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#21 johnsonlmg41

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 08:04 PM

I've not heard of any problems with Group industries guns including the one I own.  Many issues with the vector guns but a lot of them were sent back for refurbishment while vector was still in business and repaired.  Likely an NIB Vector would suffer many of the issues you state (fairly common discussion in the early 2000's)  and not have been sent back for repairs.   From what I recall most issues were resolved on the first trip back, but some did make two trips.  Vector got pretty good at fixing them out of necessity.

 

Hopefully your gun gets fixed this time!  The good news is if you can wait it out 3 years maybe you'll be even or ahead  as prices escalate. 

 

Gunsmiths are a lot like contractors, they have steady clients that take precedence over a new guy and try to "fit" other work in when possible.  That's just the nature of business, but admittedly like contractors there are also a lot of lazy gunsmiths.

 

Guys in general have "issues" getting MG's to work so a lot of commentary is not worth much if you are trying to solve a problem.    I find 75% to be operator error for a multitude of reasons when guns don't work.  They broke them, lost parts, didn't clean them, etc.  If MG's were as available and cheap as golf clubs imagine how many you would see hurled out on the range!


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#22 huggytree

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 07:42 AM

i have heard worse issues with GI guns than Vector!!.....its why i would tell anyone to stay away from them specifically....but each of us has his own experience with different weapons...ive had many tell me their GI runs 100%...but unless you know its full history it may have had gunsmith work already to get it to that point...

 

all i am trying to say is not to blindly buy a UZI.....have 0 trust its correct...buy from Ruben or Frank which will fix/return it...or get a guarantee of function with a 3 day trial...then shoot the heck out of it...make sure it works....

 

main issue(which mine also had) is a crooked trunion...it seems to show itself by light/off center primer strikes on the left side of the mag....after gun smith #1 adjusted this the primer strike got closer to the center of the primer, but still jammed...once my gun heated up(2-3 mags) it ran 100%....others ive seen have had the exact same light primer strike jam....

 

its not like buying a ww2 thompson where the physical appearance is the main concern...they all seem to function......this is the opposite, the physical appearance can be fixed for $400 and made to look brand new...internally is where the uzi problems all exist

 

it is a great gun to shoot....(i can barely remember at this point, but did shoot one 2 months or so ago)


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#23 El Duce

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 05:08 PM

I bought my Vector Uzi directly from Vector.   It has ran 100% since day one.   And I haven't done a thing to it. 


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#24 huggytree

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 06:53 PM

emailed my gunsmith the other day....he says the metal is so junky and the previous factory welds have messed things up so much that he is having trouble welding the back end back on....he is burning through it...he had tried 2-3x last email..so he is on time #4....im now past 17 months with this gun at 3 different gunsmiths


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