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#21 rpbcps


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 03:46 PM

Post # 35 shows a picture of serial number 232 in Kilmainham Gaol Dublin, Ireland.



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Posted 27 February 2019 - 07:27 PM

The Garda College In Templemore had a Thompson in their Museum. We were there a little over a year ago. Not sure if it is still there!

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 06:10 AM

During some research, back in 2011, I accessed the following website, http://thompsongunir...ial Numbers.htm which had a webpage titled: Analysis of Serial Numbers.
I am unable to access it now, but I did save a copy at the time in pdf. format. I have just located that on my external hard drive and confirmed some information given above. There are, or were, a number of museums that had Thompson Model of 1921’s in Ireland and the UK.

  • Collins Barracks Dublin 847 & 815
  • Irish Army Barracks Museum s/n 832
  • Kilmainham Gaol Dublin s/n’s 232 & 1083
  • Wexford Museum Enniscorthy s/n 1080
  • Military College Curragh s/n 914

And in the UK, incl. Northern Ireland:

  • RUC Museum, (now called Police Museum), Belfast s/n’s 301, 719, 460, 876 & 925.
  • Imperial war Museum London s/n’s 383 & 880. A search on the web also reveals they have (sic) s/n 936 (scratched out), https://www.iwm.org....object/30029433 They also have a Chinese copy:  https://www.iwm.org....object/30035941
  • National Firearms Centre Leeds, two 1921’s, both with their serial numbers erased.
  • And at rpbcps’s, 1921 with serial number erased too!

If visiting, I’d confirm they still have them on display, before making a trip, to avoid being disappointed.


There are one or two, former IRA Thompson Model of 1921's in Norway too, I believe, and it is documented in this forum there are some in New Zealand.


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I was in Ireland the last couple of weeks, and I did make it to the Collins Barracks in Dublin.  The only Thompson I saw there was what looked like SN 142 (see attached picture).  I have a few more pictures which are similar if needed.  A lot of other very interesting firearms in the museum.  Thanks for all the great information,



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