I have been reading some past topics and have learned a great deal about this weapon...and am still trying to locate a copy of American Thunder to learn more. I have learned from you RKIs that it is Savage built sometime in April or May 1943. Since it was "stolen" by the veteran in 1943 it never went to be rebuilt. I also believe that it is exactly as it came from the factory because it has been inone man's hands for 60 years and he is WAY too cheap to spend money to change it! RON MILLS commented that the modifications standard on the later weapons and applied to the thompsons during rebuild were "for the better"
My Thompson has the following attributes: Non Cross-drilled stock, unmarked lower with 28 style selectors and mag release, FULL AUTO on one line instead of two, blued (not bright) bolt.
I believe AMERICAN THUNDER lists the attributes my gun DOES NOT have as the "ideal".
When i get it should i buy a parts kit and add these modifications (including a M1 bolt) before firing it...or are these modifications not really important?
Thanks in advance, Bryan