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I really want a Calico...

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by Ben Beckerich, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't know why, but I really want a full auto .22 Calico. I've looked off and on over the years, but I've never seen a single transferable example, so I really have no idea about availability or how much I can expect to pay.... anybody ever seen one/some in the wild, and how much was the SOB asking?
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The American 180 would be my choice for a full auto rifle.
    Only because they are more readily available for sale and there's a guy in Central Oregon that sells parts and repairs them.
     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'll have to check that out. Any tips on good places to look?

    Anyone know the timeline on the calicos? I'm starting to wonder if maybe they weren't ever really commercially available in any numbers before '86..
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    There is a thread about Calico's over on Uzitalk.com. One of the guys stated that he ran across a transferable sear for one on Subguns.com at 15K with a serial number of 3 and it did not last very long. Anything transferable is going to be top dollar. Unless you want to become a class 3 dealer and play with dealer samples anything transferable will be expensive.
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The biggest problem with a full auto .22 gun is acquiring the ammo.

    FOR SALE: American 180 in Excellent Condition, with Accessories

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  7. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    That is quite possibly the most expensive and ugly .22 I have ever seen posted for sale.

    What's wrong with a 10/22?
     
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  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It was originally designed for prison riot suppression, but if it fell into the wrong hands, it could dig through the layers of body armor, so it was not widely issued to police and prison guards
    It does look like a cross between a baby Thompson and a Lewis gun.
    They are a lot of fun to shoot.

     
  9. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Pretty impressive. I can hardly get a Mark II or a 10/22 to feed a standard cap mag without a hiccup. I dont suppose you can always burp a half a brick but still.
     
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    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I own a FA Thompson M1A1 and a suppressed 9mm FA Mac 11 and I would gladly trade the Mac 11 for an American 180.
     
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  12. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I would hope you want a real 180 and not a after market upper on a AR/M16 lower
     
  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Only a real one. not a clone or a semi shot American.
    What I really want is a Lightning Link for my SP-1 Sporter.
     
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  14. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Yeah the last AR-15 auto sear I saw for sale was well over $12,000.00
     
  15. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    As a metal worker I dont think I could ever bring myself to spend $6000-$12,000 on a chunk of metal I could make in a few hours out of $3 worth of material.

    I know its not the part your buying but the paper. Still it just seems insane.

    I would like to have a full auto but I'll have to move first and then win the lotto second
     
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  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I inherited mine, but I would rather my best friend hadn't passed away for me to have them.
    Most everyone wishes to have one, but they carry a lot of responsibility, especially when you take them out of the safe to a shoot.
     
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  17. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    That AM needs to be suppressed! I threaded the barrel for a fellow a few years ago but didn't get to play with it installed....That's one sure fire way to deplete your lifetime reserve of .22 ammo in a half hour!
     
  18. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    You'd be getting a smoking deal if you could trade your M11 for the 180.

    I wouldn't trade my M11-9 for the 180. I have a reliable .22 conversion for my Lage upper.
     
  19. PDXSparky

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    Nothing wrong with a full auto 10/22 other than finding one. They currently go for around $11k or more.
     
  20. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How much .22lr ammo does the Lage conversion magazines hold?