I’m new to this board but not new to class 3 or other weapons boards. Over the last 15 years I’ve bought a number of different MGs, many have been dewats. I like to shoot MGs but really the history behind them is what is most interesting to me. WWII guns that likely saw combat are my favorite. I’ve never owned a Thompson until now – I wanted something unique and unusual if I ever got one, have never been interested in a 21 or a West Hurley.
You may have seen this gun in the spring – a rusted dewat at an auction. The gun was saved by a well-known person in the hobby – the gun was in a place that no longer allows MGs and had been poorly cared for – and to top it off, no paperwork could be found. Luckily, the ATF had the original dewat registration and the gun was saved.
I’m happy to report that it is in much better condition than the pictures showed and so I’m looking for observations on the gun and thoughts on who should rewat this piece of history for me. I know that Thompson rewat is a specialty.
The gun is a Numrich import from the UK from the 50s. It is a Savage 1928 from the first 6k made in the Cash & Carry program probably sent in second batch of 1940 to England. It has the Patent Dates not numbers (only in first ~10k made). Of course it has the New York, NY address and it is British proofed. I can’t find pictures from anyone who has another gun with all these features together in the US (at least online or in books). But maybe you guys know of a few.
The barrel is not salvageable - there are no letter proofs of any kind I can see. The Cutts has no markings of any kind. From what I can read this makes it an early Cutts? Perhaps the group can tell me if this is likely the original barrel? (I need another to replace it so would like to know what would be correct for this early gun)
There is surface rust and surface scratching – a re-blue/park will be needed externally but the internals are great except the dewat area.
The lower has a scrubbed serial number. The bolt is blued and has a “P” mark. The Blish is savage marked. The actuator is a blued, smooth later type but has a Savage mark. A mixmaster that has clearly seen lots of service but a great piece of history.
Additionally, the gun came with a functional and complete “L” drum that has been with the gun since the 50s according to the consigner – I believe it is an early WPS drum (no WPS initials though) with nickel rotor. Am I right on this? It is a really nice and rare bonus – probably sent over with an early batch to the Brits.
First several pictures are from the auction, rest are mine:
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Edited by kp31, 05 December 2018 - 12:24 AM.