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#21 TD.

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 08:26 AM

Hi GiantPanda,
I apologize for not making myself clear in my response to Ron. I understand that the picture Ron is referring to was not an attempt to actually alter a Thompson - but was done for a joke or something like that. Sorry for the confusion.
The reason Colt Thompson Serial Number 15040 would be very valuable is because it would be last serial numbered Colt production Thompson manufactured by Colt Firearms. In addition, none of the 15000 serial number sequence Colt Thompsons appear to have surfaced - anywhere - not even for a picture. Congratulations on your purchase. When you made your post about buying the SAVAGE 15043 I could tell you got a great deal. It will be very interesting to find out what you learn about your 15043.
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#22 colt21a

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 07:52 PM

yes and i am currious yellow to find out the history of panda's future classic.....ron
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 09:41 PM

I found it!! I found it!! Here is a picture of Colt Thompson #15040!! Here is a picture of my new friend, Mugambo and his Thompson.
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#24 Chopper28

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 10:20 PM

I bet that guy would sh*# and fall back in it if he had any idea how much that gun is worth in parts alone. Probably more than he makes in 20 years!
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 10:34 PM

Now THATS a scary picture.

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 10:45 PM

Inside the "Library Esoterique" are unopened boxes of Roger Cox's book
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Posted 02 March 2004 - 11:51 PM

Mike - Thanks for locating 15040. Nick now has another chapter for his next book. Does your new friend with the expensive parts kit have a C Drum in his ammo pouch?

Chopper28 - You are so right! If he only knew....

John Jr - I wonder how many more of Mike's new friends are wondering around toting some American Thunder?

Arthur - That is why Mike's new friends are on guard duty. EBay is worldwide; Colt parts and Roger's book will be flooding the market soon! Do you think engineers like Eickhoff and Payne would have approved of the duct tape...or would that be a Goll field accessory?

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 12:14 AM

and to think i mentioned "duct tape" before i even saw the pic...and he's got freakin duct tape on it,musta been that ugly kahr grip.so he wanted to cover it.and of course he lost the buttstock in some poker game,wink!!!


i would like to know the number on that one.......maybe a marine gun from the early days...the colts did travel.......rOn
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 07:03 AM

I've got a fore grip and a buttstock I'll sell him for about a years income. Oh, his drums are all early Colt's. I'll be about 100 miles from Haiti this summer, maybe I'll stop by to have a look. Maybe I'll have my picture of me guarding the library.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:00 AM

Good Morning,

 

I'm new on this but after researching a little I found this topic, here you have a + 15000 Colt Thompson.

 

Anyone can help me with the  value of this ??

 

I hope you enjoy it.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

Very cool.  Is this Colt Thompson located in the United States, and is it transferable under the NFA?

 

It's in very poor condition, and has a WWII era stock on it, and what appears to be a West Hurley front grip.  Looks like it was probably stored in the case shown in the pictures, and got wet.  That being said, I think we only know of one remaining Colt Thompson in the 15000 to 15040 serial number range prior to this example.  I need to read back through this 2004 thread to refresh my memory.

 

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:03 AM

David just posted the two most important questions, so have deleted them from my post.

Also:
Live or Dewat?


So far, looks like:

A Colt overstamp receiver, grip frame with Colt levers.
GI mag catch, buttstock, and magazines.
Unpinned West Hurley comp, and a very poor imitation of a front grip.
Some significant rust over a poor polish and reblue.
Hopefully wasn't actually stored in that case, with the loose butt stock and magazines.

If you can get some sharper close up photos, they would be helpful in determining value.

Thanks for posting.

Edited by mnshooter, 13 August 2014 - 10:16 AM.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

I believe this Colt is in Central America.  I'll keep the specific country to myself until Bichito confirms.

 

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:40 AM

Even by the low West Hurley standards, that front grip looks very out of proportion and slab sided.
Have seen only about a dozen Hurley examples, but I wonder if this is a home grown imitation.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:44 AM

Bichito,

You have an interesting Thompson submachine gun. What makes the gun noteworthy is the very high serial number - NO 15015. How this equates to value depends on where you live. And if there is a Thompson community like in the United States that collects these guns. In the USA this gun would easily bring $20,000 - just because of its serial number. If it were in much better condition and contained all Colt era parts, the price would be quite a lot more. A gun in this condition in a commonly found serial number range may not sell for $20,000. I recently saw a Colt in similar condition bring less. All that said, there is no way to legally import NO 15015 into the USA for collector ownership.

 

I am curious about the serial number on the frame, sometimes referred to as the lower frame. Can you remove the buttstock and tell us the serial number. Or better yet, post a picture. The comments by mnshooter, above, are correct as to the non-original parts.

 

I appreciate your post about NO 15015. I did a story several years ago for Small Arms Review magazine about Colt NO 15025. I also did a story about a Savage Thompson, S-15043, mentioned earlier in this thread.

 

I would like to discuss with you any interest you may have about me doing a story on your NO 15015. It is certainly an historic firearm; I am sure the story would be well received by Thompson collectors worldwide. Contact me at  tkd5501@fuse.net if you would like to discuss having NO 15015 featured in a story.

 

Thanks again for posting.

 

TD.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:19 PM

Hello guys !!!

 

Certainly is is located in Central America, in a friendly country, I'm preparing more detailed and quality pictures of it.

 

Where can I found the manual for it ?? i would like to make a basic maintenance and cleaning.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:42 PM

Looks like a GPC front grip. They look better with some sanding and reshaping.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:55 AM

Bichito,

Sent you a PM.  will gladly send you a better vertical grip.  PM me with a mailing address.

Cheers,

Sandman1957


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