Calls from the Wilds



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"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."


The iconic 179 year old gun maker has filed for bankruptcy. The company behind the pistol the "won the West" is at least $350 million in debt, after private equity firms that bought a controlling stake a decade ago borrowed too much and paid themselves too lavishly.

The Week

Bankrupt Colt is "now in a free-fall Chapter 11"

M4 criticized, Colt lost government contract and police move to Glock amid reports of Colt 1911 jamming.

M4Problems had plagued Colt’s version of the M4 for years before it lost the U.S. Government bid.

Among soldiers who relied on it, the rifle was often criticized as being unreliable—good in sterile conditions but prone to malfunctioning once it got dirty, as it often did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2007, Colt’s M4 finished last in an “extreme dust test” that pitted the rifle against models made by rival manufacturers. Despite the poor showing, Army leaders said they were still confident in Colt’s design.

Analysts see several missteps leading to Colt's bankruptcy filing

Morongo Tribe Rides to Colt’s Rescue

Essentially, the company that owns Colt, Sciens Capital Management, has been feuding with bondholders for control of Colt. The bondholders blame Sciens for not investing enough money to make competitive products and Sciens denies that. The bondholders moved into a controlling posture in May and offered to finance a turnaround via Chapter 11 that began June 14th.

Meanwhile, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, a Native American group from SoCal is riding to an attempted rescue. “We are the West,” said Drew Ryce, attorney for the Morongo tribe. “All we know is that the company failed and we don’t want that to happen. It’s an iconic American company. It shouldn’t fail. It shouldn’t go away.”

For Colt’s Native American suitors, it’s not just business; it’s history, interest and commitment, their attorney said. “We have gone to great lengths to get our hands on Colts,” he said. “Just ask General Custer.”

The Morongos are apparently planning to bid in a sale situation or offer financial support with money from its casino/resort operations in the event a turnaround plan is chosen.

Wall Street Journal

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Illustrated IED Manual:


Summer Fun:

Hey, let's grab the boat and go watch them...

How Many Colors Do You See?

It is said that women can see more shades of color than men, but whether you’re a man or a woman, the number of colors you can see is limited by the color receptors in your eyes. These cone-shaped receptors are usually divided into three types, each one sensitive to a different color – red, blue, or green. The rest of the colors we see are just a combination of these three colors.

However, some people only have two types of receptors, making them a little color blind. About half of the population in the world have three types, while the remaining group has four types of receptors, and can see more shades of color than most other people.

If you want to know how many types of cones you have in your eyes, count the number of shades you see in the picture below.


Less than 20 shades – Dichromat

You only have two receptor types, a bit similar to dogs. You probably prefer to wear black, beige, and blue shades. About 25% of the population are dichromats, most of whom are men.

20-32 shades – Trichromat

You have three types of receptors and enjoy wearing different colors. Your ability to perceive color is within the normal range. Roughly 50% of the population are trichromats.

33-39 shades – Tetrachromat

You’re probably a tetrachromat, and like bees – you have four types of receptors in your eyes. You can see quite a few more colors than the average person. You’re probably irritated by the color yellow and less likely to wear clothes in any yellow shade. Some 25% of the population are tetrachromats, most of whom are women.

More than 39 – Count again

There are only 39 shades in the picture.

Car Broken Down?

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. "Not a chance," says the husband, "it is 3:00 in the morning!" He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers. "Did you help him?" she asks. "No, I did not, it's 3 a.m in the morning and it's bloomin' well pouring with rain out there!"

"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself! "God loves drunk people too you know."

The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?" "Yes," comes back the answer. "Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband. "Yes, please!" Comes the reply from the dark. "Where are you?" asks the husband.


"Over here on the swing," replies the drunk..

What a Great Idea!

park here

The Bucket List:

Rick Hacker Shares His 50 Favorite Firearms

Cover ImageCincinnati, Ohio – Every firearm enthusiast has personal favorites, and firearms expert Rick Hacker is no exception. 50 Famous Firearms You’ve Got to Own: Rick Hacker’s Bucket List of Guns, the latest offering from Gun Digest Books, details Hacker’s personal picks for the best all-around firearms for shooting, investment, collecting, self-protection and plinking. The book is now available at Gun Digest Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major and specialty booksellers.

Over the book’s 176 pages, veteran American Rifleman contributor and field editor Hacker shares his opinions on the handguns, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders that every firearm fan should own—or at least shoot—in their lifetime. Mostly steering clear of highly-coveted (read: expensive) and rare collectible guns, 50 Famous Firearms focuses on the benefits of popular, obtainable firearms that any owner can add to his or her gunsafe. With a full chapter dedicated to each firearm, Hacker educates readers on the unique history of each carefully selected model, delivers fascinating, little-known historical and performance facts, and shares his personal experience shooting each gun. Full-color photos accompany each firearm’s description.

Among the guns featured in 50 Famous Firearms are representatives from some of today’s most popular manufacturers, including Colt, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Beretta and Remington, among others. Readers will learn about the Colt Buntline Special, a stretch-barreled Single Action Army steeped in mythology and fact that is responsible for the make-believe foundation for the real legend of Wyatt Earp. Hacker also details the Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, also known as “The Gun That Made the 20s Roar,” credited for both starting and stopping the gangland wars of the Great Depression. 50 Famous Firearms also shares the true story of the M1 Carbine, the most prolific battlefield weapon used in World War II. Hacker includes the Winchester Model 21, Smith & Wesson’s Model 29, Remington Model 700 and so many more that demand to be part of a gun enthusiast’s collection.

ISBN-13: 978-1-4402-3990-8 ∙ Price: $29.99 ∙ Hardcover: 8.25 x 10.88 ∙ 176 Pages

About the Author: Rick Hacker has written about guns for almost 40 years and is widely acknowledged as one of America’s foremost firearms experts. A longtime contributor to titles such as American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, Safari, Handguns, RifleShooter and Gun Digest, Hacker collects 19th and early 20th century firearms and has hunted with originals and replicas of these historic guns in Africa and North America.

Rob Mouat

Viet Nam and the Politicians who Deceived Us All

For those of us who remember the Viet Nam war it was a confusing time of hippies, pro and anti-war protests and brothers lost in battle. A little later we remember the “Watergate Break-in” and the infamous White House Tapes and the eventual resignation in disgrace of President Richard Nixon. Some of the more notorious moments were captured on tape in the very Oval Office where many of the events leading to Nixon’s resignation took place. Even the critical silence of the 18 1/2 minute “gap” caused when Nixon’s secretary Rosemary Woods “hit the record button in error when answering the telephone” was exciting then.

But… there were other tapes. Before Nixon there was Lyndon Johnson, the embattled president who was responsible for the run-up up of the war in SE Asia. Johnson who inherited that job when John Kennedy was assassinated was reelected in a landslide over Barry Goldwater in 1964. Johnson was a “politician’s politician” and few would doubt he sincerely meant well for the country. But he, like so many before and after him, fell victim to the circumstances crashing all around him and somehow lost control of the reigns of state.

By 1968 he had announced publicly that he would not run to be elected President… but he was running tape machines in the Oval Office. Those tapes were not released publicly until a couple of years ago and they reveal some very juicy insights into events of those tumultuous times. For example, Johnson had planned to run for president himself (after he said he wouldn’t) and fly to the top of the Democratic Convention Center building in Marine One to make the announcement if…

Johnson also had evidence that Richard Nixon had sabotaged the Paris Peace Talks with the North Vietnamese, effectively committing treason but he did nothing about it. Johnson’s silence about Nixon’s actions caused the war to drag on under Nixon for years more of bloodshed.

Why did Nixon interfere with the Peace Talks? Well, if the peace talks had been successful his presidential campaign might have been derailed; he chose treason to ensure election. But Johnson knew about what Nixon did and he did nothing about it, why? Well, had Johnson said something, it would have revealed Johnson had the FBI and the NSA bugging critical communications and that might have compromised Johnson.

Johnson did tell Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic Presidential nominee, in the end so he could use the ammo to sink Nixon’s campaign during the last few days before the election but Humphrey thought he would win and decided not to reveal what he knew. He lost… circles within circles! How little we average citizens know about anything that goes on in government and what a pity that is!

For more read this BBC News Story

Arms Heritage Magazine

Arms Heritage Magazine – Vol 4 IS READY!

A Little History and Background

Several years ago it became apparent that Gun Report Magazine was defunct and when offers of assistance or buyout were rejected, we decided to start a new magazine from scratch. However, the startup cost of a print magazine was higher than any of the principals were willing to invest and it is increasingly obvious that the future is, like it or not, on-line publication.

Naturally, some of the former readers of Gun Report and current subscribers to Man-at-Arms missed the printed copies of their new favorite magazine- Arms Heritage. So, we have taken two steps to respond to these protests—first we introduced the ability to view Arms Heritage Magazine in downloadable pdf format in addition to the on-line reader version. The pdf enables readers to download and print selected articles or, if they desire, the entire magazine. The second thing was to consolidate all the articles for each year into an annual printed "Compendium”.

With the help of Cornell Publications all four “Annual Compendiums”, each containing all bi-monthly magazines for the year are now available in beautifully bound sets. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. All four past years are now available for purchase at Cornell.

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Letters from Readers

Comments or Questions?

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Ross Seyfried has asked if anyone has a Westley Richards catalog from before 1900 (that we don't have). Apparently none may exist earlier than the ones we have. Ours are: WESTLEY RICHARDS

Dear Readers: Quite a few nice people wrote to us after they read the horrid comments made by Mr. Ledbetter as related in our last newsletter (under Rob Mouat). We appreciate all your thoughts and comments and it is for those good wishes that we do our job. Rob and Abby


Abby and Rob: After having been a longtime user of your site, it's important that someone thank you both for doing such a great service to the collector community! I'd like to say I'm amazed at what you have to put up with from some of your "customers", but having been previously in law enforcement for 28 years and now working as a consultant in the arms field, I empathize with both of you. There are some really disturbed folks out there that use the "safety" of the internet to be rude, unreasonable and want to hold others to a higher standard than they would ever want to be held to by anyone (assuming they had anything of value to offer to others). I hope you keep up the good work that most of us appreciate. I will continue to use your excellent service and appreciate the often thankless efforts you both do for the majority of us true customers! Take care, John Robinson.


Hi Rob and Abby—Just wanted to let you know how much enjoyment I have gotten from the various reprints I have received from you. The quality has been excellent, even better than I would have expected from such old documents. Tell Mr. Ledbetter to (go to) Hell! Best Wishes, Bob Burrows


Hi, Abby! Loved "The Best of Times" video! I've shared the link with most of my grey-haired friends so they could shed a tear over paradise lost also. Thanks! Keep up the good work; you are appreciated for all that you do. All the best, John Marshall


Rob and Abby: Being a gunsmith and in business for myself it's hard to keep everybody happy. Just keep doing what your are doing at your best, because you are doing it great. Bruce Williams, Sitting Duck Gunsmith


Dear Abby and Rob, Baba, my mothers mother taught me to say ‘Thank You’ when someone does something kind. Grandma, my dad’s mother taught me to say ‘Thank you’ when someone takes the time to teach me. My mother taught me to say ‘Thank You' when someone obviously cares to ‘live learn and pass it on’. My wife taught our children to say “Thank You’ for any act of kindness and sharing from another person. I never knew my grandfathers, but my Dad and I wholeheartedly agreed and supported our wives. And Peg and I beam when our three grandchildren always show loving appreciation for another’s actions by saying ’Thank You’. And YES, my mom and dad taught me all those life lessons from ‘home schooled’ Especially I remember the clean underwear, strange how we learn habits. They were all right after all. Even thought I had to “Get the belt” a few times. My parents never laid a hand on me. No doubt a little fear and respect is wise teaching. Thank you Mom and Dad. RIP And I tip my hat and say "Thank you Rob and Abby". Warmest Regards, Joe Smigo


Abby and Rob, I continue to appreciate this newsletter and the effort that goes into it by both of you. The emails from Mr. Ledbetter demonstrate your patience and restraint when dealing with an obvious fringe of civilized humanity. I am personally sorry that anyone would attack your integrity and sincerity in supplying a quality product and service. On a lighter note, the Lessons from Mom and Dad were priceless! Thanks! I forward nearly every one of your newsletters to friends and family! Best regards, Max Davis


Dear Abby, This is the first Newsletter I have received from you after purchasing on of your military manuals. I really enjoyed reading everything you posted. Especially Cc ledbetter’s email. It just goes to prove, you can satisfy some of the people but you cannot satisfy all the people. Thanks, Kaydees1 (Ebay)


Abby and Rob, this is Tom from Portland, Oregon. I love the things I have purchased from you. Where else can I learn about some of the weird items I have. I have had a Charlin shotgun for years and could find no information about it. I did not shoot it because I did not know the chamber length and was told that French shotguns had short chambers. I purchased three catalog copies from you and had my neighbor (who is from France) read them to me. Did not learn about chamber length but many other things. Took the gun to my favorite gunsmith to get it apart and determine the quality level. Charlin shotguns do not break open like most side by side guns. They have a sliding breech. The gun opens rather easily and looking at the guality indicators on the barrel flats and receiver and looking at the information from you my gun is the highest guality gun they made at that time. Without your catalog reprints I would not have known that. As most folks have never heard of these guns let alone having seen one, without your catalog I would not know either. Thanks!!


Dear Abby and Rob, I have a small, but significant complaint about your newsletter and website. I start reading the "rants", and before I know it, an hour has passed and I have a headache from shaking it in amazement at the oblivious idiots out there who fail to read the rules of the game and then blame you for their shortcomings! Keep up the good work! Best regards, David Kaiser


Dear Rob and Abby, I have thought that you may be doing a public service, month after month, in bringing rants and rages to daylight. I don't know. The story in this month's newsletter is disturbing. There are people I know whom I worry about. All the mass shootings we see are by nutcases, and there are too many of them. Bless you if it works. I hope so. Ed Reading


Hi Abby & Rob, I enjoy your newsletter each month. Are you going to publish Volume 4 of Arms Heritage magazine? I hope so & am looking forward to adding it to my book collection. Regards, Jerry


Abby, I truly enjoy your Cornell Publication. I recognize no documents I wish to purchase from this June newsletter. I do want to sent you a stipend to support and sustain you. How can I do that? Bob Johannesen in Amarillo

Dear Bob, Your kind words are more than enough compensation for our labors. Thank you so much for thinking of us, we do appreciate your generosity. Rob and Abby


Dear Abby, refr: Speer 1956 Handloader Manual No.1. At first was a little disappointed because I saw it and hit buy it now because of the rarity of the book. Later to see it was a reprint. But after receiving it I believe it's prolly as good if not better than original. Good work! Thank you! - jdlvr84 (Ebay)


Hello Abby, I received my #1075 - Browning 1967 Shotguns, Rifles and Pistols Catalog today and I would like to say thank you for doing a fine job of putting together a great reproduction of the original. My compliments on the quality and your craftsmanship. Thank you, Ed Rivel


Rob, Thanks very much for this. I will recommend your service to others and I will (in the future) get manuals from your store. Excellent customer service. Kind regards, FGM



Joe, We ship our reprints worldwide. Cheers, Rob


Aytunc Menevse wrote last month with some questions about his shotgun sans barrel and Mike Carrick kindly provided the following explanation:

Dear Rob:

Shield with Knight’s Head: Eibar Proof House mark, used after 9 July 1931

Crossed Guns: Proof of a two-barrel gun (blackpowder?)

Shield, can’t make it out, but probably large letters BP over an oval: Voluntary smokeless powder proof.

16-70: sixteen gauge with a 70 mm shell length, i.e., 2-¾”

Oval J.A.: perhaps the maker’s code.

I see the letter under this one if from John Moss. I know John from our years working together in the 1960s at the San Francisco Gun Exchange. Anything John tells you about guns, you can believe.

Regards, Mike Carrick



Dear Karen, I don't know what those are so I suppose they might be in some of the 5000 catalogs we reprint but I have no idea where to look or even what era they were available during. Sorry. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, 1920-30'S ERA FARMING PLOWS AND BLADES - btbandabbermake3s

Karen, I doubt we have that information although they might be in some catalogs. When you write to possible sources it would be helpful to note along with the era, if the implements are toys or the real thing and what sort of company sold them-- Sears, Montgomery Ward, Iver Johnson, Hardware stores , toy stores etc. Rob


Abby, I received a box full of Kynoch and Eley catalogues today, the 30th of June. Many thanks and they are a gold mine of information. What a resource!!! Kindest regards, Dennis


Dear Abby, Do you have a translator for books of other languages ? I have a book by the title of Fusils De Chasse authored by Le General Journee. This particular copy was the personal book belonging to G. T. Garwood. It is written in french and to my knowledge is way out of print and has never been translated to English. If you are interested and have someone who can translate it to english I will send a copy. This is a very rare book and it is from what I'm told is expert information. Please let me know what you think. Thanks, Barry Dickey

Dear Barry, No I'm afraid I don't know anyone who could translate the book for you... that is a really big job. It could take weeks for do and, I am afraid, the return would be modest in sales so there would not be a lot of money to pay someone for the effort. It there are any passages you would like "sort of" translated, the Google tool is pretty good- just type in the French and out comes a general English version: https://translate.google.com. Any volunteers? Cheers, Rob


Thank you Abby, it has been a pleasure dealing with you. Best regards, Rick


Dear Abby, Many thanks! Have received the books and they are already a help with my research. Cheers, Lew


Dear cornellpubs, Re Russell Cutlery Catalog 1884- are the J.Ward atlas works knives described in this pub? Thanks - catchagreatdeal

Dear catch... Like most resellers, they do not identify the makers of the knives they didn't manufacture themselves. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, know your product If you don't want to bother looking just tell me FYI atlas works c.1880 John Russell & co - catchagreatdeal

Dear catch... What? I have no idea what you are talking about although I guess you are trying to be rude. I looked at the Russell catalog for you just like I do for hundreds of other customers who ask detailed questions (askers rarely buy though). The catalog lists products made by Russell and mentions no other company... just what I told you. Also, we reprint over 5000 old catalogs and cannot possibly know the history behind each one! Rob Mouat


Dear cornellpubs, re: Ackley, Parker O. c1953 Handbook for Shooters & Catalog I am very curious about this brochure. It would mean a lot to me to know, if you can determine it, where the original was printed. It may very well have been done in my father's newspaper office in Eupora, Mississippi, and I may have actually run the press to do the printing. We did print this or a similar brochure for Ackley about 1953-54, I believe in exchange for some item/work from Ackley. I would love to find an original, of course, but if this is the one we did I will certainly want a copy. (This one doesn't appear just as I remember it, but 60 year memory is....well, you know!, and I can hardly imagine he'd have two printed so close together.) Thank you very much. Muse Davis

Dear Muse, There is no indication in the book about who printed the book. They (Ackley) was located in Utah. The picture in the advertisement depicts the cover and, of course, an inside page, it is not the entire piece as it was printed originally or would be printed by us, just and ad picture that you saw. Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, May 7, 2015. well got to put this info into evaluation feedback that you are holding my payment to refund after you got your product returned. obviously you are shameless person. - motion-studio-usa

Dear motion-studio-usa, Ivaar, We spent 15 minutes on the phone with Ebay this morning. It seems that although Abby refunded your money on May 1st through Paypal, Ebay now wants to be notified the refund was initiated and that is why the money was on hold. We learned about this new procedure on the phone call. The Ebay woman assured us that the Paypal payment was being held by Ebay and that it has now been released (I have no idea why that was). Please check your account and confirm you received the money. I am sorry you had to become agitated to get paid but Ebay is never easy to deal with and they have constantly changing policies that are difficult to keep up with. Best wishes, Rob


Hi Rob and Abby I just wondered if got my email about the Ithaca 1924 catalog being a 1900-1901 Ithaca catalog Thanks John Pitts

Hi John, Sorry, each of us thought the other wrote you. Yes, we did, and I made the changes. It is only with help from fellows like you that we can be as accurate as we can and we appreciate your help. By the way, if we are unsure we put c19xx to let folks know. Thanks again, Rob Mouat


Thanks Rob & Abby, especially for the work you do , no rush on this. I acquired the gun a few years ago and slowly fixing it up, and was looking on ebay for another magazine and saw your ad for the manual and thought that would be good to have with it .. anyway, Thanks again, Ray


Dear Cornell, Here's a shot in the dark. I need some of the upper side plate screws for older pre-model N-frame Smith and Wesson revolvers, aka 5-screw revolvers. I see them on E-bay, but I kinda trust you folks. I can use some of the other side plate screws for the same guns, as well. Thanks for any help or advice you might be able to give me. Best regards, Dennis Droege

Dennis, It’s nice to be “kinda” trusted, thanks. We don't sell parts but if you go to our website below, look under the HELP button for the link to parts suppliers. They should be able to help you. Rob


Dear Cornell, I have purchased several of this type manuals from your company. The Speer manual listed above,would you look at the index to see if Savage 250 Ackley Improved cart. are listed.Thank You Reuben Griffith

Dear Reuben, I checked all the Speer books back to 1954 and none has the Ackley 250. I also looked at the Nobel, RCBS, Norma, Lyman Ideal etc with no luck. In the next week or two I'll be doing the newsletter so if you want to put your question to the readers I bet we can find you a source. Rob

Rob. thanks for the offer. I did just find a source for the 250/3000 Ackley Imp. Data. Reuben G.


Bonjours, I am looking for black powder reloading. I have a 38-55 Winchester and I would like to reload with balck powder, and also with smokeless powder. Any info with all the old books you are selling? Merci Bruno Cantin

Dear Bruce, The Ideal Catalogs have the information you need. I checked the 1904 #16 edition and it certainly has load information for smokeless, semi-smokeless and black powder IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) Cheers, Rob


Dear cornellpubs, What is the transport cost to Greece in Europe ? Thanks – chalkiop (Ebay)

Dear chalkiop, We do not ship to Greece through Ebay, we had too many lost packages. You could try our website if you like where we can only guarantee delivery to the port of departure from the US. Cheers, Rob


Dear Cornell, Just discovered your site. WOnderful. Want to order some Holland&Holland catalogues, but a digital copy is also OK (saves postage). Would that be possible? Best regards, Egbert Stap (France)

Dear Mr. STAP, Thank you for your note. Our project preserves old gun catalogs before they are all gone in digital format. We pay for the project by selling hard paper copies of the catalogs we have processed. Unfortunately we have learned though hard experience that if we sell digital copies they instantly appear all over the internet for free or on Ebay which doesn't help us to pay bills, so no, we sell only the paper copies. I'm sorry. Cheers, Rob


Hello Abby, I am interested by older Malcolm catalogs but, as I find nothing prior of the one ordered, I know that you have none. Do you think that it could be possible for you to find that ? I must check your site because you have so much references that it is rather difficult to choose... Waiting for the catalogs and with my very best regards from France. Johannes

Dear Johannes, Malcolm sights were mentioned in other manufacturer catalogs. To find them, go to the search bar at the top of the page and enter "Malcolm". The Malcolm catalogs will appear first. Lower down you will see other catalogs featuring Malcolm sights. Please let us know if you need more help. Best wishes, Abby


Dear Abby, Do you have a reprint as to how to use a Win 1894 reloading tool? Thank you Donald Shurr

Dear Don, We might but I don't know where to look for it- might be in one of the Win catalogs. I think your best bet is ARCTA: http://www.antiquereloadingtools.com. They are a great bunch and may be better able to help. Cheers, Rob


Hello, I am looking for a copy of the Lyman factory sight repair guide. They are supposed to be in loose binding, 36 pages long and in standard 8 1/2 x 11. They cover the total rebuilding of all Lyman receiver & tang sights. It also gives parts information as well. Thanks for your assistance. btw... I have several of your reprinted catalogs and have enjoyed them tremendously. regards, Ben Tolson

Ben, I guess you looked at the Lymans we list. They are the only ones available at the moment but we do add new items each month that are announced in the newsletter. Cheers, Rob

Readers? Anyone have one we might borrow?


Hello Rob and Abby ! Thank you again for taking my order for the Hopkins And Allen Book ! I can hardly wait to get it ! I saw that it would have information on the Merwin, Hulbert Revolvers that were manufactured at H&A as welll. There is a book out there called The History of Merwin, Hubert and Co. Firearms by Art Phelps, but it is ridiculously so expensive, (and the only book on the subject !), I was looking for an alternative to it in the form of an H&A Book that might be more helpful... If you look in Flayderman's Antique American Arms Book 9th Edition, he doesn't give Phelps book a great review... And recently watched an episode of. "Gunnytime" on the Outdoor Channel with Peter Sherayko and Sgt. Ermey shooting a couple of Merwin revolvers just got me so interested in getting one for myself, I knew I just had to read up on them first. Thankfully I found your site and your offering and I knew I found the right people and place ! Thank you again for being there for me, and I can hardly wait for the book !!! Yours, Mark DuCap

Dear Mark, Abby sent you a list of all our publications including the Merwin Hulbert catalogs we reprint. We have a couple of Phelps books that are too valuable to sell- we know what you mean. We tried some years ago to get his nephew to let us reprint his book but to no avail. Oh well, Rob


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Readers, After the abuse we took last month from Mr. Ledbetter (Under Rob Mouat) we were blissfully unmolested this month, but don't worry, we have a nutjob waiting in the wings to get his $4.95 capgun catalog in the mail so he can give us a bad feedback on ebay... we'll be sure to share it next month. They never go away, they just lurk in the background! Abby

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4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, 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 hurt your computer, possibly ruin it!)

5. If you're interested in "cleaning up" your computer to remove possible spamware and malware, you can download free programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware.

At the Cornellpubs website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, 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.

* 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 I use my book scanner. The catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This puts much less stress on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing 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. Abby


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" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety...

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be safe to send your card information to the company... if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


email William E Sterner Bill is certified by the American Gunsmithing Institute as an appraiser. His website for Black Shepherd Firearms Appraisal


Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. 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 selling parts for old guns...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


Abby and Rob