Hello All - I just had a long talk with Doug Richardson, who as many of us know was very interested
in the M1923 Thompson (as well as other models) and on one or his trips to Europe devoted a lot of
time attempting to track down the M1923.
First of all, it seems that there are two separate guns here being described as the M1923. The M1923
gun is the gun pictured in the M1923 catalog with a Hotchkiss bipod mounted about 3" behind the muzzle,
and an "in line" buttstock..
The other gun, which Doug refers to as the M1922 has a Colt R75 bipod mounted to the barrel right
at the muzzle, and has a standard M1928 buttstock.
Clearly the two guns are different so i can see why he chose the give them different model numbers.
After extensive research Doug determined that no M1923 Thompsons were ever made and that the
gun in the photo is a mock-up. There are no photos of the gun being fired. He also concluded that only
two guns were ever actually chambered for the .45 Remington cartridge - both of the M1922 configuration.
He tracked these guns down, one being in Florida and one in Illinois. Only two "in-line" stocks are known
to exist -one found in Denmark, one lost in Texas. The M1923 shown in the catalog was broken down and
sold as parts. It is unlikely that this would have been done if it was a working gun.
He says the M1923 model was made up for the catalog but was not a term actually used by Auto-Ordnance.
Auto-Ordnance started referring to various "military" models - military model, heavy barrel, extra heavy barrel,
Doug has in his possession, and for sale, an original Thompson M1922/23 barrel with the trunnion to mount
the bipod because back in the day he was thinking of making the barrels. He did not say what the price was.
So, that's the report from Doug/Belize.
Edited by reconbob, 22 May 2020 - 05:03 PM.