Thompson On Combat
Posted 14 September 2004 - 08:58 PM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:15 AM
that is one i never should have let get away. a little history there.............anyway you would not have liked the gun in the cond.it was in.by now i am sure it looks alot better.........
anyway thats my story and i am stickin with it...j.elwood
Posted 15 September 2004 - 01:24 AM
MGM Studios owned four Thompsons up until about 1970, when the entire MGM collection was transfered to J. Curtiss Earl (don't know the date of the actual transfer). Two of the Thompsons were 1928 Auto Ordnance Bridgeports which Earl describes as having been the ones used in "Combat" and "Rat Patrol", and there were two Model 1921 Colts that saw a lot of use in various MGM productions. The two '28s (see arrows on scan #3) were Serial #s AO150593X and AO152697X. Don't know where any of these are today, but I seem to recall reading an account of some expert "debunking" a few of the Curtiss Earl/MGM guns that had been purchased for "big bucks" by a private museum (whatever they paid it'd probably seem like a bargain today).
Here are scans (from an old J. Curtiss Earl catalog) of the MGM collection and the request for transfer/detail list submitted to the BATF. The list itself is interesting for what it tells about how some of these guns were created (sheet metal Schmeisers?). And note the BATF response time from request to approval!
Save these pics if you want them because I don't know how long the hosting service keeps em.
Edited by Bob B, 15 September 2004 - 01:29 AM.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:05 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:18 AM
Stembridge Gun Rental still has a couple. One was most recently used in the movie "Windtalkers."
Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:45 AM
Des anyone know the whereabouts of #3965?
I ask because I picked up a 1921 actuator with a broken cocking knob...!
Posted 15 September 2004 - 09:44 AM