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#1 Norm

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 07:27 AM

I'm heading back to Ukraine on Thursday. I'll keep my eyes open for one of the famous Soviet Thompson DEWATs.

Even though I can't bring one back, it would be nice to see one in person.

I'll be visiting my fiancee and her family. Her grandfather is over ninety years old and was in WW2, or as the call it "The Great Patriotic War."

If he has any war trophies (such as a PPH rolleyes.gif, I'll try to get some pics for PPH lovers.)

I only hope that travel will be safe, given the fact that Bush won. Many Europeans are not happy with it; but ironicly, all of the former USSR seems to like it that way. They think (and most of us know) that Bush is much stricter with terrorism than Kerry would have been.

If I see the Clintons over there; I'll take a pic. wink.gif

Take care,

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 09:35 AM

Best wishes, have a safe trip. Maybe Devlin will have your stock set all ready to mount when you return.
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Posted 07 November 2004 - 01:58 PM

Well I sure hope so.. Have a great, safe trip Norm!
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Posted 07 November 2004 - 08:16 PM

Devlin,

No rush on the wood. I'm sure it'll be great! wink.gif

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 11:45 AM

Farewell all!

I'll talk to guys in about ten days (hopefully!) ph34r.gif

I'm off on a 30 hour trip to the former Союз Советских Социалистических Республик. dry.gif

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 02:53 PM

OK, I'mmmmmmm Back! ohmy.gif

Once again, I am reminded of how lucky we are here in the good old US. smile.gif

Sorry guys. I found no trace of any Thompsons in Ukraine, but I did get some good pictures of a Military Park in Kirovograd celebrating the victory over the Nazis.

I also spoke with my fiancée's grandfather who was in WW2. He was a field commander (by the time the war ended) and fought all the way from Stalingrad to Berlin. Lots of medals on his jacket.

The best part is when he pulled out this old letter of appreciation from the Kremlin hand written and signed by Joseph Stalin! ohmy.gif I have a picture of my fiancée holding it up while standing next to her grandfather.

He said that he remembers when the Red Army met the US Army in Berlin. He said they drank alcohol for a week straight and everyone partied. He said it was one of the highlights of his life.

I guess if you had to be on one of Stalin's "lists", he was on the right one.

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#7 Norm

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 10:59 PM

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Now remember, Norm, every time you visit your fiance, keep an eye out for Bill Clinton, in case he tries to sneak over there incognito, to collect 30 years of back pay or something. He probably still has big legal bills to pay off...fall-out from the impeachment days.


Remember, Soviet rubles are as useless as Confederate dollars. wink.gif

If he was over there, I'm sure it was for old times sake; or some real Russian Vodka! laugh.gif

On a serious note....I did discover that many former Soviet Countries (including Russia and Ukraine) were somewhat happy that Bush won the election. It seems that they were "concerned" about what kind of terrorist activity would occur in their country if John Kerry would have won.

Strange world...go figure! blink.gif

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 07:22 AM

Norm,

No Thompsons left in the Ukraine? Perhaps Oleg and Sergey demilled and sold them all on the Internet.
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Posted 21 January 2005 - 07:40 AM

Well guys,

I never found any Thompsons in Ukraine, although I am sure that there are some there (in the "de-act" display state.)

I will make another trip to Ukraine in February, but Thompsons will be far down on the list.

My fiancée finally received her visa to come to the USA, and I will be going to pick her up and bring her to The States. biggrin.gif After dating her for almost two years, this is a major hurdle that we have worked very hard to overcome.

Norm wacko.gif

PS: She seemed to be very interested in my Thompson. I think she may turn into a gun lover yet! wink.gif
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Posted 21 January 2005 - 10:59 AM

Norm,

There has been a guy on Gunbroker from the Ukraine who is selling de-activated 1928A1 Thompsons. Maybe you can still see the listings here:

http://www.gunbroker...p?Item=28069284

http://www.gunbroker...p?Item=27884379

Wish I could get a couple of these! wink.gif
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Posted 21 January 2005 - 12:26 PM

CongratZ big guy!! biggrin.gif We're still in the process of trying to get my d-i-l into the USofA from Mexico...... the people you have we have to work with are not nice, and it is a major pain in the errrr.... Anyhow I guess it is the price you pay for love...... Congrats again....

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 02:19 PM

Z3 (and others),

Thanks for the conratz! biggrin.gif

By "d-i-l", I assume you mean daugther-in-law. The first thing the immigration attorney told me was "DO NOT marry her outside of the USA; It will be twice as hard to get her into the country." Why this makes such a difference, I will never know.

You are correct about them being a pain in the A$$, but you must pacify them or they will make your life H#!! sad.gif

Good luck on your son's encounter with The USCIS and Homeland Security.

Norm cool.gif

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 07:13 PM

For all who are interested, there is a supply of demilled Soviet Lend Lease Thompsons in the Arsenal at Kiev, Ukraine. They are being sold in the US by Unique Canes and Replicas, ajsfixit@mindspring.com
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 06:23 AM

Norm,

I live in Ukraine in the city of Kiev. Here almost in each shop of the weapon there is Thompson dewats.
If there will be problems, write on:
zukor@users.ukrsat.com

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 02:53 PM

Everybody,

OK, I'm off to Ukraine to pick up my wife-to-be! smile.gif

I wish I had time to look at those DEWAT Tommys in Kiev, but all my time will be spent on getting Tatyana back to the States.

Besides, I have full auto Tommy (variant) biggrin.gif , so I don't feel so bad about missing out on the ones in Kiev.

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 05:13 PM

Norm:

Good luck, safe travels!
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 05:22 PM

Congrats and good luck Norm!!! biggrin.gif blink.gif cool.gif Best, Walter
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 05:31 PM

We need to repeal the Hughes Amendment!!!

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:08 AM

I agree, Phil! But, sadly, if it's not something that will put a feather in their cap or give the voters a "warm fuzzy" we can forget it, I fear.
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 02:23 AM

QUOTE (PhilOhio @ Feb 8 2005, 11:32 AM)
QUOTE (Isvik @ Feb 8 2005, 06:23 AM)
Norm,

I live in Ukraine in the city of Kiev. Here almost in each shop of the weapon there is Thompson dewats.
If there will be problems, write on:
zukor@users.ukrsat.com

Viktor

Viktor,

Are some of the 50-round drum magazines available in those shops, or anywhere in Russia?

Here is not present the 50-round drum magazines. There are only models for front - 20-round stick magazines.

Viktor
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