Been a while since I've posted. I occasionally get permission from the wife (and I do mean OCCASIONALLY!) to purchase a firearm. I am a nostalgic collector/user (past posts) and for years have been after one of my all time favorites, the M1918. As a WWII buff, this firearm has been my baby and now that I have "clearance" am interested in acquiring one. Jan 20th approaches and feel if I'm gonna do it at all, now is the time.
Any info (as always) is greatly appreciated.
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November 17, 2008, 10:58 PM
You're looking at spending close to $20k on it and your wife is fine with it?
Why can't I find women like that?
November 17, 2008, 11:06 PM
they have a semi auto version for about 3,000. I will have to get back to you when I find where.
Kind of Blued
November 17, 2008, 11:09 PM
Off the top of my head, I'm thinking the manufacturer of the semi-auto was "Ohio Ordnance"?
November 17, 2008, 11:14 PM
"You're looking at spending close to $20k on it and your wife is fine with it?
Why can't I find women like that? "
Ouch, and yes...
November 17, 2008, 11:15 PM
If you haven't done so yet, you would probably want to check out ohioordnanceworks.com for some very nicely designed and constructed semi-auto BARs. Their 1918A3 model is a great rendition of the wartime classic 1918A2.
November 17, 2008, 11:20 PM
if you get the semi version id opt for the walnut butt it costs a bit more but the synthetic is ugly
November 18, 2008, 12:58 PM
bakelite is what its called and that is historically accurate, but yes the walnut is much nicer. Ohio Ordnance is the name and you will be on a waiting list if you order directly.
$3,000? Good luck finding one at that price. They are on gunbroker from time to time and usually sell for around $4,000 or more.
I've had mine for 2 years and love it.
November 18, 2008, 01:08 PM
I did not see one here: http://www.autoweapons.com/products/products.html
But that does not mean they don't have one, they carry quite a selection. You might drop them a line and see if they can get one.
Here is one, but at a little more than you might want to pay.
This one just sold, but you might want to contact the seller and check on the availability of another.
Here is a real pretty one, produced during WWI, but at $47K you wife might have to be sweet talked a little more.
Remember that Class III stuff can sometimes be a very fluid market, with dealers knowing where stuff is going and where to find it. I have found a call to the dealers is beneficial in helping track down what I am looking for, even if they don't have it. Most of these guys have a network of friends and other dealers that facilitate the finding of these expensive commodities.
Good Luck and let us know how the search comes out.
November 18, 2008, 10:40 PM
You guys are killing me with those $40,000+ BARs! (beautiful) Thanks for the responses and information as always and rest assured crushbup, my wife would divorce me straight up for that high of an expenditure! I will look into it and let ya'll know!
According to ohioordnanceworks, they have discontinued production on that model!!