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About 1gewehr

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  1. Would you buy a rewelded receiver

    It depends on a lot of factors. If it is a 9mm tube SMG, and the tube is straight and the welds look good, then no problem. If the price was right, I wouldn't let the welded tube stop me. If it is a rifle caliber and the welds are in front of the locking lugs (BREN, FAL, Japanese T99, etc), then I would have to examine a LOT more closely! If it is an M16 lower and it looks good and the dimensions are good, the I'd snag it. The lower on an M16 has very little stress. It pretty much boils down to how much stress will the weld have to deal with, and was the work well done.
  2. Help ID - Lewis Drum Loader

    From the pictures, it appears that the operator had to keep the three chutes filled. They look a lot like Browning belt loader chutes. It's a very interesting machine!
  3. Of course, a DEWAT transfer is tax-free on a Form5. You still have the wait, but the cost of the transfer is reasonable ;-) . Another aspect is that almost all registered DEWATs are C&Rs. They retain their C&R status when reactivated, too. That alone saves a future purchaser $200 for an out-of-state transfer tax if they spring for a $30 C&R license. One of the surest indicators of peaking interest in a C&R firearm is when magazine and accessory prices start to skyrocket. Another indicator is when someone thinks that it's worthwhile making replacement parts (and barrels) for 100 year-old guns!
  4. Chauchat prices are starting to go up significantly. With the Prvi 8mm Lebel ammo, folks are finding that the guns actually run pretty well. Also, it's the least expensive rifle-caliber full-auto around. Finally, there has been some renewed interest due to the 100th anniversary of the US getting into WWI. The availability of new barrels will help the prices of dewats go up.
  5. WTB Lewis barrel radiator

    I'm looking for the aluminum finned radiator for a Lewis LMG. I would love to find the 14-fin US radiator, but a British 17-fin one will work. I have some .303 and a few .30US parts to trade or can buy it outright if the price is reasonable.
  6. How about making some Sterling SMG recoil springs? I could use a couple of sets. OEM new springs sets do not seem to have made it past the mad smelters in Britain.
  7. I've looked into making Chauchat magazines. Pretty simple construction that might actually lend itself to polymer molding with metal feed lips. The two clamshell parts are pretty crude, in fact.