Calls from the Wilds



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"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."


In the 19th century, a “sniper” was a man who hunted snipe. Snipes were considered to be the hardest game bird due to their flight speed and constant alertness. This forced hunters to shoot them from a distance, and giving us the modern meaning of the word.

101 Classic Firearms by John Marshall

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“For a long time, I’ve been saving for reference the center-story in The Blue Press on classic firearms by John Marshall. Now, we have 101 of them at hand in this excellent book. In each one, you will find out something you didn’t know,” said veteran gun writer J.B. Wood.

101 Classic Firearms is available at Dillon Precision Products, Inc. Stock #40133, $29.95 each. Autographed for $34.95 (stock no. 97130)

The Barber

A man walked in to a Barber Shop for his regular haircut. As he snips away, the barber asks "What's up?"

The man proceeds to explain he's taking a vacation to Rome. "ROME?!" says the barber, "Why would you want to go there? It's a crowded dirty city full of mafiosos! You'd be crazy to go to Rome! So how ya getting there?" "We're taking TWA" the man replies.

"TWA?!" yells the barber. "They're a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly and they're always late! So where you staying in Rome?" The man says "We'll be at the downtown International Marriot." "That DUMP?!" says the barber. "That's the worst hotel in the city! The rooms are small, the service is surly and slow and they're overpriced! So whatcha doing when you get there?" The man says "We're going to go see the Vatican and hope to see the Pope."

"HA! That's rich!" laughs the barber. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on THIS trip. You're going to need it!"

A month later, the man comes in for his regular haircut.

The barber says, "Well, how did that trip to Rome turn out? Bet TWA gave you the worst flight of your life!" "No, quite the opposite" explained the man. "Not only were we on time in one of their brand new planes, but it was full and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a beautiful 28 year old flight attendent who waited on me hand and foot!"

"Hmmm," says the barber , "Well, I bet the hotel was just like I described."

"No, quite the opposite! They just finished a $25 million remodeling. Its the finest hotel in Rome, now. They were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the Presidential suite for no extra charge!"

"Well," the barber mumbles, "I KNOW you didn't get to see the Pope!"

"Actually, we were quite lucky. As we toured the Vatican, a Swiss guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained the Pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into this private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, after 5 minutes the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand. I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me."

Impressed, the barber pleads, "Tell me, please! What did he say?"

"He just said: "Where did you get that awful haircut?'"

Explanation of the Greek Bailout

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything.

No one earned anything.

However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that is how the bailout package works!

Thanks to Dick Carlton



Remarkable series of photos - made by Alexander Gardner and taken from the Library of Congress. See them all by clicking the link above.

Now Antietam

Antietam Civil War

Bodies at the Dunker Church on Antietam, Maryland, September 1862

thanks to Jim Buchanan

The White House-

One year after Donald Trump becomes President

Trump House

thanks to Marge Lanard

Interesting article from 1968 during the tumultous 60s and the debates over gun control:

U. S. Gun Ruling Doesn't Nullify Phila. Gun Law, City Says

February 4, 1968

By HARMON Y. GORDON, of The Philadelphia Bulletin Staff

Philadelphia’s gun control ordinance is still valid despite recent action by the U. S. Supreme Court in striking down a section of the National Firearms Act.

The high tribunal’s decision Monday has “no effect at all” on the Philadelphia ordinance, First Deputy City Solicitor Levy Anderson said yesterday. 4,168 Licenses in ’67. The city law of 1965 requires E license to acquire any firearm — whether by gift or purchase.

A 1967 ordinance deals with carrying firearms in public. A license is required as a regulatory matter. During the past year, the city issued 4,168 licenses at $1 each to persons acquiring guns, according to Licenses & Inspections assistant chief Louis T,. Menna. Only 191 persons received permits to carry a gun in the same period, he said. That fee is 50 cents.

The U. S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a Dallas, Tex., case that the National Firearms Act violated the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination because the statute required persons to file information with the government that amounted to confessions of guilt.

The court upset the conviction and four-year jail term imposed on Miles Edward Haynes for possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.

Pistols Excepted

The federal statute requires registration of saw-off shotguns and rifles, machine guns and other automatic firearms, including mufflers and silencers. It excepts pistols and revolvers.

In the ruling by Justice John Marshall Harlan, the Supreme Court found that once Haynes had obtained the gun he would have incriminated himself by attempting to register it. Chief Justice Earl Warren dissented, saying he feared a new wave of attacks on federal registration statutes. As to Philadelphia’s ordinance, Anderson put those fears to rest. He explained that the National Firearms Act relates only to a particular type of firearm.

Aimed at Small Group

The high court found that registration of those firearms was directed at a small group of persons who apparently would be engaged in illegal activities.

The mere registration under the Supreme Court’s ruling, Anderson said, would brand the person and subject him to investigation.

Effect of the registration as the court found, Anderson said, was to make a person incriminate himself as a member of a particular group against which the act was directed.

Anderson said the court made it clear it was not limiting the reasonable regulation of traffic or possession of firearms. Controls Transfer Only. The city ordinance, he said, is of a more general application. It applies to all persons who want to acquire a rifle, pistol, revolver or shotgun.

The ordinance has no impact on those already possessing guns, said Anderson. But it does control the transfer of firearms, he added.

“The thrust is entirely different,” said Anderson “and therefore the decision doesn’t affect its validity at all and the ordinance is a perfectly proper one.”

Where the Great Wall of China Ends...

Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty.

Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

The Great Wall stretches from Dandong in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi). This is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi) sections of actual wall, 359 km (223 mi) of trenches and 2,232 km (1,387 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi).

thanks to Jim Buchanan
text from Wikipedia

It's a shame more people are not interested in the old Stoeger, A&F, VonLenerke and the myriad of old merchant catalogs we reprint. It seems most people only want the "catalog by the company that made my gun". Fact is, many guns didn't make it into catalogs in the old days but were sold through merchant catalogs with loads of other things that give a wealth of historical texture to your old weapons. So, check them out, starting here.

Rob Mouat

Mea Culpa- Lyndon Johnson

Last month in this column I mentioned that Johnson was not an elected president (Jerry Ford was an unelected president). That was pretty dumb because I spent hours arguing the facts of the election as a freshman at UVA in the fall of '64. Naturally, Johnson won in a landslide over Barry Goldwater who was John McCain's predecessor as an Arizona U.S. Senator. My apologies.


Michigan Oddities

Here is a weird one: Michigan lawmaker Todd Courser was having an affair with a married colleague in the Michigan legislature. About to be found out, he figured it would be better to have a bigger scandal afoot to distract people from his infidelities... so, he planned an email blast claiming to have had sex with a male prostitute. It didn't work and the whole colorful truth came out.


Children- Then and Now

There have been several cases around the country where parents have been blamed or even arrested for allowing their children to be alone outdoors. Now, most of our readers are over 40 and can fondly recall being alone outdoors from shortly after we learned to walk. I, for one, walked Winkle, our dog, around the block when my parents lived at 75 Prospect Park West, apartment 3D in Brooklyn, NY when I was five and six years old. I had to be able to recite the address before I was allowed out alone. I guess my parents thought I might be returned if I were able to tell people where I lived in the event I became lost. Or they may have just read the Ransom of Red Chief.

Anyway, it is my opinion that as difficult as it may be for "helicopter parents" to allow their children out of sight for a moment, it is a healthy and necessary part of growing up. Most children will do some things that are not so safe when left to their own devices but this is just part of the development of judgement, poise, fear, respect and other things youths must learn.

I've said before I had guns of my own and access to other's guns all my life and now, in retrospect, I appreciate the rope I was given. I had cap guns as a tiny child and an old .22 short, rolling block, child's gun, at about seven or eight years old. I don't think I had ammunition for it until a bit later but I knew where it was kept, unlocked, along with all the shotguns and a couple of long guns under the stairs in the gun closet at Granny's house in Long Island where I spent my summers.

Granny kept my mother's pony, Rusty, and I could ride all over across the potato fields from age five on. If I fell off and for some reason couldn't get back on Rusty would have gone home and, in time they would have come looking for me. No great excitement there.

Granny lived on a bay where I played in the water by myself. I avoided the snapping turtles because adults told me they could take off a finger. I stayed out of the poison ivy because I saw what it did to my mother who was horribly allergic. When Granny took me to the ocean beach I swam by myself with no lifeguards but I was careful of the undertow and listened to Granny when she said not to go beyond the breakers because the "set" was too strong. It was all part of growing up.

Is it any wonder that children, suddenly unsupervised, get into big trouble as soon as they are on their own?

Arms Heritage Magazine

Arms Heritage Magazine – Vol 4 IS READY!

A Little History and Background

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

Naturally, some of the former readers of Gun Report and current subscribers to Man-at-Arms missed the printed copies of their new favorite magazine- Arms Heritage. So, we have taken two steps to respond to these protests—first we introduced the ability to view Arms Heritage Magazine in downloadable pdf format in addition to the on-line reader version. The pdf enables readers to download and print selected articles or, if they desire, the entire magazine. The second thing was to consolidate all the articles for each year into an annual printed "Compendium”.

With the help of Cornell Publications all four “Annual Compendiums”, each containing all bi-monthly magazines for the year are now available in beautifully bound sets. We have removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics. All four past years are now available for purchase at Cornell.

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Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, I have a W. O. Zischang distributor's catalog from about 1957 and was wondering if you would be interested. I bought this for the Narmco Conolon Missilite Bow listings and price sheet as it is the only material that I have seen on these rare and unusual bows from the 50's and the fact that this was the last iteration of the old Zischang family of gunmakers. The bows were made by one of our ICBM military contractors who got into making bows and fishing poles as a result of their fiberglass research. There are also a whole range of firearms, ammo, fishing equipment, and sporting goods from the era of my youth. If you would be interested I would be happy to send it to you. You do a great job and I have always been happy with the material I have got from you. I especially enjoy these news letters and you are to be commended for the work you do. I hope that you find time to smell the roses and have made provisions for your archives to be preserved in perpetuity as they are important. Many thanks again for making available all of your wonderful catalogs and the example of civility you show to those who deserve less. Best wishes, Nels Sanburg

Dear Nels, Wow, that is a nifty catalog and I scanned it for this month. I appreciate the loan and your help, Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, re: Breechloading Shotguns 1860-1940 Vol. I A-F Hi - i'm interested in ordering this for the info contained about guns by Samuel Allport. Is there a lot of content on him and his works? - daveyboy28 (Ebay)

Dear daveyb... No, these books are really for large collectors who want basic information about a lot of guns. Below is the information on Allport: SAMUEL ALLPORT: Gun maker located at the following addresses In Birmingham. England: • 1833 to 1836- 2 Weaman Row • 1839 to 1892- 50 Whfttal SI. Allport was granted the following English patents: .3.518 of 1872- Top lever action .2.993 of 1881- Underlever action and safety .2.760 of 1890- Ejector After he ceased gun making In 1892 he became the Master of the Birmingham Proof House and remained In that capacity until his death In 1899. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Thank you so very much for the info. I know I'm being cheeky, but I also am interested in the info on Thomas Allport, who if has a Lichfield connection may be a key bit of info. I'm a shotgun license holder and a keen clay pidgeon shooter (UK), but I'm also tracing family tree and believe one of these to possibly be an ancestor - all and any info is gratefully received. Yours, Dave Allport

Dear Dave, OK, one last time... THOMAS ALLPORT: Gun maker located at 3 Ashland Place. Paddington. London. England from 1889 to 1896. The firm operated as HERBERT J. ALLPORT In 1896. Both were probably relatives of Samuel Allport.


Hello Abby, The 1893 Isaac Hollis catalogue arrived in great shape - thanks. Very pleased to find that an old Hollis Express rifle .577/.450 which I recently acquired from rural N.S.W. (Australia) was featured. Now a project to restore it to most of its former glory. Best wishes. John.

Dear cornellpubs, Re: Ponsness-Warren Reloading 1981 Catalog - Does this manual have actual reloading data such as powder, shot, wading, primer requirements and if so about how many pages of load data? - gobeli07 (Ebay)

Dear gobli... No, this is a reloading equipment catalog. We do reprint dozens of reloading manuals by Ackley, Ideal, Speer and many others. Would you like a list? If so send me an email address or mail address and we'll send you one. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, re: Antonio Zoli c1965 Gun Catalog, Brescia, Italy; Hello, Are there any schematics of a Zoli double trigger o/u shotgun ? - rufer-123 (Ebay)

Dear rufer… No, this is a catalog not a manual, sorry. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, re: Description of the Automatic Pistol Model 1911 .45 Cal. 1912 - is this from 1912 or 1917? - jeff-3497 (Ebay)

Dear jeff… (cover does say 1917) Here is the complete dope: AUTOMATIC PISTOL MODEL 1911, DESCRIPTION DATED APRIL 1, 1912, REVISED FEBRUARY 14, 1914, ORIGINALLY PRINTED 1917. Rob (jeff-3497 was just a gadfly, not a buyer)

Dear Abby, Received two Sears catalogs from you today. the 1970 Firearms section is ok, however the 1948 catalog gun section ebay #290893130392 has pages #581, 582, 583, 584, 585, & 586 missing. Hopefully they are available. THANKS Carl

Carl, That is a tough question at answer. Sears catalogs are just too huge to copy in their entirety so I try to take the gun sections and perhaps another that I think might interest people who grew up in that era. Now, ten years ago when I did that catalog I apparently decided the missing section was not of enough interest to bother with so I left it out and that is why it is missing. Now, we offer a money back guarantee so if you would like that shoot me an email. Abby

Abby, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I was trying to find a complete 1948 catalog to check the gun section, no luck. Most of the older Sears catalogs have several pages of guns, this one has only two. So be it. FYI Left you pos feed back. Carl

Carl, Thanks for your note. Regarding the '48 Sears, you may be assured that the gun section is complete in the version you have. That is what we do- old gun catalogs so I would not have truncated that section. It is possible, but not likely that I might have left out pages for gun oil or something like that but not on featuring guns or gun parts... Cheers, Rob

Dear Abby, Baker & Hamilton: I'm looking for a facsimile of the Baker & Hamilton catalog from 1910 which would be a good contrast to the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog from the same year. Any chance you have this? Thanks.

Hi Philip, Everything we have processed so far is on our website. Depending on content you are looking for, Check this link. Cheers, Rob

Hi, Folks- Received order yesterday. Exactly as ordered and in excellent condition. Thank you for providing such an outstanding array of old sporting literature. Best regards, Jeff Taylor

Abby, Just received my order yesterday. Thanx again for the quick service. Denny Taylor

Dear cornellpubs, re: Canjar 1964 Rifle Accessories. does the book tell you HOW to adjust a canjar trigger?thanks,jerry - dolang17 (Ebay)

Dear Jerry, There are instructions and some cutaway drawings in the advertising flyer but I don't know if they cover all the models of the triggers they made at the time the piece was made. Rob

Hi Abby, I received the 2 catalogs today. As always, I am quite pleased! Thank you. Mark

Re: Handgun Trade Brands, U.S. Mfrs & Dist. 1865-1930 Dear cornellpubs, Does handgun pamphlet have color pictures throughout, or only the names. Trying to ID some derringers w only the maker, but would need photos. Thanks, Cheri - 1lotszofstuff (Ebay)

Dear Cheri, No, only the cover is in color, the rest is text- no pictures: "33 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New typeset original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Not Illustrated" . Rob

Dear Abby, I have been looking through your Marlin reprints and have been unable to determine which one to buy. I am looking for one that has a receiver cutaway view of the 1889 Marlin Safety Rifle. Mine is in 38-40 Win but the caliber doesn't matter , just that it has a cutaway view of the receiver. If you could let me know which one it's in i will buy the catalog. Please do this at your leisure as I'm in no great hurry. Thank You D A Turner

Dear Doug, I checked the 1897 and 1900 catalogs (the first we have after 1889). The '97 has a parts plan only and the 1900 has nothing about the gun at all so I am afraid I won't be much help to you, sorry. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, re- Montgomery Ward 1929-30 Guns Catalog Was there a section of Fishing Tackle in this same 1929 Catalog? Do you have access to it? I am looking for catalog pages that display tackle from The Moonlight Bait Co from Paw Paw, Michigan. Thanks. –Greg – gregorylswartz (Ebay)

Dear Greg, Please read the contents section with everything we reprint. If it doesn't at least list fishing, then there is nothing to do with tackle in the catalog. This is the "Gun Section" of the MG catalog only. Cheers, Rob

Greg Swartz went on to query several more catalogs one of which actually had what he asked about. Despite the research time involved in looking through catalogs for Moonlight Bait Co products he never bought anything.

Dear cornellpubs, re: TB 23-7-1 1942 Carbine cal .30 M1 Ord Field Service - Is this a reprint? - gullwing27 (Ebay)

Dear gullw… "68 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated."

Dear cornellpubs: re- Degtyarev 1950 Type Light Machine Guns- User Guide is the text of this publication in English or Russian please ? - diving29 (Ebay)

Dear Diving… This US Army Ordnance Corp publication has the following description under the name: "40 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. Text in English."

Hi Abby, I am looking for additional details on a Fred Biffar "Secret Service Special". It is a 32 Cal. Automatic Break Down Revolver with 3 1/4" Barrel, Hammer Blue. While I have done some research online for this antique pistol, the one I am checking on has a unique feature of a plastic federal emblem on both sides of the handle (red, white & blue) which is approximate 1/2" in diameter. I have not been able to find any pictures online with this feature. This item has the original box along with small oil vial and cleaning rod. Very good condition. I was hoping that the Fred Biffar & Co. Pocket Catalog Number 105 would provide me some answers to my questions. The box has sticker on it with Fred Biffar & Co, discussing operating safety details. I would like to find out more on this antique pistol and it's value. Would you be able to help me determine additional information on this? Regards, Mike

Hi Mike, Your pistol is almost certainly one of the many made by established arms makers who manufactured arms to be marketed by resellers like Sears, Von Lengerke, Various hardware companies and many others. Since Bifar, as far as I can tell, as a single store operation, it is going to be very difficult to identify the maker of your pistol (Bifar is not mentioned in any of the tradename books we reprint). So, you can start buying major reseller catalogs of the same era (they list handguns by many different makers) or you can just keep the pistol as a nice keepsake because I am afraid the value is going to be pretty modest, probably under $100. I will put your note in the newsletter just in case someone can help. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, I notice you reprint several items. Do you have a 1963 Camp Perry Pistol results booklet. I have a friend that is interested. - wv109323kermit (Ebay)

Dear wv109… I don't think so. Rob and Abby are on vacation. Best thing is to tell your friend to look at their website or do an ebay search for it. Jen

Hello, The gun that I have is about a 1976 Numeric 180 degree spin dover and under barrow as pictured in the 1977 Numeric catalog on the front cover, second down from the uper right corner of the cover. Found in an old expired auction and E-bay photo. I can not find the actual manufacture of this gun. Thanks again, Richard Lyons

Richard, I'm sorry, neither H&A catalog from Numrich has a two barrel gun featured. Rob

Hi Abby, Just a quick note to thank you for the Vickers GO and Villar Perosa manuals I ordered. I am delighted with the quality and the very fast delivery (4 days) to New Zealand. As a serious manual collector I am sure I will be adding more of your rarer reprints to my collection in the near future. You provide an opportunity to fill gaps in a collection when the originals are unobtainable. Rod Woods

Re: Browning Automatic Rifle c1940 Mechanism and Use (UK) Dear cornellpubs, can you show or explain the difference between your two editions, the other being c1930 and eBay item 291125250582 ? – dustyvideoinc (Ebay)

Dear dustyvid… I really don't know. One seems to be 8 pages and the other 12, but for all I know they may have the same contents. Rob and Abby are on holiday and they would be the ones to ask when they get back next week. Jen ("Jen" conveniently appears on our doorstep when we really don’t want to answer a question).

Dear Cornell: Does your vast inventory include publications detailing quick-release mounts for larger automatic weapons, and other such devices? Regarding your brag about your book scanner. Let me bring your attention to the Scan-Snap SV 800 non-contact digital scanner. New to the market this year, I bought one in March for a project involving delicate and rare publications. A book to be scanned get laid down on a solid base as though laid on a table, face-up, while an overhead scanning camera does its work. No need to force the spine, have pages or cover hanging in space, or force pages to lie flat. Simply turning pages activates the scanner automatically. Once done, its software flattens out curved pages, removes dirt, fingerprints and such, and presents a file of reasonable size, full color, and high resolution. I've done 400 page books in a couple of hours, finishing with highly presentable results. Give it a look-see. I look forward to your answer to my above question. Thank you for OLD GUNS AND OTHER STUFF. Best Regards, John Smith

Hi John, Regarding the quick release mounts, frankly I don't know and the question is a bit too broad for me to do any looking and even then I'm not certain what I would be looking for (I was a pilot, not a ground pounder). If you want to look under machine guns at the website and give me a few things to look at along with some idea what I am looking for, I'll be happy to give it a shot. Thanks for the heads up on the scan snap... I've been waiting for one of these for years! And it really works? If you say it is good, I'll order one this week! Cheers, Rob

Hi John, I want to bring you up to date with the SV600 scanner. I bought one and used it for two weeks. Unfortunately I had a lot of trouble with the software. The hardware works very well and the software part that straightens the images works well. But... there are some serious bugs in the processing end of the thing that are at this point, for me, terminal. The techs at level 3 (Fujitsu tech help is the best in the business) tell me that they should have things worked out in about 6 months and will have an updated machine along with new software available after the holidays. Meanwhile I returned mine and will wait for the new one. Thanks for the tip, I've been waiting for one of these for a long time and they are pretty close with this model. Cheers, Rob

Abby and company, Frank here from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. All is good! Newsletter is great - service is great. The recent recopy sent re: Winchester 94 assembly/disassembly was exact and easy to follow just like being back there in 1957. Thank you for all the information from reprint to newsletter. Thank you, Frank

Re: Browning 1931 Superposed (late) Gun Catalog- Dear cornellpubs, I'm looking for the puzzle of this picture. Browning made 4 of them and this one I can't find. Any help??? - adam3955 (Ebay)

Dear adam39… I'm afraid I don't have one. Rob

Re: Thomas Bland & Sons c. 1965 Gun Catalog (London) Dear cornellpubs, Hi, Can you please tell me if the paper matches the photos in the listing? IE is it white and green. Also, how would you describe the quality/clarity of the print. Thanks - kyle_bland (Ebay)

Kyle, The cover is white coverstock imprinted with the green cover of the original and the inside pages are printed on 24# white paper and are black and white. Since the original was pretty good the reprint is too. I'm sorry I can't be more specific but the question you ask is very subjective and we reprint over 5000 old gun catalogs to preserve them - not to make perfect forgeries of the originals. For example if my memory serves, the original was perfect bound and our copy is heat bound with cloth tape. Does all that help? Cheers, Rob (I guess it did, we never heard from Mr. Bland again)

Dear cornellpubs, Buenos días Rob, tengo que hablar con Ebay y hoy arreglar una nueva cuenta en paypal, ya que los hackers tienen todas mis passwords. Si he entendido bien las condiciones que me aplican, puedo negociar con los vendedores a ver si con su buena voluntad, podemos arreglar alguna cosa, pero quiero su confirmacion, no quiero mas malentendidos. Cuando se habla de articulos reprinted, yo entendi segunda mano y reparados, no simples fotocopias,por eso no me sale a cuenta el devolver las fotocopias,con el consentimiento de Ebay mandame lo que quieras, por ejemplo el cuchillo y algun item que tengas repetido en tienda, lo dejo a tu buen hacer, la condicion que me pone ebay es que el transporte tengo que pagarlo por global sistem,cuando tengas claro lo que vas a hacer, habla con ellos para que me pasen el precio del transporte,lo dejo en tus manos, entiendo que los articulos escogidos por mi , originales, seriam mucho mas caros. Ok, tu mismo , lo que hagas me parecera bien, pero acuerdate de int. glo. system. Un placer. David.

Dear David, Well hmmm, OK I guess, Rob

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Re: Nichols Stallion .45 Cap Gun Manual Dear cornellpubs, Ho. Just wondering if u will put the book between two pieces of cardboard inside of a box to prevent bending. Thanks so much – hollimaud (Ebay)

Dear hollimaud, You do realize this is a reprint don't you- it's only one sheet of paper folded in half to make four 8.5" by 5.5" pages total? We do say that in the advert in a couple of places. In the event you missed it, I will be happy to refund your money. On the other hand if you still want the piece, we put it in a plastic cover with a piece of cardboard in a tyvek envelope marked "DO NOT BEND". You paid $1.50 shipping which actually doesn't cover the above packing. If you want it in a Priority Envelope with more packing that would cost another $4.95 and a Medium Box is $11.00, but honestly this isn't the Mono Lisa and even the reprint isn't perfect. Please let me know. Rob Mouat – cornellpubs

Dear cornellpubs, Yes I do realize it is a reprint. I like to take care of my items. I didn't know how you shipped because that isn't said and i wanted to make sure. Also You do realize that in your description you say to email any "special handling" right? You also mention not giving negative feedback or neutral but you do realize that being rude and a smart a** to buying customers isn't going to help that correct? I send all my sellers inquiries on the items that I spend my money buying from. You aren't the first one but you are the rudest. I will take the book as you normally send them. No refund needed. This will be the first and the last time I will buy from you. Have a nice day. – hollimaud

Dear hollimaud, Gosh, I’m sorry you took what I said as an insult, I certainly didn’t mean it that way. I was only trying to make sure you understood what we are selling are reprints, over 5000 of them. The Mona Lisa comment was mean to be funny but I guess in retrospect it could be taken the other way, I apologize. Regarding feedback, Abby and I have over 15000 positive feedbacks and we try to keep it that way and hope you don’t bomb us over my mistake. I’ll make sure your package is carefully prepared and safe. Rob (she did leave us positive feedback for which we are grateful).

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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.

* 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 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. Abby


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" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety...

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be 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!

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...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


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