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from Abby and Rob
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December 2018 Newsletter
For 12 years our newsletter has gone to more than 20,000 Firearms Collectors, Enthusiasts, Historians and Professionals Worldwide. We now reprint over 6000 Vintage Gun Catalogs, Books and Manuals from the 1840s to the 2000s
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You don’t have to be an engineer to appreciate this story.
A toothpaste factory had a problem: Due to the way the production line was set up, sometimes empty boxes were shipped without the tube inside. People with experience in designing production lines will tell you how difficult it is to have everything happen with timings so precise that every single unit coming off of it is perfect 100% of the time. Small variations in the environment (which cannot be controlled in a cost-effective fashion) mean quality assurance checks must be smartly distributed across the production line so that customers all the way down to the supermarket won’t get frustrated and purchase another product instead.
Understanding how important that was, the CEO of the toothpaste factory gathered the top people in the company together... read the rest of the story
Thanks to Jim Buchanan
Lucky Shot, a Wisconsin based novelty glass and gift company that embeds a bullet in its products is giving all its employees a handgun for Christmas. To comply with state law, owner Ben Wolfgram distributed gun-store gift certificates rather than actual weapons. After some initial resistance, all 16 of his full-time employees have acquired a weapon. "Now we have an entire armed staff". "That's pretty good."
They offer some interesting gifts , check 'em out! (no we don't get a kickback)
A 60 year old millionaire is getting married and throws a big wedding reception.
His friends are quite jealous and in a quiet moment one of them asks him how did he land such a hot 23 year old beauty?
“Simple,” grins the millionaire, “I faked my age."
His friends are really amazed and ask him how much he said.
"Well", he replied. "I said I was 87."
Grampa said "don't bring a knife to a gun fight", well, how about a... uh... hockey puck?!
That is what Oakland University is preparing their students to "carry", thousands of them. The plan is that when the bad guy shows up with his AR and fifteen mags, the students take off their backpacks and, as their colleagues drop, they fish around searching for that hockey puck they were given in September. And when, and when, they find it they stand and deliver the knockout blow with the... hockey puck. Sounds like a plan to us, although a handful of lug nuts might work better if you are going that route.
we think the guy in the back just let go and has to reload
Where Do Old Bumper Cars Go?
Thanks to John Campbell
|All the contributors who, over the years, have lent us originals, scanned their originals for us and even sent us money for the project are the backbone of what makes us successful. This month we want to thank Bob Cuyler for the Hollis (we are relisting the Hollis because based on research by Mike Carrick we have re-dated the piece from c1910 to c1915- with index this time) and Steve Brunner who has built our Weatherby collections single-handedly!|
partly repeated but with new additions and suggestions:
This makes a wonderful gift for movie and gun buffs:
We get a fair number of requests from people wondering what to buy for friends as gifts. Tough question! If you don't know the specific make or model of a gun your friend owns or collects it is risky to buy him a publication that is model or make specific. If you do know, we probably have it. We have a better idea.
You probably have a good feel for the era that interests your friend, so below we suggest some publications from different eras. These are merchant catalogs that offer a vivid picture of not only guns of the time but also ammunition, specs, reloading, sights clothing and accessories. All of these books offer a really good read and we are sure your friends will be grateful for your thought.
For big game hunters these are irresistible:
also... for a terrific read consider a Bannerman catalog. Bannerman was, for a time, one of the largest arms dealers in the world and the company stories are particularly interesting - like the time the city fathers in New York discovered that Bannerman had tons and tons of high explosives stored at their shop on Broadway and invited him to more them. The result was Bannerman Island on the Hudson near West Point where the remains of his castle arsenal can be viewed today. We think the 1927 catalog was the high point of the operation (check out Abby's indexes at the individual webpages for each item to see some of the stuff in the catalog):
We also offer over 350 out of print books covering 150 years of firearm evolution. They were written by some of the most influential and knowledgeable writers of the time and cover everything from Production Machinery (Colt) to Machine Guns to Airguns, Cartridges, Reloading, Shooting Game, War, Military and so much more. Check out the list and note it can be sorted by Author, Title or Year:
Last week we were grocery shopping and I picked up a carton of OJ. Abby noticed when we put it in the fridge that is was slightly smaller than the one next to it which was already smaller than the old-fashioned "half gallon" we used to buy. When I looked at the small print I saw it was just 54 ounces; a full ten ounce glass short of what we used to buy.
just opened my purchase, cover says case xx on it, but . the guts inside are about rifle marksmanship not a knife catalog ooofff!!!please do not make your problem mine fix it - moparhp2426 (eBay, of course)
Dear mopar... Nooo problem! I'll send another, not only that, Abby refunded your payment to us. Have a nice holiday, Rob Mouat (This is where Abby tells me to grin and bear it. Why do so many people start out in a combat stance?)
What has soap to do with cordite?
Kynoch, the famed British cartridge maker, explained the connection in their publication many years ago and Jim Buchanan dug it out for the Christmas issue of Arms Heritage Magazine in 2013. Current subscribers can access all 48 prior issues of the magazine online or for a pretty penny you can buy them all from us in printed form. Rob Mouat
The December issue of Arms Heritage Magazine will feature a comprehensive article on the much misunderstood Garrett pistols. The Garrett Brothers produced two of the rarest percussion pistols as well as a series of single shot pistols. In this article Shannon Pritchard reveals the true story of the pistols in a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated article.
This is the 48th issue of Arms Heritage Magazine, it and all previous issues remain on-line and available to current subscribers, still at our low price of $19 per year. Check out the website, www.armsheritagemagazine.com to view a sample copy or to subscribe.
|The Internet Browsers we all use to look at emails – Firefox, Edge, Opera etc – have all decided to truncate or cut off the bottoms of long emails. While there is a tiny note at the bottom allowing you to retrieve the rest of the email we decided to reduce the number of Letters from Readers to shorten this newsletter. Rob and Abby|
(Dear Rob and Abby) Good for you guys! Hats off for removing Ebay from your foreign sales. Like many things these days, they started out as a good idea, and then got greedy. Happy to hear you fight back! KarenSerke
Abby, Received the copy of “Remington 1950 Firearms Field Service Guide & Parts Catalog” in perfect condition. Am very happy with it as it has really helped me with learning about the difference in the parts difference between the Rem M12 22LR and the M12 22 Special. That information is unavailable any where other than this Catalogs parts list. It has helped me find the right parts to restore customers old family heirloom Remington M12 22 Special. The customer and I thank you. Thanks, Thomas Barker, T.Barker GunSmithing, Victoria, Texas
Dear Rob, I have a number of pertinent snarls about the mild pink and blue suede shoes approaches for young ladies buying their first pastel colored .380's Autos for keeping by the bedside in case of break in or home invasion. My argument is that these fashionable pink and blue toned pistols are bloody dangerous as they can be taken for toys by children or could be very confusing for responding police officers - is it a toy or is it real ? Too late, I made a mistake "Bang ! Bang !" - and someone is deader than dead, maybe a badly supervised child - or a police officer. Modern multi toned pistols are damned dangerous and misleading in two directions, they attract children and they could make a Police Officer in a bad situation pause a second too long.
My considered opinion is that a pistol, rifle, or shotgun should look like a traditional piece of armament - like God and Craftsmen intended them to look. Sub Machine Gun Styles are for the Military. Good Grief - so called sporting rifles with perforated cooling jackets and all manner of "rails and attachments" are not for the mentally unstable, they are for those who want to play at war and who are precisely the sort of people who should enlist for real training with either the Army or the Marines. Let the services decide if the recruit has the mettle. These weapons are for men and women who have earned their stripes- and scars in places like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan etc etc.
Had I the really big money today, I would go for a double barrelled shotgun by a reputable English, American or Italian Custom Gunsmith - the real thing with prime walnut stocks - all made by real craftsmen. Pistols- either revolver or semi automatic- S & W, Colt, Ruger, Webley come to mind. For the military nothing is more satisfying and emphatic than a Colt 1911 .45 - or a really good American-made revolver - I like my revolvers chambered for .45 Long Colt (or .357 Magnum as one can practice shoot with a .38 Special Load). For plinking fun there is nothing to beat a Colt Woodsman 1935 .22 - although the various Ruger and Browning .22's are also great shooters.
In case you think I overstate my objections to modern trends in gun manufacturing that tease and appease the wannabee's; I did my time in both the Korean War & a few S.E. Asian Jungles serving as an officer in both the Army & the Police. And I shoot the guns I have mentioned. Above all quality always beats quantity. James Blackford
(Dear Abby) re: Colt 1960 (circa) Model E & I Repair Manual by Alfred DeJohn . Greetings. Are your reproductions exact or does your company name anywhere on the booklet? Thank you for your help. Best regards: RFK
Dear Alfred, Our name appears on all our publications. They are not forgeries of originals- because we reprint over 6000 different publications and using the same paper, size, inks etc would be impossible for what we charge:
Regarding the quality of our reprints we have a few statements to make. All reprints are done on at least 92 bright 20# acid free white paper and the images are the best we can reproduce with the latest digital equipment and software available. Most covers are heavy semi-glossy (or high gloss) high contrast paper and are printed in color unless otherwise stated. Keeping in mind that we reprint over 6000+ different old gun catalogs, books, magazines and gun manuals, all our reprints necessarily reflect the quality of the originals or copies we work from. Not all are perfect by any means. By definition ephemera, especially as it refers to old advertising catalogs, was meant to be temporary. Many old catalogs were printed on poor quality, thin paper with cheap inks that bled. They suffer from stains, rips, bleed-through, fading and a host of other problems. Not all can be restored to original condition (although some can be made better than they were when they came from the printer). We also work with both old reprints and old photocopies. Why? Because where else will we find some of the most rare old gun catalogs we offer? We do, however, replace poor copies with better ones if they become available. Also, don't forget we don't charge much either. Irrespective of "quality" or rarity we charge based on number of pages, advertising costs and cost to acquire and reproduce (color ink is especially expensive). We should add that we do not necessarily reprint things to the exact size of the original or on the same paper or with the same binding etc. To do so would be prohibitively expensive. Also, some authored books also carry a royalty fee and the price reflects that. Cheers, Abby
(Dear Abby) re: Bernardelli New Model USA Owner's Manual. I have ordered a Bernardelli Pistol manual. The one I want is for the Model 80 .380ACP pistol. The picture on the front of the manual looks like the pistol I have, but is it the Model 80? Thank you!
Dear Junebug… The manual you bought is the “new model” of the Model 60. We have a Bernardelli Model 60 Owner"s Manual listed at our website but to make things simple, I’ll send both with your order. Rob Mouat
(Dear Abby) Hello, I'm interested in purchasing a manual for a 1892 French Ordnance Lebel revolver. Please advise. Joe winninh-Ebay
Hi Joe, I've never seen one. I think the best you could look for is a modern book giving breakdowns for old handguns. You might be able to find one with a Lebel in it; or you could try the online chat groups looking for advice about one where there are members familiar with the weapon. I will put your request in our newsletter in case a reader is able to help. Cheers, Rob Readers??
Rob and Abby, Thank you for the confirmation of my recent order. FYI, payment for this order was NOT intended to be through PayPal. Rather, I thought I was making payment with my COSTCO/CitiBank VISA card. I do not have anything to do with PayPal since they were acquired by that most anti Second Amendment internet transaction enabler, Ebay. Any and all future transactions between us should only be through COSTCO/CitiBank VISA card ONLY! Yours for the shooting sports, A. C. Mongeon, NRA Life Member 103313
Dear AC, Thank you for your note. I'm writing to explain how and why we use Paypal. PayPal is not owned by eBay, they split three years ago and while Paypal made gun transactions difficult while a part of Ebay, they have since softened their stance. As a result we have had no complaints about Paypal from our purchasers for years.
We began using Paypal fifteen years ago because banks at that time were very skeptical of online business and charged a fortune to online sellers. Many things have changed since then but we still use Paypal because the shopping cart at our website was set up to use Paypal and to change now would involve re-coding each of our 6000 or so web pages, the cost of which would effectively double our prices to you.
PayPal is our "clearing house" for all online purchases, but you don't need a PayPal "account". It allows our customers to pay with any credit card they prefer including a Costco card just like a bank and they are still cheaper than banks, a savings we pass along to you.
Now, Abby can cancel your purchase, you can use Paypal or you can mail us a personal check (not a money order please- they are too hard to cash at our bank), please let me know and I am sorry to have upset you. Cheers, Rob
Response to different order confirmation: It is all of us who enjoy shooting and preserving our old firearms who owe you folks a big " Thank You " ! Bruce Andersen
Goodmorning Sir, My name is carlo and I write from Italy. Unfortunately I can not find this manual even in Italy despite being a weapon created here, in Brescia (IT). Could you please send me 3 copies of this Beretta 1983 PM12S SMG Manual in Italy, to my house? thank you, Please whrite me as soon as possible. good day Carlo (carlitos282-ebay)
Hello Carlo, I am sorry, we no longer ship internationally through our eBay portal. We have had too many packages claimed lost, confiscated or stolen. Best wishes, Rob
(Dear Abby) re: Garcia 1971 Vol 4 Sporting Firearms Catalog . Header says Garcia 1971 Sporting Firearms Catalog, but description says 1967. Which year please? Hickoryground-ebay
Dear Hick…Gosh, you are absolutely correct and we've left that on eBay since 2013 with the wrong date in the index! The correct date for that catalog is 1971. Thank you for pointing out the error, we’ll fix it. Cheers, Rob
(Dear Abby) Hello, I am interested in the proof mark guide you have for sale. How much is postage to Australia, Victoria, 3554? Thanks, John 30006exc-ebay
Hi John, I'm sorry that because of a host of problems shipping overseas with eBay we no longer offer that service. Overseas customers will have to order through our website. Cheers, Rob Mouat for cornellpubs
Dear Gary Arnie, We know and Paypal knows you downloaded the file you bought and that we sent you several times. What in Hell is the Paypal Complaint case about? We sent proof you got it to Paypal. Good Grief! Rob Mouat
Dear Paypal, We dispute the Gary Arnie’s claim, whatever it is. He bought a pdf file of a manual from us. We sent it the next day via wetransfer which is a large file sending service because email doesn’t normally accept large files like ours. We exchanged several emails wherein Mr. Arnie claimed not to have received the file we promised. We took great pains to carefully explain to him to look for the email messages from wetransfer, open the message and download the file. He repeatedly said he never got the re-sent file. The other day I explained, again, how to recognize the file from wetransfer, how to open it and what to do etc. This last time he was apparently successful because we got confirmation from wetransfer that he had downloaded the file. Please see attached screen shot of the copy of the confirmation sent to us by wetransfer.
Honestly, the paragraph above relates just a fraction of the correspondence back and forth we have had with Mr. Arnie. He bought it, we sent it (several times), he got it. Please let me know if I can help in any other way. Rob Mouat for Abby Mouat
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The Real Wolf is an in-depth study of the impact that wolves have had on big game and livestock populations as a federally protected species. Expert authors Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves, sift through the myths and misinformation surrounding wolves and present the facts about wolves in modern times. Each chapter in the book is meticulously researched and written by authors, biologists, geneticists, outdoor enthusiasts, and wildlife experts who have spent years studying wolves and wolf behavior. Every section describes a unique aspect of the wolf in the United States. The Real Wolf does not call for the eradication of wolves from the United States but rather advocates a new system of species management that would allow wolves, game animals, and farmers to coexist with one another in a way that is environmentally sustainable.