Calls from the Wilds


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Shooting Illustrated, July 2013

We are grateful to Rick Hacker for mentioning us in his column "Pick of the Month" for Shooting Illustrated, the NRA publication, this month. It is important to us because we have a very small budget for advertising, particularly in big national magazines and the exposure is terrific. This is our second time in SI, Rick also tapped us in 2008. Thanks Rick!

Shooting Illustrated







The Morgan Motor Company located in Britain doesn't change in a changing world. Not only is it still independent, but it also makes each car by hand. A base model is about $44,000, with some cars costing up to $300,000.

People wait for over a year to get their exclusive hand-built cars with the shell made out of metal and much of the vehicle made out of wood. Working with wooden frames for the body, workers individually shape each exterior part because each car is different.

Every year Morgan produces about 600 cars. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. It has a long and interesting history, and is still run by the same family: the Morgans. Founded by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan known as "HFS", it was then run by his son Peter, and is now run by Charles, the son of Peter Morgan.

But wait, Morgan also makes this little lovely, the latest in a long line of Morgan 3 wheelers, replete with RAF roundels. Imagine strapping a couple of Lewis M1916 Automatic Machine Gun- Savage Arms Co to the bonnet for your morning commute?


thanks to Ginny Coombs


Sure enough! The U.S.N. trained pilots to fly from carriers during WWII on Lake Michigan where operations were reasonably safe from enemy attack and the sea was usually fairly calm. To do the job the Navy converted two ships to make the U.S.S. Sable and the U.S.S. Wolverine (named for the state animal of Michigan).


The steamship Greater Buffalo, a sidewheel excurion steamer (above) was converted to the U.S.S. Sable (below). President George H. W. Bush did his carrier training on her. She was scrapped in 1948.



The side-wheel excursion steamer Seeandbee (above) was laid down in 1913. In 1942 she was converted to the U.S.S. Wolverine (below) and performed carrier training duties throughout the war.


Thanks to Jeff Steidle
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Sources Library of Congress, Life Image Archives.

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U.S. Savings Bonds are still around!


Thanks to Dick Carleton

Rob Mouat


It was late spring 1964 and I was driving my 1960 MGA along School Road in Wilton, Connecticut with my girlfriend when a deer sprang in front of the car MGand I hit it. I wasn’t going very fast, perhaps 25 or 30 mph, so it didn’t roll over the bonnet and through the windscreen onto us. We were very lucky. The deer wasn’t so lucky. It had obviously broken several important bones and was in agony.

I was brought up with and have great affection for animals. I worked on a farm as a youth while in school to pay for things important to young men, flying lessons, gun club, a car and eventually a girlfriend in that order. I hadn’t paid the $400 for the car yet so I was very concerned about the damage the deer had done, but my first instinct was to put the poor beast out of its misery. I considered driving over it again but it was off the road and that didn’t seem practical. I thought about getting a rock and beating it to death but my girlfriend nixed that so I resolved to shoot it.

At first I considered driving home to get my trusty .22 but I could imagine pumping clips of ammo into the hapless animal as my girlfriend cringed in horror. I decided I didn’t want to sacrifice her to kill the dear. Teenage boys aren’t completely stupid, you know.

Instead, I drove to Mike Jones’ house. Mike was a wonderful Devonshire man who had emigrated to the U.S. with his French wife, Christine, a few years earlier. He was a great sportsman, had several deer rifles and lived across the street from us, perfect. So, at one in the morning, I banged on his door, woke him up and excitedly told him about the deer that he had to come right away to shoot. A bit bewildered and very sleepy, Mike got his rifle, a bolt action Savage Model 110 30-06, and said he would get his car. I told him there was not time and he should come with me right away. At that, the girlfriend announced she would not be left alone in the middle of the night.

The three of us looked at the small two seater with the gear shift in the center and thought a moment. Mike took charge and clambered onto the fairing behind the seats with his rifle. I drove with the girlfriend in the passenger seat. We shortly arrived at the scene of the accident and, of course, the deer was nowhere to be found. It took us about fifteen minutes to find the poor thing and Mike humanely dispatched it.

Mike’s interest in the project was the freezer fodder a fresh kill would provide so we hefted the hapless animal onto the back straddling the rear wheels, got Mike in the middle sitting on the fairing behind the seats holding the deer with the sling of his rifle, girlfriend in the seat and off we went, a few feet. The car was not happy. The rear tires, with all the weight in the back scraped on the inside of the wheel arches. We all got out.

Now, without trying to make this too lurid, the poor animal had bled quite profusely by this time and maneuvering the corpse to ride precariously over the right fender left the animal, us and the car covered with blood. Girlfriend, by now was beyond sobbing and actively crying, but we soldiered on, Mike was not about to give up his meaty doe and I had to get us all home. We were able to drive, but just barely, the greatly overloaded little car creaked, groaned and scraped tortuously at anything over about 15 miles per hour.

About this time the state policeman arrived on the scene from the rear. With the eye of a trained professional, he instantly took in the two people in the car, the third with the rifle sitting on the back, the car covered in blood, and the, by now, hysterical girl. He decided to stop us to make inquiries.

Fortunately, the policeman was Bill Quaintence, an aging Connecticut State Trooper whose pre-retirement billet was as the town policeman for Wilton. Bill sounded tough and gruff but he was basically a nice guy who, on weekend evenings, supplemented his modest income by stationing himself along the state line where he stopped teenagers returning from beer runs to New York. In New York the drinking age was 18.

Bill assayed the scene before him. He coolly took in all the people, the blood, the rifle, the out of season deer corpse, the blubbering girl and decided if he took any action he would spend all night at the Bridgeport pokey trying to find the words to describe what had happened. With a shake of his head and a grunt, he got back in his cruiser and drove off.

We managed to get back to Mike’s house and off-load the deer. I woke up my parents washing off the car, the girlfriend and myself before driving her back to her ever-suspicious, perennially angry and drunk father long past her curfew. Boy did I get in trouble! Thank goodness Trooper Quaintence had confiscated our friends' weekend supply of beer the night before.

I wonder how all of that would have played out today.


Rob Mouat

Arms Heritage Magazine

Saluting Cannons

Saluting cannons have been around since the beginning of gunpowder but in the late 19th century several companies started producing beautifully made cannons for yacht clubs, festivals and private use-- just plain noisemaking. Most of us can remember the TV series , Magnum PI, where Higgins would fire off a cannon on the lawn of the Hawaiian estate in some of the episodes. That was one of the larger versions made by the Strong Company.

These little gems are highly collectable look great in the corner of anyone's gun room. They were made in a variety of sizes from 32 rimfire up to 2.5 inch bore. The principal makers were the Strong Firearms Co. of New Haven, R.H. Brown & Co, B&H and about a dozen others.

Arms Heritage Magazine will be doing an article on these guns in a future issue. If you are not already a subscriber you can subscribe at for only $19. This is a growing bargain as current subscribers have full access to all back issues -- now numbering fifteen!

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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. Special thanks Chris Calvin, Ton Hartink (retired policeman from Holland who is digitizing his huge collection for us) and Paul Breaky whose amazing collection of very rare catalog and manuals has once again really enhanced our offerings, most of these are his!

If you want to see the images of the cover along with number of pages and price, you can see both at the Recent Editions page of the website.

·  Accurate Shooting in War c1940
·  Aids to Weapons Training 1944 Some Ideas on Improvisation
·  Armamento de Repeticion 1947 Mauser Argentino M1891
·  Baikal-17 Shotgun c1965 Catalog and Specs.
·  Bloody Bayonets 1942 The Complete Guide to Bayonet Fighting (UK)
·  Boctok M50-L Hunting Rifle c1965 Catalog and Specs (USSR)
·  Boys .55" Anti-Tank Rifle MK1 1943 Manual (UK)
·  Bren Gun 1945 Lichte Vuurwapenen (Holland)
·  Bren Light Machine Gun c1940 Description, Use & Mechanism (UK)
·  Browning 1958 FN 9mm High Power No2 MK I (UK)
·  Browning Automatic Rifle c1940 Mechanism and Use (UK)
·  BSA 1912- Notes on Rifle Cleanng
·  Colt 1985 AR-15 A2 Sporter II, HBAR & 9mm Rifle & Carbine Manual
·  Colt c1981 AR-15 Sporter Rifle Manual
·  Das FN Gewehr German Manual
·  Das Gewehr G3 c1960 German Manual
·  Das Maschinengewehr c1960 German Manual
·  Die Bazooka 89mm c1960 German Manual
·  Die leichte Panzerfaust c1960 German Manual
·  Die Maschinepistole- 9mm Uzi c1960 German Manual
·  Die Pistole P38-Walther c1960 German Manual
·  Die schwere Panzerfaust c1960 German Manual
·  Fulton of Bisley c1965 Guns & Accessories Catalog (UK)
·  Fusil Automatico c1965 Liviano Imbel Manual- Brasil
·  Fusil Semi-Automatique 1964 de 7.5mm M1949-56- French
·  Fusil Semi-Automatique 1965 de 7.5mm M1949 French
·  Fusils a Repetition 1969 de 7.5mm M1936 et CR39 et 1936-51 French
·  Fusils a Repetition 1976 de 7.5mm M1936 et CR39 et 1936-51 French
·  Garate Trocaola & Lemes Inc, Firearms c1920 (New York & Spain)
·  Golden State 1963 Sante Fe Rifles
·  Guerillas V. Tanks c1940 Illustrated Manual (UK)
·  Gun Collecting-Fun and Profit in 1958
·  Handgranten c1960 German Manual
·  Holland and Holland 1900 Gun Catalog (UK)
·  John Dickson and Sons 1929 Gun Catalog
·  Lee Enfield c1940 Short Rifle Magazine MKIII Mechanism
·  Lee Reloading Handbook c1965 1st Edition
·  Lewis Gun .303 1941 Operation and Maintenance (UK)
·  M16A1 1975 Rifle Operator's Manual
·  M16A2 W/E 5.56mm U.S.M.C. Operator's Manual 1983
·  Manual of Automatic Arms c1940- Sten, Tommy, Lewis, BAR, Vickers
·  Manual of Grenades c1942 & Grenade Chart (UK, German, U.S.)
·  Manual of Rifles c1940- Lee Enfield, P-14, Ross, USM17, Springfield, Garand
·  Orvis 1975 Guns and Accessories
·  Pistola Automatica c1965- Ballester-Molina cal .45- Argentina
·  Pistolet-Mitrailleur c1964 9mm M1949-French
·  Remington 1912 A New Chapter in an Old Story
·  Remington-Peters 1972 Law Enforcement Officers' Difistrations
·  Ruger 1982 Gun Catalog (Export)
·  Ruger 1985 Gun Catalog
·  Ruger 1987 Gun Catalog
·  Ruger 1988 Gun Catalog
·  Ruger 1988 Police Service Firearms
·  Sten 1942 Gun SMG 9mm MkI, II, III- Parts Identification Manual
·  Sterling Armament Co c1973 Military Gun Catalogue (UK)
·  Sterling Mk 4 Sub Machine Carbine Manual c1970 (UK)
·  Sterling MK4 SMG 9mm L.2.A.3 c1970 User Guide (UK)
·  Sterling MK4 SMG 9mm L.2.A.3- c1970 Spares Catalogue (UK)
·  Sterling Patchett Silenced MK5 SMG 9mm L.34.AI Manual (UK)
·  Target Shooting with the SMLE Rifle c1935
·  The Armourer's Handbook Part I- The Rifle c1940
·  The Armourer's Handbook Part II- Machine Carbines & Pistols c1940
·  The Armourer's Handbook Part III- Light Machine Guns c1940
·  The Marksman- Oct 1950 (UK Magazine)
·  The Marksman- Sept 1950 (UK Magazine)
·  The Mechanism of the Ross Service Rifle c1940
·  The Pattern Room 1987 DGDQA, Enfield Lock UK
·  Vostok MU, MUY Pistol c1965 (USSR)
·  Vostok T03-35 Match Pistol c1964 (USSR)
·  XM177Ec 5.56mm SMG 1967 Draft Copy (US)

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Letters from Readers

Hi Abby, In response to Kenneth’s enquiry (June Newsletter), in the Manton & Co. 1926-1927 Delhi catalogue they advise that Manton & Co. was established at 10 Lall Bazaar Calcutta in 1825 managed by Frederick Manton. As for Jim Corbett’s rifles, I think in the last “Double Gun Journal” there was an article about his 450/400 double which was well used but still alive and well. PS I really enjoy reading your “Rants and Raves” which proves that we are all different and far from perfect. Best regards from Australia. Barry

Abby, Remington 1882 Arms and Ammunition Catalog, do you have a 1883 Remington catalog? Jerry_911 (Ebay)

Jerry, Nope, sorry.

Abby, I have an original 1930 Bannerman Military Goods Catalogue. The cover is missing. It starts on page 5 and goes to 352. Let me know if you are interested. If not, what would you reccomend I do to sell it? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Todd Gillert

Hi Todd, I have a 1930 Bannerman I have not yet processed, thank you for thinking of me. If it were mine, I would sell it on Ebay, but in rough shape it isn't worth a lot of money... maybe $20 or so, but you never know, you might get lucky! Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, Today I received my copy of "Cartridge Guide II/71" (ebay 370791493090) . Unfortunately I have to say that I do not like the quality. First the cutting of the paper is bad. The edges are unclean. The other thing I don't like are the pictures. They look like a bad photocopy. There is some texture on a lot of photos, and others are without details (just vertical black lines). Please have a look at the attached pictures to see what I mean. I own a original copy of the I/69 issue of this guide. Yes, the photos are gray and not the quality like in modern books but they provide much more details than your copy. What can we do about this. Best wishes, Dietmar (Ebay Germany)

Dear Deitmar, Thank you for your note. Forgive me, I thought I made clear how and what we do. I will cut and paste the copy from the Ebay advertisement below. At any rate, because of our guarantee I have refunded your money in full. The package cost you nothing and you can keep the copy you feel is unacceptable. Best wishes, Abby

Copied from the Ebay advertisement for the item you bought:

"Quality: Our mission is to preserve old firearms catalogs at a reasonable price before they are all gone, but our reprints are NOT forgeries of originals, they are exact copies of the originals but not necessarily the exact size or on the original paper or with the original binding. Keep in mind that we reprint over 3500 different publications and each reprint necessarily reflects the quality of the original or copies we work from. Not all donors are perfect by any means. Many old catalogs were printed on poor quality, thin paper with cheap inks that bled and some donor catalogs suffer from stains, rips, bleed-through, fading, bug damage and a host of other problems. Not all can be restored to original condition. We also work with both old reprints and old photocopies. Why? Because that is what is available. Please read the description above to learn more about this publication."

Dear Abby, I received the ordered Catalogue today, but was disappointed to discover that one page of the copy was missing, an important page. If you look at the scan of page 5 you will see that the images are numbered beginning with #7. I received pages 2 & 3 and then the next one in the copy is page 5 (see the attachment). I believe the first six images must be on page 4 which I did not receive with your copy. I would much appreciate it if you would scan that page and send it to me via email if possible. It turns out that the first six images are the critical ones for me, wouldn't you know it? Thanks in advance for your immediate response to this request. Reuben

Dear Reuben, I hate to say this but I think you are wrong. In case I don't understand the problem you described or if the printer failed to print something correctly, I will attach a pdf of a different and later manual file just to be sure. I think the way they set up the manual is screwy, it was probably a translation from the Italian, they do this in a lot of Beretta manuals- skip around with page numbers, but here is the story.

The Contents appear on the page they numbered "3" and list text on pages 10-26. Those with the Illustrations as described in the next sentence are the only text pages there are with the publication as issued. On the page they numbered "2", at the top you will find they state "Illustrations on pages 5, 11, 28, 29 and 30". If you go to the next page, there is no "4" and 5 is the next.

I'm sorry this all confused you, it did me at first too, but you have the whole thing as they published it. On the other hand if you don't like it, you may certainly return it for a refund. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Thanks for your response. What I don't understand about the page 5 photos is that they start with photo #7...and I don't see anywhere photos #1 through #6. I'll deal with the issue and try to figure it out on my own. You don't have to issue a refund. By the way, for some reason I got a notice from Paypal that the payment to you was "cancelled". I did not cancel it, and if you didn't receive the payment, let me know and I'll ask them to issue another payment to you. Reuben

Reuben, I agree the way they set up the manual is odd. Perhaps they made it in several languages and then cut it up into sections, I don't know. I can tell you they intended to start the images at No. 7 because that is where they say the Illustrations begin (see my last note). I did send you a pdf of a later version of the same manual and perhaps that will help you figure out the first one. Best, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Winchester Model 94 Complete Takedown Manual Do you have one of these manuals for an early Winchester model 94 as well? - ikelh1 (ebay)

Dear ike, In a way, Winchester had these manuals made for the guns it was making at the time, late fifties, early sixties. So, these will apply to those guns. However, in 64 they switched to using stamped parts instead of machined parts so the guns were made differently. It is likely this manual will work with older guns, but I'm not a gunsmith so cannot tell you about your specific rifle. Abby

Dear Abby, MAS-Fusil Semi-Automatique De 7,5mm Modele 1949-56 et Modefie. Do you have the french mas 1949-56 manual printed in English language. Thanks - rustydog2011168 (Ebay)

Dear rust, Don't think so but you can dig around and see. What would we have called it in a service speaking English? We do over 5000 manuals and catalogs. Cheers, Rob

Dear Abby, I'm very happy after receiving my first order from you (Speer Wildcat Manual). The manual was reproduce nicely, the cost was reasonable and your shipping was quick. I'm glad your company has items like this available as the originals are hard to come buy. I expect to order additional catalogs and manuals soon. Sincerely, Jean-Paul

Thanks Jean-Paul, way too few people take a moment to say something nice the way you did and I appreciate your compliments. Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby, All 3 catalogues safely received - thank you. They have answered the questions I had around the Midland Gun Company and to be honest, I don't know how researchers managed before you came along! Thanks again Abby, John Milewski

Dear Abby, 1917 Hudson Catalog: Curious, the index lists Haenel pistols and Hubertus air pistol. Is this an error as btoh Haenel & Hubertus came out in the 1930's Do you sell individual ads? Thank you for your time. Bruce Stauff

Bruce, Thanks for the advice. Sometimes we estimate the dates and that is why we say "c1917" for circa meaning about. I'll change the date to the 30s. To answer your question, no, it takes us much longer to extract a single ad than it does to print the whole thing so it would be more expensive to have us do that. Thanks again, Abby

Dear Abby, I had 3 hand guns and4 shot guns and rifels stolen from me the insurance cop.needs to know if they can be replaced. Thank You, Maragene Chesser

Dear Maragene, I am sorry to hear about your loss. If you need to get gun values, I suggest the Blue Book of Used Gun Values. It can be bought online or from Barnes & Noble. Your insurance company probably has one. You could also look at Gunbroker for asking prices of many weapons. We reprint old gun catalogs. How can we help you? Best, Abby

Dear Abby, Manufacture d’Armes des Pyrennes-Model D-E Pistols Would it be possible for you to make the wording on your web page above and below the dismantling of the gun more clear and email that to me? That would be very helpful in determining if that is applicable to my model. Thank you very much, Stewart

Dear Stewart, That would kind of defeat the purpose of us selling the thing for $6.45 wouldn’t it? Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Would you know where I could locate a diagram and parts list for a US Revolver if so could you please send me their contact information. . I believe it's a 1912 model. Thank you for you consideration. – thebaman (Ebay)

Dear the, Well, Iver Johnson made US Revolvers for The Tryon Company of PA. If you think it is a 1912 model it is likely it matches the IJ lines of the same vintage. Our 1914 catalog has parts diagrams that might help you. Iver Johnson 1914 Catalog. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear Abby, Catálogo AYA 1947 Buenos días, hoy he recibido el catálogo que les encargué. He quedado un poco decepcionado al ver que solamente aparece la descripción del arma, cuando en la propaganda enseñan una foto de la misma. El motivo que me interesaba era tener las fotos para poder identificar las escopetas, lo mandado es muy poco. Podrían decir si en alguno de los catálogos AYA están todas las fotos. Gracias. José Font Gomila

Buenos días José, La AYA catálogo 1960 tiene ilustraciones de todas las armas de fuego mencionadas en el índice. Espero que esto ayude. Abby AYA 1960 Aguirre Y Aranzabal Guns (Spanish) Readers: Use Google Translate (I do!)

Dear cornellpubs, do you have a 1916 Iver Johnson gun catalog? - 5762billc (Ebay)

Dear 57, Sorry, these are all we have around 1916, Rob Mouat:

Iver Johnson 1914 Catalog

Iver Johnson 1915 Guns, Bicycles and Motorcycles

Iver Johnson 1917 Revolvers and Guns Parts and Price List Catalog

Dear cornellpubs, hey I was wondering when id be receiving my bb guns.? - umit101 (Ebay)

unmil! You did not read the advertisement! What you bought for $9.45 was a reprint of and old Daisy catalog, not a crate of guns. Please tell me if you would like a refund of the purchase price. The catalog reprint has been mailed to you. Abby

This is the part you missed:

"These Daisy catalogs are color laser REPRINTED from original scans with the permission of the Daisy company. These are NOT ACTUAL GUNS for sale. They are pretty good copies and each is bound or folded and stapled at the spine. They are NOT, however, perfect forgeries of the originals and are sold for the information they contain."

Dear Abby, odl catalogues, we want manton&co 1924 catalogue calutta how to order it from you, send us your newsletter. srinivasa gunhous (India)

Dear Gunhous, You buy an item from us by going to the page (click on the links until you get there), then click on the "Add to Cart" button and follow the instructions to check out. Select either of these two choices:

If you would like to receive the newsletter, you must enter your email address here. Best wishes, Abby

Dear z3bigdaddy, Thanks for sending me the item I purchased on Ebay. I gave you a positive but if I get another item packed with a cut up USPS Priority Box it will be a negative. We all pay for those materials and too many people steal them for cheap packing! Rob Mouat

Sir: I live just south of were you are at, Ann Arbor. Do you have a store were I can look and buy these catalogs? I tend to buy more stuff when I can see it and have it in my hands. Do you ever do the gun show at Mason MI or the Novi gun show? Thanks! Vernon

Dear Vernon, No, I'm sorry we don't have a store. We print to order and stock nothing. We reprint over 5000 old gun catalogs and manuals. Logistically it would be too much to lug around to a gun show (we've tried), besides, when we do go people tend to use us as a library for research and well thumbed copies are not re-sellable. So it is both expensive and unrewarding for us to do gun shows. You might find it easier to look at our reprints at our website where they are organized in better order than on Ebay. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Dear Abby, Re: Rob’s Cataract operation (June Newsletter). Another interesting thing, your letter did not mention. The new lens, has UV protection! Thanks for your publication, William Chapman

Good Day Abby! I've been a subscriber to your newsletter for a couple of years & a customer on a few occasions. The service & product has always been as promised. I always found your service to be professional & timely. After reading many "rants" I believe you to be far more tolerant of immature customers than I would be. I find many of their statements/complaints to be petty & without bearing. It's almost as if you are dealing with children with poor manners. A little more appreciation should be shown towards you (& yours) as your efforts help preserve memories, history & culture. You efforts & professionalism is appreciated by myself & many others. Sincerely, Bob Mengay (Canada)

Dear Bob, Thanks, comments like yours are very encouraging. Sometimes it is hard to stomach the dopoes who complain about trivial things but it is encouragement like yours that gives me the steam to carry on. Cheers, Abby

Hello, My name is Collins Timbrook This mail is to make inquiry on the below question. Do you accept credit card for payment (My USA Master card and Visa card,American Express and Discovery to be precise). Regarding shipping,I already know of a freight forwarder that will pick my packages from your store after payment is confirmed. They are so effective in shipping my goods to my store in Tasmania,Australia is estimated to be 3-4days. Kindly let me know your comments on these, so that I can email you.

Collins, Your email sounds like a Phishing email but on the off chance you are not trying to do something silly, tell me exactly what you are after, the "items" and about your "freight forwarder". We normally use the USPS. AM

Dear cornellpubs, Does this have the Stevens model 65 in it? - toonta252

Dear toonta252, According to the contents listed in the advertisement, the first item in the catalog is: The NEW Stevens Model 65 Bolt Action Rifle. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hi, I made an offer but you didn't respond so I took it as a no, so I tried to buy it now at the listed price and it says you won't sell to me or take messages? Why? I was not trying to disrespect you. I really want this item. I tried to negotiate a cheaper deal, everyone does. I am sorry if I offended you in my offer. I just really want this as it has my rare model 65 in it. That way I can prove to people it is a 65 not a 66. That is why I asked if it had the 65 in it. Please let me buy this. Have you ever had someone begging to buy something from you? I am. I did not mean to make you mad with my offer. please let me buy this. Again, I am sorry that my offer offended you so much you blocked me. I just want this and made an offer for less. Didn't mean anything calice or disrespectful by it. Please reconsider my ban, and let me buy this book. If there is some other reason why I am blocked, please let me know. Maybe there was a mistake. Thanks, Joe - toonta252 (Ebay)

Dear Joe, OK, sure, we block people we think might leave bad feedback because bad feedback really annoys us. Rob Mouat

Hi Abby, Got the package in good time and in good order. Great job again. Cheers from Oz. John Isoardi.

Abby, I like the Abercrombie and Fitch 1910 catalog. Does your copy show reprint or anywhere in the book. Also does your company show that they published the book? Also does it show a copyright date from

Tom, I'm glad you like the A&F 1910 catalog. Please see all the 4000+ old catalogs we have reprinted for over 10 years. Your question was truncated (cut off) but I think if you read the About Us page at our website most of your questions will be answered. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello I would like to purchase Fieldman Rifles Manual (AU) c1955– blaserbriley (Ebay)

Dear blaser, Sure, we would be pleased if you buy the catalog reprint. Here is the link Fieldman Rifles Manual (AU) c1955 just click on it and buy it. Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, I manufacture Lin-Speed Gunstock Finish & Care Oil. I have a Lin-Speed manual that was published back in 1967. It is a very informative "how to" booklet. It is 28 pages and your customers will appreciate the vintage look. Thanks for your time. Bill White, Chairman, Lin-Speed, Inc.

Dear Bill, Thanks so much for your email. I appreciate that you took the time. Please tell me how we can help you. Would you like a link you your website from our links page? I can do that easily and if you would like a banner just send me the code and I can do that. Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, I need help locating Parker Hale references,(which can't be found anywhere), that would give me serial number info, for the bolt action rifles built between 1962 and 1991. Do any of your pubs have this inclusive data? Could you research and let me know. This has proven to be be diicult to track down. The company was sold in 1991 so anthing after that would not apply. Any guns before 1962 would not be of the series I am researching. Stephen

Dear Stephen, No, I can't help. The Parker Hale catalogs I reprint were made originally to sell the guns PH stocked. People often ask if catalogs contained serial numbers of guns the company sold, but they certainly didn't record serial numbers in those catalogs because there would be no reason to do that. PH did, however, often make guns they sold with their name, but that is about all I can tell you. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Thompson c1943 SMG M1928A1 .45 Caliber Basic Field Manual . Hello does the manual show schematics or blueprints? - zundapp4me (Ebay)

Dear zun, No, this is a basic field manual and few fellows in the field would have metal working machines to rebuild the gun. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Abby, Search your site. I tried to search for Browning Medalist. Useless , just took me to alphabetical list!!!!!!!! Chuck Ellison, cisco1@att.net

Chuck, Useless! Well, I'm not certain that I would have chosen that word when presumably writing for help but I'll try to help anyway. The Medalist was made from about 1962 to 1974 and appears in each of the Browning catalogs of that era. When you use the search engine at our website try using just one word. If that doesn't work and there are too many responses, then try two words. Oddly though, you were pretty correct when you chose the expression useless because Medalist doesn't show up in any search despite the fact that it is there in the index of the catalogs. So, I owe you a thank you and will report that to the website people. Cheers, Rob Mouat

Rob, AS I said USELESS. For what it is worth ..... I have spent as much time as I ever intend to. Take the info to heart and improve it! Your reply is useless also .I looked at that info already. Do not reply. I have devoted enough time to useless things today. Chuck

Charming, Chuck. If my reply was indeed useless it was because you were so intent on being discourteous you neglected to say what sort of information you were seeking. RM

Rob, Are you a (F bomb) idiot? Chuck

Chuck, Perhaps, but the nicest thing about owning our own business is not having to serve offensively crude and unintelligent people like you, but thanks for telling me about the problem with the search engine. We are working to fix it. RM

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.

Popups and Blockers

Popup Blockers on your computer may block some links in this newsletter from opening. Many people set their browsers to block popups. This popup blocker may make it impossible to see some of the links in this newsletter because the link may ask the program to open in a new window (popup). If you experience this and want to suspend the popup blocker in Firefox go to Tools/Options/Content and click the popup box. in Internet Explorer go to Tools and then Popup Blocker (about in the middle).

* Tired of SPAM? Virginia (our website guru from Carolina Web Creations) says:

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.

2. Use forwards cautiously - As much as we all like to entertain our friends with funny emails, cute links, and amazing videos, forwarding these things to your entire address book only add to the problem with email harvesters. While your address book may be clean and free of hackers, you can't guarantee that everyone receiving your forwarded email is as fortunate. Once you have forwarded that email (with all the addresses visible) and the recipient then forwards it to their address book, it's all downhill from there.

3. Use caution when visiting websites. Just because a site has appeared in the #1 position in Google doesn't mean it's a reputable organization. Web developers are savvy and are not only skilled at forcing a high ranking position in the search engines, but also at coding things to get what they want from those who visit their webpage.

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.)

5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware. I personally use both of these. Also, use caution when clicking advertisements - remember, these are ADS! They WANT you to click their ad and purchase their product and it's not always something "good for you".

* Paypal - I don't like Paypal any more than most people 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 were cheaper by far than a bank when I started the business and it would cost a fortune to change the code for each page on the website to a new processor.

* 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

Classic Firearms and Parts- a gun parts company that primarily supplies used original parts for firearms that have been discontinued for many years. Call Scott (603) 731-4866 Classic Firearms, 43 Carpenter Road, Chichester, NH 03258 email Scott

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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

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


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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: