Even more Stembridge Gun Rentals History!

March 5, 2012 – 11:54 pm

A gentleman by the name of Jim Ferguson wrote me last year:

“I was cleaning out a home today and found a box of letters and photos dated in the 1940’s. They were letters to a Frederick T. Dickie at Stembridge gun rentals at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The photos were of lots of neat guns and of some people whom I asume are related to the gun shop. I guess I’m wondering if anyone isĀ interestedĀ in seeing this stuff.”

I wrote back of course, and said yes! Here’s what Jim found!


  1. 11 Responses to “Even more Stembridge Gun Rentals History!”

  2. Do you have any records or pictures of the guns used for Gunsmoke,Bonanza or Have gun will travel. My Grandfather blued guns for the stembridge for years. I would guess the 50’s through the early 70’s. He was Al Andrews owner of Andy’s Gun Refinishing. He worked with Bob Lane from Paramount. I would love any copies of photos or records. Any information you could share about his work with your family would be greatly appreciated.


    By Judy Bankson on Sep 21, 2013

  3. hello Judy, I am wondering if my father worked with your gradfather

    By Cory Zamora on Apr 24, 2014

  4. Wow,I found a picture of my uncle, Gordon Worthington, in your collection. Thank you so much. Her worked there for many years and loved the owrk and the friendships! He actually took me on a tour of the gun shop when I was 10 (almost 40 years ago!) and it was a highlight of my childhood.

    By Darin Slocum on Sep 9, 2014

  5. Very cool! Thanks for letting us know.

    By David Stembridge on Sep 9, 2014

  6. Sometime in the mid 60’s, one of the major gun magazines ran a long article about the Stembridge Hollywood rentals. As a (about) 12 year old, I wore that magazine ragged and dog eared. I sure wish that I could remember which publication it was and try to find a copy. I’ve never forgotten the fascination it instilled.

    By Dale Werner on Oct 13, 2014

  7. Thanks for the note Dale, I may have seen a copy if that article at some point. I have a copy, well the pertinent pages of a 1969 True magazine… sound familiar? I’ll load and add a link!

    Here ya go: http://stembridge.us/pdf/true-magazine-stembridge-article.pdf

    By David Stembridge on Oct 13, 2014

  8. Very generous of you and I’d be interested in it. The one I recall was in one of the gun enthusiast magazines. It could have been “GUNS”, “Shooting Times” or maybe another one.
    I fell in love with the shooting sports at a very early age and am still at it as I push 60 years old. This afternoon, I watched “The Train Robbers” with John Wayne again. I never get tired of the Westerns. I drive my wife nuts, as I notice historical errors in any movie with firearms………Thank You!

    By Dale Werner on Oct 13, 2014

  9. Click on the above link, it’ll download the article! I have a few more as well, will try to make a new update with some of those articles!

    Thanks for your input!

    By David Stembridge on Oct 13, 2014

  10. Thank you, David. What a blast from the past! It’s an honor to speak with you.

    By Dale Werner on Oct 13, 2014

  11. I remember an article about Stembridge gun Rentals and the 7000 plus guns and I believe it was in Natioal Rifle Magazine. 70’s maybe? Same thing , I think I wore the magazine out just reading it over and over.

    By Ernie Moosios on Nov 7, 2014

  12. I believe this is what you were talking about: http://stembridge.us/pdf/true-magazine-stembridge-article.pdf

    By David Stembridge on Nov 15, 2014

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