Tommy Gun From Canada
Posted 26 July 2003 - 08:27 PM
Those days mags weren't a big issue so I picked up this Crosby L drum, a Bridgeport L, and a bag full of 20's and 30's... Later got an AO C drum, doesn't work well, yet...
I have since replaced, barrel with NOS 1950 dated finned wrapped barrel, NOS butt ord marked, and NOS rear grip. Newer AO leaf sight.
The blueing was just a basic dunk matte blue, as I don't have anybody to do a good blue without a lot of heavy polishing.
I just picked up the vertical front from Dan B. Thanx, to him, and I like it. I also just did the front and butt with Watco stain, and it matched closely the GI rear grip.
Did all the work myself, so I'm pretty happy with the results as I usually leave the work to someone who knows what they are doing.
I am trying for the early war years look as our troops (when we actually had some) were useing Thompsons as early as 1940. I know there are a couple of flaws like the late cross bolt buttstock, but parts are getting harder by the day to find and/or import.
Don't know if you can tell but it has a 1921 actuator, and I believe that has helped to ensure 100% reliability with everything I put down it, except in the C drum. I load 230gr jacketed ball, with 5.0 gr Bullseye.
I am told that we imported a bunch of stuff from the Yugoslavia area in the mid 1970's. Apparently there were a lot of Thompsons dropped into there for the Partisan's use.
We still have approx 4000 full auto machine guns registered in Canada. However those that are "grandfathered" are dying off. You had to have one registered before Jan 1, 1978 to retain and transfer amongst others. Our other gun laws are endless and pathetic to say the least, and I am here on this post to try to forget about that stuff and have some fun.
So here you are guys, any questions ask away, and thanks to the host of this board.
P.S. Hope I'm not being a board hog with my first post...
Posted 26 July 2003 - 08:29 PM
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Posted 26 July 2003 - 11:18 PM
5 hours straight north of Great Falls, Montana. We have a pop. of approx 900,000.
Trust me, I have checked on taking some toys across the line, and nope, ain't going to happen. Not even for temp import, sport purposes, ie shooting event.
Arthur, I used to have the 28 parts in, and kept the 21 stuff in a parts bin. I now just want to enjoy my stuff rather than providing someone else the enjoyment after I am gone. I have purchased a few unfired firearms, Sterling L2A4, MP5, Yugo AK M70B1... But they have all been fired now, but not abused. Life is too short not to have fun. Fortunately/unfortunately the cost of comparable Thompsons are not nearly as high as in the US. So I am not thinking of wearing out a large investment.
Re: the Cutts, I dunno??? I knew there were different models, but that's why I like this board, still learning... I will take another picture and post it. It was originally on the smooth barrel of this 28, I took it off, and rat tail filed a groove by hand onto the threading of this finned barrel and screwed it on. I got lucky as the sights are on, shots are staying in the 9 ring of a B27 at 50 yards.
Mike, never enough time to play.. I do a lot of other shooting, so this 28 goes out mostly when I bring friends to the range.
Posted 26 July 2003 - 11:39 PM
Posted 26 July 2003 - 11:54 PM
I am still hoping to find a '21 on this side of the border. Havn't seen one yet, but there has got to be one. There are a few 28s and M1s that I know of, but no Colts.
Posted 27 July 2003 - 12:01 AM
Posted 27 July 2003 - 08:55 AM
Welcome to the board!
Posted 27 July 2003 - 09:44 AM
Also this blueing turned out 2 different shades between the upper and lower, not that much, but I notice it. Different serial numbers, so I am assumeing different metal and therefore colours.
Posted 27 July 2003 - 09:44 AM
Posted 27 July 2003 - 09:50 AM
Mike, you mentioned the Mounties... If anybody is interested, the RCMP museum in Regina, Saskatchewan, has 2 1921 Colts. The one on display is (in my opinion) basically unfired. Absolutely beautiful and perfect!! Has a C drum mounted. I talked to one of the Commisionaires (old ex army guys acting as security) and the 2nd one is down in the basement archived. Both guns are documented in the Collector Grade Publication "Arms and Accoutrements of the RCMP".
The display gun has RCMP stamped on it, in about 1/4 inch letters, and hard to find. They stamped everything with that or MP. Or in the old days NWMP (North West Mounted Police) or RNWMP (Royal North West Mounted Police). The gun is in the display of the 1920's and 30's, when we used to supply another country with booze during their prohibition..
The museum as a whole is also outstanding, the city, that's another story...
Posted 27 July 2003 - 09:55 AM
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P.S. There now, I truly feel cleansed, having gotten that off my back.
Posted 27 July 2003 - 10:35 AM
Puleeeeez, don't get me going about the law stuff Anyway, I'm off to the range.....
Posted 27 July 2003 - 10:36 AM
By the way, the original guns (especially 1928 A1's) weren't high polish blue. I would leave well enough alone. The finish looks pretty close to the original black oxide finish.
Nice gun! Did you block out part of the serial number? If not, the receiver would be a very early Auto Ordnance made one. Is the grip frame also an A.O. or a Savage?
Posted 27 July 2003 - 10:40 AM
P.S. I forgot his name, R. Lee Ermy. Thanks
Posted 27 July 2003 - 10:47 AM
I brushed out the last 2 numbers on the 5 digit serial number. The grip frame is a 6 digit number with "A.O." prefix.
Again I will repeat thanks for the info cause now I am pumped about the finish and glad I didn't get influenced by buddies giving me their .02 worth about a high polish finish.. What a great board!