"ma Hunter" Catalog From 1950's - Thompsons
Posted 21 February 2006 - 04:37 PM
The catalog is a "Ma Hunter" catalog, issued by sole proprietor Val Forgett, most likely during the early 1950's. The catalog was advertised as being from 1950. It is definitely pre-1963, as there is no zip code listed for the address, and it is probably pre-1955, as it mentions that the Sten SMG was "Still the standard of the British forces." I am looking for guidance on when this second edition catalog was actually published.
The catalog begins by stating, "Ma Hunter SEZ: We are now the country's largest machine gun dealer." They dealt in deactivated machine guns, including Model 1921, 1928, M1 and M1A1 Thompsons. The highest price listed among these weapons was $125.00 for a Model 1921. L-drums were $10, and C-drums were $17.50. An unissued M1A1 could be purchased for $80. Pretty cool prices...
In reading through the few previous references to Val Forgett and Ma Hunter on this board, and some information available on the internet, it appears that he passed away in 2002, and was the founder of Navy Arms. Navy Arms is apparently still run by his sons in West Virginia.
I was looking for some more history of the company, and maybe some stories from the past from PhilOhio or Ron, or anyone else who might be able to lend more insight. I also thought frequenters of this board would enjoy seeing the old catalog and prices...
Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:48 PM
|QUOTE (Sig @ Feb 21 2006, 09:39 PM)|
Those prices are just PAINFULL to look at.
Really? You want to know painful... How much do you think a grown man was making an hour working?
Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:29 AM
Posted 22 February 2006 - 03:16 PM
Thanks for your thoughts on the catalog. I knew that Val Forgett's name sounded familiar. I believe I have seen articles from him in the past, possibly in a cannon publication that we used to subscribe to, or maybe the Thompson article your mentioned. Any idea when and where the Forgett Thompson article appeared?
The Faust article in the February 1969 G&A magazine is a good one. I like the photographs they used. Here is a picture of the front of the magazine that features the Faust article, and the Elmer Keith article you mentioned. This is a good, vintage magazine to try to pick up for any Thompson collection.
Interestingly, the "Ma Hunter" catalog lists 3 different addresses for the company. It mentions that the showrooms and office were located at 203 West Shore Avenue in Bogota, New Jersey. It lists Val Forgett's address as 905 Red Road, Teaneck, New Jersey, and the correspondence address for "Ma Hunter" was Box 171, West Englewood, New Jersey.
Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:02 PM
I bought one of those Taylor drums around 1995. Some one got the parts and put them together but it wasn't Navy Arms. I think I paid around $100 for it but the thing was a flop. It took a lot of thumb to get the last 10 rounds or so into it and then it wouldn't feed worth a darn. I guess that it could have been reworked to perform better but the spring seemed too weak to feed and too stiff to load. That plus the fact that the thing weighed too much full and in a 1911 that the whole concept seemed dumb so I sold it for what I bought it for. I guess if you had a 1911 carbine it would make more sense (if it would feed reliably).
Posted 23 February 2006 - 09:28 PM
|I thought Val Forgett also had something called "Service Armament Corporation" in West Bogota, NJ...and that this may have later evolved into SARCO|
Phil and David,
SARCO is an acronym for "Steen Armament Research Company". It was founded by Charles Steen in the late 50's and incorporated in 1962.
Posted 24 February 2006 - 03:18 PM
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Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:25 AM
I may have to dust that old Remington off, and try it out again...
Posted 26 February 2006 - 11:59 AM
While most everyone has heard of or seen a Nylon 66 rifle, not many people are aware that Remington offered several versions of this rifle and in different colors. A lever action version and clip fed model were also manufactured as well as one nickel/chrome plated. These models/variations are not often seen and must have not been produced in large quantities. Such a small world we live in....
Posted 26 February 2006 - 04:32 PM
pimp's hood ornament but it is apparently quite scarce. I think I know why!
Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:55 PM
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:49 PM
Waffen, I'm with you "the man" is a pain in the ass who bears watching!