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  1. Pretty sure CAGE codes were not invented until well after the Grease gun was built.....
  2. Most likely in WWII is a bout as close as you can get. the guns were made in small separated factories. You might try looking in the book by Peter Laidler on the STEN. The STEN Machine Carbine is the title I think I don't remember if the book has production data, but you might be able to ID what factory assembled the gun and make some guesses as to when it was built. This assumes the STEN is an original C&R gun and not a parts kit or "built" gun.
  3. FN 249S Barrel Question

    I have not seen a semi 249 but my understanding is the barrels are interchangeable between real ones and the semis .
  4. Retractable ball point pen "clicker" spring. I built a couple back the 90s for post sample guns, and the pen springs worked fine. Otherwise, ACE hardware has a nice selection of springs in the bulk stuff isle.
  5. Rules on creating a Stenling

    I was the one ( at least the first one we knew of ) who wrote the original letter to BATF tech branch back in the 80s to convert a Sten to Sterling - I went back and forth with them to get permission, And worked with Stan Adreweski on what the best "doable " solutions would be. I traded Stan the letter / conversion for doing the work on my tube. I still have the file. I don't know who is doing conversions now - I have not seen "new" unbuilt tubes for sale in a long time, although I am sure there are some sitting in safes out there. The issue is that when we did this, BATF would not allow us to fill and recut the receiver tubs since the bolt handle slot is different in the STEN and Sterling. Later, in the mid 90s when the Sterling parts kits were cheap, we built some post samples with new tube sections. Best bet at this point would be to buy a built STEN and use the tube .
  6. Full Auto & Squib

    You can get a squib in any ammo. That said, better quality factory ammo is a better choice than 70 year old surplus . the issue with squibs in a SMG is that the SMG will cycle enough to eject and load the next rd. I have seen a lot of barrels bulged or stuck with projectiles in them. The same rule applies - if it sounds "funny" or feels odd, OR if you don't see bullet impacts when you expect them, stop and check the gun out. under powered ammo, "no powder" loads or simply bad powder can result in problems.