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#1 Sgt. Fox

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 07:54 PM

Lots of Thompsons in there...
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#2 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:28 PM

I didn't think the Krauts had that many MP-44's! Seems their entire production fell into ATF hands. Converted full auto WH 1927 A-1's seem to be in more abundance than TSMG's.
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:48 PM

Holy Moley!! How were these acquired? Were these purchases, confiscations, or sample designs?
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:29 PM

ohmy.gif Nice !
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:39 PM

Holy Sh*t.

I have died and gone to heaven.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:11 AM

What a nice toy box !!!
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 01:06 AM

Many years ago, I visited Sam Cummins in Alexandria (talking to him about Armalite AR-10s) and he showed me several, including a belt-fed 7.62mm AR-10 LMG. Anyway, we got to talking, and he mentioned the ATF vault, and so called them to see if I could visit them.

I only heard this side of the conversation, which went something like this:

"I have the guy here who would like to see the Armalites in your vault."
"Yes, he looks reasonable."
"No, he's not a flake."

So, Sam gave me directions across the river to the Treasury building. I drove right over and was in hog heaven for several hours.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 01:59 AM

Should I hate them? No, I'm sure of it. I hate them.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:23 AM

Wow!

This is almost as nice as C. Reed Knight's collection of firearms.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:38 AM

And the infamous nickle plated Thompson

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 10:47 AM

The Goverment could make a little dough by opening this thing up as a museum.
I mean, jeez, I'd pay $20 to see that stuff in a heartbeat!
At least they did not destroy em ohmy.gif
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 11:24 AM

Looks like ther are a couple of the Commemoaratives there also.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:33 PM

Look at photo 9993, could this be a viet cong copy?

BTW, I was told by an atf inspector that used to work there, most of these are confiscated firearms.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:00 PM

GOOD GOD!!!!!! Is it possible that all of the guns pictured were confiscated????? There's some pretty rare stuff in there. I saw a lot of Stg-44s, an Austen, Hotchkiss Universal SMGs, UD42s, and TONS of Japanese light machineguns. Even aircraft machineguns in there. I could see confiscated AKs, Uzis and even Thompsons, but some of that stuff would be hard to come by in the legal market. I'll bet there are a LOT of GI bringbacks in there. Too bad this stuff can't be transferred. banghead.gif
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:43 PM

QUOTE (farfuture @ Mar 11 2006, 01:06 AM)
Many years ago, I visited Sam Cummins in Alexandria (talking to him about Armalite AR-10s) and he showed me several, including a belt-fed 7.62mm AR-10 LMG. Anyway, we got to talking, and he mentioned the ATF vault, and so called them to see if I could visit them.

I only heard this side of the conversation, which went something like this:

"I have the guy here who would like to see the Armalites in your vault."
"Yes, he looks reasonable."
"No, he's not a flake."

So, Sam gave me directions across the river to the Treasury building. I drove right over and was in hog heaven for several hours.

i knew sam also...he offered me the belt -feed ar-10 back in 1977/78 for $25,000.00,to complete my set of ar-10's at the time...{since i was missing the belt-feed model!} i had both heavy barrel's model's also along with the quick change light barrel'...big buck's at the time for that one belt feed.>so i passed on it. then later sold them off to reed knight.

he own's them all now...good time's.........and the best pic i have{and i have alot of them}is me sitting looking like poncho via ha! ha! with the entire ar-10 collection in my basement.this post brought back some good ar-10 memorie's. ask him about serial #21 semi-auto only model.with threaded muzzle nut..it could take a can. one of my favorite's...

at least it's now in good hand's...along with my original bipod sniper model!

and i forgive him for making the remark to a dealer in indiana once about watch out when you buy a thompson from me..wink!! yes i do have ear's and eye's everyplace!!

good time's have fun with the stuff....take care,ron
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Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:58 AM

I almost made a similar comment about Reed Knight's collection. Speaking of, he ended up acquiring the belt fed AR-10 Ron speaks of, as well as Sam's FG42's.
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Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:16 PM

good god man ! someone needs to kick them in the nutkick.gif and get them to sell those babys, they can invest the money into hiring qualified examiners cool.gif
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:29 PM

Where is the vault and how does one go about getting a tour?
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