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#1 96lt1ss

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 05:01 PM

Many of you may already know about the American Historical Foundation Thompsons, at least I thought I did until I found this link. I don't know if some of them are new or not but many are new to me. With the exception of overdoing it on the gold plating most are pretty cool looking.


http://www.ahfrichmo...m/thompson.html
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#2 SgtMartin

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 07:08 PM

roaring 20's ltd edition

correct me if im wrong, but the violin case looks to me as being a guitar case in the picture? or were various stringed instrument cases used?
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#3 Ron Mills

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 10:19 PM

Sgt.:
That is most definitely a guitar case in the picture. That style of case normally fits the "jazz guitar" body style (i.e. Gibson L5, etc.; big acoustic body with a pickup). I've been around that stuff all my life, and that ain't noooo violin case. It's better to use a viola case anyway for the original TSMG '21 with that 10 1/2" barrel and stock removed. OK, now the joke...you know the difference between a violin and a viola? A viola burns longer.
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 10:23 PM

Comments, Arthur?
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 10:32 PM

Ron A,
Ah, this time I am biting my tongue. I think those AHF guns speak for themselves. Customers actually paying $5,000 for a $700 semi version of the Westy/Kahr "Thompson" would make the George C. Scott character in the "Flim Flam Man" very proud, not to mention envious he was not in on the score.

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 10:44 PM

Did I just step into the twilight zone? Kahr is building this stuff? With round actuator knobs on semi-autos? I must be in bizzaro world! blink.gif
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 11:05 PM

That brings up a good question, who is actually building these ? Are these produced by Kahr, made from remaining West Hurley parts for the Historical society or is someone else doing the work with Kahr approval. If you read the propaganda it states:

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Because these custom-gunsmithed Thompsons are the first ever issued to specifically honor each of our four Armed Forces, they are highly desirable and sought after, especially by veterans, their families and patriotic collectors.
The worldwide edition limit is only 750 per branch, your immediate guarantee of rarity and collector value.
Unlike most modern firearms, all the major components are actually machined from massive, solid blocks of steel. The fit and finish are presentation grade.

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 11:09 PM

Phil, I assumed the same on new production...still can't believe it blink.gif
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 12:45 AM

All I can say is that those are some ass ugly guns!
Jeeeeez!
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 04:36 AM

I have never really liked all these "limited edition" gold embellished guns. I think they are generally overpriced and tacky in appearance. They certainly have little real historical value. sad.gif blink.gif I'd rather have a beat-up looking Savage that went through the war (WWII). biggrin.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 10:54 AM

I may be wrong but seem to remember an article not long ago about the ‘society” that does these; they buy factory guns and them embellish them. That would make the Thompsons Kahr’s.

Every time I see their add I want to puke. sad.gif



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Posted 02 January 2004 - 12:33 PM

These Guns were manufactured at West Hurley, not Kahr. As far as value is concerned, not all, but some have gone up quite a bit. Back in the late 1980's, the AHF was offering a copy of the Colt worn by Gen. George S. Patton Jr. At that time, the price was around $1600.00. Today, they can fetch over $5000.00. Because of this, the AHF has reissued the Patton Gun for a little over $3000.00. However, even this one differs from their first issue, as there isn't an optional duplicate Holster that Patton used, available for purchase. These Holsters were produced by the same small company in Texas that made the original two for Gen Patton. So I wouldn't say that all of these can be a waste of money.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 12:44 PM

and everybody went ga-ga over the "midas thompson"twice rewatted and engraved................

a 50% gun originally..................

boy!! we have come a long way baby....................wink!
have a good new year............take care,ron or colt 21a
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