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#1 mp40

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 10:02 PM

If you are looking for a decent wall hanger or something to tinker with check this MGC Thompson out: http://cgi.ebay.com/...item=3382262413
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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:36 PM

From what I understand these Replicas are constructed of Zinc. I purchased one many years ago, and they do make nice wall hangers above the Computer!
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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:39 PM

Guys, I've got an MGC Thompson for sale and its in much better condition than that one. New stainless steel firing pin and I'll add an original horizontal foregrip as well.

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Edited by Ben, 28 January 2004 - 02:20 PM.

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 06:07 PM

how much for ben?
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Posted 28 January 2004 - 07:30 PM

Bought one of these things in the 70's for 100.00. OK for a replica. But put one beside a real Thompson and you will notice the difference in a millisecond. Made of pot metal and doesn't disasemble like a real one. Mine did not shoot blanks. Sold it 10 years ago for 75.00. Guess I should have kept it.
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Posted 29 January 2004 - 11:01 AM

Weren't these the Japanese MGC stamped non guns sold through Replica Firearms of Alexandria, Virginia , who advertised in the back of every gun mag since 1968? I still have my MP-40 I sent away for back in 1972. I also got the TSMG, but that model looked like hell, and would only fool another 12 year- old who might mistake it for being real. Once you are of legal NFA age, these guns definitely loose their allure. And if you reside in an non-NFA state, would anyone, even catching a glimps of them, not know they are toy guns? I guess if you do re-enactmets the TSMG model is O'K'... from a distance, but otherwise, the MP-40 seemed to be their best effort.
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Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:02 PM

Yes, the MGC guns were imported by Replica Models of Alexandria, VA. Tom Nelson headed up the company with his daughter, Tracy. Original target price for the Thompson was $59 retail. Those were the days when the dollar was very strong vs. the yen. As far as I know, Tracy is still is running the new company, Collector's Armoury. The Thompson models are now all resin.
The MP40 model did field-strip just like the original. The Thompson, I never tried too far, so I dunno. They were made of zinc, and tend to oxidize over the years. I've had both, and still have my 2nd MGC Thompson that I got direct from Tracy in 1993.
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Posted 29 January 2004 - 09:37 PM

My 2nd MGC Thompson that I got thru Tracy Nelson (1993) is indeed "a beaut". The finish was damn near Colt blue. I didn't know that there was a variance in quality. Interesting. Last time I corresponded with Tracy, and that's been a while, Dad was still doing fine. Nice family.
Thanks for the additional insight on that stuff, PhilOhio. I still have many catalogs from that company, plus ads in guns magazines from the beginning of the importation of the models.
I just remembered the story of the 1st MGC Thompson I got, in 1971. I was in college; got a note at my apartment mailbox, the yellow one from the Post Office...gotta come pick this box up. Never had gotten one of those before, so I immediately got scared...Oh boy, the local sheriff is gonna meet me and cuff me on the spot. So, I trekked down to the P.O., handed them the yellow slip. They came back with the box, handed it to me, and I (like the dumb kid I was) said, "Is that all"? The clerk looked at me as if to say "I don't want to know, just get outta here". Man, was I jumpin' for joy when I opened the box when I got home. Fun stuff...ah, the joy of youth.

PS: Tom Nelson was the author of at least one book on sub guns, yes?
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Posted 30 January 2004 - 03:11 AM

MGC (Model Gun Corporation Toko Japan) went out of business in 1994. (for as of yet unknown to me anyways reasons) all of the tooling, drawings etc where sold to various companys including Taito, who in 1996-99 reproduced the Thompson for a short period of time. These where improved versions of the original MGC's the mold parting lines were better finished and the polish on the parts was improved. Taito, I believe, produces stand alone video game consoles (like at the amusement parks etc) Anyways, they market some of MGC's older modelguns (and airsoft) Phil, that's a Nakata mp40 they are nice, but they are made out of cast zinc insted of stamped steel.
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Posted 30 January 2004 - 09:25 AM

Here's the Nakata MP40 that I used to have. Nice but I think the MGC is better..

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Posted 30 January 2004 - 08:34 PM

Phil, the gun I had was made by MCG and was so marked, did not shoot any type of blanks as the chamber was pluged, and as Aurthur said would only have fooled a twelve year old. The finish was a dull blue black color and I bought the thing new in the box from that place in Alexandria, Virginia around 1973. I was happy to get it when I was fifteen but it is nothing compared to the real thing. Anyone who know the slightest about the TSMG would be able to tell it from the real McCoy. Still wish I would have kept so I could trade it for real parts today.
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Posted 31 January 2004 - 06:45 AM

QUOTE (Ben @ Jan 28 2004, 12:39 PM)
Guys, I've got an MGC Thompson for sale and its in much better condition than that one. New stainless steel firing pin and I'll add an original horizontal foregrip as well.

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For the guys who were asking about buying this Thompson I've got. ...Sorry, but if you're in the USA I don't think I'll be able to post it over from the UK.

Seems like US customs wouldn't like it even though its a toy non-gun.

However, if you know of a way to import it without any problems, I'd love to hear about it..
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