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August 2009 Newsletter
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        In This Issue:

              1. Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Letters from Readers
              4. Rants and Raves
              5. Notes for New Readers
              6. Parts Suppliers
              7. Provenance for Your Gun
              8. Serial Numbers by Year for Your Gun
              9. Original Publications for sale
              10. Old Newsletters

Calls from the Wilds:Calls from the Wilds Image

*The technical aspects of sending a newsletter sometimes overshadow the content for me. When I first sent the August edition it seems that most if not every one failed to be delivered. I’ve spent the last two weeks bouncing between the newsletter software folks and the host server that actually sends out the newsletter. Each blamed the other for undefined “issues” the other was apparently having that neither “supported”. It was all very frustrating and fraught with terms such as bounce back, authentification (sic) errors, throttling, and other mysterious expressions of dismissal. It is my hope that the problems will magically go away and I will be able to succeed with this second mailing.

Naturally, I apologize if you are getting a second copy of this letter but I anticipate that 20 or 30 people will become so enraged by the imposition of duplicate newsletters that they will send me a note removing themselves from the newsletter list. To them I say goodbye and I am sorry to have disappointed you.


*An interesting letter in the Australian Shooter Magazine, which I quote:
"If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the  Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers. The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 percent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are in Iraq .  Conclusion: The US should pull out of Washington ." 


*Catalogs, although a great help in identifying guns and model, are not always the final word. Two weeks ago I got an email about a Marlin 1941 catalog a fellow bought last year from me. He was trying to establish the date of the first Marlin Model 90 ST and there it was in the 1941 catalog. He called to let me know that as far as he knew the gun was not made until about 1953 and he assumed the purported 1941 catalog was probably mis-dated. His theory about the manufacture date was pretty well confirmed by the 1952 catalog that pictured a Model 90 ST and said it was not yet in production but would be soon. Hmmm. I was working with a photocopy of the 1941 and the cover matched others released in the 1940s and did not match the style of those in the 50s. Furthermore, the photocopy came from a very reliable source who, as far as I know, has never made a mistake on catalog dates. So, how come the Model 90 ST in the 1941 catalog? Well, I am willing to bet the answer is that just before the U.S. entered WWII (Dec. 7, 1941) Marlin planned to produce the 90 ST, put it in their catalog, but shelved the idea when they had to shift over to wartime production. The plan was not dusted off until 1953. Does that sound reasonable?


*Along the same lines, "IthacaRick" wrote to tell me that the Ithaca catalog I have dated as 1909 is actually a 1910 and that the 1910 cover is wrong. Well, I knew the 1910 cover was wrong because I made it. I had the insides but no cover so I made one that is obviously not an original. The 1909/10 catalog presents a problem for me though. The fellow who lent me the '09 seemed to know what he was talking about. He identified the artist as Lynn Bogue Hunt and called the cover "Fox and Bobwhite". So what now? I have two respected collectors who disagree about a date. Who to believe? Does anyone have a suggestion about how to choose which is correct or did the company issue the same catalog for two years?


*We were visiting our local Kensington Metropark two weeks ago when we spied a sharp-looking sports car that startled us by driving directly into the water whereupon the wheel folded up and it took off on a plane. Check out the Aquada, a neat vehicle behind which you can water-ski. (The website has clickable videos of the car in action). Apparently they now have an office in Auburn Hills, MI and are showing the car off at local water venues. Painted in a discrete color this baby sure beats that drafty hunting blind you paddle out to in freezing weather... and you can leave your retriever at home!



*We just returned from a short holiday in Grand Haven, MI. Michigan has a great deal to offer people looking for a sport or vacation. The west coast of Michigan fronts on the east coast of Lake Michigan and has beautiful wide golden beaches of soft sand piled high in enormous dunes. Dune rides are available in certain locations.Image

We dined at the Bil-Mar restaurant twice while there. The Bil-Mar is a landmark of sorts. The food is very good, service is friendly and the drinks generous but the main attraction is spectacular sunsets aided by the pollution emanating from Gary, Indiana. ImageSunset in Western Michigan happens at 9:18 pm this time of year and it stays light until almost 10:00 pm (and, yes, that picture is accurate, can you guess why?) A free $10 coupon to the first ten people who can guess how the palm tree became an institution there. (Send me an email with your answer)

We lived in Connecticut for many years and the sunset was an hour behind the west coast of Michigan so the difference is quite noticeable. On the way home to the Ann Arbor area I was thinking about time zones and how they changed lives as they came into being.

Directly south of where we stayed on Lake Michigan is Indiana which is in the Central Time Zone, and therefore an hour earlier, so residents of Indiana who live on Lake Michigan see the same sunset at 8:20 the same time as it disappeared to folks in Fairfield, Connecticut where because Fairfield is in the Easter Time zone, an hour earlier... is it clear yet?

Before time zones were suggested by Canadian Sir Sanford Fleming in 1878, time was set by each town clock, usually in a church with a bell to help let citizens adjust their own clocks. But back then, time was less important than today. One would say, "I'll see you in the forenoon" rather than "I'll be there at 10:20". Punctuality was why schools had their own bells and factories had whistles.

There came a time when time became much more important. By the late nineteenth century railroads crisscrossed the country and travelled at fairly high speed. The problem came about when clocks in different town differed. If a train left New York City at 9:00am it might reach Greenwich, CT at 9:30, Stamford at 9:25, Darien at 9:45 and Norwalk at 9:35 because local church clocks did not always agree with one another. Furthermore, the ministers of the churches resisted people meddling with "God's time" by getting them all to show the same time. Thus came into being "railroad time". The railroads, in order to keep schedules and help prevent collisions, set their own consistent times that often differed from the "local time".

The resistance to standardization of time and time zones was so fierce that Congress didn't make the use of time zones mandatory until the Standard Time Act of 1918. But don't think of our time zones as being confusing. Our Aussie cousins use three time zones - its central time zone is a half-hour ahead of its designated time zone. Several countries in the Middle East and South Asia also utilize half-hour time zones as does Canada in Newfoundland. China has but one time zone from Fuzhou on the Pacific to the Karakoram Highway to Kyrgystan- about the distance from New York to Los Angeles! Are you confused yet?


*I was thinking about the Senate earlier today and how it shot down the bill allowing people with gun permits to travel across state lines without acquiring a license to carry in the other state. Normally, I resist Federal laws usurping state preferences but with more and more states now adopting similar legislation about carry permits the time is approaching when such a law may pass. Right now two states, Vermont and Alaska allow anyone with a gun to carry it. Two states, Illinois and Wisconsin. do not issue carry permits. All the rest will issue carry permits.


*Gun Control is often in the news and hysterical emails about impending gun doom circulate freely but here is an interesting excerpt from an article by Jim Higginbotham, called Check Your Gun Mister - Are We Safer than the Citizens of Dodge City in the 1800s?

First let us dispense with some fictitious ideas and misconceptions that many of us hold. Much of my early study in the firearms field dealt with the gunfighters of the "old West" – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, etc. The guys who walked in blood up to their ankles and killed a man before breakfast most mornings – right? Would it surprise you to learn that there is no record that Doc Holliday ever shot a man before the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone about 5 years before his death – in bed. He had been involved in a couple of barroom fights but it is recorded that he actually never hit anybody with his pistol (he most likely was wielding a shotgun in Tombstone that October day). That man of deadly reputation Wyatt Earp likely never killed a man until that day either though he did fire, along with Jim Masterson (the seldom mentioned brother of Bat and Ed) at a rowdy cowboy who ran through town one night. One bullet struck the cowboy in the arm and he later died but no one knows if it was Wyatt’s or Masterson’s.

Now one might argue that the records of the times were not as detailed or well organized as those compiled by the FBI today but there are indeed records of what happened in most of the towns who survived. Unlike the East, where many court houses were burned during the Civil War, many of the post war western town records survived just fine. Tombstone has an abundance of interesting court cases to peruse as does Dodge City, Wichita and Hays City. Almost every gunfight or bar fight that resulted in serious injuries ended in an arrest and is recorded since there were charges filed and a hearing after most of them. If you are willing to dig deep enough you can find a pretty good idea of just how violent the "Wild West" really was – not for a moment suggesting that isolated incidents of extreme violence may not have been perpetrated in the sparse expanses of wilderness or desert and went unreported.

The first shocking thing you learn when you start "mining’ for such information is that it was much safer to live in a place like Dodge City than in a place like New York City or Chicago – my how things change, right? If you look real hard at the record of Dodge City, Kansas from the time the cattle herds started shipping from there until the last year as a "cow town" – a span of about 15 years you can come up with approximately 15 people who died by violence. Yep that’s fifteen, not 150, in a period of 15 years. An average of 1 per year. However in the worst year, five people died so there were several years in that 15 in which no one was killed in Dodge City. A couple of those are famous incidents which get told and retold. One is the cowboy who was killed by the officers Earp and Masterson. One was Bat’s brother Ed who was mortally wounded by one of two cowboys named Walker and Wagner, who were in turn shot by Bat Masterson (both survived the shooting). Another, not so well known homicide was the accidental shooting of Dora Hand by a drunk on the street when the bullet went through several walls and hit her in the head as she slept.

Now everyone knows of the famous sign which orders all the visitors to Dodge City to check their guns. What you might not be aware of is that there were, in effect, actually two Dodge Cities adjacent to one another, split by a spur line of the railroad called the "deadline". The sign was there for mostly for the benefit of those who visited the saloons and brothels south of the deadline. While It was the denizens on the "other side of the tracks" who were required by law to disarm when they ventured into town. So, in this little microcosm of western society we have an excellent comparison of just how effective restrictive gun laws actually are. Now of the 15 people who perished by violence in Dodge City’s most violent years, just how many do you think fell victim North of the Deadline. If you guessed 0 you would be right! Now isn’t that amazing. You take a town and put all of the miscreants, rebel rousers, and assorted ne’er-do-wells in one area, forbid the carrying of weapons by those who frequent a certain part of town, and ALL of the homicide occurs there. "Gun Control" works just as well today as it did then. Dodge City is not the exception. Tombstone, where the Earps moved, enjoyed the same proscription on going armed, though it was truly a violent place, the violence was contained in the area near the controlled section of town. There are numerous other examples.


*My next piece is a poignant one about USAAF bomber crews over Germany. Harry James forwarded an email containing a .pdf file of a diary/log written by a USAAF navigator flying B-17s during 1943-44. I sent it to Red Rabeneck who added these comments: "What always got me was how many men we lost to things like frostbite and lack of oxygen on the high altitude missions. Evidently they never stressed in training (if any) how quick they could succumb without oxygen. I heard of lots of cases of crew members taking off their oxygen masks to do something they could not quite reach with the mask on. That even included going to urinate. Then there were a lot of cases of suit-heating failing, or a section of it. Imagine being in the middle of a high altitude mission and having the heat to one foot fail. That would mean the amputation of the foot when you returned."

There were over 62,000 USAAF casualties in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The RAF lost another 40,000 not counting Commonwealth airmen and the Germans lost and unknown number on the Western Front. I cannot even imagine the stress and constant fear these brave boys lived under. In all over 50,000,000 people died in WWII. No wonder we call them the Greatest Generation. Take a few minutes to read the log you can download below. The file is too big to print here but you can read it yourself by clicking this link to download it from my website (it has been scanned for viruses and other nuisances but you will need Adobe Reader - it's free). B-17 Log.


*Link to past newsletters (click here)


New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text): With guests all month and a little holiday thrown in I must confess I didn't do as many new additions as usual. Will try to make up for it in August. But I did come across a couple of interesting things sitting on my desk. One is a company calling itself African Ammunition. The cover letter seems to be from a German company selling ammunition made by African Ammunition which sold all the proprietary big game ammunition. Very interesting and I would like to find out more about this outfit if anyone knows.

Norman Lock sent me the patent acceptance papers for two interesting guns. The Browning .22 Slide Action Rifle of 1922 and another for the Pedersen Slide Action Rifle of 1910. The patents have very detailed technical descriptions of the guns as well as detailed drawings.

Al Freeland of Rock Island, IL maintained a well stocked shooter's supply house in 1951. Fred Husher sent me a Haenel Rifle flyer I estimate as being from c1938. The prices are in RMs (Reichmarks) which actually extends the possible era from 1924 to 1948. The B.E. Hogdon Co. of Shawnee Mission, KS was another large gun seller of the 60s although their emphasis was wholesale, they also issued this retail gun catalog. The original company sold mostly gun powder and the gun sales business was split off as a separate company in 1966 and was sold in 1984 this is their 1967 catalog. The Hogdon Powder Company still exists today.

Hudson Sporting Goods Co. of New York was an institution that survived the Depression and was alive and kicking at least into the 60s. This 1934 catalog was a brave thing to issue in face of the economics of the time. The Maryland Arms Co. was another catalog company operating out of Baltimore in 1965.

The Redfield 1935 Sight Catalog is part of my effort to fill in missing years of catalogs by important companies. Lots of folks want the first hand information about what sights to install on thier vintage weapons. Another addition to fill in a gap are the 1972 Weatherby Catalog.

Robert Abels (No. 29, c1951) was an important antique gun dealer from New York. He is best remembered by his hand drawings of the guns he sold, a technique he picked up from his friend and predecessor Tom Woroniecki who had an antique gun company called Roslyn Guns. Tom's assistant Bernard Day did most of the drawings for Roslyn Guns and then went to work for Abels as an assistant.

Silencers or suppressors were perfectly legal until the Firearms Act of 1934 and Silencers for Firearms by Maxim, Brown and Parker is a pre 1934 collection of six silencer catalogs. Some of the testimonials are quite outrageous to our current way of thinking about shooting out our apartment windows!

I also had several requests for Winchester Parts Catalogs so I processed seven of them for you, all from Al and Dick Carleton: Winchester Parts 1936, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1981.



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Letters from Readers:

Will Graves still seeks help with his book:

*Last month I asked for help on behalf of Will Graves for his new book. Only one person, Steve Thomas from California, out of over 10,000 newsletter recipients, sent him an anecdote or story. Please, everyone has a story- funny, sad or interesting to share about guns and our childhoods. Don't worry about construction or grammar or anything else, just write it down and Will is going to fix it up for you. With your name on it or not- you choose! This is what I said last month:

Many of us grew up with guns in the house. They were used as a tools to protect the property, as tools to gather food and as toys, in a way, for children to plink and shoot in the woods and field. As children we were taught early on to respect the power of firearms and how to safely enjoy them.  Will Graves is writing a book about the changing mores of gunmanship. He is seeking stories and anecdotes about your childhood and youth experiences with firearms both here and abroad. For example, shooting rats at the dump was a great pastime fifty years ago but just try that today! Will can be reached at Will Graves will.52@comcast.net or visit his website at http://www.wolvesinrussia.com/ or give him a call at  410 -987-7670.


*Bob Foster needs a parts diagram or engineering diagrams for an Ames Chicago Palm Pistol. He says, "I am attempting to reconstruct a "Chicago Palm Pistol that is missing three parts. Part of the safety, part of the main Spring, and the reverse medallion(not the one that unscrews).  My Turret Revolver is "The Protector",  that has the 1893 Patent date and was manufactured by Ames. I am looking for photos or drawings that would reflect the shape of the missing portions of parts (safety lever and main spring)  I have a photo of the medallions." Robert E. Foster



Rants & Raves Image


This month's winner is: Nobody! All the wackos must be waddling in the ocean so aside from the ubiquitous "where is my order?" notes thatI get by the score (I can't control the Post Office!) things have been quiet and peaceful. Whew! Abby

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




Notes for New Readers (and useful information for everyone)-

*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.

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

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

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

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

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

*This is a listing of History books: mostly naval (US & UK) and Civil War history we have in our library that are duplicates. If you would like one (or more) let me know and you can buy them for 50% off the listed price at the website. Just cut and paste the online listing (or write it out) into an email to: abby@cornellpubs.com


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

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

*INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.

At my website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, I reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but I also reprint over 160 gun catalogs from merchants that sold Remington firearms such as Sears or Abercrombie & Fitch or Spalding. Those are the listings on the right of the page.

Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1835-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

*I Have some nifty tricks for you! If you have trouble reading small type on my website or any other, you can increase the size of the text on the screen by holding down the Control key (that's the one in the lower left of the keyboard with Ctrl on it) and scrolling the wheel on top of your mouse back and forth.


*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.

*More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers and on any web page). :-) Abby

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

*I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

*Why Buy Old Catalogs- originals or reprints? If you want to learn about a gun or gunmaker I applaud you, and am so happy you found my website. History is what I am working so hard to preserve by making old gun catalogs available to collectors and historians. Buy a catalog from a gunmaker of the appropriate year and you will learn a mountain of true facts about your gun- right from the maker's month, so to speak. Never again will you have to rely on hearsay or bluster.

*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

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

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

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

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

*Old Newsletters- 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]".

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

*How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... There are two areas of concern when you make the decision to pay online with your credit card. First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. There are two clues to security. One is in the URL or site address found at the top of the browser. Normally the URL begins with http://www etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https://www. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company. By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

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


*Parts suppliers. We get hundreds of calls about parts and some folks who are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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


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!

Sammy Baugh, or Eddie Dew 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 dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the G&H website:

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


Websites with Serial Numbers and corresponding dates:

John Spangler & Marc Wade operate ArmsCollectors.com!
They offer pages and pages of Serial Numbers to put a year to the following weapons:

| Marlin | Mauser Broomhandle (C-96) | Remington | U.S. Military | Winchester |

| Gun Marks | House Brands | U.S. Inspectors | WWII German Codes And Markings |

also at this great website is a list of handguns and rifles with known serial numbers that qualify as antique,

or: Antique Serial Numbers for lots of Makers (pre 1889 scroll down the page)

or: Doublegunshop.com for:


Original Gun Catalogs and Books for sale:

Here is the link to Box 4. All other boxes can be accessed at the bottom of the box 4 page. if you would like prior notice of the sales, please sign up for the announcement newsletter. The hundred and fifty or so people who already signed up knew about this sale last week and some of the bargains are already gone. 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. Many thanks to all of you who signed up! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.


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