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#1 Murray

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 12:04 AM

Hey Guys,
I made a stand for my Thompson, then another and another........ ohmy.gif

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Dinner Guests

Eat your heart out boys!

Regards
Murray.
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#2 Walter63a

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 12:43 AM

Murray, I may be eating my heart out, but it is well that my trigger finger is still intact. tongue.gif biggrin.gif Regards, Walter

P.S. Seriously, do you know anything about Americans becoming dual citizens of New Zealand?
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#3 Waffen Und Bier

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 12:50 AM

Damn nice line up there. Are they live and auto still? What models are they front to back?
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#4 Murray

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 02:14 AM

From the front to back:

1921A Colt #708
1921A Colt #389
1921A Colt #586
1928A1 Savage arms
1928A1 Auto Ord
1928A1 Auto Ord
M1A1 Auto Ord
M1A1 Savage.

All in original condition and fine working order.

Murray.
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#5 Bisley45

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 12:00 PM

You sure do know how to make grown men cry....
Very Nice colection Murray
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#6 Zamm

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 12:03 PM

Murray,
Holey Sh*t!!
That is an amazing line up....
How can I become a part time citizen of your smart country also??
Zamm
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#7 TOMMY SMG

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 01:42 PM

Murray, Murray, Murray, wink.gif

My wife demands that you remove this picture at once mad.gif , everything I've started on all day has been interuped by me going back to take another look. laugh.gif

Great line-up cool.gif , wish I had a bunch of freinds like that at my supper table. tongue.gif

Thanks for sharing. biggrin.gif

Jim smile.gif

PS - Do you ever dump a drum or two off the back porch? , looks like a nice place to shoot from wink.gif.

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#8 Waffen Und Bier

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 02:58 PM

Murray,

I would gladly arrange for some brand spanking new Kahr Arms guns to be delivered in trade (one for one) for those ratty old 80+ year old guns. At least the ones you have duplicates of : )

Where did those low SN Colts come from? Private collectors, museums or government sources? How much of a hassle is it to obtain machine guns in NZ? How are your import and citizenship laws pertaining to machine guns? Contemplating various retirement options. Damn fine collection (and congratulations on your 60th birthday).
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#9 Murray

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 03:28 PM

Thanks for your comments Guys,
The low number Colt 1921's are all "Irish Swords" and were part of a cache
of Thompson discovered by the Irish Police in Co Mayo Ireland in 1942.
(see Tracy Hill "The American Legend" page 64.)
I imported about six or seven of these into NZ last Century (1983) and other collectors also imported them. They were being sold in an auction in Birmingham England. All of the Colts were part of the "Eastside" shipment of G.G. Rorke guns sent to the IRA in 1921.
The 1928's and M1A1's are mostly "Bring Backs"
More later!
Regards
Murray
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Posted 17 August 2003 - 09:17 PM

If you really wanted to rub it in, you would include the prices paid for these items back in "old days". cool.gif
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#11 full auto 45

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 10:06 PM

The prices He would pay even today is only about 1/4 of what the American public has to pay for one. With the '86 ban, we get screwed bowlegged by every dealer or Joe Schmoe wanting to retire or put a kid through college on the price of a Thompson, or any machinegun for that matter.
Oh Murray, I've be over for dinner at 7, steaks sound good. I'll bring a case or two to feed your line up. cool.gif
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#12 Murray

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 11:34 PM

You are all welcome to The birthday party dinner guys,
Steak sound OK. Wine sound nice.
Full Auto is correct in what he says, but it also has a lot to do with supply and demand I suppose.
Prices for 1921 Colts in 1983 was about US$1000. Prices are 12 times that now and on the increase even down here.
Drums are the same price as the USA.
You can have duel citizenship here but......there is a problem.
The US goverment does not generally allow it.
Our Goverment does.
You don't need to have NZ citizenship here to own a gun here.
Criteria is no criminal convictions and be a fit and proper person.
I know a number of US citizens living here who have NZ firearms licence and you can buy land, and that is about a third of the price it is in the US and you can even own land on an off shore Island like where I live,
So, come on down guys.
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#13 Walter63a

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 11:47 PM

Murray, it is a very tempting prospect. rolleyes.gif smile.gif Your country is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in the world, you speak English, and Thompson's are not frowned upon to the point of near extinction. Sounds pretty darn close to paradise to me! biggrin.gif cool.gif Regards, Walter
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