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  1. Reisings can be temperamental especially if mix mashing parts and take some some work to be reliable once parts are changed . They were a little more finely produced than you average GI gun (think sporting arms company). When disassembled and parts mixed you can get into some issues. Looks like the mag well have been replaced and the catch looks funny. A good chance your feeding issues will be focused around this. The M50 or M55 are closed bolt full auto guns. Shoot very well but are certainly more sensitive to dirt and mud than other contemporary SMGs Ron
  2. Very nice. The M60 was meant for guard or police use where full auto was not desired or required. The M50 and M55 (paratroop) were full auto versions. They kind of competed to replace the Thompson but got a bad reputation as parts were not fully interchangeable and can be a little finicky. If you like the M60, buy it. They do not come up often and I would say are harder to locate than anM50. Although for the price Id rather save some more and get a registered M50. Would you share the serial number or range? Thanks, Ron
  3. Thats a shame. Many real machine gun collectors have posted, I know severa of those that have commented. Guys that actually buy, sell and shoot this stuff. Sometimes reality is the toughest thing to grasp and is not a skill easily fought. Youre a trooper for trying to help, but likely will be best to let his heirs deal with it when the time comes. Sounds like hes not really ready to let go of the collection yet. Ron
  4. Sure thing. If you get a chance, check out the Thompson forum on Machinegunboards.com. Thats where all the Thompson guys hang out. If you wanted to get a more correct sling, I Have one to sell, but shipping may be cost prohibitive. I recently picked up and extra M3 sling which is the WWII version of the NoBukl sling for the M1 / M1A1 Thompson. Ron
  5. I prefer to use boiled linseed oil on the wood. This is the original military treatment. Rub on, allow to soak in a little and buff off. Time consuming, but best treatment for the metal would be Renaissance Wax (microcrystalline) wax. This is the best for preservation, especially when not shooting. Ron
  6. The enameled jug is cool. I have just like it and paid around $20. Had not seen another. Was told around Span Am era when I bought mine from The Horse Soldier, but not confirmation on that. Ron
  7. Book received and I am very pleased. Looks like a great study and includes several variations. I recently picked up a French trench knife and there is a little information on that as well since it was a bit of an inspiration for the 1918. Thanks Greg! Ron
  8. Hi Greg, Just sent an email to see if you have any copies left. Thanks Ron
  9. Thanks all. Yes there are straps on the back that could help to hold them down. They are riveted/pinned so that there are two sections to slip straps through. Ill get a few more pics uploaded after I resize them Ron
  10. I got these in a box of military stuff. I believe they are tack items, just not sure if for horse, mule, camel... or era. Assuming Indian Wars to Span Am, but no ideas. I don't know what they are called so did not have a ton of luck searching. Thanks so much Ron
  11. Several look like they were artificially aged to try to pass off as originals at some point. Hopefully they didnt cost much. Ron
  12. If youre located anywhere near Ohio, there is a Civil War Show in Mansfield the first weekend in May. Its really good sized and has a fair amount of Rev War relics sprinkled in there. Ive bought buttons, bayonets and some Continental Currency. Ron
  13. Thanks to all. I was just hoping to confirm if it were repro or foreign. I agree that is does not seem to match construction of WWI pouches. The Norwegian or Dutch ideas are good ones. I think consensus is most likely foreign made. Appreciate the help guys! Ron
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