nate129 Posted December 20, 2020 Report Share Posted December 20, 2020 (edited) In a prior post (http://www.machinegunboards.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24898) I mentioned a few issues found in a Winchester m1918 recently acquired from Jerry at Recon Ordinance at Fond Du Lac WI. Jerry had me send the gun to John Andrewski for repairs. I recently received the 1918 back from John. All issues have been corrected. The installed Winchester barrel was determined to be fairly worn by gauging but still had some life left. John found it would not head space correctly and evidence suggested a prior owner struggled with some problems due to this. Jerry sent a nearly new 1918 dated Marlin barrel, he traded for the Winchester barrel and covered all the costs of the barrel installation. The Marlin barrel headspaced and indexed correctly. John noted the gun had been re-blued in the past. I had John re-blue the entire gun plus all my A2 parts (previously parkerized) so everything is matching (the ROT A2 lower has that slight purple tone due to the metal). John was able to sand out all the scratches in the receiver and much of the pitting. He removed the A2 rear sight and replaced with a Winchester 1918 sight that I purchased from a board member. He was also able to secure the loose bushing in the foregrip. A reproduction 1918 early regulator from BMG parts was installed. Also a a new front grip screw from BMG. I am on Mr. Dan Block's list for a set of reproduction 1918 wood so I won't damage this original Winchester wood when shooting. Apparently the high comb stock is a rarer variety. For now I will shoot it with A2 hardware, and probably the A2 lower to reduce wear on the original Winchester lower. I did try the A2 lower with 1918 (short) buffer, I was told the gun would function semi auto in "slow" selection with the short buffer but by hand cycling that is not the case. My main range is semi only (plus the national ammo crunch...) so not looking to do mag dumps. Here are some photos. John did some great work, he really knows the 1918 platform. His costs to refinish the gun was reasonable. I would certainly recommend his services to others. Jerry at Recon Ordinance took care of the problems, I would also recommend him as a reliable dealer. Edited December 20, 2020 by nate129 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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