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#1 Motorcar

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 10:46 AM

At a local gun show this weekend two different dealers had "Volunteer" rifles on their tables. Resembeled a mismatch of 28/M1A1/ compensated finned barrel mess of some sort. Does anyone know the deal on these and are they worth the $500 asking price? I vaguely remember seeing some posts on these at one time. Thanks for any info.
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 12:32 PM

JUNK
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 02:01 PM

The last one I had sold for $125.00 two years ago. As stated junk....
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 06:02 PM

Dito. Super piece of shit. Run away from it fast.
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 08:04 PM

Thanks, they looked funky, just didn't know the story on them.
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 10:32 PM

If there's one thing that stands out on this board, it's honesty! I add my "stinky-poo" thumbs-down opinion on the "Volunteer".
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Posted 19 September 2003 - 08:22 PM

I know the Volunteer is a hunk of junk, but I found something intresting. As far I know all of the Volunteers fire from a closed bolt. There is a guy selling one that he says is a factory open bolt semi auto. He stated that is was one of the first and was made.

Is this true? Were some of guns made (legally) as open bolts?

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 09:26 PM

There was a .45 Carbine that sort of looked liked a Thompson produced many years ago. (I think it was called an Eagle) That Gun did fire from an Open Bolt. Whether or not a Volunteer was originally manufactured in an Open Bolt Design, I'm unaware. Maybe it was. It should be noted that the "Volunteer" was made by several Companies.
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Posted 20 September 2003 - 01:09 AM

Lionhart,

That must be what I am overloking. If several companies made the Volunteer, it would make sense that there would be differences in the design.

To be honest with you, I would scared to shoot an open bolt Volunteer (even if it was legal.) They are notorious for coming apart.

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 09:19 AM

If memory serves me right (for which I'm open to correction), there is also at least the Spitfire weapon which was a Thompson somewhat look-alike in .45 ACP that was, for at least some implementations, an open bolt fire mechanism. I believe the ATF may have classified the Spitfire as a class III firearm. Is the Volunteer another incarnation?
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