Good info all around on this item. The Metal one is still it. When J Curtis passed. he still had two in his collection.one was in his Shell and casing room in the left side cabinet by the door last shelf. And another was in his green cabinet that he kept a number of drums in their cases, And also a pair of shot shell magazines in the Mills two cell pouch. that i had Sold him around 1975/76
When i did the interview tape with him. For the upcoming Thompson story which i never did. He mentioned only having a few Spare parts kits over the decades. And was one item that never seemed he found a lot of.Like Shot mags and the pouch for same.
Out of all the 21's i went thru over the decades. the only Documented Original was the Bristow Ok. 1921.
that had its hard case. correct cleaning rod, Spare parts kit four mag. and n.y. drum. with proper Manual, and inside cover flyer and envelope. I Also had seen a few Mills soft case guns also shipped to pd's. with four 20 round mags. and also cleaning rod and n.y. drum.
Sad thing over that period of many decades.Many got mags exchanged. drums sold off and rods and manuals worn out or destroyed.It is a rare find today for any collector to have a true unmolested 1921 a 1921ac or overstamp. along with a Spare parts kit metal or canvass.
Since so many when sold off got parted out in trades. Or the sellers thought i can get a few more bucks to just sell the gun only.Or many a P.D. had a few that had people who kept a memory of a manual, or 20 round mag or drum. I remember one story a local cop kept the spare parts box to keep fishing hooks and weights in.in his garage junk drawer. And tossed the brushes and parts years ago to a friend who wanted them for a six pack of beer.
Just little pieces of History split up forever that has probably been done hundreds of times.
I kind of regret now when Fred was selling his Thompsons that he had customers wanted GUNS and the wood stocks did not always always match up. I said change them up for them.Said with Humor and sarcasm.
Hopefully that did not happen. RON K.
Edited by colt21a, 12 February 2020 - 05:09 PM.