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Cornell Publications
May 2021 Newsletter 


For over 17 years our newsletter has gone to more than 50,000 Firearms Collectors, Enthusiasts, Historians and Professionals Worldwide. We now reprint over 6500 Vintage Gun Catalogs, Books and Manuals from the 1840s to the 2000s 
Calls From The Wilds
Back issues: you can view the newsletter on our website. For a downloadable copy of our catalog of reprints or manuals this will take you there. Also, we have Interesting downloads at our website. Please forward this letter to your friends.
Most Internet Browsers – Firefox, Edge, Opera etc – have decided to truncate, or cut off, the bottoms of long emails. There is a tiny note at the bottom allowing you to retrieve the rest of the email. Rob and Abby

dungMichigan, the land of, well, odors, it seems...
A Michigan farmer involved in a property-line dispute with a neighbor retaliated by building a 250-foot-long wall of cow dung. The neighbor, Wayne Lambarth, says the wall creates a powerful stench on his property, but the farmer denies it is a "poop wall". "It's a compost fence," he said.
The Week


Then there is the Belgian Farmer who changed the map of the world...
markerIt seems there is a group of earnest French citizens who march the 390 mile border between Belgium and France checking to ensure each border marker is in exactly the correct place. You can image their horror when, in a remote  section of land, they discovered a stone monument, celebrating the Treaty of Kortrijk in 1820 and placed in 1819, had been moved some seven feet to the edge of a field. They suspect a local farmer moved the 300-600 pound stone out his field to make his tilling a bit easier. The farmer has yet to comment on his act that moved the border between two countries.


DJ Devotion
St Louis DJ Mason Schreader got a large tattoo of his radio station, "92.3 WIL. He was fired a week later... "Splain that!". We've often wondered about the ladies and guys, we suppose, who chose to have some large tattoo of something that took their fancy at age 19 only to find themselves at 50 or 60 trying to explain their child-self.

Speaking of Children...
Students at Washington University are protesting plans to stage Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, saying it could re-traumatize students after a year of lock-downs. No Exit features three characters spending eternity in a single room. The play, according to a petition signed by 200 students, is too "mentally taxing for the community,' promotes patriarchy, and "doesn't allow us to feel safe." We ache for the poor dears...


Facebook disabled more than 1.3 BILLION fake accounts between October and December 2020. It removed more than 100 networks of fake accounts from its platforms over the past three years. It's fine for others but we don't belong to the whole social media thing.


Starbucks- have a cuppa on Kevin
Shareholders rarely interfere with executive compensation but they did recently. Chief baccyExecutive Kevin Johnson was in line for a $50 Million "retention bonus" after his company hit stock price targets but he didn't get it. Only 10 of the S&P 500 companies have had shareholders reject stay-on-pay resolutions in the past year.


 Unemployment free for all...
coughAt least $63 Billion in improper or crooked unemployment benefits have been doled out in the last year, according to the watchdog U.S. Department of Labor. About 30% of new claims to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program are fraudulent; one case in Nevada last year involved more than 1700 claims that shared a single home address.


Don't miss the Stanton's Firearm Auction, Friday, May 14th, @ 8:00 A.M. including A Fantastic Collection of Antique Percussion and Flintlock Firearms



I Read it in the Papers...
Three California boys have been expelled from Catholic school because their mother posts risque photos to an OnlyFans channel. OnlyFans is a nonpublic site, with access restricted to paying customers. But when other moms told officials at Sacramento's Sacred Heart Parish School about Chrystal Jackson's photos, they told her to "find another school for your children." Jackson says her kids "are innocent to this whole thing."
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Rants and Raves
Ref: Webley & Scott 1901 Fosbery Revolvers Catalog - ninni1951 (ebAY Italy) Good morning, I want to buy one of your brochures on Webley Fosbery, what is the cost of shipping to Italy? Thank you and have a good weekend. Vincenzo Poma
Dear Mr. Poma, No, I'm sorry, we are not shipping to Italy just now. Perhaps after the covid mess slows down we can try again, but not now. Cheers, Rob Mouat
Good morning Mr.s Rob and Abby Mouat, I am very surprised that - also - due to covid 19 - you do not ship to Italy !!! You just have to send a brochure that I would pay you with PayPall and send it from your post office ....., I don't ask you to send a truck or a speedboat .... In this year of covid I bought in the United States - various objects of ancient militaria (1870 - 1890) etc, yesterday I received an original officer belt of the Japanese imperial navy, which arrived from Tokyo in just 5 days ... ..... Therefore, I ask you to take my request into consideration, at least you can send the paid brochure electronically and I will print it. Thank you . Best regards. V. Poma
Dear Mr. Poma, We have suspended all shipments abroad through our ebay account. Shipment times may be long and many people file a claim for a refund of the purchase price which ebay grants. It costs us too much money to be worth the trouble. I am sorry. Rob
saltHello Dear Rob, I can wait long shipping times ................, I can also make a written declaration in which if it does not arrive, I do not raise any dispute, Ok. Send the pages electronically and I have them printed. I appreciate the American people for their intelligence, organization, foresight, but maybe I have to change my mind ... Good weekend . Vincenzo
Vincenzo, I guess you are right, I'm stupid, disorganized, and have no foresight. That is why I don't wish to send to Italy where 1/3 of what I ship gets lost. And why I don't want to bother changing my ebay settings for one $13 sale I'm likely to lose anyway. Who would have thought Americans were so foolish? Cheers, Rob
Rob Mouat
 Help Valuing Three Old Blades...
We have an elderly friend who is reducing his collection of firearms and bladed weapons in San Francisco. He asked us for help valuing three bladed weapons he has. We must confess to not know a lot about them so we are asking if you can help. The swords and bayonet are listed below and we would appreciate any help or advice you may offer.

Bayonet and Swords

The Royal Naval officer's sword is etch marked under the hilt on the blade "Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London." The serial number on the blunt edge of the blade is '27081' which should aid in dating the manufacture; the blade is etched with the R.N. Coat of Arms etc.. It, has a leather scabbard. bound with brass fittings and fastening loops for threading straps etc. for attaching to belts. The leather of the scabbard is a bit fragile and is separating along the seam on the reverse side. It measures 38" overall in the scabbard and the blade is 31.5"


The blade etching on the under hilt of the military sword is very faint. It is London made the owner guesses from the style somewhere circa 1880 - definitely British Army. The military officer's sword is the older of the two and more of a field type of light sabre, perhaps light cavalry, being well balanced with a slight curse. The scabbard is sturdy brass but it has several dents visible in the photo. It measures 39" in the scabbard with a blade length of 32"


The bayonet is well made and is in very good to excellent condition. Length in scabbard is 29.5" and the blade length is 24". Perhaps originally on issue with a .577 Calibre Martini-Henry drop lever action single shot black powder rifle of the 1870 to 1885 era or thereabouts?
Harry added: I forgot to mention that I have SMLE WW-1 Era 18" bayonets, and a couple of post WW-2 Blade and trench knife convertible bayonets, the type that we had at Sandhurst cost me more than a very good condition Mk IV Enfield .303 Rifle. Also a real military issue Ghurka Kukri from my days at 16 Ghurka Div HQ, Malaya. Also quite a few Military Cap badges - which used to be a great collectors item etc.   
Any help is appreciated, thanks, Rob
Letters From Readers
Ref:Stevens Arms Company History by Joe Vorisek Would there be information on Springfield Arms .22 bolt action rifles in the book? Thanks, Bob - bmar2324 (ebay)
Hi Bob, No, you would have to look through the Springfield listings we have (not all are on ebay). Here is a brief overview of Stevens. Rob for cornellpubs.
Began in 1864 as J. Stevens Co.. In 1872 began to make breech-loading shotguns. Newxx England Westinghouse Co. In 1885 J. Stevens was operated as Incorp (Incorp was also associated with Stevens, Marlin, Meriden, New England Westinghouse and AH Fox). 1915 Incorp sold them to the New England Westinghouse Co. which also bought the Meriden Fire Arms Co. In 1916-20 Savage bought the J. Stevens Arms Co. which had been associated with Harry Pope, the barrel maker. in 1927 Savage bought the Page-Lewis Company. Later, Davis-Warner was bought by HD Folsom then traded as Davis-Crescent (Crescent was created out of the Beacon Arms Co,- 1892) and in 1932 was bought by Stevens. In 1930 Savage bought the AH Fox company. (More history below.) Also, the trade name Central Arms Company was used by Crescent Arms Co. for shotguns that were retailed through the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis. Lyman made its first telescopic sights starting in 1929 after they bought the telescopic sight businesses from both Stevens and Winchester. Rob for cornellpubs
REF:UZI-FN SMG Operations Manual - jarbel_58 (ebay): I received my order yesterday & I'm missing pages 22-23
Oh wow, we never noticed that. I am so sorry, I'll ask Abby to refund your money and I'll delete the listing. Again, I apologize for overlooking the missing pages. Please don't return the copy you got, just keep it or throw it away. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
I appreciate you making the effort to make it right. It's things like this that makes me want to continue doing business with ppl who conduct "good business". Thanks again jarbel_58 (ebay)
Ref:Browning 1990 (circa) Model 12 Pump Shotgun 20 GA Manual – chartalldrink (ebay) Your listing mentions 2 different years. Which year gun is this manual for? Thanks
Thanks for pointing that out. We originally pegged it for about 1970 but we were told it is actually closer to 1990. The piece is undated. I corrected the listing. Rob for cornellpubs.
Great, my gun is 1989! chartalldrink (ebay)
dollarRef:Russian Makarov Pistol 1971 (PM) 9mm Technical Manual - autiemae2 (ebay) Hi there, I’m curious about the content of the TM. Before I commit to a purchase of it, is it primarily technical drawings/dimensioned schematics or other technical information about the weapon characteristics?
autiemae2, there are loads of drawings with dimensions but as for the rest of it, I'm sorry, but I can't read Cyrillic and there is not an English translation. Rob for cornellpubs
Ref:Marbles 1954 Arms Catalog - ghgoaliedad354 (ebay) Does this cite reprint on it anyplace? ’m hoping so, as I hope any other reprint that you make does as well. Do you have a marbles catalog/brochure earlier than 1910?
ghgoaliedad354, yes, of course, all our reprints have our name and details printed on the copy as they have for 20 years. We reprint the following Marbles catalogs but I don't know offhand if they are all on ebay where we have about half our reprints listed. Please see the images and descriptions. Rob for cornellpubs
Rob/Abby, I received my Sears catalogs today.  Excellent!  Thank you, very much. Ken
Ref: Marlin 1905 Fire Arms Company - fin-addict-2-na (ebay) Hi I have an 1893 Marland that I could really use some schematics and breakdowns cleaning does this book come even close to showing this if it does consider it sold
Michael F Boyer retired United States Navy
Dear Michael, It does have cleaning instructions and flat plan views of the parts. Also, it desotohas open and closed cutaway views of the action. Schematic views of gun actions didn't come into general use until after WWII during which Alex Aderer, a rating who worked for the Bureau of Ships, thought of employing schematics as escape drawings for merchant and naval ships in 1942. Within months all navies employed the drawings and they saved thousands of lives.
So, yes the 1905 Marlin catalog will work for you unless you really have "Marland" gun (I like your typo)! Cheers, Rob Mouat
fin-addict-2-na - Thanks for the quick reply! As far as the typo goes well in the 10th grade dropout and I don’t type I dictate 🤪 Did you get the second make it message on the 18893B ? Is there a difference between a marlin 1893 and a marlin 1893B ? This is the first I’ve heard of an 1893B 🤔 Thanks for any info and I am looking forward to purchasing a book from you! Mike
Mike, Sorry, offhand I don't know the difference between the two. It is likely the catalog will tell you, however. Cheers, Rob
Hi Me Again,just noticing that you have a Marlin 1893 B I have a 1893 serial number B693 in 30-30 ! Hope this helps in your decision on which to make 🤔 Mike
Ref: Hartley & Graham 1899 Gun Catalog (New York) – militariaforme (ebay) Good morning is this the catalog that had this advertising on page 100? If so I would like to get it but I'm looking for a much clearer image than this copy that I got from somebody in the past see picture please Actually looking at this copy I guess it's really not that bad you can read all the text but the images are a little bit store that I guess
Militariaforme, Hello, Our pictures appear to be a bit better but not perfect. I don't know how much better the original was though. Ours are, at least, clean of background clutter and spatter. Rob for cornellpubs
Ref: Speer 1964 Reloading Manual No. 6 - flyfisher4373 (ebay) For go last communication it arrived shortly after that. What is average cost on manuals you offer in the flyer? Thank you Jim
Hi Jim, I'm not sure which flyer you are asking about but most of them have a price, the ones we print anyway. Also, to be honest, we print hundreds of manuals and catalogs and we have never averaged them but comparatively few cost more than $20. Rob for cornellpubs
Good morning! I am trying to find a copy of Ideal 1950 Hand Book No. 37 - Ammunition & Reloading. The forum cast booklist cites you as a source. Could you help me out? Thanks! Dave
Hi Dave, I'm not a reloader so I can't advise about dies, but we do reprint all the Ideal catalogs through #40. Here is the list: IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) Cheers, Abby
Hmmmm,,, I don?t really need a catalog,, I was hoping for a user?s manual. The ideal dies I have don?t show caliber. I was hoping to build a correct set via eBay. They don?t always have a caliber,, but a part number. Guess I?ll keep looking. Thanks for your help! Dave
Dave, We have hundreds of old catalogs, manuals and books about reloading, but they take a bit of looking. Don't be put off by the word catalog, most old "catalogs" were the closest makers came to offering what we consider a manual today and some Ideal catalogs had the dies they made at the time. An example of a die page is below from the 1957 catalog. Like I said, I'm not a reloader but if you can tell me a bit more about what you are trying to do perhaps I can give a a bit of help, like what era are you working in? Rob
Re: Mayhaps an explanation is necessary. Due to my collecting Marlin 1893, and covid induced terminal boredom, I think it would be neat to reload using the antique 310. To obtain the correct dies, it would seem that I need the correct part numbers for the appropriate die.Thanks again!Dave Hartman
Dave, OK, I think I have an answer, The 310 tool (I thought you had a really odd caliber at first!) was introduced just after WWII but you need the Lyman 1955 Sights and Reloading Tools No. 40 Catalog we reprint which includes the Spec sheets. This manual includes the 3120 tool and manual for it. Includes bullets and loads etc. Rob
Hi, I messaged you a few moments ago about sending me the incorrect volume. Here is the Speer 1956 Wildcat Rifle Loads Volume 2 volume (your link) that you sent me instead of the Speer 1956 Handloader Manual No - zlinker1 (ebay)
Dear Mr. Tomchick, Oh darn, I'm sorry, they are right next to one another and I pushed the wrong button. I'll do the correct one for you right away. I apologize for my mistake. Please keep the one you got from us or chuck it. We don't maintain any inventory; we print to order so we would just throw it away. Cheers, Rob Mouat
Hi, Thank you for your fast reply, sending me the correct manual, and not requiring a return of the incorrect manual. I am very pleased with your manual reprints and will continue to buy more of them. Most of these books/manuals I could not afford when they were first offered or were not available so I enjoy owning a few now from years gone-by when I can afford them. Thanks again, Paul Tomchick
Hi Tom, I wish we were able to put all our reprints on ebay but we just can't afford the overhead, they eat up about a third of the price. Thanks for the nice words, they are a pleasant change from the anger many people show today. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
Hi Rob, Thanks for your nice reply. I have recently discovered and browsed Cornell Publications LLC's website and will order from it, as well. Have a great weekend, Paul Tomchick
Good morning. This is David Biewer. I am interested in learning how to cast bullets. I've read that the Lyman Handbook of cast bullets 2nd edition is a very good reference.  I read about your company on a forum and you are highly recommended,  Please email me the price of the handbook. Thank you for your help and your time. Dave "B"
Dear Mr. "B", Our website,, has an entire section on reloading, scores of publications. Each item has its own page with a description about the individual item and each group of publications by the same manufacturer has a page containing all the items from that manufacturer that we reprint. Finally, there is an entire link to all the publications pertaining to a particular facet of the firearms hobby, reloading being one of them (see the image below).
For example, this link will take you to all RELOADING
Handbook of Commercial Casting 2nd Ed 1993 by Paul B. Moore163 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

Lyman 1958 Handbook of Cast Bullets 1st Edition 212 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New COLOR re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. Many people use the 1973 and 1958 Lyman Cast Bullet Handbooks together. See the link below. This one is a bit more expensive because it is printed in color like the original. The 1973 version was printed in B&W, so is ours.

Lyman 1973 Cast Bullet Handbook (2nd ed) 240 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. Many people use the 1973 and 1958 Lyman Cast Bullet Handbooks together. See the link below. This one is printed in B&W like the original so is a bit less expensive than the 1958 version.

Lyman 1980 Cast Bullet Handbook 3rd Edition 416 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

Lyman 1986 Reloading & Cast Bullet Guide 76 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy paper-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

Lyman 1988 Reloading & Cast Bullet Guide 78 pages, about 5" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

Lyman 1989 Reloading & Cast Bullet Guide 74 pages, about 5" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.
Lyman (PDF) c1991 Cast Bullet Guide 76 pages, about 11" x 8". New PDF DOWNLOAD. Fully Illustrated. THIS IS A PDF FILE YOU DOWNLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER AND PRINT YOURSELF, IT IS NOT A PAPER COPY. THIS IS THE WAY IT WORKS- YOU BUY THE MANUAL AND WE WILL SEND YOU A LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF BY EMAIL. IMPORTANT: This catalog is meant to be printed both sides in landscape format, assembled and stapled in the center just like the original.
 Good afternoon.. This is David Biewer. I want to thank you for your assistance in finding the book I was searching for. Have a good day.
Just received the book.  It arrived in great shape.  I’ve already started using it as a reference to date my shotguns. Thanks! Phil Menhusen
Ref: Western Gun Sights 1928 No. 1 (early Redfield Sights) - ghostdog7410 (ebay) Does this catalog show a ram engraved on sight?
ghostdog7410 – It has a ram engraved on something they call a Western Slot Blank (made to replace the rear crotch sight). Rob for cornellpubs.
Hello Abby! I enjoy reading your newsletters and catalogues. Are you able to put me in touch with any entity which can legally supply me with any of these three weapons, probably de-activated, on loan or to purchase? I have three army vehicles on display at our ‘museum’ and I wish to set up the second Champ differently, with a machine gun on the bonnet I confirm that they were fitted with any of:
.303 Bren Light Machine Gun
.303 Vickers Water-cooled Heavy Machine Gun
7.62mm NATO Browning Machine gun.

by installation in the ‘gunmount’ through the bonnet, which appears robust.
I can send a separate pic of this – the 60mm hole is usually plugged, till one pushes the windscreen forward and then insert the metal spigot upon which the gun is to swivel – the spigot appears to be 40mm diameter, with a keyed section at front. To see my display, where we have 30 vehicles and 6 Rolls-Royce engines of note on show.
Regards, Frank Carroll -
Ref: Sheridan Nov. 1970 Blue Streak and Silver Streak Air Gun Manual - gentlemanfarmer2010 (ebAY) Original or reproduction??
farmer2010: Ad says: Sheridan Nov. 1970 Blue Streak and Silver Streak Air Gun Manual - 26 pages, about 5" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated. November 16, 1970 version.
Ref: April 2021 Newsletter - Very cool, Abby! I have a Whitworth long-range Pedersoli rifle that shoots very small groups, but had not heard of the cannons before! A Cornell Pubs aficionado, Stuart Strahl
Dear Friends, I've found your website about 6 mos ago and am amazed and pleased with your content and friendly attitude, esp toward grumps and grumblers. It's refreshing to see people in print with manners. My compliments to you.  Sincerely,  Jack Majcher VMD Altoona PA 
Ref: Herter's Inc 1954 Gun Accessories Catalog - Waseca, MN - Desertratstudio (ebaY) I am looking for a Herter's catalog that would contain a listing for a hummingbird feeder that was made by Herter's . I have several of the feeders complete with box and there is no doubt that Herter's made them. Would you mind checking this catalog and see if it is listed there ? If it is , I will buy it . Thanks , Doug
Hi Doug, No, I'm sorry, no feeders. I feel kind of stupid, I carefully looked through the entire catalog before coming to the index at the end! Cheers, Rob
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