Posted 18 July 2003 - 11:46 PM
The WW II Thompson, being of government issue, and not sold to the G.I., would not really have any paper trail as to who was issued the weapon initially. I mean can you imagine what Audie Murphy's Thompson would fetch if there were a way to document the serial numbers of the ones he carried in combat? If you wanted to know who owned these weapons post war, you would probably only have documentation dating after 1968 during the amnesty period, and this information could only be accessed through ATF. Colt handguns are easily researched since they do not have the $200 tax fee. When IRS is involved it becomes a privacy issue. Most Colt 21's, 28N's and 21AC's don't have the original invoice from sales to police departments, etc. When a documentation of sale does accompany a Colt Thompson it is usually one sold by Auto-Ord after 1934.