Yesterday I was reading about the Spare parts Kits on pages 173 to 175 of The Ultimate Thompson book.
Wrongly, I now know, I always presumed that the Spare Parts kit were produced in 1921 / 1922 at the same time as the Colt Thompsons, but Tracie Hill, corrected my assumption. The containers were produced in 1928, at the request of the USMC by the Worcester Pressed Steel company, (W.P.S), who were producing L Drums for Auto-Ordnance at that time.
So once these were produced for the Marines, I guess Auto-Ordnance marketed them to their other customers. I note there is no mention of the ‘Metal kit box’ in both editions of the Model of 1921 Handbooks in my collection, for the obvious reason I now know, but the box is featured on the last page of my 1930’s 2nd version of the 1921/28/27 handbook.
The information that evades me, however, is how many of these spare part containers were actually produced by W.P.S for Auto-Ordnance.
The knowledge on this board often surprises me, so I was wondering if anyone has any further information on the original spare parts kits and can tell us how many of the spare parts containers, were produced by W.P.S?
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