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#1 Green57


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Posted 09 January 2005 - 05:15 PM

Did the war time 1928 Thompsons use a blued or parked 30 round magazine? What is a good price for these magazines? Where can I buy them? Sorry If these are dumb questions but I just received a Thompson, so it's all new to me. Thanks for any help. G57
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Posted 09 January 2005 - 06:16 PM

Hi Green57
Welcome to the boards! laugh.gif And we'd like to hear more on your Thompson "gift".....was it received from a relative, willed to you or??
It's a 28, but what flavor? Colt Navy, Savage or A.O gun??
(We are a most curious lot!!) And many here are some of the most knowledgeable Thompson people in the world!! You will learn more here by accident than elsewhere by design!
I have a '28 A.O Bridgeport gun with a bunch of drums and even more mags!! wink.gif

Oh, BTW, there is no such thing as a dumb question!!

I believe these mags were all originally blued (but I could be wrong??), then many were refinished after the war. These were sandblasted and parkerized to rid them of surface rust. They were then rewrapped and readied for the next conflict (Korea). Same thing after that.....ready for Vietnam!
You can still fing lots of New original mags....at gun shows they go for 15-20 bucks in nice shape. TAPCO had a bunch for sale like new for $10.99 recently...or less if you order a bumch of 'em! Really nice and a great deal. Look for threads here from about 2-3 weeks ago and you'll find members telling about the mags they got.
20 rounders tend to demand higher $$ (20-25$ each, or more. Keep looking and sooner or later you;ll find a bargain!
And don't forget the drums!!!

Post a couple pics of your gun with a brief history for us all to see, please?

Also, there is the Thompson Collectors Association - ckeck them out at http://home.comcast.net/~TCA1934/ ....a lot of the friendliest folks I've ever met! Get involved with us and plan a trip to Ohio in August to meet us.....you won't regret it! tongue.gif

Again, welcome to the group!!


BTW, is your name, green57, any reference to the year you were born? If it was 1957 that was a GREAT YEAR!!
(same as me!!)
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#3 John Jr

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Posted 09 January 2005 - 09:55 PM

Here is you a start for mags:



(search for THOMPSON and you will find 20's and 30's and some package deals on others.

For parts check here:



http://www.ohioordnanceworks.com (THIS SITE APPEARS TO BE DOWN, BUT ARE GREAT PEOPLE)


Good luck

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Posted 10 January 2005 - 07:24 AM

As indicated, the Thompson stick mags were originally blued. I once encountered a dealer at a gun show who was asking a premium price for his Parkerized 30 round stick mags. He got anger and ordered me away from his table when I pointed out that they were actually worth less than the blue, original finish mags other dealers were selling. His Parkerized mags did look really well done and were dent free and I'd have bought a few if he would have matched the price of the blued mags.

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#5 Green57


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Posted 10 January 2005 - 02:23 PM

John, Jr and MP,

Thank you for your quick replys and all the info on the mags. I'm sorry to say my brothers Thompson is only semi-auto sad.gif . I remember shooting it once or twice with him and it was a load of fun, but after seeing the videos of the full-auto guns, man, I must say they look to be 100 times more fun.
I'm in Germany right now and don't have access the the gun so I can't give any details (not that they would be of any intrest on a semi) It looked like the 1928 model only with a longer barrel. And we were shooting it with a fifty round drum. I recall the full drum was pretty heavy, but I guess if you have a full-auto gun it can get light in a big hurry smile.gif That was one of the reasons I was looking for the 30 rounders.
When we get back to the states I would love to come to a shoot and see the guns in action, but for now the videos off the net will have to do.
Thanks again, I'll be dropping by more, as I think this is a great site, and it has my other favorite rifle the Stg 44. Thompsons and Stgs what more could you ask for? Green57
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#6 full auto 45

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Posted 10 January 2005 - 08:42 PM

Don't feel bad about a semi Thompson? That's the way I started this whole mess! Now if I can just afford one of those semi BAR's from Ohio Ordnance.....
You start off with the semi and then the next thing you know,Bam! You see that one that you just gots ta have! And then the bug, or bait, is set.
You need to stock up on the 20-30 mags and then the drums. Next thing you know, BAM! You have 9 or 10 drums and more stick mags then you can count on your hands and feet. I have more then 21 mags so I stopped counting. Next thing you will see in the safe are all these different mags. And then you gotta have at least one of each kind. And then you gots to have all the different 20's. And the different makes of the 30's. And don't forget about the drums. What is there, 10-12 different drum makers?
It starts off very nonchalantly but it is seeding it's roots deep in the brain. Thompsonitis is a incurable disease. Welcome to the therapy, eh, board.
Oh, all the mags were originaly blued when they left the factories. Oh and try to buy the mags that have been converted to work in the semi guns. Or have the magazine catch modified to take the standard GI mag. The semi guns have a oval hole in the mag and the standard takes a round hole. This way you won't be cutting into a original part of history. You can get new ones at AutoOrdnance.com also.
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Posted 11 January 2005 - 03:59 AM

Boy! have you got it right Mike.
Please e-mail me you correct new address so I can send you a copy of "New Zealand Guns and Hunting" magazine (not parkerised) which features me using your dry.gif gun (the one that worked) mad.gif at the TCA show at Fairfax. (the Artical)
It is a great artical and has caused a lot of interest here down under.
Muz. blink.gif
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Posted 12 January 2005 - 02:42 PM


Can you scan or photograph the article and post it on this board, or is that a violation of copyright law? We would all love to see you in all your glory at the TCA shoot!

What kind of is it generating? Positive I hope!

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