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#1 timkel

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:55 PM

Is this for the military Thompson 1928?
Early, late or repro?
US or British?
I do not see any markings.
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Posted 01 September 2004 - 06:14 PM

It appears to be an early WWII cleaning rod. They were issued with the WWII guns and would also have been sent to the British through Lend-Lease. They are identical to the rare early Colt short rods that were probably issued during the 1930s.

No way to tell if it's a reproduction from the photos, though I don't believe anyone is reproducing the brass WWII rods. They are still fairly easy to locate.
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Posted 01 September 2004 - 06:23 PM

Thanks for the info.
I received it from the UK.
I was hoping it was original and for the 1928.
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Posted 01 September 2004 - 07:14 PM

Didn't the original Colt short rods have a slot in the side of the shaft just behind the jag? (for a patch?)
I have a rod just as pictured and was told it was WWII early, and it has no slot.


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Posted 01 September 2004 - 07:38 PM

John,

I have never seen a short rod with the patch slot (I'm not saying they don't exist, I just haven't seen one) and it's hard to tell from the photo if it has the slot or not. I do have a a short brass rod with a patch slot, but it doesn't have the larger diameter loop at the end. It has a smaller diameter end that may be of foreign manufacture. I have only seen a couple of these for sale in the last couple of years.
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