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#1 Roland, Headless Thompson Gunner

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:50 PM

Just got my TCA newsletter. In a Breaking News section it states:

On Jan 12, 2006, the BATFE responded to a TCA request to add the Model 1928 to the Curios and Relics list. To quote the BATFE response:

"...Therefore, the following sub-machine guns have been classifed as C&R items:

All fully transferable Thompson sub-machine guns registered on or before May 19, 1986. "

It says to see the TCA website for the full text of the letter but I don't see it posted.

Does that include replicas?



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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:02 PM

Not to sound utterly dumb and uninformed ( which I am),
does this mean anything to us folks here in New York, like,
can we have a Thompson if it is listed as a C+R?
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:21 PM

Only if your state would allow you to own a C & R gun. But Miss Hitler and (up) Chuck wouldn't allow that in her adopted state.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:58 PM

Thanks Mike,
Kinda what I figured, Those two are trying to ban rubber bands in this state! mad.gif
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:50 PM

If you were at the TCA meeting during Aug 05 Show and Shoot you probably remember Carol telling the membership about the request to add the West Hurleys to the C&R list. Although it seemed to take a while the BATFE response was very welcome. Here is some more detail from their response:

“Upon reviewing the information you provided and conducting our own research into this matter in the context of Federal statues and regulations, FTB has determined that any fully transferable Thompson sub-machinegun derives a substantial part of its monetary value due to its intimate association with the social and military history of the United States. Therefore the following sub-machine guns have been classified as C&R items:

All fully transferable Thompson sub-machine guns registered on or before May 19, 1986.

Based on this determination, licensed collectors may acquire, hold, or dispose of these machineguns as curios and relics subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3). However, they are still “machine guns” as defined in the NFA 5845(b), and all NFA rules and regulations regarding their purchase and possession will still apply regardless of their status as C&R firearms.”


I spoke to Pat Wheeler; he just hasn’t gotten around to posting the scan of the letter on the TCA web site yet. The TCA has made copies of the letter and if you send a SSAE to the TCA at P. O. Box 1675 Ellicott City, MD 21041-1675 they will send a copy out to you.


I'm sure happy to see this approved; no more filing out the ATF 5320.20 on the wife's gun!

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:54 AM

Bill,

That sounds great!

Just to clarify, are ALL westies now officially C&R guns, not just the commemmoratives?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:03 AM

woot.gif woot.gif woot.gif This is really great news for WH owners and those people residing in C&R only states. Only down side is '28 Westies will now appreciate in value even more... down side that is if you wish to buy one.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:54 AM

So....A really important question to me: I have a rewelded Thompson M1.

Does this mean, it will be C&R eligible? It registered pre 86 and is fully transferrable.

I sure hope so, I sent it to PK to "purdy it up" a little, and it will come back C&R?

I sure hope this is true.

Does anyone know if this is true, in my situation?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:30 AM

I am new at this also, but the way I understand it is that if it is C&R eligiable you do not have to file travel papers to take it out of state ? Is that correct ???
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:08 AM


Okay …. I’m also confused …

Here’s a URL to the ATF Curio & Relics list http://www.atf.treas...elics/curio.pdf

See page 49 for the National Firearm Act Weapon Classification as a Curios or Relics.
Scroll down to page 55 or Section IV it lists …. And it says …..

Thompson, Model 1927, semiautomatic carbine, caliber .45 ACP ( is this the current Kahr? )

Thompson, submachine guns including all models, prototypes, & variations actually mfd in or before 1945 ( would this include the 1928??? )

Any help would be great …. Some on this board knows ….

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:10 AM

Doc,

You have to have a C&R license. The gun is still a form 4 or whatever form you have it on.Then you can possess the C&R guns and take them interstate without filing the IRS form. I have only a C&R and it suits my needs perfectly.

V188,

As far as a rewelded gun.... God I hope it is registered as something! Rewat, I presume. Good question if a registered rewat can be considered a C&R.... was it rewatted prior to 86? You said yes. With paperwork to show that? If so, you have a good case, but the answer must come from the BATFE. Ask them with the details, they should give you a response!

My take - and only that - is this applies to West Hurley made guns only. I'd like to see the text of the letter.

Good luck!
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:17 AM

QUOTE
Thompson, Model 1927, semiautomatic carbine, caliber .45 ACP ( is this the current Kahr? )


NotDeaf,
This is probably referring to the limited run that Auto-Ord did of 1927 guns ( I believe around that time) in a Semi version. The idea was for Law inforcement people who did not want thier folks trying to control a full auto-gun. It never really caught on.
They were actually 21's with the "1921" and "submachine gun" milled out of the reciever's, being replaced with the stampings "1927" and "Semi-automatic Carbine". There were some drop in parts that nulled the full auto option. But, they still fired from open bolt, and a quick change of parts get's you back to full auto weapon. These are curios for sure, as not many exist in thier original form, being revamped as full-auto's later in thier life.
That provision does not refer to the West Hurley or Kahr Semi-Auto 1927s.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:39 AM

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Thompson, submachine guns including all models, prototypes, & variations actually mfd in or before 1945 ( would this include the 1928??? )


That would be WWII production, but the West Hurley guns were produced in the 70's and 80's and therefor were not a C&R gun except for the M1 models and some commerative models.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 11:15 AM

Well hell, I was going to draft my letter to Firearms Tech this weekend on this same subject. Great news!!

On another note, I have a meeting with a rep from Firearms Tech Branch tomorrow. I will ask him for a clarification on this subject and report back here. If anyone here has any questions they want me to ask, get them to me by 0830 tomorrow and I will try to get you an answer and post them here.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:54 PM

I have, among others, a Group Industries 1928 Thompson, made and registered prior to May 1986.
On the Form 4, it lists the manufacturer as Group Industries, Louisville, KY and the type of weapon as Machine Gun, and the model as M1.

Think this is covered by the change in C&R status or should I write BATFE specifically?

The Form 4 makes no reference to THOMPSON.

Edited by hughlong, 26 January 2006 - 05:56 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:28 PM

Giantpanda4 –

Yes all the West Hurleys are now C&R.

The request Carol made was as follows:

“I am writing to you to request that the Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Guns (all calibers including the .45 and .22) manufactured during the 1970s and 1980s by the Auto Ordnance Corporation of West Hurly, New York, be added to the Curio and Relics list.”


V188 –

It seems to me that if you gun is a Thompson SMG and would qualify.


Hughlong –

Does the gun have “Thompson” on it? If so it may qualify. I suspect that you’ll need to ask the BATFE FTB to get a firm ruling.


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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:53 PM

Ok, here is one that will throw you for a loop. I saw, and held it in my hands, a transferable Philadelphia ordnance receiver M1 Thompson. One of about a dozen made. Will it be on the list?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:06 PM

My Group Industries thompson 1928 is not marked thompson on the gun or on the form 4.
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 07:29 AM

I would suspect that those guns would NOT be included as C&R's as the receiver was not made by Auto-Ordnance West Hurley. The catch phrase in the letter of request was "as manufactured by Auto-Ordnance Corp. of West Hurley. I would still go ahead and request a ruling however if I owned a Phil. Ord. receiver. I doubt they will go for it though, this would be like saying all tube receiver mp40's are now considered Curio & Relic. Hey, if enough time passes, won't all fully transferable pre '86 mg's be in the running for Curio & Relic status....A thought to consider! blink.gif

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 08:09 AM

Phil, where did you see it?
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