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August 2008 Newsletter
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        In This Issue:

              1. Telephone Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Brit Soldiers in Afghanistan Get a Surprise
              4. Letters from Readers
              5. Provenance for Your Gun
              6. Double Gun Classics Magazine
              7. Original Publications for sale
              8. Rants and Raves
              9. Published Reviews of our Work
              10. Miscellaneous

Telephone Calls from the Wilds:Calls from the Wilds Image

I got a call the other day from John Jones, Sales and Marketing Manager for Ray Rumpf & Son- wholesalers of gun books, fishing books and related publications to retailers, gun shops, and people who sell at gun shows. I know this bit of knowledge applies to only a few of you who are resellers but if you are, please take the time to look at the thousands of titles John carries. He offers hefty discounts for those of you with reseller tax numbers- or call John at 877-221-8010 (outside the US call 229-226-8010). His email is johnj@rayrumpf.com Remember though, the company only sells to resellers, not end readers.

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*Next, please double check your address to make certain it is current on all sites where you might order something. It will save a lot of trouble and anxiety. I am thinking of Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms in particular. And, while I am on the subject, I try to keep my prices as low as I can, but, not surprisingly, one of my greatest expenses is advertising, so, if you order directly from my website - www.cornellpubs.com - and not through the auction sites, you will save me a bunch of money that I can reinvest in new, old catalogs for you! Thanks, Abby

* If you have an interesting gun story or unusual firearm you own or owned and you would like to share with Newsletter readers, please send it in by email or post with pictures- if available (and I can return originals, just give me a call first to talk about your story).

* Related to nothing else, I read in Auto Week that this is the 50th anniversary of the year a B47 Stratojet carelessly dropped an A-Bomb on Mars Bluff, South Carolina. This is what Wikipedia says about the incident:

"Mars Bluff is a town in South Carolina that is one of the few instances of a dropping of a nuclear device on a civilian community in the United States and the only site where a civilian structure was destroyed.

On March 11, 1958 a U.S. Air Force B-47 Stratojet from the Hunter Air Force Base's 308th Bombardment Wing in Savannah, Georgia took off around 4:34 p.m. It was scheduled to fly to the United Kingdom for Operation Snow Flurry. The plane was required to carry real nuclear bombs in the event of war breaking out with the Soviet Union. Air Force Captain Bruce Kulka was the navigator and was summoned to the bomb bay area after the captain of the plane had encountered a fault light in the cockpit indicating that the bomb harness locking pin for the transatlantic flight did not engage. As Kulka was reaching around the bomb to pull himself up, he mistakenly grabbed hold of the emergency release pin. The Mk-6 dropped to the floor of the B-47 and the weight forced the bomb bay doors open sending the bomb 15,000 feet down to the ground below.

Although the bomb did not contain the removable core of fissionable uranium and plutonium (the core was securely stored in a containment area onboard the plane), it did contain thousands of pounds of conventional explosives. The resulting explosion created a mushroom cloud and crater estimated to be 75 feet wide and 25–35 feet deep. It destroyed a local home, the residence of a William Gregg, and leveled nearby trees. Nobody was directly killed from the blast but several people were injured from the explosion. Kulka was given the nickname "The Nuclear Nav" and he now lives in Thailand.

The crater is preserved and can still be seen today in Mars Bluff."

I don't remember the incident at all, but then, I was young then. For those of us who grew up with "duck and cover" and the constant threat of "nukular" war the story is one of interest.

By the way, on February 15, 1958 a B-47 collided with an F-86 off the coast of Georgia. It was carrying a Mark 15, Mod 0 nuclear bomb on a simulated combat mission out of Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.

The pilot of the F-86 bailed out safely and his plane crashed. The B-47 was damaged but flyable. The B-47 crew tried landing three times at Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia with the nuclear weapon onboard but because of damage to the aircraft and the risk that the conventional explosive portion of the nuclear bomb could be detonated, the crew was granted permission to jettison the nuclear bomb into the Atlantic Ocean off Savannah. The bomb was dropped from an altitude of about 7,200 feet at an air speed of about 200 knots. The B-47 crew did not see an explosion when the bomb hit the ocean. The plane later landed safely at Hunter.

For the next nine weeks, the Air Force conducted a search of a 3-square-mile area in Wassaw Sound where the bomb was dropped. On April 16, 1958, the Air Force declared that the bomb was irretrievably lost.

Wassaw Sound was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics yachting competition.

The Air Force investigation in 2001 estimated that the bomb landed nose first in the seabed and is now buried in 5 to 15 feet of mud.

I do remember January 17, 1966 when a B-52 dropped three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs on Spain. Not one of the bombs was armed, but conventional explosive material in two of the bombs that fell to earth blew up on impact, forming craters and scattering radioactive plutonium over the fields of Palomares, Spain. A third bomb landed in a dry riverbed and was recovered relatively intact. The fourth bomb fell into the sea at an unknown location.

Eventually some 1,400 tons of radioactive soil and vegetation were shipped to the United States for disposal.

Meanwhile, at sea, 33 U.S. Navy vessels were involved in the search for the lost hydrogen bomb. Using an IBM computer, experts tried to calculate where the bomb might have landed, but the impact area was still too large for an effective search. Finally, an eyewitness account by a Spanish fisherman led the investigators to a one-mile area. On March 15, a submarine spotted the bomb, and on April 7 it was recovered. It was damaged but intact.

Believe it or not, there have been lots of other accidents, military and civilian. Check out the list: Military Nuclear Accidents, Civilian Nuclear Accidents. I don't mean this story as a political statement, just something interesting, but now you know why those those teachers who taught us to "duck and cover" thought it was important! :-o Abby

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

William Greener worked as a journeyman gunmaker for the industry icon Joe Manton in London. In 1829 he opened his own Greener Company. Today, his great-grandson, Graham Greener, is a director of that same company which produces some of the finest shotguns in the world. Graham very generously scanned and sent me 16 old Greener catalogues and flyers. They are available today and are:

Greener Miniature Rifles c1902 Flyer

Greener c1905 Pistols & Revolvers Catalog

Greener c1924 Small Game and Target Rifles Catalog

Greener c1925 Heavy Target and Miniature Club Rifles Catalog

Greener c1930 Magazine Rifle Flyer

Greener c1930 Wildfowl Gun Catalog

Greener c1932 Big Game Rifles Catalog

Greener c1935 Signal Pistol Flyer

Greener c1936 Police Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Blue Pigeon Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Empire Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 GP (General Purpose) Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Harpoon Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Line Throwing Catalog

Greener c1958 GP & Multichoke Gun Catalog

Greener c1960 Stock and Measure Gun Catalog

For more about the Greener company and their retail store go to Shooting Party or go to the Greener Website. (They have some great bargains on used Martini action, single barrel guns they call the G.P. Gun). For other Greener catalog reprints go to: Greener's

Graham also included a Needham 1910 Gun Catalog.

Joel Black very kindly persuaded Roger Michaud to lend us five old Webley catalogs Webley 1908 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog, Webley 1921 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog, Webley 1925 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog, Webley History 1790-1968 and Gun Catalog and a much better copy of the Webley & Scott 1930 than the one I was offering. Webley catalogs are very popular and now, thanks to Joel and Roger we have most of the gaps in their catalogs covered. Thanks so much!

Mike Driskill came up with a BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) c1911 Air Gun Catalog we thought it was earlier but I came across a letter in it from 1910, hence the c1911 date.

From my own files I processed Beretta 6.35mm Automatic Manual c1932, a couple of Colts, Colt 1953 Handgun Handbook and Catalog, Colt 1954 Handgun Manual and Catalog, a very nice Folsom, H. & D. Catalog #40 1940 and a rare Galef, J. L. 1939 World’s Fair Issue Gun, Fishing & Sports Catalog.

Then I dug out a Jeffery 1925 (1927 Prices) Gun Catalog, a beautiful Purdey 1936 Gun Catalog, a Ross Rifle 1914 Exercises Booklet, Von Lengerke and Detmold 1920-21 Gun & Sport Catalog and a more modern version of the very popular Walther PP and PPK (1956) Manual

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

The Second Afghan War in 1880 left some nasty surprises for British troops serving today in Afghanistan:

Gun Digest Magazine ran an interesting piece in the August 4th edition. Remember the Martini-Henry rifles Atlanta Cutlery imported from the arsenal in Nepal a few years ago? Martini-Henrys were the second breech loading cartridge rifles issued to the British Army. That was the rifle featured in Zulu, the great 1964 film about the Battle of Rorke's Drift in Natal, South Africa in 1879. Well, at about the same time, the British Army, supplemented by the Indian Army, was also fighting the Second Afghan War (the first was in 1840- history repeats itself) and it seems that the 66th Foot Regiment (later the Berkshire Regiment) was equipped with the single shot, breech loading, .45 Martini-Henry rifle. The Indian troops were still equipped with the older Snider rifles.

66th Foot Soldier

Bombay Infantry

The Battle of Maiwand on 27 July, 1880 (west of Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan) went poorly for the Brits and the remnants of the 66th Foot fell back to the village of Khig where eleven survivors of the regiment made a final stand in a walled garden, two officers and nine soldiers. In all at Maiwand, the Brits lost 21 officers and 948 soldiers and although the Afghan casualties may have exceeded 3000 the Brits lost the day.

66th Foot at the Battle

Now, fast forward to today. You can imagine the surprise our allies the Brits had when they discovered Martini-Henry rifles on the battlefield in current day Afghanistan. Sure enough, the Taliban and Al-Qa'ida have been using the one hundred and thirty year old rifles to fight us today. The same guns looted from the bodies of Brit troops at the Battle of Maiwand in 1880!

Brit troops today

Letters from Readers:

Dear Abby,

I just opened your package and spent a wonderfully nostalgic hour going though the copy of Andy Palmer's ... Military Inn ...Military Inn Image

I was born in Detroit (home of the Military Inn) and raised in northern Ohio.  I became a firearms enthusiast early on and remain so at my current age -- 65 years.

Whenever we'd pass the Military Inn coming and going from visiting relatives in Detroit my father would promise me that when I was old enough to legally walk into a saloon he'd take me there to see this famous collection of firearms.  On my 18th birthday (legal drinking age in Michigan, but not Ohio, at the time) my dad was good to his word.  He and I drove the 100 miles north and I got to spend an entire afternoon with jaw agape wandering from weapon to weapon, gun case to gun case in this rustic old bar and grill.

 (I hope you have looked through this book, if not then little of what follows will make much sense.)  The highlight of the day was meeting Roy Scates, an old rummy who camped out there at the bar and sold his stories and autographs for a drinks and tips.  I spent nearly an hour being regaled by him as Dad bought his whiskey and finally plunked down two or three bucks for the book, a copy of which you just sent me.  Over years the original sort of evaporated from use and age, and your facsimile is a real treasure to me.  It even has Roy Scates' autograph in it as did the one I had years ago.

By the way my dad had let me bring my own gunbelt and revolver with me in a sack and I showed it to Mr. Scates who showed proper interest and then asked if I'd like to draw against him. I took the bait and strapped on my very fast rig while the octogenarian (at least) put on his moldering two gun rig with a ponderous 1875 Remington single action revolver on each side.  It seemed a cumbersome and heavy looking outfit to me -- at least those were my initial thoughts until we stepped onto the dance floor and the old gent beat me at least half a dozen times to the delight of all the patrons in the place (it was getting to be supper time by then).  The old gent wasn't kidding.  He was a greased rattler with a six-gun.  I was, and am, proud to have met him and to be beaten by him.

This was one of those special days of my life, one of very few days I ever got to spend alone with my father, one of the few times he devoted his attention to me alone.  Your reprint book has brought all that back, and for that I thank you.

I've lived in Arizona now for over half my life, was a deputy sheriff here in my much younger years while working on one of the degrees that finally made me into a Univ. Prof., as which I spent most of my adult life.  But in those early years I met some of the territorial folks who also knew some of the old-west gun-fighters that Roy Scates told me about, and the stories the locals told me jibed with those of Mr. Scates.  He knew what he was talking about then, and I was lucky enough to shake his hand not long before he departed.  I also met Andy Palmer that special day in Detroit.

Sorry to bore you with all this, but I was constrained to write for the same reason Ol' Roy Scates was obliged to talk to me:  Because I'm al old geezer who is always looking for someone to tell his story to.

 pax       
       D. F. "Doc" Gundersen

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!

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

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

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

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Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-2287
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Double Gun Classics Magazine

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

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

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

 

 

Original Publications for sale:

I am determined to sell some original catalogs that are slowly filling my garage making departure in my car difficult! I think I will get to it starting in September. if you would like prior notice to the sales, please sign up for the newsletter announcing when and where. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: eightbore@comcast.net. And many thanks to all of you who signed up already! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

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This month's winner is:I was very disappointed in the Book or Flyer I received from you I thought I might get some useful information on the Manufrance shotgun nothing was useful. Take me off any mailing list you have. I had got more from are library. Steve S For more crazed individuals and some very nice people, go to: RAVES and RANTS

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

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

Old Newsletters are available online:

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

Facts about some of my recent reprints:

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

INDEXES for Every Catalog...

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

Must Read:

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

Cheers,
Abby

Beretta 6.35mm Automatic Manual c1932

BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) c1911 Air Gun Catalog

Colt 1953 Handgun Handbook and Catalog

Colt 1954 Handgun Manual and Catalog

Folsom, H. & D. Catalog #40 1940

Galef, J. L. 1939 World’s Fair Issue Gun, Fishing & Sports Catalog

Greener Miniature Rifles c1902 Flyer

Greener c1905 Pistols & Revolvers Catalog

Greener c1924 Small Game and Target Rifles Catalog

Greener c1925 Heavy Target and Miniature Club Rifles Catalog

Greener c1930 Magazine Rifle Flyer

Greener c1930 Wildfowl Gun Catalog

Greener c1932 Big Game Rifles Catalog

Greener c1935 Signal Pistol Flyer

Greener c1936 Police Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Blue Pigeon Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Empire Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 GP (General Purpose) Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Harpoon Gun Catalog

Greener c1950 Line Throwing Catalog

Greener c1958 GP & Multichoke Gun Catalog

Greener c1960 Stock and Measure Gun Catalog

Iver Johnson c1907 Gun & Sports Catalog

Iver Johnson c1971 History & Gun Catalog

Jeffery 1925 (1927 Prices) Gun Catalog

Needham 1910 Gun Catalog

Purdey 1936 Gun Catalog

Ross Rifle 1914 Exercises Booklet

Von Lengerke and Detmold 1920-21 Gun & Sport Catalog

Walther PP and PPK 1956 Manual

Webley 1908 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog

Webley 1921 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog

Webley 1925 Revolvers, Pistols & Air Guns Catalog

Webley History 1790-1968 and Gun Catalog

 

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