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July 2021 Newsletter 

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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



At a whopping 26.32 million permanent inhabitants
Shanghai, China is the largest city in the world.
From Robert to Michael to Liam
This is a link to Social Security list of Popular Baby Names chosen by parents... you can also set it to different years to see how name popularity has changed from Robert in 1930 to Michael in 1970 to Liam in 2020! And girls for the same years, Mary, Jennifer and Olivia. In 1930 the population of the country was 123 million, in 1970 203 million and last year, 331 million!


Lake Superior
  • Lake Superior is, by surface area, the world's largest freshwater lake.
  • The surface area of Lake Superior (31,700 square miles or 82,170 square kilometers) is greater than the combined areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.superior
  • Lake Superior contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, even throwing in two extra Lake Eries. Its volume is second only to Russia's Lake Baikal.
  • Lake Superior contains 10% of all the earth's fresh surface water.
  • There is enough water in Lake Superior (3,000,000,000,000,000--or 3 quadrillion-- gallons) to flood all of North and South America to a depth of one foot.
  • The deepest point in Lake Superior (about 40 miles north of Munising, Michigan) is 1,300 feet (400 meters) below the surface.
  • Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior.
  • The average elevation of Lake Superior is about 602 feet above sea level.super 2
  • The Lake Superior watershed region ranges in size from 160 miles inland near Wabakimi Provincial Park to only 5 miles inland from Pictured Rocks National Seashore.
  • The Lake Superior shoreline, if straightened out, could connect Duluth and the Bahama Islands.
  • The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is 27 feet, making it easily the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes. Underwater visibility in places reaches 100 feet.  Lake Superior has been described as "the most oligotrophic lake in the world."
  • The lake is about 350 miles (563 km) in length and 160 miles (257 km) in width.
  • In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
  • Lake Superior has over 400 islands, the largest of which is Isle Royale, with a size of 207 square miles.
  • Waves of over 40 feet in height have been recorded on Lake Superior.
  • Travel by car around Lake Superior covers a distance of about 1,300 miles.
  • The largest underwater formation in Lake Superior is the Superior Shoal, which rises from a depth of over 1,000 feet to within 20 feet of the water surface over a distance of just three miles.
  • Sudden changes in winds or barometric pressure around Lake Superior can produce seiches, a phenomenon which results in water levels rising or falling as much as six feet along a coast in a short period of time.
  • Water in Lake Superior is retained, on average, 191 years.
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I Read it in the Papers...
This is a bit discouraging, if they are correct...
In 1972, a teamwind at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predicted that humanity's pursuit of economic growth without regard for environmental and society costs would lead to society collapsing by the mid 21st century – a new study finds this may become a reality.
Gaya Herrington, Sustainability and Dynamic System Analysis Lead at KPMG, undertook the task of proving or disproving MIT's claims and used a world simulation model that analyzed how our world has progressed from 1972.
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Rants and Raves
The catalog repro you sent me is defective (Parker 1902 Gun Catalog). The image at your websight clearly shows a border around the picture parkerof the front page and that is allright but the book you sent me has a bigger border on the top than on the bottom. I don't know what machine you have that makes these books but it obviously needs adjustmant to cut the edges properly. Please sen another copy that has been manufactured properly. Ken Parsons

I'll send you another and see if I can adjust my right arm to cut properly! Rob
Letters From Readers
Hi, Can you give me a mailing quote for this book please . Thanks   gympy85 (ebay)
Browning 1942 M1919A4 MG Illustrated Parts List (UK)- Manual
Well, that would depend on where you live. We are not shipping outside the US through our ebay account but if you are in the US you can put the book in your shopping cart along with your address and it will give you the shipping cost before you purchase the item. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
Ok, Thank you, I will check your website,, I am in Canada.
(I’m glad gimpy is doing that. Because ebay commissions reduce our profit to almost zero, we are limiting what we sell there and we are not shipping outside the U.S. through ebay any longer. Rob)
Colt Frontier Scout 62 Single Action Revolvers Safety Instruction Manual, It arrived today. impressed, very good job. Thank you Dan. Definitely will keep you guys in mind.
I like Savage Arms, they are accurate. If I'm not hitting a center hole in a dime at 100 yards, it's me that's off. How many pages is this reproduction? Savage Arms Company History     pm_php_srrs_32 (ebay)
Here you go: Savage Arms Company History: 117 pages, about 8 1/2" x 11" glossy soft-cover in full color. Newly reprinted with permission. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper.
Hello, I have been handed down a Mauser 25acp pocket pistol from my grandfather after he returned from WW1 and it’s in good working order. The Ceriale numbers are matching, 230941 on the slide and 0941 on the main part of the rear of the pistol. The take down rod has been missing since my grandfather brought it back from Germany. I would like to purchase a replacement rod for this piece. It’s a daily carrier, it shoots perfectly and what I did was design my own take down rod. But I want to purchase an original rod for this pocket pistol. It’s been in my family a long, long time and I would like to have it in better working order. I fire it regularly. It’s truly a one of a kind pistol that I just love. I think by all my reading that it is part number 2. I realize you only reprint the gun catalogs only. But perhaps you can help direct me to the person that can find me this drake down rod for my pocket pistol. It would of great help. Thank you for your time.  Robert
Hello Robert, This is a link to the parts supplier page at our website... good luck!  Cheers, Rob
Hi, Might you please have a BACON holsters catalogue ? With Thanks Gaston
No, I’m sorry, we don’t. Rob for cornellpubs
Winchester 1936 January Gun Catalog   -  I have a 1936 Winchester model 54 30-06 govt. Can you please verify if this rifle is included in the catalog you are selling? Thanks....Ernie
Ernie, the rifle is pictured in the catalog and noted that it is available in different calibers. Rob for cornellpubs
Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders Vol I 1962 Ackley-Wildcat   -   Does this book have load data for 375 ICL and 300 ICL  mbrmik9 (ebay)
Volume I has a few loads for each cartridge. Volume II (Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders Vol II 1966 Ackley-Wildcat) has many more loads. Rob for cornellpubs
Sir; I purchased from you long ago . I have lost my library of gun reference books due to a lost shipping move. I need t replace my library . I need all of the Lyman /ideal reloading books you have listed on ebay currently and many others . I need based on what you currently are selling the ideal/Lyman reloading manuals n; 32;33;34;35,*37. They seem to be all about $15.95 plus $^.68. Please send me a discount and ship all by book rate send me a book list too. I need all on reloading sharps as well as paper patched bullets . Please help, thank you, Jim Manuele or if you prefer col. James c. Manuele retired usarmy
Thank you for your help in advance copies are alright because your copies are complete and well done !!!! . Oh i will pay with a credit card , not in a big hurry as much as making sure I replicate my lost book collection . Thanks again Jim
Hello Jim, I am very sorry to hear you lost your collection, what a pity. We do have a problem, however, Ebay is the only place we sell where we can’t offer discounts. The commissions they charge barely let us break even and discounts would put us in a hole. Try our website!

Now, a couple of things. We reprint over 120 Ideal and Lyman catalogs from 1888 on so you may want to look over the lists carefully. For example, you mentioned the ideals from the 30s. Some of them were identical, Ideal just reprinted the same ones for a couple of years so they are the same edition, 30, 31, 32 and 34 were all offered for more than one year. Also, not all our ideals or Lymans are listed on ebay, in fact, just about half our reprints are there.
Some good news is that we happily combine shipping so that saves a lot of money. However, if you are not in the US shipping is horrendous. If you have any questions you can give us a call at 810-225-3075 from 10-4 most days- Eastern Time please! Cheers, Rob
Hello, I saw the "Smith & Wesson Model 15 K-38 Combat Masterpiece Revolver Manual" on your site. Is there a separate manual for the nickel model, or did all model 15 manuals (circa mid 70s) say blue finish? If there was a separate manual, do you carry it? Thanks, Al
Hi Al, Both copies we have feature the blued model. Cheers, Rob
Rob, Was there a different one for the nickel model? Thanks, Al
Al, Sorry, I don't know. I doubt it. Rob
What a great resource! Your hard work is appreciated and I will respect your wishes to only use the downloads as per your instructions.  Sincerely,  Phil Angell 
Hi, As of today, July 1, I have not received the two books I ordered. Win Model 69a and Win Model 42 books. What should I do at this point? Is there tracking info available? Thank You, Bruce Irving
Hi Bruce, Oh dear, funny, I remember sending it as we have a relative with the same last name. But, as luck would have it, our mailing program,, erased all the June mailings so I don't have the tracking to check what is going on. It is probably lost by now anyway. That said, I better send you another order. During this darn pandemic we have lost way too much mail. Best Abby
I am trying to find the age of this shotgun I have.  It is a Browning "Sweet 16" Shotgun and the serial #77987X.  Thanks, Mike Sorini
Serial Numbers at our website
EC Meacham Arms Co. Gun Catalog 1893    -   Hi, I'm interested in tennis rackets from the 1880s and 1890s. Are you able to provide more info about the tennis items in this catalog? If you could send me a picture, and/or let me know more info, that would be great. I have the 1891 Meacham catalog, and it has Spalding, Wright & Ditson, and Horsman rackets, over 3 or 4 pages. Thanks for your consideration. Dylan   dyvan007 (ebay)
I’m sorry, this catalog doesn’t list tennis rackets. Abby
Hi, Would you have any manuals for Hopkins & Allen 32 cal top break safety police ,mfg. date is Aug 1906. Looking for how to install a hammer. Thanks, Roy
No, I'm sorry, H&A was one of the companies that did not give cutaway drawings in their catalogs (exploded views came after WWII). The parts catalogs show flat plan views of all the parts. From them I think I can see how the hammer fits into the frame with the spring attached.  Best, Abby
Hi Abby and Rob, I’ve just bought a Westley Richards rifle and I’m looking for the appropriate catalogue. The earliest catalogue I can see on your website is the 1898-1900 one, however my rifle is dated 1895, so I was wondering if you had any earlier Westley Richards catalogues, tucked away in a dark corner somewhere yet to see the light of day, lol, from earlier in the 1890’s. Not a problem if you haven’t, but had to ask just in case. Many thanks and stay safe. Tim
I'm sorry Tim, The ones you see are the only ones we have available at the moment. Cheers, Abby
William Powell Gun Catalog 1947 Birmingham, England    -   Hi just asking have you early catalogs on William Powell lifter guns at all. Many Thanks Paul.
Hi Paul, Well, we have a load of early Powell catalogs, I don't know if they are all on ebay where we have about 3500 of the 6000+ publications we list on our website. I wouldn't know a lifter gun if I fell over it so I am afraid you are left with the index of the catalogs we have on ebay for your research. Sorry I'm not more useful. Cheers, Abby for cornellpubs
Lachmiller 1969 Engineering Co. Reloading Catalog    -   I am researching information on the model 100 shotshell reloader bu Lachmiller. Does this catalog have any information on this model? Kind Regards (ebay)
I don't think so, although there are a few models with no number. The only numbered one is the 700. If we were not at ebay I'd send you a copy for you to look at but alas, they don't give emails or names or much else and I don't have time to fiddle with ebay images, so, I guess the answer is no. Cheers, Rob
Original feedback rating: Neutral  -  Original comment: Offered as a six page pamphlet. Only three pages have useful text. One page is the title page. The second to last page consists of two example of shot patterns and the last page shows two silhouettes.
Hello Craig, Abby and I work hard to preserve old firearms information. The Greener was sent to us to copy by Graham Greener at the company, and, of course, we didn't write it. The index with the ad says exactly what is in the piece and I don't know how we could have been more specific. Because feedback sits with us for an entire year would you please agree to change your feedback to positive if I send you a link to do that? Cheers, Abby
Birmingham, England
The Greener Mark III Police Guns
Pattern of Shot
Cross Section of the Greener Mark III
Hi Abigail, theprestonscraig revised the feedback they left for you for WW Greener c1936 Police Gun MK III Pamphlet $6.95.
Revised feedback rating: Positive  -  Revised comment: The seller is very responsive to questions. I have purchased many pamphlets from this seller.
Von Lengerke & Antoine 1928 Catalog Fall & Winter No. 73   -   Hello, I see you have several repro copies of the Von Lengerke & Antoine catalogs. Could you tell me if any or all of the 1920's catalogs have ads/listings for Goodwin Granger and/or E. F. Payne fly rods? Thanks! (ebay)
The VL&D catalogs contain no fishing gear (see the catalog index included with each of our listings) Cheers, Rob
Hi receved my order and only one book. It was not a mistake I was giving them as gifts to friends around the world who collect the Lithgow rifles. So can you please send the o the 7 to complete the order. Thanks  Lance Ridley
Got it. It took a bit of digging, the order was from "John Smith" for the publication "Slazenger Rifles" so the email from Lance Ridley asking about Lithgow threw me off for a bit! I'll print them right away. Sorry for missing the "8" next to the order number. Cheers, Rob
Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1907 Catalog   -   Many web sites show this cover and provide a date of 1908. Could you please confirm the date of your re-print before purchase. Thank you, Richard.
Richard, I don’t know about other websites, but our reprint is dated 1907. Cheers, Abby
Hi!  Do you have any information on the Remington Iroquois revolver?  All I have found is three-view pictures (left, right, and top) and an exploded diagram from directly on one side. I would be interested in anything that lets me know how the parts fit together. Thank you, Gary Katsanis
Gary, We don't have exploded views of that revolver. It would have to be something done after WWII when exploded views came into fashion. I looked at all the catalogs from the 1890s to 1902 and none of them have cutaway views either. I would write to the Remington Society and ask them if they can help. Sorry,
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