Good Deal On A West Hurley?
Posted 03 January 2004 - 10:57 AM
Posted 03 January 2004 - 11:23 AM
Even if there aren't a lot of GI parts in the gun, they're easy enought to find and swap out. These days, there's nothing that can't be made to work (gunsmiths have had 17 years to to figure out how to keep MGs running, and there are plenty of talented people out there.)
Ok, it's not a "real" TSMG to the purists (i'm not a purist, btw...I also have a WH TSMG) but with the exception of the receiver, it won't take a whole lot to bring it up GI specs and get it run as well as a GI gun. If only I had the money, I'd take it.
Posted 03 January 2004 - 12:17 PM
Posted 03 January 2004 - 02:51 PM
BTW, it appears to be year three production, according to TCN:
1977 QTY 368 330A - 343A, 351A - 703A, 1339A, 1070A - 1071A
Posted 03 January 2004 - 05:25 PM
Posted 03 January 2004 - 05:45 PM
Purist, shmurist. What do you want in a Tommy? If you plan on shooting the heck out of it, the Westy is fine. Likely, though, the reason it has only had 200 rounds through it is because the owner was fed up with jams, etc. That is the way the West Hurleys (sometimes) are. Not always, but occasionally. My gun was similarly advertised as seldom fired, only about 500 rounds. I believe that, but it was 500 rounds ten at a time. It is completely unacceptible for it to run nothing less than perfect. Mine required some work, and now it is flawless. Can you test fire it? But it is a very good deal, even if you have to drop $500 into it for a tune up. Now, if, down the road, you decide you want a war relic or a collector Colt, your Westy will have appreciated greatly in value. You are not buying a gun no one else will want, or be willing to pay more for than you did. Trust me.
Arguably, a Savage will run you 5k more. A Colt 10k more. The gun you describe would sell in half a day on a board someplace...
Posted 03 January 2004 - 06:07 PM
Ser# 352A, from the owner in Tulsa,Okla, cost us $9500. PLUS the two trans stamps. So we will be sitting soon on a $9900. gun, that will come with a few mags and a 39rd W/Hurley(hey,that's my name) drum. THAT'S IT !......I just wish we had come upon this gentleman you are dealing with months ago.....You are so lucky, .....jw & Mrs.jw
Posted 03 January 2004 - 09:50 PM
Jump on it if available still. I have a WH that is about 200 SN's earlier that I bought new in 1977-78. Never had a bit of trouble with it nor did it need any tweeking. For pure shooting fun a Westy can't be beat. For collecting, a Colt or Savage is preferred but will cost you. I don't shoot mine as much as I should but when I do I'm not concerned about damaging the Colt 21's or the Savage 1928. I know , I know they are meant to be shot ............
Good Luck !