Batf Pending Status, Now What?
Posted 03 August 2004 - 07:32 AM
This Thompson probably has not been fired for at least 25 years. What should I do to get it ready to fire once again outside of a good cleaning and inspection of parts? What spare parts should I stock up on? Is it safe to fire it with the original buttstock since they had splitting problems in WWII? Should I find a nice Savage 28A1 stock as a shooter stock, holding my original Colt stock back for safety? Do I need a new oiler and buffer assembly? What other spare parts should I stock up on?
Any thoughts would be helpful. I don't plan to fire it very much at all, but I at least have to let it sound off once again.
Posted 03 August 2004 - 07:35 AM
Posted 03 August 2004 - 07:57 AM
And then again, the mags that come with it are each triple patent date XX mags, fully loaded these past 25+ years with steel cased WWII GI ammo. Maybe I should use that ammo (nah, better not).
Posted 03 August 2004 - 07:58 AM
At the minimum I would use a WWII actuator, bolt, recoil spring, oiler, buffer and pilot for shooting. They are easy to replace before shooting and they are interchangeable with the Colt guns. I wouldn't worry about the butt stock cracking just from normal firing. The recoil is negligible and unless the stock is cracked already, normal firing won't affect it.
You may want to replace the wood with WWII wood for the purpose of insuring the original wood doesn't get dinged while shooting at the range, cleaning, etc.
Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:00 AM
My father relates a story about his TSMG familiarization training at Camp Maxey, TX, in 1943: an NCO held a thompson with the butt in his crouch, on his chin, and at arm's length, firing a burst in full auto from each position. I don't think he'd have tried that with a Springfield.
Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your '21!
Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:17 AM
Posted 03 August 2004 - 05:22 PM
|QUOTE (snipershot1944 @ Aug 3 2004, 07:32 AM)|
| What other spare parts should I stock up on?|
A good safe
Posted 03 August 2004 - 05:37 PM
If you happen to have a really good wood set on the gun now just get a nice reproduction set from Deerslayer on these boards. Trust me a fraction of the cost of finding any 1 original piece of the 3 piece set. Better safe than sorry!
The rest of it original barrel and lower should be fine if using factory ammo and also remembering to NEVER EVER EVER recock the weapon if a misfire happens to allow you to fully inpect and make sure NOTHING is still stuck in that irreplacable barrel.
Posted 03 August 2004 - 06:26 PM