Ryan, if you really want a Thompson I'd suggest taking out a small loan and buying one now. they seem to only go up!
You can always repay a loan but if you wait til later you may always be waiting!!
BTW, regarding the parts kits.....I got a beauty from the Guide a couple weeks ago and have no regrets BUT I also ordered an accessory kit that ran me $140....and yesterday I ordered two more accessory kits from Dan at $100 and $109 shipped (bought another parts kit so I got the 10% off on one of these).
I quickly called the Guide and was told that the package had just gone out yesterday AM! So now I'll have three kits. Not a problem as I can always get more than I paid for them! (as long as my wife understands??
When I talked to Dan I requested knurled actuator and knurled selector.safety if possible. Requested an A.O. lower but Savage OK as long as numbers were original and not struck out/restamped. Dan said he'd do the best he could and was happy to chat.
We'll see what I get......