This August, 1960 GUNS article by William B. Edwards raises questions regarding George Numrich's business operations in the manufacturing TSMGs and the import/export of his firearms and firearm parts. While we know INTERARMCO (the firearm importer/dealer that was forced to change their name to INTERARMS in 1966 due to a lawsuit) imported 60 Colt 1921A Thompsons from Ireland to the USA in 1956 at the behest of George Numrich, it isn't clear why Numrich required the import license of INTERARMCO to complete this transaction when by by his own claim he had import/export licenses.
"Sometimes Numrich supplies sportsmen in far parts of the world, too."
Perhaps the purpose behind the purchase of this cache of Irish Swords was to supply a foreign nation with submachine guns. From the Edward's article:
"A typical recent order came by telegram from His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Kuwait Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. His palace guards are in rather urgent need of firepower in that uneasy kingdom. Numrich, as the exclusive manufacturer of the Thompson Submachine Gun, was in a position to make quick deliveries."
Both Roger Cox and GH have these Colts ending up in Kuwait. One of the Colts, #426, was sold for parts on Gunbroker back in 2012 and purchased by board member Brian "bmarvin." Why Numrich didn't just manufacture 1921/28 model Thompsons from scratch to fill this order of "100" aligns with the reality, despite claiming to be making new TSMGs, his only source for TSMGs consisted of the number of crated Thompsons he purchased from Fred Willis or to import existing TSMGs from around the globe.
This may also explain the Numrich policy of stamping "N.A.C." after the receiver and frame serial number as it became part of the official BATFE serial number. The regulation of marking imported firearms with the importers mark was not required until 1968, Numrich attempted to corral these Thompsons made in 1921-22 and during WWII with Colt/AOC/Savage branding to show productivity to back up his numerous claims of Thompson "manufacturing."
GUNS magazine expressed interest in testing one of these George Numrich "manufactured" Thomspons, but were denied per the reason Numrich cited.
From the Edwards article:
"Where Tommy Guns Are Shot By Civilian Marksmen," Numrich post-haste pointed out that he was the sole proprietor of "Tommy Gun" and that the words were incorrectly applied to the Swedish m/45 "Kaw-peest" burp gun which was the subject of the story. However, we replied that we'd be very happy to give him a write-up on his products, and why didn't he forward a Tommy Gun for review like all the other big companies send the gun writers test guns? He shot back with the notice that people in all walks of life in the U.S. write to him seeking to acquire Tommy Guns. "But, hampering our excellent potential business in this direction is the fact that their remains an additional payment of 'a so-called transfer tax above sale price; the 'tax' amounts to 200 per gun extra."
It is also unclear why INTERARMCO didn't buy and import these 60 Colts themselves as they were competitors with Numrcih in selling TSMGs to U.S. collectors as well.
INTERARMCO 1962 Ad
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Edited by Arthur Fliegenheimer, 27 July 2020 - 03:30 PM.