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    Quote Originally Posted by handym3000
    Actually my small (hahaha) addiction to guns already costs me a small fortune each month. i have been getting myself into trouble lately.

    i just bought a egyptian hakim and all the accessories ( i got a great deal on mine im finishing up the transfer right now.)

    this is planning for next year. yah i know the 1919 are not as rare as the vickes but the ammo and parts are easier to have.

    pirate for the build on the vickers i know you are going to be doing a tutorial.

    im just wanting to clarify:

    i buy a kit from ima ( assuming you guys dont buy them all up on me.) 700 $
    your buddy supplies the semi parts and machining to make it a semi auto 400-700 $
    i buy a right side plate from your guy. 1-300 $
    i assemble the kit. which i hope is not going to be too hard. 20-40 hours
    i have you or the other guy refinish it. 1-200 $
    then it works. is this the jist of it. THIS IS JUST FOR ESTIMATING COSTS.

    i looked on the us ordnance site and im not sure if they sell the belts. it was sort of confusing, do you have any other sources for cloth belts.
    i like the idea of the maxim links.

    us ordnance looked like they were looking to start doing semi auto's again on their web site. it says august of 2006. i wonder if they are back to producing the vickers again
    they are asking $4000 each.

    will the vickers tripod also work on a 1919?

    what other tripods will work for this.

    I know im asking alot of questions but im sure others have the same one's i do.
    i know your reputable guy so if this is doable im all in. I like the odd guns and this is right up my alley.
    I would estimate the build at about $2k, us ord is getting $4k for a gun that doesn't work very well from what I have heard. the vickers kits were $450 a couple of months ago. if you buy a kit and sit on it for awhile you more than likely will make a profit. MG42 kits could be had for $500.00 a year ago, they are over $1,500 now.

    as far as finishing it you can do that yourself, parking is easy and not expensive to do.
    us ord has cloth belts for sale, I haven't looked for cloth ones so don't know of any other sources, I do know the maxim metal ones will work and coles dist. is sitting on a pile of them 3 250 rd belts and can for $100.00

    I don't know about the tripod, I do know the price for one will have me looking for an alternative. possiblu the 1928 tripods from oow will work.

    Sherman is supposed to be sending me the photos and information for the build tutorial this weekend, and I will be starting on the tutorial as soon as I get them. you will be able to see what is involved in the build.

    I understand how you feel, there are a lot of things I want to get before they dry up or get unaffordable or are banned by some new gun ban. I think the key is to get the kits, then get the rest later.
    as far as the vickers go I have no idea how many kits ima has , but once a few people get guns built they will not be available for long.

    Did I miss anything?

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    since you answered my questions i think this is for me. w/ caution

    the cost is kind of up there but the value of the build will probibly make it valued@ around i think 5000+ on the open market. for just the gun.

    if your tutorial looks good and looks like it is doable then put me down for the machining and side plate. i think i am all for it. i am serious.

    im going to buy the kit in mid january. if your tutorial comes through, the machining, and right side plate is going to be offered. this is the only way i am willing to do this.

    pirate you rule man. i would love to participate in this build.

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    Excelent news!! I just got off the phone with Sherman and he talked to Michael from Halo manufacturing and he will be making the right side plates!!
    the conversion kits wil be available by january and plates should be ready by february.
    I got a bunch of photos from Sherman and will be updating the vickers section on my website this weekend with all the pertinent information.

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    Halo manufacturing great place.

    Pirate;
    Ya know, you'd think I would have already learned better than to keep reading your posts. You have already MADE me spend $1900 in the last week.

    Vickers kit
    Late model Vickers tripod
    extra Vickers barrel
    water jacket cover
    extra locking mechanism
    extra feed box assy
    transit case

    Now I'm broke again.........................But HAPPY !!


    Did I do that?

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    Put my name on the list for one of the sets of build parts as soon as available. I agree Halo is an excellent choice for plates I will take 2 or 3 plates as soon as ready.
    The vickers will fit any tripod the 1919 or maxim will sit on but you really need one of these big big bronze vicky tripods to finish out the proper package. Omega has some new bbls for $50 , easy conversion to 7.62x54r

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    Put me on the list but for later in the year. i just got tapped out on some stuff i bought.
    i looking at around july of next year.

    i am definetly in but this has to wait. i just got done buying christmas presents and a couple of guns. ( damn habit.)

    i just picked up a star bm in 9mm, and a egyptian hakim in 8mm

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    Got a link or phone number for Omega ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Illya Kuryakin
    Halo manufacturing great place.

    Pirate;
    Ya know, you'd think I would have already learned better than to keep reading your posts. You have already MADE me spend $1900 in the last week.

    Vickers kit
    Late model Vickers tripod
    extra Vickers barrel
    water jacket cover
    extra locking mechanism
    extra feed box assy
    transit case

    Now I'm broke again.........................But HAPPY !!
    Only $1,900.00, thats pocket change for you!!

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    Dam pirate56 you must be the devil in this temptation. I had sworn to myself no more kits for a while to save up some cash but for this price... shhooooottt I have to get at least one!

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    I Seem to do that to people!! If you want to stay out of the poor house you may have to put me on your ignore list!!
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