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#21 Norm

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 11:27 AM

As the 27A1 continues to be manufactured and enjoyed by many, it becomes more and discussed on this board until full-autos are small percentage of the posts here.

The 27A1 is a great gun (after you work the bugs out.) The 21/28 guns are even better! wink.gif

I enjoy my 27A1!

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 12:30 PM

To respond to Ron's original question, I can only echo what many others have listed: love of history and historical things (especially WWII), the fascination and challenge of well-designed and executed mechanisms, love of firearms, and, yes, the occasional joy from just flat out destroying some inanimate object with my Tommy and a lot of lead. I too grew up with Combat! and Sgt. Saunders. My favorite "weapon" when playing army in our neighorhood was my toy Tommy (Marx? I can't remember). Sadly, I don't still have that piece of my childhood. All of the minutia associated with the Thompson facinates me.

Having said that, I have to agree that Phil has basically hit the proverbial nail on the head! Yes, I see myself in most of his classic description. To borrow a phrase from Murray, "Good on ya mate!" This should definitely be pinned.

Great thread. Ron, thanks for starting it.

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 03:14 PM

Phil (and all),

Phil, my last post was not any reflection of what you said. I enjoy your posts.

Actually, I was just trying to say is that as time goes on; there are more and more semi owners (because the guns are still made.)

As the semi owners group grows, the FA group size will remaine about the same for reasons that are obvious- supply and demand.

Right now I am a semi owner BECOMING a full-auto owner. My full auto is just a conversion pin. In some peoples eyes, this is not considered a Thompson; even though it will look like one, feel like one, and cost (almost) as much as one.

This is what I don't like about some of the opinions. sad.gif

If Joe Blow has a new semi auto Kahr, and he is proud of it; good for him! I value his opinion as much as the guy who a Colt Thompson.

I think our common thread is that we ALL exercise our right to keep and bear an "arm" that is considered by more than 90% of the population to be illegal, unneccessary, and dangerous. To those people we (the semi owners and FA owners) stick out our tounges at them tongue.gif and say "NAHHHHHH! We own this gun BECAUSE we have a right to own it AND enjoy it!" biggrin.gif

Okay, I'm done!

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:11 PM

We all have good taste and class.

As for improper use, to the best of my knowledge, Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than any registered machine gun in the hands of the owner.

And I would love to have a new Kahr semi to stand next to my old Savage. The Deluxe model semi with it's 11% excise tax adjustable rear sight. But as duly noted, the semi's are expensive too. Some day.
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:49 PM

You Kahr owners should be delighted with the ceremony that took place yesterday at the Everett Dirkson room at the capital building. Both parties attended a bizaar event that celebrated the Rev. Moon. A Democrat Congressman acutally placed a crown on Moon's head.

Norm,
Most boards separate NFA fireams discussion/listings from non-NFA. The day that full-autos are relegated to a small percentage of the posts here would be the time for a new TSMG board to flourish again on a parellel board.

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 05:06 PM

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The day that full-autos are relegated to a small percentage of the posts here would be the time for a new TSMG board to flourish again on a parellel board.


I disagree.

That kind of thinking is elitist and isolationist; you know, the America was thinking before December 7, 1941.

We all like full-auto Thompsons, but we all can not have one.

The semi's are here to stay!

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 05:26 PM

Suggestion:
Have 3 boards, one "General Thompson" (i.e. the one we're all on now), one "Full-Auto Only" (technical/value questions pertaining only to full-autos), and one "Semiauto Only" (as previous, but for semiautos).

And it would appear that I'm something of an anomaly here by the profile, but I'm glad to be part of the group... even though all I can do is drool for several more years until I finish college...
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 06:09 PM

QUOTE (Norm @ Jun 24 2004, 06:06 PM)


We all like full-auto Thompsons, but we all can not have one.


Norm, that is why every red-blooded, patriotic, gun-loving American needs to ride (write, call, email, etc) their politicians (from the President on down to any locally elected law enforcement officials) like the oversized, ego-bloated warf rats they (well most of them anyway) are!! sad.gif [Can't you all just envision yourselves riding on the backs of a troika or six-in-hand of huge ugly rats, whip at the ready! Leashed in like hounds, bend them to your will!!] laugh.gif They are public servants, not dictators. We need to remind many of them of that fact. And when they become 'deaf to the will of the people', we need vote them a permanent vacation! Perhaps then, someday, we may yet restore our Second Amendment rights, from their present mangled state!!! cool.gif Best Regards, Walter

P.S. To answer the original question, I would say that most of us are, in a word, highly eccentric! We wouldn't have it any other way. blink.gif
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 09:41 PM

Very interesting thread...well done Phil...your powers of observation have served you well,no doubt refined during all those years of S.Dept service...I can identify myself woven throughout your post....
Never felt eccentric,Walter...just a little different...more single minded...focussed...
nedry ,..you are not an anomaly...just young,still learning...all in good time..
hell,.. I bet a lot of us here started out with semi thompsons..I did...that`s what I could afford at the time...no shame in that...

and now that the democraps have crowned moon in Washington...well that just seals the deal!...this is a great place to be, wink.gif
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 09:56 PM

My wife says we're all just plain f*ckin' weird. I prefer the term "eclectic" myself personally.

"This snakeskin jacket (or Thompson submachine gun) symbolizes my individuality and belief in personal freedom."

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (Waffen Und Bier @ Jun 24 2004, 10:56 PM)


"This snakeskin jacket (or Thompson submachine gun) symbolizes my individuality and belief in personal freedom."

Waffen, wasn't that a line uttered by a character in a David Lynch film, played by Nicholas Cage, as he was released from prison? I just can't quite remember the title of the film. I think Laura Dern also starred in the film. It was one of the strangest, most disturbing movies I ever witnessed!!! blink.gif ohmy.gif cool.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:13 PM

Thanks Hardrede, I hate it when that happens (forgetting)! However, I've heard it said that those who have a lot on their minds do this, from time to time! blink.gif laugh.gif biggrin.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:50 PM

Phil: I think I enjoy your posts the most on this board, and this thread and your eloquent dissertation on Thompson owners is probably quite accurate, at least for me in many respects. Owning a Thompson is a symbol of freedom, a symbol of the past when the 2nd Amendment was firm and unbattered, not like today. That is one reason why I hold this firearm in such high regard and cherish owning it. I will fight like hell to insure that the 2nd Amendment suffers no further degredation by taxation regulation, or prohibition... I will fight like hell! wink.gif

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 05:05 PM

What do Thompson lovers have in common? Birthdays. The celebration of too many birthdays.

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