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#1 TSMG28

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 11:13 AM

I recently visited the shop in Nottingham, England, that I was told received the Russian Thompson shipment. Unfortunately, all of the weapons have been "deactivated" per current British law, which means our babies have been destroyed! mad.gif sad.gif The only usable parts left on the weapons are the sights, wood, buttstock metal, swivels and screws. Everything else has been welded together, cut and/or pinned.

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.

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 03:27 PM

I am sure the world is now a safer place. sad.gif

Sad as it may be, thanks for the report Roger.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:45 AM

I was shopping for a Cutts compensator, and Sarco had them listed but out of stock at that time. They stated that they were expecting a container to arrive in the states last month but were not certain how many comps. if any were in it.
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.
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#4 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:54 AM

Grey,
If SARCO is involved, I'd wager the latter explanation.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:58 PM

Roger,
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
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 12:38 AM

Murray, perhaps we could all join you in New Zealand and petition the govt. there to set up a reserve for two new endangered species (Thompsons and Thompson enthusiasts). mad.gif sad.gif

Best regards, Walter
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 10:09 AM

Murray,

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.

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 03:18 PM

How sad; our government, by establishing the C & R classifaction for certain firearms recognizes that these firearms HAVE HISTORICAL SIGNIFIANCE. Exceptions to the various "bans" should be an option based on the governments own classifaction. Surley, there is a politican that can see the foolishness of all this and would offer his or her assistance. The 1934 NFA act is proof positive that the anti gun crowd can not be satisfied. They have everything they claim to want with this act; registration, long waiting periods, high permit fees, Federal as well as local permission to own, and still they want further "controls" (you can't bring them in and you can't register them). We need to be pro-active and find someone to help.
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Posted 05 August 2003 - 10:07 PM

I'm going to go give my Thompsons a hug sad.gif
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