Pictures Of Amnesty M1a1
Posted 18 November 2003 - 12:10 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 12:28 PM
Great looking weapon. It is definitely a keeper. It even has the paddle-style safety and selector (certainly appropriate given its probable date of manufacture, but not as commonly seen on M1A1's). The trigger frame appears to be of AO manufacture because the FULL AUTO is on one line. I agree with ThompsonCrazy that the no-crossbolt stock is also a nice feature. The sling is correct for this vintage/model weapon. I see nothing to question the credibility of the gentleman you bought this from.
The crossbolts were added beginning in 1943 because of breakage at the attachment point to the frame. Many Thompsons (1928's, M1's and M1A1's) were retrofitted with the crossbolt stock to avoid problems. It appears yours didn't get that treatment.
Keep it. Use it. Baby it a little. Get a copy of Frank's book to learn more about these special pieces of history.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 02:10 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:37 PM
You don't often see the M1A1 with paddle saftey and rocker piviots and a no cross bolt stock. Most of the weapons were rebuilt. it was also intresting to note the bolt was blued not bright. It looks to be a very clean weapon.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 04:28 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 05:10 PM
Gun does not have the "upgrades" as it was acquired by the gentleman i bought it from approx June 1943. He said it was brand new when he got it, and never turned it in as he killed so many Japs on Tarawa with it he decided to bring it back with him (with CO's permission ofcourse)!
There is no U.S. Properety mark because it was issued to a US troop, and the property mark was reserved for Lend-Lease guns.
Vet says he has not changed anything since it was issued to him, and has shot it approximately 1000rds (not including wartime)...so as far as i know that is how it came from AOC
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:01 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:44 PM
Too bad i am having to sell one of my MP5 host guns and one of my M-2 carbines to pay for it
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:45 PM
Don't feel bad about selling an MP5 (unless you got much less than market value for it). Same with the M@ (unless it was a C&R gun). The MP5 is an okay gun, but it's still a conversion and doesn't have the historical significance nor the balls that the Thompson has. I've gotten rid of three MP5's to obtain three beautiful original guns and don't regret it (an M16A1, a Colt 1921AC and an MP44).
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:51 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 10:22 PM