TD. Posted February 12, 2006 Report Share Posted February 12, 2006 Of course, everyone is right when it comes to quality. The West Hurley Thompsons are not anywhere as good as the Thompsons made in Hartford, Connecticut. That said, I submit the WWII Thompsons do not even measure up to the Colts in this area. However, one must look at when these items were produced and for what reason. The Coltâ€™s were produced in a time when this type of quality was the norm and the developers saw an emerging worldwide market. The WWII Thompsons were mass-produced during a time of great need in the worldwide market - and nearly all were purchased by some government. The West Hurley's were built in a time that required a small arms manufacturer to eek out a profit on a $500 retail gun - with Colt's going for a $1000 on the used gun market. It is very likely that Numrich Arms Corporation could have built an exact clone of the Colt Thompson if it had hired all the necessary artisans required to perform this feat. But, had they had chosen this path, they would have manufactured about 50 guns and promptly shut down operations. None would have sold until after 1986 when the machine gun ban was imposed. Why? Because the retail price would have been much much more than a used Colt on the marketplace. So, while everyone is right about the quality of manufacture of all items manufactured in the 1920's versus the 1970's, do not confuse this issue with the line of uninterrupted succession concerning the ownership of the Thompson Submachine Gun. Maguire was glad to get rid of it; Kilgore's marketing plan did not work out; Willis to the rescue with an offer - and shortly thereafter, Numrich Arms bought it all at a time when no wanted it, made the best of it he could, and later sold it to Kahr Arms (I assume for a profit). The line of succession is complete. Again, you can spend hours talking about quality and you will get no argument from me. I feel it important to tell the rest of the story on the Thompson. It is funny how the purists seem to overlook everything after 1949. But now readers of this forum will understand how the Pearl and Richardson and other privately manufactured Thompsons, while of great quality and finished, were not produced in the â€˜Auto-Ordnanceâ€™ chain of succession. Yes, they are Thompsons, most of them much better that anything George and company built â€“ but they do not have the claim of title back to General Thompsonâ€™s dream. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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