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#1 dregnery

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:30 PM

I've purchased my first Thompson (1928 Bridgeport Auto Ordinance) and would appreciate any information that can be gleaned from reviewing the photo.  I purchased it from David Spiwak who advertised it as a WWII gun sold to the Mobile City Police Department and then founds its way into the collector market.  I really like to contact the previous owner.

 

I'm also looking to purchase a couple of 30 round mags if anyone has one or two you are willing to let go of please PM me.

 

Thank you,

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:37 PM

Did you take delivery on the gun or is it still in atf jail?? That picture you posted is pretty dark i hope you saw some better ones than that. Anyway nice gun you can get 30 round mags from what a country at a reasonable price. There is a thread started here a little further down on this page.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:37 PM

A dealer in Chattanooga TN had it. Then a lawyer from Bristol TN or va had it. Ken Hale
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:38 PM

Can't see but it should have stencil on the side
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:39 PM

what is that mark above the trigger?


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:57 PM

I Buy mags every day on Gunbroker.com       Up to about 100 mags and many are new in the wrapper.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:39 PM

what is that mark above the trigger?

My dealer has had the gun, reports that I paid a decent price.  I was disappointedly the mark above the trigger; it appears that some type of rotary tool brushed against the gun.  I'm guessing that when the Mobile PD etched (Mobile City Police..) on the gun someone screwed up.  Unfortunately, the photographs provided did not properly reflect the blemish.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:41 PM

Did you take delivery on the gun or is it still in atf jail?? That picture you posted is pretty dark i hope you saw some better ones than that. Anyway nice gun you can get 30 round mags from what a country at a reasonable price. There is a thread started here a little further down on this page.

My dealer has the gun now, other than the blemish he reports it looks sound.  Thanks everyone for the replies.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:15 PM

Nice gun.  I agree with Normal 1959 on gunbroker. You should have no problem finding 30 rounders and drums in various condition and prices. The drums on there are a little high but some of them have been on for a year. You might be able to contact the buyer and make an offer.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:24 PM

Did you take delivery on the gun or is it still in atf jail?? That picture you posted is pretty dark i hope you saw some better ones than that. Anyway nice gun you can get 30 round mags from what a country at a reasonable price. There is a thread started here a little further down on this page.

My dealer has the gun now, other than the blemish he reports it looks sound.  Thanks everyone for the replies.

 

The blemish may be where the US was removed from the US 1928 A1 roll stamping. Might be a AC overstamp of a AOC Bridgeport 1928A1.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:19 PM

 

Did you take delivery on the gun or is it still in atf jail?? That picture you posted is pretty dark i hope you saw some better ones than that. Anyway nice gun you can get 30 round mags from what a country at a reasonable price. There is a thread started here a little further down on this page.

My dealer has the gun now, other than the blemish he reports it looks sound.  Thanks everyone for the replies.

 

The blemish may be where the US was removed from the US 1928 A1 roll stamping. Might be a AC overstamp of a AOC Bridgeport 1928A1.

I'll get a better picture and post it.  If the blemish was caused by removing the "US" whoever did it wasn't particularly artful.  It looks like it was gouged out.  


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:40 PM

 

 

Did you take delivery on the gun or is it still in atf jail?? That picture you posted is pretty dark i hope you saw some better ones than that. Anyway nice gun you can get 30 round mags from what a country at a reasonable price. There is a thread started here a little further down on this page.

My dealer has the gun now, other than the blemish he reports it looks sound.  Thanks everyone for the replies.

 

The blemish may be where the US was removed from the US 1928 A1 roll stamping. Might be a AC overstamp of a AOC Bridgeport 1928A1.

I'll get a better picture and post it.  If the blemish was caused by removing the "US" whoever did it wasn't particularly artful.  It looks like it was gouged out.  

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:41 PM

Here's a better picture.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:56 PM

Yes, U.S. removed and AC overstamped over the A1. Model 1928 AC. Often done to remove the military nomenclature for sale to police. Others with more knowledge of this variant will chime in.

Have no fear, the grinder mark is part of its history. The police markings are nice as well. I like them. Makes the gun unique instead of a run of the mill surplus gun.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:17 PM

Thanks Ron,  I really appreciate you insight and information. David


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:04 PM

 Your seller is known for his poor pictures and skipping details on condition...the US grinding is correct for the gun....ive seen many that look over done...

 

the important thing to me is it may be original finish as there is no finish in that grind mark....so theres a plus

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:29 PM

dregnery,

Welcome to the Thompson Forum. Your Auto-Ordnance Bridgeport (AOB) 1928AC was at one time owned by a Board member. I believe his Board moniker is TNKen. If you search the Forum you may find some pictures of your Thompson. I believe the original owner was the Mobile, Alabama Police Department.

 

May I suggest you purchase American Thunder, Third Edition, by Board Member Frank Iannamico to learn more about this Thompson variation. Actually, you should have had this book, or Tracie Hill's, The Ultimate Thompson Book, in your library before seriously shopping for a Thompson gun. Your Thompson gun is not a military or GI Thompson. It is basically a parts gun sold commercially to law enforcement organizations by Auto-Ordnance Corporation, later to become Maguire Industries, after the production of the Model of 1928 Thompson gun ended. Known years of sales were between 1943 and 1946. The removal of the receiver nomenclature markings are pretty standard for this variation. There are many threads on the Forum about the 1928AC variation. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation on this variation, but Frank's book will get you pointed in the right direction.

 

May I also suggest you join The American Thompson Association and/or The Thompson Collectors Association and attend one of the yearly Shows and Shoots. 


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:53 PM

Here is a link to a recent thread on the 1928AC variation.

 

http://www.machinegu...20775&hl=1928ac


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:42 AM

dregnery,

Welcome to the Thompson Forum. Your Auto-Ordnance Bridgeport (AOB) 1928AC was at one time owned by a Board member. I believe his Board moniker is TNKen. If you search the Forum you may find some pictures of your Thompson. I believe the original owner was the Mobile, Alabama Police Department.

 

May I suggest you purchase American Thunder, Third Edition, by Board Member Frank Iannamico to learn more about this Thompson variation. Actually, you should have had this book, or Tracie Hill's, The Ultimate Thompson Book, in your library before seriously shopping for a Thompson gun. Your Thompson gun is not a military or GI Thompson. It is basically a parts gun sold commercially to law enforcement organizations by Auto-Ordnance Corporation, later to become Maguire Industries, after the production of the Model of 1928 Thompson gun ended. Known years of sales were between 1943 and 1946. The removal of the receiver nomenclature markings are pretty standard for this variation. There are many threads on the Forum about the 1928AC variation. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation on this variation, but Frank's book will get you pointed in the right direction.

 

May I also suggest you join The American Thompson Association and/or The Thompson Collectors Association and attend one of the yearly Shows and Shoots. 

TD, thanks for the information.  I will join the Collector's Club and purchase the mentioned books.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:48 AM

How many mage would you like?  I have some that I am wanting to get rid of.  PM me for details


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