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#1 Walter63a

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 06:21 PM

I ran across these excellent photos in the National Archives (digitized and online) and thought some of you Thompson freaks blink.gif laugh.gif might appreciate them. These brave lads (members of the Mitchell Field airbase flying squadron) fought, and many died, to preserve our many freedoms, like the Second Amendment (Right To Keep And Bear Arms). Let's not drop the ball at our generation, in the Twenty-first Century!! ohmy.gif cool.gif Regards, Walter

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 08:07 PM

Looks like a couple of those guns have a comp and a smooth barrel.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 08:20 PM

sweet pics, thanks

check the sights in the second. some ladders and some simple peeps.

and what type of cover does the "middle" guy have?

Edited by brian, 26 January 2005 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 08:44 PM

To think that most of Mitchell Field has become a shopping mall!!! It's on Long Island, about 10 miles east of New York City.

Although there is still a county shooting range (indoor; allows rifle up to .50 BMG) and a small aviation museum there.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 09:50 AM

Brian,
Looks to me like a khaki pisscutter. The dude must have misplaced his wool one or didn't read the uniform of the day posting.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:49 AM

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To think that most of Mitchell Field has become a shopping mall!!! It's on Long Island, about 10 miles east of New York City.


Phillasteen,
Hey, that's my neck of the woods. are you from NY also?
Mitchell Field is also where Mr. Lindburgh took off for the first trans-Atlantic flight.
I believe there is a Krispy Kreem shop at that spot now smile.gif
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 01:48 PM

Zamm, I grew up in New Hyde Park and went to school in Uniondale. I used to drive past Mitchell Field on the way to school every day.

I live upper west side Manhattan and Florida these days.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 02:12 PM

Hell,
How do you like that. I grew up in Suffolk county,
live in Patchogue, work in Manhattan now, downtown. Upper west side, you must have been
past a place I do some work for, Maxilla and Mandible, all kinds of bones and stuff, Columbus and
81st st.
Just to keep to the Thompson topics, where do you keep yours? Florida I presume?
Is it possible to own a semi in the 5 borroughs?
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 02:46 PM

I've been to M&M, it's a neat store.

I work downtown too, on Broad Street, about a block from the former HQ of the Auto Ordnance Company (the building is long gone). My Thompsons live in Florida - not surprising that no semi (or full) Thompsons are allowed in the city. The irony that Tommy Guns came from a company in downtown Manhattan is not lost on me.

There's a Colt 21 and a Savage 28 on display at the NYPD museum on Old Slip, you should makes sure to check those out some time. I believe the Colt 21 is the one used [EDITED HERE TO CORRECT] to murder Frankie Yale.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 06:08 PM

Thanks,
I did not know that. Will check them out as soon as the weather get's above 10 degrees wink.gif
Here's a shot of the Colt 21 at the Museum's website. Looks like a C drum on it.
http://nycpolicemuse...lliesutton.html
Shame that the old biulding does not exist anymore. I work on Broadway a block north of Canal. Allways thought I would take a walk down a have a look at the original offices of Auto-Ord. Too bad sad.gif
I 've allways though of running over and scouting the area by the Brooklyn Navy Yard where
Fisher Spring Company was housed. See if it is still there, and find out if any of the locals
worked for them so I could ask what they did with all of the L drums that where rejected
by the US Gov. wishful thinking biggrin.gif
Small world, talk soon, Zamm
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 06:42 PM

The 21 at the NYPD condition (and the C drum) are in bad shape.

Furthermore, it looks like no effort is being made to preserve them.

There is also a MP5, S&W 76 and AC556 on display.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 08:10 PM

I am glad everyone seems to be enjoying the memories that these photos engender, but let's not forget the guys in the photos and the generation that they represent. They fought and died for the freedoms that we all now enjoy in this nation. Those same freedoms that they sacrificed for, many of our sleezy politicians are now intent upon taking away, unless we awaken to the awful truth!! sad.gif What freedoms, you may ask, are these politicians trying to remove? Let's start with the First, Second and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution, since that is where our freedoms are currently being erroded most rapidly!! ohmy.gif blink.gif mad.gif Regards, Walter

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