"like New" West Hurley Thompson
Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:28 PM
Posted 08 May 2005 - 10:13 PM
Welcome to the board. You can find a lot of information on the West Hurley Thompson in many of the threads and in the FAQ section, above. I assume you are looking at a Model of 1928 West Hurley. I strongly suggest a test fire session if possible. Even if it doesn't work, it can be fixed, but this will let you know right off what you are dealing with. Check out the function for both Semi and Full Auto. You need to understand the markings on the various GI parts so when you inspect this West Hurley you will know what you are looking at. I highly recommend "American Thunder II" by Frank Iannamico, for sale on this board. A few items to look for: A West Hurley actuator is not the best and will need to be replaced with a GI actuator. In addition, the lack of a real Lyman rear sight and paddle type fire control levers are also something to figure into the final price because you will want to replace these items. West Hurley wood is something else you will probably want to replace sometime in the future. However, a West Hurley Thompson is a fun shooter and will provide you many hours of fun on the range. If the price is right and you want a Thompson, you can't go wrong. Let us know what you decide.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:26 AM
Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:31 PM
currently in the paper work phase, so it'll be a while.
The gun I bought. as far as I can figure, was built in early
1984. It's in new condition. I have been hearing about
possibly having to replace some of the parts with USGI parts. Exactly which ones would you recomend I get, if I need any. Maybe I should just wait and see how it runs.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:11 PM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 12:18 AM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 10:06 AM
Welcome to the board and the world of Thompson ownership (i.e., once ATF does their thing...)! You have now officially contracted Thompsonitis. There is no known cure. The symptoms vary with each individual, but all tend to drain one's bank account.
American Thunder II is a must-have book. Another great book with more information on pre-war Thompsons is "Thompson: The American Legend" by Tracie Hill.
You can certainly wait to check out your gun, but I suggest purchasing one of the nice 1928 parts kits that are available from several sources (Ohio Ordnance Works, IMA, Omega). They vary in price based on condition and the pieces included, but they run in the $850-1250 range. That will give you at least one of anything that needs replaced on your WH or as spare parts. Right now these sets are fairly plentiful, but a couple years ago you could rarely find a 1928 parts set, and if you did it cost 2-3 times the current price.
I also suggest you consider joining the Thompson Collector's Association. It is a great group of collectors with an annual Show and Shoot (members only) in Ohio (August) and Arizona (April). If you want to attend the Ohio show, you need to be registered soon. TCA Web Site
Again, welcome to the board.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:25 PM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 05:16 PM
Congratulations and enjoy many happy times with your Thompson!
May I also suggest you get and read "The Gun That Made the 20's Roar" by William Helmer and "United States Submachineguns" by Frank Iannamico.