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#1 SgtMartin

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Posted 19 October 2003 - 11:42 AM

Finally i have my first thompson and heres the site with all the pics on. i cant seem to add them onto this thread (yahoo photo album) so il stick the link in instead.shes a bit war weary, but still, i love it to pieces and maybe restoring this piece of history could be a nice project, however i dont know wether or not to leave it in its military used state or not. any ideas?
if you have any info on what some of the markings mean or what would be the best way to take care of it, i would be most greatful. thank you! My m1 pics
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Posted 19 October 2003 - 12:24 PM

Sgt:

Beautiful!!! Other than replacing any excessively worn or damaged fire control parts, LEAVE IT AS IS! That is the best way to preserve this piece of war history. Any changes you make to it will degrade its collectors appeal, IMHO. Also, I assume you have Frank's American Thunder. If not, it will have all the markings listed in it. Must have book.
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Posted 19 October 2003 - 12:26 PM

im going to try and order it, or ask for it for christmas. im glad you like it. il take some pictures of the inside to show you which parts are welded etc for the de-activation.
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Posted 19 October 2003 - 02:34 PM

Sgt. Martin, thanks for sharing that wonderful piece of WWII history! biggrin.gif I would second what Chris wrote and hang on to the collector appeal it already has. rolleyes.gif smile.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 19 October 2003 - 07:33 PM

ok, il take your advice then. any ideas on the best way to keep it in good condition?
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Posted 20 October 2003 - 12:23 AM

To preserve it, when you get done fondeling it wipe down the metal with oil (I like Breakfree CLB but have heard good stuff about Clenzoil) and ocasionaly wipe the stock with lynseed oil say every six months to a year.

Also tecnicly it is an M1A1, with fixed firing pin as opposed to a M1 with the seperate firing pin. Your serial looks kinda late in production, but strange, your lower has the milled saftey selector... does the serial on the botom of the trigger guard match? is there one there or maybe evedence where it was removed? Is your forarm hanger milled or stamped?

I envey you the stewardship of that Savage, mine came some asembly required rolleyes.gif gotta love the beurocrats

Get Frank's Book, American Thunder it is well worth the price

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 12:38 PM

the serial number on the bottom of the trigger guard is 71281, so different from the one on the receiver.
where abouts is the forarm hanger? what difference is there between milled and stamped(sorry im a newbie atm).
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I envey you the stewardship of that Savage, mine came some asembly required
how do you mean savage? i thought mine was an auto ord?
also, any ideas what the encircled "GEG" stamp is at the end of the barrel in front of the mag means?
cheers
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Posted 20 October 2003 - 07:49 PM

Sgt martin--
Enjoyed your pictures much. We probably see more of 28s, so it's nice to see a M1a1. Someday I'll have to get one of those, before they go too much higher.

By the way, the stamp GEG stands for Auto-Ordnance's civilian inspector George E. Goll.
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Posted 20 October 2003 - 09:43 PM

Savage Firearms made alot of the parts for the Auto Ordnance Corp. when they couldn't. It is like buying a FORD truck today with parts from 15-20 different companies in it. Savage had the setup and factories to make the parts faster then AOC. You may find other parts on your gun marked with a "s" that is for Savage.
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Posted 21 October 2003 - 04:39 AM

The Recever is a Savage, look at the pics of the rear sight, one shows the US. Property, two lines ledgable from the back of the recever. Auto Ordince stamped thiers one line and to be read from the muzzle end. Look on page 118 of American Thunder, plus it has GEG and Corneal Frank G. Atwoods stamp on the front of the recever.

Savage was subcontracted by Auto Ordince, the produced parts and complete guns.

The forarm hanger is the strip of metal that holds the forgrip on. if you turn the gun upside down and look in front of the mag well there is a piece of metal tha begins there and runs under the forend, that's what the screw ataches to. If there is a rivet there, it's stamped.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 01:21 PM


Fantastic. thank you for such a great responce laugh.gif whats the best way to go about ordering franks book?(where etc).
just a few more questions...my mag seems to jolt and wiggle about a little bit loosely? could that be due to mishape?
can anybody identify my sling? and one more tongue.gif (i need time to brew up more newbie questions after this barrage)... would it be at all possible for any m1a1 owners to post pics of the inside of theirs? like the receiver breakdown/firing pin/bolt etc, just so i can compare and see how my de-wat is different.
many many many thanks.all your assistance has been very much appreciated. biggrin.gif

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 03:42 PM

Sgt. Martin,

Great photos!!! biggrin.gif

Please keep your M1A1 as stock as possible. smile.gif

I noticed that the rear sight has what appears to be knurling or checkering around the aperature. My M1 does not have this feature; when did Savage begin to feature this? ohmy.gif
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 05:28 PM

SgtMartin, greetings from South America..
I am also a proud recent owner of a TMSG Mod M1A1
See the pics at http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/gft804
I will probabbly have my gun parkerized and work the stock with my gunsmith...
I do have some movies with the gun being fired... It is a piece of jewelry..
I got a lot of help from this board too and I have kept reading most of the entries here on an almost daily basis..
Not only you, but most of the folks reading this board will be surprised that I paid the bargain price of USD 250 -that is two hundred fifty- for this M1A1. The M1A1 (or any other military TMSG model was always my favorite since I was a kid, when I saw pics, movies, etc... The Drum and the foregrip in other models never really made a "nice" impact to me.. Don't know why... maybe estetics or "sex appeal" ?? But a Thompson is a Thompson now that I am the proud owner of one here in my country. It may be one of a dozen or less that was delivered to this little republic in South America back in the 50's or perhaps an American GI got down here after the WWII or even former Wehrmacht personel.. (My Lugers and P-38s were all found here and these were surely brought by former german officers/soldiers who got somehow out of the crossfire/marches, etc just after WWII.
I have not been able to establish or track any history to the gun.


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Posted 22 October 2003 - 05:35 PM

unsure.gif Deuce,
i am not sure of the time the checkered rims were introduced.(im not really the guy to ask as of yet, try the vets of the board cool.gif ) all i know, is that im ridiculously pleased with my buy. much like you ppl i have had a love of the m1a1 and its almost surreal to have it. when i first saw it in the shop, i was fondeling it for about half an hour unsure.gif laugh.gif
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 11:12 PM

SgtMartin, I like that. It sounds like love at first sight....er, grope! biggrin.gif laugh.gif
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Posted 23 October 2003 - 08:26 PM

Congrats on your new toy.
Outstanding pictures. The next step is to upload some videos!!
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