Drum Pricing After The Ban Dies
Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:52 PM
So does anyone see the West Hurley Drums getting a whacking?
50 rounders now...
C drums that are colt should see no change. Westies???
Posted 14 August 2004 - 06:56 AM
Edited by brian, 14 August 2004 - 06:56 AM.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 07:26 AM
There were a few WH people at the Thompson show and Mike gave them an ear full of information/advice about manufacturing the drum. Maybe he can post with some feedback from the conversation as I only listened to parts.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 07:38 AM
Posted 14 August 2004 - 08:05 AM
AO Kahr has a warehouse full of L’s ready for sale on the 14th- street price= <$200. WH produced drums that have been $500 will drop to the street price of this new production.
No new C’s- won’t even be considered until after the election and then only if Bush wins. If the Republicans can continue in the white house, someone may get ballsey enough to resurrect the old tooling and make a few. Quality on par with WH production. An honest C drum would be require an enormous investment of capital for tooling that is capable of producing a quality product- a hard sell in the difficult political environment (even under Bush) and with such a small market.
Buy all the new hi caps you think you need on the 14th- it may be a short window of opportunity.
Mike, on technical note- the hole in the rotor shaft of the pre WH drums is not for grease; there is no path into the interior of the drum through this hole. The drum greasing tool Merle designed forces grease into the spring cage through the annulus of the outside of the rotor and the spring cage itself.
One of the biggest problems with the WH and Kahr drums is not holding critical tolerances in the placement of the components and using soft materials. The dies used to draw the case and cover have to be very good to keep the corners tight and the parts flat, true and to size as seen in the pre war stuff. None of the later parts have shown the necessary quality because they weren’t willing to put the $$ into the tooling and processing. Many of the tolerances for the WWII drum parts are .005 or less- that’s awfully tight for a pressed steel part.
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