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#1 benedw60

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

I saw this at a local gun show and couldnt resist, was wondering if anybody knew any information about it. Its weird because it has a m1 receiver, but is marked as a 1928 and has a drum

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 03:25 PM

Hmmmm.....one I don't have.....looks like a great toy!
That drum come off?

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 03:34 PM

If you have a screwdriver

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 04:10 PM

What's the difference between semi auto and single?
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 04:19 PM

Guess they got around the trademark issue with the auto-ordInance... :o


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 05:11 PM

I would have loved that, when I was a kid, and it has Australian markings on it, incl. 'Factory Thorough Repair'.


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 05:50 PM

Did you find it at the Oaks Show today? I was there most of the day and didn't see it.....  Saw the seller with a Colt Thompson with drums and 3 stick mags in a FBI case for 53K....


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#8 benedw60

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

Yep I got it at oaks
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 08:29 PM

Did you find it at the Oaks Show today? I was there most of the day and didn't see it.....  Saw the seller with a Colt Thompson with drums and 3 stick mags in a FBI case for 53K....

Did you happen to get the serial number of the Thompson and Drums?


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 08:47 PM

S/n 331948
No serial number on the drum

I wonder what made the manufacturer use that serial number

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:14 PM

Ron, No I didn't get the serial numbers. The seller wasn't even at the table. It was in the case with Don't Touch signs all over it......
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:03 PM

Phillips screwdriver in the drum (if original) dates it recently as Phillips fasteners are not that old, relatively speaking.....
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:59 AM

I  THINK I read someplace where A-O did make wooden replicas back in the 1940s for salesman or?

I'm sure someone here will know for sure.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:25 AM

That would be a neat piece of history if that was true
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:22 PM

I  THINK I read someplace where A-O did make wooden replicas back in the 1940s for salesman or?

I'm sure someone here will know for sure.

 

Frank,

 

This is not one of the 1940's AO toys.

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:27 PM

I  THINK I read someplace where A-O did make wooden replicas back in the 1940s for salesman or?

I'm sure someone here will know for sure.

 

Frank,

 

This is not one of the 1940's AO toys.

 

David

Hi David,

 

I realize that it's not one of those toys, but isn't there a picture of Russel Magure and Thompsons window with a dummy TSMG like that? (Tracies' book maybe)


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 12:43 PM

Frank/Dave,

Who would be the best person to reach out to about getting more information about this piece. I would imagine there is a small group of people who just focus on Thompson toys/ memorabilia, doing some research I haven’t any such people or groups

Thanks

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:45 PM

A few yrs ago John Anderson ( I think it was the name ) had a display at TATA it was dedicated to toy Thompson's. He may be a board member. Very good display. Brought back memories of playing in the back yard.
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 05:28 PM

benedw60,

 

I have the same toy model Thompson, same serial number, etc..  I purchased it on ebay several years ago. Mine is a little more battle weary than yours, but still intact.  I don't have any further information on it than you do right now.  Looks like some kind of casting made out of fiberglass.

 

The model AO toys from the 40's that David referred to are wooden toy Thompsons manufactured by Maguire/AOC probably in the late summer/fall of 1945 and sold for the Christmas holidays at $5.98 each.  They used  surplus butt stocks and in a few cases, surplus pistol grips and fore grips to assemble these toys.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 06:10 PM

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