Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Current Gun Reference Books
Our recommended reading list for books about collecting old guns.
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 and over 100 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.
1B THE HENRY RIFLE
Item # 1B
$ 125 free shipping.
10B FRANK WESSON GUNMAKER
Item # 10B
3-volume set about Frank Wesson's gunmaking from the Civil War years up until about 1890. During this time he made about 100,000 firearms of various types including carbines, pocket rifles, derringers, revolvers, two trigger rifles and even some long range Creedmoors. This 3-volume set covers it all in detail and is produced in high quality color on heavy paper. Measures 11" x 14" and totals almost 800 pages. All three volumes are housed in a nice looking slip case. Limited printing of 500 slipcase sets.
No License Required $ 395.
ITHACA FEATHERLIGHT REPEATERS ...THE BEST GUN GOING
Item # el
L. D. Nimschke: Firearms Engraver
Item # 18B
THE NEW YORK STATE FIREARMS TRADE
Item # el
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!
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.
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.
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.