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What Do Thompson Collector's Have In Common?


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#1 colt21a

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 11:26 AM

post your thoughts here:are we guided by a divine wind??

or just as kids we wanted something different......then as adult's we found it............ron>
it's a thompson thing...
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 11:45 AM

Just reading your rantings for almost two years, I'd say most Thompson collectors have a fairly high IQ. You guys pick up on abstractions and subtlities faster than your average bear. I base this against what I see in other gun boards.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 12:12 PM

QUOTE
What Do Thompson Collector's Have In Common?


My answer...an ATF form 4! (hopefully!) ph34r.gif

Norm wacko.gif
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 01:57 PM

I'd wager that a goodly number of us grew up on "The Untouchables" and "Combat!" I always thought the Thompsons were the coolest thing on the shows-- just behind Elliot Ness and Sgt. Saunders. I always wanted an MG-TD, an E-type, and a Thompson. (Obtained the MG and the Thompson, but sold the car during divorce.)
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 02:43 PM

Funny, Thompsons and cars - that may be a common link. I know a few of you have vettes, and I have a few collector cars as well. E-types, MkI (jag), 911, and a 308, as well as some good old American iron - a 67 firebird. This leads to another common link I am sure - indebtedness. I hocked the house for the Ferrari as well as the Thompson!

You can't take it with you..... sorry Son!
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 04:00 PM

For me, the flamboyant history of the Thompson is the major factor of continued interest but I also agree that I grew up in the period of the Untouchables and Bogart in Sarhara and other such WW2 movies.
But for me the verse that I find the most empathy is:

W'ere off to Dublin in the green in the green,
Where the hemets glisten in the sun,
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crash,
To the echo of a Thompson gun.

Kind Thompson Collecting to you all.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 04:32 PM

My ex would say "more money than good sense" but then she did not see the sky-rocket appreciation for the last couple of years.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 05:31 PM

yes $$$$$$ everybody can tell the wife,girlfriend,fiance,lover,whatever.........its better then diamond's.........its 10.5 pounds of unobtainium!!

the best metal known to man!!

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 05:38 PM

I just love that term "unobtainium" Ron! tongue.gif
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:30 PM

We all enjoy dumping a C Drum with a single pull of the trigger.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 07:07 PM

I'll have to settle for dumping 30 out of my lowly Savage M1, WHENEVER Robin decides to stamp and mail the paperwork......

I recon Thompson collectors/shooters have the love for the guns in common.

I was into musclecars for a long time and had my share of very nice rides, built by me. I decided I could hoard more guns than cars with less upkeep.
Guns were first love anyway.

I'm just glad I finally bought the gun I always wanted.

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 08:32 PM

I'de say for me it's the history of the most talked about gun. The famous and infamouse people that carried the gun in war and peace and gangs. That and 2 of the main people are from Indianapolis, Theodore Eickhoff (the real inventor of the Thompson), and John Blish. Both did primary testing of the guns just outside of my little town of Wanamaker, Indiana. Blish property is now mostly I-74 heading to Cincinnati. Wish I could find the exact spot for the test fires.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 09:28 PM

Not all of us can spend "big bucks" on a FA, some of us, me included, can only afford a Semi but it's still a cool gun to own. I think one of the biggest things we probably have in common is a love of history. History is one of my favorite subjects and it is one of the main reasons that I'm into guns. Now, to get one of those CMP M1 Garands. biggrin.gif
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 09:54 PM

Conversation:

Southern New Zealand Stockman to his Son while mustering in the mountains;

"Ever been in love Son?"

"Yep Dad, I once had a Colt, but I had to sell it"

Good on ya mate!


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Posted 23 June 2004 - 10:33 PM

For me it's always been the lore and history of the 20's that revolve around the Thompson.

Took me 20 years to be able to jump on a 27A1. Prolly another 70 to get a 28!

But it has been a very enjoyable hobby, even when I can' get ALL of it NOW!!
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 02:31 AM

Phil,
That my friend, was about as perfect and eloquent
a description of myself anyone has ever given! smile.gif
No really, damm your good, that about says it all. I think it should be tagged into the FAQ.
Bravo Phil !
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 06:06 AM

Indeed correct Zamm!

Phil has done a damn good job here. I bet most of us read this and say "yeah, that is me...."

The woman subject may be interesting to research..... ph34r.gif
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 08:52 AM

How about a love of mecanical things, and prescision craftsmanship. That would explain why cars come up so frequently on a gun board. Not all of us are wealthy or live in states that allow us the fredom to have Class III toys in our hobby room; but I bet most of us have a love of history and mecanical toys from childhood we never lost.

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 09:24 AM

Phil--
I think you hit the target on this one. I've always wondered if the Feds keep an "X file" on each of us, beyond the routine registration info.
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 11:10 AM

.45 caliber balls; ammo, that is! laugh.gif
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