50 rd drum beta tester done with testing
first of all. i would like to thank mr. kevin rich for allowing me to participate for this marvelous project. received the drum on monday the 26th. at first look at drum i could easily see why it took a while to bring this product to market. it looked very strong in design. before i got started i wanted to see how loading the drum would be for ease of use. i started to load drum with 20 rds. the thumb wheel is a thing of genious. it does not take a lot of pressure to manipulate the wheel. it is very easy to turn with one finger. also, i wanted to see if spring pressure was the same throughout the total of 50 rds. again. i started with 20 rds. then i manually ejected each to see if the pressure decreased with each suceeding rd. then i loaded all 50 and did the same. to my suprise, the pressure was the same for 10 rds. as it was for 50. that, i believe will ensure reliable feeding all the time. also, i tried the fit in each of my 10 rifles and it was snug in each with hardly any play but just enough to let it fall easily when released. i won`t bore you with tests done in semi operation only to say i tried many different types of .22 ammo in diff. velocities and diff. brands including subsonic. all had no problems in cycling with diff. rifles of mine. damn near flawless! what problems i did have were because of dead dud ammo. to me, i believe this drum was made for the full-auto user. to that end, my tests were done in f/a mode. my tests were done with 2 colt rifles, 1 with a 16in bbl., the other, a 5.5 lother-walther bbl.( both from spikes and used with spikes .22 dedicated setup). also, both rifles were run suppressed. loaded 50 rds. of fed. value pak from wallylworld and began to shoot. 1st round fired but trig would not reset. tried again and same thing happened. usually when this has happened in the past it was due to some binding. to be sure i loaded a few rds. in a bdm 27 rounder and fired and they all shot f/a. so i knew it was the mag. i emptied the mag and manually cycled the weapon, sure enough the bolt was dragging on the left feed lip on the inside. so i took some emery paper and rubbed about 1000th or so off the inside of the left feed lip. loaded up again and began to shoot. what a hoot! all 50 rds. were dumped in seconds. did it again and another 50 rd. dump. so far, i shot about 2000 rds in each of the 2 bbls. mentioned above with nary a hitch.the ammo i used for testing is as follows: aguila sss subsonic, rem. thunderbolt, rem. subsonic, fed. champion and value pak, win. value pak and cci mini-mags. this is one hell-a-va mag!!! the last 50 rounder in the 5.5 in. had some minute buldges in the rim at the base. oob`s. time to clean bbls. kevin, you said to me some time ago you have patents for this, protect it well! this is the best mag i have ever used. i know you must have a small fortune in this but i`m sure you`ll get at least 10 fold better in return. the only bad thing i can say about this is your going to sell so many that all of its users are going to bring the price of the .22 ammo up due to lack of supply LOL! keep up the fine work. if i can be of any further assistance to you in the future, please don`t hesitate to ask. thank you again! mike m. in pa. kevin, if you want to put this post in the other public drum test post, please do. i did not see it until after i posted this one.