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#1 Murray

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 09:55 PM

Its raining here and it should be summer so with nothing better to do I read Dougs stick mag book (again) and then got to looking at some of my Auto Ordinance 20 round (XX) mags and low and behold!

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I found five different types.

Type A is standard front stamp and no manufactures marks what so ever thus maker unknown.

Type B is standard front stamp and has USCO stamped inside rear strip

Type C is standard front stamp but is reversed and has USCO inside rear strip

Type D is a different format front stamp and has U stamped on the back of the strip.

Type E is standard front stamp with MSCO stamped on inside of the strip.

Five different styles, and I thought I only had one!

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#2 Ron A

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:07 PM

Murray - you need professional help! It snowed here and is around 0 outside. Summer is a long way off in Montana. You have too many items to look at!

It's this type of information that make Thompson collecting interesting.

Great to have met you at the SAR show. Have a happy new year...
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#3 Murray

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:40 PM

Happy New Year to you Phil and Ron.
Yes, it was great to see you at the SAR show. Ron, did you see the Colt "C" drum that I scored?. It is a bute! number 315 matching. I do have a numbered Colt "L" drum which is 513.
Yes, I know I should be playing outside in the rain. It is 76 degrees and 76% humidity and raining. Great Thompson research weather. rolleyes.gif
The Auto Ordinance mags are very interesting and just another area of Thompson collecting and interest.
See you later this year at the next SAR show. Jan will be with me next time.
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Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:57 PM

Amen, Phil.

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 08:42 PM

Murray - I was there when you returned to Richardsons table with the drum. At first I thought you were pulling our leg. Then suffered in pain I didn't get to the table where you purchased the drums before you did.

That type of find is what it is all about. I enjoyed your photos of NZ and your home - looks like a great place to live. Montana is a great place to live also - 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad skiing.


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Posted 07 January 2005 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE (PhilOhio @ Jan 7 2005, 11:58 AM)
Maybe tomorrow's gun show will make me feel better.

Phil,
I'm planning on going to the show tomorrow too. If you see a 50yr. old 6'4", 300 lb. fat guy with a salt & pepper goatee unsure.gif , say hello. smile.gif
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#7 Merry Ploughboy

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Posted 07 January 2005 - 04:32 PM

Lancer,

You're describing 80% of the people I see at gun shows!

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Posted 07 January 2005 - 06:48 PM

Anybody driving to Indy for the 1500? Let me know, I'll be there, set up.
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Posted 07 January 2005 - 07:07 PM

Murray,

Happy New Year!

I discovered the same thing recently when going through my XX mags to pick out the ones to sell to you. Doug had identified three variations in his book. The excellent articles in the 2001 TCN on box mags had identified four of the five you show, but did not include the left hand USCO version. I discovered that variation in my collection (only one unfortunately) and decided there is no end to Thompson variations in the world.

Sure am glad a dedicated collector like yourself found the deal on the C-drum. Makes the long trip across the pond worth it.

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Posted 07 January 2005 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE (Merry Ploughboy @ Jan 7 2005, 04:32 PM)
Lancer,

You're describing 80% of the people I see at gun shows!

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MP,
I guess that's why I feal so at home at gun shows. biggrin.gif

Phil,
After seeing this thread , my wife says she is going to wear a sign that reads "Lancer's woman". wink.gif Keep an eye out.
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#11 Murray

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 02:30 AM

Quote Phil.
...and then I have this vision of Murray in a straw hat, colorful tropical shirt...lush New Zealand mountain vegetation all around...sunny back yard of that beautiful house on the far side of the earth...all very quiet...Irish Sword Thompson cradled under his right arm...Borchardt in his left hand...faint Mona Lisa smile. Then both triggers are squeezed, lead flies, drum empties, hosing down an attacking Osama bin Laden paper target. A thin, cordite cloud protectively hovers over the nitrocellulose-perfumed ambience. It's quiet again, in a land of reasonable laws, which do not yet villify anybody harmlessly and peaceably enjoying this, without bothering anybody else...Murray goes back into the house to get more Thompsons to test.


You know Phil, I did not realise how close you were to the truth!

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Now which spare parts tin kit shall I use first?

God its hot!
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