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So, the clerk had four bad guys shooting at him, two from only a few feet away. They all pretty much missed for all the shooting they did, but the clerk managed to kill one of them. He took a couple of rounds to his head and neck but was treated and survived.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, this fellow and his girlfriend topped off a JetSki only to be rescued by a boater in a pontoon boat. The agitated skier then attacked the boater, twice, so the boater shot and killed the JetSkier...
April-May 2022 Newsletter
For 18 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 
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 like this one. There is a tiny note at the bottom allowing you to retrieve the rest of the email. Rob and Abby


 I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you go...
halCanada's criminal code already includes crimes committed by astronauts onboard the International Space Station as punishable by Canadian law, but it's notable that the country's newly proposed amendment includes moon-related crimes in particular. 
Taking out the complexities, this all just means moon explorers from Canada better be on their best behavior. No loitering near a cool crater, littering freeze-dried ice cream wrappers on moon rocks and definitely no stealing from a vulnerable alien, if you find one. Lunar lawlessness is a thing of the past. 


MAAWS- the right tool for the job

From what we've read, the Russian tank designers cleverly stashed some 45 cannon rounds conveniently at hand for the cannon loader. They made it easy for him to grab a shell and stuff it up the spout by placing them vertically around the inside of the turret, no complex and expensive auto-loaders. Unfortunately, they didn't plan on what would happen if the enemy shot the turret, which, as it turned out in Ukraine, causes the ammunition to sympathetically explode one by one blowing the turret off and killing the crew of three. Oops.


The "after incident" reports sound quite blasé but, in real time, the radio reports sounded as if the Russians had landed at General Motors... "fighting in the east has intensified during..."
The later report: 
A lock-down Friday morning at the General Motors proving grounds was prompted by coca fake gun — part of work on an emergency vehicle in development — "turned out to be nothing," Milford police later said. GM confirmed that it was a "false alarm."

“There was a workplace situation earlier today," Maria Raynal, a GM spokeswoman, clarified. "Police responded accordingly. All employees are safe. Work has resumed at the campus.”

The incident, which sent social media into a frenzy, was first reported by WWJ.
Just before 10 a.m., two buildings went into lockdown, the radio station said, after a tipster reported seeing a massive law enforcement response, which including Oakland County Sheriff's deputies.

Initially, there was concern a barricaded gunman was in the facility.

GM develops police vehicles. A person familiar with Friday’s incident told the Free Press that engineers were carrying fake guns to aid in the project. Someone apparently saw them and thought an active shooter may have been in the building and called police.




Shanghai, China has a whopping 24,150,000
permanent inhabitants, the largest in the world!
Vatican City has a population of 842, and is
the smallest city and state in the world.
Tokyo, Japan is the world's wealthiest city with
with a GDP of $1,520 billion,
beating New York City by $310 billion.
Kinshasa, Congo it is the poorest city in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
which is also the poorest country

Mawsynram, India is the wettest place on Earth
It rains an average of 467.35 inches per year,
and had a record of 1000 inches in 1985
South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the
driest place on Earth. This desert has an
average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years




Wisdom of the Ages...
  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • If you don't take the time to do it right, you'll find the time to do it twice.
  • Don't corner something that is meaner than you.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • Borrowing trouble from the future doesn't deplete the supply.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin' you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • Most times, it just gets down to common sense.
Thanks to John Campbell


Cornell Website
new website
We are working on a new website that will be easier to use for both hand-held and desk-top devices. The search function will be much better and the entire look will be familiar but more modern. Abby and I have spent the last two months converting files to a more usable digital format which should allow for both PDF downloads and more efficient printing for us.
But, (there is always a but, isn't there?) with the cost of the website development as well as increases in inks and paper and all other printing materials, there will be the inevitable price increase. So, if you need something, now is the time to order it. With some luck we should be able to go live by the end of the month.
Cheers, Rob
Rants and Raves
Hardwaregaragesale (EBAY)- Hi, thanks for the prompt shipping on my order. I wanted to ask you if there I'd anything you can do regarding the print quality. The colors on the cover page seems off wich is acceptable to me but the text on the image on the third page is illegible and the print quality on other text lines on the same page are inconsistent. Thanks!
Dear Hardwaregaragesale - We get so many whiny complaints from people who usabuy 150-year-old documents and expect them to look like Architectural Digest, it is a pleasure to get one that is completely right. The image was illegible. So, I did the best I could to bring it back and will send you a new copy by mail. Meanwhile, I'll also try to attach a pdf for you which may help blow up the image because it still isn't great... if ebay lets me! They didn't, so I did attach images that may help until you get the replacement. Sorry for the lousy copy, Rob Mouat for cornellpubs
After all that the SOB gave us a neutral on ebay anyway! Some of these guys can make you bitter! Rob



Hi Emil, (globalent-99-Ebay) - We are now back from the Easter holiday and are processing orders. I see you bought a load of Weatherby catalogs so I want to confirm that you saw they are reprints, not originals (we reprint over 6000 old gun catalogs and manuals!) Also, would you like to have us send you just one so you can see if they meet your expectations? We have sold on ebay for 18 years and have excellent feedback but with large orders, we like to double-check. Cheers, Rob Mouat for cornellpubs
Dear globalent-99, Emil, I'm delighted to cancel your orders. But, there is NOTHING FALSE about the ads we have used for 20 years. The second line of the ad clearly states it is a REPRINT and describes the REPRINT in detail, but because some people don't read about what they buy, we double-check large orders!

Weatherby 1966 Fine Firearms Catalog
14 pages, about 8 1/2" x 11", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print IN COLOR, restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original... Printed on high-quality 20# 102 bright acid-free paper. Fully Illustrated.“

Cheers, Rob
globalent-99- Yes -on the Cornellpubs site "Weatherby 1966 Fine Firearms Catalog" they list it a REPRINT. BUT NOT ON THE E-BAY SITE: Weatherby 1966 Fine Firearms Catalog
Emil, Read the AD! The second line on every item you bought says REPRINT in 14point type! Been listed as a reprint for 20 years! The ebay ad is identical to the website ad. Rob for cornellpubs
Hi Abigail, The buyer globalent-99 is returning Weatherby 1985 Fine Firearms. Per eBay's policy, this return has been automatically approved and we've asked the buyer to send the item back. From Ebay
From Emil, globalent-99 "Return costs to customer."
Emil, Do you mean the cost to return it to us? If so, is there a problem? Let us know a little more about your request. Thanks, Rob for cornellpubs
Letters From Readers
Hello Abby, I decided I needed to add my name to your (long) list of satisfied customers.  I have been a customer for quite a while and have a not inconsiderable stack of your reprints of vintage British rifle and ammunition catalogs. Never have I found issue with your offerings.  Please stay the course, you are, in my opinion, quite the best in customer service and quality. Kind Regards, James Warren
Abby, Sheeze…March 2022 Newsletter……… ( particularly liked the fellow that noted the time…1PM, 3PM etc. and of course you guys reciprocated 😏) Keep ‘em comin’ . I love it. Best newsletter ever. Mike
Hi there;  Rear sight on a Ross rifle differs from what most pics look like. Pics of rear sight, then a page with what I can see of the assembly. Looks pretty intricate. I would be interested in what the markings / graduations are for. Any information welcome!! Dave Wattles
Dave, Try Barry Delong (after a bit of searching Dave came up with Barry’s new email). Here is our list of publications: Ross Rifles
Try..... He DOES know his Ross rifles!! Dave Wattles
301sid (Ebay): Hello Sir, I just have purchased Steyr-Mannlicher Schoenauer Repeating mjSporting Rifles 1976 (in English-Catalog) from you. I would like to buy 1973 and 1975 Steyr Mannlicher catalogs as well. I would like to pay total of $22.00 including shipping. Thank you for consideration. Sid
Hello Sid, I'm sorry, ebay commissions cut so deeply into our meager profit that we just can't offer discounts. We purposely price our material at little over cost to make them available to more people. Postage is set by the USPS so we have no latitude there either. Cheers, Rob
Hi Rob, Thank you for your message. Sid
"7_seas_trading" Ebay, 5/4/22 Hello, I ordered this The Flobert Gun - History | by Joseph T. Vorisekon 5/2/22 - please forward me the shipping tracking number. Thank you. Best regards, Christopher Cardone in Dacula, GA
Hello Christopher, We received notification of your order yesterday. It was printed yesterday and as soon as it is bound, packed and shipped, the program lists the tracking number with the sale at ebay. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
beerVon Lengerke & Antoine 1911 Gun & Sporting Good Catalog No. 38 (Chicago)- perdew63-EBAY,  I was wondering if you can recall any V L & A Catalogs that have golf clubs. I recently found a V L & A Putter with hickory shaft. Thank You
Perdew63- While we can't do specific research on ebay listings if you look at the index, you can see if the catalog contains golf products. To easily find "golf" on any page, on your keyboard, type CTRL and F, then in the box type "golf". That will highlight occurrences of the word on the page. Rob for cornellpubs
Readers- we try to stay away from questions like this one on ebay because they often end up with a lot of back and forth emails… does it have the Hickory shaft? Then, “How long is the shaft in the picture”, “can you send me a picture of just that page”, I’m only interested in…”, that sort of thing that doesn’t eventually end with a sale… we’ve been doing this for 18 years on ebay! Also all product links listed here are ours, not the ebay ones because we want people to buy from our website.

Dear foreign buyer, We regret that we are not currently shipping outside the U.S. through or our website. This is due to requirements by governments that we collect and submit their duty, VAT and import taxes, something we are not equipped to do. Paypal (our “bank”) refuses to reject foreign orders, however, we were able to adjust Paypal settings so that no shipping was charged to your order.
We can offer a few options for you to consider:
  • If you have a friend who can forward your order from the U.S., we can ship to his address in the U.S. or if you have a U.S. address, we can send to that.
  • Many of our publications are available on Ebay and Ebay is capable of shipping internationally, however the Ebay shipping charges are very expensive.
  • In place of a paper copy, we can send you a digital copy of the publication you bought, a PDF version, at no additional charge.
  • Or, we can offer you a full refund of your purchase.
Please let me know how you would like to proceed. Cheers, Abby
Good Morning, Please provide a full refund for the purchase ordered. Really too bad that you do not sell to people outside the U.S. particularily your countries (supposed) closest trading partner and ally. As a former American and vet myself ( I renownsed my citizenship following the election in Nov 2016) this really saddens me. You really should put something on the home page of your website stating that you do not ship/sell outside the U.S. so people don't waste their time and be troubled patronizing your business. Paul Ankcorn in Canada
Redding Reloading Equipment 1964 Cortland, New York- green_scout (Ebay) Hello, Does this have information on Redding model 32 shot shell reloading press and related parts? Thanks, Paul
No Paul, in '64 they were only up to the M16. Rob for cornellpubs
green_scout Thank you. Do you have any literature on the Model 32? Thank you, Paul
Paul, that is the only Redding catalog we carry, but Redding equipment was advertised in many retail catalogs we carry- Williams, Stoeger, Lyman, Hodgdon, Freeland, and many more. Unfortunately, I don't know offhand which of those we carry on eBay. That sort of research is usually best done on our website where there are easy links to the indexes of the catalogs. Rob for cornellpubs
Edw K. Tryon Company Sporting Goods 1929 Volume # 1 of Catalog no. 94 Guns, Tools and butterCutlery - jhrobts55 (EBAY) Any chance you can see if there are any pages of leather gun cases by Tryon? I am trying to ID one that I picked up. Thanks
cornellpubs: Tryon carried Buffalo Brand Leather cases- 2 pages. Rob for cornellpubs
jhrobts55- Thanks. I actually looked at the mark again and realized it reads H.H. Heiser Denver. Ever seen a reference to those? Thinking maybe 1920's - 1930's?
Heiser was a premier leather manufacturer. Their products were advertised in most top mass marketers catalogs we carry- Abercrombie, Stoeger, Bourne & Bond, Von Lenerke, Von Frazius, and more. We also carry their 1940 catalog- Heiser Gun Holsters and Sporting Goods Catalog #40 (Colorado) Unfortunately, I don't know which ones are on ebay. That sort of research is probably best done on our website. Rob for cornellpubs
Bauer Firearms c1975 .25 Caliber Automatic Flyer, Fraser, Michigan- genuinetrust- Ebay- Hi, Do you have any other Bauer Firearms Co info a Manual ? Box ? ETC, Thank you
Cornellpubs- Sorry, no. Rob for cornellpubs
Anschutz 1967 Rifle Catalog - jenn-frede Ebay- Does this catalog contain the 54 match and 54 SuperMatch? (No model numbers on barrels) I have one dated 1963, and one dated 1966. Thanks for your help.
Cornellpubs- Follows are the Anschutz catalogs and manuals we reprint from the '60s. I would suggest the 1966 long catalog for your question. Also, note the c1963 manual (which could be a bit later). Not sure all are on eBay however. Rob for CORNELLPUBS
Thanks for the order that I got in the mail today!  I've been looking for pre-64 manuals for a while and your site is the first one I've found that has them.  I really enjoy the old publications. Steve
Dear cornellpubs, Hi, I see you have old reloading manuals.I'm looking for 45/60 reloading info.If you have a manual let me know .tipatcarmc5rff (EBAY) Tim
Dear tipatcarmc5rff, Hi, we reprint a couple hundred reloading manuals so, if you can tell me a bit more about what you are looking for and what era, I can better help. We reprint, for example, all the Ideal catalogs from 1891-the 1980s. The ideal 1930 for example has the 45-60 in both black and smokeless. Also, when you say manual, do you mean reloading data or a how-to manual? Rob for cornellpubs
Never heard back from him. Ebay can be so exasperating. I nte that we sell twice as much on our website as on ebay but where do you think we get most of the time-chewing questions, rarely followed by a purchase? Oh, and here in the newsletter we print only a few of the questions but in the same percentages, website and ebay, as we receive them Rob
Dear cornellpubs, I sent a question to you regarding shipping if I purchase both books no.35 .37 why don't you answer this message not very business like -joku48 (Ebay)
Dear Joku48, I am sorry, we are overwhelmed with questions about the 6000 publications we offer. If you buy more than one, send Abby a note and she will refund any overage. Rob for cornellpubs
girlMarlin 1971 Models 39D, 39A, 39M .22 Lever Action Manual- fodierski- I called Ebay and they said if you change your mailing option from International Priority down to International 1st Class that the shipping would be more reasonable. Is this possible for you to do? Would you also accept an offer of $10 for the booklet? If so can you please send an invoice for this along with the International 1st Class shipping rate. Thank you so much!
Fodierski- We will discuss changing Intl Shipping next month but we don’t discount our products. Rob
chrismc1958- Are you open to offers? Thanks, Chris
No Chris, we make little enough from this hobby business without discounting sales. Rob for cornellpubs
Colt 1979 Firearms Catalog- gain-jos (EBAY) Does it give MSRP's or any pricing for the python?
No, apparently Colt did not give retail pricing in their sales catalog that year. Rob for cornellpubs.
Hello Anton, Good day, we are not shipping outside the US at this time so your order was not charged shipping. We can send you a digital PDF in place of the paper copy if you wish, or we can refund your purchase price. Please let us know. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
May i ask Why? Can’t be that hard to put another stamp on the envelope and send it ?  If you don’t want to do that you must refund. Med vänliga hälsningar  Anton
It is not so simple! The EU has required sellers abroad to collect their import duty and taxes. Each country as well as the UK, Canada and Australia has a different tax. We are not prepared to do the paperwork required to fulfill these demands. Many of our publications are listed at ebay which, for a huge price they charge, will handle those tasks. I'll ask Abby to refund your money. Cheers, Rob
Dear cornellpubs, received the manual today. it's great thanks a lot.    Shawn
Cscpublishing- Never received my money back on the shipping. I gave you great feedback, but i was extremely disappointed in the fact that all I received was a photo copy of a catalog, NOT A REAL CATALOG at all. To me it wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. thanks, Chris
Chris, If you thought you were getting an original, I'm sorry. We reprint over 6000 old firearms catalogs, manuals and books for the information they contain. We state in every advert that ours are reprints (on the second line in 14pt type), however, we do not represent that they are forgeries of the originals which would be prohibitively expensive to produce with papers, inks, and binding necessary for one or two sales of a title a year. I'll ask Abby to look into the shipping request you mention. Rob
Dear cornellpubs, I mean just of this benjamin paper offered. Im looking for both sides or pics of both. The ad says there are 21 sheets? -1984tnt (ebay)
Dear -1984tnt, Uh, yes? Rob for cornellpubs (Good Grief!)
Bianchi International 1986 Holster and Access Catalog- Dear cornellpubs, Would you happen to have a 1975, '76 or 1977 Bianchi catalog reprint with fit availability sheets? Await your reply. Thanks. -fortress15 (Ebay)
Dear fortress15- The one above is an '88 not '86 I believe. We also have a '72 but it isn't on ebay. Rob from cornellpubs
Thank you for the book on Merkel it is great. Thanks again Greg Mizer
Hi, is there a way to determined whar year this rifle was manufactured in? Martin
Martin, That is a shotgun sold by Midland guns possibly in the 1930s (note the crude pheasants on the receiver). The best you can do to find out about it is to buy one of our Midland catalogs and see if you can match it up. Cheers, Rob
Colt 1989 Double Eagle Manual- 40 pages, about 6" 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. Pheonixandgriffin (Ebay) - NOT REALLY UNDERSTANDING. WHAT this is. (sorry for caps) is this a new copy ?
Dear Pheonixandgriffin, I'm sorry if this is confusing. We reprint old gun catalogs and manuals... "40 pages, about 6" 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." Rob for cornellpubs
javsn7303-a3zfdtpiin- I am seeking original pics of stationary letterhead and/or advertisements that Lefever Arms published after 1900 in order to make a T-shirt. Do any of your books have those? Thanks Jeff- owner of a Lefever Arms shotgun
Jeff, the best we can suggest is for you to look at the Lefever items we sell on ebay (I think many of our lefever things are on ebay). The images we show may give you some ideas. However the one you selected here is not an original, we didn't have a cover for the one we copied. Rob
HOLY WAFFENBUCHER (eBay), i just retired (story spoiler, means have little income) and have decided to study to be a gunsmith as a hobby. I found your gun book (waffenbucher) reprint collection to be more affordable than trying to get hold of an original. Is there some way I could buy about 10 to 15 catalogs every other month or so and get a special price, maybe free shipping? Trying to figure a percentage price of the total purchase, I believe, would be harder, and you can ship them in one or two boxes all at once, saving postage. I like the late 1800's and turn of the century books so I would exhaust that list first. I have a list of 15 more (already bought two) that I would order if we could make some kind of deal. I hope to have friends come in my gunsmith shop and it would be great to have the library of antique catalogs for them to page through, plus I wouldn't have to worry about an original being damaged. Let me know what the possibilities are. Thank you so much, Jeff Pattermann ARKANSAS
Hi Jim, We would like to help you, but not at ebay where commissions and other charges would kill us. Ebay just doesn't give us any room to help people who want a number of items at a time. Also, we have fewer than half our collection of over 6000 catalogs and manuals listed at ebay. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
SAGood day, I found your web-site while searching for information on vintage Ferlach rifles. If I can find the right catalogue I will gladly purchase a copy from you. I recently bought the (30-06 calbre) rifle in the pictures attached, and the only exact rifle I have been able to find was sold on the Guns International site. Could you please page through the few Ferlach catalogues listed on your site and see if you can identify this rifle. It is almost impossible to find anything on the vintage Ferlach products. My guess is that this comes from the era somewhere between 1955 - 1970. Best regards, Francois Rautenbach (South Africa)
Hello, We can't ship to SA at present although I could probably make you a PDF if necessary.  I can't find a rifle similar to yours, all the Ferlach rifles advertised in our publications are double trigger, Mauser action. The closest images are below. Why not write to Ferlach in Austria and ask them? Cheers, Rob
Hello Rob, Thank you kindly for your reply. I wrote a note with pictures attached to Ferlach (Johann Fanzoj) but they do not entertain correspondence. The only other rifle that looks exactly like the one I bought (that I was able to identify) is with a gentleman in Las Vegas NV. He too sent a letter to Fanzoj and he also received no response or feedback. As soon as I am able to get more identifying information, I will be in touch with you again. I noticed that you have nothing on Rottweil o/u shotguns, any particular reason? I have a Model 650 on which I would gladly like more information, year of manufacture etc. Thank you for your time and a great and valuable website! Best regards, Francois
Rob and Abby
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