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#1 John in IN

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:24 AM

I've read different things about these and how they weren't distributed commercially or through police departments, etc.

How did most of them become transferable?  I thought you guys might know the story of your own M3/M3A1 or have gone the FOIA route, or just know in general.

 

They certainly aren't common like M16's and some others.  Were they mostly troop bring-backs or what?

 

Thanks for any info/opinions.

 

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:37 AM

John,

Can't comment about the M3A1, but the M3's were given the UK. The UK then sold them back to arms dealers in the 50's, who in turn welded them into DAWAT's and sold for $50.00 ea in gun magazines.

My M3 and BAR were both British proofed.

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#3 BillyDixon

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 03:30 PM

my m3  was registerd during the 1968 ammisty,, before that who knows who had it, just sayn


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 09:44 AM

I've been looking for a really nice GI M3A1 for years. They're somewhat rare. Anyone want to trade one for a really nice MP-40?


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:06 PM

M3s are far more rare than A1s in the NFRTR. A1 just went in the RIA auction. fully transferable Ithacas are the most scarce as transferables. Many were imported and DEWATed during the active DEWAT retail years in middle 1950s. These SMGs are still in active service in reserves and possibly elsewhere. GM examples are not hard to find for sale but often priced over market. Then there are the Medea repro Greaseguns which are usually overpriced. At least most of these have now been worked up to be reliable and cosmetically attractive. Generally they were poorly constructed and cosmetically crude.FWIW


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#6 John in IN

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:53 PM

Is it true that if the gun has been rewated and transferable, it will NOT show Guide Lamp as the manufacturer on the F4 (provided it is a GL gun of course) but instead will show the rewater as the manufacturer?

 

Thanks,  John


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 09:40 PM

John,

I think there may be a difference between REWATing and REMANUFACTUREing.

 

REWATING list the original manufacturer.

 

REMANUFACTUREING will show the person doing the remanufacturing as the maker.

Jim C


Edited by jim c 351, 24 October 2018 - 09:41 PM.

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 10:49 AM

Mine was purchased by a New Orleans Police Department officer from International Armament Corporation on March 24, 1964. Because he used department letterhead, it transferred to him on a Form 5. I have copies of the receipt and the form. It was a live gun. I bought it from his estate. It was a former British Lend Lease gun and still has the magazine release guard modification and black paint. Bob is currently refinishing it. (How's it coming, Bob?)

 

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 10:59 AM

Great info guys!

 

DZelenka,  very nice to have the history on your gun like that!  

 

I like those stories of where they came from; keep 'em coming. :)

 

John


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:40 PM

My M3A1 was mailed home from Vietnam in two different packages then Amnesty registered.
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Posted 25 December 2018 - 01:31 PM

My GL M3A1 was brought home from Vietnam in the Vets duffel bag and amnesty registered. My Ithaca was amnesty registered but I have no other info.
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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:35 PM

Mine is an early Guide Lamp #0014252 amnesty registered. I was told it was a World War II bring back but I dont have any documentation to prove it.
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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:36 PM

It is dented, has a field repair done But is original finish

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:18 PM

My transferable Guide Lamp M3A1 came from a PD in Oregon. They said it came from some gov't program. I paid $1700.00 for it in 1993.

My MP40 came from a Texas PD, it was seized from a bank robber, the Dept registered it in 1967. 


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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:47 PM

my m3  came from interarms 1964, dewat form 5, british proofs, black paint finish, paid 49.95, just sayn


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:03 AM

Mine M3  GL  grease gun was a  British lend lease gun painted black , but I was lucky they did not weld  that guard over the Magazine release button , I know that weld sometimes messes up the lettering above & below the weld .

  The grease gun went to a arms dealer , then the Birmingham ,AL. police department bought a whole bunch of them  & transferred to two people before I bought it from a fellow in Virginia ., so I was the third person to get it.

   Shoots perfect & looks great .   


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