Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Current Gun Reference Books
Our recommended reading list for books about collecting old guns.
REMINGTON .22 RIMFIRE RIFLES BOOK
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After a sixteen year study, noted .22 collector John Gydé and Remington Historian Roy Marcot have completed their long-awaited book. Published in April 2007, this hard cover, full-color, 388 page book features over 1,000 full color photographs and illustrations. Every model Remington .22 rifle is described in detail, from the earliest in 1866 to the latest rifles introduced in 2006. A special section covers Remington .22 prototype rifles... unique systems that never made it past R & D.
ITHACA FEATHERLIGHT REPEATERS ...THE BEST GUN GOING
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A Complete History of the Ithaca Model 37 and the Model 87. Hardcover book by Walter Snyder.
THE BURGESS LONG RANGE REPEATING RIFLE MODEL 1878, AND OTHER RELATED STORIES
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Great brand new book signed by the author Dale A. Olson. The book contains the history of Andrew Burgess, Eli Whitney and the manufacture of this gun at the Whitneyville Armory. Included are several stories of men who owned them and incidents relating to the use of this gun. Also included is a compilation of serial numbers and configurations of the Burgess, Whitney Kennedy and the 1886 Whitney Scharf. This is a must for lever gun and history enthusiasts. Includes photos of many interesting variations. 150 pages, softcover.
THE STORY OF THE WINCHESTER 1 OF 1000 AND 1 OF 100 RIFLES
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A great new book by Ed Lewis. "A comprehensive guide to Winchester's dream rifles. No Winchester enthusiast can afford to do without this essential new reference! • Includes critical information that will help identify valuable rarities and avoid fakes. • Learn what makes these Model 1873 and Model 1876 rifles special and why they were made. • Enjoy the colorful stories behind these premium weapons, which were often the prized possessions of Western characters like cowboys, cattlemen, trick shooters, rustlers, state coach drivers and outlaws. • 500+ color photos • Serial number tables." 176 pages, hardcover.
The Winchester Single-Shot, Volume 1: A History & Analysis, by John Campbell
Item # 22B
New printing. Largely drawn from unpublished archival material, this exciting book combines all the known, and until now unknown, lore of the Single-Shot, one of the most admired and sought-after rifles ever made, together in one attractive volume. Supported by rare and informative photographs, factory design and engineering drawings, and production charts." 272 pages, 302 photos, 8.5"x11". Hardcover w/dustjacket.
The Winchester Single-Shot, Volume 2: Old Secrets and New Discoveries
Item # 23B
New printing. This book is a must-have for connoisseurs of the Winchester Single-Shot and avid students of all things Winchester! In this incredibly researched sequel to John Campbell's original work, The Winchester Single-Shot, collectors of the Model 1885 will uncover a trove of new information - much of it never before published. What's more, all Winchester collectors will find amazing knowledge and insights that have been buried for over a century. Learn the human side of Winchester through detailed biographies of the men who made Winchester a legend. Probe the surprising secrets of Winchester's model room. Revisit the art and precision of the W.R.A. Co. drafting rooms and manufacturing shops that helped forge American history. And tour the dark but revealing recesses of the Cody Firearms Museum vaults. Its all here between the covers of The Winchester Single-Shot, Volume II." 282 pages, over 350 photos, 8.5"x11". Hardcover w/dustjacket. Note: Click here for more info on the amazing gun that is illustrated on the front cover.
L. D. Nimschke: Firearms Engraver
Item # 18B
Reprint of one of the most important gun engraving books ever, includes reproductions of Nimschke's personal notebook, showing rubbings of his work.
THE NEW YORK STATE FIREARMS TRADE
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By H.J. Swinney, compiled by Tom Rowe. Set of five large hardcover books with nearly 2400 pages total. The culmination of over 50 years of research, containing endless photographs and information about New York guns, gunmakers & etc. Only one set left!
REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK RIFLES, CARBINES AND SHOTGUNS - SPORTING AND TARGET RIFLES
Item # 16B
Brand new book by Roy Marcot, with Jay Lewis, Tom Rowe, Ron Paxton, Cary Marcot, and forward by Norm Flayderman. Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched, featuring most of the world's finest and important Rolling Blocks, including 3 from our collection. Large book, a little over 12 x 10" with 322 pages & dust jacket.
THE HENRY RIFLE
Item # 1B
By Les Quick. This hard cover 240 pg book is by far the best of its kind, thoroughly covering the Henry Rifle including great photos. Don't let the authors name mislead you, this book is Fast, Fast, Fast.
VOLUME III - OLD GERMAN TARGET ARMS — ALTE SCHEIBENWAFFEN;
Item # 13B
THE GERMAN RIFLE VOLUME 3; By Tom Rowe. Hardcover with 390 pgs of fine photos pertaining mostly to the German Zimmerstutzens & German hand held target pistols.
VOLUME II - OLD GERMAN TARGET ARMS — ALTE SCHEIBENWAFFEN
Item # 12B
THE GERMAN TARGET RIFLE VOLUME 2; By Tom Rowe. Hardcover with 422 pgs. A lot of well done photos & the identification of many little known German makers.
VOLUME I - OLD GERMAN TARGET ARMS — ALTE SCHEIBENWAFFEN
Item # 11B
OLD GERMAN TARGET ARMS Vol 1; by Tom Rowe; hardcover 388 pgs. this book is 1st in a series of 3 Covering the German Schuetzen Rifle. They are the only books written on early german target Rifles. I think the author did a fantastic job. Great photos & excellent. text.
IDENTIFYING YOUR MODEL 1886 WINCHESTER
Item # 14B
by John Madl. 8 x 11" pamphlet, 78 pgs. Covers design changes, variations, etc.
WINCHESTER’S NEW MODEL OF 1873 - A TRIBUTE
Item # 4B
by James D. Gordon. Two volumes, 700 pages, large 11 x 14" format; 600 photos. These sets are getting scarce! Only 1,000 numbered copies were printed! A very comprehensive work, already selling for twice this amount at used bookshops.ONLY 2 VOL. #1's REMAINING.
WINCHESTER AN AMERICAN LEGEND
Item # 2B
By R.L. Wilson Hardcover book with over 400 pages. Lots of good photos. A must for any Winchester collector.
FIREARMS ENGRAVING AS DECORATIVE ART
Item # 4B
By Harris. Thoroughly covers early engravers. Beautifully done; hundreds of color photos!
THE MARLIN FIREARMS BOOK
Item # 19B
by Brophy, Marlin Factory Historian-the best of its kind!
Item # 31B
244 pages, hard cover. Signed and dated March 14, 1991 by author G. Scott Jamieson. Excellent book, extensively covering Bullard-manufactured repeating rifles & single shots. This is the earlier original version of the Bullard Firearms" book which we also have for sale.
Item # 2B
368 pages, hard cover. Signed and dated August 27, 2002 by author G. Scott Jamieson. Bullard Firearms is the story of a mechanical genius whose rifles and cartridges were the equal of any made in America in the 1880s, yet little of substance had been written about James H. Bullard or his arms prior to 1988 when the first edition called Bullard Arms was published. This greatly expanded volume with over 1,000 black and white and 150 color plates, most not previously published answers many of the questions posed in the first edition. The book is divided into eleven chapters each covering a different aspect of the Bullard story. For example, chapter two discusses Bullard's pioneering automotive work for the Overman Automobile Company (he was probably first to use a metal body on a production automobile (1899). Chapters four through eight outline in detail the large-frame repeaters, the small-frame repeaters, the solid-frame single-shot rifles, the detachable-interchangeable barrel model single-shots and lastly the very rare military and experimental models. Each model is covered in depth with many detailed photographs of the interior parts and workings of the repeaters. Chapter nine covers the fascinating and equally unknown world of Bullard cartridges and reloading tools. The final chapter outlines in chart form almost 500 Bullard rifles by serial number, caliber and type. Quick and easy to use, this book is a real benefit for collectors and dealers alike.
THE NINETY-NINE SAVAGE
Item # 10B
by D.P. Murray. History of the Savage Model 99 Rifle, includes serial numbers & model identification that is quite informatiuve and fully illustrated!
THE STORY OF POPES BARRELS
Item # 21B
by Smith. Comprehensive saga of the King of Rifle Smiths. 200 pgs.
THE WINCHESTER ERA
Item # 34B
Hard cover by Madis. Signed First Edition. Story of The Winchester Company, discussing models collectible Winchesters. Well illustrated.
WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.
Item # 7B
It's history and development. 1865-1981 by Houze. 512 pp. Excellent reference. Out of print.
MORE SINGLE-SHOT RIFLES
Item # 23B
hardcover by James J. Grant. Over 180 illustrations & info about such great rifles as the Ballard, Stevens, Remington, Winchester, Peabody-Martini, etc.
GUNS OF REMINGTON: THE HISTORIC FIREARMS SPANNING TWO CENTURIES
Item # 10B
By Howard Madaus. Hardcover book with 350 pgs. Includes many high quality photos, exc. reference book.
REMINGTON — AMERICAS OLDEST GUNMAKER
Item # 9B
By Roy Marcot. Hardcover book with 312 pgs. This is an excellent book covering all of the models made by Remington & history of the company.
SPENCER REPEATING FIREARMS
Item # 35B
by Marcot. Harcover, lots of photos & history. 316 pages.
WINCHESTER TWO-PIECE 22 .BOXES 1873-1927
Item # 15B
By Richard Rains. Hardcover, lots of photos, over 200 pages covering the 22 Cal. boxed ammo made by Winchester. Very thoroughly done.
THE WINCHESTER ENGRAVING BOOK
Item # 5B
By R.L. Wilson. Hardcover book of over 500 pages. Beinfeld, Second Edition with most info from the old book plus 100 or better color pages of new info. Super book, the best of its kind. Out of print for about 20 years. We have the last of remaining new stock available, in shrink wrap. List price for the new reprint of this book is $225. These rare original factory sealed books are a real bargain at only $175, which is about half of what rare book sellers are charging for this edition.
Item # 17B
By Dennis Adler. 300+ page hardcover book. This is a well done exc ref book with great photos & a lot of little known info.