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Old November 14, 2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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TP-70 .25 cal.

Hi, gents, I'm new here because I need the assistance of you the experts.
I have a semi-auto in .25 cal, SS, magazine is 6 rounds.
I am able to hit an 8" gong at 15 yards all the time, if I do my part.

Searching the internet I found that a Budischowsky TP-70 is exactly like my gun. So is the Norton.
The thing is, the slide is stamped American Arms Inc., Provo, Utah, TP-70 .25 cal. and I could not find a thing on schematics nor instructions.

What I am looking for is how to assemble/disassemble this jewel of a gun.
Does any of you know anything about TP-70?
Any help will be greatly appreciatted.
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Old November 14, 2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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Do you have this link to the TP70 manual?
http://stevespages.com/pdf/budischowsky_tp-70.pdf
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Old November 14, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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The TP-70 was made in .22 lr and .25 acp. The original Budischowsky gun was not importable due to GCA '68, so copies were made here. While well made, most didn't work too well.
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Old November 16, 2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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TP-70 manual

Thank you very much PSP. That is exactly what I am looking for. Now I will start, carefully, following the instructions. I'm happy!

Bill, I tried mine with 24 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ, 6 rounds per magazine. Not a glitch and great precision for a mini-gun. I am aware of what you said about malfunctions, but mine is an American Arms made. Maybe that makes a difference.

Thank you all for your invaluable help.
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Old November 16, 2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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I had an original Budischowsky TP-70 25. Great little gun with all of the features of a big gun. Trigger so light you'd think it was a toy. I'd like to get a really nice 22.
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Old November 18, 2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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Today I went to a Gun Show in Gonzales, LA where I found a collector with a TP-70 beautifully engraved.

The slide on this gun said "Norton TP-70" and under it, very small font, "Americanarms" (one word). He said that all TP-70s were imported.

Also this gun would lock open with the empty magazine in place, but mine would not. He said that maybe the locking spring is missing.
So now I am hunting for this spring. I would appreciate it very much if somebody knows where one is for sale and tells me.

The collector was asking $1,300.00 for his gun and would'nt trade his for mine, can you believe it?

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Old November 18, 2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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The TP70 was introduced in 1970. It was too small to pass the GCA 68 "points" test, so copies were made in the US. They were not imported.
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Old November 19, 2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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You can get TP-70 parts here:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/

You cal get replacement grips here:

http://vintagegungrips.net/ao-n2.html
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Old November 23, 2012, 05:07 PM   #9
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Thanks, JFooting, this link is needed right now because...

I was pulling the slide back and letting it go checking the chambering of a "defensive" Hornady load in .25 when the lever of the safety BROKE! (the part on the left and back side of the slide).

How can a safety lever break?!?
Now I have reservations about the American Arms TP-70. Does anybody have info about the quality and safety of this gun?

I was planning to pocket it when going to dinner, movies, and such, but now I will not.

I'm really disappointed. Any way I will have confidence in it again?
Thanks to all.
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Old November 23, 2012, 05:52 PM   #10
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There is a reason they weren't made for very long.
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