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Which Pistol to Match a WW2 Thompson ?


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#1 lightguy

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:03 PM

I'd like a 45ACP pistol to go along with my M1A1 Tommy.

But which one to choose ?

So far my choices are a Colt 1911,preferably WW2 vintage, but they seem pricey.

Smith and Wesson 1917 Revolver.

Or a Colt 1917 revolver.

Any other options ?

 

 


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#2 StooperZero

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:28 PM

other than the 1911 I'd go with the S&W 1917 or M&P model. 


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:29 PM

All .45 ACP pistols are cheap compared to a WW2 M1A1
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:36 PM

Nice thing about a 1911A1 is that it eats the same food as a Tommy.
If you only want one, I'd do some research and find one with a date of manufacture as your M1A1.....same month and year.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Ithacas and Remington Rands, but like the 1911A1 Colts too.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:52 PM

I'd eat ramen noodles and rice cakes topped with peanut butter for a few months and get the WWII era 1911.  Probably a Colt, but I wouldn't turn down a good deal on the other manufacturers.  At least that was my plan back when I had an M1A1.

 

Best of luck, and enjoy whatever you decide to pursue.

 

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:52 PM

https://www.gunbroke.../item/769622229

 

I payed more than the Buy It Now price for mine, but it's in a little better condition.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:04 PM

id pick a .50 Desert Eagle

 

as many will check you out at the range as they do for your Thompson

 

 

seriously id get a 1911....what ever shape your Thompson is in? get a 1911 in similar condition...no need to buy one that looks like new....


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:49 PM

If you're not picky on condition Remington Rands can be as low as 700.   Nice ones seem to be 1500'ish.   I got one a couple years ago for $500, but it had a colt .22 upper on it so it was missing the original upper.  Fixed all that and got a WW2 shoulder holster for it.   On the flip side you could "spray parkerize" a Kimber and you'd be in with a  nice shooter for 750 and I couldn't tell the difference!    I had not though about the dates, but I should check into that for fun.  The Remington is 1,796,xxx and the Thompson 745,000


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:10 PM

Colt 1911, no question. Any fairly good military or civilian model. I like my WW 2 Augusta Arsenal rebuild, for the fact it was a rebuilt WW1 gun for WW2 and spans the entire Thompson era. They tend to be cheaper in price too because of all the "purest" Colt collectors out there that think these guns should be worth less for some reason.

 

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 11:53 AM

You need to get a COLT .45 Single Action Revolver, with Ivory grips.  They made and sold these, not sure the price on them.  Would certainly make your M1A1 stand out at the Range.  It was good enough for the "original owner"...

 

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Thompson Submachine Gun of General George S. Patton Jr.

Caliber: .45 ACP 
Action: Blowback, full or semi auto 
Muzzle Velocity: 920 fps
Range: 100 yards 
Rate of Fire: 900 rounds per minute
Magazine Capacity: 20 or 30 round magazine
Barrel Length: 10.5 inches
Overall Length: 32 inches
Weight: 11 lbs
Year Built: 1941
Cost: $225

General Patton had this particular Thompson Submachine Gun, which he owned, in his vehicle when he was in combat areas.

 

 

 


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 02:16 PM

An m1a1 that shot 900 rpm is indeed special.
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Posted 19 May 2018 - 03:33 PM

https://www.gunbroke.../item/769622229

 

I payed more than the Buy It Now price for mine, but it's in a little better condition.

 

Difficult to be sure from the photos, but isn't that some fine pitting under the finish around the rt. side slide stop hole?

Also, although the description says the frame feed ramp is polished (which would be correct), to me, it doesn't look polished.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 03:53 PM

An m1a1 that shot 900 rpm is indeed special.


Well, it was built in 1941, so.....
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Posted 19 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

Okay, one of them is not WW2 but looks good anyway.  :D

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:55 PM


An m1a1 that shot 900 rpm is indeed special.

Well, it was built in 1941, so.....
The m1a1 I clocked was 629.99rpm. My thought was the military wanted 600 rpm so i assumed the m1/m1a1 fit that requirement as well as the 28. Plus i clocked a few and they were in the ball park of 600 rpm. If the m1/m1a1 was faster I guess I filled in the blanks incorrectly. Sorry to highjack the thread.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:26 AM

I use my 1911 manufactured in April 1918, It is all original parts. I have the original wood grips and the correct WWII grips.

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:57 AM

The CMP is preparing to sell 1911A1's from the army's stock.  Prices are pretty reasonable, but the guns are likely to have been rebuilt, etc.  The better ones will be auctioned.

 

http://thecmp.org/cm...11-information/


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:09 PM

The CMP is preparing to sell 1911A1's from the army's stock.  Prices are pretty reasonable, but the guns are likely to have been rebuilt, etc.  The better ones will be auctioned.

 

http://thecmp.org/cm...11-information/

Interesting but can they make it any more difficult ?  ;)

 

Plus no C+R license accepted.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 07:00 PM

Lightguy,

It depends. If you are an officer then you would want a M1911A1 to go with your TSMG.

If you are a private then any battlefield pickup would go with your TSMG.

What are you??????

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