Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

West Hurley 1927a1 - Total Production Numbers


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 dalbert

dalbert

    Website Owner

  • Admin
  • 4267 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ohio

Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:49 PM

I've had my West Hurley M1 Full Auto for 17 years now, and I went ahead and purchased a West Hurley M1927A1 Semi-Auto at the gun show today. I know, I may get some jabs about buying a semi-auto, and maybe even some comments about West Hurleys in general, but I am looking for information that folks on this board may be able to provide.

The WH 1927A1 I purchased is serial number 1015X. I was told this was an early production gun. Does anyone know how many were produced by AO WH? I found some production numbers in the National Firearms Museum Thompson Exhibit Guide as follows for other semi models:

1927A5: 3,346
1927A3: 5,117

There is a 1927A1 pictured that is serial number 30763. I would take that to mean that at least 20K 1927A1's were produced by WH, based on the difference between my serial number, and the one in the museum guide. Does anyone know more about the actual production numbers of this weapon? At what number did the serial numbers begin?

I feel like I got a good price on it, as I paid $725, and all the others I saw on various boards were in the high $800's. This one has nicer wood than most. The vertical fore grip seems like an older one, as I compared it to another WH of the same type at the show that had much less contour to the grip, and less desirable wood quality. Anyway, as long as it shoots fine, I'm sure I'll be happy with it. The main reason I purchased it was so that I could have a Thompson with a drum. (It came with a 30-rd mag...Still have to purchase the drum.)

I'm just trying to determine about how many of these guns are out there. I would bet that it's less than 50K, and probably more like 20K-30K, but that's just my guess. I'm sure someone will be able to share info that will further enlighten me on the subject.

Thanks!

David Albert
dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  • 0

#2 TD.

TD.

    Respected Member

  • Board Benefactor
  • 2882 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:57 PM

David,
Try this link - it will answer a lot of your questions.


http://www.nfatoys.c.../aug98cover.htm
  • 0

#3 dalbert

dalbert

    Website Owner

  • Admin
  • 4267 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ohio

Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:06 PM

TD,

Thanks for the link. That's what I was looking for. The total through 1997 was 29,140 WH 1927A1's produced. Mine was made in 1980. I guess I was pretty good with my estimate of total production.

And not even a cheap shot about buying a semi-auto...

Thanks!

David Albert
dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  • 0

#4 full auto 45

full auto 45

    Respected Member

  • Board Benefactor
  • 4555 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Looking over your shoulder right now
  • Interests:Thompson's, Any Machinegun, Harley's and scuba diving. In that order.

Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:58 PM

I think this is the page you want.
1927 Numbers
  • 0

#5 dalbert

dalbert

    Website Owner

  • Admin
  • 4267 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ohio

Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:25 PM

Mike,

I found the same site from TD's link. It had all the production totals and specific serial number info I was looking for. Thanks!

David Albert
dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  • 0