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#1 Got Uzi

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 06:22 PM

Ok so its not a Thompson but it is a very early Colt machine gun. Needs a lot of love but it will be a fun restoration project.

https://m.proxibid.c...ll|1|0|45761331



Yes I know I posted this on the wrong section....
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 06:28 PM

Looks like a fun toy and a good deal!
Have fun and keey us posted when you get it running!
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 06:57 PM

Looks like it will be fun...Post some better pics when it arrives?


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:37 PM

Sorry for running up the price!   I have a complete new parts kit and tripod for it and I didn't see that much value in it?  Did you buy the high priced rusty barrels too?  I'm stunned at what people will pay some of these parts?  No bargains today.  Maybe next week?


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:48 PM

Cool. I was bridesmaid on the IMA dummy. Sold for $575!! That was a good price.

 

Some of the other items went high for their condition - as mentioned. The Johnson barrel was trash - and so were some of the Thompson and 1919 barrels. Still brought in the $$$.


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#6 Got Uzi

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:55 PM

No I didnt buy the barrels but I could be interested in your parts kit and tripod.....I have a a couple sources for parts (semi local) so I was counting that as my ace in the hole.

I figured it would have gone for more than it did.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:02 PM

Hope the parts that you are counting on are for a .303 Colt……..


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:28 PM

The guns tend to go fairly cheap since finding the rest is very difficult and very expensive. That set I'll hold on to until I find a viable host. 

 

It's likely internally that the gun is fairly decent.   Guns are a lot like concrete......you're only paying for the top 1/32 of an inch which is what you see, no one cares much about what's inside.   I couldn't tell with all the rust if the two barrels were Marlin or Colt, but for what they sold for I could tell they were not for me!  Nor the rusty side and bottom plates for well over $1000?  I bid on many parts lots and got none?   Maybe I'm behind the times, but the prices and condition I just could not see how to offer any more?   

 

If anyone got the lot with the Madsen magazine I'd be interested in buying that. 


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 05:57 AM

Was talking to OOW at the Creek and they told me that all it took to swap calibers was the barrel, bolt, and feed wheel. My plan is to make it back into .30-06
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 04:38 PM

Ok so its not a Thompson but it is a very early Colt machine gun. Needs a lot of love but it will be a fun restoration project.

https://m.proxibid.c...ll|1|0|45761331



Yes I know I posted this on the wrong section....


Is this a transferable machine gun because that's a good price!
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 05:03 PM


Ok so its not a Thompson but it is a very early Colt machine gun. Needs a lot of love but it will be a fun restoration project.

https://m.proxibid.c...ll|1|0|45761331



Yes I know I posted this on the wrong section....

Is this a transferable machine gun because that's a good price!

It is a transferable DeWaT (de activated war trophy). Gun was deactivated but registered during or prior to 1968 amnesty. Therefore the gun can continue to transfer as a registered dewat or be reactivated upon receipt of an approved Form 1 by the owner. As a registered DeWaT the gun is still a machinegun.

Many of these deactivated guns were not registered in 68 and are therefore contraband.

There is a ton of information in these boards that will help explain all the nuances about MG ownership.

Congrats on the purchase Greaseman. I see your interest as they operate much like a grease gun, pump the lever and the stuff comes out the end. As we spoke at OGCA, I want one someday. Glad you got this one and I look forward to seeing its deactivation!

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 08:56 PM

The fun way to dig taters!
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 03:34 PM

John,

 Nice going. You finally got the belt fed you always wanted.

It will be a nice winter project.

If you restore it maybe you could trade it for an Uzi or Thompson.

Jim C

Oh by the way you posted it in the wrong place.


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 11:25 AM

Can someone elaborate on .303 versions. I picked up a Digger tripod which came out of the roof space of a Victorian Drill Hall. Its a little different to the usual digger tripods and has a bracket for a shield. Im assuming its an early British contract or that its a War Aid/ lend lease item.
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#15 Got Uzi

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:11 PM

M3bobby-sent you a PM
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#16 Got Uzi

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 12:50 PM

Got to see my Colt Digger last night. On the outside it looks bad but on the inside its very nice. Springs have good tension, pins are right and tight, nothing is egged or worn out, should be a fun restoration. Plan is for now to restore it mechanically then worry about the cosmetics.

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#17 mgvince

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 11:41 PM

Very cool looking.  Does it look like it will need a lot of work to repair?


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 01:23 AM

At first look it doesnt appear to need much
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:38 PM

From what I have gathered, these were ordered by the Canadians early in WWI because England didn't or couldn't supply them with the Vickers gun. Captain Herbert W. McBride talks about it extensively in his famous work, A Rifleman Went to War. He goes into such details as discovering that a certain bolt in the gun was exactly the same as on a certain brand of French bicycle. So they took all the bolts of that type from all the bicycles in the area. He also describes how he made a flash arrester out of a 75mm artillery shell casing that completely masked the muzzle flash from observation from the front. McBride further stated that the Colt was the safest gun to provide covering fire over the heads of advancing troops because it had very little vertical dispersion in its shot pattern. It would be awesome to see this gun restored and working again.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 07:31 PM

Finally got to look at the pix on a high-res monitor.  It looks way better than you described on the phone.

I'll bring the 25# bag of potatoes when you get it up and running :wacko:


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