mike todd

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  1. AR Semi-auto BCG Weld-up?

    TED, I find it hard to swallow that you would believe it is less money to buy a semi carrier, have someone weld it and it would be less than the real deal??? OR that you would even consider using it with anything of value. YES we do use many welded pieces and parts at times. but for me it would only happen if the needed part was so rare repair is the ONLY OPTION !
  2. I don't understand it?

    as always, there are two sides to this coin obviously one is not a nice or productive as the other. I have been active on STURM since day one as much as anyone. until DAVID changed how things are handled, I never managed to please the moderator and 99.9% of my posts were blasted so my activity was limited to buying . since the change I managed to do it all, ell a bit , and post some thoughts. my MAIN GOAL was make sure each and every post got some type of reply. some of those posts would sit totally ignored days on end and then the hawks would rap all over my response usually with a ton of quotes they scrounged from some other internet source and it got personal way too many times. the computer only allows the extreme ends of a human emotion to be expressed and the actual intent of the post or reply can be lost once I cleared that hurdle I started posting items for sale and the constant pic requests became a serious PAIN ! I could not understand the need. b-4 the net we managed to use SHOTGUN NEWS and GUN WEEK and I bought and sold sight unseen more than 30 years without much problem. of course we wont forget the guy from TEXAS that constantly offered the holy grail assault rifle or access with a price, that was ALWAYS SOLD, but same guy same item offered again increased 20% or more. he haunts this site to this very day. when I learned of all the new scammers that haunted the net , only then could I see the need and did my best to provide them even though I have few tech skills and could not bring the 2 separate systems together. after a while , I noticed not getting any response after pics went out several times and learned about all the "pic collectors" that haunt the net and got mad. what worked best for me was , answer all pic requests with the demand we speak direct and have a little chat and if we had a positive interaction, I would send pics. in the rush to pass judgement please consider the new comer trying to get started wont know how we do things cheers mike

    WELL, this is a formal THANK YOU to all the people that made these past couple years on STURM one of the high points of my life. I did my best to relay my actual hands on use of this stuff in a way that allowed one to make their own decision without any hearsay or rumor involved. last week the DR's shared their hands on about my condition and what we all know is coming is very near in my case. I will continue to view the board and answer what I can as long as I am able, but not as active as the past. I prey that all the socialist scum bags are rejected this November and you will be able to relax for at least another 4 yrs or more. IF NOT, USE YOUR HEADS AND KICK THE BASTARD'S OUT ! KEEP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ! MAKE IT FUN! CHEERS MIKE TODD !
  4. Who made this MG34 flash hider?

    My 2cents call is, I would say its just a "recovered" assembly. over the years I have seen many parts from digs, basements and other sources that were dug up and someone applied finish to whats left. many will end up looking like a bad casting. years back someone left a COMPLETE MG-81 Z twin inside my gate that looked just like this hider. it was cleaned and everything moved except the rollers on the carrier.
  5. First MG Purchase

    after more than 45 years of heavy REISING use, I want to thank all the guys that give them a bad rep. it has allowed me and many others to enjoy one of the best buys in the NFA market. yes many are not reliable. they have laid unused and all the grease is hard and many springs are gummed up or collapsed. when CLEAN and with good springs they will run all day. many decent designs that failed in military service make great recreational machine guns and are fantastic buys. for some reason magazines have all but disappeared and they are now expensive so somebody is using them. I also prefer the UZI in 45. standard ball is subsonic and that 230 gr bullet displays better down range. I am a BIG fan of slow firing MG's and really enjoy my GREASE GUN but every time I take it out I feel guilty. they are just too expensive and not replaceable. when that back end hammers out there is no legit fix and its inevitable. any decent UZI is at least $11k but more like $13 or so these days and there are several REISINGS just over $5k in todays market. while I have not, many people have used the new CHRISTIES 30 rnd mags for the REISING and swear the work well. my MACS take anything I can give them. easy to fix and they run. again I prefer them in .45 because of the mag situation. and the STEN will always be a contender for many
  6. Pre-May Browning 1919 Package

    sorry but I cant resist cutting in on your post. those holes in the sideplate just allow the slide for retracting assembly used in a tank gun, nothing close to what a M-37 would be. all the main operating parts of a M-37 will not work in a 1919 with making some changes. no harm/ no foul as it is cheers mike
  7. ARMYDOC, THANX FOR THE FAITH ! i believe in the past i mentioned , i bought more than 500k rnds as scrap and fired more than half in my BROWNINGS only blowing a few primers. never the less I would suggest it NEVER be used in anything at this point. COMPONENTS ONLY! and yes I DO IDOLIZE THE 34. just wish there was an easy solution and I never found it.
  8. Help Identifying some items

  9. Advice on next FA wanted please!

    I also agree the M-37 is a great variation with may positive features over the A-4 . however the availability and cost for spare parts makes them work for only the strong at heart and even they will be tested to the max. mine went away in the early 70's due to a 3 yr search for a complete top cover yielding 1 possibility at $250.
  10. thanx guys, honestly I never had any intention to offend . that I had bothered me so much since I posted the apology its all I could think about. with no desire to get myself in trouble again, this is my definition of a few slang words that are often used when describing folks involved in negative behavior. NONE of these apply to all people of a specific race. "HONKY" = white person, most often a "redneck" in a car signaling females most often "black" to join them for a cup of coffee or something "CRACKER"= white person, often also a "HONKY" that treats people of color like he owns them or wishes he did. "NIGGER" = a person of color that believes all "CRACKERS" owe them a free ride, often involved in antisocial behavior and has a propensity for violence and much more. "UNCLE TOM"= a person of color that attempts normal social interaction with white's. term used almost exclusively used by a "NIGGER" "SLOPE" = an oriental person, residing outside the U.S. lacking empathy or value of life. thriving at a stone age level of awareness. "SPIC"= a spanish person, that feels no need for auto insurance or drivers license, believes front yard is for parking only and uses trash for landscaping only. "WETBACK"= almost always a "SPIC" but an illegal alien. believes we owe them the right to vote and use all our social services without paying any taxes "RAGHEAD"= MUSLIMS from anywhere that demand freedom of religion and the right to hate AMERICANS and our way of life. "SOCIALIST" any person but most often one of the above that feels others owe them an equal existence without all the work "AMERICAN"= any person, that supports the constitution , contributes to society with honest work and defending others right to happiness, while being responsible for their actions. by the way, first time I heard "SLOPE" was by STEVE McQueen 1966, as JAKE HOLMAN , SANDPEBBLES great movie for you SPRINGFIELD FANS. funny how easy it is to get of track on these threads , but thats most of the cost of a long range affair sometimes it just fits. again thanx for the BEER and all the support!
  11. GADS GUYS, I AM SORRY ! recent events made it easy for me to loose myself . I had spent 2 weeks watching newscasts attempting to make me feel bad because I was white. people that really know me would never believe I typed that post. if you check my employee records for the 22 years I was in business you will know. when I came back to the thread just now I was ASHAMED! and felt the need to edit it in order to erase any bad feelings I may have conveyed. all that said an enemy from the past is still that! you wont find anything in my home made in VIETNAM. I spent a lot of my young years at my Grand parents taking care of my blind Grandfather. he survived the march from Corregidor to BATAAN but came home blind and could hardly walk, they burned bamboo under his toenails so its easy to hate the Japanese citizens , but NOT Japanese Americans . I believe MOST of the problems this nation is suffering is because of all the attention to "CULTURAL ORIGIN" rather than being AMERICAN. destroying statues ? banning flags? separate nations within our borders? I dont know about you but I did not see a single AMERICAN toss a brick or loot a store on the news.
  12. Advice on next FA wanted please!

    seems like you have the small guns covered , it might be time for the belt fed. all things considered in todays market if you have no preference , is most likely a 1919A4. plenty of support and not much work. the gun user friendly just some head space tricks . lots of great printed material so you can get the straight answers , DOLPHS series from collector grade cant be beat. if you want a little more , high on my list is the VICKERS . the water causes a little more work , but anti freeze can be saved and wont make any extra trouble with corrosion. actually these days one can be had for less than a Browning if you look.
  13. RYO, its great to see you collecting all the data and organizing it. other than the ROMAINIAN 8mm almost all of it is much older origin surplus . the problem with that is by the time you get a test done it will most likely be gone if you want more. the one variable that cant be avoided is HOW WAS IT STORED! much of it was exposed to high temperatures and that can spell disaster. the first lots of the 60's and 70's 8mm from PORTUGAL came in when DICK WRAY bought all the VICKERS and 34 kits from them. only the best was chose and it worked perfect . other importers were not so picky and bought anything they found. after about 2 years we had miss fires in what looked the same but did show a bit more "weathering" of the wood cases. the last few lots we bought from SOUTHERN OHIO GUN had as many as 45% duds ! I think you are mainly interested in the 34 and very little of the world wide supply has the proper pressure curve for it. the ISRAELI boxer primed surplus was great but again many lots had bad primers due to heat so it was hit-n-miss. when using other guns , we totally destroyed a brand new Mk-1 INGLIS 8mm BREN and a like new 42 with 8mm from SOUTH AMERICA with booby trapped ammo and after that only factory origin cases were even considered. the other huge lot was from IRAN / SYRIA we had good results with which is surprising because it was all stored in heat. when I sold off the last of my 34 parts there were still more than 40 NOS complete bolts and double that in new original brls so junk parts were never considered or used so parts were never the problem. again my hats off to you for the perseverance keep it up!
  14. First MG Purchase

    if you can handle the entry level pricing, I would suggest a registered receiver UZI . you can get all the "real" parts you want at reasonable prices. lets face it used surplus almost always outlasts first rate commercial. some things are made to sell and others made to USE! the reg'td receiver allows a quick cal change, drop in replacement bolts, sears anything you can imagine. while other board members claim good service with "bolt guns" that has not been my experience, i would do without first. as "user's" I consider my POWDER SPRINGS and RPD macs to be equal . many examples were just remarked after the auction and are the same in quality . prefer the .45 in the MACS mainly because of the magazine issue , but do enjoy the extra splash of the 230 .45 over the 9mm. make sure you have metal mags if 9mm in either the WALTHER or early copies. FTH did make a new run and all mine have worked to date but I still prefer the smoother MPL mags and use them when I shoot. I the M-11/9 and almost gave up on it until I scored a HUGE box of metal mags, the plastic are junk and will not last .all I get from the LAGE stuff is more edges that cut me so old it all off after the first use. others seem to enjoy it so its going to be personal taste. i believe a MAC-10 the better gun. as I have expressed many times here on the board, my second choice subgun shooter is the REISING but good mags are getting very hard to find.
  15. Shipping Ammo?

    YEP you can just add the marks your self! done it lots of times.
  16. when all the semi AK's landed it was obvious a major quality issue was at hand. what the Chinese cant seem to get in their head is MOST AMERICANS are quick to weed out and reject the junk. after several models failed to move, most brought the quality up and the all came pretty close. in actual service, the soviets proved the stamped guns were the way to go, but I still prefer milled . after using almost every brand to the point of destruction I would rate POLY TECH an easy best with NORINCO very close. i would not suggest you buy something with plans to rework it. the right gun at the right price is out there and will show its face sooner or later in the last couple years most the milled guns I know have sold came danged close to $30k in both private and auction sales. many decent stamped guns have been offered under $25k. when it comes to the registration caliber is not controlled other than the original manufacturer must mark it when built. the end user can change it with no need to alter the registration .
  17. Thermal Rifle Scopes? Thoughts?

    LANE, I tried like you to find reasonable information about thermal night vison and just night vison in general. the problem is those knuckleheads hired the same people to prepare the tech info that do most electronics, because every brand details diff specs so you cant compare them! I spent 2 years and just gave up and was quite willing to spend up to $12k for the right unit. a close friend has more than $20k invested in night vison and constantly raves about how great it all is. I invited him to the ranch for a hog hunt and a demo. after 4+ hours he wan not able to get ne of the 3 systems functioning. the ONLY unit we could operate? his low end $800. hand held monocular viewer. I think this is much like finding a car salesman you are comfortable with . good luck!
  18. Price range for MG 34

    right at the start as a young man studying the various belt fed weapons it became obvious that the load placed on the parts from a full belt was hard on them and anything that reduced it was a big plus. the main problem with lube is it will pick up anything it contacts. my father kept a can of Johnsons floor wax in the gun room and anytime we went hunting in the high country he covered the entire weapon for protection from rain and snow.. when it dry's the haze has no adhesive traits and is quite slick and it worked on belts and links from the start so this is what i came up with. after I wash loose links I place them on a cookie sheet and hit them with a spray auto wax any brand will work but you want a "haze" when it dry's. I put JOHNSONS floor wax on loaded belts but only just b-4 I load them in the gun. I keep a fleece auto detail mitt in a 50 cal can saturated with wax, add some new and pull the belt through the mitt getting both sides with one pull. also, I make sure the each belt has a blank round at the end to correct bolt to barrel contact. I find that fired blanks do just as well as a new one so all those cases are saved for future use. I'm sure there are several methods that will do the job so feel free to add your own tricks, just remember to share them with others . CHEERS MIKE
  19. Hotchkiss Mark 1

    dont do any alterations until you are positive what is going on. i would suggest you pm BRMCII and try for a live chat with him.
  20. Price range for MG 34

    its not just a question of good ammo, but the proper pressure curve! that is the key and its almost impossible to obtain without lab grade equipment to track. also once THATS pinned down, then you need to find the right case lube. the germans had a major problem with all 3 and consider the assets available too them. the johnsons paste wax is a must for all my belt feds it reduces the strain as things move. the worst trait i found was with all the same components, one time was good another no way.
  21. Price range for MG 34

    to this day I cant hardly resist the attraction and beauty of a clean MG-34. fact is few weapons exhibit such an obvious level of perfection and even folks with zero gun interest realize they are actually a work of art I got my first one in 1963/64 and was never without at least 2 in the collection. at first all you needed was to match a good bolt to the right barrel. make sure all the springs were right and a decent supply of "good ammo" others claimed different , but for me it was only brass cased WW II German or that outstanding CANADIAN boxer primed for the CHINESE contracts. the first few lots of PORTUGUESE FNM 67-71 was almost as good, but could be "testy" at times. when the GERMAN brass cased disappeared it was all over for me! I tried many times off and on but it was always the same, run perfect one day, next time out same stuff and 3 to 12 rnd bursts was it? by that time the M- 60's landed and the 34's stayed home. in the late 60's i snagged 5 nos DANISH GOVT 7.62 conversions and they just sat untested. the guns sat unused , 1 -decent , 1 choice and 1-100% matching and UNFIRED (all transferable) I had gathered more than 100 bolts, many NOS and well over 100 barrels over the years along with the LAFETTE mounts and several hundred pounds of small support parts feeding my madness for 50 +years. when I came to TEXAS in 2010, I signed my entire estate over to a younger person and combined the 2 collections. in 2016, the lack of room forced the decision to weed out troublesome or difficult to maintain designs and create more of a "shooting collection" and I attempted to sell many here on STURM and word of mouth, and add more examples of the favorite's. in a moment of weakness, it was decided to give the 7.62 conversion a chance , but 2 months of hard work ended in the same disappointment. as I said all 3 or the 34's got great response from all the picture collectors and data gladiators, but no real decent cash offers were even made. when I decide to move something, I am DONE with it! period. too little time left to get this finished, so i kept rolling the price down until all left, but at times like this the pain returns. matching /unfired less than $40k ? who would have dreamed? I still have maybe 10 mint matching as new pre 1942 parts kits and they will stay home for a while. the last of the parts and mounts left this month so its all over now. when the possibility of a day of trouble free operation went away, I advised folks I felt they were great collectables and had their place but in a low count shooting collection a poor choice to buy for use and my position remains. if you can own and use premay samples. BUY SEVERAL ! nothing else on the planet will give you as much joy for less than $9k and there are many out there.
  22. i HAVE HAD IT UP TO ? AND TIRED OF ALL THE B/S. I would like to buy at least one, maybe more, class room size heavy cloth FLAGS OF DIXIE. will also consider some of the less known variations produced over the years. the ONLY flags of ANY TYPE I can find are thin wispy trash. under 48" would be a plus. will pay an honest price, not looking to steal anything. I do intend to use one for my "last celebration" so gimme some help here guys! time is running out ! a good one might make it a tad easier to pry some of these special goodies I have been hoarding out of me cheers and thanx! mike
  23. New to board, first FA, questions on 22 units

    THANX GUYS ! hope it was serious I like to give folks the benefit of doubt and assume it was , but one can never tell these days. I am always willing to share the details but lack the ability to do much short version stuff. retelling history is just like a lab experiment , leave one detail out and the results have no meaning. I was always self employed and answered only to myself so time was no problem. during my 180 heydays a few years myself and another used to go to the WICKENBURG AZ area every monday , wednesday and friday .it was apprx a 1 hr drive from work. leave at 3pm and we would shoot until 7-8am then go to the shop. I had VOLKSWAGEN THINGS we used. that area is flat as a plate with very few washes or changes and you could just work the gas. no need for wheel attention. we would fold the windshield down and pursue KANGAROO RATS in the short ground cover. when you fired at one, many others would "pop up" like pop corn and they made fantastic targets that ran randomly sometimes straight at the car. a hit was the least desire, just chasing those fast movers with a long burst never got old. almost all firing was done just sitting in the seat so the gun was just above your thighs. when a case seperation happened the brass went straight down the bottom and jeans offered no protection. the first time it happened, we went straight to the emergency room for treatment and the DR said removing the case would cause more damage than the case did and leaving it would be ok so we never went back after that. I tried a welders leather apron and it did the job , but it was always so hot outside they often were left off. there were a LOT of those explosions ! every trip I started with 12 drums and sometimes they were loaded again at least twice a nite that means up to 12k rnds a trip 3 times a week, most trips at least 2 guns each were used. one year at the end of SEPT we came across several RV's with jeeps parked in a group and all had CAL plates the RV's seemed to stay and the jeeps would come and go. a short quick stop and we learned they set up a quail hunting camp with 40 or so people that ran back and forth as they could to hunt. one trip a BLACK HAWK HELO was sitting in camp and no way was that going to be un answered. we learned they were all members of a seal rapid deployment group that was always on call. what a great bunch of guys! after that we never failed to stop and check in. they were shocked to learn we had no interest in the quail and chased RATS with machine guns. they brought out many exotic weapons and gave us lots of unobtainium ammo just in friendship and common interest after many refusals 2 opted to come along and give it a try. the first guest laughed so hard he wet his pants after a full drum chase across the plain. then disaster ! one charged the rig and the shooter focused so hard, his burst cut across the front putting several rounds in the hood, the front mounted spare and the folded windshield in his excitement . I'M talking about a fully trained long serving, active duty seal that served on many classified hush hush missions. ! of course at the time I had no idea those things were protected, but more just got scared than killed so I dont think any long term harm was done. books and biography have come up a few times with a couple attempts making print. I even agreed to do a multi issue article for MACHINE GUN NEWS, and two articles were printed no matter what is agreed on someone in the chain cant avoid making changes for some reason that alters the facts . be it politically correct or some feared legal action it happens and after the 2nd issue I refused to do any more. after DAVID made the changes here on STURM, I actually managed to post a couple adds that didnt get ZAPPED because i forgot a period and decided to attempt to share some thoughts. my main goal is to see that every post gets some type of positive response, and make sure all the new people feel welcome.
  24. New to board, first FA, questions on 22 units

    few people know how much attention the 180 got in the market place. most folks know about all the issues the early guns had and many faults were traced to the ammunition. there were however a LOT of feed tray problems. while they were still in the shadows and only rumors too most people, the guns endured a lot of unusual trials. only after the ATTICA prison riots did much get printed. the govt had them on the missle silo's near TUCSON AZ. in multiple mounts set up as unmanned perimeter protection! 4 guns on one mount all motion activated in one case. we used timed lapse photo equip and found as the length of the burst increased, the rate of fire increased and the bullets became closer together leaving the muzzle , this explained why so many had bulged barrels with no other obvious cause. there were many receivers produced with NO MARKINGS WHAT EVER! all serial numbers, MFG'r ID were on the barrels only. I have no idea how many producers there were but some made as few as 10 examples. after hands on well over 100 actual guns I did find the units that the feed tray has no pins to secure it run the best. the tray is an interference fit at the front and held down by the top cover on the receiver. this was a very late improvement in the design and a good one to look for. they usually have a much larger "nut" to secure the barrel. when VAL bought the design and all the works, it was every night in the shop until daylight most days side by side trouble shooting and sorting all these things out gimmee a break on the description this all was more than 40 years and millions of rounds ago. very often i will get an itch from one of the .22 case's still buried in my thigh that still remains from those days
  25. 22 Full auto questions

    as I said in my first response I have used them all on the 180. my fav is a AWC can for an UZI in 45 cal. a full day of shooting shows a lot of crud. one mag of 45 ball down the tube and its ready for more. with 3 people standing with their back turned no one could pick out the .22 cal can or ID the 9mm and 45 cans in a short burst. in actual use several people challenged the statement but all the tests proved it so. one round is easy to spot but a warm can in a burst they all sound so close, one cant tell. I do the same thing with YHM tit cans on a M-16 in .223 no one has ever called it right with a 30 CAL can or a .223 can on the gun.