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Are There Any Pre-86 Thompsons Out There?


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#1 philasteen

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:13 AM

Are there any pre-86 dealer sample Thompsons around?

If so, why are they pre-86 guns? I thought all Thompsons were made in the US.

How much would a pre-86 Colt 21 be? A Savage 28? AO M1A1?
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#2 Bob

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:24 AM

Yep, lots. Re-Imported after '68 and before '86. Can't say what a '21 would go for, haven't seen one sell. The 21/28 DS I have seen went for 10K, I bought a DS AO M1A1 for 5K and a DS Savage 28A1 for 7.5k a couple of years ago. Now they are getting 7-8K for the M1A1 and 9-11K for 28's.
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 04:07 PM

There is a dealer in NY that has a 21/28 for 11,000.

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:23 PM

Large numbers of Thompsons were exported out of the U.S. Many Colt TSMGs were sent all over the world. Then the militaries and some Colts were Lend Leased to Great Britain during WWII. There were many TSMGs encountered in Viet Nam.

When the Thompsons were brought back into the U.S., especially after 1968, they were considered "imports" even though they were mfg in the U.S.

Roger Cox, who wrote one of the very first reference books on the TSMG, estimated that about 1/3 or 5000 of the 15,000 Colt Thompsons mfg were exported. That number be high, but probably no one really knows for sure the exact number exported.

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 01:19 AM

Lots of pre-86 thompsons. M1 and M1A1's run in the $7500-9000 range normally. Military 28's go for $8500-12K. I've never seen a Pre-86 1921 so I have no idea on that one. The guns were sold, loaned, leased or given to lots of foreign govts and many were imported between 1968 and 1986. They are popular guns and have been for a very long time. I've got a pre-86 M1A1 that is a great shooter.
Hope that helps.
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#6 HK91

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 02:45 PM

There is a pre 86 dealer sample M1A1 on Onlythebestfirearms.com for $7,995

Here are the pictures.

http://www.onlythebe...om/chopper.html

I do not know how to hot link, so you will have to copy and paste the link.

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#7 Murray

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 04:47 PM

Quote "There were many TSMGs encountered in Viet Nam."

Guys might be interested to know that the New Zealand Army gave its entire stock of Auto Ord 1928A1's to the French in the early days of the Viet Nam war. This included drums and ammo and all spares.
Most of it, if not all was later captured by the Vietminh.
I have a book called "Vietnam, the secret war" which has photos of french soldiers carring 1928A1's.
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#8 Merry Ploughboy

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 05:59 PM

Per "The Black Rifle" the Vietminh also got over 400,000 M16's when the U.S. pulled out in the 1970's.
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Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:51 PM

I wonder what the VC would sell some of those old M-16s for? $20? $50? Damn, if we just could ... dry.gif
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Posted 15 July 2005 - 12:22 AM

wink.gif I have seen the photos of the weapons left behind/VC used in Viet Nam. There is a field behind a warehouse outside of Siagon and the weapons are piled/stacked there....rusting away! and YES there are many Thompsons in the piles. You name , it was there...even AK's.
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 10:07 AM

I've got a nice 28A1 Pre 86 for sale at $10,500. MarkN48@aol.com
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