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WWII Museum For Sale

In 2013, military vehicle collector Patrick Nerrant opened the Normandy Tank Museum in Catz, France, just a short distance from Utah and Omaha beaches, the site of the American landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The 32,000 square-foot facility holds an impressive collection of American armor and military vehicles, as well as a few German, French and British displays, but on September 18, auction house Artcurial will sell off the museum’s collection in an unusual no-reserve sale.

The Sale Catalog has some super pictures. Got a few extra bucks for an internet bid? How big is your gun room or garage?


A Very Clever HONDA Commercial:


A Vain Man Who Doesn't Have a Mirror

or is that vein man?

thanks to Ba-Bamail

John Hancock was President

Before George Washington!

U. S. History (I know, again)

Remember the Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union? No? Well, before the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and all those other 23 Amendments there was the Continental Congress, the organization that fought the Revolutionary War. They also had Presidents. Samual Huntington was the first President of our country and he was followed by nine more presidents before old George Washington...

Samuel Huntington (1779-81)
Thomas McKean (1781-81)
John Hanson (1781-82)
Elias Boudinot (1782-83),
Thomas Mifflin (1783-84),
Richard Henry Lee (1784-85),
John Hancock (1785-86),
Nathan Gorman (1786-87),
Arthur St. Clair (1787-88),
Cyrus Griffin (1788-89)

...all served prior to George Washington taking office. Now, admittedly their jobs were a bit different. They were Presidents of the Congress and executed the orders of the Congress. He wasn't really a Chief Executive in the modern sense. Still...


Cooper's Ville USA

Regular readers may recall an article we did about Larado in England, an old west town in the English countryside May 2016. Well, it turns out we have one of our own right here in Michigan, an old west town, that is. It is located northeast of Grayling in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula for you Michiganders and if you look at the video it might be some fun if you are passing by.


20 of Frank Sinatra's Best Songs:

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (1915 - 1998) was an American singer, actor, and film-maker. He found success as a solo artist in the early '40s and quickly became a national, then global, sensation. His silky, manly voice and his use of magnificent orchestra music have made him a unique, and welcome, presence in almost every household. It was my pleasure to collect 20 of his most famous and beautiful songs, to remind you of the legend and legacy of 'Ol' Blue Eyes' - the incomparable Frank Sinatra!

Rob Mouat

Electronic Versions of Our Publications

Dear Readers, Last month I asked you if you thought electronic copies of our publications would be something you would like and would buy. I am leaning toward Kindle because the Amazon audience is enormous and would offer the sort of exposure our little website just does not give. I am aware Ebay is a big audience but it is also a big headache for us to handle. Ebay is both expensive and annoying and as we grow older we try to avoid both those things! Hence the thought to move to epubs.

If we do move to epubs, I will have to experiment with OCR software to make our digital images of pages (scans of pages) at least a little searchable but I don't hold out a lot of hope for detailed searches. If you have any suggestions for OCR, please let me know.

Anyway, below are some letters from folks offering their opinions on the value of epubs, We really need and appreciate your help. We have made no decisions about this because it involves a new website, one that can handle epubs and is more friendly toward hand held devices (IPhones and that sort of thing) which we need anyway because 1/3 of website users use their phones! So, if you have a thought you haven't expressed, now is the time to do it. I welcome all comments and help.

Rob

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Dear Rob, Kindle is not kind to pictures on any version but the Fire. I assume you would load images instead of OCR scans. The ability to search images is also limited. I would like to see it all available digitally but it.may have limited.utility unless heavily indexed to search against. Good products. Newsletters and ideas. R/ Daryl

Daryl, No it would not be searchable and because of that I will have to do some experiments, no OCR software I know of could read what we work with. Thanks for your note, Rob


Dear Rob, Would such files be useful despite the fact that you could not print them and would you buy them? YES! Regards, Bill


Dear Rob, The idea is good, but I would not buy as I am computer challenged. I want a book I can hold in my hand. Garnett


Dear Rob, I’m still not a notebook (electronic) user. Would do me no good personally. I would think there are lots of folks it would be useful for, just not old guy me. Dave


Rob, (electronic copies) I think this is a great idea. I'll be waiting!! John York


Hello Rob, I wanted to let you know that I am old fashion and would never buy an electronic document. I know that I would lose the file or my electronic device would fail and take the document to grave. I have several of your reproductions and just like to look at printed paper. I recently quit a magazine, Small Arms Review, because of their move to electronic publishing. Don Lawrence


Dear Rob, Kindle would be great but don’t stop the reprints! I have been using computers since the 90’s, still prefer print on paper, but find having reference material handy on my table useful. (Am still fighting smartphones). Robin


Dear Rob, Good idea if you carefully select the information to include. I have been carrying around the Kindle edition of Norm Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and all of our North Cape Publications, Inc. books for several years now. A really big help. The only time I did not use my Kindle -- left it at home by accident -- I bought something else than what I thought it was. best, Joe Poyer


Dear Rob, I have too much paper as it is. Bart


Dear Rob, Not interested in Kindle versions, thank you. Tony Cattermole


Hi Rob, Have been contemplating your questions (about digital copies of our publications). Combinations of catalogues or makes would be most useful to me. Perhaps by decade to put a bit of a limit on it. Or combinations on a topic (Like Newton Firearms, or Kynoch ammo or .22 rifles from a defined period). The trouble with combining docs is where do you stop & how much can you bundle before people balk at the cost. Do you think you would be able to produce product more efficiently if docs were bundled? What about only bundling certain types that lend themselves more to bundling? Price point: I think somewhere in the $25 to $45 range would be appealing. There are a number of docs I would like to order but at the end of the day I don't seem to be inspired by ordering a bunch of separate ones - I get bogged down trying to decide which specific ones I would like to get & would find most useful, run out of time & then drop the whole order. If they came bundled it would give me a wider spread of coverage (& would probably be more fun). Cost is not a major issue for me - your prices are quite reasonable & far less than what originals would cost. Once I add in the cost of shipping and exchange rates, even a small doc can be a bit of a surprise..... Regards, Steve C.


Rob, Sorry I missed your previous call to action. I'd prefer a .pdf of files. Best regards, Perry Hecker

Dear Perry, Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts but the problem with pdfs is that guys, without thinking, tend to forward them to all their buddies which pretty well limits an already thin market. Cheers, Rob

Rob, Good point!, Perry


Rob, (Digital copies) would be a great offer. My question is as follows; Would this do away with the "hard" copies that are available now ? Sometimes a hard copy is good to have as well. Just my 2 cents. William Nichols

William, Not right away but at some point we will either have to pass the business along or it will be that way! We are getting older every day. Cheers, Rob


Rob, Thank for your prompt rely. I understand the age issue. Thanks go out to the both of you for preserving history. I enjoy reading your monthly Cornell pub mail out. I don't see how you can deal with some of the people that order stuff from you. Mind Blowing how little effort some of them put into their own question before they ask. Thanks again for what you and Abby do. It is appreciated. William


Rob, I use a Kindle every day, but it is the actual Amazon Kindle product, not Kindle on an iPad, etc. My Kindle paper white is useless with photos. Mike

Mike, I agree about the Kindle and the Paperwhite. The other problem is, we are dealing with all jpg images, not text, and they are not searchable. I'm really thinking about the exposure you get from Amazon and if I go to the trouble of making digital copies the audience should be wider than Ebay and our website. Honestly, I'm not at all sure what to do. Cheers, Rob


Hi Rob, As for your idea of selling Kindle-copies of some of your reprints: I've asked in the past for PDF-files in stead of paper-copies: saves postage, and, more important, space in my library. And: I can search PDF via search commands, extremely important for a researcher like myself. That's why I'm prepared to pay same price for PDF as for paper. In fact, several times last few months I was about order some catalogues but didn't cause of postage / limited bookshell space. I understand your hesitation for piracy-reasons. But I'm sure PDF-files can be protected ...!

As for your Kindle-idea: I'm probably not very representative because I hardly use 'smartphones' but even if I did, Kindle-format would be of no use to me, since I would probably not use a format that was 'Amazon-only', and I do not know if I could search such a document via search-commands. Hope my contribution was of some use to you, Best regards, Egbert Stap

Dear Egbert, Thanks for your note. I am glad you wrote because there is a very important element of this problem that any format, even pdf, will not solve. That is the search function. You see, what we offer is reprints comprised of scans of originals. Scans, unless they are run through a "reader" to convert them to text cannot be searched, they are effectively only pictures of the page. OCR "readers", on the other hand do a lousy job of reading old documents with archaic type and the myriad of imperfections found in the paper and print. So, to make one accurate and search-able catalog of say 25 pages would take probably 2 days. Multiply that times 5000 titles, not even considering many are a lot longer and, to be candid, at my age I ain't got the time! That is what I value the feedback from my customers so much. You can do all sorts of things with PDFs but it is almost impossible to prevent Ole Dumb Joe from forwarding them to everyone of their email address book- much like his email jokes and hate mail. Thanks for writing, Rob


Rob, Just a couple of comments concerning your proposition of putting groups of catalogs, etc into electronic files for sale. First, I missed last month, so I don't know, was the idea originally to use Nook™ or iBooks™ instead of Kindle™? Did you consider offering them in more than one format? I personally am more familiar with (and likely to use) Nook™ because that's what I started with. My current iPad Air™ is actually equipped with all three... but I don't know what percentage of your prospective users would have that kind of option, though.

The packaging/bundling might be a second question... how would you determine which combinations folks would want? We gun guys are a notoriously independent lot, aren't we? Would it be practical to let buyers choose from a menu of available titles, starting with the (already) most popular and then adding to the offerings as the program became popular? That way a revolver guy might get a couple of S&W catalogs, a couple of Colts, a couple of Rugers and maybe an Iver Johnson and an H&R while a single shot guy could get a Winchester, a Marlin-Ballard, a Stevens and a Maynard. I'm sure you get the idea.

Of course pricing would be a question as well... I'd rather pay a little more per item and get just what I need than have lots of redundancy (several consecutive catalogs) even at a lower per-item price point. The matter of storage space on the device might also come into play.

Well, Rob, those are my thoughts on the matter. I do think the concept is worthy of more thought and development and will be following to see where it goes. All the best to you and Abby - keep up the great work! Regards, Charlie Shaeff


Thanks Charlie, Your ideas, although very worthy, are daunting. It takes time to convert a file and with over 5000 titles it would be a huge task (they would then need a web page showing availability too). Making special combinations for individuals, I think, would make them pretty costly and then not much use for other people so custom pricing would come into play and then folks flee so to speak.

As for different formats, well, each takes time to make and then the webpage to explain and sell them, more time. Plus you get the guy who orders a MOBI file, wants an AXW3 and finds it won't work on his new Krackerbox tablet and demands his money back... you get the idea. It is a daunting task. I chose Kindle because I was hoping to sell them on Amazon which has a huge audience.

I just don't know. The feedback this time has been great though and I appreciate the help. I'll distill it all and let everyone know what I can do. Thanks, Rob

Rob, Thanks for the quick reply. It's gratifying to know that my thoughts are being considered, and based on what you said and further thought on my part, I have to agree that Kindle™ is probably the closest we currently have to a "default" system. As for the selections, how about this; you will probably be digitizing catalogs one at a time (I'm guessing) so if you put them all on a list, and offer downloads at one for so much, 3 at a better price, and so on, that would be it. Maybe I'm underestimating what would be involved, but that's how I envision it working. Anyway, I'm delighted that you are making the effort to at least investigate this project and wish you all the best on it. Please don't feel like you are required to respond to this e-mail too as I'm just brainstorming out here, but know that I AM interested! Regards, Charlie


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Arms Heritage Magazine

ARMS HERITAGE MAGAZINE - Volume 5, All Six Issues

It's available now! Volume 5 is ready on our website. I bet you can't wait!

Oh, and we added it to the AH Page on our website too.

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Arms Heritage have produced “Annual Compendiums” of the first five years of publication. They removed all commercial advertising and redundant material and the volumes are now pure articles on arms and related topics.

Check in 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 Bob Toth and Mike Carrick for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

The Bekeart book is back because Mike Carrick saw we were missing a page last month and from his huge library, he produced the missing page. So now there is no excuse for not getting this great glimpse into the old west and the settlers who prospered there. Bob Toth was an old friend who passed away some years ago. He kindly left us his library of gun catalogs and manuals and we are slowly working through the file cabinet.

Anschutz 1982 Gun Catalog

Anschutz c1982 Target Rifles

Armalite 1996 Gun Catalog & Exploded Parts Views

Auto Mag c1980 Pistol Flyer

Bauer .25, .22 Auto Pistol Flyer

Bekeart- Three Generations 1837-1949 (San Francisco, Calif)

Benjamin 1964 Air Rifle Flyer

Benjamn-Sheridan 1995 Air Gun Catalog

Beretta 81 Series Automatic Pistol Operations manual

BRNO ZKM611 .22 Win Mag Rifle Flyer

Browning Automatic Shotgun c1950s Manual

Cooper Arms 1996 Gun Catalog

Daisy 2000 Powerline, Avanti, Max Speed

Freeland Cat 47 Shooting Accessories Catalog

Guinard 1898 (French)

H&R History - The History of American Arms & Ammunitions Series


* Download our latest flyer of old gun catalogs

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Letters from Readers


(Dear Abby) re: Beretta 2000 Shotguns and Pistols. I was not sure what year this beretta catalog is for. The item description says 2000, but the guns listed in the item description are about 1985 vintage. Thank you very much and have a nice day! Pchamp44 (Ebay)

Dear PC… The catalog says "Better yet, they're as close as your local Beretta dealer where Beretta tradition of great products and superb service is carried proudly into the year 2000." I could be wrong but I doubt they would say that in 1985, do you? Abby

Dear Abby, Thank you for your fast reply. The reason I asked the question had to do with some of the shotguns mentioned. 302's, 685's were not made much past 1985. I want a catalog from 2000, but I just wasn't sure about it when I saw the shotguns mentioned. I will just go ahead and get this one. Thank you for your time. Have a nice day! Pchamps44


(Dear Abby) Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders Vol I 1962 Ackley-Wildcat - Does this volume cover the 35/348 AI? Thanks, Chet

Dear Chet, Yes it does, Abby


Dear Abby, Thank you for the website, John Cusack


(Dear Abby) Could you Give me Correct tracking information?I still don't get my item. tao sicheng, Sheng Shi Chang An Xiao Qu( 3 hao lou) Kuai Di Zhi, 313 He Ping Dong Lu (Chang An Qu), shijiazhuang Hebei 050031, CHINA

Dear Sicheng, I am sorry. When the Post Office take possession of the package I have no further control over the package. Shipments to China or Asia are often delayed for personal handling. That takes time and the package is often not recorded in their system. We must wait at least 30 days to see if the package arrives. Also, there is no tracking once the package leaves Chicago. Again, I am sorry, Abby


(Dear Abby) Do you sell complete sets of manuals for the lee enfield rifle and enfield revolvers?

Dear Gunbroker User, Not really. We sell a great number of Enfield and Lee Enfield product catalogs and manuals from 1855 to present and it would be impossible to combine them in a meaningful way to please all buyers. Best, Abby


(Dear Abby) I have a mid 19th cent Flobert pistol with silver inlay. Does this book cover pistols in detail or is it more oriented to rifles? Thanks.

Dear Gunbroker User, The Vorisek book on Flobert weapons does have pistols but because Flobert weapons were made by so many small shops it is unlikely your specific pistol would be featured. Best, Abby


Abby, On July 13 I ordered three copies of the Police Revolver Manual, your item number 1112. I was charged for three copies, but the package only contained one copy. Boo! Hiss! Bad seller! Please send the other two copies. Thanks, Tom

Dear Tom, Whoa, big fella, boo hiss, bad seller? I trust you were joking, I made a mistake and missed the 3 when printing your order, I'll send another two copies. Sorry about that. Rob

Rob, No sweat. An attempt at humor. Thanks for the prompt reply. Tom


Hi, Abby & Rob-- I wish I was more computer savy, I could create a link for you--but I'm not. If you go to castboolits and look down through their individual forums to "Special Projects" forum you'll find a thread "Building a Library". I responded to it and gave you guys a great and extensive write-up as a source. Craig

Dear Craig, That was very nice of you to go to all that trouble, we appreciate your effort. We still do our newsletter but at some point you unsubscribed and I am not allowed to resubscribe someone who has unsubscribed (by the newsletter people rules). I'll give you a link below where you may be able to do it yourself or perhaps use a different email address. Also, all newsletters are available each month at our website as is a link to recent additions (once there at recent additions, you can select the last 6 months to expand the list). I'll give that link to. One other thing, we discourage people going to Ebay for our stuff because it is so expensive to pay their fees, also at our website it is much easier to look for stuff. Thanks for your help (see links below) Rob


Hi (Abby)! I shot you a quick email yesterday, do you have the 1930 or 1931 FN shotgun catalog first introducing the new model 1930 side lock? Thanks! Also can you send me more info on Cornell firearm publications, pretty neat to tie this to vintage items that are owned and enjoyed. Ernie Riling

Dear Ernie, Sure, I sent you a link separately for the FNs. Thanks for the note. Abby


(Dear Rob) Case 1966 Knife Catalog Bradford, Pennsylvania- Does this Case catalog contain the 1966 Case M 1 astronauts knife ( machete)? If so, I will purchase a copy. Thanks in advance! ddp187.

Dear ddp… Gee, I really doubt it. The space program was just getting started in '66 and I doubt they guys would have much use for a machete. Cheers, Rob


(Dear Rob) (Ebay) How does "...hurts our sales" = "higher prices for everybody"? chrisbuyandsell3

Dear chrisbu… Well, your question is not very clear. I'm not sure where you got the quote, however, in general if you are referring to less than postive feedback, lower grades of feedback only encourage other people to pile on and outdo one another saying nasty things. The end result is a reduction in sales and the need to charge more to keep going. with 4000 listings on Ebay alone the fixed fees are over $400 a month- just to list them, plus commissions, paper, ink and all the things that go into making very low production reprints. Does that answer your question? Rob


hi I am working on a book and one chapter is on AnF. Ca i buy one of each of your catalogues, is there a way I can recieve a digital copy? Please let me know how best to proceed thanks! Thevintageshowroom (Ebay)

Dear the vinta… Unfortunately, we have no provision to sell digital copies on Ebay- it would be too difficult and time consuming. You are writing a book about Abercrombie and Fitch and you want one each of the Abercrombie catalogs, it that right? cornellpubs offers certain accommodations to writers not available on ebay. Rob Mouat- for Cornellpubs


Dear Curt, Regarding the Negative feedback you gave us for the Sharps catalog you bought I hope you will let me explain why we charge $9.95 and not the $4 you said it is worth. Abby and my project is to preserve as much old firearms literature as we can before it is all gone.

We currently have over 4000 reprints listed on Ebay at $.10 ea/month listing fee plus sales commission etc.. Because they individually lack wide appeal we sell very few of any one title in a year. As you can see we have sold only eight of the Sharps catalogs in the last five years and some never sell so that is why they cost what they do. We actually make very little at the end of the year after all the expenses are figured.

So, I would like to offer to refund your payment and ask that you agree to change the negative you gave us to positive. Negatives are painful for us and we haven’t had one in years. If I send you the change link would you please agree to that? Cheers, Rob Mouat

(Dear Rob) After reading this I do not want you to refund any money,,I thank u for reply in honesty. I will change the response however do not wish a refund. I mean that sincerely , thank you I was having a bad day...I apologize and will change the my comments and feelings,,thank you. I am having hard time finding out how I change my comments , I have notified ebay that I wish to do so, may take few days, again I am sorry,,,for this...temper bad. Curt


Hi Folks! Is there a charge for this newsletter? i DON'T remember subscribing. Randall

Hi Randall, Thanks for your note. There is no charge for the newsletter, it is just something we do to keep ourselves sane! I send it to everyone who buys from us and they can unsubscribe if they wish, about 10% do that. Cheers, Rob


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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

Dear Sirs, I would like to order the a Remington Sportsman 48 Skeet Grade Shotgun with the 26" barell for $124.25 - dept 7 of your catalog. Let me know how much the shipping and if you take check or money order. Yours faithfully in God, Gregory Carston.

Dear Gregory, I am sorry to tell you that the Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. has gone out of business and the catalog you are looking at is from 1950. We reprint old gun catalogs and what you have is a reprint from us. We don't sell guns, however. Very truly yours, 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)

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, we reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but we 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 we are adding more all the time.


* 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


FIREARM APPRAISALS

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

or

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...

No Charge Downloads

Books and Booklets

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:

SERIAL NUMBERS

Cheers,
Abby and Rob