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Old March 11th, 2015, 05:54 PM   #16
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how much are the recovered bolts?

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Old March 11th, 2015, 06:24 PM   #17
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About ten years ago, he was selling some parts on ebay. Mostly op rods, and a few trigger groups and a few bolts, too.

Then, he just stopped.

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Old March 11th, 2015, 06:41 PM   #18
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how much are the recovered bolts?
depends on how good you are at negotiating

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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #19
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #20
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Such history, both the shop and the man. Thanks for sharing the story and the pics. Being a Browning belt fed guy, I am curious about the rack of 1919A4 barrels. Some I can see are Israeli, but some look like they might be USGI 30-06. Can't see enough detail on the barrel locking notches to tell for certain. Do you have a high resolution version of that image you would be willing to e-mail to me? I'll pass on my address if so. Thanks!

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Such history, both the shop and the man. Thanks for sharing the story and the pics. Being a Browning belt fed guy, I am curious about the rack of 1919A4 barrels. Some I can see are Israeli, but some look like they might be USGI 30-06. Can't see enough detail on the barrel locking notches to tell for certain. Do you have a high resolution version of that image you would be willing to e-mail to me? I'll pass on my address if so. Thanks!
believe it or not those barrels are AR15 barrels. he had a full upper completed with his name engraved on it ready, for a special order from a customer in 7.62x39 caliber.

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Old March 12th, 2015, 04:45 AM   #22
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Such history, both the shop and the man. Thanks for sharing the story and the pics. Being a Browning belt fed guy, I am curious about the rack of 1919A4 barrels. Some I can see are Israeli, but some look like they might be USGI 30-06. Can't see enough detail on the barrel locking notches to tell for certain. Do you have a high resolution version of that image you would be willing to e-mail to me? I'll pass on my address if so. Thanks!
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Old March 12th, 2015, 05:29 AM   #23
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Nothing wrong with a drill rifle bolt. There's not enough heat in a quick plug weld to effect the integrity of the lugs.

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Nothing wrong with a drill rifle bolt. There's not enough heat in a quick plug weld to effect the integrity of the lugs.
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Not all Welds, Not all welders are equal!

Not all WELDED former Drill Rifle Bolts offered for sale have been disclosed to be such.



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Old March 12th, 2015, 07:36 AM   #25
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He's an interesting fellow and real fun to go visit if you ever get the chance. A buddy of mine purchased one of us 9mm uppers and absolutely loves it.

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Old March 12th, 2015, 02:46 PM   #26
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Raul,

That hat you are rocking is awesome! Where did you get that?

Nice photo essay of your visit with Elmer. Great guy, and truly a legend.

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Old March 12th, 2015, 02:52 PM   #27
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Great report and pictures ... thanks for your time and effort

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i don't know if they are drill bolt or recovered bolts , what i do know is they are for sale.
I was one of the luck ones to buy a drill rifle bolt from Elmer more than a few years ago, even though he said it wasn't. Charged top dollar for it. Took me months to get my money back from this sweet old guy. I wasn't the only luck one here on the forum. He's been waiting for someone like Raul to come along to help him peddle his wears.

Do a search here on the forum--he is what he is.

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Raul,

That hat you are rocking is awesome! Where did you get that?

Nice photo essay of your visit with Elmer. Great guy, and truly a legend.
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got the hat at Cabela's about 2-3 years ago

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Old March 13th, 2015, 12:10 PM   #30
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The first instance of recovered drill bolts on this forum was a few years ago. The seller stated that he bolts were from Elmer and sold them as top rate. A few members bought them and were upset that they were sold recovered bolts.

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