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    You bet. Got it from IMA and they usually ship pretty quick and they aren't far from my home. Should be here in about a week.

    It will be real nice if my sten bayonet fits on it but I'm not sure which version that went with so who knows. Depends on their attention to detail I guess. Forgot I had one until today, well didn't forget, just didn't make the connection until today.
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    IMA is without power and not expected for it to be back on until the middle of next week. So my delivery most likely to be delayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    Thanks for the opinions. I did decide to order one. I'm never going to have an original unless I win the lottery. I got an original magazine to go along with it. If it doesn't fit, I'll at least have something original for the display.
    An original Mag WILL fit the Denix Replica. There is one dealer in the UKicon, that when He sells one. He gives a genuine mag with the Gun upon a sale.
    These mazakicon Alloy replica's are constructed differently in a lot of the internal design. The Barrel area in particular. I was looking to one
    of these to convert into a Blank Firing version. I will say here, DONT bother!........

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    That's good to know. I'm planning to look into the cocking device when it arrives to see if an original could be made to work. I see what everyone says about that being wrong. So I'll have an original mag, bayonet and sling (ordered one of those yesterday from Numrich). I'll be taking the orange plug out of it also, that has to go. I have a suspicion the cocking device won't work as they one they installed is probably just spot welded in place.

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    It looks like tube is thicker metal than the original (probably so a real bolt won’t fit). You might have to tweak a real cocking handle to fit. You will also need to drill the hole for the safety if you go with a later type cocking handle that locks the bolt forward.

    Those welds look really nice. Better than what you see on a typical STEN. And they are smoothed out on the mag housing like on the Mk2-S. Very nice!

    I am looking forward to seeing how it takes down when you get it. Looks like there’s a screw in front of the rear sight?

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    The Receiver's are CAST Mazac, The cocking handle is shorter in length It is a flat head profile which is incorrect visually. It would be a simple matter to Copy the profile of the mazac handle in Steel on a lathe. But DOME the end of the head, which was the CORRECT profile.

    A Genuine steel Breech block will not fit. For obvious reasons.

    The mazakicon B/Block is NOT drilled all the way through to accept a genuine Cocking handle.
    I would say, there is nothing stopping you from drilling the hole all the way through the Mazac block to accept a full length handle. BUT, you MAY weaken the Mazac Bolt!..
    Mazac is brittle enough anyway, & continued 'Dry Firing' will Break a component eventually! This is VERY common across the whole range of Denix Replicas!

    I have just has to repair an M1icon Carbine that has had some 'Breakages'!...It has been 'Difficult', to say the least!...... I am going to glue a small Plug of Rubber, just in front of the area where the Bolt handle rests in the forward position. In the wooden stock.
    This will act as a 'Buffer' to cushion the forward movement of the Bolt assembly.

    One of the most common reasons for breakages in these Denix'es. Shocks & continuous vibrations. Caused by repeated slamming of the 'Actions'! The Metal 'Work Hardens' & eventually fractures!..... They are in my opinion, ONLY good for wall hangers. & to fill weapon clips in Vehicles as visual Props. Yes, nice to 'Play' with & show the Action of Mechanical dry firing actions. BUT!.......They WILL eventually break something!.....Seen it Hundred's of times!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankhunter View Post
    A Genuine steel Breech block will not fit.
    One could make an aluminum BB on the lathe and make it to spec...except to fit the smaller tube of the gun...all would look correct though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    One could make an aluminum BB on the lathe and make it to spec...except to fit the smaller tube of the gun...all would look correct though.
    This is entirely feasible, But I would also make steel sear as well. The wear of continuous Dry firing WILL wear a sear of mazakicon.
    Quite quickly!......

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankhunter View Post
    also make steel sear as well
    Problem is as you point out...once you start building parts, there's always one more weak point. It just shifts it around until it's the tube.

    Regards, Jim

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    I have one of these reproductions....just for fun. Looks pretty god with a repro sling, as well. If you would like to see some photos or details...let me know and I will post them.
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