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#21 rpbcps

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 05:45 PM

I still have the box Gordon shipped his spare parts box in. As you can see he numbered each box and insert but unfortunately not like an artist does a limited edition print such as 678/1000. So it is anyone's guess but I think there would have been at least 200 and likely no more than 500. Additionally I wonder if he shipped them sequentially? If he did and those remaining in his estate end at 300 (just picked that number arbitrarily) then we would have our number. Maybe?


I need to check the number that was added to my GH spare parts container next time I am in England, as I only bought it earlier this year, if they were sold sequential, it'll be interesting to confirm what number it is.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:10 AM

Just confirmed, I have # 253.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:24 AM

Auto Weapons has an original for sale for $10,000

 

http://www.autoweapo...s/thompson.html


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

They also have a WH C drum for $2100! 24.gif Hell, I'll sell mine for $1500.

 

"AUTO ORDNANCE W.H. 1970'S VINTAGE 100 ROUND THOMPSON "C" DRUM.... THIS IS AN EARLY 1970'S VINTAGE 100 ROUND "C" DRUM WHICH IS NEW IN ORIGINAL BOX.... WHILE NOT A 1920'S COLT VINTAGE "C" DRUM, THESE WEST HURLEY'S HAVE BECOME COLLECTOR/SHOOTER DRUMS IN TODAYS MARKET..... GOOD FOR SHOOTING OR DISPLAY ON ANY SELECT FIRE OR SEMI AUTO 1921/1928 NAVY, U.S.G.I. 1928 OR W.H. 1928 THOMPSON .... WITH THE GARBAGE REMAKE NEW DRUMS ON THE MARKET TODAY, AND COLT C DRUMS BEING MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, THESE DRUMS HAVE COME INTO THEIR OWN AS COLLECTIBLE..... COMES COMPLETE WITH BOX AND INSTRUCTION SHEET"


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

Auto Weapons has an original for sale for $10,000

 

http://www.autoweapo...s/thompson.html

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#26 rpbcps

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:50 AM

This morning I just got around to adding a number of items, that a colleague was good enough to send me, to my GH Spare parts container, # 253,although I have been unable to locate my 'Breech cleaning brush', trouble with spending little time at home these days, I often forget where I have put things.

 

Attached File  GH Spare Parts Kit '253'.JPG   168.5K   16 downloads

 

Which reminded me, did anyone find any GH spare parts containers with a higher number than '253'?

 

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Edited by rpbcps, 27 November 2017 - 05:32 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:19 AM

https://www.ebay.com...3.c100033.m2042

 

Looks there are still a couple available.


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 10:39 AM

How about #271. Anyone have one of Gordon's kits with a higher number?

 

Attached File  GH - #271.JPG   131.38K   19 downloads


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

Did Rusco or Mills ever subcontract out to somebody to make a Cleaning Kit that is roughly the same size a the 20 round magazine...to fit in a Canvas Carry Case.???

I was talking by Email with someone who stated the Spare Parts Kit was part of the USMC 1928 contract, they wanted kits.
Sounds strange that Rusco or Mills would not have offered a Kit that fits perfectly into their product prior to 1928 since they were making the Canvas Carry Cases long before 1928.

Edited by jojeep, 26 November 2017 - 02:11 PM.

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#30 1921A

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 09:54 AM

Looks like someone is selling Gordons repro long cleaning rods as well as the parts tins.

https://m.ebay.com/s...s&isRefine=true

Edited by 1921A, 27 November 2017 - 03:55 PM.

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#31 1921A

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 12:40 PM

I bought 3 GH parts kits when Gordon 1st introduced them. Still have 2 of them - boxes are marked #20 and 21. I think the third one was #22.
At the time, I wanted them for displays so as not to risk the theft of an original.

Edited by 1921A, 03 January 2018 - 08:46 PM.

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#32 rpbcps

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 05:48 PM

How about #271. Anyone have one of Gordon's kits with a higher number?

 

attachicon.gifGH - #271.JPG

 

#293 (& 269) reported on this post:

http://www.machinegu...showtopic=21553

 

So #293 is the highest number reported so far, I believe?

 

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#33 mohawk64

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:37 PM

I have 293. Purchased from eBay maybe April 2017
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#34 rpbcps

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:39 AM

I still have the box Gordon shipped his spare parts box in. As you can see he numbered each box and insert but unfortunately not like an artist does a limited edition print such as 678/1000. So it is anyone's guess but I think there would have been at least 200 and likely no more than 500. Additionally I wonder if he shipped them sequentially? If he did and those remaining in his estate end at 300 (just picked that number arbitrarily) then we would have our number. Maybe?

 

Presuming the person from whom I bought my GH spare parts metal container, is selling off the remaining examples in GHs estate, I sent them an email asking:

"out of curiosity, do you know how many of the ‘reproduction Colt 1921 Thompson Spare Parts Boxes’. Were produced by Gordon? I note the one I bought from you earlier in the year is numbered ‘253’? If you have any left, I am also curious to know, what the box numbers are ? "

 

​The reply was not very positive I am afraid:

"I have no idea how many boxes / brushes Gordon had manufactured, I would guess less than 1000 pieces.  And, since I pull  them from storage here and there, cannot tell you what the number(s) are, I do not know....."

 

​Oh well, worth a try to pin down a number anyway and we have still to find a number above the 200 range, although 293 is close to 300....

 

Stay safe

 

Richard

Attached File  USMC Spare arts in 1929 Catalogue.jpg   286.77K   12 downloads


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:06 PM

I wonder if the re-popped cleaning rods are marked in any way?  Any RKI's know?  I have one original around here somewhere.  Gordon looked at it sometime back and confirmed that it was original.  Tough find he said.  


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 12:30 AM

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#37 TD.

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:23 AM

Cleaning Rods for the Thompson gun. Another great question. My research on this subject was put on hold to allow time to finish my book. I was also contacted offline by an FBI agent who told me his field office had four long cleaning rods still in use and promised pictures. I knew these would be an excellent resource so it was a good place to stop (for me). Unfortunately, the pictures never came. And I moved on to other research and stories after publication of  the book. The below research positively identified the well made long cleaning rod that former Class Three dealer Terry Williams marketed inexpensively as a reproduction years ago. The Williams rod or none of the other known reproduction cleaning rods were marked as such but the Williams rod can now be easily identified as a result of the below thread.  

 

http://www.machinegu...+cleaning +rods

 

​Enjoy. Feel free to join in the discussion!


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#38 Motorcar

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:37 PM

As to the numbers of how many Gordon made, I just got #353 in the mail.


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:52 AM

Several years ago I talked with Gordon about his venture to reproduce the parts tins.  Back in the 1990's I kicked around the same idea until I learned the cost to produce the dies necessary to stamp the 11 or 12 parts present in the original tin.  Gordon solved that to some degree by going off shore (South America I think) for the production of the parts.

 

I believe he said the original run was 500 pieces.  The person who is selling the left over tins and cleaning rods on eBay could probably confirm that.

 

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