i dont hate this one...i think in todays market is a $23,000 gun or less
i prefer police guns as they are usually in nicer shape. matching upper/lower, late manufacture with smooth barrel and L sight. Im not sure if the vertical grip is correct to the gun. The finish(if original) looks very good. The finish on the barrel is different, so it might have had a barrel swap.
Finding the right thompson for you is not a quick purchase like a Mac or Uzi. Most Thompsons are not all original and if your goal(like mine) is to make it correct you have to start with a mostly correct gun and make it correct. it seems the majority have some issues.
If this gun is refinished and thats not the original barrel then i would lower my offer further...the market is rock bottom with shooter grade 1928's selling in the low $20's...i think one even sold for $19 a while back.
I would avoid the big dealer with $28k thompsons...they are over priced, typically refinished and beautiful......
are you looking for a war gun...specific to the A1? are you looking for the early features? (ribbed barrel, lyman rear sight,etc) ? are you looking for original finish/all matching?
ive seen very few war gun A1's that were correct/original and in decent condition...very few....lucky for you the market is blah and there are more thompson choices now that ive seen in the 3.5 years ive owned one