"us Property" Tsmg
Posted 30 December 2003 - 02:17 PM
Posted 30 December 2003 - 06:05 PM
I got an M1A1 marked US Property. No Brit proof marks.
I got an M1 Garand not marked US Prop, but has Brit proofs.
I got a Remington Rand 1911A1 marked US Property. Not British proof marked.
I have no idea.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:19 PM
Not all Lend-Lease countries proof marked their weapons to the degree that countries like Britain did.
Bottom line.....anything goes!
Posted 30 December 2003 - 10:07 PM
Posted 30 December 2003 - 10:19 PM
|That is, is it not very likely that a US soldier in WW2 would have carried a Thompson SMG stamped "US PROPERTY"?|
Good question. I does not sound like there is a good answer. Gun markings like these can be very strange to figure out.
British Thompsons are not marked with "not english make," when most all other weapons that were shipped back to the US by GB were.
I don't get it.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 10:22 PM
I think this is all original as it has been in the veteran's safe for 60 years (hopefully in about 3 months will be in mine!!). If you need photos for comparison let me know...although mine is different than every one i have ever seen
It is my understanding that the property stamp was for exported weapons (makes sense?)...though mine, as stated above, is unique...so i think pretty much anything is possible!
Posted 30 December 2003 - 11:25 PM
Posted 31 December 2003 - 06:56 AM
But I think things got blurred in WWII. My guess, for what it's worth, some tommies that were made and marked for lend lease were absorbed into the US system. And some that we really didn't need that bad right now were sent to our allies without the property marks.
I have fondled a mint M1 carbine that was Lend Lease to Canada, it has a Canadian ownership stamp, but no US property.
BTW, my M1A1 does not have it. It's not Uncle Sam's property, it's MINE!
Like I said, just my guess.