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#1 TD.

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 09:17 PM

It is my understanding that well known Thompson enthusiast and all around great guy Glen Wittenburger used to sell complete 21 kits, including reproduction actuators. I do not believe Glen manufactured the reproduction 21 actuators but obtained the actuators from a 3rd party vendor. I seem to recall years ago that Glen offered these reproduction kits for sale at the Thompson Collector Association (TCA) Shows. I know Glen sold springs as I have a few of his (1928) springs with my spare parts. We certainly miss Glen; how I wish he was still with us to answer my questions. And to hang out with! 

 

Does anyone have one of the 21 kits or reproduction actuators sold by Glen years ago?    


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#2 Chopper28

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 08:11 PM

I miss Glen also. He was a GREAT friend! I will never forget the good times we had at his place. a true machine gun heaven.


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 09:59 AM

I am going to bring this back to the top one more time.

 

Agree Chopper28. I also miss Glen!

 

I was hoping someone would have at least remembered the 1921 kits that Glen offered for sale years ago. 

 

I am thinking the cocking ears of his reproduction 1921 actuators were U-shaped like the GI 1928 actuators, but I am not certain and would like to verify. 


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:14 AM

TD,

I think Sig was looking for similar info a while back. You may reach out to him directly offline and see if he found anything. Not sure how often he is on.

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 12:20 PM

Last time TCA met at Glen's place, he had only one left and said he was not getting anymore. He had tons of 1921 springs though!

 

Those were great memories... even shot the Porter Co Dilllinger gun!


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 04:34 PM

I talked with Glenn and bought one from him, Now long sold off and Also  brand new in cosmo covered. wax wrapper in box mags. when he had those for sale,Was always fair and great person..Yeah we all will be missed.

Will the last person Turn out the lights.

 

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:11 PM

I appreciate the comments. Again, does anyone have one of these actuators? Or know who does? I would really like to document this reproduction actuator for all enthusiasts. 


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:15 AM

T.D. it went in a box with a 21 as a shooter actuator, well over ten years ago. and positive the 28 i sold,went with a savage actuator. the guy wanted a original, Maybe somebody will turn up, it was the springs Pilot and all.Ron  


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 06:26 AM

Gents,

    I don't know if this will help, but I bought an entire spring kit on this forum from David Lansky when he was selling Warren Kraiser collection (hoped I spelled his name correctly).  I still have the actuator, and the two part spring guide as well as the spring.  David was very good in describing these parts, and they were not original COLT.  I still have all the parts, and that is what I use when I fire my COLT as a 1921.

 

   You can decide amongst yourselves whether or not Glen could have sold Warren these parts.  I also assisted a friend of mine who bought Warren's West Hurly. 

 

   I can post photos of the two part spring guide and the actuator, but the actuator is a Savage Actuator that was cut down.  (you can tell from the knurling and the U shaped cut in the knob. 

 

   Not knowing either of these gentlemen, I think this could have been the source for this set.  Unless someone else was out there making these. 

 

   Cheers, Sandman1957


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:35 AM

Thank you Sandman1957. No need to post pictures of the cut down actuator but I would like to see pictures of the reproduction two part spring guide or buffer pilot. 


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:28 PM

TD,

Not one of Glen's, but here is a buffer assembly by Stan Andrewski.  An "A" is stamped on both pieces.  Sorry the photo's aren't as good as the one you have in your book.

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:56 PM

What were the discs made of?
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:10 PM

I tried to poke them out and tap them out to take a photo.  Nothing will budge.  It looks like one piece red rubber from what I can see. 


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:59 AM

Chip,

I appreciate your post on the Stan Andrewski reproduction 1921 buffer pilots. This is a first for me. I have never seen or heard of this reproduction part. I am impressed (and grateful) Mr. Andrewski marked both parts. If I would have known, I would have included this information in my book.

 

Does anyone have any idea when the Andrewski reproduction buffer pilots were on the market? Price? Literature? 

 

All good stuff! Again, thank you.

 

I am still looking for the Glen Whittenburger reproduction 1921 actuators. 


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:45 AM

TD,

I bought this one from Stamford Numismatics, Stamford, CT April 2007 off Gunbroker for $43.74 shipped.  I thought I had one of the actuators you're looking for too, but it's one of Doug Richardson's.


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 08:08 AM

TD

I saw your post and want to introduced myself. My name is Marty and was a friend of Glen's up here in Michigan for over 30 years. 

He was the one who handed me his Thompson and said shoot it.  I was a Recon Marine in the 70's and was lucky enough to play with a lot of weapons, but never a Thompson.  Glen also helped me become a GM designer like himself, and invited me to the Second Chance Pistol event where I met the Michigan crew.

Over the years we have lost more than a few friends from the crew.   Which brings me to writing this.   Glen sold his Thompson to one of the guys in the crew (Jeff) along with his famous tackle box full of Thompson parts, including a separate box of parts, springs, mags, drums.  I was at Glen's house in Solobury when the parts were exchanged and I thought I saw a 21 kit in the box.

Jeff is up north at this years Second Chance shoot.  Once he gets back I will ask him to go through the parts and see if he has one of Glen's 21 actuators.

I have been to this site many time to read and learn everything I can. There are many knowledgeable people on this site. I also have many of the Thompson books (Tracey's, Frank's, military TMs, to name a few) but I learn quite a bit off here.

I checked Glen's WH Thompson blish lock slots for any damage.(we know his back end was cracked and welded), but will save that question for my next post.   Thanks Marty


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 07:37 PM

Where his 1921 kits reproduction or original
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Posted 18 June 2019 - 09:51 PM

Moose1,

I appreciate the help and look forward to your report.

 

Glen let me shoot that now famous West Hurley Thompson my first time at the Hill Family All Thompson Show & Shoot. He and Beth were so great for the Thompson community. 

 

Thanks!

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:24 AM

Moose1,

I appreciate the help and look forward to your report.

 

Glen let me shoot that now famous West Hurley Thompson my first time at the Hill Family All Thompson Show & Shoot. He and Beth were so great for the Thompson community. 

 

Thanks!

 

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interesting wonder how he made all the parts


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Posted 27 June 2019 - 06:33 AM

TD

 

I finally was able to talked to Jeff yesterday (he helps run the Second Chance Shoot). He said he knows there were the big type springs in the box, but do not remember seeing any actuators like that. He is not the expert like you gentlemen are, and I am learning.

He said when I have time, I can go through the boxes.

I'm sorry we could not come up with anything for you, but thought I would give it a shot.

 

I miss Glen like everyone else, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot. Jeff and I would drive down to visit Glen often and it was heart breaking to see him go down hill. Both Beth and his buddy Joe from across the street had passed and it was only him and Dolly (his dog).

RIP my friend.

 

Thanks

Moose


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