Kevin Bartlett

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  1. UZI semi sear need to be hardened?

    Yes, no, maybe so. It all depends. For a few shots, a soft sear may work fine. For many shots, maybe not. How many shots is a few? How many shots is many? A soft sear might make your semi Uzi into a full auto when it wears or breaks. I used to work as an inspector in a manufacturing facility. Almost every day I did hardness testing on stuff that had been through heat treat the previous night. All of our stuff was machined, then heat treated. If it failed the hardness test, it was scrap. If your sear is machined from pre-hardened stock then it may be okay. Or not. Looks like you are taking an SMG sear and having it machined. I would bet my left nut that SMG sear is hardened. Depending upon the material and the hardening method, it may be equally hard throughout the piece or maybe hard only on the surface in which case the machining may expose softer metal underneath. Depending upon the material, the machining method and the skill of the machinist, the piece may become either harder or softer during the machining. You might want to seek a second or third opinion on this one. Good luck, Kevin in NC
  2. Is the subguns boards down

    I still get emails every week from Frank about all the great deals to be had. I gave up on trying to login to that board sometime last year. Kevin in NC
  3. Is a c&r license worth the headaches?

    Thumpy, I've had my C&R about 15 years and no complaints so far It's been nice being able to get non NFA things directly and the savings I got by having a Jap 99 LMG delivered to my door rather than paying another $200 plus fees for a local dealer to handle the transfer from out of state was more than enough to maintain the C&R license for many years. As far as them searching my house... shit, I can't even get them to raid the drug house across the street. Kevin in NC
  4. Reising Question

    Mike, For some reason I could not post or attach photos when I tried to reply last night so I emailed photos directly to the gentleman with the troublesome mags. Hopefully they will help him figure out his problem. If not, maybe your photos will do so. My original 20's and Christie 30's work fine. Last I saw any Reising mags at a gunshow in NC were 12's and they were stupid expensive and that was years ago. Kevin in NC
  5. Reising Question

    ATT-Tactical, Mr. Iannamico, who posted above, wrote an excellent book on the Reising with tons of information found nowhere else including serial numbers. I don't know if it's still available but whatever I paid for the book about 15 years ago was well worth the price. Kevin in NC
  6. Reising Question

    It's been a while since I shot my early commercial Reising but there may be two or three things causing this. First, does the safety remain in semi then jump to full during firing? Does the FA fire happen in semi mode consistently or sporadically? There is a flat spring with a ridge in the center beneath the safety that engages the detent in the safety. If this spring is loose, worn or in backwards then recoil during firing can move the safety lever to another position just enough to alter the operation of the gun. It doesn't have to move all the way, just enough. Second, does this happen with all ammo or only certain brands or loads? Mine loves steel cased Wolf ammo and runs insanely fast on the stuff. S&B and my handloads are not as hot and it runs a bit slower. Weaker ammo might be enough to cycle the gun and fire but not hot enough to grab the sear to hold it in semi. Third, does the gun have the original springs? I put a Wolff spring kit in the gun shortly after I got it and it ran much better. Fourth, it's a Reising and sometimes they do what they want to do. They are really fun guns when they're running right. I'm glad I got mine when I did. They're not nearly as cheap as they once were. Good luck, Kevin in NC
  7. DD's in NC???

    Form 1 finally approved! PENDING SINCE MAY 1981!!!! Well, not really May 1981 but that's when I started to plan this project. I reported to my first ship, an aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVN-69 in Norfolk, VA. We called it the "Ike." I was 18 years old, had no clue about Form 1, Form 4, NFA, or any of that stuff but I saw the barrels of the M61 Vulcans on the A-7 Corsairs and F-14 Tomcats and thought to myself "I could do something with one of these barrels one day." Fast forward many years and I have a lathe, milling machine, a shaper and the skills to use them. I eventually got a 20mm barrel and no, I didn't steal it from the hangar bay of the Ike. 3 years ago I bought some acreage where I can shoot something like this. Also in those years I got 3 C&R machine guns but this is my first Form 1 and first DD. My plan is to build a mini field piece resembling the Whitworth breechloader of the Civil War. I mailed the Form 1 August 8th, check cashed August 15th, approved October 18th, received in the mail October 25th. Examiner AMEDWARDS. I never bothered ATF with questions and they never bothered me. I had plenty of other projects to keep me busy anyway. And now my '62 Panhead project will be put on the back burner yet again. Kevin in NC
  8. Is the subguns boards down

    At this point I don't know why I should even care anymore but after repeated attempts to log in and/or change my password I finally got the response below a week ago, but nothing since. Either their problems are insurmountable or they just don't care enough to even apologize. Kevin in NC Kevin Bartlett Thu, 08/15/19 11:53 pm Message: Can't log in using my old Subguns user ID and password. Ticket created while on:
  9. Is the subguns boards down

    Not that I ever posted there ( or here) very often but I just tried to log in at the Subguns/Snugbus/Gunspot/Topsnug whatever website using my old Subguns login and it asked for my email to reset the password, yet said "password reset" even though no email was received from them. Whatever... the link above works. Kevin in NC
  10. Snider Enfield parts needed

    I know the Snider is probably not the most popular gun on this site but I now have 3 and need some parts, specifically a lock and a MKIII breechblock with the associated extractor parts and maybe any other Snider bits you may have. Just so you know I'm not a total flake looking for such ancient parts on Sturm, I have machine guns too, just not looking for parts for them right now. Thanks, Kevin in NC
  11. Reising m50

    Thumpy, Hold your Reising with the muzzle to the right and read the script on top of the receiver. If you can read it, it is an earlier gun, as in late 1940 to early 1942. If it is upside down, then it is a later gun. Your low serial number range would definitely suggest 1940 or 1941. Mine has a serial number in the 12000 range and has the features of an early commercial model. The Reising Submachine Gun Story by Frank Iannamico is a good book to have. I don't know if it is still in print. Best regards, Kevin in NC
  12. Fake news, the left ,weather, no truth

    Shattered, No, I didn't miss the point. I agree that the media is not always honest and I don't believe you'll find any comments by me in this thread stating that they are honest. As for the dramatic performances by Cantore and others, I didn't see them because I had neither electricity nor internet for 5 and a half days. Cell service was slow due to the overwhelming volume of calls and texts so I couldn't get weather or news on my phone. Some people still don't have their electricity or FEMA trailers yet. In the first sentence of the original post in this thread it was stated that the storm "never happened" which is obviously false. In the second paragraph the poster admitted that yes it did happen. Too late... the lie had already been stated and all credibility was gone. I took today off to visit my property and clear some more fallen trees. On my way home, I stopped by what was left of Holland's Shelter Restaurant and talked to Steve Holland, the owner. I'm sure he and his staff watching the building come down would have felt much better knowing this "never happened" and was nothing more than "doomsday bullshit." And for any of you who think I don't get it, I DO get it. It's time to put this topic to bed. Good night all, Kevin Bartlett Wilmington, NC
  13. Fake news, the left ,weather, no truth

    Bob, I misspoke... I meant Hurricane Michael, rather than Matthew which was a couple of years ago. So, in the first sentence of your original post you stated that Hurricane Florence "never happened" then in your second paragraph stated that it did indeed happen and you "hope the federal gov will send all the help ya'll need." In your third paragraph you state that "just about every Federal gov agency has been seeded " with fruit cakes. In your response to me, you apologized which was nice but told me I missed your point and then pretty much restated your original post. You referred to "certain governmental agencies" and "the government... the deep state" using the media to effect change and "to pre-traumatize and redirect the minds/political opinions of those that might be impacted." Exactly which government agencies are here to help and which are not to be trusted? Please list them. Back to my question from last night, this time using the correct name, was Hurricane Michael also fake news and doomsday bullshit? If not, why not? It was a very bad storm. It would have been the perfect opportunity to "to pre-traumatize and redirect the minds/political opinions of those that might be impacted." In my response to your original post I stated that I was high and dry and suffered no loss other than a drowned tractor, riding mower and had some downed timber. The riding mower was a POS anyway, so no real loss there. Timber loss on my land (40 miles from my house) was minimal and the tractor I recovered, repaired and returned to service in better condition than before. I used it today to drag some of the trees out of my way. No, I'm not suffering traumatic effects from the flood. The tractor needed a good servicing anyway. Your suggestion that I seek counseling to work things out was most kind. Perhaps you should heed your own advice. Best regards, Kevin Bartlett Wilmington, NC
  14. Fake news, the left ,weather, no truth

    Just curious... was Hurricane Matthew also fake news? Doomsday bullshit? Best regards, Kevin in Wilmington, NC
  15. Fake news, the left ,weather, no truth

    R.L., I've read many of yours posts on various subjects and like you, I despise the Obamas and Clintons and I'm disgusted by the left wing media, illegal aliens, etc. but your comment that this storm reporting was nothing more than "doomsday bullshit" has really pissed me off. Yes I know you said that you're not trying to minimize the suffering of those here, and I've read and re-read your post, and maybe I'm just tired, or maybe I've had one beer too many (but I'll still have one more) but somehow I still can't quite seem to take it any other way than an insult. The only reason you're reading this is that I'm one of the lucky ones who got power and internet restored after only 5 and a half days. Some are looking at weeks, or never for restoration. Some people seem to neither know nor care of the seriousness of the situation in SE North Carolina. It is getting worse. I drove a section of US 421 yesterday that was dry, but the Cape Fear River is still rising and today that same section of road was flooded. Tomorrow? I'm heading in a different direction tomorrow to clear a downed tree for a co-worker. Sunday morning I was standing in floodwater, in the rain with a chainsaw clearing the trees that fell on a neighbor's house. It wasn't doomsday, but it certainly wasn't bullshit. It was reality. Was that you helping me? No it was Iain the skinny, tattooed biker from down the street. Or the tree on the neighbor's house 4 doors down, was that you helping us? No, I didn't think so. Or that other tree? Or that other tree? Or that other tree? Not bullshit, but reality. You want to talk "doomsday bullshit?" Let me give you the phone numbers of the Chadwicks or the Piners, people I know in Pender County whose houses (along with hundreds, if not thousands) are flooded. Not just a few inches on the floor, but FUCKING SUBMERGED to the roofline or above. I believe that they would strongly disagree with your assessment that the reporting was "bullshit." I own land adjacent to the Piners and Chadwicks and I'm fortunate that I lost no more than a riding mower, a tractor and maybe a few downed trees. They lost homes, while I'm still high and dry here in Wilmington. When the flood waters recede, do you mind driving down from VA and helping me help them? And I'd like some help recovering my tractor, which I hope to dry out and get running again. So now about an hour after I started typing this reply, I've had one more beer, received yet another photo of just how bad the flooding is (but couldn't attach it) and I've read your post once more and I still feel that your post was in poor taste. There is a time for political finger pointing and this is not that time. People have died, people have lost homes, and the misery is far from over. There is a time for talk and there is a time for action. So please sir, either take action or STFU. Best regards, Kevin Bartlett Wilmington, NC