Gordon Herigstad firing a Colt Thompson at a shoot in Ohio in 2006. The shooter to his left is Warren Kreiser. Both Thompson aficionados pictured here
passed away recently.
I'm starting this as a pinned post in memory of Gordon Herigstad, the author of Colt Thompson Serial Numbers, who passed away on 4/23/15. This post will become a repository for information on Colt Thompson serial numbers that were not featured in Gordon's books, because he left us too soon.
There are thousands more Colt Thompsons that remain to be documented. Many were consumed over the almost 100 years since their manufacture, but the iconic firearm has an uncanny way of surviving, and resurfacing around the world for us to wonder about and discuss.
I don't have Gordon's latest book yet, and I'm away from my 4th edition of his book at the moment, but I'm pretty sure that the recent discovery of # 11410 in Germany was not documented by Gordon, so it will be the first entry below. This post will change over time, and I'll leave it open, in case anyone wants to add to it. Any new serial numbers that are added in other posts will be summarized here, similar to how Gordon listed such information in his books.
Your contributions to this effort will be appreciated by anyone who appreciates Colt Thompsons.
- In the Imperial War Museum collection in England
- Purchased by the IRA in 1921
- Serial number is defaced, but can still be read
- Reported by rpbcps on 7/3/17
- Getty Image found showing this serial number
- 1921A configuration, well worn
- Vertical grip broken along grip mount
- Has unreadable property tag attached to vertical grip
- Reported by by member GIJive on 3/3/17
- Colt Thompson 1921A Serial Number 4658 is currently in the possession of a suburban Chicago, Illinois Police Department
- The gun appears to be in very nice condition
- No word on whether it is registered or transferable
- Reported by DLansky on 9/4/15
- Appears to be French contract Colt with Berthier sling swivels attached
- Located in Europe
- Reported by rpbcps on 7/3/17
- Transferable MG for sale by Ruben Mendiola, Class III Dealer in Miami, FL, December 2015
- 1928AC (21/28 Overstamp)
- Has 2-piece actuator
- Overstamped from 1921 to 1928, then stamped again to add "U.S." and "A1" to read "U.S. Model of 1928A1"
- No Barrel (Dewatted - Receiver and lower with wood and internal parts)
- Evidence of being submerged in a lake, probably in Austria - Has British soldered patent date magazine with it, and horizontal foregrip with British style sling swivel mounted on left hand side
- Possibly one of 951 Colts purchased by U.S. Army 1939
- For sale on egun.de on 4/26/15
- French contract Colt surfaced in France:
- sold for $4,000 (deactivated)
- Matching numbers upper and lower
- Photo included in this thread, posted 3/10/16
- 1928AC (Navy Overstamp)
- For sale by Ruben Mendiola, August 2016 for $32,995
- Has Savage and WH parts in it
- Savage bolt in it was part of 5K rounds semi-auto test in January, 1941 (engraved with details)
- All that is known is that it's in a New Jersey PD
- Reported by K-9Dogo on 8/25/15
- Updated in late October 2015 as completely destroyed by PD (Fed into smelter)
R.I.P. - Gordon Herigstad, 1938-2015