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Which pistol to match a WW2 Thompson ?


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#21 lightguy

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 07:52 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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Posted 23 May 2018 - 08:00 PM

lightguy,

I also got out as a Spec 4.

I had to bring my own M1911 to go with my M1A1 TSMG. It was a $19.00 DCM WW1 pistol.

A lot of the enlisted men in my area had a handgun of some sort. None issued.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:02 AM

You have a M1A1 Thompson and are complaining about the price of a World War II Colt M1911A1?
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:42 AM

You have a M1A1 Thompson and are complaining about the price of a World War II Colt M1911A1?

 

Not to mention. They are only going up in price. Great place to park some money.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 07:12 AM

By far the predominant M1911A1 of WW2 was the Remington Rand.  We think of Colt, but the numbers manufactured by Colt were small in comparison.  I think a Remington Rand showing honest wear would make a great match to a WW2 TSMG.

 

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 07:29 AM

Nothing like a Remington Rand to go along with an M1A1. How about this 1944 with a matching spam can of .45 ammo repacked in May 1944?

 

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 07:56 AM

A Remington Rand 1911A1 would be my choice if you're on a budget. More prevalent and less $ than a Colt. Todd in Oregon


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

I have a few and i am amazed at the new asking prices. Get one while you still can. I have a Colt in my safe from 1914 and i have a Colt from my Great uncle from 1918. Here are a couple, like new Remington Rands.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:05 AM

Be bold, Go for a Union Switch and Signal.
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Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:33 AM

You have a M1A1 Thompson and are complaining about the price of a World War II Colt M1911A1?

 

 

Not complaining...justifying.

 

I can afford anything I want.

I can also eat T-bones for every meal.


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 11:27 AM

Duplicate post....please delete


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 11:31 AM

A well worn pre-war 1941 Colt 1911A1 works well with any WW2 Thompson.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 11:33 AM

Be bold, Go for a Union Switch and Signal.

 

Take a walk on the wild side.  Get a Singer.

 

Seriously, as mentioned earlier upthread, when I had a mixed number upper/lower Savage M1 arsenal stamped and rebuilt as an M1A1, I wanted to get an Colt 1911A1; never got to it though.

 

Best of luck and enjoy whatever you get!


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#34 LSU Tiger

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:32 PM

Really, any US issue 1911 or 1911A1 would be correct.
 
Here's a Springfield Armory 1911 issued to a paratrooper in the 101st.  He made the Normandy jump with this Springfield Armory 1911.

 

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If you want to get fancy, this 1942 Colt is from my collection.  The grip is called a "sweetheart grip."  They're quite rare.

 

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Personally, I'd stay away from Singers and US&S,  Lot of fakes out there, and unless you know 1911s better than the back of your hand, you're going to get cheated.

 

This 1918 Colt would be good.  Nice original finish and correct.

 

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:59 AM

​Too bad after years of Springfield manufacturing guns they put such a lousy finish on their 1911's!

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​A 1939 Navy would look nice too.


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Or a plain old parked 1911 left over from the Great War.

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Colt & Smith and Wesson made a nice 1917, or a Colt Commando or S&W Victory.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 10:03 AM

Here you go, the perfect 1911 for you; a Singer. It's been mentioned in another post: https://www.gunaucti...om/buy/14875678

Kidding aside, unless you have that kind of money; my vote goes to a 1911.

There are some real nice ones displayed above guys!

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:39 PM

Colt did a special run of 1911 Gov't models for the 100th Anniversary, Model 01911ANVIII, packaged in a brown pressboard box and warped in wax paper just like the way they delivered them to the government. The pistols were true to the original design and finish. I found a dealer who had 3 NIB he never sold. A perfect fit for a M1A1 Thompson. No way you can top a Colt. Picked one up as a gift for my son when he was prompted to LTC.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 04:48 PM

Colt did a special run of 1911 Gov't models for the 100th Anniversary, Model 01911ANVIII, packaged in a brown pressboard box and warped in wax paper just like the way they delivered them to the government. The pistols were true to the original design and finish. I found a dealer who had 3 NIB he never sold. A perfect fit for a M1A1 Thompson. No way you can top a Colt. Picked one up as a gift for my son when he was prompted to LTC.

I owned one of those for a while.  I got a great deal on it at a gun show of all places.  IIRC, as well as the serial numbering, the trigger was different on the front surface, and the internal machine was modern, not WWII in some areas that you had to take the gun apart to see.  I never even took the magazines out of their wrapping -  I bought a couple aftermarket mags for shooting.  It was very accurate, and I eventually sold it for more than I had in to it.

 

As you say, one of those would be a decent accompany piece for an M1/M1A1.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 05:38 PM

Even cheaper than a Colt is the Kahr 1911A1.  They call it the "1911 BKO."  I dug in my spare parts and replaced the trigger with a WW II trigger and the mainspring housing with a WW II Remington Rand part.  I also swapped the grips for WW II grips. It's Parkerizing even looks right.  The barrel is stainless, so I had it CeraKote finished in dark blue-black.  The internals are Series 80, but from ten feet, no one will ever know.  The pistol was $485 on Gun Broker used.  It's a heck of a shooter.

 

https://www.auto-ord...ce-1911-pistol/


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 05:59 PM

Colt did a special run of 1911 Gov't models for the 100th Anniversary, Model 01911ANVIII, packaged in a brown pressboard box and warped in wax paper just like the way they delivered them to the government. The pistols were true to the original design and finish. I found a dealer who had 3 NIB he never sold. A perfect fit for a M1A1 Thompson. No way you can top a Colt. Picked one up as a gift for my son when he was prompted to LTC.

I owned one of those for a while.  I got a great deal on it at a gun show of all places.  IIRC, as well as the serial numbering, the trigger was different on the front surface, and the internal machine was modern, not WWII in some areas that you had to take the gun apart to see.  I never even took the magazines out of their wrapping -  I bought a couple aftermarket mags for shooting.  It was very accurate, and I eventually sold it for more than I had in to it.

 

As you say, one of those would be a decent accompany piece for an M1/M1A1.

Glad you had the experience of owing one and yes they are very accurate. We shot the one I gave to my son. I was impressed with how it shot nearly as good as my Gold Cup. I should have bought all 3 as they were very reasonably priced and probably could have resold them for more. 


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