - DO NOT OPEN IT! (.exe is an executable program, and once you double click on it, it will run some kind of program on your computer, usually designed to completely wipe out your hard drive, or something equally malicious.)

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* 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.

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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!

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 and, of course, 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.

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. Be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. 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 (Paypal holds that information for itself only).

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.

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN, has been involved in firearms restoration and appraisal since 1962.  Although Mike specializes in appraising Early American “Doubles,” side-by-side shotguns and rare rifles, he also does firearm appraisals for most American made guns.  These appraisals are frequently used to establish value for insurance, estate sales and/or resolutions and for owner’s wanting to know “what’s it worth?”  Whether one gun or an arsenal, 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 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 or 423-472-1972.

Remington Rolling Block Parts. Ssupplies reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. Kenn Womack

Peter Dyson & Son Ltd. Co. of Yorkshire, England. Parts and reproduction parts for antique arms. Leather products, Damascus barrels and tubes, miniatures, used guns, air guns, reloading tools and more.

Trapdoors Galore Email 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

Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply "Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet Supply has a page titled Guns & Guitars. On it, one will find some hard-to-find screws used by different gun manufacturers. Also included are a few Weaver style scope screws. In addition, upon request, we will search for hard-to-find screws used in guns. We stock an extensive range of slotted oval head wood screws in a black oxide finish, and others. David Naven"

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

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 is three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams - (605) 343-9544

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

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email

Bob's Gun Parts Po Box 200 Royal AR 71968 501-767-2750

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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!

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 Griffin & Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.

Robert C. Beach,
Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Bob's Email

Website: Griffin& Howe (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 my website with links to websites and sources that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture: