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#1 M3scout


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Posted 15 December 2003 - 12:03 PM

Found a local pawn shop that has an "L" and a "C" drum for sale, both are Auto Ord.
, New York marked. "L" drum is about 98% and "C" drum is about 80%. He's asking $800 and $1700. Are these decent prices? Last drum I bought was in 1984. Whats the market like on these now? Appreciate any advice you can give me. Bill Z.
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Posted 15 December 2003 - 12:48 PM

IMHO, a little high for W. Hurley. I picked up an L drum last summer for 500. It has one small dent but worked flawlessly the one time I tried it. I have seen WH C drums listed for no more than 1300, L's for 600 or less. Offering him 1500 for both would be fair, especially if you consider the possible expiration of the large capacity magazine ban that COULD occur next year.
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Posted 15 December 2003 - 01:25 PM

Based on what I saw at the SAR show and from discussions with Meale, the drum doctor, West Hurly drums are selling for $250-$350 for a 30 round drum, $500 to $700 for a "L" drum and $900 to $1100 for a "C" drum. These are prices for un-modified drums. Drums modified and improved by Meale work very well but are of course more expensive.

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Posted 15 December 2003 - 04:05 PM

The assumption in the other replies is that these are West Hurley drums. Given the quoted prices, I think that is a reasonable assumption and agree that the prices are a bit high. However, depending on the actual New York address and other markings, it is possible that at least the L drum is a pre-wwII. If that is true, $800 is a great price on the L-drum.

I doubt there is a Colt C-drum in a pawn shop, but if it is, grab it for $1700.

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Posted 15 December 2003 - 04:13 PM

Roger, that is my thinking exactly! You never know where these items will turn up!! smile.gif blink.gif rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 08:02 AM

Thanks for the info guys, I thought these prices were tot high, but then, I only paid $475 for my first M1A1 Thompson back in the '70s. Didn't know current market on these, prices seem to jump over night sometimes. Thanks again for the input. Bill Z.
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