Brian Alpert

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    Winchesters, Colts, Merwin Hulberts, U.S. Martial Arms through WWII

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  1. Bob, I will ask him for a price on welding and further modifying your receiver, fabricating and fitting a type 2 sight base and fitting your magazine support assembly (which were individually fitted, thus not really interchangeable). He is very good and very slow since his day job is installing and repairing industrial cranes all over the midwest. I will see what the price of the Dror bolt rear and FP is. The ejector assembly is around $35. B
  2. Bob, In looking at your cut receiver, it had not yet been completely modified to fit the LMG parts set as evidenced by the fact that the cuts for the lock plunger haven't yet been made. I'll check with my gunsmith about the cost of welding the receiver back together, providing either a type 1 or type 2 sight base and modifying it to accept the LMG parts set.. You will need a rear sight assembly, MG bolt rear and firing pin. The Dror (Israeli Johnson) rears and Fps are interchangeable. They go for around $120. Ejector assemblies are readily available. B
  3. The receiver itself is $1200. Converted with a type 1 sight base $1800, with a type 2 sight base $2000. This includes fitting your parts set and test firing. These receivers are stripped, sound, minimal pitting (under the wood), and have faint import marks (IA CO SAC CA) on the heel over the Cranston Arms mark. If you want the receiver fitted (this involves fabricating, fitting, and welding on the front and rear lugs) to a furnished reproduction (Joseph Scott) magazine support assembly add $2250. (These are my costs from Rodney Richardson, my gunsmith.) He is very good but realize this is not his day job which keeps him on the road a lot so it can be painfully slow. Pictured are the type 1 and 2 sight bases.
  4. Mr. Alpert,

     

    I saw a post on this site where you spoke to another member about converting a 1st pattern 303 Dror into a replica Johnson lmg. I am wanting to do that as well as I can most likely not afford an original Johnson at this time. I was wanting to ask if you knew of any parts kits for a Dror that were for sale or if you had any suggestions that would be a better way of getting a Johnson display lmg. I am a WWII reenactor and historian who portrays the 1st SSF and we do not have even a display Johnson so I am wanting to get one that is as historically accurate as possible. Thank you for any and all information regarding this matter and if you would prefer to communicate via email, mine is se_puls@hotmail.com Thank you.

     

    Respectfully,

    Sean E. Puls

    1. Brian Alpert

      Brian Alpert

      Trying to make a 303 1st model Dror look like a 41 Johnson LMG doesn't work very well, assuming you could find a 303 Dror parts set.  I saw one once where they butchered the magazine support assembly to accept a 30-06 magazine and removed the fiber hand guard on the bbl.  It still looked like a Dror.  Bite the bullet and plan to spend $6500 and up for a 41 LMG look a like.

    2. FSSF63Puls

      FSSF63Puls

      Mr. Alpert,

      Thank you for the advice. What are the look alike's made from? Are they their own rifle like the Ohio Ordnance BAR's or are they made out of the semi automatic Johnson rifles? I would be interested in getting one but I simply don't know anything about them. Are they typically made by a specific vendor or just random individuals? I truly appreciate any advice, this is actually welcome news because I'd love to have an actual functioning rifle. Thanks again!

      Respectfully,

      Sean E. Puls

  5. Brian

    I am interested in the semi auto conversion, do you have an estimate on costs ?  The receiver that was cut is from

    a 1941 Johnson rifle. It was cut thru the rear sight dovetail,so I will need a ejector assembly and locking cam and

    roller assembly. The firing pin was also cut, other than those items I think it is complete. I do have the rear sight.

    Thanks

    Bob Gorton 

    Barre,Vt.

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    2. Bob G.

      Bob G.

      Brian

      It is a semi auto receiver and so marked. It was converted to a JLMG . All I would like to do is make it a JLMG

      semi auto.

      Bob Gorton

    3. Brian Alpert

      Brian Alpert

      Should not be a problem to weld it.  Take some pictures and send them and I will take them to my gunsmith and see how much he wants to do the job.  He is an experienced welder, machinist and builder of LMG look-a-likes but he is painfully slow as it is a sideline.

    4. Bob G.

      Bob G.

      Brian

      I have not been able to figure out how to send you photo's on the forum. Will try to get my son to help send photo 's of the cut receiver.

       

      Bob Gorton

  6. Yes. If the demilled LMG is complete......lower buttstock and trigger group, bolt group, bbl and magazine support assembly, rear sight , it can be reassembled on a modified 41 Johnson semi-automatic receiver with the full auto components removed. It is now a legal semi-automatic. I have a gunsmith that does these builds and can supply the receiver. Contact me if interested.
  7. If anyone has the need, there is a magazine door spring on Ebay. They are out of stock everywhere.
  8. If anyone has the need, there is a magazine door spring on Ebay. They are out of stock everywhere.
  9. Was always told there was a lot of Johnson in the AR.....not like this though.
  10. I would be absolutely shocked if anything matches but here is the original data for JSAR #2953 Transferred from Cranston Arms 4/13/42 Stock#2 Bbl #1972F HAMMER BLOCK #8444 Hammer #1798A Bolt #9090 Lock cam #A1615 Firing pin #A5460 Extractor #A0364 Magazine #A6724 Transferred to NPC 4/14/42 Of note is that this particular JSAR was never sent to Johnson Arms and then NPC until April of 42. Most of the others in this serial # range were transferred during the 1st or 2nd week of December 1941
  11. It went for $11,500. Nice but, without provenance, not that nice. That is probably the highest price seen since the craziness 10-12 years ago.
  12. Here is the data on JSAR #5135 Receiver from Cranston Arms unlisted Stock #2 Bbl #4466E Hammer block #5366 Hammer #6103 Bolt #6064 Locking cam #5927 Firing pin #4444 Extractor #5096 Magazine #485 Transferred to NPC 2/16/42 Let us know if anything matches. I would be shocked since Miltech restores them with new and refurbished parts.
  13. Here is the dimension you need. If you do not want to bother having one made, I have them with spring clip ($15) and without (($10) delivered. Both work fine.
  14. Sure looks like a Miltech restoration. One can check by calling Miltech in LA and see if that serial # is one of their restorations. I have done this before and they are happy to "own up" to theirs along with the year it was done. This is what they look like.
  15. Here is the data on JSAR #8960 as it came from the factory: Received from Cranston arms 2/28/42 Stock #2 Bbl #7294E Hammer block #8186 Hammer #8945 Bolt #0024 Locking cam #5090 Extractor #7508 Firing pin #8436 Magazine #A2887 Transferred to NPC 3/4/42 You have a type 3 rear sight. These were typically painted with a black finish (to cover braze marks which did not take the blackening (actually Dulite) finish. I have never seen a reproduction type 3. The hole on top of the radiator section of your receiver is not supposed to be there