Calls from the Wilds


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DARPA's guided sniper bullet changes path mid-flight


The accompanying article with this image says the round does not have fins and a sensor to control flight, but other things we've read about the bullet indicate that it is several inches long and does work with fins. We shall see when more information is available.

John Wayne influenced by Wyatt Earp

John WayneDirector John Ford said that when he was a prop boy in the early days of silent pictures, Wyatt Earp would visit pals he knew from his Tombstone days on the sets. "I used to give him a chair and a cup of coffee, and he told me about the fight at the O.K. Corral. So in My Darling Clementine, we did it exactly the way it had been." When Ford was working on his last silent feature Hangman's House in 1928, which included the first credited screen appearances by John Wayne, Earp used to visit the set. John Wayne later told Hugh O'Brian that he based his image of the Western lawman on his conversations with Earp. Wyatt Earp's character has been the central figure in 10 films and featured in many more. Among the best-known actors who have portrayed him are Randolph Scott, Guy Madison, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Burt Lancaster, James Garner, Jimmy Stewart, Hugh O'Brian, Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner.

A good year is determined by its spring.

A tree doesn’t move unless there is wind.

A wolf’s pup will grow into a wolf even though it be raised among men.

Without investigating the water, don't take off your shoes (to walk through it).

A river is not contaminated by having a dog drink from it.

The first day you meet, you are friends. The next day you meet, you are brothers.

Afghan Proverbs

Never Been to Jeongdongjin?

Well, it's the most popular place in South Korea to watch the sunrise on New Year's day and you can stay in this hotel to get the first glimpse of the new day.

Hotel Ship

See other exotic hotels (click here)

thanks to Jim Buchanan

Gun Control

It looked as if it had already started at the our local Big Gun Sports Shop the other day. I was ready to pay for my purchase of some gun powder and bullets. The lady cashier said, "strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the shrieking and alarms subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card-reader.

I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little clearer, we old folks do tend to take things literally.

thanks to Ron Carleton

Tree Eater

Tree Eater

thanks to Ron Carleton

My Weekend with a Kamikaze Pilot

Erika Armstrong

Mike Kawato

Mike Kawato

The Navy is Looking at a Pretty Nifty Boat:

Juliet Marine

One More:

When It's Not Your Time


Arms Heritage Magazine


We offer bound annual copies of Arms Heritage Magazine. Now each annual volume comes with a free introductory subscription to the magazine.

VOLUME 1, all six issues bound as one

VOLUME 2, all six issues bound as one

VOLUME 3, all six issues bound as one

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine online

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 Dennis LaVerenne, Gordon Anderson, Bobby Orqvist and Ton Hartink for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

Books and Reports:

Handbook of Arms & Armor- European & Oriental incl Wm Riggs Collection 1915

Instructions to Young Sportsmen - Guns and Shooting 1844 (UK)

Merchants of Death 1934

Report of General John J Pershing, C in C US Forces 1918

Catalogs and Manuals:

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Letters from Readers

Hello, I received your catalog and would like to know the name of this gun (double-barreled). I would like to know how many specimens exist in the world of this rifle. Best Regards from Italy. Salvatore Beninato

Dear Salvatore, I do not understand your question. The gun has a name in the book you bought. There is no way to tell how many are still in existence. Abby

Dear Abby , I'm sorry if I'm asking something you can't do-----I'm searching for loading data for one specific caliber, the .32-40. I know this was not published ALONE, but in loading manuals produced by companies producing smokeless and black powder. I made my best shot with my last purchase, but was only partially successful. If you have access to general loading manuals by different powder companies, I would be very interested in purchasing them. I rather felt like I was looking for a needle in a haystack, and if that is the case for you, I apologize and understand and withdraw my query. I don't want to trouble you, but need some help. Thanks, Kent Wiggins

Hi Kent, Sure, I can help. I think what you want is a copy of the appropriate Ideal Catalog. Although they made bullets and reloading equipment they listed tables of loads for various powders. If you want black powder and smokeless loads, get the 1910 catalog. For just smokeless, the 1934, for more "modern" powders, the 1953 Ideal. Here is the link to the page where you can buy them: IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Hello, Is this manual for the new (Browning) T-bolt made in Japan? Thank you. Gil - gilguns1 (Ebay)

Dear gilg... To be honest, I don't know. I can tell you that although similar to the current T-Bolt manual, this one is different but with the same format and the Morgan Utah address so I would guess that it is the one you mention. Abby

Savage 308 Winchester (sp) S/N 1112023. My rifle has no clip and model not on gun. I am told if I get to a location with these records, s/n will give model # gun left to me by deceased father thus no additional info. If you can't help maybe you can direct me to someone who can. Thank you, Glade Austin

Dear Glade, Well, you might start with Savage, they made it. Try this: Savage Parts/Serial NUmber/Model Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, When can I expect delivery – haroocharai (India)

Dear haroocharai, It was shipped to you on the 7th of July - it can take two weeks to one MONTH to reach you in India. The information is posted below and indicates that it left Chicago on the 9th. There is no tracking once it leaves the USA, Abby:

Tracking #: LJ945043487

USCarrier: USPS


Processed through USPS Sort Facility

Jul-09-14, 14:57 PM, CHICAGO, IL 60666

Hi Abby, I received the catalog reprints you shipped that I ordered, as well as the ‘75 Sharps you had printed by mistake instead of the Winchester (which you said is coming later). I appreciate it as well as the shooters notes tablet you included. You have excellent reprints of these, that otherwise might not be available to anyone, anywhere else. I have given you great feedback on all received and will do so on the Winchester catalog when received. I won’t say anything about the Winchester reprint delay as I understand everybody makes a little boo boo now and again, especially when dealing with the thousands of reprints you handle and I’m sure the large number of orders you get. Thanks again, Chester

Dear cornellpubs, I see that your Manurhin reprint for the PP is available on Gunbroker also. Is your 1940s PP/PPK reprint available there as well? Thomas Schuck (Ebay)

Dear Mr. Schuck, We have a service do uploads for Gunbroker and Auction Arms for us so I can't tell you which items are currently on either of those auction sites. However, everything we reprint is always available at our website in an organized and safe-to-buy manner. Remember, every time you use your credit cards it "goes online" at every gas station, restaurant or website. The important thing is to trust the seller. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I need info on Daisy Model 894;thanks - theramjet0 (Ebay)

Dear theram... I did the research for you and the M694 sold in 1964. This is a reprint of the catalog that carried it, has loads of info: Daisy 1964 Guns and Toys Catalog Rob

Dear cornellpubs, thankyou;But I need manual.

Oh Geez

Dear cornellpubs, FNC c1980 5.56 mm .233 Rem Sporter Rifle Of the 7 pages is there any mention the paratrooper folding stock variant of the carbine? - regulator586 (Ebay)

Dear regula... Yes, it is the para that is illustrated and described inside rather than the full stock model. Rob

Hi Abby, Thanks so very much for this conformation about my order that I just placed with you. Knowing that you got it OK, and it is now in the pipeline is a very good thing. You people are a class act, so very efficient, and a pleasure to do business with. I so much appreciate your Web Site, and all the work and time that you put into it. You so enhance this fun hobby that we have, and I thank you very much for that. A very good friend of mine, Ed Reynolds also thinks that you are a class act as well. Again, thank you for all you do. All the very best, Gary Hoffmann

Dear Abby I need help, please. I was given a model 54 winchester 30-06 to me by my father before he passed. I believe many years ago that I ordered your (item number) #2280. So I would have some info about the gun.

It was in my sons gun safe, they are in the middle of a divorce and she emptied the gun sage, this taking my model 54. My son is trying to get it back along with other items that are his. Can you search your records and confirm I purchased this item and when it was purchased. Thank you so much, you would be such a great blessing to help me. Wendell

Dear Wendell, You purchased a reprint of the introduction of the Model 54 Winchester rifle as originally published in 1925. The invoice date was January 29, 2009 and you paid $11.94 with postage. Good luck, Abby

Dear Abby, You have two vintage catalog reprints listed on ebay. One is the Jefferies 1911 catalog and the other is an Adoph Frank catalog. If I purchase direct, can you combine the shipping/postage costs? Larry Hare

Dear Larry, Yes, and we greatly appreciate not having to pay Ebay commission fees! Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, I wanted to know if this reproduced FM, comes bounded with the correct tan outer cover? (I want to use it in a museum display.) Thank you, Alex

Dear Alex: The quick answer is that we don’t make forgeries of originals. However given that you want to use this as a display I’ll make one as close to the original as I can. Abby

Dear Abby, I used to have hope for mankind, but after listening to politicians who are anti-women, anti-children, anti-education, anti-anyone who doesn't look or believe the way they do, only a little hope was left.

THEN, I got on eBay! I do a 90-page newsletter for collectors of glass target balls, and each issue has a section of HOW DUMB CAN PEOPLE BE? Some will admit that they are "not experts," but will then make up the most imaginative claims about what their "rare," "unique," "vintage" (whatever that means these days) items are.

In my next issue I have my usual page for the "Dumbest eBayer of the Month," and frankly I'm having a problem selecting one. (In the previous issue, a seller of a "rare target ball" — which should measure about 2 3/4ths inches in diameter — offered something the size of a bowling ball.)

It is sad to see that people have proven Charles Darwin wrong. Those with the weakest intellect seem to be surviving, breeding and GROWING on eBay. People who couldn't pass a fifth-grade English class have no hesitancy to expound on what that don't know and — if corrected, no matter how gently done — are outraged. They seem PROUD to be stupid, with no desire to change.

Good luck, Ralph Finch (I get half-way through your Rants and Raves and have to quit, as I feel my blood pressure spike. Count to 10.)

Dear Abby, Savage 1905 Arms Company No. 17 Catalog does this cat. cover the new 1899 featherweight 6 lb 20" rifle that was introduced in 1905??? thanks mike

Dear Mike, It has the 6 lb 20" rifle but does not call it the "featherweight". I assume that was a later name for it. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, before i bougt your reprint i done a lot of resurch on the internet and found many pages of text and pictures the same as what you have sent me i could of printed them out at any time making the same reprint as what you sent me i have seen the real booklet that the soldgers where given in ww2 my grandfather had one but it was lost after he died i breefly saw the booklet when i was yunger my father shode it to me it shode the dismantling and reasembly of the side arm.and yours booklet isent even close. so i am sorry but i cant give you posetive feedback.the few pages you put together is worth a couple of bucks at best good try but could be done a lot better. - stevenf5218 (Ebay)

Dear Steven, Abby and I are retired and our retirement project is to preserve old gun catalogs. We have so far done over 5000 of them. BUT, not all are perfect or complete. We do our best to describe them but we can't please everyone all the time. So, when someone is disappointed we refund your money and tell you can keep the publication for free.

Regarding feedback, that is a waiting bombshell for us. When one person gives us a neutral or a negative it encourages all sorts of nuts to outdo him and we end up with a slew of bad marks. This hurts sales and raises the price for everyone so please don't give us bad feedback. We are happy to refund your money (I already did) and am sorry you didn't like what we sent you, you can keep it. Cheers, Rob

dear rob well thanks for the refound but im not to worryed aboute a couple of bucks i wont give you any feed back so as it wont damige your bussnes. if i come across the matnance booklet i saw when i was yunger i will send you a copy so you can see for your self bie for now steve.

Thanks Steve, I would love to have a copy of the maintenance book you are talking about and really appreciate the support you could give by copying/sending it for us to copy. Australia is one of the best places we sell for people finding good things to copy, I appreciate your help. Have a look at our website and you may find what you are looking for. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I'm in the area. Would it be possible to stop by and check out the manuals. I have several later manuals, # 38, 39 & 40. Unfortunately , they do not have the information on early black powder cartridges that evolved being loaded with smokeless powders. Bob

Hi Bob, We get lots of requests to "stop by and browse" our collection. Unfortunately for those people we don't have a retail store and everything we sell is in digital format to print to order. So to do what you want would require lengthy instruction in how to use the computers here to view our collection, something we just cannot offer. I'll attach a list of Ideals and years. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Re: Crosman 73 manual What do you mean in the description by "no cover" as original? Do you simply mean that the manual is "paperback" as the original was? Is the paper cover on the copy you are offer coloured (ie: red/black/white) as the original was? Thanks! - tsta5514 (Ebay)

Dear tsta55... Most of our publications are bound with cover stock (perfect bound). The Crosman manuals were all paper. We print them that way it color like the originals but we do not make forgeries of originals, they are scans of originals but not identical. But then they don't cost an arm and a leg. Rob

(Dear Abby), In need of a manual for a Stevens-visable loader rifle-circa around 1930 –anything available ? Thanks-Bob Snider

Bob, Would this help? STEVENS VISIBLE LOADER TAKEDOWN (From: The American Rifleman)- Free Download I imagine I have a manual as such under the Sevens heading if that is what you want but most people have taken theirs apart and are stumped trying to reassemble the thing so I made the piece a free download. Cheers, Abby

(Dear Abby), Thank you, but for some reason I can not down load this. Do you have one that I can purchase ?

Bob, Try to open the attached Visible Loader file. If that doesn't work for you (you need adobe reader) send me your address and I'll post you a copy. By the way, it is not advisable to fire modern ammo in that gun. Cheers, Abby

Thank you Abby-my address is; Bob Snider—xxx. I will be happy to pay for a copy, plus anything else you might have for this gun. What ammo do you recommend, if any still available ? Thanks again, Bob

Bob, I have various catalogs that featured the visible loader between 1908 and 1934. This is the link to the page of STEVENS, J ARMS CO. - ALL CATALOGSWhen you click on each catalog page there is an index of the contents. But, and this is important... Do not take it apart if you have not already done so. They are notoriously difficult to reassemble. The couple of pages I'll send will talk about that a bit. When buying ammo for the gun, you want "standard" velocity bullets, not High Velocity! These guns are very delicate and difficult to set up to function properly so you can spend a lot of time fiddling with them and still not have it work properly. I send you the repair instruction... buy a catalog that goes with it and we will call us even! They were made from 1908 until 1934. In 1931 they changed the stock from a straight stock to a pistol grip stock. If you have the former, the 1911 catalog would be good for you. Cheers, Abby

Thank, once again-I did order what I think is the correct book. I do appreciate your help-Bob

Bob, I don't mean to drag this out, but what you bought is a flat plan parts book. The instructions I sent you have an exploded parts view which is more useful. When I suggested a catalog, such as the 1911 Stevens, that pictures the gun with the options for the way you could have bought it and I thought that might be more interesting. The gun was called the Model 70 but also was 70 1/2 and 71 and a couple of others. Let me know if you want to change your order. Abby

Hello Bob - good! I have changed it the 1911 so you are all set! Abby

Wow-at this rate you have earned about twenty cents an hour helping me-don’t spend it all at one place ! Seriously, I can’t thank you enough-wish I could—Bob

Dear cornellpubs, Handbook of Cast Bullets by Lyman Corp. 1958 Is the manual bound the same as the original? - lance7279

Dear lance72... To be honest, I don't recall how the original of this book was bound. Some Lymans were bound with plastic combs that tended to become brittle and break after a few years and others were perfect bound using adhesive thermal glue to bind the cover to the pages- perfect binding. We use a similar thermal process to bind covers to a fabric spine. Cheers, Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Dear Abby, Gatling Gun, Handbook of the Mod 1903- Caliber .30 1917 ; Does your copy of this book include copies of the (seven) plates in the back? (sometimes called diagrams) Theadore

Dear Theadore, The contents of the Catalog/Manual are listed with the advert, Abby

Sirs: I can and have read the contents of this manual, that is not my question. I have several copies of this publication both in .pdf and printed on demand, neither of which includes the seven plates from the rear of the publication other than blank pages with a few marks. Those manuals also included claims of "Fully Illustrated". Since you have the master document from which you do print to order it is a simple task to observe the printing masters on the computer screen. I doubt you have a "fully illustrated" copy because you have not commented about the irregular size paper used to print the pages. Theadore

Dear Theodore, Here is the long answer to your response to our email. We attract literally scores of emails a day requesting the minutest and most specific information on every conceivable aspect of each catalog or manual we produce. The time it takes to answer all these questions, locate the catalog or manual, read it to find the information and then to respond, with rarely as much as a thank you in return, leads us to discourage such questions. Hence our reply to you.

Next, regarding your question. The reprint we make indeed has the seven drawings you ask about.

I hope this lengthy explanation satisfies your questions and explains why we cannot spend so much time for every casual query we receive. Best wishes, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob,) Thank you for your response. However when I am about to spend money on a product I do not consider my questions to be "every casual query". I don't suppose that you or your "contributor" still has the original source document? Theadore

Dear Theadore, I don't blame you at all for wanting information. Our problem is sorting the wheat from the chaff and trying to figure out which are legitimate questions and which are idle curiosity, all seem sincere but few result in a sale. To answer your next question, Nick Niles died over a year ago and his book collection was sold at auction. Rob

(Dear Rob,) I thank you for your time and trouble. I regret that we did not come to a business arrangement. Theadore Stone

Oh geez!

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

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

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

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

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

* How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... You have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally the site URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

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 or anywhere else, the transaction is recorded on the internet! Do you trust the company you are giving the info to?

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


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


Mike Rich, owner of I HAVE THIS OLD GUN. Send Mike an email to get started. Prices for a written appraisal begins as low as $35.00.

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks selling parts for old guns...

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