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Bought a Lewis Gun. Where can I get a 97 round drum?


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#1 michaelkih

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:03 AM

I bought a nice Lewis gun.  It comes with 10 of the 47 round drums, but where can I get at least 1 of the 97 round drums?

 

Thanks for any help!

 

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 07:50 AM

They are rather scarce & very pricey.  I'm guessing you have a .303 ground gun, bear in mind that you can't use the sights with the 97 round pan.

 

Message me with your email address, I have several manuals in PDF format that might be useful to you.

 

 

 

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 02:30 PM

There's been 1 or 2 at the SARS show the past couple of years. Expensive but there.


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 07:19 PM

They are rather scarce & very pricey.  I'm guessing you have a .303 ground gun, bear in mind that you can't use the sights with the 97 round pan.

 

Message me with your email address, I have several manuals in PDF format that might be useful to you.

 

 

 

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I have the aircraft sights for it too.  Just really it's something that is neat to me that's all.  Thanks a lot for the reply!


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:33 AM

We imported 15 303 cal 97 rd drums back in the 90s. I kept one, and I think we were selling them quickly at $1500 or so then.  They do pop up, I actually got a 97 rd japanese drum for my type 92 from a guy for $700 last year.  I have 3  original nice Japanese 97 rders for my type 92 now,   and the 1 British 97 rd.  I pretty much never use them.


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 08:59 PM

Saw one at the SARS yesterday @ $1500 


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#7 michaelkih

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 04:03 AM

Saw one at the SARS yesterday @ $1500 


Yea someone sent me a picture. I wanted it, but it turned out to be a 30-06 drum. Darn!
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:53 PM

I came across a 97 round Lewis gun magazine in 30-06 with canvas pouch in darn near perfect condition at the Creek a few years back for $1400.  Was even fully loaded with ammo!  Never thought I'd find one...but they are out there...just keep looking... 


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:23 PM

I came across a 97 round Lewis gun magazine in 30-06 with canvas pouch in darn near perfect condition at the Creek a few years back for $1400.  Was even fully loaded with ammo!  Never thought I'd find one...but they are out there...just keep looking... 


Yea Ive found several different 30-06 drums. None in 303 though, which is what I need.
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Posted 19 May 2019 - 06:43 PM

Mike,

 

I'll be on the lookout and let you know if I see one.


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Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:13 AM

Mike,

 

I'll be on the lookout and let you know if I see one.

Thanks!


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:30 PM

I recently purchased a .303 Lewis Gun, and also am looking for  one 97 round drum.

Please also let me know if anybody has info on where I could get one.  I realize Michaelkih asked before me.  I just purchase mine, yesterday.

Also, DougStump, would you mind giving me a copy of those same PDF files that you said you could send to Michaelkih?  I would really appreciate it.  If so, please let me know and I can email you my email address.

 

Thanks,

 

 


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:54 PM

Sure thing!  Just PM me your email.

Also, DougStump, would you mind giving me a copy of those same PDF files that you said you could send to Michaelkih?  I would really appreciate it.  If so, please let me know and I can email you my email address.

 

Thanks,


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Posted 05 July 2019 - 12:37 AM

I saw another 97 rounder just 2 days ago. I forget where but I believe it was chambered in 30-06. Try placing a WTB ad on Sturmgewehr. And scour Gunbroker, other websites and gunshows big and small. This stuff is out there. For me, half of the fun is the search itself.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:05 AM

I still have never found a .303 97 round drum.  Not that it's totally NEEDED, but I still want one.  rare puppy to find!  


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Posted 02 January 2020 - 10:44 PM

303 British 97 round drum found on Gunbroker for an asking price of $2300!

 

https://www.gunbroke.../item/851419646

 

Ken K is the seller. 


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#17 michaelkih

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 02:36 AM

Darn! I just saw this. Ive bought several items from Ken too, including my Bren MKIm.

303 British 97 round drum found on Gunbroker for an asking price of $2300!
 
https://www.gunbroke.../item/851419646
 
Ken K is the seller. 


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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:28 PM

Mike, I sent you a PM the minute I saw it!

 

Did anyone on this board buy it?

 

I was tempted just because of the rarity of such a drum.  But I don't own a Lewis in 303 and $2300 is a lot to have tied up.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 01:39 AM

Hey man I really appreciate it. Apparently I dont logon here enough. Ill live. Ugh....

Mike, I sent you a PM the minute I saw it!
 
Did anyone on this board buy it?
 
I was tempted just because of the rarity of such a drum.  But I don't own a Lewis in 303 and $2300 is a lot to have tied up.


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 04:22 PM

Mike,

 

I'll keep looking for ya.

 

John 


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