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#1 DarinReiss

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:25 PM

I just received this 80% receiver today and it looks NICE. I also received an 80% receiver last week. The one I received last week was sold as a Phillie Ord 80% and it looked exactly as I expected - in the white, rough edges, rough machining, no slot cut for extractor, etc. The one I received today that is pictured below looks MUCH BETTER than I expected. The extractor slot is cut, a few lightning holes were made in the receiver channel. The seller is sure it is a Phillie Ord receiver. I am confused because it is so much more finished than I expected. I wish to send these lowers to T&S Manufacturing in CT to engrave the receiver markings and also heat treat to 40 rockwell as they told me they could provided I can tell them what kind of metal it is. If this nice receiver is not a Phillie, I am afraid to have it heat treated, not knowing what steel it is made of. The nice receiver also has a "R" machined into the bottom of the receiver and it made me think of Richardson, as in Doug Richardson. Could this possibly be one of his receivers?
Thanks for your help!
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#2 Roland, Headless Thompson Gunner

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 07:05 PM

It is a Richardson Receiver. If you want to get it engraved, have Doug do it. He will only work on his own. Sam Alvarez at T&S did my Phil Ord receiver and does a nice job. But Doug is the best.
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 07:47 PM

Yes, that is a Richardson receiver and is better quality than the Philadelphia Ordnance receivers. The steel is equal to or better than the WWII original receivers. You can't go wrong using that receiver for your project.
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:11 PM

Don't want to sell it by chance? ph34r.gif
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#5 DarinReiss

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:30 PM

Sell it? Yea, right! I can sure see why you guys said that Doug's receivers are so much nicer! This thing is art!
I appreciate your input! What kind of turnaround does Doug offer for engraving? The pictures I have seen of the engraving that T&S does looks very nice. Definitely nicer than any of the 6 or 7 WWII M1/M1A1's that I have had but of course, they were roll-marked.

Thanks for your help!!,
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:15 PM

My emails show that I first contaced Doug on Nov. 13, 2003 and got the finished receiver back on Feb 14, 2004. He also added the dummy actuator and pilot. I was lucky as I think he was home for the holidays from Belize, though I don't think Doug does it all himself theses days.

Sam at T&S did the engraving and added the actuator and pilot my M1A1 Phil Ord. with the added bonus of a spring in the dummy pilot, nice touch.
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Posted 07 May 2005 - 02:08 PM

Whats the turn around on Doug's receivers? I am thinking about a 1921. After all, I don't think now or in the next life I can afford to get a 1921. Where did you find this receiver Darin?
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#8 DarinReiss

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:04 PM

Adlake,
I posted a WTB ad on Subguns and Sturmgewehr NFA parts boards. I received 2 replies for receivers and bought both with the understanding that they both were Phillie Ord receivers. The seller of the Richardson receiver thought it was a Phillie Ord receiver.
I now want a Richardson 21/28 receiver!
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 03:28 AM

Nice score what was the damages?
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE (DarinReiss @ May 7 2005, 11:04 PM)
Adlake,
I posted a WTB ad on Subguns and Sturmgewehr NFA parts boards. I received 2 replies for receivers and bought both with the understanding that they both were Phillie Ord receivers. The seller of the Richardson receiver thought it was a Phillie Ord receiver.
I now want a Richardson 21/28 receiver!
Darin

"I now want a Richardson 21/28 receiver!"

I know where one is for sale if you want to pay the cost..... You have to buy the reciever and a kit think he wants somewhere around the 2K mark.... I posted it here once.....
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#11 DarinReiss

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:17 PM

Z3BigDaddy, PM sent. The parts kit has to be something special to make the whole thing worth $2k.

adlake, $210 shipped. I wish I could buy a dozen more at that price!

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 12:15 AM

Not bad in price smile.gif adlake
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 03:19 PM

Yeah. I just couldn't remember who made it. My loss your gain. rolleyes.gif Whatever I had in mind, I've since gotten a 1921 COlt and Savage M1. PK worked 'em and they WORK great! Now if I can get those 2 new Kahr drums to work! Good Luck Darin!
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:32 AM

Z3,

I have a Richardson receiver, but I ain't selling! wink.gif

I wish I could get one of his 21 type acuator knobs for a 27A1.

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 12:08 PM

Everyone one loves a litte *** but know one loves a smart ***! dry.gif
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 12:35 PM

Z3,

Anyone that gets a working NY L drum for $500 deserves a smart*** remark! wink.gif

Lucky b@$t@rd!

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 03:01 PM

I'll trade it for your Richardson receiver... Hell I'll give you some cash even.... ph34r.gif
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