Russian Thompsons In The U.k.
Posted 28 July 2003 - 11:13 AM
They are selling the deactivated weapons for around USD 800, so there is little incentive to buying one for the remaining parts considering current prices. As parts get more expensive, that may change.
It breaks my heart that these weapons were not purchased by someone in a country (like New Zealand) that would not destroy these valuable pieces of history! Needless to say, I was not in a very good mood when I left the shop. It was a long journey back to the States.
Posted 28 July 2003 - 03:27 PM
Sad as it may be, thanks for the report Roger.
Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:45 AM
This leads me to believe that some where they are stripping guns that can't be sent to the states as complete so they are getting what ever revenue they can as pieces.
Another possibility is that someone is making knock off's, bouncing them around for the antique effect and shipping them in.
Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:54 AM
If SARCO is involved, I'd wager the latter explanation.
Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:58 PM
As it seems that we here in New Zealand is are the last place in the World still able to import Thompson Guns, parts & Mags etc, may be you guys could let us know if you learn of any other guns avaliable so at least we can try and do something about saving them before some left wing pinky govenment agency gas axes them!
I was with Gordon Herigstad and Doug Richardson at the SAR show last December and Gordon had two early Colt 1921's that the BATF had gas axed . I can't believe American history can be destroyed just like that.
It makes me cry to hear of such things. By the way, was the shop in Birmingham Weller and Dufty by chance?
My deepest condolences Roger
Posted 30 July 2003 - 12:38 AM
Best regards, Walter
Posted 30 July 2003 - 10:09 AM
The shop in Nottingham is Michael D. Long, Ltd.
I agree with you that we all need to be vigilant trying to locate "surplus" weapons that may appear throughout the world. If any of us find out about weapons that come on the market outside of the U.S., please contact Murray to see if some of the folks in New Zealand can rescue these pieces of history.
Posted 05 August 2003 - 03:18 PM