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    Quote Originally Posted by tony
    Feather USA made a .45 cal. carbine, if your thinking of using a tube receiver, maybe utilize one of their .45 bolts. It also uses a dual recoil spring system which keeps it in line with the trigger group and using two springs helps return power and uses less recoil space. Just my 2 cents though. Good luck and lets see some pics during the build!
    The firing plunger wil have a spring as well as the bolt return. One inside teh other kinda like one of the Bill Holmes gunns from his books.

    I have all of his books that I could find. The Prototype Firearms book is a jewel. That's where I got the idea for my firingpin plunger. I haven't drawn it up yet.

    The Bolt Head that fits into the carrier will be a 1/2 inch spring pin with a hollowed out steel rod silver soldered inside it. Kinda like the Bolt face of the P.A. Luty 9MM.

    I think I will stick with 9MM to start. I just don't know what kinda mag I can get for .45 cal that is big enough.
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    Grease Gun mags would be big enought, though they aren't exactly cheap.

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    Thompson mags are about $15.
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    New question.

    Does anyone have the dimensions of a Thompson mag and a 1911 mag?

    If not, can anyone measure one for me?
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    I have to agree, if you want to do one in .45 go with the Thompson mags.

    A 1911 mag is .545" from left to right, 1.370" from front to back and about 5" tall (that's a 7 rounder).

    If you want to do a 9mm get some STEN mags, I see these on sale for $4 each. You'd have to find or make a mag well.

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    Thanks.

    I was thinking of buying a 1911 drum. I have seen them some place before. That way in a pinch I could still use a regular 1911 mag from the pistol I wish to build too.
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    Tapco has a deal on Thompson mags:

    Thompson ACP 30rd Mag
    SKU#: MAG7902
    Price: $6.00

    and

    Thompson .45 ACP 30rd MAG, New In Wrap 5 Pack
    SKU#: MAG7905
    Price: $49.99

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    How does the Thompson MAg fit into place? It isn't like most mags is it?
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    Nope, the Thompson has a rib on the back that fits into a T-slot milled into the receiver. You'd also have to replicate the receiver's feed ramp as the mag doesn't narrow down to a single stack at the top like a Grease Gun mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailgunner
    Nope, the Thompson has a rib on the back that fits into a T-slot milled into the receiver. You'd also have to replicate the receiver's feed ramp as the mag doesn't narrow down to a single stack at the top like a Grease Gun mag.
    I thought they were different.

    That could be an interesting feature to engineer around.
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