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#1 giantpanda4

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 10:24 AM

I wrote to Richard Garcia ("Brullen" on Ebay, richard@brullenexhaust.com) since his ads say something about a Thompson Newsletter Magazine and to ask him about it.

Here are his responses. This thing sounds like it could be beneficial as well as interesting! I am on the list, and I would suggest anyone interested get on his list as well. He says more info coming in January.


Message from "Richard"
Hi Mike, thanks for your interest in the magazine. The magazine will be called The Tommy Gun Collector, it will be a 32 page full colour magazine with many in depth articles with many photos. The articles will be designed for the collector to give some back ground information with interesting details then many photos of collectible items related to the topic. As an example, in the first issue one of the articles is on drum pouches and I have been gathering photos of all the variations produced that I can find,be it either by materials or by manufacturer or if it is US made or foreign etc this will allow the collector to know how many variations exist if they want to try to collect them all, plus it will show all the markings clearly so it will give a reference for the new collector to not get stuck with repros. The magazine will be broken down into 6 article sections of which 1 article per issue will be written, the areas are, first: Gun use - Police / FBI / Gangsters / special army units etc, in this area there will be history stories of these units plus some visits to some of these people who still maintain there Thompson's. The second section is: Technical - this area will focus on the history of military field modifications plus a detailed look at the model differences as well as other current tech info from dealers / gunsmiths such as Richardson in CA. The third section is: Dealer / Sales - this area will focus on dealers who sold Thompson's over the years such as Peter Von Frantzius etc the fourth area is: Accessories - this is, simply all accessories ever made. The fifth area is: Ammunition - the history of all the ammo ever made and used with Thompson's and the final area is: Paper - this will cover all the literature, manuals/posters/books/photos etc. I am also going to add perhaps a additional area which will be on Thompson's in movies and all the movie collectibles. The rest of the magazine will be dealer ads plus classifieds ads which will give a new place for collectors to be able to buy and sell since Ebay keeps pulling Thompson items! also there will be a "New item" area which will allow people who produce new items such as good reproduction rare items etc to place info on their products. There will also be an event area to list where any Thompson displays may be showing up plus Thompson shoots etc. and the last area will be what I call the "photo album" this is an area for people to submit original vintage photos of soldiers/police etc holding Thompson's. I hope you can relay some of this info to people because I am looking for some people who may be interested in submitting articles plus any dealers who want some ad space and some private people looking to buy or sell items and also very important, I need people to send clear photos of items they have which my circle of collectors do not have which may be a variation of an accessory not known. I will send you more info in the early New Year plus I am working on the website to promote the magazine.
Thanks,
Richard Garcia

HI again Mike, I forgot to mention the magazine will be bi-monthly (an issue every two months) and I am hoping it will be available at some of the larger shows plus on the shelves at some gun dealers and anywhere else someone may be interested in distributing some copies and of course on the net.
Thanks, have a great Holidays!!!
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Posted 18 December 2004 - 10:28 PM

Sounds cool I'm interseted, direct mail.


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Posted 19 December 2004 - 09:31 AM

The Thompson Collectors Association (TCA) publishes a quarterly newsletter and you can buy all the back issues at a nominal cost. (added) There are 155 back issues!
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Posted 19 December 2004 - 10:34 AM

With all due respect to Mr. Garcia, and in the line of Hawksnest, I fail to see how the proposed newsletter provides anything that is not already available via the TCA Newsletter, Tracie Hill's book, Doug Richardson's publications, SAR, this forum, Subguns and Sturm forums, and the like.

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Posted 19 December 2004 - 01:01 PM

Just another source.....
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 01:08 PM

Maybe I need to start a magazine or club for collectors of loose diamonds...gold bricks...Colt Walkers...people owning more than 50 guns...millionaires without children or heirs...beautiful single blondes between the ages of 21 and 35 with I.Q.s under 80 and bank accounts over $500,000. Ya gotta be specialized in this here publishin' biz.

WOW!! Finally a magazine that pertains to me! Publish away there big guy!
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 07:15 PM

You know Phil - I never considered a list of "targets" as the motive for this magazine. I hope you are not right.
I have dealt with Richard in the past for Thompson accessories. He seems to be an up-and-up guy, based on limited transactions.
I will stay on his list and when/if he does produce a magazine, I can judge it then.
As mentioned - I will keep an open mind, and maybe this guy will have something we haven't seen (being Canadian he has a different angle?) before in all of the above mentioner references. That certianly would give us something to discuss!
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 09:04 PM

Mike
Hardly anything here to make one think someone is compiling a freaking email or address list for spam or other nasty purposes.
Hell there are easier ways.
I agree, I have dealt with Richard once and product was delivered promptly and as described.
I rechecked on a EVILBAY deal I did with him for a TSMG handbook and he has over 1,000+ positives.
So he has a POSITIVE reputation so far, he has every reason to keep that up.
I have some faith in him and society and in paticular he has my email address as an interested subscriber.
He also happens to have my address from my earlier transaction like a bunch of other
EVILBAY and other sellers I have purchased from, and for some reason I am not too worried about any of them, including Richard.
michael
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 09:27 PM

I've bought a number of items from Richard and like Mike Wank, I've had very positive experiences with Richard. He has been 100% up front and honest with me over several years.

I plan to get his magazine and will comment once I have seen it.

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Posted 21 December 2004 - 03:20 PM

I for one, cannot wait for a NEW publication. The Thompson Collectors News is all right, thought it has somewhat grown old...Moreover, I NEVER received my money's worth either. 3 issues a year for $30.00? I won't be renewing, nor is there enough articles to justify the expense. I want a little more for my dollars..I too have done business with Richard in the past, and have nothing negative to say. Fast pay, and a smooth transaction. Something most of us appreciate in our dealings. A fresh new resource will be great. I wish Richard the best in his new publication, should it go to print.
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 09:08 PM

There is always room for additional subscription periodicals that want to showcase the TSMG, its history and idiosyncrasies. The TCN is hardly the last word on the subject and inside its pages can be found some embarrassing errors that are never corrected or retracted. If this Canuck has some new angles and wants to put out a bi-monthly that is professionally appointed, then by all means get on with it. Of course it remains to be seen if this is an improvement on Hill's deal (hardly much of a challenge considering its scant 10 page length and meet and greet photos), or it turns out to be an even more prosaic advertisement for the same three or four entities.
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE (Arthur Fliegenheimer @ Dec 21 2004, 09:08 PM)
There is always room for additional subscription periodicals that want to showcase the TSMG, its history and idiosyncrasies. The TCN is hardly the last word on the subject and inside its pages can be found some embarrassing errors that are never corrected or retracted.  If this Canuck has some new angles and wants to put out a bi-monthly that is professionally appointed, then by all means get on with it. Of course it remains to be seen if this is an improvement on  Hill's deal (hardly much of a challenge considering its scant 10 page length and meet and greet photos), or it turns out to be an even more prosaic advertisement for the same three or four entities.

WOW AF, you have said it perfectly!
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