Latest revision: 25 September 2009
Seventh Edition of the Blue
Book of Airguns Now Available!
It was expected that the Sixth Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns would remain on sale for two years. However, increased dependence on this book in the U.S. and much expanded demand all over the world has forced us to print the Seventh Edition now! This is one of the most handsome editions yet. It has grown to the size of a hefty phone directory of 504 pages (8.5 x 11 inches). You should not be without the hundreds of revisions, corrections, and updates PLUS 32 additional pages and over 200 hundred additional airgun photos- and a newly revised and tuned Photo Grading System section in high resolution color. Because of increased sales, we have been able to do this without a price increase and the hardcover edition, due May 8, 2008, with an embossed real silk cover, is a bargain at only $44.95.
The soft cover seventh edition is still only $29.95 plus s/h and the REAL red silk hardcover edition of which we only get six to twenty copies (the rest of the tiny run of 50 books goes to airgun makers and VIPS all over the globe) is only $44.95 plus s/h.
SPECIAL: BBA7 special price = $19.95 plus s/h (see above) - only six copies available!!
Remember that the sixth edition is notable for, and will be famous for, the latest illustrated article on the discovery and almost certain identification of the famous Lewis and Clark airgun - a deadly accurate 22 shot rapid fire rifle of .46 caliber - truly an "assault rifle" on the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06. This individual gun is acclaimed as the key to USA's claim to the Western USA! (We are completely sold out of soft and hard cover sixth editions - value has already increased on the open market.)
The hard cover versions of the first and third editions are especially sought after. The sixth edition will also be especially desired because of its historically important, illustrated coverage of the Lewis and Clark "assault rifle" rapid fire airgun. Each edition has a different set of vintage airguns illustrated in high gloss, high resolution, large image color. It is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain a full series of the Blue Book of Airguns
For one Blue Book, add $3.95 packing and shipping. For each additional book in the same shipment to the same address, add only $1.95. (or only $26.95 for airmail shipping to most of the world. For shipments to foreign countries, please contact us for packing/shipping costs. Please specify your country and the local zip or postal code of your address. For one BBA figure 3 lbs or 2 kilos; for two BBA, figure 6 lbs or 3 kilos.)
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BLUE BOOK OF AIRGUNS SIXTH EDITION SOLD OUT!!
Finally, after two years of hard work, another major revision of the leading international guide to airguns made it out of the press. There is nothing else like it! The 472 big pages include hundreds of additional airguns, scores of additional photographs, some corrections, and hundreds of revised prices. Although I see this big book mainly as a guide to airgun makers and identification and info on airguns - the pricing is very important to many. We got more input on pricing than ever before - the outside info indicated increases in listed values for over 85% of the items that show a value change (so much for the talking heads who have been caterwauling that the prices were too high!).
What's new in the new edition?? There are 41 additional PAGES of gun listings! Forty one makers have been added or given major overhauls! Hundreds and hundreds of corrections, additions, and significant changes have been made. A number of basic confusions in the airgun collecting field have been cleared up- see the new Plymouth Air Rifle (including Bijou, Magic, and Challenge), Hawley Kalamazoo, Feltman, etc. sections. One of the biggest areas to see wonderful new clarity is the complex of related air pistols under the H. M. Quackenbush, Walker, Pope, Bedford, Bedford and Walker, Johnson and Bye, and Cross names. Significant changes have been made to dozens of brands, including Diana, Daisy, Crosman, Sheridan, and Benjamin.
This huge book is not just a price guide; ANYONE interested in airguns really should have this wide-ranging guide to virtually all the world's airguns. Softcover edition available now for only $29.95 plus $3.95 S/H - autographed by Robert Beeman. Want it fast?: S/H for priority mail service is only $5.95). A handful of hard-cover premium editions finally arrived; price is $39.95 plus $3.95 S/H ($9.95 for priority mail in USA or $26.95 for overseas priority mail. Payment now for the hardcover versions will reserve one of the extremely limited number of these deluxe volumes (only 50 special hardcover copies will be produced. Almost all are already reserved to go to gun industry VIP's, but as senior author I will get to buy about 10 copies - triple autographed by both authors and the publisher!) Previous hardbound editions often sell for triple or more of the original retail cost- if you can find one. Hardbound First Editions sell for over a hundred dollars - but I don't know where you can get one - even for double that!.
NEWS FLASH!! Jan. 26, 2008. ALL HARDBOUND EDITIONS 1 thru 6 ARE SOLD OUT - and are now collectors' items!
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PICTURE OF MR. GIRANDONI
We urgently need a picture of Bartolomeo Girandoni (Girardoni, Gilardoni)- the inventor and maker of the Girandoni military repeating air rifles.. Born in 1744 in Cortina d'Ampesso (now part of Italy, then part of Tyrol); worked in Vienna, Austria.. See Contact Us section or email to DrAirgun@Beemans.net .
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Captain Lewis Firing His
Museum quality copies available of our newly commissioned painting showing Captain Lewis demonstrating the great firepower of his airgun to the Yankton Sioux on July 30, 1804. See the Lewis Airgun chapter (click on blue type). Email to DrAirgun@Beemans.net for info and prices.
This section is going to require a lot of additional work and time: We must go to the secured storage area for the airgun collection and do photography, descriptions, etc.. We do have a sale listing of a few Beeman literature items because we made it up for some collectors who were anxious to obtain Beeman printed items while they were still available. Unfortunately, much of the literature material of the Beeman company was destroyed, then discarded, by S/R's new manager when we sold that business in 1993. This was done during the transition period while the sold company was still in Santa Rosa. The Beemans did not discover what was happening to this material until much of it was already destroyed.
We will also be adding more material as we sort things out of storage, including a few items remaining after we closed our retail firearm and airgun facility in Santa Rosa in 1995 plus a handful of remaining inventory items which Airguns International have asked us to sell for them. Please note that all items are represented by extremely low quantities, very often by a single item. Some of these items qualify as Beeman collectibles - so they are offered for sale in that section, please click here to access that web section. Vintage Beeman Used Gun Lists and Technical Bulletins will be offered as located.
Old Factory Parts section mainly lists a lot of airgun parts.
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THE BLUE BOOK OF AIRGUNS
by Dr. Robert Beeman and John Allen
The primary purposes of the Blue Books of Airguns are to present airgun information and to serve as identification and information guides to the latest and vintage (after about 1850) airguns of the world. Airgun information and identification are the main priorities of these Blue Books. These guides are essential to airgunners who are interested in selecting, trading, and understanding current models, airgun operation and care, specifications, finding their way thru the maze of airgun literature, and to airgun collectors and shooters or those who just want to know more about the latest and/or vintage airguns. These books are only secondarily presented as price guides. The great advantages of an identification and price guide to a maturing field of collecting are presented in the "To Be or Not to Be" section of this website. These guides have been very well accepted and are now considered as basic airgun references all over this planet. You should try to assemble a complete series of these reference books!
What is the role of Robert Beeman in the Blue Book of Airguns? First off, you should know that I don't have any conflict of interest in recommending these books! Although I am the senior author, this is not a money making enterprise for myself. I actually average about a ten thousand dollar net loss each year from my involvement with the Blue Books and I invest literally thousands of hours of research, writing, photography, and other work into them. This is a labor of love and also stems from a sense of obligation to pass on what I have been fortunate enough to learn and obtain. I concentrate mainly on the vintage airguns in these books. John Allen concentrates on the current production airguns.
Blue Books of Airguns standardize airgun designations: This is another value of these guides. Many airgun collectors, including myself, find it very difficult to know what guns really are being offered in ad and auction descriptions. Bird watchers, gardeners, shell collectors, and a host of other folks have had the same problem, but most of them have recognized some standard list of names, like Petersen’s Bird Guides, Sunset’s Western Garden Guide, etc. Airgunners desperately need a standard list of accepted common names for airguns, esp. vintage and antique ones.
The good news is that the Blue Books of Airguns are increasingly recognized internationally as the standard guide to airgun model names and variations! This is a great help to airgun sellers, buyers, auction houses, etc.. We are starting to see to see ads for such things as “Crosman Model 140 - highly desired 4th variant” or “Red Ryder Daisy – rare 3rd Variation” or "Quackenbush Model 1 - variant 1), etc.– (that Quackenbush is worth 100% more than variant 6!). The reader need only look in the Blue Book for an exact description of that item. This saves the seller ad space cost and more clearly attracts the right customer and it saves the buyer confusion, time, and money.
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INFO ON THE FIRST FOUR EDITIONS OF THE BLUE BOOK OF AIRGUNS:
First Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns by Dennis Adler. Edited by Dr. Robert D. Beeman. Published by S.P. Fjestad. 2001.160 pp. If I do say so, every airgun user, buyer, trader, and collector just must have this volume. Articles on selecting, collecting, protecting, and identifying airguns from the late 1800's to 2001, plus a value guide to a great variety of airguns. First Editions are now OUT OF PRINT AND SOLD OUT. The publisher estimates that they could have sold another 3000 if they had had them. In addition to the value of the books themselves to collectors, much of the text material, such as the discussion of the most collectible airguns of the 20th century, protection of your airgun collection, selection of an airgun, etc. will not be reprinted in the future editions.
Just the fact that there was such an incredibly low number printed plus the fact that they are the FIRST edition and out-of-print makes them real collectors' items now. The hardbound edition is the really rare one (only 50 were made, of which only about 20 were available to the public). Get one of those and keep it in a protective cover and have a softbound copy for reference. Each edition will have major airgun articles and material that will not be repeated in future editions. The hardbound editions are also best for those who expect to give their guidebooks regular use.
We expect that most serious airgun collectors will want to help us tune these guides thru many more editions. We are seriously looking for volunteer contributors who can lend their experience with groups of airgun which we have not yet given a deep treatment: Webley, Haenel, Diana of England, Anson, etc., etc..
Item BBA1S -Softbound First Edition. Less than 24 to be autographed by Robert Beeman. A collector's item last seen selling at $60.00 for an autographed softcover first edition. SOLD OUT.
Item BBA1H: -Hardbound First Edition. Limited edition (50). As author of most of the articles, and editor, I was allowed to purchase 12 copies of the 50 hardbound copies printed. Almost all of the others were given to shooting industry VIP's, so most copies simply will not be available. A collector's item last seen selling at $100.00 for an autographed hardcover first edition. SOLD OUT.
Second Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns - by Dr. Robert D. Beeman and John Allen. .2002. 270 pages. Features a tremendously enlarged model and value section plus the only complete paper on the Beemans' original research on the search for the Lewis & Clark airgun (now the definitive work on the Lukens air rifles of Philadelphia, ca. 1800), plus invaluable articles on Airgun Power Systems and New Airguns by Tom Gaylord, Crosman Development and Collecting by Dean Fletcher, and Airgun Literature Review by Robert Beeman. Printing was already 40% sold out in the first month!
Considering that the book jumped to some 272 pages, this is an incredibly good buy! The "A-Z" model listing and value guide jumped from only 68 pages in the first edition to 165 pages! There are now big sections covering virtually every model and variation of Benjamin, Crosman, Daisy, Hy-Score, Quackenbush, Apache (Fireball), Sheridan, Smith & Wesson, Walther, Feinwerkbau, Weihrauch, Edison General Electric military machine guns, Jaguar, Tell, Paul, Vincent, MacGlashan, Brown, Healthways, Hubertus, Winsel, Kalamazoo, Hubertus, etc. -not only does this add a lot of previously unlisted brands but the coverage goes ALL the way back to the beginning of each of these companies -even into the mid-1800s! In addition, there are thousands of other airguns listed and valued. This book is much more complete and detailed than was expected by anyone - including your truly, the senior author.
This degree of historical coverage has never been accomplished before and this is only the beginning! In addition to the coverage of airgun models and values, there is a great deal of material in the Second Edition to interest almost anyone interested in airguns. This includes extremely interesting papers on Airgun Powerplants and Crosman Innovation by Tom Gaylord and Dean Fletcher, respectively. I added a large section on finding your way thru the airgun literature. The feature article, 27 pages long with 33 illustrations, is the preliminary report on the research by myself and Mrs. Beeman which sought to identify the air rifle carried by Captain Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-06.
This is the issue that features Dr. Beeman's monographic paper, 27 pages and 34 detailed photos, on the Lukens DNH air rifle which had been suspected as being the elusive airgun of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Only three previous authors have seriously researched the identity of this fascinating big-bore airgun. Two of these were previous owners of the Lukens DNH air rifle: the late G. Charter Harrison and the late Henry Stewart. The third was Roy Chatters, a Lewis and Clark researcher, who published his ideas back in 1973 and 1977. He bowed out of the matter when he discovered that Henry Stewart had already more deeply pursued the same lines of evidence. Both of these previous owners, Harrison and Stewart, originally and separately, thought that the Lukens "DNH" airgun was indeed the Lewis airgun. Several years later, secondary authors reported that Stewart had identified Captain Lewis' airgun, but they did not know or understand that while Stewart felt that he had identified the maker, he felt that he had not identified the actual gun. Much later evidence (see Beeman, 2004) has rejected the Lukens air rifle as the Lewis airgun and seems to finally clearly point to a Girandoni military repeating air rifle. Following the lengthy trail of evidence and reasoning in these papers is like reading a detective story - about an incident that has been clouded by almost exactly two centuries of time and confusion!
The coverages of the leading German airgun companies, Weihrauch and Feinwerkbau, complete with a detailed history of the companies - by Ulrich Eichstädt, our on-the-scene German airgun expert and editor of VISIER (Europe's leading gun magazine), add a special measure of information and credibility.
The Second Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns was very well received. Even Wes Powers, one of the world's leading, and most respected, Daisy collectors, who originally was rather down on the project because he felt that he had had bad experience with price guides, said that he was really surprised with it. Wes ended up by giving a bit of last minute help and exclaiming that the Daisy section (the only part that he saw) was "very good". When he reviewed the entire book later he said that it had "a world of good information". Wes is an experienced and serious collector who is known for not making comments lightly! He indicated that no serious collector would agree with all of the proposed prices of any guide, but that most of the prices of this Daisy section were very much in line with reality.
The special articles will continue to be of great value long after the prices in the A-Z model listing are obsolete - and are, by themselves, well worth the very reasonable cost of the book. Each edition will never become obsolete.
Item BBA2S. Softbound Second Edition (this was one of special run of 75 sold at the NRA show - and is the only softbound version autographed by R. Beeman, John Allen, and Steve Fjestad (publisher)), SOLD OUT
Tip: order the hardbound if you are going to use your book very much. The bindings on the softbounds are not very strong. Very few of the hardbounds were made - each is a numbered edition personally signed by both authors and the editor/publisher. Most of the hardbounds went to VIPs in the airgun industry. Those ordering books from this website may request to have their copies autographed by senior author Dr. Robert Beeman at no cost. (Only about 5% of the Blue Books are autographed.)
Item BBA2H -Hardbound Second Edition, special limited edition (only 100 copies printed, most went to VIPs in the airgun business). Autographed by both authors and publisher). SOLD OUT (Jan 2005, outside auction sale of hardbound BBA2 went for $81.00).
Third Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns by Robert Beeman and John Allen. 2003. This is a quantum leap up, not only did the page count leap to 315 pages, but the book jumped in size from pocket size to 8.5" x 11", With full color Photographic Percentage Grading System and more than seventy (70!) enlarged or added brand sections! Several hundred photos. Note: 50% of the total printing sold out in the first three weeks of availability! SOLD OUT
Item BBA3S. Softbound Third Edition -. Special Politically Incorrect Note: The back cover of the soft bound third edition of the Blue Book of Airguns has a layout error which surely will increase the collectablity of this edition! That is, when the montage of airgun muzzles and printed airgun materials was laid out for the cover picture, an airgun muzzle brake was inadvertently placed over the image of a table on a Crosman ad flyer. This removed the perspective in a scene showing a middle American family enjoying airgun shooting. The result was the "family execution scene" in which Dad appears to carefully aiming a Crosman air rifle right at Mom's forehead with young Junior looking on in delight! ("Save money - shoot Mom with a pellet gun instead of a firearm!" BTW- such a shot with a pellet gun probably would be fatal - this picture was posed by professionals -do not attempt this trick at home!). SOLD OUT.
Item BBA3H - Hard bound Third Edition (only 55 printed; most went to airgun VIP's): (most of our tiny allotment was sold out by the time that they had arrived from the bindery). The hard bound is advised for users who need a durable copy and/or the version with greatest future value. This edition of the hardbound volumes is especially handsome and interesting. This special hard cover, made to order in Germany, features an running boar airgun target with "pellet holes" actually punched thru the cover!! Again, the hardbound edition is both the best investment and the most long lasting. You really should have the wonderful hardbound plus the softbound with the "happy family execution scene"! The hardbound editions have been steadily increasing in value. SOLD OUT
Item BBA4-S: Softbound Fourth Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns - by Robert Beeman and John Allen, June 2004: We really outdid ourselves with this edition - another real quantum leap forward in airgun information, model information, and, oh yes - values (our third priority). Again in the big 8x10 inch format, 800+ digital photographs, almost 400 pages, 235+ manufacturers makes and models, and many thousands of airgun value listings. Several key articles on airguns, including the third section of the definitive series on airgun powerplants by famed airgun writer and expert Tom Gaylord are of long lasting value. This is not just the leading guide to airgun values for models from the mid-1800s to 2004, but the leading standard information source for the international airgun industry. The definitive articles make each edition of the Blue Books of lasting value - instead of useless, outdated material like other value guides after the year of their publication. The Fourth Edition is especially on an international footing. Not only do we have information contributions from many of the very top airgun collectors in America but we have especially competent input from all over the world. A reference collection of over 3000 different airguns and an outstanding airgun literature collection serves as a foundation for our information and images. From the United Kingdom comes definitive Webley pistol material from Gordon Bruce (author of Webley Air Pistols), definitive BSA air rifle information from John Knibbs (author of BSA and Lincoln Air Rifles), and a wide range of invaluable information from Tim Saunders (airgun collecting editor of Airgun World magazine), and many of the UK's leading collectors. And there is a world of new information direct from airgun factories and collectors all over the planet, especially Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Philippines, Argentina, Spain, and Japan.
There have been complete rewrites and expansions of the BSA, Beeman, Webley, Marksman, Markham/King, Daisy, and Apache sections as well as the addition of major sections on LD, Mendoza, TyROL, and other airguns. Plus over 30 new sections, hundreds of new digital photos, and updates of scores of other sections. One of the best values in the industry: All sold out, but one, new, softbound copy is offered by a relative at $39.95 - autographed if you wish.
Item BBA4-H: Hardbound Fourth Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns - by Robert Beeman and John Allen, June 2004: This is by far the best buy; there will only be 75 copies made - most of these are already ear-marked for airgun industry VIPs, etc. Even as senior author, I have only been allowed to buy 10 copies. These are the most durable, most valuable versions. $39.95 plus packing and shipping. (Hardbound First Editions are now selling for $100+ - if you can find one!!). Personally autographed by Robert Beeman and John Allen, and the publisher Steve Fjestad. SOLD OUT
Thinking of buying BBA4??: At the last moment, the publisher had to make space in the Blue Book of Airguns Fourth Edition by deleting the big "Airgun Literature Review" chapter. This material is absolutely essential to anyone wanting to learn more about airguns, do any research on models, hunting, etc. -anything to do with airguns. This is the biggest and best guide to material published about airguns! So it is essential to have a copy of BBA3 to go with BBA4!
The hardcover editions are the rarest, most durable, and the best investment.
The greatly expanded and revised FIFTH EDITION OF BLUE BOOK OF AIRGUNS!
This is a quantum leap up in size and quality over the fourth edition! Over 150 additional brands, 440 pages (over 50 more than BBA4), hundreds more photographs (now over 900!!), etc. - a BIG heavy book now almost an inch thick (8 1/2 by 11 inches = 21 x 26 cm) - BUT the prices are still only $24.95 for the softbound, and $39.95 for the super rare (I got only 15 hardbound copies - sold out quickly) hardbound copies personally autographed by authors Robert Beeman and John Allen, and the publisher Steve Fjestad. Add only $3.95 shipping/handling to the 48 cont. states or only $26.95 for airmail shipping to most of the world! See below for how to order and pay. (As senior author, I will be glad to autograph copies upon request.) Payment by check or money order (domestic or international) to Robert Beeman, P.O. Box 516, Healdsburg, California 95448-0516 is without additional fee.
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Don't think of this book primarily as a price guide. You simply cannot understand the current and historical airgun market and field without this book! It is the key to the world's airguns; pricing is only its third level of priority. (It is interesting to note that many, if not most, of the questions asked on the various airgun forums are answered right here in these books!)
First and foremost: The Blue Book of Airguns is a REFERENCE BOOK about the airguns of the world! - It is the world's most complete guide to airguns in these countries and more:
United States Canada
Belgium Czech Republic
In addition to the huge A-Z guide, there are feature articles worth saving for your permanent reference (any airgun library needs a complete set of ALL the Blue Book of Airguns editions): Adding to very informative introductions by Robert Beeman, John Allen, and editor Steve Fjestad, Tom Gaylord continues his wonderful series on airgun powerplants - this time on the unique mechanism of BB guns. Robert Beeman gives a command, in depth, report on the the history of the U.S. Adult Airgun Market and the key role of the Beemans in that development. Tom Gaylord covers the Airforce Airgun company. Robert Beeman notes new evidence which reveals the identity of the Lewis and Clark airgun and shares some priceless humorous incidents in the airgun market (don't miss these!). The difficult matter of defining airguns is presented as well as diagrams explaining the anatomy of airguns. The glossary, abbreviation, and trademark sections are invaluable. New in this edition, is the first ever Store Brand Crossover Listing - finally unraveling what company made each of the Sears, Wards, Penny's, RWS, Geco, Peerless, HyScore, Winchester, and other private label airguns. That section and the invaluable, newly annotated Airgun Literature section, which carefully guides you to virtually all of the world's airgun literature - are alone worth the price of admission!
This is the premier airgun reference, even for the airgun fan whose primary language is not English, - its unequalled presentation of hundreds of high resolution airgun photos will be invaluable to anyone even remotely interested in airguns.
Airguns in the MAINSTREAM!
Airguns don't usually get a lot of attention from the mainstream media of the world. A big exception was the appearance of a wonderful article on airguns for adults in the Summer 2004 issue of FORBES FYI magazine, that slick page publication of the famous Forbes family. Very professionally written by Jerome Cramer, it covers adult airguns from regular production models to exotic custom built guns costing thousands of dollars and even the air rifle carried by Captain Lewis and Clark. If you can't find it at your local newsstand you can get one from me; I picked up almost a dozen. $3.95 each plus $1.95 media mail (2-3 weeks) or $4.95 each plus $3.95 by express air. Click on the PayPal link address below to pay via credit card or from your bank or send a check or money order (click on Contact Us.) www.paypal.com
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NEW AIRGUN MAGAZINE COMES AND GOES: One of the biggest news items in the recent airgun market was the dramatic entry of AIRGUN ILLUSTRATED magazine. Tom Gaylord phased out the wonderful Airgun Letter series to found what started to be the absolute best of the world's airgun magazines. The October 2002 issue was the Premiere Issue with130 large colored pages. As author of the article "Airgun Silencers" in the first issue, I received a very few copies of the premiere issue - they sold out almost immediately. This newsstand magazine started at a level vastly beyond all other airgun magazines, including those British ones of such limited interest to American and other non-British readers. The first five issues were the most desirable as those were under the direction of the master airgun writer and expert, Tom Gaylord. After the fifth issue disaster struck: they released Tom as editor and the publication quickly lost its way and ceased publication in early 2003!
All literature items are sold for historical purposes only! All guns and other items are sold for collectors and research only. We are not responsible for any other uses of these items!
Beeman Precision Airgun Catalog/Source Books:
As noted in the Literature Review section, these catalogs have become collectors' items. In going thru materials that were packed away when we sold the business we have discovered a tiny cache of out-of-print Beeman Sourcebook/Catalogs. When these are gone, that's it.
In trying to make up a complete set for the Beeman Airgun Collection, we have discovered some questions and answers about these elusive early catalogs. We thought that we were missing the third edition, but just now have noticed that there were two printings of our first catalog (illustrated below), which we are here designating as Editions 1 and 1A. Apparently, what we had thought for many years was Edition 2 was actually Edition 3. The edition numbers were not printed on the catalogs until Edition 4. So, here is how to tell them apart: Editions 1 thru 3 have elegant, glossy black and white covers. Editions 1 and 1A have the very same cover, featuring Boswell (our Bearcub "mascot") at the far left and the Beeman/Feinwerkbau Model 65 air pistol. They bear the San Anselmo Post Office Box No. 278, as we were then operating out of our home. The inside cover is copyright dated 1974. "Edition 1A" had a number of minor internal changes; the quickest way to identify it is to look at page 64. In Edition 1, page 64 features an illustration and description of gun case C2 while in Edition 1A that copy had been removed and there is only a large blank area in the lower left quarter of that page. The cover of "Edition 2" features a smaller Boswell sitting to the right of the barrel of a Beeman Model 10 air pistol and bears the cover address of the San Anselmo Box 278.. The cover of Edition 3 is identical to that of Edition 2 except that it bears a note at the top of the cover as a Special Revised 1975 edition and, at the bottom of the cover, bears the first designation of the 47 Paul Drive address of our then new San Rafael office/warehouse.
posing the pistols for those dramatic angle shots on these glossy black and
white covers by suspending the guns with white threads against a white
background. Mrs. Beeman, who was in charge of such things, clearly remembers
that only 500 copies of Edition 1 and 1A were printed and is quite sure that
only 500 each of Editions 2 and 3 were printed. Considering that, unlike early
model guns, most of these catalogs surely were discarded, it is safe to say that
Editions 1 through 3 now are extremely rare. Edition 2 had the shortest life and
is the rarest of all three.
Catalog Editions 4 through 17 featured glossy color covers that illustrated our emphasis on balancing tradition and new technology. They always featured handsome color photos, which wrapped around both the front and back, showing select specimens of antique airguns from our collection in tandem with the latest in modern airguns from our inventory. The insides were crammed with educational and technical material, written by Robert Beeman, as well as large illustrations of, and voluminous copy about, our products.
This probably is the last chance for a very small handful of "early birds". After the first few orders from this little cache, it will require a great deal of independent effort to try to assemble a complete set of the Beeman airgun catalog/guides. (See the inside front cover of Edition 21 for beautiful color pictures of 20 of the Beeman catalogs.) (All catalogs and bulletins are stored and shipped within protective clear plastic slip covers.) Prices subject to change without notice as the very small supplies of each catalog run out. All catalogs are 8.5" x 11" and run from 64 to 106 pages. At this time, catalogs may be autographed by Robert Beeman at no additional cost upon request.
Editions 1and 1A, Beeman Airgun Source Book/Catalog, 1974
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Edition 1 - (1974) excellent, very slight marks on cover, 40 cents in
uncancelled stamps on the back, but no mailing label. Ready for mailing, with
original newsletter/price list still stapled to inner pages. $450.00
Item # 1.1 ditto except mint without label, stamps, or newsletter $495.00. Item # 1.2 - ditto, very good condition $395.
2. Edition 1A -(1974) excellent, mailing label on back cover - but no stamps, never sent. $250.00 SOLD
3. Edition 1A - (1974) very good, slight surface handling marks, with tiny nicks around edge of cover. No mailing label, no stamps. Last one known to be not in captivity - and there are very few even in captivity! $195.00
Edition 1A - (1974) quite good, with surface handling marks, loose center
page. Returned by post office as undeliverable: mailing label, cancelled stamp,
and some inked numbers on back cover. $125.00 SOLD.
Item # 4.1 - Edition 1A - (1974) - good condition, but missing front and back covers. Useful for research. $20.00.SOLD
Edition 2 - (1974-75) good, with surface handling marks, some smudges,
mailing label, cancelled stamps on back cover. Exceedingly rare, only one
available, apart from one in the Beeman collection, which we would not part with
for any reasonable price.. $
495.00 SOLD OUT.
Note: I will exchange two good specimens of Edition 1 for a good specimen of Edition 2.(Or later editions for lesser condition Edition 2 specimens). Or will trade for any eight of the newer catalogs listed in the footnote*. FLASH: We have just located just one specimen of Edition 2, complete with original inserted large pink price list that was sent with it. No mailing label or stamps, very minor surface rubbing, upper right corner ink marked with small "#2", basically excellent. $495.00.
Edition 3, Beeman Airgun Source Book/Catalog, 1975.
(Edition 2, 1974-75, has a cover which is identical except that
the address line gives the Box 278, San Anselmo address)
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6. Edition 3 - (1975) perfect, no labels or marks. $395.00 Extremely rare! Last 2.
7. Edition 4 - (1976) First catalog marked with edition number. First color cover. Perfect, no marks, no labels. $24.50
8. Edition 5 – (1977) Perfect, no marks, no labels. Insider joke: the illustration of the Silent Pellet Trap in editions 5 thru 8 had a picture of Robert and Tosh Beeman cutting their wedding cake as a target! Rare. $49.50
9. Edition 6 - (1978) Ditto. $19.50
10. Edition 6A - (Spring/Summer
1978) Ditto $19.50
11. Edition 6B - (Fall/Winter 1979) Ditto.$37.95 Very rare. Only 2 left.*
12. Edition 7 - (1980) Ditto. Very rare. $29.50.
13. Edition 8 - (Fall 1980) Ditto.$18.95
14. Edition 8A- (Spring 1981) Ditto
15. Edition 9 - (Winter 1981) Ditto. Last edition which included Diana airguns.$18.95
Edition 10, Beeman Airgun Source Book/Catalog,
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16. Edition 10 - (Fall 1982) Ditto.
(Never before revealed insider secret: Cover photo shows a shooter's desk scene
which includes a framed picture of Robert Beeman at age 5 in 1937, in a cowboy outfit
and holding a cap pistol (with his finger correctly off the trigger!), and his
late older brother, Donald). $24.50
17. Edition 10A (1982) Ditto.$17.95
Edition 11, Beeman Airgun Source Book/Catalog, 1983.
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18. Edition 11 (1983) Perfect, no marks, no labels.$12.95
Beeman Precision Firearm Catalog, 1984.
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18A. Beeman Precision Firearms Catalog -by Robert Beeman. The first and only edition (Spring 1984). Thirty eight pages lavishly illustrated in color of the wonderful precision firearms imported by Beeman. Rare. Mint. $14.95.
Beeman Airgun Source Book/Catalogs (Continued):
19. Edition 12 (1985) Perfect, no marks, no labels..$12.95
20. Edition 13 - this number not used; the number 13 is considered to be unlucky by many people.
21. Edition 14 - (1986) Perfect, no marks, no labels. Only edition with Beeman ComBow and Long Bow slings $12.95
22. Edition 15 (1988) Ditto.$12.95
23. Edition 16 (1990) Ditto.$19.95
24. Edition 17 (1992) Last catalog under ownership of Dr. and Mrs. Beeman. Perfect, no labels, no marks. Especially desirable for illustrations and descriptions of really rare Beeman guns such as the Beeman SPX firearm pistol, Beeman Adder and Wolverine PCP air pistols, Beeman Air Wolf and Wolf Pup PCP air rifles, and the elegant Beeman Gamekeeper PCP air rifle). You may be astonished to see the variety of airguns, airgun products, literature, and services that Beemans offered while Robert and Toshiko Beeman personally operated the firm! $19.95 (24A. Blems or punched for binder: $12.95).
25. Edition 17 (1992) as above, except cover faded some, $14.95
26. Edition 18 (1993-94). Last catalog edited by Robert Beeman. Handsome edition with square edge spine. Published by S/R Industries. VG-Excellent, $18.95. A few copies, mint except for some waviness due to humidity in storage $12.95. RARE
27. Edition 19 (1994-95). Perfect, no labels, no marks. Field Use of an Airgun article by Robert Beeman. Rare. $19.50
28. Edition 20 (1996) Ditto. Airguns for Wild Boar? article by Robert Beeman on page 30. $19.50 - only 2 copies
29. Edition 21 (1997). Ditto. The 25th Anniversary Issue. Inside front cover shows 20 of the Beeman catalogs in beautiful color! History of Beeman Precision Airguns on page 20. Why Buy an Adult Precision Airgun by Tom Holzel and Robert Beeman on page 2. $4.00
30. Edition 22 (1999). Ditto. Still in use as of early 2002. Airguns Through the Centuries article by Robert Beeman on page 2. $2.00.
31. Edition 23 (2003). Ditto. How to Select Your Adult Airguns and The Mystery of the Lewis & Clark Airgun by Robert Beeman. $4.00
Order 6 or more different editions and take a 35% discount off the total of your catalogs.
Order 12 or more different editions and take a 40% discount off the total of your catalogs.
Blems?? Some of the above catalogs are available as specimens that are somewhat, but not seriously, more blemished than those described. Subtract 30% from the prices quoted. If you would prefer these more economical specimens, please specify them in your order by mail and we will try to accommodate you. Again, please note that the quantity of some editions is severely limited. (This offer does not apply to Editions 1 thru 3 or to those marked rare).
*We will trade for copies of those editions that are listed above as all copies sold out. Unless otherwise noted, we will trade any three of the following issues for one of the missing editions in good+ condition. (We usually will allow a lesser condition trade-in for any one for our excellent+ copies on a one to one basis). As of the above date, we have the following editions available for such trades: Editions 4, 6, 6A, 8A, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15,17,18, 21, 22, 23.).
31. Original mailing envelope for editions 3 through 11. Used when sending catalogs first class at extra cost. Complete with a big picture of Boswell, the "Beeman's, Inc." return address of 47 Paul Drive, San Rafael, California 94903 - adds value and interest to the appropriate editions. Mint. $1.00
Beeman Airgun Journal - Published by Beeman Precision Airguns from 1979 to 1984, this is one of the rarest of all airgun publications. Less than 500 copies of each of the six issues were printed. Beautifully printed on heavy, textured deep tan paper with green and brown masthead - extremely difficult to photocopy because of the dark paper. We have been unable to scan the articles at this time, but we have hard copy of a couple of Robert Beeman's articles so we will put those on this website.
Beeman Airgun Journal, Vol.2, No.1
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This is the first ever listing of the contents of the six issues. Even if you
are not interested in buying any of these collectors' items, this will at least
serve as the first record of their contents.
We have found one small box with the only remaining copies of the Beeman Airgun Journal. There are less than 30 of each listed issue, except for Vol. 2, No. 1 for which there apparently is only 1 copy and that is being kept for the Beeman Airgun Collection. Price is $28.50 each for Vol.1:No.1 or Vol. 3: No. 1 and $9.95 for each of the others. Complete set of these five available issues (plus a photocopy of Vol. 2, No. 1) for $49.95 (Item 37.1). Individual items, or the set, count as one item for shipping ($1.95 in USA). All are absolutely perfect; each in a protective plastic slip cover. Signed by the editor Robert Beeman, if desired.
32. Vol. 1, No. 1 - 1979 - Vintage Crosmans I (by Jon Oakleaf), Construct a Mainspring Compressor (John Stawn). $28.50
33. Vol. 1, No. 2 - 1980 - Vintage Crosmans II (Jon Oakleaf), Air-Laws for Airguns (Jim Ivarone). $9.95
34. Vol. 2, No. 1 - 1981 - Benjamins, Manhood, & Civilization (Robert Beeman), Crosman's First Effort (Jon Oakleaf). SOLD OUT! (We will exchange three original copies of any other issue of Airgun Journal for each original copy, in good condition, of this issue that is sent to us.) FLASH: We have located one perfect copy of Vol. 2, No. 1 with original three hole punching for binder, in protective sleeve , $35.00.
35. Vol. 3, No. 1 - 1982 - America's Airgun Makers (George E. Benjamin), How to Adapt a Crosman 1100 Shotgun for Game Bird Hunting (Larry Hannusch), Spring Piston Air Rifle Conditions for High Power Rifle Shooting (Ronald Balbi), Breech Seal Replacement (Morris Williams),
36. Vol. 4, No. 1 - 1983 - Airgunning for Pheasants (Anthony Oski), Legalizing Airgun Hunting in Your State (Marshall Brodsky), For the Record: Rare Beeman Guns (Robert Beeman), Was the Schimel AP-22 Ever Made? (Robert Beeman), Crosman's Company Rifle Range (Jon Oakleaf), Test it and Cast it: Visual Pellet Performance (Richard Ballard)
37. Vol. 4, No. 2 - 1984 - One Collector's Delight: a Belgian Brevet (Larry Hannusch), Rogues' Gallery of Antique BB Guns (Robert Beeman), The Complex Technology of 'Simple' Mainsprings (Robert Beeman), Make a 'Bung Tob' (Tanasit Siriluck), An American Original - William Paul's Air Shotgun (Ron Stadt), Bench Shooting Airguns & Making an "Idaho" Shooting Bench (Thomas Anderson).
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38. Beeman Lifetime Achievement
Award Issue: Alliance Voice 9(1) (Publication of Alliance of Stocking Gun
Dealers) – with color cover photo of Robert Beeman and many page article by
President Bill Bridgewater about Robert Beeman and the Beeman business on the
advent of awarding the
Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Beeman. Not only the only biography of
Robert Beeman, but an invaluable record of the development of the adult airgun
market in the United States. Mint, in protective plastic slip cover. Signed by
Robert Beeman (upon request). Rare. $6.95
SPECIAL NOTE: A very limited supply of some of Dr. Beeman's best scientific papers are available. See the Scientific Papers section of this website.
39. The Art of Airgun Collecting by Robert Beeman. 1986. Combined issue of two articles by Robert Beeman: Four Centuries of Airguns and The Basics of Airgun Collecting. 22 pages, well illustrated with professional photos of many antique and vintage airguns. The basic paper on airgun collecting. We have only 2 or 3 left. Perfect, in plastic slipcover. Signed by author. $9.95.
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40. The Beeman R1 - Supermagnum Air Rifle by Tom Gaylord. With a chapter by Robert Beeman on the origin of this airgun - which was the key to developing most of the high powered spring piston airguns of today and to much of the development of the adult airgun market in the United State. A very valuable and interesting book for all persons interested in the care, operation, and tuning/customization of ANY spring piston air rifle. A big book of 175 pages - a classic masterpiece. Only 24 copies signed (on request) by Robert Beeman will ever be made available, direct from the Beeman. New. Now out-of-print and hard to find, these have become sought-after collectors' items. $59.50 with autograph on Robert's chapter. SOLD OUT
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41. Lewis and Clark Air Rifle - Proceeding On to the Lewis & Clark Air Rifle by Robert Beeman, 2000. Original publisher reprint of this large paper which was published in the Airgun Revue Number 6 . Interesting, heavily illustrated, research paper which attempted to identify America's most important airgun. Detailed photographs of the external and internal aspects of the Lukens DNH air rifle with complete information on how it worked as well as the interesting detective work. Signed by the author upon request. (Plastic protective slip cover.) Already considered a collectors' item. $3.95.(This original work was supplemented by Proceeding Further on to the Lewis & Clark Air Rifle in Airgun Letter and a revised version appeared in Blue Book of Airguns Vol.4). Finally, after new information came to light, a new paper which evidently identifies the actual Lewis Airgun appeared on this website.)
42D. Beeman RX Series Shop Manual by Robert Beeman, 1992. Pre-S/R Technical Bulletin 8829. Disassembly/assembly. Gas pressure regulation, etc.. Very useful for any gas-spring airgun. More "forbidden material" for research study only! 20 pages. Original, only a handful exist.. $24.95
42C. -same as above, but a photocopy $9.95 since all "C' items are photocopies, rather than originals, we cannot run out.
42.1D. Beeman R-1, R-10 Shop Manual by Robert Beeman. Technical Bulletin. Disassembly/assembly. Tuning, lubrication, exploded parts diagrams, etc. Very useful for any spring-piston airgun. Again, this is "restricted material" for research study only! Original bulletin. Only a handful exist.: $24.95.
42.1C -same as above, but a copy. $14.95
43.1D Beeman/Feinwerkbau Match Air Rifle Model 300-300S Match Air Rifle Owner's Manual- devoted to the FWB Model 300 rifles. Original from the FWB factory in Germany (in English) - may be stamped with the serial number of the gun to which it was originally assigned. For historical purposes only $29.95 Very limited number available.
43.1C Copy of above $14.95
43D. Beeman/Feinwerkbau Air Rifle Model 300S - Disassembly & Assembly Information by Robert Beeman, 1988. Pre-S/R Beeman Technical Bulletin 8196. This is the "forbidden material" that the factory and the new Beeman company will not distribute! For research study only. 12 pages. Original. $24.95
43C. Copy of above. $14.95
43.4. Beeman Airgun Barrel Technical Bulletin 8239C - by Robert Beeman. 5 pages. Detailed description of airgun barrels and rifling. Includes info on barrel vibration and accuracy. Different types of rifling, etc.1992. Original. $5.95
43.5 Beeman Airgun Mainspring Technical Bulletin 8239M. by Robert Beeman. 7 pages. Detail description of airgun mainsprings - devices which are much more sophisticated and complex than they appear. Covers such little known information as the fact that putting a stronger mainspring into an airgun may REDUCE its power.1992. Original. $5.95.
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First Edition - Air Gun Digest by Robert Beeman
44. Air Gun Digest, FIRST EDITION by Robert Beeman, 1977. History, descriptions, collecting, competition, care, military airguns, air machine guns, airgun accessories, blowguns, etc. Soft bound, 256 pages. Very good with slight fraying of cover edges. Out of the Beeman's personal library. Title page is embossed with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB (less than five copies are so marked). Autographed by the author. Only one small printing run - now quite rare; extremely rare with the author's autograph.. $85.00
44.1 Air Gun Digest -same as number
44, but very good condition. $69.50
44.2. Air Gun Digest by Robert Beeman, 1977. Some rub marks on the cover, but otherwise excellent. Inside front cover autographed and inscribed in ink by Robert Beeman in appreciation to the late Dick Kanzaki, Robert Beeman's father-in-law. (In the early stages of the Beeman business, Dick would help with sending catalogs, handling incoming mail, mixing and bottling our special lubricants, and off loading tons of 200 pound wooden cases of Silver Jet pellets at the San Francisco waterfront docks.) .SOLD
45. Airgun Illustrated Magazine - Premiere Issue! The very first issue, October 2002, of what clearly is the world's leading airgun magazine. Founded by Tom Gaylord, one of the world's most knowledgeable and articulate airgun writers, who terminated the famous, absolutely excellent Airgun Letter, to take charge of the first issues of this new creation (Tom's last input was the fifth issue in July 2003.) Fantastically well illustrated, with articles from the basics of choosing an airgun to advanced airgunning and collecting information. Sold out.
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Adults Only Poster, this is the cover, the item folds out to form a 4X poster as described below
46. "For Adults Only" Beeman Poster and flyer. Folds open to 17" x 14" poster. Beautifully illustrated with a Kuchenreuter air pistol from the 1700's and a Beeman/FWB 80 air pistol with a Beeman Model 25 Blue Ribbon pistol scope with Beeman Custom Mounts - all collectible items now. The poster features an embarrassingly youthful, 1970's picture of Robert and Toshiko Beeman plus color photos and text about many Beeman airguns, pellets, accessories, and literature. I think this is one of the most classic and most beautiful printed items which Beeman Precision Airguns ever produced. A great file or postable item. Printed in 1983; the last remaining handful. $2.50.
Beeman/Feinwerkbau Air Rifle Models 124 and 127 Information - Owner's manual and shop manual. The extremely detailed shop manual includes exploded parts diagram and complete disassembly/reassembly and how to modify shop vices for easy control of the powerful mainspring plus specification of necessary tools and supplies. The Beeman company owner's manual is a model specific supplement to the generic "Pellets and Pistons" info/warning bulletin packed by BPA with each gun. These two of the original pre-1993 Beeman company manuals cover the details that the liability cautious and politically correct factories and the present Beeman company will not give. Each applies almost completely to any modern spring piston air rifle. For historical purposes only; we will not be responsible for use of this information! Total of 32 pages 5.5" x .8" (14x22 cm)
47D.Owner's manual, original, $24.95
47C. - copy of above, $9.95.since all "C' items are photocopies, rather than originals, we cannot run out.
47.1D- Shop Manual, original, $28.95
47.1C - copy of above, $14.95
47.2D Beeman/Feinwerkbau Match Air Pistols Model 65 Owner's Manual- devoted to the FWB Model 65 air pistols. Also useful for similar pistols such as the FWB 80. Original from the FWB factory in Germany (in English) - stamped with the serial number of the gun to which it was originally assigned. For historical purposes only $29.95 Very limited number available.
47.2C. same as above, but a copy, $16.95
47.3D. Beeman/Feinwerkbau Match Air Pistols Model 65 Shop Manual- devoted to the FWB Model 65 air pistols. Also was useful for similar pistols such as the FWB 80.Mainly covers the details of disassembly and reassembly. For historical purposes only. 7 pages, 5.5" x 8" (14 x 22 cm) with a central spread exploded view parts diagram. Original Beeman shop manual $24.95.
47.3C Copy of above $14.95 - since all "C' items are photocopies, rather than originals, we cannot run out.
PLEASE BE SURE TO ADD PACKING/SHIPPING AND (for Calif. residents only) SALES TAX:
As with all literature items, packing and shipping is $1.95 US for the first item and 50 cents per each additional item. California residents must add 8% state sales tax. Please send your check or money order, payable to Robert Beeman, directly to PO Box 516, Healdsburg, California 95448-0516 USA. Or pay securely by credit card by clicking on www.paypal.com: (For shipping cost to overseas points, please tell us by email to DrAirgun@Beemans.net exactly what you will be ordering and the name of your city and its special postal code.)
LARGE VARIETY OF ORIGINAL PRE-1993
MANUALS BY ROBERT BEEMAN
AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH
NOTE: We gradually are organizing a large variety of the over 200 technical bulletins on airguns (and some of the firearms) sold by the previous Beeman company (before its sale in 1993), which were written by Robert Beeman. The subjects range from the Beeman R1, R7, R10, Beeman/Webley Vulcan and Tempest/Hurricane, Beeman 100 & 250, Beeman SP silhouette firearm pistol, Beeman/Krico firearms, to Beeman/Harper aircanes, mounting Beeman scopes, etc. Most of these are detailed owner's manuals without shop manual information but usually have an exploded parts diagram and parts list. Usual length is about 8 pages. We will try to accommodate you by copying items in this file, if you will specify what interests you, for $6.00 (equal to less than 15 minutes of an assistant's time) per gun model. This is the kind of detailed material that was traditional when the Beemans were in business but now is "forbidden", not given, or is considered a liability if issued for regular use by shooters. This material is provided ONLY for historical and research purposes. If there is enough interest expressed, we may bind up large groups of this literature into book(s). Our total basic handling and shipping fee for a literature order to the contiguous 48 United States is $1.95 first item, plus 50 cents for each additional item, so you may want to order several items at one time to make it worthwhile (For orders over $50, be sure to add 2% for insurance - title passes to you when we ship.). Please send payment to Robert Beeman, Box 516, Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA. Foreign orders, please add an extra $2.00 and send payment in US Dollars, preferably by International Postal Money Order or click on www.paypal.com to pay securely via credit card, or from your checking account, via the PayPal payment system..
PLEASE MAKE OUT CHECKS ONLY TO ROBERT BEEMAN!
48. The Weihrauch Handbook by Robert Law, 1969. Rare ARH bulletin, disassembly/assembly, lubrication, tuning, etc. Great detail, well illustrated with hands-on photos. Based on HW Weihrauch air rifles. Applies equally to the Beeman/Weihrauch rifles and almost any spring piston air rifle. This is the kind of "forbidden material" that no gun maker or seller dares to distribute anymore. (Bob Law sold us a small supply of these before he took the rest to the dump when he closed his business - so now they are VERY rare.) For research study only. 44 pages. Mint, original. $8.95.
48.2. Complete Book of the Airgun. by Maj. George Nonte. 1970. Another of the classic references of the airgun field. 288 pgs. Hardbound. Dust cover with considerable wear, but the actual hard covers and book are excellent. Title page is embossed with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. $59.50.
49. Airguns and Other Pneumatic Arms by Arne Hoff, 1972. Classic book on antique airguns. Eighty six superb photographic plates. Hardbound, 99 pages. One of the basic MUSTS for all airgun collectors. Mint except for small tear in original dust jacket which is otherwise clean and bright. Title page is embossed with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. One only, $89.00
50. Airguns and Other Pneumatic Arms by Arne Hoff, 1972. Classic book on antique airguns. Eighty six superb photographic plates. Hardbound, 99 pages. One of the basic MUSTS for all airgun collectors. Mint in original dust jacket which is clean and bright. The flyleaf is inscribed in ink: "The airgun collector Robert D. Beeman from Arne Hoff". Only one of two known copies autographed by the author. $175.00.SOLD
51. The American BB Gun - A Collector's Guide by Arni T. Dunathan, 1971. Original hardbound edition of this classic. The basic reference for all "tinplate" collectors. 154 pages. As of June 2004, this is one of the only known copies autographed by the author! Mint in perfect original dust cover. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. $87.50. A dream item for a Daisy collector or other American BB gun collector or student.
52. "An original handbook for the model 25D, 27, 35 & 50 air rifles". by D.R. Hughes. 1973. The title is a play on words by the always clever and inimitable D.R. Hughes. Covers the disassembly/reassembly of the named models of the Dianawerk rifles, known in England as "Originals" after the Diana name was given to Millard Brothers, a former Dianawerk distributor in England, as WW2 war reparations! Also covers these models and clones under other numbers from Diana, Winchester, GeCado, HyScore, Peerless, and Beeman (see Dianawerk section of Second Edition of Blue Book of Airguns for table of comparable models). Only 77 pages, plus three fold-out diagrams, but this is some of the most useful shop information ever published. As with all literature sold by us - this is for historical and research purposes ONLY! Any other use is entirely at the risk of the user! RARE! Only two original copies from the Beeman library (embossed with the Beeman library seal), mint, each:. $49.50
53. The Air Gun from Trigger to Muzzle by G.V. Cardew, G.M. Cardew, and E.R. Elsom. 1976. The bible of airgun internal ballistics. Invaluable and fascinating report of extensive testing and resulting theories. Soft cover, 96 pages, 1992 printing. $29.50. Only 1 left.
53.1- above book signed by all three authors! Only one item, of course. $49.50 SOLD
54. Air-Guns and Air-Pistols, New and Enlarged Edition by L.Wesley, 1977. Another classic. Hardbound, 224 pages. Mint in original dust cover. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. $49.50 SOLD.
54A. Air-Guns and Air-Pistols. 1979. L. Wesley, Revised by G.V. Cardew. Out of print. Hardbound, 209 pages. Mint in original dust cover. One of best airgun books of the 20th century. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. One copy. $69.50 SOLD
55.2.Air Pistols, FIRST EDITION by D.E. Hiller, 1979. First edition, first printing. Heavily illustrated guide to vintage air pistols. Excellent and clean. Now a classic, rare and much sought. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. Soft green cover 64 pages. This is the super rare first edition! One copy.$29.95
55.2A Air Pistols - FIRST EDITION - same as 55.2 (except for wrinkle across cover, and one inch tear along lower edge of spine and some apparently original wrinkles on a few pages). $19.95
55.3.Air Pistols, SECOND EDITION-revised by D.E. Hiller, 1982. Heavily illustrated guide to vintage air pistols. Excellent and clean Now a classic, rare and much sought. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. Soft yellow cover, 187 pages. One copy.$24.95
55.3A - same as 55.3 but scuffed, but solid, covers. Page edges somewhat soiled.18.95
56.2.Air Rifles, SECOND EDITION, first printing by D.E. Hiller, Printed in 1980, but undated. Heavily illustrated guide to vintage air rifles. Excellent and clean. Essential to all airgun collectors; slanted towards English and European airguns. Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. Soft blue cover 170 pages. Excellent condition. One copy. $34.95
56.2B Same as 56.2 but very good condition, small red ink stain on upper corner of center pages. $27.95
56.2C - Same as 56.2 but with some
scuffing to cover and moderate wear to pages.
56.3 Air Rifles, THIRD EDITION, enlarged by D.E. Hiller, 1986. Heavily illustrated guide to vintage air rifles. Excellent and clean. Essential to all airgun collectors! Embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. Soft pink cover 276 pages. Excellent condition, minor surface handling marks. $38.95
HILLER book note: Dennis Hiller has now retired and has stopped publishing his invaluable airgun guide books. These all have a tremendous amount of detailed information and diagrams not found even in the Blue Book of Airguns. Essential to any serious airgun collector - but are becoming impossible to find! Above listings are only one book each!
57. Daisy Air Rifles & BB Guns, The First 100 Years by Neal Punchard, 2002. A fantastic presentation of the most popular airguns of all time - in wonderful color by one of America's leading Daisy collectors. Includes many Daisy ads and discussion of how Daisy came to dominate the American airgun market, 168 big pages (10"x 10") and 300 color illustrations. Hardbound, $29.95 Limited printing.
58. The Crossbow by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 1903. Hardbound edition of 1996. First brought to our attention by airgun expert and publisher Tom Gaylord. Much sought after by knowledgeable airgunners because the sear mechanisms are basic to those used in early airguns. Extremely well illustrated with many large ancient illustrations. Fascinating. 328 large pages. Perfect in original dust cover. A big, heavy book, add an extra $3.00 for packing/shipping/insurance in the United States. Published at $90.00. We bought a few for friends at $55.00 each. Only one left at $49.95.
59. Air Guns by Eldon G.
Wolff, 1958. Milwaukee Public Museum Publications in History 1, soft cover, 198
pages, very well illustrated. Original edition, directly from the Milwaukee Museum - not a later
copy! An absolute MUST for all airgun collectors of airguns from Apache to Zuendorff. From personal library of Robert and Toshiko Beeman. Embossed, on the
flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman"
circling the initials RDB. Excellent condition. $49.50
59.1D Air Gun Batteries by Eldon G. Wolff. 1963. Milwaukee Public Museum Publication in History No. 5. Softbound, 29 pages. Extremely rare publication by the author of the classical Air Guns "bible" of collectors. Evolutionary chart of airgun valve systems, wonderful, color diagrammatic illustrations of virtually all the known airgun valve mechanisms from the 1600's to the present. Includes illustrations of antique airguns not in the main references. Extremely important as a collectors' item and for its fantastic information. New from a lost file box. Only one copy. (flyleaf with Beeman library seal) $39.50 SOLD
59.1C - high resolution, scanned color copy of above. $18.95 AVAILABLE always
60. Know Your Sheridan Rifles & Pistols - by Ronald Elbe, 1992. First edition. Soft-bound, 79 pages. This neat little volume and the First Edition of the Blue Book of Airguns are essential to anyone who is interested in, or wishes to collect, Sheridan guns. This is one of only two volumes to be embossed, on the flyleaf, with the Beeman library seal with the words "Library of Robert Beeman" circling the initials RDB. Excellent condition. $16.95.
61. Guns - The Development of
Firearms, Air Guns, and Cartridges - by Warren Moore. 1963. Hardbound, 104
pages. The material on firearms and cartridges is interesting, but the pearl of
this book, from one of America's premier antique gun experts, is its wonderful
illustrations and text on antique airguns, most of which were in Charter
Harrison's famous airgun collection, which later moved to the Beeman Airgun
Collection. From an extremely limited printing. Almost impossible to
find! Mint with excellent dust cover. $49.95 . (If any reader
knows of the status of, or contact information for our long lost friend, Warren
Moore, the Beemans would very much appreciate hearing from you. Please see
62D. Rare Beeman Guns by Robert Beeman, 1983. Original 1983 Beeman Precision Airgun company reprint #8757 of an obscure Airgun Journal article discussing and illustrating rare Beeman brand airguns. Rare, though not great, pictures of Mr. & Mrs. Hans Weihrauch, Mr. Wilsker and Mr. Sayle (our key German supply agents, our good friends) and even the late Keith Faulkner, former President of Webley & Scott and Vice President of Beeman Precision Airguns. 2 pages. $0.95.
SPECIAL NOTE: Scientific Papers For Sale. A very limited supply of some of Dr. Beeman's best scientific papers are available for sale. See the Scientific Papers section of this website.
Plus a limited number of books from our retail gun showroom (now closed). Unless otherwise noted, all are brand new, mint copies with original dust jackets (if provided by publisher). All are soft cover editions, unless marked "H/B" or Hard Bound: (More will be added later, we found a total of three boxes of books so far). Incredibly low close-out prices:
65. Bren Ten Owner's Manual. by Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises, Inc. 1983. Extremely rare manual for an extremely rare gun. Very well illustrated, with take-down info, etc. 69 pp. Just located in old file case: Only 1 copy at $29.95; very minor scuff marks on the open area of the cover, otherwise original and new.. (Beeman Precision Arms was one of the authorized Bren Ten distributors; we received only about 20 guns - all without magazines. No, we don't have ANY guns or anything else concerning these guns!) See payment and shipping info below. Add $1.95 for shipping/handling. SOLD
65A.Bren Ten "Dirty Laundry" Department: When searching for the above I found something that I didn't even know that we had: An original letter (albeit a photocopy, but this is the way we received it) - just amazing: it is an 8 page letter, dated October 23, 1984 from Michael Dixon, Company Director, entitled: "Reorganization, Restructuring, and Rebirth". It starts off with: "Quite frankly, we blew it.....The majority of the Bren Tens shipped to date have not been 100% right." It then proceeds to explain that most of his key staff were incompetent and have been fired and replaced. He proceeds to detail what the problems have been and what he is going to do to set things right! In the intervening 24 years I have forgotten if we ever did get the special pistols that we had on order, magazines, etc. -This original for $29.95 or photocopies of it for $14.95 each ($1.95 S/H). Both 65 and 65A for $54.95 plus total of $2.95 S/H.
66. Bren Ten Catalog, 1983. by Dornaus & Dixon. Wonderfully illustrated catalog of this wonderful, but ill-fated gun designed by fabled pistolero Jeff Cooper. Features a full page, translucent parchment paper portrait of Jeff Cooper firing the Bren Ten! Complete with factory wholesale price list and order form. $29.95. Only 1 just located in old file case. Not available at this time.
67. The Combat .45 Automatic by Bill Wilson. 1984. Complete with several sheets sent by Wilson's Gun Shop describing their products. 240 pp. Step by step, illustrated guide to customizing the .45 Auto pistol. Great book! $7.95
68. Survival. Gear, Guns, and Gadgets. NRA bulletin. 24 pp. $0.95
69. Women and Guns. The April 1989 issue of the short-lived magazine. $1.95
70. Shotgun Range Suggestions. NRA bulletin, well-illustrated. 20 pp. $0.95
71. The Sportsman. Head to Toe. John Humphrey, 1980. Fascinating British guide to hunting clothes. 96 pp. $0.95
72. Rare & Valuable Antique Arms. James Serven, 1976. 106 pp. $2.95
73. Shotgunners' Notebook. Gene Hill, 1989. Wonderful text and drawings. Hardbound, 191 pp. Reg. 29.50, $4.95
74. Sporting Clays Handbook. J. Meyer. 1990. 163 pp. Reg. 14.95. $2.95
75. Movin' On. Equipment and Techniques for Winter Hikers. H. Roberts, 1977. 135 pp. Reg. 8.98. $1.95
76. Tracking Wounded Deer. How to Find and Tag Deer Shot with Bow or Gun. R. Smith, 1988. 160 pp. Fascinating, useful for other game as well. Reg 15.95, $3.95
77. Self-Defense Requires No Apology. Jan Jones. 1985. 108 pp. Blunt and practical, could save your life. Reg. 10.00, $2.95.
78. Professional Gun Dealing. R. Kephart, 1993. 215 pp. Reg. 20.00, $3.95. Sold??
79. Big Game Hunter's Waterproof Log and Journal. Vest pocket size, great for any outdoor notes, as well. Reg. 12.96, $2.95.
80. Successful Turkey Hunting. Wayne Fears, 1983. 92 pp. $3.95
81. A Family Goes Hunting. D. Patent, 1991. Interesting, useful, even essential, info about taking any or all members of your family hunting. Hardbound. Reg. 14.95, $2.95
84. Small Arms Today. C.E. Ezell, 1984. 256 pp. Classic, wonderfully illustrated. Handguns to machine guns. Reg. 16.95, $3.95
85. Handgun from Matchlock to Laser-sighted weapon. Batchelor and John Walter. 1988. Wonderful figures, great text by two of the world's best gun writers. Hardbound, 160 pp. Reg. 19.95. $5.95
86. Equipment Performance Report. 12 gauge Shotgun Test Results. Paladin Press, 1988. 27 pp. Reg. 12.00, $0.95.
87. Bear Hunting by J. Meyer. 1983. Hardbound, 159 pp. Reg. 16.95, $5.95.
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AIRGUNS: We generally are no longer in the business of selling airguns. At times we will sort out some duplicates and offer them. Please check back to our website at intervals.
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98. Sharp Cocking Arm Click Elimination Kit - from Air Rifle HQ final inventory. Marked #882. A kit containing a strange special nut, a small coil spring, a large hollow screw, and a hard nylon piece. For silencing the cocking arm on Weihrauch air rifles; you now know as much about these items as we do! $7.50 each ($1); 10 for $30 ($2), 25 for $50 ($4).
98.1 Ditto - but without the little nylon piece (easily duplicated from one above). $2.95 each ($1), 10 for $19 ($2), or 25 for $29 ($4) - some airgun shop, or airgun specialist should buy all that we have!
"So, what airguns do you recommend now, Dr. Beeman?"
Now that we have no ties or obligations to Beeman Precision Airguns, people keep asking me that question! So, to save us both some trouble (we can't carry on a chat line with shooters - we are just too busy writing books, etc)., here are my "unbiased" comments: All of the German and English made airguns sold by Beeman are very good, but the crown jewel of their sporting rifles STILL is the Beeman R1 in .20 or .25 caliber, preferably both! Despite all the development of pre-charged pneumatics and CO2 guns, I would strongly urge you to stay with spring-piston airguns for your first two or three adult airguns! One of my personal favorites always has been the handy, little Beeman R7, which seems to have an almost cult following among those who really know airguns. The present production is excellent, but if you can locate a R7 with our San Rafael or Santa Rosa address factory stamped on the receiver - you have a special quality prize. For extra high power, to supplement your Beeman R1 and R7, get the Beeman Crow Magnum in .25 caliber. In sporting air pistols, the Beeman P1 and P2 pistols really have no equals! For match guns, any of the elegant Beeman/Feinwerkbau airguns are the very best available. Sure these guns may cost one or two hundred dollars more than a gun sporting equal specifications - but if you could buy a Mercedes, which can go 120 miles an hour, for only two hundred dollars more than a Ford which can also go 120 miles per hour, and you knew that the Mercedes would be with you for the rest of your life - what would you decide that you could "afford"? With airguns, virtually everyone really can afford the best.
If I were buying a match airgun today, and I was not going to compete in International competition (and most of our FWB customers just wanted the finest airgun available for fun and informal enjoyment), I would seek out the discontinued Beeman/Feinwerkbau Model 300S rifle and the Model 65 air pistol - it is such a delight for the ordinary shooter not to have to fuss with compressed air or CO2! The 300S and 65 will give you several lifetimes of delight, just "thinking off" shots with truly astonishing precision and accuracy. Have it rebuilt by Beemans every few million rounds! If you can't locate one of those, get a Beeman/FWB 603 rifle and a 103 pistol. Enjoy!
FIREARMS NOT AVAILABLE: (Remember that we were Beeman Precision Arms Inc. for many years and had a local store in the Beeman Building in Santa Rosa, California which sold and serviced airguns and stocked over 70 brands of airguns and firearms.) We no longer have any firearms for sale! We are closing out the following accessories or related items only (see also Old Factory Parts section of this website):
103. Grips for Beeman P-08 or Erma 380 ACP (9mm Kurz) semi-automatic pistols (will NOT fit the larger .22" LR caliber pistols)- Original Luger-style Beeman rosewood grips hand-checkered to the edges in the finest Luger style tradition. Original equipment on the Beeman P-08; use as replacements or to greatly upgrade Erma KGP 68 (Baby Luger .380/9mm Kurz) versions. Wonderful items. Value about $60 per pair. My price per pair: $19.95 ($3.50). Less than a dozen left! No longer available from the craftsman who made these for us. Add $3.95 for selection of grain: fairly uniform coloring or dramatic stripes or swirls of dark and light color (black and reddish-brown). All are very attractive! No images available, but of the hundreds that we sold when we were in business, we never had a return or complaint. Original plastic grips, per pair $5.95 ($3.50), 10 for $29.95 ($4.50)
AIRGUN ITEMS WANTED
DO YOU HAVE OLD AIRGUN MAGAZINES OR GUN REVIEW MAGAZINES??
If so, you can really help promote the research needed to produce good and accurate material in the Blue Book of Airguns. During the years that I was running Beeman Precision Airguns, keeping a file of old airgun magazines was one of the least of my worries. So now that I have shifted to a role as senior author of the Blue Book of Airguns, I find a lot of holes in our magazine files. Most persons who have back copies of these publications never look at them again. So, you can help airgunners everywhere by helping us get good data for the Blue Books: send those old magazines where they will do some good! My extremely low compensation for the Blue Book of Airguns series does not begin to even cover a fraction of the related expenses. So, there is no budget for such research materials; any such expenses must come out of my pocket to help all of you out there. Without good files of these magazines, we must request photocopies of desired articles by interlibrary loan - such a slow and expensive process that it usually is easier to just leave out the data.. We do have a number of duplicate copies for trading- just ask for a list of them.
We are especially looking for copies of these magazines: Guns Review (British), Airgun World (British), Airgunner (British), Airgun News & Report (later titled as American Airgunner), Sporting Air Rifle, New Zealand Airgun, and US Airgun. If you would like to know which particular issues we need, just ask at AirgunInfo@Beemans.net (or at our other contacts - see Contact Us) for an email attachment, fax, or snail mail copy of our want and trading list. However, in many cases it would be fine just to send what you have and we will use any duplicates for trading.
We hope that there are airgunners, former airgunners, or widows/widowers of airgunners, out there who would like to simply donate such publications and get them to a good home which can use them.. If necessary, we could pay a dollar or two an issue to much more than cover the inexpensive media mail rate for sending them to us. Please help!
Airguns etc. Wanted
Our special wants at the moment are: (see Literature Wanted notice right above). We do have specimens of some of these, but are interested in obtaining other versions to be described in the Blue Book of Airguns or in upgrading condition. We are interested in outright purchase and sometimes in trades for duplicate items in the Beeman Collection.
1. Original St. Louis and Benjamin air rifles with barrel UNDER the body tube.
2. Ball-beside-the-Barrel, or Ball-in-the Buttstock large bore air rifles (with removable ball air reservoirs about 3 to 4 inches in diameter)
3. Walther LP 52 (not 53) air pistol
4. Schimel AP-22 pneumatic air pistol (not GP-22 CO2 pistol) and CarboJet air pistol.
5. Quackenbush Model 8 air rifle - walnut buttstock continues as forearm ahead of trigger. Muzzleloading single shot with no opening or slots on top or underside of body tube (barrel cover).
6. Quackenbush Barrel Cocking Air Pistols - Model A: Cocked by pulling out a knob around the muzzle until the mainspring is compressed and sear engaged, then pushing the barrel back into the gun. Model B: Like the British Gat brand air pistol, cocked by pushing barrel inward until mainspring is cocked and sear engaged. Both pistols are loaded by removing threaded breech plug at rear of receiver and inserting dart or slug. Marked with Quackenbush name and/or patent dates.
7. Kynoch air rifle - with big locking clamps on each side of barrel cocking breech.
8. Crosman Model 101 pump pneumatic rifle - not marked with model number. We are ONLY looking for the 15 shot repeater version with a round port for loading .22 caliber lead balls.
10. Daisy Model 141, 142, or 143 military style BB rifles, should be with web sling.
11. Lincoln air pistol - barrel cocking version with grip/spring chamber over 7" long and backstrap cocking versions.
12. Giffard gas cartridge rifle - semi-military style with long wooden forearm.
15. Randall air rifles - not marked. Winchester style cocking lever/trigger guard, entire middle section of gun is metal. See Blue Book of Airguns.
16. Haviland & Gunn air rifle with air cylinder ahead of trigger (spring piston chamber and barrel in straight line).
17. Westley Richards air pistol - concentric piston (piston around the barrel) version ONLY - not the version with barrel on top of body tube
19. Sutter 28 ga, air shotgun, made in Italy pre-WW2.
20. Old airguns by Lukens, Kunz, Girandoni, Contriner, Lowentz, Staudenmayer, etc.
21. Weaver Model 330 telescopic sight - made in mid-1900s, ca. 1948, for firearms. (and mount, if available)
22. Westley Richards Concentric Piston air pistol - barrel is inside of the body tube instead of mounted on top of it - for collection upgrade. Only interested in really fine specimens - and a left hand grip (checkered horn material).
23. Hammerli trainer unit which fits into Mauser 98 military rifles to make them into CO2 powered trainers - we have the spring piston version.
24. CZ military air rifle - model Vz 36 with long cocking handle on right side of receiver; this lever swings vertically to cock the gun.
25. MGR - air rifle, stamped MG&R, rear sight serves as barrel latch.
26. Mendoza HM-3 bb gun with folding metal stock.
27. Diana Model 8 air pistol.
OTHER AIRGUNS WANTED: We are always interested in hearing about items of which we may not know and in up-grading our present collection. We are mainly interested in all airguns made between 1550 and 1950. If you have an airgun item, or a whole collection, for sale, please mail, fax or (best) email us (at website@Beemans.net ) the following information: Frank description of item(s), caliber, all markings which appear on the gun(s), very frank description of condition, working order, and completeness of parts. Good photos are a major help!! If you use fax, please set your machine at fine detail - but even then the results generally are only fair - (we have received too many gun-shaped blobs via fax). Better is to email the color photos or mail them to our post box. Please indicate your price; we generally do not make offers. Your gun(s) could become part of the famous Beeman Airgun Collection and be illustrated in future editions of the Blue Book of Airguns and/or appear in articles written by Robert Beeman - with international circulation. The primary purpose of this collection is to serve as a resource for writing about the history of airguns. We need many more models to help us produce airgun information of value to airgun collectors and students all over the world! Help us to help the world's airgunners and historians! See Contact Us.