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How many Colt Thompsons have their matching C drums?


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#1 michaelkih

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:45 AM

I know the drum magazines were never meant to match the guns, and only 5000 C drums were even made when 15,000 guns were made, but does anyone know how many guns have been matched up with their matching C drum or part of C drum over the years?  Just curious.  Thank you!


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#2 giantpanda4

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:32 AM

I know of one... not mine though!


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:47 AM

Gordon's last book may give some insight.  He lists some numbered C-Drums.  Once you have those numbers they may be a comment if they are with the TSMG.  Second, see if those numbered guns exist.  Hopefully others will respond.  Good luck.  My guess is a dozen or so at best.


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#4 michaelkih

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 12:57 PM

Thanks Steve.  I'll go through my books.


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

why did colt number the drum to the gun?

 

just another one of those many extra-cost thompson flourishes?


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#6 michaelkih

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:19 PM

Buzz, to match the halves back together after they sent them off to be finished.
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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:43 PM

why did colt number the drum to the gun?

 

just another one of those many extra-cost thompson flourishes?

 

The L and C drum front cover and back were numbered to keep them together during assembly.

 

The Colt era L drum numbers and C drum numbers did not correspond to a 1921 Thompson. 


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:41 PM

BUT, WHEN you HAVE one that does match, its worth an extra good scotch or two!  Same for the shoulder stock end plate.  

 

3148 has a front plate that matches, the body does not match.  Still on the hunt.  If anyone has a body numbered 3148, or a front plate numbered 3334 let me know.  We can do a great trade!


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 06:46 AM

The real prize is when a Colt is matched up with both the same numbered L and C drum. Yes, those combinations do exist in the collector world. 


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 06:58 AM

Any idea what the highest number on each was, ie, at what number did they stop stamping the L-Drums and C-Drums.  Not near any of my references for a week or more.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:11 AM

I had seen this one for sale last year.

 

https://www.tenring....ollector-items/

 

 


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 12:31 PM

Anybody know of or have a nice first generation, L drum for sale? Thanks, Andrew
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:48 AM

brazos,

 

Yep, I only know of 3184 and 366.  Just curious on others.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

#1504 with fifty round and 100 round. I should know it came from Earl to Falter and brokered by me. sits in Wisconsin if not sold already.Colt21a Ron


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#15 83Baron

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 06:10 PM

No drums for sale? Was just wondering since recently picked up a nice 21ac but it comes with the stick mag. Best, Andrew
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#16 michaelkih

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 11:36 PM

1504 has the c and l drum matching?  Wow!


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#17 83Baron

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:43 PM

If no one has one for sale I'm still looking. Any leads on where you could find one. Appreciate it.
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:42 AM

If no one has one for sale I'm still looking. Any leads on where you could find one. Appreciate it.


You may want to start a separate thread on this to get better visibility. Persistence will pay off. Drums come up for sale just not as many as WWII or later drums.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:05 AM

Thanks Ron. I thought someone might have a quick lead on the current thread but you're probably right starting fresh. Best
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