Colt Thompson Examined
Posted 15 March 2006 - 06:40 PM
I just got back from taking a new employee to the Harris County (Houston, TX) Crime Lab. While there we asked for the nickel tour of their operation and were shown around the place. Our host took us to their evidence room and let us take a look at some of their exemplars. Lo and behold, what do I spy? A Thompson that I first took as a Spitfire or some other knockoff. When I picked it up and looked at the left side I about fell over. I was holding the worst looking Colt Thompson I had ever seen. It had no butt stock and the finish consisted of flat black spray paint over the badly worn bluing. I asked if I could take it apart to get a better look and here's what I found.
Model of 1921
Serial number 5187
No hole in the mag release
Checkered/knurled selectors with a hole in the safe/fire
Lower and upper s/n match
No other markings anywhere that I could see. I am going to run a check to see if it is on paper. The lab techs were getting ready to leave so I couldn't get any pics but will go back and get some at a later date.
Posted 15 March 2006 - 06:54 PM
That would be a new one for Gordon's book.
Posted 15 March 2006 - 07:02 PM
Nice job! That serial # was MIA since leaving Colt. Do you know what crime this TSMG was involved in and when?
Posted 16 March 2006 - 10:38 AM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:32 PM
Watch this gun be a registered gun that was stolen in the 70's and just now turned up! Probably some old guy that passed away and when they try to return it to the wife, she'll be some lib-tard who'll want it melted!
Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:48 PM
Posted 17 March 2006 - 10:23 AM
Research will continue and will be reported via this forum.