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#1 britfish

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:07 AM

OK would the fact that my M! was rebuilt at M.R. (was that Mount Rainier?) during the course of its life devalue it at all? It has differing serial numbers on the trigger assembly and main body. Understandable if it was damaged in action perhaps.
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Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:24 AM

Just had a thought, If it was sent to Mount Rainier for a rebuild would that allow me to narrow down who the gun was issued to, ie, did certain regiments, corps etc use different camps for rebuilds?
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#3 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:55 AM

There is no way to determine where any particular WWII TSMG was issued, or used, using serial numbers or proof markings. One can only approximate date of manufacture.
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Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:56 AM

Thanks Arthur, Just thought it may have narrowd it down for me a little, did everyone use that ordnance centre? thanks, Adam
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#5 hawksnest

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 01:13 PM

Britfish: According to Frank's book "the Military Thompson" there were seven (7) arsenals that rebuilt Thompsons.
AA - Agusta Arsenal
BA - Benicia Arsenal
MR - Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot
RRA - Red River Arsenal
RA - Raritan Arsenal
SA - Springfield Armory
RIA - Rock Island Arsenal (often seen with the initials FK for Frank Krack or EB for Elmer Bjerke, both men were inspection supervisors at Rock Island).
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Posted 13 November 2003 - 04:41 AM

And they were all used by all corps, divisions etc? What Im getting at is say it was issued to the 82nd airbourne. When all the damaged weapons were shipped back to the states did they just randomly go to 1 of the 7 arsenals, or did they go to differing ones, say west coast ones for pacific theatre, east coust for european? It seems to me like you would send 1 back to have it rebuilt then get it back, they must have kept track of who sent what back? Thanks, Adam
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Posted 13 November 2003 - 10:36 AM

I belive they were gathered by Division Matince into a great big pile and when there were enough they were sent to the arsonal with the least work. Most were also rebuilt post war and place in storage. the only way you could tell was if someone scratched something into the stock.... Sorry tracing a gun to a unit isn't that easy.

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