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#1 philasteen

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 10:33 AM

1919 Thompson
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#2 Sig

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 11:32 AM

Noted this same link on other boards this morning.
This 1919 and collection is owned by Reed Knight.
My understanding this is the only "known" 1919 out of one other collection which has all the other "known" 1919's.
What is even better is checking out all the other guns, even a hardened TSMG fan will enjoy drooling over the rest of the pics in the same link.
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 01:20 PM

Seeing Reed's collection makes one look for the nearest oxygen mask just to be able breath properly.
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 02:04 PM

Michael,
Is that another Model of 1919 Thompson at the top right on slide 3?

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 02:57 PM

TD
My those are some keen eyes. I did not see that photo.
I am going to pull out my books and see if I can find a 1919 with a front sight.
At this point I believe you are correct.
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 07:55 PM

For a guy who doesn't like pictures of his collection to be released, there sure has been a large number of postings about his collection on the board. tongue.gif
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 08:33 PM

If half of his M16's are ever sold, the bottom could drop out on the price!
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#8 John Jr

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 09:00 PM

Yeah, Colt Collectors, there is an original, one of the only ones out there.

Remember if you own a Colt, its just an example of the original.

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 01:08 AM

Yeah, but people are still willing to pay $30,000 for one of those smelly ol' Colts wink.gif laugh.gif
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Posted 23 December 2004 - 09:51 AM

I believe that is the most amazing sight I have seen!

I do not think that other gun is a 1919. There looks to be a rear stock rail on it...?? and I thought all 6 were accounted for (1 here, four in Ohio, the other destroyed????)
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Posted 23 December 2004 - 02:59 PM

The Model of 1919, s/n 17, is set up for a buttstock attachment, but is the only known 1919 to have been fully converted to accept a buttstock ( it initially did not accept a buttstock), though s/n 11 had an adapter riveted to it at some time. Interestingly, the first Model of 1921 (s/n 41) trigger frame also does not have the capability of accepting a buttstock. Since only the trigger frame exists (where are you s/n 41??), it is possible that this one is actually "scrap" and that a second was made that accepted the buttstock.

The only five known examples of 1919's in private hands are the four in Ohio (s/n 7, 11, 17 and NO.) and one in Florida (s/n 26?). S/N 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 (though I am not certain about 9) are in the West Point Military Museum. S/N 6 is in the Rock Island Museum.

I was privileged to work the Orlando NRA show for TCA where all of the private ones were displayed together for the first time. They are truly a sight to behold. The history of the engineering changes as the models proceeded is particularly fascinating.

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 05:09 PM

47 photos of Class III hardware - whew! Wonder what all that metal 'n' wood would bring on the open market?
Anybody know the history of this collection, as in, who's Reed Knight, and where did he get all these lovely toys. dry.gif
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Posted 23 December 2004 - 06:25 PM

Poprivit,

On the Subguns NFA discussion forum there is a current thread about this collection and Mr. Knight. See, especially the posting by Dan Shea.
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