Got to remember the Tucson guns, after the arrest the Tucson PD kept the guns that were not claimed and later loaned them back & forth to the FBI for their display. # 7731 & # 5878 are still there, Lebman & Peru PD guns I think. If in fact, Pinkston is correct, we have four missing Little Bo Thompsons. Were these serial numbers acid raised and not the ones pictured, I have no idea.
We know Dillinger took # 7387 with him, pictured two weeks earlier , April 7, at the farm and recovered in Lake Michigan.
Nelson could of taken it, we know he had at least a Colt mini, and as I remember, there was a Thompson found at the Barrington battle and used for evidence. The Monitor poof ! However Helmer said there was some possibility that it was hidden by locals, where they took the body ( or something close )
Hoover gave a Little Bo pistol to a movie producer as a thanks for something, maybe Jack Warner, can't remember. When we were tracing the Colt 380 Dillinger had on him, I went to the Red Skeleton family executor, as there was a rumor that Hoover gave Red the Dillinger " death gun " Wrong- an Urban Legand.
The post findings of Colt Chopper's new find will be interesting-
Chuck, I asked Helmer, will ask you, why didn't Goddard or someone know about the secret number on Colt Thompsons ????? Acid raising of numbers seems rather old school by 1934. ???
One more thought here- It's seemed to me thru the years, that Lebman guns had the numbers removed, of course a smart practice from The Lebman Saddle Shop. We see this on Dillinger related weapons, think the Tucson 07 that the FBI has now, the shipments to St Paul... I assume the Van Meter Thompson was supplied by Lebman, the Colt minis... ( some) . A Lebman trade mark of sorts.
Edited by OCM, 27 September 2016 - 09:50 AM.