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#1 DDAYJune6

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 07:55 PM

the way i look at it by the time im old enough to buy a thompson (im 18) the price will be so inflated i wont be able to afford one, so the answer to my problem is one of you guys just give me yours, right?, seriously though do you think prices will climb to the level where the average person cant own one and a few collectors will be buying them up

do i have a snowballs chance in hell? sad.gif

Edited by DDAYJune6, 08 February 2004 - 07:56 PM.

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#2 Hurridale

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 08:20 PM

DDay-

There are plenty of 21 year olds running around on $20,000 Harleys, or driving $30,000 cars. It's done by financing, which is made possible by establishing good credit.

I'd suggest starting to work on building a good credit history NOW, along with a good work history. Keep from getting silly about spending on stuff that doesn't matter, and don't get anybody pregnant (which will probably put your dream of a Thompson back about 20 more years).

Sure, you're going to pay interest. Why not?

And unlike financed Harleys and cars, you won't have to pay thru the nose to keep your Thompson insured for driving on the road.


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Posted 08 February 2004 - 08:21 PM

don,t get discouraged about the future. spend your money wisely on things you can get your money back out of now, and then when you find the one you want sell everything you own like i am now to get it. it easier to have a savings in the form of a full gun safe than in a bank. maybe youl get lucky like me and find an individual with one at a decent price , if 10k can be considered decent biggrin.gif
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#4 LIONHART

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 08:25 PM

Best thing to do is, get a good job and save! Financing is one way, but it's always better paying cash. To many things can happen. Illness, loss of job, ect. Cash is best.
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Posted 08 February 2004 - 09:07 PM

QUOTE (Hurridale @ Feb 8 2004, 08:20 PM)
DDay-

There are plenty of 21 year olds running around on $20,000 Harleys, or driving $30,000 cars. It's done by financing, which is made possible by establishing good credit.

I'd suggest starting to work on building a good credit history NOW, along with a good work history. Keep from getting silly about spending on stuff that doesn't matter, and don't get anybody pregnant (which will probably put your dream of a Thompson back about 20 more years).

Sure, you're going to pay interest. Why not?

And unlike financed Harleys and cars, you won't have to pay thru the nose to keep your Thompson insured for driving on the road.

Very good advice.

While others are dumping money into flashy cars spend it on a Thompson.

After 5 years when they have paid off their cars, you would have probably doubled your money on your Thompson. biggrin.gif
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#6 Hurridale

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 11:43 PM

QUOTE (LIONHART @ Feb 8 2004, 08:25 PM)
Best thing to do is, get a good job and save! Financing is one way, but it's always better paying cash. To many things can happen. Illness, loss of job, ect. Cash is best.


Lionhart is right about paying cash. Do it if you can, but if it's a choice between A: Thompson and a debt, or B: no Thompson and no debt, I'll take choice A.

And Jim's advice about them paying off their cars in 5 years, while the value of your Tommy doubling, fails to mention that their cars will then be has-beens, out of style, and worth about half what they paid for them (if that).

You should invest in a Thompson, which is not a has-been, but a Classic. Who knows what the future holds, but for 83 years, it has yet to go out of style. You already know the history of their increasing value.

Edited by Hurridale, 08 February 2004 - 11:45 PM.

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#7 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 09 February 2004 - 12:33 AM

DDAY,
In three years, it will be even tougher to come up with the scratch for a Thompson. You should get your dad to buy one now and then sell it to you in three years ( I am guessing he is too young to will it to you) for the 2004 price.

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Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:25 AM

I got my 1st WH for $400 aproxamately aprox eleven years ago, a new Khar; even less likely to work flawlessly is in the $900 range for comparable model. The prices just keep going up, but think of it this way I've never known gun prices to permently drop. Sure some previously rare guns in this country were suddenly white elephents for a time becouse of new import laws but these same guns devoid of burocratic markings are now sought by colectors all the same. Guns can be considered an investment that you can have fun with and with reasonable care often get your money back or more.

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Posted 09 February 2004 - 02:01 PM

Hey,... where were you guys 30yrs.ago when I could have used all this sound advise?.. could it be we are all a bit wiser,..DDay just keep saving and good things will happen,trust me and everyone else here when they say if you want it ..you`ll get it.Start today,put a fixed percentage of every dollar you get,2%,3%-5%,whatever and by the time you are legal,you`ll have enough to get your feet wet.Good Luck and KEEPEM`SMOKIN`,out. wink.gif
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 05:53 PM

Thirty years ago, in the state where I live, a '28 Thompson cost $6500. The gun was $3000 from J. Curtis Earl and the buyer had to pay $3500 in lawyer fees and court costs to prove he had the Constitutional right to own a SMG.
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:36 PM

Second Amendment is exactly right in pointing out that the cost of Full-Auto guns (and all guns) can be, and are, greatly influenced by State and Federal laws which, increasingly, since 1934, have played a most unwelcome part in the lives of all law-abiding gun owners. Yes, curios and relics (and all older guns), like all collectables (antiques) would have continued to increase in value anyway, but not at the incredible rate seen since the 1986 gun control law, which forbids the new manufacture/importation of machineguns and their parts, for the U.S. civilian market (only). sad.gif Therefore, the law of supply and demand, always in play, has been dabbled with, altered, by our big-brother government. We, especially in the U.S., like to think of our country as the most unfettered experiment in free enterprise. However, law-abiding citizens lives, economics, hobbies and ultimately, our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are being fooled with in the name of 'public safety' by well meaning fools in our legislative houses. If you value your guns and your unmolested right to own them, then you, DDayJune6, and all of us, should become, and stay politically involved, because the enemies of freedom are, and never rest in their zealousness to deprive you and all Americans of our funamental rights, guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution (and under a higher law of natural rights ,originating with our Creator)! cool.gif So, therefore, I am not merely refering to prices on FA TSMG'S, but to our fundamental right to be free of egregious governmental influences in our lives, which are inimicable to our very existence as a free people!!! Join with the NRA and other pro-Second Amendment organizations. Pledge your treasure, time and labor, as the Founding Fathers did over 200 years ago (and our grandfathers, fathers, and brothers did) to secure your/our freedom. Be a real patriot, not one of the cowards who would give up essential liberties for a little security. As Benjamin Franklin said over two centuries ago, those who would do this, deserve neither security, nor freedom!!! Best Regards, Walter

P.S. "What can I do?", some will ask. We can: vote, write to our politicians, and organize to protect/restore our Second Amendment rights! Or, we can have another beer, or scotch, watch the football game, and think, 'someone else will take care of it, if it is that important.' And, so, we wake up one day to realize 'our' government has taken most of our freedoms away, soon after abolishing the Second Amendment, in fact, or by dint of incessant legislation, time, and apathy on our part! mad.gif

P.P.S. Then, no one, no matter which state you live in, nor the size of your discretionary spending fund, will own TSMG'S. They will be contraband! You will be a criminal, if you do own one!! In the impartial eyes of the law, you will be no different than the rapist, terrorist, child molester, or murderer in the cell next to yours!!!You, too, will be a felon!!!! blink.gif

P.P.P.S. To those who think that my statments are alarmist, remember, Rome was a republic (as we are), before it became a dictatorship (The Roman Empire)!
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 02:38 PM

I drive a 10 and 16 year old vehicles. No car payments, not into impressing the chicks, my insurance and excise taxes are low, and I bought 11 machineguns instead.
My vehicles still get me where I need to go reliably, they cost a minimum to keep repaired and my guns have doubled in price in the past two years, and one has tripled.
My vehicles are worth basically nothing, although they are good transportation and I'd drive either across the country if I had to. Meanwhile the guns keep appreciating. biggrin.gif




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Posted 11 February 2004 - 03:13 PM

I have it slightly worse I have to wait half a decade before I can legally own a Machinegun.
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#14 Walter63a

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 05:06 PM

Hey Incomplete, don't feel bad. smile.gif I'm 40 and can't legally own TSMG'S, because I happen to live in New York State! ohmy.gif blink.gif Regards, Walter

P.S. I've got to get out of this communist state and make it over to 'Free-America'! ph34r.gif
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 05:21 PM

Do it now Walter, do it now!!!! ohmy.gif
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#16 Walter63a

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 05:27 PM

PK, I've always been partial to spectacular mountain views and Thompsons. Who knows, we may be neighbors, in the not too distant future! smile.gif blink.gif biggrin.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:55 PM

Kinda makes me happy to live in PA.
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#18 Walter63a

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 10:01 PM

PA. is 100% better than NYS! smile.gif I envy you, Incomplete. blink.gif cool.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 01:44 PM

i live in a van, by a river,[but i have a colt thompson}oh!! and a horse from poncho-villa..................

wink!!take care,ron/colt21a
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 03:07 PM

Walter, Hate to say it but Phil may just be right. What have we gained by keeping vigil in this oppressive state? Maybe we should all just get out and leave the anti gunners here with the crimials that don't care about the gun laws. Maybe they would just kill each other then we can move back! laugh.gif

Sharing your frustration,
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