Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:25 PM
Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:48 PM
Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:57 PM
It started with a MAC11/380...i now have a $60,000 title 2 collection (not that much invested!!)
I wouldn't trade my thompson or AK for the world though!
Posted 23 December 2003 - 12:32 AM
|QUOTE (The1930sRust @ Dec 22 2003, 10:48 PM)|
|Mine was a trip to the back yard with a pals Savage Lend Lease I borrowed. 30 rounds and five seconds later, a series of events was set in place that would ultimately cost me over $8000....|
i think keith sent me a pic of that.......someplace in my brain file................take care,ron
or colt 21a
Posted 23 December 2003 - 06:31 AM
|QUOTE (USMC-2-USN @ Dec 22 2003, 10:57 PM)|
| Hell...you got off cheap, Chris!|
As a percentage of my meager yearly income...oh...what a stupid thing I did. In 25 years I will appreciate it I am sure!
Posted 23 December 2003 - 07:08 AM
Posted 23 December 2003 - 09:29 AM
What he had in hand was a New York L-drum in a Rusco pouch, a Mills four-cell XX mag pouch with four minty double patent mags, and a web belt - all in great condition and in the very early pale yellow straw color. Nice set! I bought the set even though I didn't have a Thompson, yet.
Then Randy said that he had pictures of a Thompson 1921AC that the web gear and mags belonged to. He said that a potential buyer declined because the Polaroid pictures weren't good enough to determine the condition of the gun. He showed them to me, and the pictures weren't very good. The Colt was transferring to Randy on a Form 3 and would arrive in about three weeks.
Then he said that he wanted to sell the Colt quickly because he had another lot of firearms coming and required operating capital. Would I like to buy it? I replied that I needed the weekend to consider the $8,500 price tag. He said he'd hold it through the July 4 weekend, but that it would sell on July 5. The date was Thursday, July 1, 1999.
I climbed into my just paid-off pick-up truck, drove directly to the credit union, refinanced the truck for two more years, and walked out with a cashier's check. Then I drove to Randy's shop and bought Colt Thompson 1921AC #6086, formerly employed by the Montana State Prison.
A few weeks later Randy called to tell me that the Thompson had arrived. He said the condition was "just OK". My heart sank, had I bought a boat anchor? "Well, it was a risk worth taking" I said. Randy was joking. "I'm just messin' with you. This is one of the nicest Colts I've ever seen!" You've got to get down here and see this thing, it's really nice."
So I did, and when I first saw #6086 I was immediately impressed with the quality of the blueing, the "strawing" appearance of the graining on the top of the receiver, and the smooth cycling action. WOW, this is the real thing! Now, #6086 is not a cherry collector piece, it's a shooter, with a few dings, scratches, and wear marks. Some idiot screwed a sling swivel in to the buttstock and knocked the retaining pin out of the compensator to put in a sling swivel (that's been fixed). It's got a 1935-period factory barrel (verified by Doug R.) with a Type 1 comp, so it was in the shop for rebarreling before WWII. No, it's not a collector, but it's mine for now and I enjoy shooting it (with a replacement actuator and bolt!)
That's my expensive Thompson story. Oh, the truck is paid-off once again and I'm still driving it.
Posted 23 December 2003 - 09:57 AM
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