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Posted 01 September 2003 - 09:23 AM

Does anyone have an idea where I could find production data regarding Savage 1928 guns. Mine is marked with Netherlands, Queen Wilamena and British proofs. Ser s105xxx. I am wondering when manufactured.
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Posted 01 September 2003 - 09:32 AM


There is no eaxct way to determine the exact production date. Based on the serial number probably sometime in 1940 or early 1941.

Russell McGuire didn't contract with Savage until 1940 to produce guns. Most Savage 1928 model Thompsons were made in 1940 and 1941. They pioneered the design change for the M1 series in 1942, so it stands to reason the majority of Savage made 1928 Thompsons were produced during that two year time frame.

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Posted 02 September 2003 - 12:12 PM

I suggest you get a copy of Frank Iannamico's excellent book "American Thunder" to get a lot more information about your gun. The following info is from Frank's book, but there is much more there that would be of interest to you.

The first shipment of Thompsons from Auto-Ordnance began in April of 1940. All of these guns were manufactured by Savage. This was before the Lend-Lease Act, so they were simply marked Model of 1928. The Auto-Ordnance plant in Bridgeport didn't start manufacturing guns until August of 1941, so all guns made prior to that point are Savage. All of the Bridgeport guns were U.S. Model of 1928 A1 because this was after the Lend-Lease Act was passed (March 1941). If you look at the cumulative totals of Thompson shipped by Auto-Ordnance, your gun was probably built in May of 1941 before the Lend-Lease changes went into place.

Get Frank's book. It's a wealth of well-researched information. It includes info on the W-Crown (Wilhelmina) markings that went to the Netherlands.

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