Calls from the Wilds



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

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lie down for the night, and go to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?"

Watson pondered for a minute.

"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets."

"Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo."

"Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three."

"Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant."

"Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow."

"What does it tell you, Holmes?"

Holmes was silent for a moment, then spoke: "Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!"

.50 cal SLUG GUN

... calls out Daisy because it is an air rifle!

Air Rifle

Slug/ShotShotgun with 12" x 12" spread at 60 feet delivered at 1130fps or Smoothbore Slug Rifle accurate to @90 feet with 760fps. The copy doesn't say if you sit with a bicycle pump for 45 minutes pumping it up for one shot or if it is like Mike Carrick's- c1803 Lewis and Clark Girardoni-Style Air Rifle (on loan to the NRA Museum) that got up to 70 shots from one pumping session... or is it co2 from a huge canister?

check it out on this website for Air Venturi

Speaking about Mike's Air Rifle, the video on the NRA website is well worth the eight minutes it takes to watch. The narrator suggests that this rifle is the most important firearm in the history of the country. You don't agree? Well, watch the video (lower right corner of the webpage):

Lewis & Clark Air Gun


Understanding Engineers #1:

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"

The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."

Understanding Engineers #2:

To the optimist, the glass is half-full.

To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.

To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers #3:

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?

Mechanical engineers build weapons.

Civil engineers build targets.

Understanding Engineers #4:

The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"

The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"

The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"

The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?”

Understanding Engineers #5:

Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.

Understanding Engineers #6:

An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."

He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."

The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want."

Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"

The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog - now that's cool."

And finally:

Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

"We're supposed to find the height of this flagpole," said Sven, "but we don't have a ladder."

The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, "Twenty one feet, six inches," and walked away.

One engineer shook his head and laughed, "A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!"

Both engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving as elected members of Congress.

Thanks to Red Rabeneck - Red is an old bomber pilot from the Greatest Generation

People Choose Free Candy Bar over Free 10 oz Silver Bar (Worth $150) in Experiment

offer made

Media analyst Mark Dice offers random people their choice of a Hershey chocolate bar or a 10 oz silver bar (Worth $150) in an experiment. You have to see what happened next!

thanks to Jim Buchanan


“Bellwether” refers to a leader or a trendsetter, a predictor, but not of weather as many people believe. It is generally used for a product or stock that serve as an indicator of the state of the market. In old English dialect, “wether” was the name of a castrated ram, and the lead wether in a herd would usually have a bell hung around its neck, helping the herdsman to locate the animal and the rest of the herd!

thanks to ba-bamail

Testing Football Helmets in 1912!


thanks to Dick Carleton

Daytona 1957

Datona 1957


Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists so that his illiterate servants would know what to buy for him.

thanks to Jim Buchanan


It's a shame more people are not interested in the old Stoeger, A&F, VonLenerke and the myriad of old merchant catalogs we reprint. It seems most people only want the "catalog by the company that made my gun". Fact is, many guns didn't make it into "their own" catalogs in the old days but were sold through merchant catalogs with loads of other things that give a wealth of historical texture to your old weapons. So, check some out, starting here. Below are just a few of the more important mercantile companies- just a few of the ones from which have more than one catalog. I didn't include Sears and Montgomery Ward because they are well known and carried too few different makers:
1904-1941 catalogs available. A&F was an elite sporting goods dealer offering a wide range of European and domestic firearms and the fines accessories. The 1910 is huge and the 1935 has a nice selection of British shotguns.
1926-1970 catalogs available. Stoeger was a preeminent seller of Foreign and Domestic Arms and Accessories, known as “The Only Exclusive Gun House in America”. Stoeger is the got to source for the most weapons made in the U.S. and for many foreign firearms. They were over 300 pages by 1936 and over 500 by 1939. A wonderful resource.
1888-1966 catalogs available. Bannerman was an international arms dealer and one of the first companies to sell war surplus to the public. The catalogs were treasure chests of war materials for collectors for over a century, good reading too. My favorites are the 1903, 1927 and 1955 (a lot of pages were repeated from decade to decade)'
1888-1907 catalogs available. The Godfrey company sold a wide selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns at low prices but they also sold top names like Parker, Greener and LeFever.
1883-1893 catalogs available. Meacham sold a wide selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns at low prices. My favorites are the pure gun catalogs from 1883 and 1884 with beautiful renderings of handguns that "won the west". By 1893 they were so civilized they sold Hendley lawn mowers and tennis goods!
EC MEACHAM - ALL CATALOGS (St. Louis, Missouri)
1883-1958 catalogs available.  Tryon was a large mercantile business selling roughly in competition with Sear Roebuck
1950-1970 catalogs available. FIE sold high end imported Rifles and Shotguns and Handguns. FIE started out with Mauser, Sako, Star, Astra and AYA in 1950 but 20 years later they sold many imported weapons, knives and ammunition.
1884-1941 catalogs available. The Folsom history goes back to 1849 and was associated with some of the biggest gun makers of its era. Read the history at the Folsom page. In 1884 they sold every gun from Pieper and Parker to Flobert and Eureka, knives, pistols, fret saws and the Eclipse parer and corer. 50 years later in 1941 on the eve of WWII they still sold all sorts of sporting goods.
1871-1897 catalogs available. Great Western supplied guns and equipment to the American West during the turbulent era of the gunfighter/cowboy. I can imagine tattered copies of these catalogs in saddle bags across the continent.
1928-1993 catalogs available. The Parker company has been the pre-eminent British shooting supplier for almost a century. They sold every shooting supply you can think of as well as SMLEs and Webley revolvers and pistols.
1891-1957 all catalogs. Ideal and its relationship with Lyman provided reloading and sights to generations of shooters. The catalogs contain reloading, charge, mould, tool and bullet information treasured to this day and we reprint every one and a slew of Lyman sights catalogs too..
1904-1949 catalogs available. Jeffery outfitted innumerable African and Indian safaris as well as gentlemen shooters in the UK. Shotguns, Pistols, Revolvers, reloading, air guns, Cordite, you name it.
1905-1964 catalogs available. Marbles was the leading sight, knife and accessory maker for over a half century. Everyone knows Marbles.
1931-1975 catalogs available. Pacific sold sights and reloading equipment as well as firearms by mail order the country.
1892-1930 catalogs available. SD&G had a history starting in 1865 (read the fascinating history). They sold Daly guns and imported and domestic arms and accessories.
1890-1940 catalogs available. The VL&D and VL&A brothers have a story worth reading too. They were competitors Abercrombie with stores in New York and Chicago for the high end business of selling sporting goods and firearms. 50 years of gun and sporting history.
VON LENGERKE (Detmold & Antoine) – NY and Chicago - ALL CATALOGS

by Ross Seyfried

Abby’s Treasure Trove

The Queen of Parker Hales and Something Special

Some time ago I came into the possession of a very special .22 rifle. It was made by none other than A.G. Parker/ Parker Hale. The action was the “usual” small Martini, but that was about the last ordinary thing about it. This was a sporting rifle, with a thin, 25-inch barrel (“Parker Rifled”) and an almost fancy “French” walnut stock with a deep pistol grip. The action was covered with big beautiful, bold scroll engraving with a panel on the side on the right side with A.G.P. in a diamond. There is a clever safety inside the trigger guard and the sights . . .

Ross's Rifle

Well the sights are a scope the likes of which I have never seen before. It is a small, straight tube Ajack, set down to iron-sight level! The top of the barrel is actually scalloped out so the bottom radius of the scope is below the top of the barrel itself. As if PH Catalogthis were not enough, the eye-piece is flush with the front of the receiver, out of the way so it does not interfere with loading or the use of the barrel takedown system. It is a mid-length eye relief scope from almost a century ago! The elevation wheel on the scope is regulated at: 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 and 200 yards. If you feed it Eley Tenex ammunition; set the wheel at any range and fire a shot from that distance, the bullet lands dead center under the cross hairs.

All of this left me wondering what, where and why this rifle came to be? There was just one hope that some clues might reside with “The Queen of Parker Hales” (Abby). But with all the stretches of my imagination I did not expect to find this very kind of rifle on the cover of the 1938 catalogue. Inside we encounter it again on a page headlined, “SOMETHING SPECIAL”. The full description is there, right along with the princely price of 25 Pounds. A few pages later we find the scopes for sale.

Then, if you happen to be wondering why such a fine, as-new, rifle has its barrel lined, Abby can fit you out with the 1934 Stoeger Catalog where there is a full description of and the tools for sale to “Parker Rifle” a barrel. An old British match shooter told me they used to have their NEW .22 target rifles “Parker Rifled” because the liners would outshoot the finest match barrels. Ah the wonder of it all!


Ross Seyfried, Summer 2015, Kentucky

Arms Heritage Magazine

Arms Heritage Magazine – Vol 4 IS READY!

A Little History and Background

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

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

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

Cornell Publications Years One through Four

Check in at Arms Heritage Magazine online!

Letters from Readers

Dear Abby, re: Thompson Center Arms 1983 Gun Catalog- I am looking for a Thompson catalog that list the specs for a Thompson center arms 3RP pistol scope. Would this catalog have that information? Thanks, John fassstranger (Ebay)

Dear John, The catalog features the scope with some information about it but I don’t know what you are seeking exactly so more than that I cannot say. Abby

Abby. I liked your picture of the end of the Great Wall (of China in the August Newsletter). That is "chin wa dow". How you spell it, I don't know but I have been there and taken pictures of it in nearly the same spot. I was there on a boat job in the middle of the winter back about 8 years back. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Peter Eick

Abby ... Below are a few comments based on my observations and research material in my own collection. I am really deep into the Hopkins & Allen history. Will order more later, have a nice day !!! Regards, Ron

#1265 - Hopkins & Allen 1902 Gun Catalog, This one has some text missing on the outside margins, some on the right sides of the pages, and some on the left sides of the pages. Not sure what happened when it entered the printer. (I have an original one of these, so i'm just going to pitch this one)

#1197 - Hopkins & Allen c1905 Gun Guide and Catalog. This is not a 1905 catalogue. Given the text that is contained in this catalogue, I believe this is a catalogue which came out in the later months of (1907). (Reason)-The response from a customer at the bottom of pg. 12, makes reference to a date of Sept. 26, 1906. I have an original 1907 catalogue and the Sept. 26, 1906 date is much clearer. Also, the new Safety Police Revolver latching mechanism is now represented in this catalogue, and in all catalogues thereafter. It is not in my early 1907 catalogue. (It's a keeper, i'm just changing the date to late 1907).

Hi Ron, Thanks for your help. After processing 5000 different catalogs over the last 12 years I'm bound to make a few mistakes and I appreciate getting corrections. I made the changes on the website for your approval: Hopkins & Allen

Regarding the catalog you mention as missing pages, I didn't do the scan on that one and I guess I also didn't notice the missing text (I made that note in the ad). The photocopy was sent to us by a fellow who was an expert on Norwich guns but is now dead so I have no way of fixing the mistake. You say you have originals, will you lend them to me so I can fix the bad catalog and if you have others I don't have, help to complete the project I have worked so hard on over the years?

Joe Vorisek is dead. I'm in touch with his widow, Shirley and, in fact, pay her a royalty on Joe's books. I'm pleased to be able to offer them and they have seen much greater circulation and sales since he died than they did when he was alive. It is a pity I didn't know him when he was with us. Thanks again and I look forward to being able to borrow some of your originals. Cheers, Abby (no reply to date)

Dear Abby, I received the package safe and sound, awesome stuff. I collect antique reloading tools for shot shells, without your catalogs I would not be able to research these tools. Every tid bit of information helps me put the story together for these tools, your catalogs are simply priceless. Thanks you for providing such an important service for us collectors. Michael Depew

Hi Abby, I received the two nice Davenport catalogs yesterday. I really like your new packing. The books arrived undamaged. Thank you! Mark Landskov

Dear Abby, re: Walther Polizei Pistolen Modelle PP & PPK 1936 Manual (German) Hello, Do you know of, or have access to a 1935 PPK manual? regards, fapthejap (Ebay)

Dear fap… No, but it is probably the same as this one. Abby

Hi there, I wonder if you could help me, I live in Scotland and have an original 1910 A&F gun and sport catalogue. I have had it for many years in decent condition. I was considering selling this item at auction and wondered if you could advise me of what I should look for as a reserve price. I am sure a collector of all the old catalogues would be very interested. Also any more information would be very much appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you with your advice. Kind Regards, Claire McGoldrick

Hi Claire, If it is the large A&F (about 450 pages) I would put it on Ebay (US) with a starting price of $60 but no reserve (wait until about November 1st if you can). To give you some idea of the value of old catalogs, look at wards auctions: or try (they have some catalogs) or just enter the name in Google along with the year and see what you find. Good luck, you never know what you may get. My dad was from Melrose. Cheers, Rob

Dear Jorge Jimenez-Rojo, Thanks so much for your order and support for our efforts to preserve over 5000 old firearms and manufacturing catalogs, books and manuals. It will take a few days to print, collate, bind and ship your order. See all our reprints at our website Cheers, Rob and Abby Mouat

(Dear Abby) I don't understand, this is not the original catalog? Jorge Jimenez-Rojo, Orange Park, FL (Ebay)

Dear Mr. Jimenez-Rojo, No, we reprint over 5000 old gun and sporting catalog and you bought one of our reprints. I can see you are new to eBay and if you would like to cancel your purchase I can start the cancellation process through eBay, just let me know. I'll copy the advert from EBay where you bought the catalog so you can see we were not trying to deceive you in any way. Cheers, Rob Mouat

(Dear Abby) I recently bought this from you and believe it's missing 2 pages; there is nothing about the barrel of the gun and related parts. Big omission! There is no page 2 or 3, which is probably where the barrel info is. I think you left 2 pages out of my reprint. Please check and mail me the missing pages, as this is important. My reprint starts with an unnumbered page with a picture of the Bren, then goes to pages 4 and 5 about the bipod. Pages continuous after that, but nothing on the barrel. Please advise. Thanks.

Dear Robert, I looked at the original scans of the manual and see there do not seem to be any missing pages. Many of these manuals are numbered oddly by our conventions. They often start with the cover page and impute the inside cover as page 2. So the picture would be 3 and the following 4,5,6 etc. Now, I didn't do the scan and that is only my opinion however nobody elese has complained about the manual and we have sold dozens so I guess that is the answer.

I could be wrong about this, of course, so if I am, why don't you pick out another of the many Bren manuals we do and I'll send that to you for free (US delivery), how's that? Check these for one you want. Cheers, Rob

(Dear Abby) re: W & C Scott & Son 1899 Gun Catalog. As a passionate collector, I did not expect a high quality reproduction, all right, but at least I was hoping to have a full copy of the complete catalog of 1899. You have done this? However, as I appreciate the initiative of the reproduction of the old catalogs, I will leave anyway a positive feedback, and I do not write this letter to ask for a refund. I simply want to tell you my disappointment, especially for not having a copy of the complete catalog, which you wrote. Best regards, Giovanni Parato, Mola di Bari – Italy (Ebay)

Dear Giovanni, We reprint over 5000 old and historic gun publications. Sometimes we buy and copy originals, other times collectors send us their copies for us to scan. Some, like the WC Scott, are from old photocopies where we have no way of determining if the copy is complete. We assume the Scott is the complete gun section of the catalog based on comparisons with contemporaneous publications and it is 125 years old! I'm sorry you are disappointed. Cheers, Rob Mouat

(Dear Abby) machine gun dealers bible edition 4 Want to buy one Scotty Pierce

Scotty, If you don't see it on the website, we don't have it, sorry. Try Rob

(Dear Abby) Hello, re: NRA Journal Winter 1952 (Bisley Camp, Woking, Surrey, UK). I see you have copies of this magazine .Does the 1952 issue have anything about the 1952 Olympic shooting team.I am interested in a C.J.Hyde a British member Of the team. Thanks, Gary

Gary, I quick look shows no reference to the Olympics. I'm afraid we get so many questions like this I don't have time to scour the book in detail. Best, Rob

(Dear Abby) Hello, Please be advised, the FN Brownings are M-2 30 cal mods, they are NOT M-1919, the book you have might cover the FN-30 and the FN-38 which are each very similar, the FN-38 is the aircraft version which has the bi directional bolt shown in the photo. This book is very desirable to people who own FN-30 or FN-38 weapons and not of much value to the M-1919 owner. The 1919 sear is pulled from below, the FN modified M-2 design which is pictured in this book fire by pushing down on the sear from above just like the M-2 .30 US and the M-2HB .50US. BIG difference between these guns and the 1919. You might see better sales and less gripe from buyers if you get it right in the listing. Good item, I have put it in my watch list and will buy a copy when funds improve in my account! – starcountryarizona (Ebay)

Dear starcountry... Thanks for your note. The manual refers only to ".30 Calibre FN Browning MG", so, if you send me your address, I'll send you a copy of the manual for free and you can give me your opinion about what it is. Please mention the item number "#3976". Cheers, Rob (He did, I did, he was right and I fixed the listing)

Hi, I received it today. I'm a lot disappointed by the quality. First, it has a bent on the cover page and on the second page, but the enveloppe don't have one. It may happened during transport, or maybe before packaging. Second, the paper is of good quality, but the content is not. The resolution of the scan is not good. The logo (Swiss Arms) on the cover page is pixelized, the text is almost unreadable (because of the pixelisation). It become worst on the following pages. The images were not correctly scanned, there is a lot of compression on the image, which can be easily noticed because the pictures are dark, and image compression can be more easily seen on dark images. It seems that the scanning was done with a too low resolution. Bottom line, I'm not satisfied. What do you propose ? Is there a way to have a better quality copy ? Or can I be refunded ? Waiting for your feed-back. Best regards. Jeff

Jeff, Based on this message we have refunded your payment in full, including postage. I and sorry you are a lot disappointed. Rob Mouat

Dear Rob, I appreciate what you and Abby are doing to preserve those invaluable books and publication. I also warmly thank you for the refund. I tried to print the pdf from the link below. The pictures looks the same, as well as the logo. But the text gets printed with a far better quality compared to what you sent me. I strongly suggest you to check the difference ! If you are interested, I can send you two pictures, one from your printout, one from mine. Just let me know. With my very best regards, Jeff Laneve

Dear cornellpubs, Can I please see an actual photo of one of these reprints? The listing is not specific enough to know how it will actually look in the end. I am unsure if it's simply bound by perhaps a 3 ring binder or if it is actually bound at the spine of the book via a glue or something. Just trying to see if this is like the original book or not. – locallysourced (Ebay)

Dear locallysou... We print to order and bind using a heat activated cloth strip in the binding. But, we do not make forgeries of originals and they do not look exactly like the original. If you are looking for an original they sometimes appear on ebay and I recommend waiting for one. Thanks for your question, Rob Mouat - cornellpubs

Dear cornellpubs, So does it look like a book? Do you have a image of a completed one? - locallysourced

Dear locallysourced, Well, yes sure, it looks like a paperback book with a burgundy or white binder strip. You can hold the book upside down by a single page. I'm not going to print and photo one, I don't have the time or order and then I would have to throw it away. We print to order and have no inventory. Ours have a quarter inch white border around the cover and our logo in the back so people know it is a reprint. I see two originals on Ebay, one for $9.95 and one for $24.95- if you prefer. Rob – cornellpubs

Dear cornellpubs, re: Automatic Pistol, Cal .45 M1911- Description 1912 rev 1914 print GPO- Manual is this the older of the two versions you sell? - jeff-3497 (Ebay)

Jeff, These are the same manual. One was printed in 1917 and the other in 1914 (the one you asked about). BUT, they are both issues that were revised in 1912 so are the same issue. If you mouse over the cover you can read the dates. Rob

Dear cornellpubs, got it- thank you very much - jeff-3497

(Dear Abby), I wanted to let u know that the reprint of the Stevens cat. is fantastic. I am very delighted I found your website. I was trying to leave positive feedback on ebay but could not figure out where to do it at. Thank you, Anthony Fantasia

Comments or Questions?

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Rants and Raves

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This month's winner is:

"Hi ..... Can you please look and see if these bellows imagebellows are listed in this catalog Funsten Bros. Outfitters and Fur Exchange 1919 Catalog???? IF SO, can you see if it states what kind of wood was used for these...Thank-you!!! ... Gary" gfries04 (Ebay)

Dear Gary, No Bellows. Abby

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

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

* You can increase the size of the text on the screen by holding down the Control key (that's the one in the lower left of the keyboard with Ctrl on it) and scrolling the wheel on top of your mouse back and forth.

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

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


Many folks call me to give me an order over the telephone because they "don't like to use their credit cards on the internet" or "never use their credit card on the internet". Well, every time you use your credit card at a store, bank, gas station, restaurant or anywhere else, your card goes on the internet whether you like it or not! The trick is to trust the company you are dealing with. So, just how trustworthy do you think your card was with that greasy little fellow at the restaurant yesterday?

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

First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. Normally a webpage URL begins with http: etc. but a secure site payment page must have a different beginning. It must start with https:. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it might be safe to send your card information to the company... if you trust the company! By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Gun Model & Makers, Parts Suppliers and Appraisers

Maker/Model - Cross Reference Link:

House Brand, Model Number, Original Manufacturer, Original Model


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


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

We get hundreds of calls about parts.

Some folks selling parts for old guns...

Serial Numbers and Corresponding Dates:


Abby and Rob