My Grandfather, who owned a general store, let me shoot his Red Ryder which he got in order to scare pests away. It was manufactured about the 2nd year of production and actually had a higher velocity then any of the Daisys I ever had. I still have this B.B. gun. Daisy, over the years, has manufactured many different models. The lever model was made in more varieties than any others. The pump model 25 was very popular since it’s beginnings in 1913 and has been resurrected a few times in various forms. Read More
One of the first really commercially successful commemorative firearms I believe was the Winchester Model 94 30-30 Winchester Centennial Commemorative rifle offered for sale in 1966 to celebrate Winchester gun company’s 100 years. The lever was offered in 20” carbine or 26” rifle. Approximately 102,000 were built. Read More
When I was about 16 I acquired a new Ruger 10/22 22 carbine which had only been born 6 years, before entering the market in late 1964. It was a walnut “carbine” stocked 22LR rifle with its revolutionary 10 shot rotary clip. The barrel had fold down rear sight and std. blade front sight and measured 18 ½”. My gun is basically the current Ruger Model 10/22 RB but has a walnut stock instead of a hard wood beech stock. I soon put a Bushnell 4x custom 7/8” dovetail scope with mount which fits into the base plate on the 10/22 receiver. This scope I never replaced. It was made in Japan and has good optics and is the right size for the gun. Read More
The C.I.L. Dominion line offers a cornucopia of cartridges for the novice or advanced collector. Anyone interested in firearms, military, hunting or sport shooting is a potential cartridge collector. The calibers, the various headstamps, the various projectiles, all tell a story. C.I.L. & Dominion have loaded hundreds of different shotshells, rimfires & centerfires calibers and gauges. Read More
As you get older I think you pay more attention to the past. Lately in some of the estate collections and miscellaneous purchases I’ve noticed an increase in older Dominion Cartridge Co. boxes and ammo, many before the C.I.L. oval logo appeared on the boxes. Read More
The range of calibers loaded by this iconic company is quite amazing. Dominion Cartridge and later C.I.L. enjoyed a lot of protection before Canada entered into free trade. Winchester and Remington did have manufacturing facilities in Canada, due to the duty imposed on non-Canadian companies. C.I.L. enjoyed government and police contracts under this tariff program.
The 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s saw The Canadian Industries Limited Ammunition Company on every shelf in gunshops, hardware stores and general stores. I grew up in a general store that was connected to our house. We had groceries, nails, nuts & bolts, clothing, boots, china and of course ammunition. We carried only C.I.L. ammunition. Shotgun shells were Canuck Maxium and Imperial good, better, best. Read More
The cowboy legends the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, the singing cowboy Gene Autry, etc. had their best times a little before my time. The riders of the silver screen still had an influence on a huge amount of people for over a generation and
Bat Masterson, Gunsmoke and Bonanza bridged the gap to my age group. You see nostalgia in furniture, car shows, antique fairs, etc. and the age group from 50-70 certainly embraces it.
A continuation of the most frequently asked questions across the counter Read More
I thought I would take a minute and answer some of the most frequently asked questions in our store. I'll break it into two parts with the second coming later this week. Read More
The last five years or so have seen many offerings in the 224 and sub 224 bores, such as .204, 17 Fireball, 17 HMR, etc.; so, it seems quite paradoxical the way companies are chambering in the old big bore cartridge 45/70.
In the 60's, 70's and 80's, Savage was known for lower priced firearms. I owned a CIL 830 .222 Rem bolt which was manufactured for Canadian Industries Limited by Savage (the Savage model designation was 340). I bought it from the wholesaler (we had a general store) for about $130.00 in about 1968. I shot CIL Dominion .222Rem 50 gr. P.S.P., the only ammo I could buy wholesale. Read More