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  1. Aaron, I'll take one. Will email you now. Thx Houston
  2. What to know about mp40s

    Ive had a shooter grade wilson tube MP40 for maybe 10 yrs now. Never had any issues with it but I dont shoot it a lot at all. The mags just suck to load, the gun is HEAVY, and rof is way to slow for me. Im an MP5 dude. That said its certainly a reliable and cool looking historical MG. No doubt there. Mine just doesnt see much actual shooting like say the Uzis and MP5s and AR15s. But thats an aside. Basically just go buy any erb or wilson non cr mp40 and you should be fine...but im no expert...which is good as I only become well versed in weapons that fail often and i have to troubleshoot...
  3. Im just an average Joe and not a dealer but I own a "bunch" of firearms personally. The answer to your question is...what the time value/penalty for you to hold those guns for a couple/few years? If you are buying to flip quickly (which really needs an FFL !) I'd say buy at 40% current FMV (not 40% of "NIB"). If they are guns you like and wouldnt mind keeping long term for personal collection ( which should be your intent as a non FFL holder) then I'd say 60% is "fair" to give you cushion. basically if you want that collection of guns to mostly keep yourself...bid for it just above those in the business/flippers would....so offer 60%... bc the shops and dealers prob wont offer that much. be careful! Oh...and I wouldnt count of crap appreciating ...not in the non-NFA/non-museum Title I guns. Nope. Dont count on appreciation at all! For NFA...you can prob count on appreciation... varies of course but 5%/yr is roughly what I've found to be the case across a wide selection /average of NFA guns from 1999 until 2019. Your miles may vary. For reference my hk MP5k w sear bought in 1999 works out to compound annual appreciation of right at 8%/yr ....and thats the highest I'v had long term....and I'm not counting for folks in the hey day around 1986 etc...but rather once the market "matured". So plz dont start with the 1000%/yr stories on the 1985 hk sear you might have bought. Vastly different times and market just as gold prices pre and post 1972 are (go look).
  4. Last recession

    Thumpy....The MG market WAS affected...but not to the degree that SP500 /stocks or houses (in many parts of the USA) were. I made a few purchases during that timeframe including a $10k hk sear (and passed on a $10k RDIAS unfortunately from same seller in the same transaction!! Stooopid me!). Here's what happens as I see it. Economy shits out....MG holders typically dont panic sell (as they might do w stocks ). I'd say MGs in general - and I mean shooter grade MGs that are currently in the $5,000 - $50,000 range (not one off miniguns used in Predator movies or super rare matching SN nazi marked MP43s, or whatever ) dropped on average maybe 20%. I mean from early 2008 thru say about 2011. Then it was soon off to the races for most MGs...esp HK sears, RDIAS. Beltfeds didnt get that rocket appreciation that the sears did. So... having been active in the indiv. buyers market during that time (and more) I'd say 20% dip on average is a fair answer to your question. I most certainly did NOT see 50% off and I most certainly did NOT see a stable market w/o sub 10% dips. 20%.
  5. information

    "The Website" says A-OK. You are normal and free to go .
  6. Uzi advice for buyer please!!

    ^^Waffen....ALL Vector/Group receivers were out of spec.- to varying degrees at the time. Most have been repaired or werent bad enough to cause function issues. It's rare to come across one these days that is jacked (although I do know one guy who's had absolute hell w his Group). I'd assume all the minis from Vector were out of spec too as they are cut down full size receivers if I recall. It was a heat treatment issue they had.
  7. Uzi advice for buyer please!!

    I’m an owner of reg bolt and reg rec Uzis as I described above. I have had a RB “break”. Details: mini Uzi RB which was a cut down reg. BG bolt - really crappy too. No way BG did it. Shitty welds w pockets/ditzels - just terrible. And the gun I bought w this abomination of a RB had the thickened speed buffer in it. I shot it a lot but could tell it was beating up the gun. Very violent ultra fast open bolt gun. One day it “jammed” and I peeked inside and those welds had all but broken. I sent it to Andrewski who did a great repair on the bolt and matched it up running nicely again in its host. Maybe a $500 repair- I can’t remember but he did an exc job and had quick turn around too. Now the gun is fine again. I am the only person I know ( directly , in person ) who has experienced a broken bolt though. Would I do it all over again? Yeah I would. The RB mini at the time was a great deal ( for obvious reasons!) and I’m a bottom fisher sucker for “cheap” MGs and don’t mind tuning up shitty guns if the price is right. That said I’m getting older and more lazy so maybe I won’t be in that lower quality ring of the MG market anymore.
  8. Uzi advice for buyer please!!

    words of advice. not an "expert" but own 6 uzis , all types , for last decade. 1. hit up Uzitalk forum for detailed info. 2. verify that its a reg. bolt and not a slotted bolt married to a reg. rec. Form 4 will reveal. 3. $11k is on the average-high end for a RB gun. You can prob get a decent reg. rec. gun for $11k in todays soft market. Cheaper from an indiv usually but with assc'd risks. More exp. from a dealer but with less risks. I wouldnt pay $11k for a RB gun from an indiv. and prob not from a dealer either. $9k would be a good buyer price IMO. 4. I wouldnt buy a RB gun without having dumped a few mags myself or seen recent videos of it doing so. Not one mag but several. 5. Im not scared of Reg Bolt guns in general. own 2- mini uzis. Reg Rec preferable in general though. If you are on a tight budget then you should look for a $9k RB gun proven to run ok...and just buy it. If you can go up to $11k then buy a Reg rec. 6. lots of opinions on Group, Vector, IMI guns. See Uzitalk library for overall and details. I'm personally fine with all three---as long as they arent New. New group or vector guns certainly may have issues as all had heat treating issues and out of spec receivers. By now most all of those have been remedied by previous owners...unless its new gun more or less. Uzi is a great entry gun into SMGs. You'll have fun. they are tanks and easy to fix, shoot, etc etc.
  9. Ironically the only time Ive been scammed in my 20 yrs of NFA was from a dealer in VA who listed a crap pile of parts and ammo in a lot as a paid ad on Subguns. Ad was legit looking as was the correspondence. $1200 worth of crap I think. usually I'm a bit more leery but on this one I didnt ask for the Buddy approved proof of life photo , etc. Well he never delivered after I paid. Ends up he himself has lost his FFL , was well known as a shit bag, and went to prison. I forgot his name. This was prolly 10 yrs ago. Other than that episode I've had nothing but solid deals- well, with the exception of the deal made and then later the seller contacts me to tell me they made a mistake and have already sold the Dragunov, etc , etc...
  10. Group vector uzi

    ^^ $0.03 /rnd rifle ammo !!!! You old farts just make me sick you know.
  11. Group vector uzi

    wow. small world. Man I love the 54R 1919a4 conversion. Thats all Ive been shooting over the last many years. Thanks for spearheading that conversion! Works great. Troy's fixed headspace version rocks - it's what I upgraded to last year.
  12. Group vector uzi

    Fair enough. You’ve been in it for the long haul and in serious Ammo vol. I’m more a recreational shooter - every 3 weekends go blast a couple thou rnds mixed cal. ( I did manage to smooth bore my 54R at OFAST this past June. 4500 rnds of 54R over 8 hrs and she was toast. Great fun !) Ammo IS something I’d stock up on when it’s cheap. Bc I burn thru it. Bought 50k rnds of 54R back when it was $0.20/rnd. That’s as good as it gets for me. I wasn’t around MGs in glorious days of 5cent 8mm Or when ANY MGs cost less than $3,500 ( mac at that price was my cheapest ever Mg purchase- At KC maybe 2008?). Lastly I stick to transferable “common “ MGs and “common “ calibers -9,45,556,308 with 54R in the 1919. I try to keep it simple. 30 carbine or really 7.62x39 is as weird as I get. I speak of not buying <many> spare parts but even as I say that I personally have cans of them for each MG. I’ve just been fortunate in not requiring much. I did manage to break a 54R 1919 bolt itself a few mo prior to OFAST. Troy at barrelxchange set me up with 3 additional ones. I have broken a M60 bolt as well. And wore out an already used MP5k barrel. Ok ok how about this for a weird failure? Bent HK rollers. And I mean instead of round it was octagonal - flat sides. Receiver/trunion fine-no dimples. Oh and unilateral, affected only 1 roller. Crazy huh? Bent up hk roller! Happy shooting my friend!
  13. Group vector uzi

    Thumpy... Im sticking w what I said but I appreciate Mike Todd’s input. We just disagree. My points again are: 1. Uzis are one of the most- if not the most- reliable SMGs out there. Like MT I have many ( although not for as long as he has I’m guessing) SMGs. It’s RARE that an Uzi needs a spare part - and when they do it’s an easy cheap fix. Despite what MT said about how much I shoot-well I’ll tell you. I shoot about 20k-30k 9mm reloads per year x 15 yrs or so. Not all in the Uzi of course. Actually most in MP5 bc I prefer that gun. It takes a LOT to smooth bore any SMG barrel bc the heat and pressures just aren’t there. Sure you can do it but hey they aren’t beltfeds. I’ve destroyed many a beltfed barrel but that’s an entirely different gig than 30 rnd mag Fed 9mm. Go ahead. Buy a bunch of spare parts like I did. Buy. Buy. Buy. Stack em deep. YOU WONT USE 99% Of THEM. I realize it’s heresy to say “ there’s no need to hoard Uzi spare parts” when talking to gun guys who are hoarders by nature. I am. I did. I have piles of that shit in my garage. I shoot plenty and as much as I want. And I never replace Uzi parts. That’s just the straight truth. If it were o/w hell I’d tell you! Buy ! Go crazy! The market says Uzi parts are CHEAP, Plentiful, rarely used. Go check it out. Dirt. F’ing cheap. So I’m summary - if you are anything other than an extremely high volume shooter then you don’t really need many if any spare parts for the Uzi. If you want to buy some parts then sure pick up an extractor and whatnot. Better yet just buy a de mil surplus Uzi kit. The entire gun will run ya $175 or so ( what does that tell you????). 2. Caliber conversions. This is certainly more individual than 1. above. I think they aren’t worth it. And yes I have piles of them for all kinds of guns- HKs, AR,Uzi, AUG, 1919a4, blah blah. Ain’t worth the headaches. Never get used anyway by me. Especially the .22 kits. Search Uzitalk and you’ll discover many a thread about troubleshooting 22 kits. That’s bc there’s a reason. BUT I appreciate it that some folks want to do that thang. I thought I did. Bought em all....& I never use them.
  14. Group vector uzi

    Hey fellas about a month or so back I bought a mint condition vector uzi was told it’s never been fired looked to be true. Was curious any of you have one? Or have had one? Did you have any trouble with it? How’d it run? What caliber is best for uzis? The receiver is marked for 22/9mm/45 so is it pretty easy to swap calibers? Just change out grip and bolt and barrel? Or is there more to it? you dont have to swap out the grip for cal conversions- at least not the .22. I think 9mm is the best for the gun. While others enjoy tinkering with other cals I've found that frustrating- esp the 22 kits. They require a lot of tinkering. Not worth it . plus the 22 mags suck to load and generally hold 20 rounds or less and have a super fast ROF. Stick with 9mm. Your Uzi should NOT be ammo sensitive - other than maybe not liking the weakest cheapest underpowered crap. It likes hot ammo. They eat most anything though. I wouldnt bother cal conversions. I own Vector, Group, and IMI full sizes. All run fine, look great. All vector/group uzis were out of spec from the start from bad heat treating and other crap...but by now the vast majority run just fine and have been fixed. Watch for broken trunion welds and general rec. alignment issues with vector/group. If yours doesnt run right then first thing to do is replace the bolt w an IMI bolt if it has a group ind. bolt in it. GI bolts sucked. bad. I personally would rather buy a used , proven to be good shooter vector/group than a NIB one. BUT chances are your gun is fine and will be a great shooter for deacdes to come. Uzis are tanks. Dont even bother buying any spare parts. You'll rarely use them if ever. And they are cheap and plentiful regardless. If you have issues actually the first thingt you wan tto do is change the mag. Plenty of the surplus mags out there suck. Cheap fix.