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#1 savingmypesos


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Posted 02 November 2004 - 03:31 PM

I have been searching for a Thompson in my price range and need some help. In many instances, it appears that Thompsons are listed as Auto Ordinance and they are West Hurleys. Are there any sure fire ways to identify West Hurleys from their earlier brethren?

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 03:45 PM

The Serial Number is a good way to determine. Look at the serial number list. I think the WH guns serial number ends with an A.
I have a WH and it runs great.
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Posted 02 November 2004 - 03:59 PM

All Thompson are marked Auto Ordnance on the right side of the receiver with a place of mfg.: New York NY, Bridgeport Conn., West Hurly NY, etc.

If it has a WH address on the receiver, then it’s a WH.

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 05:05 PM

I have been searching for a Thompson in my price range

Pesos...What's your price range?? You can e-mail or PM me.. I'm thinking of selling one of my M1's
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Posted 02 November 2004 - 06:54 PM

I was one of those guys that paid too much for a WH- cause I didn't know the difference. sad.gif . But it's OK now because the prices have gone up so much biggrin.gif . I think it's been said before - you can't pay too much, just too soon. You just have to decide when is too soon.
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Posted 04 November 2004 - 09:56 PM

Had very much the same experience as Kevin, because I just didn't know as much as I should have about what I was buying. Fortunately, the seller was also confused. He went to the Shotgun News to set the price of the gun, using the asking prices for advertised West Hurley guns. He named his price; I met it, and didn't know the difference.

By the time the paperwork cleared and I had the gun in my hands, I was more knowledgable and was thrilled to discover that I owned a mint, matching M1928A1 Bridgeport Savage TSMG. He thought that the gun had been manufactured in the late 50s, having been confused by the tiny NAC stamp and the box that the gun was in when he bought it from a sporting goods store in 1959.

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