Calls from the Wilds


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ice(No not the border patrol people, this is an it, but not the cold one either)

Since most people have cell phones these days here is a quick way to get help from your family or friends. Enter a contact named ICE (stands for In Case of Emergency) into your cell because emergency personnel will check for that if you are unconscious and they need to contact someone.

If your cell phone is like mine it also allows you to enter a note along with your contact. You can enter any text you want into that note. So, you could enter your blood type, any medical conditions, etc. there as well. And if any of that medical info could be life or death information, you might even use one of those mini-label printers to make a label to stick on the outside of your cell phone which says "Important Medical Info stored under ICE". If you are cell phone challenged, like I am, a simple way of distinguishing important names in your sell phone list could be to add the relationship next to the name eg. Abby- Wife, Rob- Husband, Will- Son, Perrin-Daughter, Nancy- Neighbor etc.

Wild Bill Hickok's Smith & Wesson No. 2 For Sale

San Francisco—In its November 18 Antique Arms & Armour and Modern Sporting Guns Auction, Bonhams is pleased to offer a Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok that was on him when he was murdered by Jack McCall in Deadwood in 1876.

Wild Bill Hickok (James Butler Hickok), 1837-1876, is without doubt one of the most iconic figures of the Old West. As a lawman, gunfighter and scout, his reputation as possibly the finest shot with a handgun was known far and wide. On August 2, 1876, while playing poker at the Number 10 Saloon in Deadwood, holding the infamous 'Dead Man's Hand' of aces and eights, he was murdered by Jack McCall. Seth Bullock had arrived in Deadwood the previous day and was made sheriff shortly thereafter. As was common at the time, it is quite likely that the deceased Hickok's effects were held imageby the sheriff's office.

The revolver being offered by Bonhams, estimated at $300,000-500,000, is a fascinating historic piece in .32 rimfire, with a 6 inch barrel, blued finish and varnished rosewood grips, and serial no. 29963. It is on offer with an extensive file of documents backing its provenance, including photocopied reference works stating it is well known that Hickok was carrying a Smith & Wesson No. 2 when he was killed; a photocopy of pertinent pages from Ed McGivern's book "Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting," in which McGivern details his visit to Deadwood in 1932 to research Wild Bill's guns, at which time he saw this gun and notes "The Willoth gun is quite generally established as being one of Wild Bill's guns, and all reports seem to support such claim convincingly;" and photocopies of various documents about how the gun was passed down through the Willoth family of Deadwood to the present owner's father.

Providence Tool Company

Providence Tool Company™, in Plymouth, WI is currently producing the Pattern #21 Patent Receiver Sight™ (using some of Lyman's™ Patent Design), and Peabody's Patent Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle.   Peabody Rifles™ have several advantages over other 19th century designs, primarily in the areas of speed of loading and safety.  One is that the lever only makes a 30 degree arc, unlike others which require 90 degrees of travel.

Call Frank Wierus at (920) 893-9675



Handloader Magazine 1969-2000

More magazines for sale. Handloader Magazine 1969-2000, 200 issues in all. We will send them by Media Mail to minimize postage. Make an offer! Ann Toth thought she had them sold to a neighbor but he backed out. All the other magazines we offered are gone. Please send a note to abby@cornellpubs.com


Every once in while we get a heart warming photo to share with you. This month Jim Buchanan sent us a lovely shot of a Falcon nesting in a tree. Instead, I'll put this charming photo in Rob's column below. If you can't wait to see it: click here.

Fifty Beautiful Women

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This is a very clever and poignant "morph-collage" of some of the most noteable women of the 20th century.

COmputer Crash Fix

You've all seen the sexist mudflap girl, right?


Well, I just got my own bumper sticker guy!

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Click here to get your own sticker. Abby

Searching for a USED GUN?

LIONSEEK searches forums for many different types of things for sale- Guns, Cars, Knives, Boats etc.

Rob Mouat

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Dear Rob & Abby -

I always await your next newsletter with great anticipation and am never disappointed. I just had to comment on Rob's section (July Newsletter) about the SWAT teams after the Boston bombing. I couldn't agree more with his assessment of the full geared police teams that entered private residences at will sometimes ordering people out in the streets while they searched the house. I have noticed more and more that regardless of the severity of an incident the full battle dress of our law enforcement agencies. Even here in the (midwest-ed) our police agencies turn out in riot gear with a show of force that I do not think necessary in most cases. It would seem, in my opinion, that our police agencies are becoming more militarized with each passing year. Something, I believe, that is a cause for alarm on the part of citizens.

Both of you are to be complimented on your fine publications as I have purchased many of them. I really like Abby's response to many of those that don't even deserve a civil response. I believe one must have a very thick skin to survive in your business, I cannot believe some of the remarks people have made or complained about.

Just wanted to let you know I really appreciate the service you do in preserving history and I look forward in buying more of your products.

Sincerely, Wayne R.

Dear Wayne,

I was speaking with our son the other evening about the fellow, Snowden, the feds are chasing about the globe for disclosing that the "gumment" spies on us at home. I told him that having made a fuss about him, we have to eventually catch him and try him for whatever crimes they can think of. But what Snowden did by revealing the volume of government spying (Orwellian, one could say) isn’t, in my opinion, the main problem. I don't like the spying at all but it is what might happen to you if the police or other law enforcement folks suspect you of something that worries me.

We have had two presidents so far who publicly endorse torture as an acceptable manner of extracting information from suspects. It is, therefore, not hard to imagine a local cop trying to solve a crime by taking a step to the dark side. I can see that cop beating the stuffing out of some hapless civilian long before the poor fellow sees the relative safety of a courtroom. “If the president says it’s ok, then why can't I do it, the guy is probably scum anyway?” That is scary. Presumption of innocence is at risk here and that is pretty fundamental to our liberty.

I too was apprehensive when I saw thousands of heavily armed soldiers searching greater Boston for the marathon bomber. In and out of private homes armed with machine guns, what could the homeowner say? What would you say facing a SWAT team keen on entering your home? If you say no, what message does that give the SWAT team? Would they be tempted to call the town garage and bring in the nice, shiny M60 tank Homeland Security gave them? Would they invite you to go "downtown" to talk with the cop in the previous paragraph?

Later in my conversation with our son, Will, he told me more than I really wanted to know about commercial, surveillance. He said in some impenetrable language punctuated with internet jargon about how retailers track your habits electronically today, share the information with one another and target you for sales. When you combine that with the "gumment" surveillance and drones hovering overhead we have all the ingredients of less than democracy.

My advice: Don’t fill out forms or tell anyone anything too politically provocative online, particularly if it is illegal or grey. Be reticent about forwarding hate emails, will they come back to bite you? Use your credit cards carefully and only with websites you trust. Never put cc information in an email. Watch with whom you speak on your cellphone while being mindful of people with whom they might speak. Your call could be recorded and analyzed and you wouldn’t want to be added to a list somewhere because you talked to the wrong person or forwarded the wrong email.

While I’m at it, I suggest that we all check the accuracy of emails we forward. Speaking against the government and politicians is a long enduring right and tradition in the United Stated going back centuries. But if we are going to kick the wasp’s nest, let’s be truthful. Use Google.com and enter a few of the words you want to forward to learn a bit more about the subject. Oh, one more thing, when you forward that email that could get you investigated or listed on some governmental watch list, please remember you are also forwarding all the email addresses it came from and all the ones you send it to unless you erase them and post the emails using BCC in your browser. A word to the wise!

Wow, I just re-read the paragraphs above! I never thought I was particularly paranoid and I don't have any ties to the Michigan Militia but perhaps I am, a bit worried. What I've said strikes me as having all the ingredients of a perfect storm. When local police identify with the military and begin to copy their dress, arms, hardware and tactics, including perhaps interrigation techniques, I feel I have cause for concern.

Cheers, Rob

Arms Heritage Magazine


Arms Heritage Magazine

A Little History and Background

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

Many of the former readers of Gun Report and current readers of Man-at-Arms have indicated dissatisfaction with the on-line format. We have taken two steps to respond to these complaints—first we introduced the ability to view the magazine in pdf format as well as the on-line reader version. That step enables readers to print out selected articles or, if desired, the entire magazine (for free to subscribers). The second thing was to consolidate all of the articles for a given year into an annual Compendium.

With the help of Cornell Publications we have produced the “Annual Compendiums” of our first two years of publication. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. The first years Annual contains more that 200 pages, the second year Annual, just recently made available, has more than 250 pages of pure color content.

VOLUME 1, all six issues bound as one

VOLUME 2, all six issues bound as one

Check in online at Arms Heritage Magazine

New Books and Special Thanks

You can always see the reprints added during the last six months by clicking on the Recent Additions link to my website. Special thanks to Jan Paul Loeff, Brad Dunbar, Craig North, Bill Cotton, Robert Thomas, Gordon Spragge, Jim Buchanan, and Jimmy Cranston for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy (I hope I didn't forget anybody!).

Anleitung Trinovid B+BA Binoculars Manual

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 2, All Six Issues

Austin & Halleck 1997 Muzzleloading Rifle Manual

Auto Ordnance 1983 Corporation Thompson Catalog

Bang's 1927 Automatic Rifle Model B.1- Denmark

Blount 1991 Shooter's Catalog

Browning 1961 Arms Catalog

Browning 1972 Gun Parts List

Browning c1931 FN Auto 5 Manual

Buckeye Sports 1975-6 Catalog

Charter Arms 1985 Gun Catalog

Colt 1988 Firearms Catalog

Dan Wesson 1981 .22 Revolver Flyer

Federal 1981 Premium Ammunition

Feinwerkbau Modell 300 S etc Air Rifle Manual

Feinwerkbau Modell 65 80 Air Pistol Manual

Firearms International 1960 Gun Catalog

Gander Mountain 1971 Gun and Sports Catalog

Garcia 1967 Sporting Firearms Catalog

Harrington & Richardson Arms 1970 Gun Catalog

Harrington & Richardson Arms c1974 Gun Catalog

Hercules 1968 Smokeless Powder Catalog

Interarms 1983 Gun Catalog

Kowa Spotting Scope TS-9 Manual

Kowa Spotting Scope TSN Manual

Lachmiller 1969 Engineering Co. Reloading Catalog

Leopold 1976 Scopes and Mounts Catalog

Leopold c1975 Scopes and Mounts Catalog

Lyman 1942 Sights Catalog No.28

Lyman 1963 Sights & Reloading No44 Catalog

Lyman 1969 Sights & Reloading No50

Lyman 1975 Products Catalog

Lyman 1984 Products Catalog

Marbles 1932 Consumer Catalog no. 31

MTM 1981 Ammunition Accessories Catalog, Dayton, OH

Navy Arms 1972 Gun Catalog

Norma c1962 Ammunition Catalog

Nosler c1981 Trophy Grade Bullets Flyer

Notes on German Ordnance 1841-1918 for the Collector

Pachmayr 1948 Gun Works Catalog

Pacific 1975 Reloading Tools Catalog

Ponsness-Warren 800-B Shotshell Reloader Manual

Ponsness-Warren Reloading 1981 Catalog

RCBS 1966 Reloading Equipment Catalog, Oroville, CA

Redfield 1966 Scopes, Mounts & Sights Catalog

Remington Model 14 Manual

Remington Model 25 Manual

Richland Arms 1968 Catalog, Blissfield, MI

RWS 1978 CF Cartridges Flyer

Sauer c1935 Automatic Pistol No. 3 Dutch Navy

Sierra 1981 Bulletsmiths Ammunition Catalog

SIG c1948 MP46 MP48 manual

SIG P210 Conversion Unit .22 Long Rifle

SIG P210 Parts Manual (German)

SIG Pistols P210 Catalog and Manual

Star 1940 Modelo Militar 9mm Reformado Manual

Star Pistola Automatica 9mm Modelo BM Manual

Stoner 63 Engineering Design Changes Report

Stoner 63 MMG Medium Machine Gun Manual

Stoner 63A LMG Light Machine Gun Manual

Stoner 63A Rifle Manual

Tatham Ammunition c1878 New York

The Care and Cleaning of Modern Firearms-1922 Whelen

Thompson Center c1970 Contender Manual

Vesely 1944 VAP v-42 Machine Carbine (UK)

Vickers 1918 Machine Gun M1915 Handbook (U.S.A.)

Vickers 1928 Berthier m1928-29 Machine Gun Manual

Vickers 1932c Berthier Land Use LMG-Light Machine Gun

Vickers 1940 Water Cooled Machine Gun Made Easy

Western Ammunition Handbook 1948 12th Edition

Williams 1968 Gun Sights Catalog

Williams 1969 Gun Sights Catalog

Williams 1971 Gun Sights Catalog

Williams 1974 Gun Sights Catalog

Winchester Model 75 Manual

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Letters from Readers

Dear cornellpubs, Hi, I would like yo ask you if you know the real price market of a Colt Monitor R80 cal 7.65. – juanid (Ebay)

Dear Juanid, Sorry, I have no idea. Readers? Abby

Hello Abby, I just received my order for Madsen, Schwarzlose and armourers handbooks. The Armourer's Handbook Part I The Rifle, is missing pages 6&7 and 24&25. Are these missing from the original? If not, could you just send me the missing pages and I will insert them into the handbook. Best regards, Vidar, Norway

Well, Vidar, you must be the only one who actually read that particular catalogue as I have sold many with no comment about missing pages. I looked at the file again and you are absolutely correct, the pages are missing. Thank you for bringing it our attention..... a new COMPLETE one will shortly be its way for you! Kindest regards and thank you, Abby

Thank you Abby. Most people today get all uptight when they are confronted with an error, and certainly don't give thanks for pointing them out. I will continue to purchase your products. Best regards, Vidar

Dear Abby, Hopkins & Allen Rimfire,Spur Trigger,Revolver. Just wondering if you have a parts and schematic manual for a Hopkins & Allen Rimfire,Spur Trigger revolver with CZAR stamped on top of the revolver. Thanks Regards, Bob

Dear Bob, Unlikely. Schematics or "exploded" parts views didn't come into fashion until after WWII and the Czar was a cheap "belly gun" without much documentation. You can find a bit of history about the gun and possibly a patent application covering the action in Hopkins & Allen Revolvers and Pistols – Carder. Best, Abby

Hi Abby, I received the catalog reprints today. As always, very nice! Keep up the great work. Mark

Dear cornellpubs, My dad is looking for the catalogue/schematic for a the Marlin 1888 he is rebuilding, needs to see what parts he is missing. Des this publication have that? Marlin 1888 Fire Arms Company - softgarden1 (Ebay)

Dear Soft... Yes, the catalog shows a flat plan view of parts and cutaway drawings of the assembled action. Abby

HI Abby! I am a journalist that sent to you, some years ago, ten or more catalogs about European arms. You gratified me in return by sending me a copy of The Dictionary of guns and gunmakers written by John Walter. I have written a paper about the fantastic work you make for the gun owner's community. In order to illustrate it I expect to obtain from you a picture of you and your husband. May I obtain it as soon as possible? With my very best regards, JM JEANNOT, France

Dear Monsieur Jeannot, Thank you for your kind letter. I am flattered you want a photo of Rob and me. Although I don't have many from which to choose, I attached one I hope will work for you. Thank you again for your support. I would love to see a copy of the article when you are finished. Best wishes, Abby

Hi Abby, My Grandfather worked on the Madsen for the Rekyl Riffel Syndikat in Russia around 1916-1919. He escaped when communism took over. Might any of your other Madsen catalogues cover this area of history? Thanks, John

Dear John, Thanks for your note. This is a link to the Madsen catalogs we reprint: M Listings (just scroll down a bit).

Hi Cornell, I'm researching the Danish Recoil Rifle Syndicate. Can you tell me if the book is about the syndicates history (which I'm interested in) or just about the gun itself? Thanks, John

John, That one is basically about the gun although I suppose one might glean some information about the company here and there. Note that we reprint 17 Madsen catalogs and manuals from 1904 to 1960. Abby

Dear Abby, What I need to know is is there a book that gives the part numbers on old 32 police positive colt made in 1911 I see these pages that show the items and a number like item 1 ,3,25, only tells a description of item not part number a lot of web sites that sell parts tell you a part number like 53344r but I have know way of knowing if that the part number for mine. The book on reloading did give info on 32 colt reloading so i will be looking on your site to get more books on the 32. thanks , Harold Ferrell

Harold, Back when your revolver was made Colt only identified parts as 1 through xx, they didn't have or need the "new" numbering system. One would order a trigger for a "Police Positive, part number 21 in your 1916 catalog". Later, I suppose, more lengthy numbers were assigned to the parts. Your task will be to identify when any changes in the pistol might have taken place and then to look for a catalog just before that era. For example, if the mechanism changed in 1938, an earlier Stoeger catalog might have a longer part number. If you can give me some direction I'll try to help find what you need or you might call one of the big parts houses and ask them. Here is a link to the list. Abby

Abby, I do produce the Peabody Rifle. My web is Providence Tool. I would like to furnish that catalog with my rifles. Can you give me a wholesale price on 25 of them? Thank You, Frank Wierus Pres.

Frank, I don't recall which one I sent you. Below is a list of Peabody catalogs we reprint. Would you like to see them all before you decide which one or ones you want? Abby

Dear cornellpubs, There is another Nunnemacher (Ballard) reprint for sale on ebay, but it says there are only 77 pages in that one. How come so many pages in yours? Thank You for the information. – mopowrsix (Ebay)

Dear Mo, Well, I can't speak for other people having not seen what they are selling. My copy has 109 pages including illustrations. Abby

Abby, Package received. Loved the binding. Always looking for older shotgun manuals and catalogs. Take care, Nathan

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"I want to order a copy of everything you reprint because that would be such a large order I will offer you $1000.00 cash for them. Also, it would save you the trouble and high expense of printing, because I would prefer them to be in .pdf format that you can send by email on the internet. OK? Charles Baker, New York"

Dear Charles, Uh, no. Abby

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

Notes for New Readers (useful info repeated each month)

* The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.

Popups and Blockers

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

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

1. Never use your real email address when signing up for stuff online. (ie: forums, purchases, etc.) There are many free email services out there (Google, Yahoo, Juno, etc.) where you can create an email address for your online activity. This will help ensure that your public email address is one you don't really care about, and will help keep your personal email address secure.

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

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

4. If you get an email from someone you don't know, DO NOT OPEN IT. If you get an email from someone you know and the subject line is strange or inconsistent with something that you might normally receive from this person, DO NOT OPEN IT. And the most important - if you get an attachment from anyone with an extension of ".exe" - DO NOT OPEN IT! (.exe is an executable program, and once you double click on it, it will run some kind of program on your computer, usually designed to completely wipe out your hard drive, or something equally malicious.)

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

* Paypal - I don't like Paypal any more than most people and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant than they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they were cheaper by far than a bank when I started the business and it would cost a fortune to change the code for each page on the website to a new processor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks are doing something about supplying parts...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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


Free Downloads

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: