Airgun selection, history, collecting, hunting and field use, ballistics, literature review, legal aspects, collection protection, and expert witness CV. Antique, vintage, and rare air guns, parts, publications, books, and related items wanted and for sale. Airgun moderators. Beeman history and art. Identification of the Lewis & Clark air rifle. Development of the American adult airgun market.
The Beemans' Private Website
("Airgunology and the Scientist")
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Our personal logo; adapted from a 16th century Japanese woodcut in the Beeman collection
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
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Be sure to see the updated material in the What's New section.
Overseas Readers: Can't Find the latest Blue Book of Airguns locally??
This huge book basically is not a price guide; ANYONE interested in airguns really should have this BIG 504 page guide to virtually all the world's airguns. Shipment to international customers takes only a few days with an air shipment. For rates please ask and mention your local postal zone code, if any. . (U.S. shipments only $3.95). Use www.PayPal.com (takes only minutes to sign up) to make a quick, easy payment by credit card or bank account transfer without currency exchange concerns! See the Sale and Wanted Section of this website.
The fastest, easiest way to navigate this website is to scroll down to the Table of Contents lower on this page and just click on any desired title. This Table of Contents will also give you an instant overview. Or just click on the navigation bars above which will take you to other navigation bars. And jump to items of interest by just clicking on text which is printed in blue.
Please Note: This is a large and wide-ranging website, but basically it is an informational and educational website. Although we do have a good number of things for sale, from classical arts and crafts to airgun literature, airguns, and expert witness services - we do not now have a store or a staff. As noted in the "Very Personal Note" section of this website, Robert and Toshiko Beeman sold Beeman Precision Airguns Inc. on April 1, 1993. We are now in semi-retirement. We do not have any firearms for sale. Please double click on this: " A Very Personal Note",
NOTICE: We are always interested in buying old and antique airguns: one, a few, or collections of any size!!
- and we need copies of old airgun magazines and magazine articles to aid in Robert's research efforts as senior author of the Blue Book of Airgun series (See our What's New Section)
A most interesting trip!. Mrs. Beeman and I were in a unique position during the growth of the adult airgun field in America. We were privileged to be deeply involved witnesses and participants virtually from the birth of this field to its present widespread popularity. We have greatly enjoyed our decades of involvement with the international scene of airguns and are happy and proud to share our knowledge of the airgun market and field, the Beeman company's history, biographical information, and some of what we have learned about airguns. There is a new addition to this website's sections which have been reporting on our three decade search for the Lewis and Clark airgun. Recently discovered evidence seems to finally identify the .46 caliber repeating airgun - a true "assault rifle" - carried by Captains Lewis and Clark in 1803-06 on America's most important military expedition.
Many technical and popular articles by Robert Beeman are difficult to locate or access. Some of Robert Beeman's output as an "Airgunologist", such as the article on the field use of an airgun, which may have been considered "politically incorrect", are absent from the more recent Beeman catalogs. Hopefully, this website can make some such material more readily available and perhaps even to add to it. We also wish to share some information about the Beeman Airgun Collection (our private collection) and hope that readers will enjoy this material as well as perhaps helping us to better understand some of the vintage and antique airguns in that collection. For those who are seeking the paid services of an airgun consultant or an airgun expert witness, a formal curriculum vitae is provided.
Without apology, this website is a personal potpourri. We have been including material on our history, airgun history, airgun collecting, legal aspects of airguns, airgun literature, airgun parts, airgun design and development, ongoing reports on the Lewis and Clark airgun, etc. The Beemans pages reveal information about the Beemans themselves and their lives outside the airgun field. And, in the miscellaneous section you even will find information about cleaning air guns with genetically modified bacteria, a eulogy to our favorite dogs (and news of new pups), and our own travel guide to Nürnberg and southern Germany. At various times, we will be offering a few to many vintage and antique airguns, airgun items, and airgun literature for sale. And, sometimes we'll share news about our current activities. Be especially sure to get some rare inside views from these three papers: A Very Personal Note, The Beemans section and the "about Beeman" note in Tom Gaylord's introduction to the Odyssey to the Beeman R1 section. Some rare gems of some of the humorous side of airgun marketing are revealed in A Shot of Humor.
This website probably always will be in a state of change and development. Thus, although you will find a large amount of finished material, you also will find some sections that need additional editing, additional material, and more illustrations. We are now semi-retired, so the website will be updated or edited at very irregular intervals. This especially will be true of our sales lists and "What's New" sections. And we may be gone, even out of the country, at various times. Be sure to check back every so often! And don't forget: We are always looking for specimens to add to the Beeman Airgun Collection. We wish to buy single specimens of vintage and antique airguns and old BB guns to entire airgun collections- see the Airguns Wanted section. We hope that you enjoy our first attempt at putting some material on the world wide web!
Robert and Toshiko Beeman at "Stonehenge", a favorite rock
outcropping on their California ranch.
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BLUE BOOK OF
AIRGUNS - GREAT, NEW, 7th EDITION IS HERE!!
(To purchase a Blue Book of Airguns just click on the Sale and Wanted heading.)
Robert and Tosh donate the Beeman Girandoni/Lewis
Top Show Award for Lewis and Clark Expedition Air Rifle!
LEWIS AND CLARK AIRGUN:
A. Proceeding On to The Lewis and Clark Air Rifle
III- The third installment of the ongoing reports
of our basic research on the matter of the Lewis &Clark airgun - begun in 1976 - 32 years ago!.
B. Lewis Air Rifle - NEW Hard Evidence On the Lewis & Clark Airgun!
C. Austrian Airguns -
A preliminary report of our decades long study and collection of Girandoni-system airguns.
Further backup to the Lewis Air Rifle reports above.
Boswell the Bearcub
Those Thrilling Days of Yesterday -
-development of the U.S. Adult Airgun Market. Newly updated.
American Rifleman on Beeman's
Adult Airguns In America (See also "Thrilling Days of Yesteryear")
Odyssey of the Beeman R1 - it did NOT come from the HW 80!
"Inside notes about Beeman" by Tom Gaylord. Key Item.!
Bluebook Dedication to Beeman
Airguns - USA
A Shot of Humor! - some of the lighter moments of the airgun business! Priceless! NEW!
Sale of Beeman Company - the 1993 sale, that is.
Includes a note on recommendations of what airguns to buy now!
Top Awards at Baltimore Antique Arms Show and St. Louis NRA
Antique Arms Show for Lewis Air Rifle.
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