Tapco Thompson 30rds Mags.
Posted 28 February 2005 - 09:33 AM
Posted 28 February 2005 - 10:48 AM
I was going to post a note stating what I had received. However, I decided not to rant about it since Tapco did pay the shipping back and did give me a full refund. In my experience, Tapco seems to be customer oriented. I would mention that you want them checked before shipment to make sure they are as advertised and if they are arsenal refinished or new.
You may want to check Ohio Ordnance Works if your are interested in any 20 round mags. There was a post here several days ago talking about them. They were as advertised…very nice mags! I think Northridge still has 30 round mags for $29.95 each a little high I thought but they are very nice also. Good luck!
Posted 28 February 2005 - 11:10 AM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 10:08 PM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 11:15 PM
If you can actually talk to somebody on the other end of the phone on the mags, it sure does help, albeit it's still a roll of the proverbial dice, from my experience. I guess this thing is like panning for gold...without the bears, the cold, the saloons -- oh the last one don't sound so bad!
If anyone has had consistent luck (like more than twice?) in ordering mags, let us know.
Posted 02 March 2005 - 12:07 AM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 04:59 PM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 05:23 PM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:30 PM
Posted 03 March 2005 - 01:58 PM
As Phil noted, terms such as "like new", "excellent", or even "used GI" don't seem to mean much when it comes to what you receive. I also agree that if you can speak with someone "knowledgeable" at the seller, you may get better results. However, some of the folks (through negligence or ignorance) just tell you whatever they think you want to hear and do nothing different when filling you order. Having said all of that, I can point to two recent purchases that were very positive.
If you are buying any of the latest batch of XX mags from Ohio Ordnance Works, I can tell you that all of their mags are essentially NOS (see my Magazine Mania post on these mags). They want a higher price for them than some of the other sellers, but you will not be taking chances on the condition. Mike (aka Karl) is the man to talk to at OOW.
I also recently purchased five XXX mags from a guy selling on Gunbroker. The seller ID is WHAT and he is located in Reno, NV. He has a mixture of Seymour and Crosby XXX mags in excellent condition that he is selling 5 for $65. S&H added $9, so the mags were essentially $15 each delivered. He is still posting these on Gunbroker and I understand he has a bunch available. He communicated well with me and delivered five excellent mags. They do have the cosmoline inside, so there is a little cleanup required.
Good luck everyone on your magazine purchases!
Posted 03 March 2005 - 10:18 PM
911 HIGHLAND DR
PLOVER WI 54467
At $10.00 each, I figured I would take a chance. I found him on war-rifles.com, down in the NFA / class three discussion section, in the market thread. They are all trade marked 'co', and are in nice shape......He has an email there, but if you can not find him, email me , and i'll send you his email address..........jw
Posted 04 March 2005 - 03:36 AM
Posted 04 March 2005 - 04:26 PM
You are completely correct about Bob Landies and his integrity. I am honored to call him a friend and a fellow Christian. He lives his faith, and his integrity shows. He is a credit to firearms collecting and manufacturing. Anyone who owns or has seen one of this 1918A3 semi-auto BARs knows what kind of quality he produces.
Mike (also known as Karl because there is more than one Mike in the shop) handles all of his major shows and generally is the guy doing the dealing on components and parts. Mike's integrity is completely in line with Bob's, as frankly are all of the guys in the shop that I have encountered.
I don't know where Bob got this batch of XX mags, but I know it was honest and I know they are excellent.
Posted 05 March 2005 - 02:57 PM
Posted 06 March 2005 - 11:23 PM
TAPCO is a mixed bag. I've had decent luck with them. Their dozen almost-new mags worked out to be a decent deal, though I immediately sent five of the dozen back for replacement with better ones. They paid all shipping costs and I ended up with 12 nice mags, though the exchange involved a bit of extra work on my part. The exchange was done cheerfully and promptly, however, which was nice.
Based on the earlier posts in this thread, it sounds like there are better ways to go than TAPCO.