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We came across an advertisement in a national gun magazine for a gun holster that mounts on the steering wheel of your car for instant access. I suppose the seller had in mind thwarting carjackers or some such emergency but that really doesn't strike me as being a good idea at all. I can just imagine explaining the presence of a handgun strapped to the steering wheel to a nervous highway patrol officer or what might happen in the event of an accident and the discharge of the airbag.


Gun Report was a staple of the gun collector's life for well over fifty years. It started out in 1954 as a thin magazine with a few not-so-exciting articles and grew to be an excellent publication under its founder, Kenneth Liggett. When Ken passed away, the magazine continued under the management of his daughter Ms. Kandi Liggett-Harrison. She started out very enthusiastically by publishing an index of the first twenty five years of articles. She built a staff of hard-working, dedicated ladies who established and maintained excellent communications with authors, advertisers and subscribers. The magazine grew.

Although there were no knowledgeable gun people on staff, articles were routinely reviewed and vetted by unpaid individuals who simply were willing to see things done right. As time went by, tension seemed to grow between Ms. Liggett-Harrison and her staff resulting in the departure of one after another of those ladies. Articles were no longer reviewed. The quality of the magazine dropped off and subscribers and advertisers departed and the staff were blamed. Issue dates were missed, sometimes two or three or four months at a time.

Many individuals, sensing that Gun Reports problems were financial, offered financial, technical and editorial help to Ms. Liggett-Harrison. According to those who offered help they never heard back from anyone at the magazine. Oddly, even when it became apparent to many that the magazine was expiring, subscriptions were still being solicited and accepted. After the magazine faded away, the remaining staff apparently learned of its demise when they reported to work to find the door locked.

It was in this atmosphere that two long-time columnists for the Gun Report decided to create a new on-line magazine. As a courtesy, Ms. Liggett-Harrison was informed of the intent to form the magazine. In a rare communiqué she wished them well and asked if the two columnists would continue to write for Gun Report. Both agreed that if she would publish the Gun Report in a timely fashion, they would be pleased to continue their columns. They pointed out that she held at least a six-issue forelog of columns written for the magazine in her possession.

In February of 2011 Arms Heritage Magazine published its first issue. Trying to learn from the mistakes of others, the magazine meticulously vets its articles. Articles are solicited directly from well-known specialists. The publishers are justifiably proud of their publication.


I learn something every day. These advertisements certainly fill in some gaps.

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copy reads:


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copy reads:

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Detroit Real Estate

This is from "The Week" magazine and shows some real bargains. In some of the neighborhoods you might want to consider the holster for the steering wheel, however.

For Sale


It all began with a simple traffic stop. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Speirs pulled over Angilo Freeland just before noon on Sept. 28 for speeding along an avenue in Lakeland, Fla. But when Speirs asked for Freeland’s driver’s license, Freeland, 27, produced a dubious-looking state ID card. Would he have to go to jail for not having a valid license? he asked the deputy, according to authorities. Moments later, Freeland fled into a wooded area beside the road.

Speirs radioed for backup, and soon Deputy Matt Williams arrived with his dog Diogi. The three set off into the woods. Freeland apparently hid behind the exposed roots of a fallen oak, according to dispatch tapes and a law-enforcement account given to The Tampa Tribune. Catching his pursuers by surprise, Freeland shot and killed the police dog, then quickly pumped Williams full of bullets, one of which penetrated his spine. Freeland then shot Williams twice more in the head at point-blank range.

Speirs moved toward the gunfire. “I’m coming to you,” he told Williams over the radio, according to the Tampa Tribune report. Then Freeland appeared over a ridge and fired at him. Though Speirs managed to shoot back, he was wounded in the leg during the exchange. “I’ve been hit, too,” he told the dispatcher. Now authorities mounted a massive manhunt, including 500 officers, every available police dog, a SWAT tank and a helicopter. They soon found Williams dead, and his gun and ammunition missing. For the rest of the day and overnight, authorities scoured the woods for Freeland. Not until the next morning did a 10-person SWAT team finally corner him. He was hunkered down under another fallen oak, not far from where he’d killed the deputy. When the cops spotted a gun in Freeland’s hand—Williams’s .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol—they opened fire on him. And plenty of it: 110 bullets in all, 68 of which hit him.

That barrage has now sparked a controversy over the amount of force used on Freeland. Did law enforcement overreact because one of their own had been slain? Or was the hail of bullets justified? Though the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the local state attorney’s office are reviewing the incident, Freeland’s family members say that’s not enough. They argue that the sheriff’s office can’t credibly scrutinize itself, and they’re calling on Gov. Jeb Bush to order an independent investigation. The family is “not defending what [Freeland] did,” says Jorge Angulo, one of the attorneys representing the family pro bono. “They are asking why he was shot so many times. Why was he not taken alive?” Bush “will not even consider an independent investigation” until the current inquiries conclude, a spokeswoman responds. A sheriff’s spokesman defends how authorities acted, arguing that Freeland “had demonstrated a brutal lack of concern for human life” and that “officers perceived there to be a threat and responded appropriately.”

Others have protested law enforcement’s handling of the situation as well. The Florida Civil Rights Association has called on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to order an independent investigation by the Justice Department. A Justice spokeswoman said the department was waiting for the results of the state probe before deciding whether to conduct their own. Race may have been a factor, the FCRA argues; Freeland was black, while most of the officers were white. “The police tactics and the force used in the manhunt of a black man … is profoundly disturbing and raises questions that are too important to be dismissed,” says J. Willie David III, FCRA’s president. The group is especially critical of certain comments made by Polk County authorities in the aftermath of Freeland’s death. “I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Associated Press. The civil rights group cites the case of Amadou Diallo, a black man killed in New York in 1999 in a hail of 41 bullets. That case drew national attention and provoked widespread condemnation of the officers involved. Freeland’s story, on the other hand, has remained mostly a local matter and hasn’t sparked nearly as much outcry. But of course, Diallo didn’t kill one deputy and maim another.

The black community in Polk County has occasionally filed complaints about racial profiling and excessive force in the past. But those incidents were not nearly as extreme, says Don Brown, president of the Lakeland branch of the NAACP, who met with a sheriff’s representative after the shooting. “I’m still looking into the case,” says Brown. But “on the surface, it doesn’t look right … It does look like it was an excessive amount of bullets.”

Freeland remains somewhat of an enigma. His family claims not to have known of any illicit activities he was involved in, according to Angulo. But he had a rap sheet that included charges of resisting arrest and carrying a concealed firearm. Since Freeland’s death, authorities say that searches of his home and vehicle have yielded a book of drug contacts, a handgun, two assault rifles and a journal. In one diary entry, Freeland wrote that “I do feel pain and the pain is real it is the kind that makes you what [sic] to destroy every and anything in your path.” Perhaps it was that pain that drove him to lash out as he did, inviting the fury of law enforcement in return.

From: The Daily Beast

Rob Mouat

Shoe House

I spent my first seven summers at Shoe House in a small village called Watermill which was named for the old grain mill located on the town green. Well, perhaps not for that mill because after all that was a windmill and the town name wouldn’t match. The water mill was on a nearby creek and was reportedly the first in New York c1644. Until the 1960s most of the land in town was farmed by descendants of the original settlers and was famous for its potatoes. Since then, of course, the land has been developed and subdivided by Hollywood stars and Wall Street tycoons but I prefer to remember it as it was back then, an old farming community where my family lived.

My grandparents owned a house on Mecox Bay that my grandmother called Shoe House because all the children, my cousins and I, came to visit in the summer. If the grownups came for an extended visit two families moved to the cottage but otherwise we stayed in Shoe House. I have mixed emotions about the cottage because some not too good things happened to me there. For example, Patty Eldridge convinced me to eat a whole tube of toothpaste on graham crackers in the larder of the cottage. To make matters worse, I think toothpaste was still rationed at the time and I got the blame, and it made me pretty sick. Rationing was a holdover from WWII when many products had limited availability due to the war effort.

Josephine and Napoleon died there too. They were a pair of fledgling finches my mother saved from a nest in an old apple tree my uncles cut down. The birds lived for a week or two but expired despite my mother’s best efforts. She said they succumbed to the wrong diet. That news was a bit scary for a small child particularly after the recent toothpaste incident.

For my fourth birthday my father presented me with a beautiful cap pistol he had worked hard to make look real. It was blued and he had fashioned wood grips out of some mahogany scraps from a large block of the wood that he used to make ship models as a hobby. That very day I lost the pistol somewhere in the fields. I must have popped out of the holster and I just didn’t feel it leave. I was heartbroken to lose the pistol and to disappoint my father so much. Things seemed to go better when I was sleeping at Shoe House and not the cottage.

One weekday, while I was the only child in residence, Granny, Mary and I were in the laundry shed next to the main house kitchen when we heard a shot from the creek on the far side of the pasture. Granny went to investigate and Mary, who helped Granny run the house and keep the children in line, took me into the house where she told me to stay. I remember nervously sitting at the breakfast table while peering out the kitchen window at the trees on the far side of the pasture. After a while and to my great relief, Granny reappeared across the pasture and behind her I could see a man carrying a big white sack. They disappeared from sight and I rushed through the house to the other side so I could see the driveway. Granny and the man reappeared around the side of the house and I caught my breath as I saw the white sack was a swan. Granny had the man put the swan down and sit next to it. I could see red on the swan and it was obviously dead.

For a long time the man sat there with his gun on one side and the dead swan on his other side. Presently the police constable drove up in his patrol car. Granny talked to the officer some distance away from the man, then the policeman walked over and had the man put the swan in the patrol car and get in himself. They left. Later I was told that it was a crime to kill a swan, Mary said it was a sin- she was a devout Catholic, and that the man, a local, would be severely punished.

My great grandmother, Ganga, lived at Shoe House. She was quite old then but she read to me constantly and I loved her dearly. Our favorite stories were by Thornton W. Burgess, Jerry Muskrat, Peter Cottontail, Sammy Jay, Billie Possum and all the rest of the delightful creatures who lived in the forest and fields. Ganga was born in 1865 just after the Civil War so her stories of childhood and her parents and how she lived were enthralling to the youngsters. My grandmother preferred Beatrix Potter stories, Peter Rabbit and the rest of the gang and my mother favored German fairy tales and Kipling.

Grampa and I often went hunting. Our favorite sport was stalking tigers in the bulrushes across Mohawk Lane. Few things were more exciting than carefully seeking our dangerous prey with Grampa’s trusty cane, especially after a healthy dose of Kipling stories to fortify my imagination. I think I felt closer to Mowgli and the Jungle Book than some relatives. Snakes like Nag were a constant threat in the bulrushes and we had to keep our eyes peeled. Rout, our aging spring spaniel was an effective Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

Grampa’s bedtime stories were filled with tales of the wild west and gunfighters as well as far away India and the Orient and even though he was a New York lawyer his vivid imagination excited me more than almost anyone else. Most of the stories had morals so the experience wasn’t only entertaining. He had been brought up on a steady diet of Ned Buntline and such authors as Zane Grey, Max Brand, William McLeod Raine, Louis L'Amour and others. Even in the days before we had a television, stories of the West and the woods and fields were vividly real to me.

The lesson here is to read to your small children. What they learn from books before five years old they will never forget and it gives grandparents something very valuable to do with their grandchildren, inexpensive too.

Hunting and shooting on Long Island next month.

Arms Heritage Magazine

The Gun Trade at Norwich, Connecticut

When gun collectors gather and talk about the heart of the gun world in the 1800's, Norwich, Connecticut is not usually the place that quickly springs to mind. Most minds jump to Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport or Springfield, depending on their personal collecting bents. However, as this article will show, Norwich was by far the most significant gun manufacturing location and was an incubator for at least two of today's best-known firms-- Smith and Wesson and Winchester.Norwich Map

Although today Norwich is a quaint New England city, a former mill town, struggling with all of the usual problems of the day, it was not always such. Norwich was founded in 1659 on land purchased from the Mohegan Indian Tribe. The first public ship landing dock was established in 1694. By 1832, the city was served by the Norwich and Worcester Railroad, thus providing source of raw material and an outlet to inland locations. During the mid-1800's it was a thriving city, provided with abundant waterpower, at the confluence of the Yantic and Shetucket Rivers, which there combine their waters to form the Thames River, a navigable waterway, making the sheltered port of Norwich with easy access by water to the markets of both New York and Boston-- each only a day's sail distant by steamer.

All of these factors provided a base for manufacturing of all kinds. Thus, the abundance of a skilled labor force and abundant sources of capital made it a natural magnet for entrepreneurs of all types.

Although there had been gunsmiths in the city dating back to before the Revolutionary war, it was Ethan Allen's decision to move his gun making activity from Grafton, Massachusetts in 1842 that really kicked off the succession of firms over the ensuing fifty or sixty year stretch. Although Allen only stayed five years in Norwich before relocating to Worcester in 1847, he had brought Thomas Bacon with him from Grafton.

Bacon FactoryBacon initially set up a subcontracting business, providing parts to Allen. When Allen left, it was Bacon who continued the gun making business. His three firms and his stint as superintendent of the Manhattan Firearms Company provided the base around which numerous firms developed.

There is a group of enthusiasts currently in Norwich called THE GUNS OF NORWICH SOCIETY. They preserve the gun trade history of the city and conduct tours of the remaining sites of the gun firms, sadly fewer and fewer as the wrecking ball takes its toll.

Arms Heritage Magazine will commence a series of articles on Norwich manufacturers starting with the December issue on Thomas Bacon. If you are not already a subscriber to Arms Heritage, you can view a sample copy by going to the website. Subscriptions are only $19 and all past issues are available to subscribers.

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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.

Many thanks to Greg Larson and Jim Hughes for lending us their catalogs to reprint. We are approaching, with this month's additions, a complete set of Winchester catalogs and have now finished all the pre-1910 catalogs we have. The Arizona Highways reprint or free download has some really wonderful paintings by Lea Franklin McCarty and his breathless recounting of the exploits of old west notables are worth the read. Guns Limited from Canada is interesting. Instead of making a catalog as such, they chose to bind catalogs from gunmakers and send that out.

Watch for the newsletter next month, we have a huge selection of wonderful old catalogs that just came in and which we hope to process for the fall.

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Letters from Readers

Abby,   I love your newsletters, and look forward to receiving them every month.  Rob's article about the Fowlerville Fair in the August 2012 was very apropos. He certainly hit the nail on the head. Apparently county fairs are almost universal!  I can't believe some of the yahoos who e-mail you. You have to wonder what rock they crawled out from under. And to think, most of them vote! No wonder we are in the shape we are. Keep up the good work. Larry Roettger

Abby, After reading some of the rants you have received it's quite obvious to me that you are in line for sainthood. The morons make it difficult sometimes to deal with the public. My purchases from you have been more than satisfactory. Also delivery times have been good. You've got my business such as it is. And I've always been partial to redheads. Vest wishes for your business, Sam

Abby, Please convey my thanks to Jack Meyers for the Gunbroker posts. I may not be able to afford purchasing all the guns I’d like to, but the brief histories he includes with each listing are fantastic. It takes time and effort to do listings like this. I know as I have listed on Gunbroker many times. I just wanted to say, “Thank you Jack”. Royce Williams, The Powder Keg – Gunsmithing.

Hi Abby, In your latest newsletter. a gentleman named Roger Rusche inquired about .24 gauge reloading info. I have a lot of information including both paper and brass hulls (primed) for the .24 gauge. Since I have no way of contacting Roger, you may give him my phone number or my e-mail address. Maybe, I can help. Philip Conlon

Abby, I am looking for a manual for a Stevens 311A Double Barrel 12 Gauge Shotgun I own. I tried your search task bar with several variations and had no results. Do you have the availability of a manual for this gun? Please let me know, thank you. Clifford Wagner

Clifford, Companies, including Stevens weren't very good at making manuals as we now know them before they were taken over by Savage before WWII. If you want an assembly manual it is included in the Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly- Part V Shotguns, Second Ed by JB Wood. We are out of stock, but there are several available on Amazon. Let me know if you want me to buy you one. Abby

Abby, Love you on NCIS!, I need a catalogue that covers C. G Bonehill double-barreled shot guns in 10 Gauge. Do you have such a thing? I own one, the UK guys tell me it was made in the late 1890’s to 1903. My choice would be an electronic .PDF version, I am old 67, but love electronic copies, color or no color, who cares, information is what I need, not pretty. Thanks, Roger Schmiedel

Roger, These are the Bonehill catalogs we offer. To the right of that page are merchant catalogs who sold Bonehills. The 1888 mentions 8 to 28 gauge guns including 10ga. The 1890 is more concerned with grades offered and parts, structure and the like, the implication being that you choose a grade and they will make whatever bore you want. We produce only paper copies, not electronic ones mainly because when we offered pdfs little elves soon made copies appear on Ebay! Cheers, Abby

Hi Abby! All is well here, although work is kind of busy...and the forest fires are making the air really smoky here in Boise. But things are generally going OK. I hope you are doing well, also! Thank you for all the great reference material! I think you may know another Boise customer, Shawn D. He's been a friend for several years, and we're both hoping the FIE catalog will teach us something about a shotgun that's turned up over here. (If not, I'm sure we'll learn other interesting things--as is usually the case with your reprints.) All the best, Mark

Abby, Do you have available a manual or any documents for a Burnside Model 1864 Carbine. If so let me know what it is and price. Thank you David Sweener

David, Manuals for guns of that period were very lacking in detail compared to modern "manuals". Everything we have of that era in the way of manuals is under US Rifles. You might check this out or Google "Burnside rifle manual". Abby

Dear Abby, Many thanks for sending me the above so quickly. I am more than pleased with both the quality and the content of the catalogue. Not only is it a mine of information on Jeffery guns but also gives an insight as to how the British Gun Trade must have been in the good old days”. Best regards, Keith Gratton

Abby; I wanted to thank you for my 1943 Australian Bren LMG training manual. It is better than I had hoped for and you delivered it in a very timely manner. I am very much into the history behind the guns in my collection and this fills a gap I had. In looking at your website it saddens me there are those who seem to complain and malign you. All I can say is in today’s world there seem to be far more horse’s asses than there are horses. Hopefully you see these buffoons for what they are and don’t take them, nor the hurtful things they say to heart. Thank you for your excellent service and reproduction of a piece of history at a very reasonable cost. I will be a return customer for sure. Best regards, Russ Moore

Abby, Crosman Model 160 Manual - 1968 - is tis a detailed repir manual showing take down parts list and reasemble - jjimmy646 (Ebay)

jjimmy, Yes, it explains in text how to disassemble and reassemble and it shows an exploded view. Abby

Abby, Do you by any chance have any reprints of the Savage Arms #76 catalog ? Thank you for your time. Rod Maksym

Rod, Everything we have done so far is listed for sale at the website. What year was No76? We list by year and then the company catalog number. Abby

When are you going to reprint some of the Herter's /Leslie Edleman catalogs from the '60s. I used to drool over the 'Model Perfect' colorplates of gunstock blanks. Phil VanHagen

Abby, I hope this e-mail finds you well. I just bought a Winchester 88. I understand that there is a 1958 manual by A. A. Arnold on this gun. What have you got on the Winchester 88? I found a reprint on Ebay, Item number: 221094289368, but I prefer to deal with you. I would like to find an original of this manual because I love books, especially 1st editions, but I am not having much luck. I usually try to get the original for my library and a reprint for the work bench. I am also looking for 1963 Gun Digest with a Sako VL63 on the cover. I have sent e-mails to old book dealers who show the book for sale, but I have not received any answers. Seems like a strange way to do business. Do you have any suggestions for an old gun book dealer who is responsive? Thanx, Sean J. Rogers

Sean, Thanks for your email. I am afraid I won't be much help to you because I am mainly interested in doing reprints to preserve the history found in old gun catalogs. I do a reprint of each of the Arnold takedown manuals but I dispose of the originals once I am done with them. Most Winchesters sell immediately. I also have a copy of the 1963 Stoeger catalog but I have not yet processed it and when I do I'll take the original apart making it pretty worthless. Stoeger catalogs do appear on Ebay all the time so you should find one there easily. Sorry, Abby

Hello, i am not sure you can help me but i hope you will. I am working on my family tree and came across the place of work for my great granduncle who would have been the head of the sporting goods dept. at your store in the year 1916. Would it be possible that you have these archival files on former employees? if so could you communicate to me any additional info? thank you for your help either way. Angela Carter

Angela, How interesting, unfortunately, we are publishers and we reprint old gun and sporting goods catalogs. What you saw was an ad for a reprint of an old catalog that you assumed it was a current catalog for an existing store. You didn't mention the name of the company so I am afraid there isn't much I can to help you. Cheers, Rob

Comments: A holding case or holster for a Shoulder Stocked model 1858 Remington Black Powder Revolver. Richard A. Schrieber

Dear Richard, You didn't ask a question so I don't know how to answer. Abby

Good Afternoon Abby: My question is --I'm looking Information as to; is there a Case or Holster for my 1858 Remington Pistol with a Shoulder Stock Attached to it! I have seen this arrangement long ago. So is there such a item advertised back then as a accompanying piece of equipment ! This is a Black Powder, Cap and Ball, Pistol. Any time I'm looking for information its surely a dozy! Richard

Gosh Richard that is a tough one. You see there were relatively few advertisements, or at least catalogs prior to the Civil War. I certainly have very few and while there may have been such an ad in one of the later catalogs, perhaps a Pribyl, Homer Fisher or Great Western or the like, I don't recall one off the top of my head. Added to the problem is that illustrations were rare and pictures of things like holsters even more rare. Sorry, Abby

Abby, What would S & H cost for a copy of the Canadian, British and Australian small arms training booklets if they were packed together? Please let me know. Thanks. – glassrocket (Ebay)

Dear glassrocket, to Texas - $3.75 USPS - thanks for your interest. Wait to pay until I send you a combined invoice. Abby

Thank you for the combined S & H cost. I went back and looked at the listing description of the three small arms training booklets. Are the British and Canadian booklets exactly the same text and illustrations? Is the Australian booklet (20 pages) different from the other two? I missed the Webley & Scott c.1918 Manual New Service Revolver Mark IV .38 cal. when I went through your listings. I will be buying a copy of it too. Please get back to me again. Thanks. Glassrocket

Glassrocket, The Australian is different, the Brit and Canadian share some drawings but are different. Abby

Abby, Winchester model 1894 manuel, Do you have? bill simpson

Bill, Winchester catalogs before 1920 had manuals in the catalog for all their guns. After that they were separate. Best thing to do is identify the year your gun was made then buy the appropriate year Winchester catalog. For a more in-depth manual consider this one for pre-1964 models. If your gun was made after 1964 you would want a modern Win '94 manual: Abby

Abby, My gun was made in 1968 do you have a manuel for it?

Bill, Please read my previous email more carefully. Abby

Abby, I was recently on this site and found a book; THE AMATEUR TRAPPER & TRAP MAKERS GUIDE. Item # 24. Now I want to purchase a copy, but I can not find it on the site by search or scrolling. Do you still have copies ? Am I not looking in the right place ? Paul Curry

Paul, We publish quite a few catalogs selling traps, trapper's guides and the one you asked about. Here is the link to all, Cheers, Abby

Abby- forehand & wadsorth, I have a terror, dose the forehand cataloge show assemble ? Stephen Fulton

Stephen, We reprint several Forehand and Wadsworth publications so I am not certain which one you are asking about, but it doesn't really matter because none is a manual in the modern sense and so would not help you assemble your weapon. On the other hand if the "Terror" is a bulldog model, perhaps this would help. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, do you hav a breakdown of a iver johnson defender 7 shot 22 pre 1889 – recycalem (Ebay)

Dear recycalem, Like many questions about very old pistols yours leaves some information unsaid. The Defender model of the IJ was often marked Defender 89 (made from 1889 to 1895) on the top strap but that doesn't tell us if it is a Type 9, 10, 11 or 12 nor if it is a No. 1, No 2, No. 3 ,or No. 4. By breakdown I am guessing you are looking for information about how to put it back together, it is a spur trigger Defender, right? IJ didn't make manuals in those days so depending on what you are looking for it will take some research. You could start at our website and see if you can find it listed in any of the Gun Digest books or perhaps in one of ours. Rob Mouat


Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Dear Abby, Cornell Publications has got to be kidding to charge $11.45 for this item and then to add $3.75 onto that amount for postage. That is a total of $15.20 for a copied item that cannot be worth more than $5.00 and a $1.50 for postage. I was offended to be over charged by more than double and I suppose you expect me to pay for sending it back??? Donney Allred, Borger, TX"

Donney, I am sorry you were so offended by my publication. I refunded your money. No need to return the publication. There now, surely it is worth free, right? Abby

Abby, Please learn to read more carefully – “I was offended to be over charged . . . “ – not by your publication itself; it’s a $5.00 item!! Evidently, when you read you hear what you want to hear rather than what is actually being conveyed . . . !!! Thank you for your consideration, but I am OK with your charging me with $7.00 for the item and it’s postage – not looking for to take advantage of anyone. Donney

Donney, We have learned over the years that when dealing with Ebay folks it is best to just refund money when they gripe about something. Ebay has made sellers too vulnerable to manipulation by the threat of getting less than a positive feedback to risk any other action. We also don't barter with people over the relative value of what we reprint. If we started that we would spend all out time bargaining. We do try to be fair while running a small business and paying overhead while offering some extraordinarily rare and valuable old catalog reprints at a reasonable price. Most people agree that we do an honest and good job, we have over 25000 customers from all over the world, but some like you, disagree. For laughs read our rants and raves.

Because we offer over 4000 individual items varying in size from a few pages to thousands and because the PO charges on weight it is very difficult to calculate exact postage. Every once in a while someone feels he has been gypped and explodes with venom one cannot imagine. We just refund the money. It isn't worth fighting about. Keep the publication with our compliments. Cheers, Abby

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

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

The big parts houses for older guns are:

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

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

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

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

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

The Rifle Shoppe

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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: