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#1 A-58

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:59 AM

I went to a gun show in New Orleans last weekend, and saw a US grease gun and Thompson on sale/display. I am not an expert on weapons at all, and I was wondering if anyone out there would know if the posted prices of $18,000 for the grease gun and $28,000 for the Thompson was about right or on the high side? The Thompson was the model that used the drum, not a magazine. They looked nice.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:26 AM

I'm not sure on the exact prices, but from my knowledge a Tommy would be more expensive than a Grease Gun, since it's made to a much higher engineering standard than the Grease Gun, which was designed to be mass-produced.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:00 PM

The Grease Guns price is high. I saw one at a San Antonio show several months ago-for about 1/2 that price-9 grand. A Tommygun can go for much more depending on what comes w/ it.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:50 AM

A WW2 Thompson 1928 (drum or mag) is certainly under $20,000. The M1A Thompson (stick mag only) is certainly less. It would seem the guy didn't want to sell the guns, unless a fool would pay far more than what they're worth.
An early Colt Thompson could be fairly priced at $28,000, but I'd guess it wasn't an early Colt Thompson.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:55 PM

A WW2 Thompson 1928 (drum or mag) is certainly under $20,000. The M1A Thompson (stick mag only) is certainly less. It would seem the guy didn't want to sell the guns, unless a fool would pay far more than what they're worth.
An early Colt Thompson could be fairly priced at $28,000, but I'd guess it wasn't an early Colt Thompson.


Repos & Commemerative maybe-not the originals.
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 03:07 PM

A West Hurley Thompson model 1928 is in the $14,000 range. I recently saw a Savage (WWII, model 1928) Thompson for $18,500, and it wasn't in bad shape, either. Selling prices have dropped a few thousand in the last 2 years - asking prices haven't, but what the seller wants and what he'll take has a bit more spread than it used to.

What is a reproduction Thompson? Do you mean a "West Hurley"? It's not a reproduction. It's not marked WW2, and it shoots real bullets.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 05:11 AM

A West Hurley Thompson model 1928 is in the $14,000 range. I recently saw a Savage (WWII, model 1928) Thompson for $18,500, and it wasn't in bad shape, either. Selling prices have dropped a few thousand in the last 2 years - asking prices haven't, but what the seller wants and what he'll take has a bit more spread than it used to.

What is a reproduction Thompson? Do you mean a "West Hurley"? It's not a reproduction. It's not marked WW2, and it shoots real bullets.

Sadly, I didn't check out the details or ask questions as closely as I should have. When I saw the asking price, I just looked, didn't touch, and then moved on. I used to be a vendor at venues like that, and I know after two days of seeing attendees "kick tires" and fielding lame questions taxes their patience. So the answer is, I just assumed it was the real deal. There's another gun show down there later on this month, and if I go, I will check out the details in detail, and report back. Thanks for the input guys.

Edited by A-58, 05 January 2009 - 05:12 AM.
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

A West Hurley Thompson model 1928 is in the $14,000 range. I recently saw a Savage (WWII, model 1928) Thompson for $18,500, and it wasn't in bad shape, either. Selling prices have dropped a few thousand in the last 2 years - asking prices haven't, but what the seller wants and what he'll take has a bit more spread than it used to.

What is a reproduction Thompson? Do you mean a "West Hurley"? It's not a reproduction. It's not marked WW2, and it shoots real bullets.


Those are strange asking prices you listed above. Iv'e seen them listed at better prices here @ shows in Texas. TDCJ recently sold off all of theirs as well as .30 cals and BARs.

I didn't say yours was a repo, and yes, all the guns I own also fire real bullets.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:40 AM

While talking about these types of weapons, and from seeing the movies, readings, etc., in a basic US rifle squad, what was the TO&E for personal weapons? I've noticed in pictures and newsreels of different soldiers carrying an assortment of weapons, with the most being the M-1 Garand of course, and after that the M-1 Carbine. Who is assigned the thompson, the grease gun, the garand and the carbine in the squad and platoon? Then where does the Springfield rifle w/scope and the shotgun come in? When I was in the army, each squad was broken down into two 5 man fire teams, and each fire team had the team leader and automatic rifleman (w/the M-16 selector switch set on rock & roll), the grenadiar with the M-203, and two riflemen with their M-16s set on semi-auto. Our squad leaders had their rifles on full auto as well, and the platoon sergeants frequently carried shotguns w/.45 sidearms. The LT carried a rifle too. I was the M-60 gunner for quite some time, so I guess my equivelent to a WW2 era squad would be the BAR man. We all carried LAWs, so that probably replaced the need for the bazooka team.

Edited by A-58, 08 January 2009 - 12:43 AM.
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 01:41 PM

Actually what you have to consider is if it was an original Thompson, fully automatic, you couldn't buy it anyways unless you have the licenses for it. There was a time when a C&R FFL would get you one, but not any more. $28,000 is ridiculous, no matter what it is. I got my semi-auto Thompson with 100 round drum, three 20 round sticks, and 500 rounds of .45 for about a grand. Brand new never been fired. You can't tell the difference between it and one thats 60 years old.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:58 PM

well I saw one it was semi auto but it only costs about a couple thousand but under ten thousand it had a fore grip and a stick mag




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