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How much for a pre-WWII Thompson, still in the factory box?

Discussion in 'Weapons' started by OpanaPointer, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Just, ahem, wondering.
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    Transferable?

    What model? What condition? With all accessories?

    Without specifics you'd be looking at anywhere from 5k - 45k
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'll ask about the model but Cuz said it was gift wrapped and tagged for relative who never came back from the war, from that I presume it's all there. She inherited her grandmother's house and found the present in a hidden storage closet. Bunch of other stuff from the first third of the century in there as well, she says.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Well, she just traded it for a H3 Hummer. I didn't even get to see it. She had promised me a look around the storage room.
     
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    Pity.
     
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    That was one expensive hummer. :)
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm going tell her that.

    :cool:
     
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    Poppy grasshopper

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    Thompson himself, would probably roll in his grave over that deal.

    Was also going to point out that in his new book, buddy bodyguard says the Thompson was hillarys favourite to shoot.
    Looked for the bit i had read (Drudge? Breitbart?), and the only mention my lousy browser could find was a machinegun forum- and it was 401?404?...tried to find that dead link today, and couldn't even find that.
     
  9. Riter

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    Zero. Why? Not NFA registered. If she tries to sell it, the ATF will seize it for destruction. There is no late fee for failure to register a machine gun.
     
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    ..my grandfather had a Tommy ...I saw it once about 50 years ago, but I'll never forget it ...it was not a military style ...he died long ago and I asked my sister to try to find out what happened to it....he lived on the West coast and we didn't see or talk to his family much ...my mom did not like her step-mom..we visited them maybe 2 times for vacation
     
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    Had a Filipino coworker who had a Thompson in another country (Philippines). He greased it up, wrapped it tightly and buried it in feces with a banana tree atop of it and then came to America. When the Revolution to overthrow Marcos happened, his cousin dug it up and since then, he has no idea what his cousin did with it.
     
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    ..."expensive hummer'.
    sometimes i kill myself. thanks for the memory.
     
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    ..how many were sold to civilians in the US?
     
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    ...I would think there would have been ''many''' Thompson's over there by 1945...would they not have taken care of an ''expensive'' American weapon if they had one? --or did the US not supply those in large quantities to the Filipinos?
     
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    How many sold to civilians?

    Forgot the name of the book, but it showed who purchased the original 15,000 civilian Thompsons that were made. The key point is that after FOPA signed by Reagan, no more selective fire firearms that were not registered may not be owned by non-LEOs.

    After 1934, so long as you paid the $200 tax stamp (a huge amount during the Great Depression), you could own one. Then the FOPA happened and prices skyrocketed. I remember they were $1.5k back in the '80s. Try $15k today for one that is papered (stamp).
     
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    ....that reminds me, I did read a book specifically on the Tommy...but that was 2014 ..I remember the year because I took my kid to college pre-school activities and of course needed something to read while there
    ..the engineering of it was interesting as I worked in an engineering dept
     
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    The U.S. supplied the Filipino guerillas with arms and ammunition. We used subs to make supply runs. The U. S. did not seek the return at the war's end. If it went there, it stayed there.
     
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    Blish lock principle with the adhersive property of two dissimilar metals providing part of the "dragging effect" to delay unlocking of the action. :D Entirely unneeded as blowback through mass was good enough. The book was from Collectors' Grade Publication.
     
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    ..the cooling fins are unique for hand held MGs? were they really necessary?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Tommy Gun
     

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