Calls from the Wilds


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Mystery Hopkins and Allen

We need help with this one!

From time to time we are contacted by police officers, BATF agents, prosecutors or defense attorneys to clarify the provenance of a specific pistol or revolver. H&A No 6Almost always the question has to do with when the weapon was manufactured. Apparently federal law and some state laws make the date of manufacture critical to the type of charge drawn for a particular violation. Guns made before 1900 (or 1898, I think, for some of the laws) fall into the curio and relic realm and the charges or penalties are different than for guns made later.


Usually it is a simple matter for us to find the weapon in a publication either before or after the date in question and give the authorities published and dated information about the manufacture period. Also, for some makers there is serial number and date of manufacture information available.

But right now we have a more difficult case. The revolver in question is a Hopkins and Allen Double Action No. 6. This gun appears in no catalog we publish and is not clearly discussed in either Joe Vorisek’s or Charles Carder’s books on H&A. I’ve been able to find some anecdotal comments by a B. Goforth in 2009 on a web forum suggesting the gun was made for three years- 1896-1899 but that is about all. Other people say the Hopkins &Allen ARMS Co. was formed in 1898 or 1899 after a bankruptsy.

There is a ten-page article on the History of Hopkins & Allen in the 1993 GUN DIGEST written by Donald R. France. On page 42 he has a photograph of the No. 6, and here is the caption: “Gem of a Double Action No. 6, .38, marked Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. was made after 1898.” He states that the use of the wording “Hopkins & Allen Arms Company” began in 1898.

Does anyone know Donald France or B. Goforth? Can anyone provide any written evidence as to when this gun was made? Thanks for your help!


Fred Reed is a controversial internet blogger and gadfly living in Mexico. A Vietnam War Veteran who was wounded in action and sustained permanent injuries to his eyes, he writes a column that can be subscribed to without charge (or you can send him money). He is an ex-reporter, retired I guess, with solid magazine and newspaper employment credits.

At times Fred can be, as my grandmother used to say, a bit full of himself. He can tend toward "five dollar words" and dithyrambic (to use one of those expensive words) but normally his thinking is pretty clear and he has certainly earned the titles journeyman writer, reporter and perhaps philosopher.

Fred is often difficult to classify. Most of his writings are clearly conservative but he can surprise you with sudden and persuasive arguments that are often different, not conservative or liberal, just sensible, or at least sensible in my opinion. I like Fred. I often disagree with him but usually I am persuaded to think twice by his well thought out and presented arguments. In short, he makes me consider things from different perspectives.

Fred and I agree about the militarization of police forces. We don't like it. There has been a lot of talk recently about the gifts of military equipment to local police departments. One large, rural Michigan county with a small population was given five "grenade launchers" to combat "drug dealers". Five grenade launchers? How, exactly, do they intend to deploy five grenade launcher teams at the scene of the crime? Do they expect to have to combat many armed meth-brewing farmers all at once? I wouldn't want to live next door to any of them!

Our local county was given a huge anti-mine vehicle the police say they can use against "barricaded suspects". To do what, crush the building the drunk with the shotgun is hiding in? The image of black clothed or "SWATTED-out" police with automatic weapons, tanks, RPGs and military assault gear bothers me. I first wrote about this in the May 2013 Newsletter after the Boston bombing when we saw images of hundreds of heavily armed police-soldiers storming from house to house without warrants (turn off those darn sirens!). Nothing has happened recently to reduce my concern.


The media gave the police in Fergusun, Mo. a lot of bad press recently and, I suppose, the cops didn’t help themselves by appearing in armored cars wearing flak vests and carrying assault rifles to confront the crowds of protestors and looters. But what about those cops? Who are they and what do they think? Nobody really asked them anything or even interviewed them on-camera. I’m not talking about the brass here, the mayoral appointees, the bosses who have to deal politically with the press.

I’m talking about the beat cop, the guys who wore all that gear on those hot nights and were responsible for carrying those M-16s. What were they thinking when they faced down a writhing mob of mixed people with different agendas- that horde of protestors, anguished parents, thieves, gang-bangers, emotional, hyped-up teenagers, and professional rabble-rousers. Who were these cops?

I have no idea, but Fred Reed seems to know them. He rode with them in cities on gritty, hot nights as a police reporter and the following column he wrote paints a very different picture than the one we see on TV or those those images we have of anonymous policemen and women sitting in patrol cars by the side of the interstate. Read all of Fred’s piece to develop a real picture of working police and to appreciate the awesome responsibility they take on when they wear that badge.

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Arms Heritage Magazine

A Webley Mark 6 with Two Holsters

Many collectors are unaware that the Webley Mark 6 revolver is the most famous of all Webley pistols. They were made in large numbers, about 300,000, more than any of Webley's other designs. They were extensively used in World War I where their mighty .455 caliber proved deadly.

Webley .450But the story of this particular Mark 6 begins after the end of that war. The British government, trying to tame Ireland after the Easter rebellion, sent this commercial version to the Royal Irish Constabulary, one of the best police forces of its day. It's markings tell a fascinating story and its history extends well beyond its service in Ireland.

Like so many weapons, the Mark 6's were placed in storage in 1921 and remained there for nearly twenty years. In the mean time, the trend turned toward 38 caliber Webleys, nearly all of which were issued to the Army. As the hostilities of World War II heated up, the Navy found itself about 250,000 revolvers short.

Suddenly, the old .455 caliber Mark 6's were in demand. The Army started rebuilding them, cannibalizing parts and rebuilding guns. The story of this particular Webley is told in a series of photographs showing how, by reading the markings, its story is revealed.

The article will appear in a future issue of Arms Heritage Magazine. Subscriptions can be obtained by opening the website and following the prompts. An annual subscription is only $19 and subscribers have access to all 22 back issues.

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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. Special thanks to Paul Schneider, Paul Breakey and Ton Hartink, for letting us borrow their wonderful old catalogs and manuals to copy.

·  Astra 1971 Firearms Export Price List
·  Astra 1972 Firearms Export Price List
·  Astra Bronco c1964 Rifle Manual/Flyer
·  Astra c1965 .357 Revolver Manual
·  Astra Cadix c1974 Revolvers
·  Astra Condor c1964 Model 9mm Pistol Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Constable c1968 Sport Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Constable c1971 Model Pistol Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Cub c1967 Pistol Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Cub c1972 Pistol Manual
·  Astra Cyclops c1965 Shotgun Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Falcon 1962 Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Falcon c1974 M4000 Manual
·  Astra Falcon c1975 4000 Pistol Manual
·  Astra Firearms 1962 Pistols, Revolvers, Shotguns Flyer
·  Astra Firearms 1968 Flyer
·  Astra Firearms c1973 Flyer
·  Astra Firecat 1965 Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Imperial 1966 Shotgun Flyer/Manual
·  Astra Model A-80 Pistol Manual
·  Astra Regent c1966 8 Shot Revolver
·  Astra Shotgun 1964 Catalog

·  Battle History- 473rd United Stated Infantry Italy 1945
·  Catalogue of U.S. Martial Short Arms 1939 Otto Ulbrich
·  Colt c1965 Gun Catalog
·  Parker Hale 1944 War-Time Small Bore & Sporting Catalogue
·  Parker Hale 1967 Gun Catalogue No. 67
·  Savage 1945 Gun Catalog
·  TM 9-1005-206-14P-1 Colt .38 & SW K-38 Revolvers Manuals

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Letters from Readers

Hi Abby. I'm looking for a copy of Gun Tests Magazine, dated September 2010. If anyone can help. Also, I have about 25 years of American Rifleman from Late '60's to Early '90's. They are in binders and are complete years. I don't want to throw them away. If somebody will pay shipping, they are available. Gordon J. Holmes


Dear Abby, I very much want to get a copy of Pete Decoux's first ammunition auction catalog. It is the bridge between Jim Tillinghast's run of auction catalogs and the next twelve Decoux sales which are still available from Pete, set on ebay or gunbroker. Image quality is not that important to me in thils catalog. Peter married Jim's widow. Henry Hurley

Dear Pete de Coux, Hope all is well with you. You may recall we corresponded a few years ago about ammunition catalogs. I reprint them as a way of preserving them before they are all gone. The note above is from a customer. Would you be able to help him? Abby

Howdy Abby, Yes thank you & hope the same with you & yours. I do have a copy, only one, mine, as they were sold out before the sale ended. Shows what can happen even if you do plan, you can sometimes not have enough printed. I don't really want to have copies made of it. Once in awhile originals do come up for sale, but they are copyrighted. So, sorry, no. All the best, Pete

Readers… anyone have a copy of list one for Henry?

Dear cornellpubs, I have an 1889 Remington 10Ga. double barrel shotgun. Does this manual Remington Remington 1889 Magazine Gun Manual include this shotgun or is it only for rifles ?? - rmjm19465vaw (Ebay)

Dear rmjm194... No, the magazine gun is a rifle. Your gun would be listed in one of the following publications, the c1890 is the most likely (note the indexes with each) Rob Mouat:

Dear cornellpubs, Have 1890's purdey catalog? - photosafari35mm (Ebay)

Dear photosaf... Purdy catalogs we reprint are listed below. On top are merchant catalogs featuring Purdy guns, Abby:



Dear Frank, In order to accept credit cards over the internet it is necessary to use a clearing house. Sometimes this is a bank or credit agency, but naturally they all charge a fee to the user- us. We use Paypal as our clearing house because it is cheaper than any other source we looked at for the comparatively small volume of business we do. If we were L.L. Bean or Victoria's Secret we would have more choices. Using Paypal helps keep costs to our customers lower.

I think your dislike of Paypal is wrapped up in the belief that Paypal is anti-gun. You should be aware that Paypal changed its’ policy somewhat toward and in favor of handling gun and part sales in 2006 after getting pressure from the NRA. Please read my newsletter from July 2007. That said, I think they are arrogant and intolerant as a service provider. Unfortunately, as I said, as a small seller we have few choices and anyway to reprogram over 5000 web pages for a new provider would cost us a fortune.

You can certainly send me a check if you like or I can send you a Paypal invoice which you pay with any credit card. It has nothing to do with a "Paypal account", does not require a sign-up for an account and when paid goes away just like a bill at a restaurant. Cheers, Abby

Good morning, I bought seven manuals on 08/08/14, shipping to Italy (Alberto Bernard via Mascagni, 23 30026 Portogruaro VE Italia). When should they arrive? Have they been sent?

Dear Alberto, The mail delivery to Italy can take a long time. We have had packages take as much as a month or more to be delivered. I have no idea when your package will get there, sorry. Best, Rob

Hi Abby, i have purchased some gun manuals in the pass and they have been great Do you print car manual If not do you know who does hope you can help me? Jeff in Australia

Jeff, Sure, get in touch with our friend Jeff Steidle at RegressPress. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, SIG Pistols P210 Catalog and Manual what is the original copyright date of this manual ? thanks - bossman133825 (Ebay)

Dear bossm... If our ads list no date, then the publication was undated. Rob

Dear Abby, W J Golcher- I bought a shotgun made by W J Golcher in probably the 1870's. He later partnerned with Clabrough but by that time their guns were marked Clabrough and Golcher. What publications do you have that would give me the most information on W J Golcher's guns? Would your three volume set have info on Colt, Parker, LC Smith, etc. shotguns? Thanks, Rick Wilson

Rick, I don't believe we have any single publication by Golcher. You can enter the word GOLCHER in the search box to see what we have. The Vorisek Breechloader series is really for collectors of many different guns and not for research on one specific maker because some have scant information. The index to the books lists the makers mentioned in his books. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, How come it can,t be shipped until sept. 9? grematth.bjmvwab1n (Ebay)

Dear grema... We print to order and it takes time to process the order, write letters to all the people who ask questions, do research for them and things like that. Then we have to print, collate, bind, pack and ship the order. All of it takes time especially when we get a lot of orders like during the Labor Day weekend (yep, we were away for two days ourselves!). Then there is the question of the post office which takes its own time to ship things. Anyway, we post a lengthy delivery time to try to get people to not write or call two days later asking where their item is because answering them just slows things down more. And actually, the Sept 9th date is an expected delivery date, not a shipping date. Does that answer your question? Rob Mouat

Dear cornellpubs, Browning c1931 FN Auto 5 Manual I want the original copy of this - ill pay whatever you want for it if you will look for it. thank you - clueman1 (Ebay)

Dear cluem... I know we've got one, but have no clue where it is. Unfortunately, the fall is just so busy I can't get all the boxes of old stuff out to look for it right now. Cheers, Abby

Dear Abby, manual on how to use and adjust rear micrometer mount for yardage and windage, Ken Elston

Hi Ken, This one should work fine for you: Lyman 1935 Gun Sights Catalog #23 Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Rec. the catalog (WW Greener c1950 Harpoon Gun Catalog) thanks, ya I don't think you would sale many in LAS VEGAS but Im going move to Florida and I like to catch Sharks, I was in the NAVY sta. in Hawaii and caught sharks the largest one was a tiger shark it was 10.6 feet long about 1000 LB those guys will eat any thing, a lot worse then any of the Sharks. Im also a diver, if you have any thing more on the Harpoon guns let me know I can build one. THANKS. JACK. - jaksharko1 (Ebay)

Dear cornellpubs, hello,does this instruction manual (Nichols Stallion .45 Cap Gun Manual) include any information on assembly and disassembly? or is it simply a diagram listing parts and part names? thank you – chaoscott (Ebay)

Dear chaos… Sorry, it is an Operations manual, not repair manual. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Does this (Nichols Stallion .45 Cap Gun Manual) have a illustration of the internal parts? - tomahawk4128 (Ebay)

Dear tomaha... No, it is strictly directions for operation, not for repair. Cheers, Abby

Readers- we get a lot of requests for help with this cap gun, can anyone help?

Hello Jack - it is great to see you as a customer again - we appreciate your support very much. I cannot tell you how many people in the NY area remember this place - a bit of history Ed Agramonte Guns 1957 Catalog (Yonkers, NY) .... kindest regards, Abby

Hi Abby, Ed Agramonte's store was like my candy store!! I started collecting Militaria around 1967, and I enjoyed many a lunch hour walking down the hill on Warburton Ave where I worked to his store. Ed was a very gracious person, & he allowed me to roam in his back rooms to find rare cartridges for my collection. Also, he had a small barrel full of bayonets that I would be in 7th heaven perusing thru!! This catalogue will bring back many memories!! Ed was the Bannermans of Yonkers!! Sincerely, Jack

Hi Abby, I would like to order one of the Stoeger catalogs from the 1930's. The question I have is can you please tell me which one offers the Walther engraved PP and PPK pistols for sale in it? Or if it is more than one just let me know which is of better quality and I will go ahead and place the order. Thanks!! Ron Clarin

Ron, Only STOEGER catalogs with what you want of all the Stoegers we do are the 1939 &1940 editions with one pic, both the same, gun pointing left, doesn't show a lot of detail, 1940 is better, but enough to recognize the pistol. Abby

Dear cornellpubs, DO YOU HAVE A MANUAL FOR THE .45.CAL M-2 MACHINE GUN [GREASE GUN]? THANKS - landsman6 (Ebay)

Dear lands... Isn't that the M3? If so it is listed in our:

A Basic Manual of Military Small Arms 1943 (WWII All Country Manuals)

A Basic Manual of Military Small Arms 1945 (WWII All Country Manuals)

Both refer to it as the M3. We probably have an individual manual for it but that would be at our website and I can't direct you there from Ebay. Cheers, Rob


Dear landsman6, Gosh, that sure sounds like the M3. At least it is called the M3 by all our publications and this is a quote from Wikipedia: "The M3 was an American .45-caliber submachine gun adopted for U.S. Army service on 12 December 1942, as the United States Submachine Gun, Cal. .45, M3. Compared with the Thompson submachine gun, the M3 was cheaper to produce, lighter, more accurate, and was also chambered in .45 ACP. The M3 was commonly referred to as the "Grease Gun" or simply "the Greaser," owing to its visual similarity to the mechanic's tool". I guess you learn something every day! Rob


Dear landsman6, I'm not sure what you mean by "goes off" or which item you are referring to. But actually nothing we sell is an auction, it is all "buy it now" for sale so nothing really ends in the auction sense. Hope that explanation helps. Rob


Dear lands… I don't mean to drag this out but I have no idea which publication you are asking about. Your emails have been attached to two different items but you are apparently not interested in them. Please go back to my earlier emails and see if you can find the title of the item you want. Actually, all you have to do is copy and paste that title in ebay to find the item. Rob (last we heard from him)

Dear Abby, At the time this catalog was published (Stevens 1902 - Pope Rifle Barrels and Specialties), Harry M. Pope was an employee of Stevens While his association with Stevens was mainly about their single shot rifles, he did some limited amount of barrel work on Smith & Wesson handguns. Please see it there is any reference to this or any other handgun stuff in your catalog reprint and let me know. Thanks in advance, and I hope this finds you well! Dave Kern

David, There is a lot of text in both Pope catalogs and I just don't have time to read it carefully but I can tell you that there are no images of or obvious references to handguns. Cheers, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, Does this (Browning 1954 Pistols Catalog) also show the lightweight .25 caliber pistol? Thanks, Mark - markjr2506 (Ebay)

Dear markjriw... I don't know. The .25 pictured apparently weighs 9 7/10 oz. Rob

Rob, The reason I asked is that the original brochure was four pages. The front showed the Renaissance set (as shown) the second page had the Hi Power (as shown) then the third page had the .380 caliber Automatic and the .25 caliber Automatic on the 1954 brochure (catalog) and the 1955 brochure adds the lightweight .25 caliber which has a chrome slide and alloy frame. The forth page shows the pistols in their boxes with the specifications given. Your brochure/catalog may be only two pages as I can't tell. Some reference books show the brochure with the lightweight and say it is a 1954, but the lightweight was not introduced until 1955. The brochures look the same for both years except for the addition of the lightweight. I was trying to find out if this reproduction was actually a copy of a 1954. Thanks, Mark

Dear Mark, This one has the four pages as you describe. There is no written mention of a lightweight model, the other pages (5, 6 & 7) are a letter and the 1954 price sheets as described in the index accompanying the advertisement. I would guess from this information that we could conclude the piece is from 1954. Rob (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

Dear cornellpubs, I am specifically searching for pistol and rifle load data for Alcan AL-7. Can you tell me if there is AL-7 load data for 38spl, 357mag, 45colt, 30-30. Thank you. - davi-washb (Ebay)

Dear daviw... No, all the alcan catalogs we reprint feature some load information for shot shells only. Rob (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

Hi Abby & others, Just letting you know that my order was delivered today - all safe and sound. Thank you. Feedback has already been left for you I hope to do more business with you in the future as it's so easy. Regards, Tim.

Thanks Tim, How refreshing your words are! Abby

Dear cornellpubs, i purchased several catalog copies from you a few months back. I need a good reference for Lyman and Marble pistol gun sights, front & rear for Smith & Wesson New Model 3 (they were produced from appx 1882 to 1898, with special order pistols delivered as late as 1912. A 1908 lyman cataclog has a very scant listing for only one of the New Model 3 types. Please advise which catalog would be the best reference. Must include Marbles or Lyman part numbers, which at that time were basically simple e.g. # 16, etc. Also, what is the oldest King's sight manual you have ? thank you. - model3sw (Ebay)

Dear mode... We get so many requests that tax our limited knowledge that when people ask for specific research like yours we ask you to select a few possible catalogs and we'll take a look. In this case it might be easier for you to use our website cornellpubs.com to look at all the Marbles and Lyman listings in an organized fashion. I look forward to hearing from you. Rob (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

Hi Abby! A quick question please: Several years ago I purchased a Winchester model 1892 rifle from a man in California. He indicated that the rifle was carried by his great grandfather on his chase after Poncho Villa in 1916 in a Calvary group under General Pershing. I believe he said his great grandfather was a person who hunted for food for the group. Any chance this report (Report of General John J Pershing, C in C US Expeditionary Forces 1918, John J. Pershing) lists men in this Calvary? Thanks! Jim McKee

Hi Jim, How interesting about the rifle. But no, this is about the expeditionary forces that went to France in 1917 during WWI. Abby

Abby, I love your newsletter, Best of all the Rants. You can rest assured I will never be one of the Rants. You do a great job! Don

Abby, As always, it is a pleasure doing business with you! Mark

Abby, reloading 2-7/8" 10ga. shotgun shells - Looking for a manual listing 10ga. 2-7/8" reloading data for old 10ga. shotguns with damascus or laminated twist steel barrels. Raymond V Gietler

Raymond, Some of the early IDEAL CATALOGS might help you or possibly these:

The 1980 one has a page of "modern" load data on 10ga but I would be careful with old twist barrels. Cheers, Abby

Abby, Finding Magazine - Trying to locate first two years of Machinegun News. At that time mainly for selling. On newsprint paper. Thank you James Woodfield

Dear James, I don't have any. Try putting "machine gun news back issues" in Google.com, there seem to be some out there. Abby Readers?

Dear cornellpubs, Could you tell me if this book (Smith & Wesson 1900 Revolvers) lists the S&W 3rd Model Perfected Single Shot pistol (.22LR)? Thank you! - jimpetrie (Ebay)

Dear jimpetre, Features the "Single Shot Pistol, .22 LR With adjustable shell extractor, rebounding lock, adjustable target sights". Often names evolved long after production stopped. Rob Mouat (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

Hello, I'd like to buy one or two of your catalogs. But you have listed 4000, so maybe you can help me choose the right one. I'm searching for a general catalog of rifles, revolvers and pistols from 1920. I've found the "Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1920 Catalog", bur maybe you have another idea for me. Best wishes, Volker from Bremen in Germany

Dear Mr. Sprich, For the year 1920 the catalog with the most firearms listed (mostly American) would be the Abercrombie. Other catalogs from that specific year may easily be viewed by entering "1920" in the search box. I do hope that helps, Best wishes, Abby

Dear cornellpubs, did the original S&W 1940 manual have a copy tight date - heuy64 (Ebay)

Dear huey... Perhaps I should have called it the model of 1940. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, thanks for your response, the only reason why I am inquiring is that I have an opportunity to buy an original 1940 manual. when I asked him if there was a copy right date, and he said no. so before I make purchase I wanted to know if this was true or not. Thxs J - heuy64

Dear Huey, Glad to help. R (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

Dear cornellpubs, G'day from Aussie , Just wondering if you have access to be able to print me off a 1968 catalogue . I have the 116 model listed in this one , but it is the 68' model . Regards John - snowpil

Hi John, AYA Catalogs are really very difficult to date because they don't have any indication of when they were printed. So, dating them is really just a mater of experience and a good guess. I just finished one that I think is about '65... AYA c1965 Shotgun Catalog could be '68 though. It does have the Model 116 . It is the one with the "new" sticker next to it. After all that is said though, any of them listing the model 116, could really be a '68 catalog: Cheers, Rob

Abby, stevens catalog - Hello do your catalogs have parts diagrams? not just sales ads.but pictures of parts and the working relationship. I have two Stevens guns I am repairing Thank you randy griffith

Randy, yes and no. Some are parts catalogs picturing flat drawings of parts and some catalogs have cutaway drawings of the inner workings. Some guns made after WWII have exploded parts views. But because Stevens made firearms for over a century it all depends on which weapons you are working on and when they were made. Abby

Rants and Raves

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This month's favorite:

Edw K Tryon Company Sporting Goods 1929 #94 Vol II Fishing

Dear cornellpubs, It's unusual to hear of a publication like this with Paw Paw color images! and 1929 is very early for the co, too. I understand you won't send me an image of the page but can you tell me which Paw Paw Bait Company baits are pictured? Thanks - eureka84 (Ebay)

Dear eurek... I'm sorry, Ebay rules prevent us from that sort of outside contact and, after all, what you are asking is why people buy our catalogs that have taken us 30 years to collect and 10 years to scan and offer to sell. Cheers, Rob

Dear cornellpubs, Nope. That's not what I was asking. My contact, and question about the item, did not violate any e-bay rules. You sell historical information and I was trying to determine whether it was information I wanted to purchase through e-bay. All the best to you and yours. - eureka84

Dear eureka… Ok, let me put it this way, I receive scores of requests for specific information every day from our 5000 reprinted catalogs. I don’t have time to do the research and send the information to all the interested parties and even if I do, it rarely results in a purchase. Furthermore there are, if memory serves, two full color pages of small fishing lure pics with probably three or four dozen names I would have to write down for you… not economical use of my time, please just buy the catalog. If you don't like it, send it back. Cheers, Rob (Research Assistant Extraordinaire).

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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.

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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?

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