American Rifleman - December 1934 Issue
Posted 28 March 2004 - 04:38 PM
In it is an article on our favorite weapon, Thompsons!
Thought I would share this for all to enjoy..
Not sure how long I am going to host the scans so if you want to
keep them print or save the .jpg's now.
One of these days I am going to learn photo shop techniques so these are not
so monster sized.
Posted 28 March 2004 - 05:03 PM
Posted 28 March 2004 - 08:25 PM
I don't think anyone confused the C idesignation in AC for anything other than Cutts on the 1921/28 Colt's. But the overstamped "C" on previously marked Savage 1928A1's that were slated for police use would not necessarily coincide with "C" for "Cutts". Since the 1921-28 Colt's were not marked AC, why would the additon of a "Cutts" designation stamped on the receiver be required for the 1928 Savage model when all of them had Cutts to begin with? I think the "C" for commercial is still a good bet for those guns.
Posted 28 March 2004 - 09:05 PM
I agree with Arthur on this one. The 1928A1 Model, which your gun is a derivative of, was standard with the Cutts compensator. The 21A and AC designations hadn't been used since the 1930's catalogues. During WWII (and your is a WWII gun) the 1928 Model didn't come without a compensator. The exception would be a field expedient barrel change where a 1928 Model had to be pressed into service after 1942 and only an M1 style barrel was available.
The 1928 miltary models sold to law enforcement as surplus, post WWII, would all have had compensators. The US and A1 designation were altered to differentiate the surplus guns sold to law enforcement from the US miltary models.
Posted 28 March 2004 - 09:55 PM
I always thought the removal of the "U.S." and "1" in U.S. Model of 1928 A1 marking was just a way to show that these Thompsons were no longer property of the United States Government. I never thought the "C" stood for anything in particular. I do have real doubts the use of "C" is related to the Colt production Thompson. Could the "C" stand for "commercial" model or "civilian" model? I guess it is possible, however, it does not seem logical to me. I would think (my opinion only) if it stood for anything, Cutts Compensator would be the best guess. I do agree this flies in the face of logic in that all U.S. Model of 1928 A1 Thompsons were equipped with Cutts Compensators.
It appears many Thompsons were marked this way when they left US Government service. I have never seen any documents detailing the procedures on how to remove and re-mark Thompsons being transferred out of US Government service. Obviously, this documentation could answer (or raise) many questions. This lack of documentation may just mean there was not a lot of thought given to this subject. Obviously, the removal of the "U.S." is a no brainer. I believe M1 and M1A1 were also given away/sold by the US Government. This model did not have a compensator. Maybe this was one way the government distinguished between these models as they were being offered for local government sale or give away programs. I know - that makes no sense. But let me add that I doubt very seriously anyone involved in this Thompson program would have thought his or her actions on marking these Thompsons would be the subject of debate in 2004. Just my thoughts....
Posted 29 March 2004 - 11:53 AM
|QUOTE (PhilOhio @ Mar 29 2004, 11:01 AM)|
You are probably right. It sounds like you are saying what I theorized above; different useage of "C" at different times in different circumstances. The use of "C" in Numrich's sales brochure which I have from the '50s and '60s appears to be exactly the same as the (Colt?) useage to which Phil Sharpe seems to have referred in his 1934 article.
Yeah, that's what I was trying to get at. Who knows why Auto Ordnance stamped a C after the A on the late war, post WWII guns sold to law enforcement? I can understand removing the US designation indicating that the gun was no longer US property, but the C is open to speculation.
I remember talking with Frank Iannamico a couple of years ago at the Thompson Show about this very subject. His extensive research could not come up any definitive documentation if I recall correctly. Perhaps the C did in fact mean with a compensator as was used to differentiate the Colt models. This would seen somewhat redundant, however, since virtually all of the post war AC marked models were originally 1928A1 models and the military A1 version came standard with the compensator.
One of the mysteries of Thompson collecting that will probably never be answered to everyone's satisfaction.