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Hi all......

 

I'm wondering if there may be any Thompson owners in the Northern VA / DC area ?

 

I finally checked off that "bucket list" item and have recently entered the world of Thompson SMG ownership !! I would like to try and find someone in my area who might be willing to be a "mentor" and help me with any questions / issues I may have as I go forward.

 

This forum is full of great people and great information....but I always like the "face-to-face" when possible.

 

Thanks,

 

Lawman

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Which model did you get??

 

I got an Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson.......serial number shows it being manufactured in '86 (couldn't afford actual WW2 vintage !). At least the internals were "upgraded" using Savage surplus parts kit

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I suggest reading Tom Davis' series in SAR magazine on the West Hurley Thompsons.

You can find most of the articles on line, its now free, but it only seems to work with the Fire Fox browser or Safari

 

A few; the search feature will probably find more

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=4049

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=224

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=527

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Congratulations! I also live in Northern Virginia and I am in the process of also purchasing a West Hurley 1928 TSMG and yes, replacing many of the parts with older GI parts will make firing your new gun safer and more reliable from what I have heard and read. You might find this a useful article: https://smallarmsreview.com/those-west-hurley-thompson-parts/

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I suggest reading Tom Davis' series in SAR magazine on the West Hurley Thompsons.

You can find most of the articles on line, its now free, but it only seems to work with the Fire Fox browser or Safari

 

A few; the search feature will probably find more

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=4049

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=224

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=527

 

Frank,

Thanks for posting!! I am able to open these articles in my Opera browser. BTW - I really LOVE your book, "American Thunder"! Along with TD's and Tracie Hill's books, It's become one of my go-to references as I examine TSMG's for sale online and at the gun shows!

VR,

Fred

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I am curious where are you planning to shoot this gun?

If you are in Northern Virginia, there are a couple indoor ranges in Ashburn that allow you to shoot full auto, Silver Eagle Group and XCAL. XCAL also has a variety of automatic weapons that you can rent and shoot there. The Elite Shooting Sports (ESS) indoor range near Manassas allows as follows: Full auto may be used during scheduled or arranged times with ESS staff supervision. Please check with ESS Range Staff for proper procedures to use full auto.

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I suggest reading Tom Davis' series in SAR magazine on the West Hurley Thompsons.

You can find most of the articles on line, its now free, but it only seems to work with the Fire Fox browser or Safari

 

A few; the search feature will probably find more

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=4049

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=224

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=527

 

Frank,

 

Thanks for sending those articles. I've been doing an awful lot of reading (here on the forum and out on the internet) trying to learn everything I can....but had not seen those articles yet. Very helpful !!

 

Gene

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I am curious where are you planning to shoot this gun?

If you are in Northern Virginia, there are a couple indoor ranges in Ashburn that allow you to shoot full auto, Silver Eagle Group and XCAL. XCAL also has a variety of automatic weapons that you can rent and shoot there. The Elite Shooting Sports (ESS) indoor range near Manassas allows as follows: Full auto may be used during scheduled or arranged times with ESS staff supervision. Please check with ESS Range Staff for proper procedures to use full auto.

 

Waldo,

 

I concur with what Katana said. I've been calling and emailing the various ranges in the area and have been kind of surprised at the differences in what the various ranges do. Elite (ESS) has a whole "qualification" process you have to go through where you start at the 5 yard line and shoot bursts and then move back in increments. The Range Officer has to see that you can control the weapon at all stages. Other places just let you walk in and shoot full auto. The rest of the indoor ranges fall somewhere in between with things like limited hours or only on certain ranges / lanes, etc.

 

Gene

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I suggest reading Tom Davis' series in SAR magazine on the West Hurley Thompsons.

You can find most of the articles on line, its now free, but it only seems to work with the Fire Fox browser or Safari

 

A few; the search feature will probably find more

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=4049

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=224

 

http://archive.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=527

 

Frank,

 

Thanks for sending those articles. I've been doing an awful lot of reading (here on the forum and out on the internet) trying to learn everything I can....but had not seen those articles yet. Very helpful !!

 

Gene

 

Type Thompson in the search feature you will find a LOT of Thompson article, there was one issue of the (paper) magazine that was dedicated only to Thompsons, but I don't know if it has been posted on their site yet.

They no longer publish the paper magazine, but everything is online and its free.

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I am curious where are you planning to shoot this gun?

If you are in Northern Virginia, there are a couple indoor ranges in Ashburn that allow you to shoot full auto, Silver Eagle Group and XCAL. XCAL also has a variety of automatic weapons that you can rent and shoot there. The Elite Shooting Sports (ESS) indoor range near Manassas allows as follows: Full auto may be used during scheduled or arranged times with ESS staff supervision. Please check with ESS Range Staff for proper procedures to use full auto.

 

Waldo,

 

I concur with what Katana said. I've been calling and emailing the various ranges in the area and have been kind of surprised at the differences in what the various ranges do. Elite (ESS) has a whole "qualification" process you have to go through where you start at the 5 yard line and shoot bursts and then move back in increments. The Range Officer has to see that you can control the weapon at all stages. Other places just let you walk in and shoot full auto. The rest of the indoor ranges fall somewhere in between with things like limited hours or only on certain ranges / lanes, etc.

 

Gene

(aka "Lawman9328")

Are either of you familiar with a place called "The Cove Campground" in Gore, VA.? I am not sure if it would be allowed to post a link, but it is easy to find their website. It is an outdoor range. They used to allow full auto fire, I do not know if they still do.

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I am curious where are you planning to shoot this gun?

If you are in Northern Virginia, there are a couple indoor ranges in Ashburn that allow you to shoot full auto, Silver Eagle Group and XCAL. XCAL also has a variety of automatic weapons that you can rent and shoot there. The Elite Shooting Sports (ESS) indoor range near Manassas allows as follows: Full auto may be used during scheduled or arranged times with ESS staff supervision. Please check with ESS Range Staff for proper procedures to use full auto.

 

Waldo,

 

I concur with what Katana said. I've been calling and emailing the various ranges in the area and have been kind of surprised at the differences in what the various ranges do. Elite (ESS) has a whole "qualification" process you have to go through where you start at the 5 yard line and shoot bursts and then move back in increments. The Range Officer has to see that you can control the weapon at all stages. Other places just let you walk in and shoot full auto. The rest of the indoor ranges fall somewhere in between with things like limited hours or only on certain ranges / lanes, etc.

 

Gene

(aka "Lawman9328")

Are either of you familiar with a place called "The Cove Campground" in Gore, VA.? I am not sure if it would be allowed to post a link, but it is easy to find their website. It is an outdoor range. They used to allow full auto fire, I do not know if they still do.

 

Waldo,

 

I had not heard of it. I looked it up and I'll have to add that to my list of "potential" places to shoot. It's a little bit of a drive for me but it's always good to have options !!

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