Newbie With Questions
Posted 09 September 2003 - 07:18 PM
1. Is it ok to leave the "third hand" in the slot, or should it be removed when not needed to remove the drum magazine.
2. The manual states that the drum magazine key should not be turned more than the stated number of times printed on the magazine. If one accidentally turns it more than that amount of times, is there a procedure to safely release the pressure, or some other action that should be taken?
3. If you turn the drum magazine key without the magazine loaded will it damage the magazine?
4. Is Wolf .45 230 grain FMJ safe to shoot?
5. Kahr Arms (www.tommygun.com) advertises magazines for what seems to be incredibly high prices ($139 for a *10* round drum mag?? Sure it looks cool, but isn't that a little expensive for such a small amount of rounds?). Is there somewhere else to get Thompson magazines any cheaper? www.autoweapons.com seems to have some more reasonable prices, but will those magazines work with the Kahr Arms Thompson?
Thanks in advance for any information anyone may have!
Posted 09 September 2003 - 07:51 PM
Make sure to read over the FAQ at the top of the board. Some of your questions may be addressed there. I'll stab at a few of 'em.
2. The drum shouldn't be wound more than the stated number of clicks. You can damage the spring. The only way to release the tension is to shoot it or manually push the rounds out of the drum with your finger. Never disassemble a wound drum.
3. I don't think winding an empty drum would necessarily damage it, but why would you?
5. The only drums still made (other than law enforcement drums in the 50 round capacity) are the 10 rounders. I think you can thank Clinton for that. Think high capacity magazine ban. Yes expensive but high coolness factor. You can still buy the old preban drums in, say, 50 round capacity, but they go for anywhere from $500 and up, up, up! See the FAQ for more on this. I don't see any bargains at autoweapons. Check out the prices on the original drums. Now, 20 and 30 round "stick" mags are very plentiful and cheap, though there are trouble using these in your gun. See the FAQ section on reshaping the mag catch for the details.
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Posted 10 September 2003 - 01:09 AM
Good point about the 3rd hand, Lionhart.
1930s, I was just inspecting the gun and clips and I opened the drum to figure out how to load it (don't have any ammo yet). After I closed the drum and put the key back in I wound it a few times without thinking. That's why I was wondering if winding it unloaded would damage it.
So unloading the drum releases the tension then? If so, then if it's not loaded to begin with and you wind it, no tension would build up so it would be ok?
Posted 10 September 2003 - 07:03 AM