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#1 Sgt. Fox

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Posted 11 January 2004 - 05:22 PM

Hey there. I'm looking to buy an L drum for my Kahr arms semi-automatic and was wondering what a reasonable price would be. I see a mint condition auto-ordinance one for sale for $950, but that seems a little steep to me. Is it? Thanks a bunch for your help so I don't get taken. wink.gif
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Posted 11 January 2004 - 05:29 PM

A mint condition Auto Ordanance drum could be worth that price if it is a Bridgeport WW2 drum in mint condition how ever be carefull, the West Hurly Drums are also marked Auto ordnance and are worth:
About $250 for a 39 round, $500 for a 50 and $1000 for a 100 round drum
The quickest was to tell is to remove the winding key and see if there is a hole in the rotor shaft. No hole means that it is a West Hurly. Hole means it is an older more valuable drum
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Posted 11 January 2004 - 05:38 PM

I am aware of a West Hurley 50 round in stated mint condition that recently sold for $650. Well past what I was willing to pay but what may be is required.
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Posted 11 January 2004 - 10:18 PM

You should be able to find a Westy, remember it need work, for under $600. You may take some time, but look around and barter.
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Posted 12 January 2004 - 01:26 AM

I guess this isn't the time to bring up my 1972 Numrich Arms catalog that was listing WWII and probably 1920's drums also for $7 each???

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Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:50 AM

Just based on what I have seen and my own experience with selling drums:
39 round drums- $350
50 round WH- $650-700 (although people seem to be asking more for them now)
100 round WH- $1250-1500
Original drums seem to bring around $900+ in fine condition. Original 100 round drums are about $3500 (still considered a good buy) to $5000. Good luck and enjoy!
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