by Dan Shea
Q: I recently purchased an American 180 machine gun it worked fine until yesterday. I pulled the winder out, and it made a metallic snap, and jumped out of my hand. Now it won't work at all.
A: Your spring has sprung. When loading the drum on an American 180, it is neccessary to remove the winder. The lever on top must be placed in the lock or "S" position- if it is not, and you remove the winder, the spring will release.
Repair is a factory job!
Another possible solution is to buy a new one.
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