Cody Firearms Muesum Visit
Posted 17 January 2004 - 11:39 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 11:30 AM
|It is chrome plated and from the clean markings on it it looks to be factory???|
Yah, but from what factory? It didn't leave Hartford that way. Maybe that is why it looks "mint"?
Posted 18 January 2004 - 12:20 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 01:38 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 04:05 PM
It does look different for sure of what you expect to see. He former owner has a display about him and his work during the war in the museum as well.If you have never been to the Cody Firearms Museum, You are missing looking at some of the worlds finest firearms on display. Some of these arms are priceless and super rare.
You would enjoy looking at the Colt Factory Collection including from the Patterson to current issures. I enjoyed a Colt 1921 in mint condition with a hundred shot drum in the Colt display alone with Colt beltfed arms, Gating guns and a hell of a display of John Brownings machine guns. Bill Rugers light machine gun is also there, as is Marlin, Smith and Wesson and just about anyone else you can think of that ever made machine guns in the U.S.
I was informed, that only less than 5 to 10 percent of the guns owned by the muesum were out on display at any one time due to space limitation. I was told that there were a lot of other Thompsons and accessories in storage that may someday be put out. I think Bill Ruger put up 36 Million in cash to build the firearms wing. There are five muesums in all under 300,000 square feet of building. Bill Ruger has only a small section about Ruger. The Remington Collection is the worlds largest and most complete and the Winchester Factory Collection is now here as well.
Also while I was talking about their Thompsons, I was told about a old war vet whos widow walked into a police department in my area and give them two full auto Thompsons that her husband had. The informant did not say if they were legal or what model they were.
If You ever get the chance to go to Cody, Plan on at least a couple of days just in the gun section.
Posted 18 January 2004 - 04:15 PM
For those of you that haven't been to the Rock Island Armoury Museum (Rock Island, IL), it is nothing short of breathtaking. Thompson Model 1919, Serial #6 is there, along with numerous other Thompsons, and oodles of other full-auto gems. Strange, some serial numbers are filed off a couple of 1921's, as I recall. And, like most museums, these pieces are only a fraction of what they have. Documents on many of the guns are in a book in front of the displays, too. That's cool. I took 2 of my kids there, so they could "learn more of our history" (hee-hee). They actually dug it!
Posted 18 January 2004 - 04:28 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 04:47 PM
A refinish doesn't diminish the clarity of the original engraved markings. The "Midas" TSMG was a reblue, and if anything, the markings look sharper. There is just no documentation to support that any of the 15,000 Colt guns had a finish other than blue when they came off the assemby line in 1921-22. Could a TSMG have been sent back to Colt at some point for chrome-plating? Doubtful. Maybe Maguire had Savage/AO do it.
Why not just chrome one of your current TSMGs'? What was special about the M1A1 sold at the SAR show?
Posted 18 January 2004 - 04:57 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 07:31 PM
A nickle plated parade gun would look good in any display if you ask me. No I won't refinish mine.