Calls from the Wilds


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Jack Meyers selling his .22 collection

Jack wrote to say, "If you can somehow let your readers know, due to advanced age and poor health, I'm converting my older vintage .22rf collection to cash, while I'm still able, in order to save my wife and daughter the horrendous job of trying to obtain a realistic value of this pile of iron and old walnut. They will eventually all be listed on GunBroker where my seller name is Shansei45. I'm still not well enough to write a lot of ads at one sitting, so it's gonna' take me a while. Anyone interested just needs to check my auctions occasionaly to see what's been sold or added. All of my auctions run for 14 days."

Annie Oakley’s Shotgun Brings $143,400 In Heritage Auctions’ $4+ Million Wild West, Civil War & Militaria Event

Legendary Sharpshooter’s Annie Oakley’s Shotgun leads Wild West event at Heritage auctions; Oakley’s Stetson hat brings $17,925; entire Oakley trove brings nearly $520,000; Buffalo Bill’s favorite gun brings $239,000

DALLAS – Annie Oakley’s historic Parker Brothers 12-gauge shotgun, consigned for sale by her great-grandnieces and offered to the public for the first time by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, brought $143,400 on Sunday, June 10, during the company’s $2.47+ million “Legends of the Wild West” auction. Oakley's iconic Stetson hat, also consigned by the famous shooter’s heirs, brought $17,925. All prices include a 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

Oakley Parker

The entire consignment of Annie Oakley artifacts from the family brought $518,875.

“Annie Oakley was arguably America’s first female superstar, touring the US and the world in the late 1800's and early 20th century and demonstrating her legendary Wild West sharp shooting skills,” said Tom Slater, Director of Historical Auctions for Heritage. “The intense interest and great prices this auction brought show the ongoing fascination people have with Annie Oakley and highlight the value of 125 years of careful stewardship by her loved ones.”

Also major points of interest in Heritage’s Legends of the Wild West auction were William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s favorite gun, a Civil War-issue Remington New Model Army .44 percussion revolver, which realized $239,000 and Sitting Bull’s original 1885 contract to appear in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Signed by the Great Sioux Chief, the most famous Indian leader of his day. One of the most exciting and hotly contested lots of the auction, it rose amidst spirited bidding to finish the day at $155,350.

Other important Oakley shooting rifles were also the subject of intense pre-auction interest and final prices-realized that went well beyond their pre-auction estimates. An important Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle, Serial #431188, owned by Annie, brought $71,700 and another significant Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle, Serial # 1428, owned and used by Annie in some of her most important public moments, brought $83,650

More photos at Heritage Auctions

The Silver Bullet

vampire bulletNo, we're not talking beer here, was it vampires or werewolves one dispatched with a silver bullet? You might not have time to ponder the question for too long, so reach for your trusty Martini-Henry and load up with an "anti-vampire" cartridge- greased, no doubt, with garlic just to be sure.

Thanks to Jim Buchanan


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Rob Mouat

The Fowlerville Fair

Abby and I just returned from the Fowlerville Fair where we ate French fries and an “elephant's ear” (I feel as if I ate the real thing). The fair was the usual mixture of farm animals, 4H, frightening rides occupied by shrieking or vomiting children, and overpriced treats like "Fat Balls" for $5.00. Somehow I think I have had my fill of those over the years even if they weren’t named so appropriately. The rides gave me some pause, silhouetted as they were against the lightening in the near north.

There were ladies my age sporting tanks tops barely covering their generous flesh and who sported vulgar tattoos. I am constantly amazed by the immodesty of mature men and women. One lady had a large heart on her bicep with the name Dorothy across where the arrow would go. One wonders if she was from Kansas and named her dog Toto or if she lost a daughter or if her companion wasn't what he appeared to be, all very entertaining.

Then, of course there were corn fed farm girls escorting their pigs or bunnies or cows or chickens but dressed in as little as they could get away with to attract the farm boys who strutted about with feigned indifference. We overheard at least two conversations between mother and daughter punctuated with lots of "MOM!s", tooth sucking and stamping of dusty boots.

Oddly there were few arcade games like the ones I recall from my youth. There was a ball throwing thing but that was about it, no roulette wheels, no ring toss, I wonder if they are banned now? Of course the shooting gallery is long gone for fear some deranged sociopath would turn the chained, pump action, .22 short (remember BB caps?), rifle on unsuspecting patrons. I have a gallery gun from my uncle Ted somewhere in the safe, must get it out. We wouldn't miss the fair but do lament the passing of the old time fairs and particlarly the Michigan State Fair in Detroit which was closed for financial reasons.

Actually, the Fowlerville Fair is plagued with financial problems itself. Embezzlement or questionable management seems to have the entire affair in danger of closing each year. In truth, if one reads the local newspapers, the occurrence of employee theft is surprisingly frequent especially in light of the abundance of churches and the local religious fervor revealed in letters to the editor. But then even the churches themselves are not immune to the steady drain of their coffers into the pockets of trustees. The papers seem to have facing pages of those caught in that act and hence in the legal system on the left and the church services on the right. Perhaps it is a balance of sorts. Oh well, the sights and sounds of the fair dim for another year.


Years ago when we lived in Redding, Connecticut we were awakened one night about two o’clock by an unearthly squawking-shriek. Startled, I jumped from the bed, grabbed my Mossberg 500 and dashed outside, stubbing my toes on the granite steps. I couldn’t see much in the darkness but as I limped toward a big sugar maple next to the house I could see what appeared to be a huge black mass loitering to the branches above. I froze trying to make it out. Nothing moved and not a sound could be heard. Then suddenly the whole tree blurred and shook. With a loud whumping sound and a scattering of twigs and branches, the enormous black mass moved slowly then with gathering speed against the dark sky. In a moment it was gone.

I lay awake for the rest of the warm, silent night and early the next morning I called my across the street neighbor, Rick Robinson. Rick, who is gone now (get that colonoscopy!), wasn’t very excited to hear from me at that hour. In fact, it was old hat to him, he probably recalled me awakening him earlier that spring at dawn to direct his attention to the hot air balloon passing overhead. Anyway, in a bored voice, Rick patiently explained that what I had encountered that night before wasn’t, as I had excitedly proposed, a close relative of Rodan, but just one of Junior Sanford’s peacocks which were mating that time of year. I can attest that a peacock in flight is an awesome sight.

Rob Mouat


Arms Heritage Magazine

Whaling Guns

There was a time in our history when killing and processing whales was an essential trade. Very little of the whale was wasted. Whale oil provided illumination, sperm oil had dozens of uses, from cosmetic to lubrication. Baleen, the filtering mechanism from certain types of whale was the nearest thing to plastic in early days.


It was a dangerous profession. Most whales were harpooned by hand-thrown harpoons which, once embedded in the whales carcass could eventually tire the whale so killing irons could finish it off. Unless the whale decided to dive-- once that happened the men in the whaleboat had two choices-- cut it loose or hope for the best and that they wouldn't be dragged under, boat and all.

It was no wonder that firearms would ultimately be developed to make the process more efficient and safer, if only by a tiny bit.

Whaling guns of the period fell into several categories:

-Swivel mounted guns

-Harpoon projectile guns

-Bomb lance guns

-Darting guns

-Rocket-propelled harpoons

Swivel mounted guns had their uses but had a major disadvantage. They were difficult to aim--trying to bring such a weapon to bear on a surging whale from a pitching boat in the excitement of the hunt was problematic to the extreme.

Hand-held weapons were much more useful. A man could more quickly compensate for boat and target movements with a hand-held firearm. But they also had an inherent problem--recoil was excessive.

It was determined that projectiles of any kind were limited to about three pounds-- whether they be harpoons or bomb lances and that a propelling charge be limited to about three drams of powder. The resulting recoil was punishing. Reports of dislocated shoulders or men pushed overboard were common. Nonetheless, a family of interesting guns have survived.

The complete story will be covered in a future edition of Arms Heritage Magazine. Subscriptions are easy-- just go to www.armsheritagemagazine.com and follow the simple steps to subscribe. Still only $19 and all back issues remain on line.

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine

Letters from Readers

Abby, Do have assembly instructions and parts for a revolver made by IJ for US Revolver it's small 7 shot revolver called a Saturday special. I think it's called a pocket pistol. Thanks you - pgd17 (Ebay)

Dear pgd17, That isn't enough information. IJ made many different models over 100 years so we would need to know the model and era to identify which revolver you have. You can either do some more research at the website or send us a picture and I'll try to help. Rob

Abby: Once again thanks for the great Weatherby Guide reprint. You are doing a super job with the color reproductions and binding. I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading the older material from my favorite weapons. Also, thank you so much for the extra 1951 Weatherby flyer. Much appreciated. Keep up the great work and after I finish reading the 19th Edition, we'll figure out what's next! Al

Abby, rohm model24 22 cal. double action revolver. Comments: I need blue prints or a diagram for this revolver. thank you. Glen Hutson

Glen, These two books have Rohm revolvers in them but you will have to find the model of your to make a match. If it helps I can tell you that often revolvers made by the some company have similar insides, Abby

Gun Digest 2011 Book of Revolvers Assembly/Disassembly | by J. B. Wood

Gun Digest Book of Exploded Gun Drawings- 1000 Isometric Views | by Dan Shideler

Abby, The cover of the Pape catalog purchsed from you states 1906.........are you certain the catalog is 1903? Neil

Neil, Dates on undated catalogs are never absolutely certain. When we first reprinted the Pape we felt it was c1906 (the c stands for circa or "about"). Later were told by a collector that it is 1903 so we changed the title date to 1903 but apparently not the cover. I'll send you one with no date on the cover. Cheers, Abby

Abby, winchester catalogs from 1920 to 1964 Comments: cannot seem to get the list. tried website-winchester with no luck help please. Harvey allen

Harvey, Thanks for the heads up. Apparently our web hosting company is having problems due to a storm last night. They are aware of the malfunction on our website and are "working on it" but know nothing else... typical. With some luck they will finish fixing the problem soon. By the way, we pay, in my estimate, a lot of money for their service, much more than a lot of other services charge, but the girl who answered the phone suggested, rather smugly, that we might want to consider "premium service" where we wouldn't have these sort of problems! Egad. Cheers, Rob

Abby, BSA Sportsman Five .22lr Comments: Do you have a seperate manual for the BSA Sportsman Five .22lr rifle? thanks Tom Howley

Tom, All manuals are listed at the website. If it isn't there, we haven't done it yet and you should watch the newsletters for new announcements. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Please refund my money for this within 5 days. I was shocked to find this was not a book or even a replica of the original book. You can have it back. – benellisima (Ebay)

Dear Dawn, I am sorry to have shocked you. What you bought was not a reprint of an old book, it is a creation we put together and is so described in the advertisement. I did refund your purchase price and the postage you paid and you needn't return the item so it will cost you nothing to ease your pain. Abby

Hi Abby, I am trying to find someone that can provide me with a guide to disassembling and reassembling my Ithaca Lewis. I read on a forum that you guys could help me with that. Any help would be most appreciated (or guidance). You had lots of online praise, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can help me out. Thanks a ton, Jay

Jay, I believe the Ithaca Lewis was made for only five years around the turn of the 20th century. I don't even have a catalog that has the gun. One other rather discouraging note is that few companies in that era made what we would call a manual. Usually they put a cutaway drawing or a flat parts diagram in their catalog and that was it. Sorry, Abby

Hi Abby, Thank you for writing me back. That is interesting about the drawing & parts diagram. I am going to try to put something together then, via photos, and hopefully I can put everything back together once I dismantle it and give it a good cleaning. Everyone said you were a wealth of knowledge, and you proved. You even know about diagrams that don’t exist. Ha!! Would it be useful to you at all to send you the compilation of photos (labeled of course, with details, as I am a detail person) & guide to the gun when I am done? Don’t know if that could help you out, but I am grateful for your input, so if I can help you, I am happy to do it. Thank you for your input. Jay

Hi Jay, Sure, I am sure others would be grateful, but only if it works when you are done! Ha! Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, hi im looking for books that have side by side 12 gauge shotguns with horn or bone trigger guards im gonna have somebody carve one so im trying to get pictuers to go by thanks jimmy – jimmyredsocks (Ebay)

Jimmy, That isn't the sort of thing I have at my fingertips or in memory. And I doubt the catalogs we reprint will have the sort of detail you would need to copy them. On the other hand we do reprint over 4000 old catalogs so some of them must have what you are looking for, I just don't know where. Good luck, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, what manual would you suggest for the 1927 a-1 model ? – gogale (Ebay)

Dear gogale, I think the best thing to do is for you to review all the Thompson manuals we offer. If you can't find them at Ebay, they are all under the "Ts" at our website Rob

Abby, Hi. I am trying to find an ad or a complete catolog for a 1946 Savage Arms model 99, might you have one ? Thank you for your time. Rod Maksym

Rod, We don't have a 1946 Savage catalog, sorry. I may have one in the "to do" pile but have not got to it yet. Best thing to do is watch the newsletter to see if one comes up. I also may have a '46 Shooters Bible (Stoegers) catalog that might list the gun, would that do? Cheers, Abby

Abby, 24 gauge reloading data Comments: I need information on 24 gauge reloading. This shot shell was all but gone by about 1940. I have been looking at the Ideal load books for sale here, but I did not see anything in the book index about shot shells. Thank you, Roger Rusche

Roger, Ideal cats before the don’t mention 24 ga. so far as I see. Readers: Does anyone have this information or advice other than averaging 20 and 28 ga.?? Abby

Abby, EK, JOHN Your Silent Partner c1965 Fightin Knives- Can you tell me what the product is? Whsts in the book? Thanks – dorgon (Ebay)

Dorgon, Please read the contents section of the advertisement. Abby

Abby, Received both handbooks today that were purchased on eBay. There is a problem with the Lyman 1958 Handbook of Cast Bullets. All of the pages are printed right side upon one side and upside down on the other side. While the printing and binding job is beautiful, it does make it a little difficult to read this way. If you can send a replacement I will send the incorrect copy back to you if you want it back. Thanks, Rich Heller

Hi Rich, Sorry about that! You would think after all these years the printer could discern the difference between a landscape and portrait document when duplexing wouldn't you? Well, they don't and I failed to set the printer to portrait after printing a landscape color one. I'll send you another, please just throw the bad one away, no sense wasting postage. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Ordered my first book from this site a couple of weeks ago. Today it arrived and I couldn’t be more impressed. Lots of communication over the sale and the book arrived well packaged. Book itself is everything I expected and more. Abby, thanks for a quick and painless service and I will be purchasing more from you. Chris Breen, New Zealand

Abby, Hi, I have a savage fox model B and am looking for a manual for it. Do you have copies. Joe.

Joe, All manuals are listed under Manuals at the website. Abby

Abby. All the best as you cope with some of your, shall we say mentally challenged?, customers. I do enjoy reading the Rants in each newsletter! Best, Gerry


David, If you want to sell them I would suggest Ebay but you could also consider the three big gun auction sites, gunsamerica, gunbroker and auctionarms. Ebay is probably the best choice for you. Abby

Abby, Subject: old guns Comments: looking for a book on the crescent firearms co norwich conn Cedric Beckfeld

Cedric, Enter the word "crescent" in the search box at my website to see the Crescent catalogs and information books we sell. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Subject: obtaning information regarding .32 F&W revolver bearing serial no.64635. Comments: sir, i have .32 bore F&W revolver having serial no.64635, and on top of barrel some word are written as FORHAND MODEL........and in second line :- HOPKINS & ALLEN CO. NORWICH CT. USA,but that now i want to know the year of manufacturing of this serial no. plz help me sir. Amit Yadav

Amit, We publish some books that have serial numbers for H&A and Forehand revolvers (although not all produced). That is the good news, the bad news for you is that we are not a free research service, we are publishers. So, in order to complete the research you would have to purchase the books in question. They are by Joe Vorisek and are listed under Hopkins and Allen and Forehand and Wadsworth. Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby! ...I thought the 1895 book was going to be a copy of a old one,not a new 1895 manuel. I have a lot of trouble w/my post office,when I picked this up yesterday,it was all smashed-up!--I'm sure it was the post o.fault,but it needed some cardboard sides!----Will accept 50%refund on this.-Do you have the old one?-Thank-You!-Danny!

Danny, Sorry, but with over 25000 customers I have a lot with the first name Danny, so I need to know your last name and where you live. In the early years of Winchester (before about 1920 they didn't make manuals as such, they assumed, I guess, that people knew how to take their guns apart. They did, however put a manual of sorts in their catalogs which usually included a cutaway of the gun and some directions for cleaning and reassembling. The thing to do, therefore, is to identify the year your gun was made using the serial number tool at the website and then get the appropriate catalog for that year at the website. Good luck and let me know, Abby

Abby, Why not offer e-files and reduce the price by some part of the cost of printing, shipping and handling? It would be faster, cheaper for the customer, and you might even make a bit more. -- Jim Townsend

Thanks for the idea Jim, but last time we tried that the files ended up on Ebay for sale by little friends so right now, until we run out of steam adding to the project to digitize old catalogs before they are all gone, we'll stick with hard copies. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Subject: Ruko .22lr Bolt Action Rifle Comments: Hi: I am looking for an Owners Manual for a .22 Rifle. But, I'm not sure what to type into your search section on the website because it's got an imported Rifle sold under a different name. (Ruko .22 Bolt Action Rifle Squires Bingham Model manufactured by the Arms Corportation of the Phillipines). Can you help me with this? Thank you, Jason Garrett

Jason, I don't think we have one but if you look under "r" for "Ruku" you can see if we do (it would be in the manual section on the website). Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Does Winchester 1875 Fire Arms & Metallic Cartridges Catalog for the Winchester model 1873 cover the 22 caliber model, if not, do you have a catalog with the 1873 caliber 22? I'm also interested in the Winchester model 1866 catalog and would order both. Thank you - storbat1 (Ebay)

Dear Storbat- The .22 version of the '73 had not yet been introduced in 1875. Without looking in every issue of the Winchester catalogs we reprint to see when it was introduced, I can tell you that it is in theWinchester 1887 November Arms & Ammo No.44 issue of the Winchester catalog. It should be available on Ebay but if not at our website. Rob

Abby, Subject: Bushmaster paratrooper manuals. Comments: Iam looking for copies of any manuals you would have for bushmaster paratrooper model. Any help would be great. John Mitchell

John, All manuals are listed under "manuals" on the website Abby

Dear cornellpubs, ref: Lyman 1955 Sights and Reloading Tools No. 40 Catalog. Do you have the 1956 Lyman edition reprinted? - orion335610 (Ebay)

Orion, Yes, I think so. The on you mentioned is edition # 40. We also do Lyman 1957 Sights and Reloading Tools No. 41 Catalog which I thought was 1957 but could be 1956. If you can't find it at Ebay, try our website where we don't pay a commission. Rob

Name: Wayne Hindle - Subject: side by side shotgun made 1874 by G.F. Stormer-A.H. Comments: engraved&gold inlaid with offset stock. Who was it made for?

Wayne, I don't want to sound surprised but I have absolutely no idea for whom your shotgun was made. You see, we are publishers not gun appraisers or historical gun experts. In fact, that is why we sell what we do. We sell the materials that help collectors and enthusiasts find out about their weapons by researching history May we sell you something? I can tell you that there was a G. F. Stormer who was a German gunmaker. Cheers, Abby (Never heard back form him, I should have just said “Irving Dimsdale” or “Dick Smith” or someone and have been done with it!)

Dear Abby, after a range day at Bisley,got home to find my books on DWM ammo in my mail box, great reference material as am working in the industry,so a big thank you for great service and will be ordering from you again in the near future for European ammo books. Love your website ( nice picture of you too...... ), cannot believe some of the awfull comments some idiots make, or the prats who think you are selling guns......................... Keep up the good work, it is appreciated.... with kind regards, Barney Clark.

Hi Abby, Saw the note below in your newsletter and wanted to let you know Kenn was an unbelievable help in rebuilding a badly beat-up Remington No.4-S American Boy Scout made ONLY in 1913. He is a VERY helpful and knowledgeable gentlemen. Add me as a satisfied customer of Kenn's. Jack Myers

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

Hi Abby, Looking for manuals for Winchester model 67-22 rim fire rifle and a Springfield model 944 shotgun Martin Folding

Martin, All manuals we currently reprint are listed on the website under manuals. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Book: Great Irish Gunmakers Comments: I am looking for information about Rigby Percusion pistols 1830 to 1860. I have been looking for "Great Irish Gunmakers by DHL Back. If you don't have one or a copy, would you place me on a want list. Thanks, Dennis Rigby

Dennis, I looked through all my material and don't think I can help you. I use Addall to look through all used book sites to locate old books for sale. Cheers, Abby

Dear Sirs, I recently was given an old shotgun ftom my aunt and it was my great grandfathers doublebarrel shotgun. It has Hub Arms stamped on the side of the recever.I would like to learn more about it, but not sure where to look. Could you folks help me out in that regard? Thank You, Tim Irwin

Tim, The only mentions of the company in anything I have is is Side by Sides of the World 1997 - Carder The guns are pictured in Lovell, John P. 1887 Gun Catalog, Boston, Cheers, Abby

Hello Abby, I'll send a check to your address listed for the amount stated in your E-mail. I went to your web site and was very impressed! WOW! It's really a great thing you do! Really cool! I'm a third generation fisherman my whole life, but I like the shooting sports and am an avid hunter. Growing up on the boats you learn to fix things at an early age. When you’re far offshore there aren’t any mechanics around that you can call! Ha! Ha! This Winchester 94 takedown manual will be very handy. Am I correct to assume that the manual will fit the bill for my 1952 Winchester 94 Serial # 1867776 Thank you for all your hard work in advance, and all the best to you and your family, Capt. George "Skip" Rudolph, Montauk, NY

Dear cornellpubs, Rob I recived the Lyman manuel BUT it was not a loading manuel just a product manuel I need loading for my 45-60wcf that is the only reason I need a older manuel I am returning this one please send me the correct manuel thank you Oree. - opieone01 (Ebay)

Oree, You ordered the wrong one, I’ll send the loading handbook. Abby


Rants and Raves

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This month's winners are:

"I have several questions tah you might be able to help with. 1)Why do all of the older manuals have the same covers.2) Is there somewhere that shows all of the covers from the begining.3) Do you think that there is any collector value in the older books.4) Why is there such a gap during the depresion years and were they still printing books. Thanks Greg" - 813claybuster (Ebay)

Greg, I'll try to help but you have to be much more specific because we reprint over 4000 old gun catalogs and manuals. So, for 1., what manuals are you asking about? 2. Old books have value depending on the content- are you referring to books, catalogs or manuals and which ones? 3. Again which ones are you asking about? 4. Perhaps because of the Depression books were not being printed as often? What gap are you asking about? Abby (never heard back, of course)

Abby, Do you have a scan of the Nikola Tesla comic story Prophet of Science which is included in this handbook or a description of that story? What is that Tesla story reprinted from? Is it from True Comics? What issue of True Comics? Iam interestred in the Tesla story and want to see the quality of it and the story line, etc. Thanks, and best regards, Carl Savich – carlsavich (Ebay)

Carl, We get so many detailed questions about contents of the thousands of catalogs that we reprint it is impossible for us to answer them. If this book contains the comic you are looking for, why not buy it? Abby (he didn’t!)

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

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

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

Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time.

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

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* Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!

The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet.

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

*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look.

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

Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants and, of course, while browsing, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Small shops like ours carefully enter the information at a website belonging to a financial clearing house. Others, like Costco and Walmart are connected directly but they all go on the net.

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. Be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. That is one of the reasons I like to pay with Paypal. When you do that you are giving only an email address to the company, not your credit card number (Paypal holds that information for itself only).

What can you do to help make your credit cards safe? Know with whom you are dealing and what is happening when you hand over your card. Does a nervous and suspicious looking waiter disappear into the back room with your card? Hmmm. Does the gambling website where you are about to enter your card have no address, country or telephone number? Hmmm.

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN, has been involved in firearms restoration and appraisal since 1962.  Although Mike specializes in appraising Early American “Doubles,” side-by-side shotguns and rare rifles, he also does firearm appraisals for most American made guns.  These appraisals are frequently used to establish value for insurance, estate sales and/or resolutions and for owner’s wanting to know “what’s it worth?”  Whether one gun or an arsenal, send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

Spare parts, accessories and original bayonets as well as complete original examples for all models of Ross Rifles- Barry DeLong or 423-472-1972.

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

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

Trapdoors Galore Email Address: 3240 W. Arby Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89118.   Phone No.  702-361-5322  Everything For The Trapdoors + Free Research On S/N's for the Trapdoor & Krag's

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

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

Provenance for Your Gun

Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!

If you own a gun by one of dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the Griffin & Howe website: They have records from Abercrombie & Fitch as well as the Von Lengerke companies.

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

Website: Griffin& Howe (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

Gun sellers often give themselves a lot of latitude when claiming the provenance of weapons they sell. Age or factory modifications to the base model can add considerably to the value of any gun. The question repeatedly is- The Truth! Having a Serial Number from the gun in question can often lead you to the year it was manufactured and then to a catalog we reprint. This can be useful in determining how the factory intended to make guns... models, styles, calibers, engraving, checkering and options available.

To help you on your search I have put together a page on my website with links to websites and sources that offer serial numbers and years of manufacture: