mike todd

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  1. Value of Furr Arms Gatling Gun

    YEP ALL OVER THE PLACE all variations of the repo gatlings. I suffered a major hit on a TOP QUALITY full sized 45/70 example of your gun at the last auction for some reason. with 4 spare drums. in 2018 they bid well over $40k. in 2019 nothing made $20k. it always takes 2 serious players to move and one guy can score well if alone. I bought VAL FORGETS ORIGINAL and the repo just had no place anymore.
  2. Uzi advice for buyer please!!

    WAFFEN , one need not be wary if you only consider the better side and (god help us it begins again) as I said from the get go the best choice is a IMI ACTION ARMS REGISTERED RECIEVER ! plenty out here and many still selling at less than the "other" options are listed at.
  3. Universal & Plainfield M2 Carbines

    FOX, I don't deal with ANY of the big volume sellers BUT obviously many do. we just don't speak the same LINGO or feel the same about these things. SHOOTERS are where you find them. watch the offer's and LEARN whats a deal when you find it. JJX is absolutely right about the REISING . its one of my favs and another I wont do without. parts can be a little tough and mags are expensive, but the shooting experience is very close. I like the 45's downrange impact. if considering a REISING the cost is low enough, you can still be PICKY and get a NICE ONE. it might be best to avoid a worn out /refinished example unless the cost makes sense. 45 reloads are EASY/ CHEAP. the CARBINE will be much easier to have spares / get mags but ammo will be apprx 30% higher . maybe WATCH THEM BOTH AND GRAB THE FIRST DEAL TO SURFACE? don't get in too much of a rush.
  4. Value of Furr Arms Gatling Gun

    BILL you don't show the feed for this, but from the looks it takes the rotary drum with several vertical stacks parallel with the bore. IE; model 1874 one of these JUST SOLD AT MORPHY's and the TOTAL with premium was $8400.00 spare drums are at least $400 in value so add if more than one. cheers MIKE TODD
  5. LESS THAN $300 U.S. plus ship fantastic design, needs to be steel at the legs for me and extra cost well worth the extra life. I am TIRED of all this ALUM JUNK. when the anodizing is gone its straight downhill from there!
  6. GREAT GUN AND A GREAT FIND! when seeking THOMPSON VARIATIONS, its NOT ALWAYS the MONEY. ALMOST ALL OF THESE WERE CONVERTED TO THE M1A1 and hand stamped A1. this was my hardest to pin down of them ALL. and ORIGINAL FINISH ON TOP OF IT ALL. (sigh)
  7. Reising m50 plug

    THUMPY, your receiver plug has "stops" or its perimeter is "knurled" for a plunger or detent. with no recoil spring present turn the plug in and out and you should feel "CLICS" as it engages the detent. if not either the spring is worn or dirty OR the detent has rounded too much over the years. clean it all up/ maybe stretch the spring that should help. if not, attempt to "SHARPEN" the detent with a stone. you can test your efect by turning the plug with out the spring until you feel results. IF ALL ELSE FAILS, THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS YOU WERE SO POLITE ANSWEREING MY POSTS AND I WILL DIG YOU OUT A SET! MIKE
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  9. e mail sent ! mike
  10. GUNNER, considering what levels THOMPSONS brought at this falls R.I. and MORPHY's auctions, I CANT BELIEVE this gun is still available! its gotta be an exposure thing ? one of the best looking example's I have seen in many years. At R.I. a like new 28A1 was at $28k when I left to look at another lot and I believe the final hammer was close to $32. it WAS like new and never messed with, but this one has the same "curb appeal". wish I had a hole it could go in.
  11. Thompson Vs AK for next buy thoughts on each?

    ALEX, a 28 by a huge margin would be my first choice. when considering what's out there, I detest ANYTHING that has been defaced by removing or adding any markings OTHER THAN PROFESSIONALLY APPLIED AGENCY MARKS. IE; U.S. or A1 etc. OR BLASTED WITH BOULDER'S to refinish. no matter the "STORY" or "EXCUSE" I would prefer a reweld to any of that, simply because you will be confronted by BAD CURB APPEAL each time you get it out, and that will bring you most of the joy of guardianship. ALL THOMPSONS are now C+R's no matter who or when it was made and there is NOTHING wrong with the WEST HURLEY GUNS with MILITARY PARTS and a great deal is possible in todays market. AVOID ALL NEW DRUMS LIKE THE PLAGUE, the springs WILL break when you wind them often the first time, and few MFG'rs will repair them. the WW II drums are just fine with "Bridgeport" at the top in quality. they will have a "U" stamped in the drip plate dead center bottom. its even possible to have an extra set of parts for the higher rate of fire . when shopping for military parts, CHECK ALL SOURCES ! there are MAJOR price variations. as you wanted the "cons" also, there are few of those in the THOMPSON choices. original M-1 's are RARE and have always been expensive, it lacks the same features as the more often seen M1A1 when compared to the 28's the MAIN diff? NO DRUMS and the stock is fixed. side cock instead of the top and bolts cost more, getting harder to find alone. that's about it. should you want to know anything more, feel free to contact me any time ! mike
  12. Vickers 303 Pricing advice..

    THANK YOU FOR CLEARING THAT UP ! his orig post made SEMI so obvious that when I looked at the 15/18k poss value, my forehead had so much pressure I came close to passing out. I know this adaptation well and it involves some very small parts for the reset that must be perfectly clean to function. several were sold not completed at various trade events over the years for as little as $3k as described but that was long ago. they show up on GB and usual asking start is $6.5k /$7.5k . the last one I KNOW sold was at $5k in 2015 which was a good deal. that buyer contacted me for parts. a dummy with mount is $3- $3.5k and at least these can get some use so certainly worth more
  13. Now that Virginia is Dark Blue...

    DOC as always, it all boils down to how they word the law when its passed. most likely it will only effect semi auto versions and wont effect any MG's registered in another category. if the ban includes magazine capacity, IT WILL EFFECT THE MG.s unless someone manages to get them to add a specific exception (good luck with that) I have a close friend in CONNECTICUT with several FULL ONLY MG's and SEMI ASSAULT rifles registered at the state level. when they passed the last variation of their ASWB, it included ALL magazines AND feeding DEVICES over 10 rounds must be registered with the state. NO EXEPTION was added for registered weapons of ANY class. he filed registration for more than 1000 examples. that law is several years old and they never specified HOW they were to be marked and ID'd. he has written SEVERAL letters to ALL agency's including enforcement and NOBODY KNOW's or seems to care? he hired an attorney and asked about filing a law suit and was refused. he asked the NRA for possible relief and they claimed "too many much more important issue's in front" the ONLY thing he has managed to get in WRITING is "no belt or drum may be possessed or transported loaded with more than 10 rounds, EXCEPT at a recognized shooting facility" so he now owns 1000+ unmarked, not identified, registered feeding devices he cant "preload" at home to go shooting. EVERYTHING must be down to 10 rounds when he leaves the range. SO MY FRIEND, THINGS COULD AND MOST LIKELY WILL TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORST. and sadly its only the beginning. I doubt if there is even a safe place to run, but some states might resist it for a while, then you only need to worry about NOV 2020 when they take control.
  14. Thompson Vs AK for next buy thoughts on each?

    ALEX, both are good choices and will be fun, I got started WAY back when with the THOMPSON because of the history attached. shooting them is ok but they give me 10 times more satisfaction just handling them and thinking. I often take them apart "just because" its all part of the deal. for me, NOTHING on the planet comes close to pulling back the bolt on a COLT THOMPSON and that feel. one of my savage 28's is close after I cratexed and ARMALLOYED all the parts so it need not be ONLY a COLT. I also own several AK's and they certainly have their place in history. I believe its the highest production weapon ever by a huge margin. I have owned a "KRINK" but it didn't last long. its a fantastic hip level hose, but not comfortable at the shoulder at all. my favorite is a wood stock with the folding bayo due to shooting comfort and when I close my eye's and think AK that's what I see. I feel the first example of a weapon in my collection should adhere to its roots and maintain the LOOK and purpose it is best known for. If more than one then the sky's the limit. I have both the wood and folding stock in .30cal milled and a stamped wood stocked AK-74 all NFA. that folding metal stock is not one you will enjoy using much. in any case I suggest you avoid anything in .223. there are too many early conversions out there that are over gassed and broken bolts were common. they have corrected that with all the new stuff and many older conversions have been updated. if you can confirm that with confidence then it would be just fine. HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT, IN THE FUTURE I believe the most commonly known firearms overall will be in order; THE AK ,THE THOMPSON, THE UZI, THE M-16 in that order, because of distribution and use / movie's and publications. even today most people of all classes asked would name them most likely in that order. that cant hurt your investment either. when shopping, don't forget the major auction houses ! most have at least 3 major "premier" auctions a year and at least 2 minor sales. there has been plenty of AK's at most . the premier auctions are in the spring / fall one co in DEC. the other sales split up the year. the lots are posted on the internet with plenty of time to choose and email questions. the major players are MORPHY's, ROCK ISLAND and POULINS all with positives and negatives that you can work with BUT YOU MUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK ! and some fantastic deals ARE possible . in any case enjoy! mike
  15. AR-15 Lower not a receiver?

    I JUST NOTICED THE THREAD JUMPED TO AR-10's concerning serial placement. I was very active at FAIRCHILD when they were doing the AR-10's and had the pleasure of meeting MR STONER o few times. numbering uppers at FAIRCHILD was common and when you think about things before any rulings LOGICAL. how can you have a firearm without a barrel? or a place for the bolt? those thoughts carried well into the ARMALITE 18 days and uppers were serialized. the first time I noticed a lower numbered was after 180 semi's started shipping. since then I have not been able to get anything in writing concerning 18 uppers without submitting a sample.