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#1 bug


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Posted 13 November 2004 - 10:00 AM

Are there any markings on the Colt Thompson blishlock? Also, are any of the Colt TSMG parts marked? I was thinking along the lines of the WWII AOC guns.

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 10:56 AM

Colt Blishlocks are unmarked as are the other metal parts, excepting of course the receiver and in some cases the barrels (s/n <=1000) were stamped with the s/n/ Also the Rear stock had a anchor stamped at the front of it.
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 06:18 PM

If I recall, some time back Arthur F. posted some markings noted on other Colt TSMG internal parts.

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 07:53 PM

QUOTE (Merry Ploughboy @ Nov 13 2004, 08:18 PM)
Anyone ever see on a Colt frame underneath where the rear grip mounts on top of the raised mounting rail a letter "Z" ,(when read with the frame turned north/south), and a tiny "M' on the flat area ?

yes i have and a c-stamp and a u like stamp on the inside of receiver's..up around the lyman sight in back.when you turn it upside down look into it with a flashlight with the felt oilers removed.some had a slight stamp mark on inside.{near the rivets}

and some have a stamp on the side of the rear metal grip mount.{the rear grip has to be off..duh!!}

and one marked bolt with british proofs and a c on serial #98....................

Also seen a "J" marked on inside bottom of Colt nickel bolts, a diamond shape mark inside the slot where the Blish lock sits on 2-piece Navy actuators, and a cirle with perhaps an "8" touching the circle (not to be confused with a flaming bomb ordnance mark) on the inside bottom of the receiver along with another tiny "Z" in the same area.

Arthur, Ron,..
I just took my 21 for a little spin at my clubs mg shoot...and upon removing the rear grip I found a small `k` the raised area... nothing else these worn out eyes can find on the frame...and under the Lyman a `p`...FWIW,out. wink.gif

Arthur, Ron, 21Smoker...
After I read your posts had to take a quick look. Found inside the receiver almost between the two rear rivets a "Z" and a smaller "F". When Ron said machinist's marks I thought of an older magazine that I have that has a story about "The Men of Hartford". Maybe you both have seen it already.

The story is from 1948 about the Colt plant. Several of the craftsmen had been there since 1906, 1911 and 1914, etc. They're shown working on the .45 auto and the Colt Woodsman. But possibly, when they were younger, some may have worked on a certain run of 15,000 Thompsons. No way to prove this but here are the names. The younger employees are not listed.

Thomas Shicko - barrel specialist, polisher - started just after WWI.
Paul Strubell - profile machine - started in 1911.
Jake Klinger - barrel drilling - started in 1911.
Barney Goldman - filing - 49yrs at Colt (1899)
Ed Perkins - set up
Ernie Bernard - checkering & assembly - started in 1914.
John Keating - shown stamping proofmark "VP" on .45's.
Axel Hallstrom - final inspection - started in 1906.
Ed Keily - test firing - started in 1918.

Are these "letters" any of their initials? It's a stretch, but who knows?

These are the comments that Merry Ploughboy mentioned.
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