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Old 10-12-2019, 12:42 PM
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First visit with the Thomp

I took my Thompson M1SB to the range today. First rounds down range, it functioned I flawlessly, put rounds where I aimed them and recoil was negligible. The recoil spring are very stiff and with the stock charging handle I use a piece of wooden dowel to assist. Once locked back after last round I could release the bolt without the assistance of the dowel rod. It was worth the wait. Just a personal thought, I can't get used to the 16" barrel versions of the classic firearm.

It took me a little bit to get used to the trigger, very long pull, but after that it started to group nicely just firing at random paces

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Old 10-12-2019, 01:17 PM
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First 20 and 100 rounds
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:19 PM
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Is that a full auto model?

Or a modern one that has just been converted to a SBR?
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:03 PM
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What I wouldn't do to get to shoot one of these...And I hope they never make them in 9mm, would "defeat" the entire purpose ;-).

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Old 10-12-2019, 03:18 PM
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My understanding is that you can rent one in Las Vegas.

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What I wouldn't do to get to shoot one of these...And I hope they never make them in 9mm, would "defeat" the entire purpose ;-).

You are a Lucky-Guy.
And I know for a fact that you can rent one in Guam. I did it when I was there. The poor thing was about a smooth bore by the time that I got to it though.
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Old 10-12-2019, 04:23 PM
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Is that a full auto model?
Or a modern one that has just been converted to a SBR?


It's a new production M1SB SBR, I'm guessing made to order. I can't afford the entry price for an authentic full auto Thompson $25-30k. Very happy with this.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:46 PM
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And I know for a fact that you can rent one in Guam. I did it when I was there. The poor thing was about a smooth bore by the time that I got to it though.
Nice! Sounds like a gooood time.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:56 PM
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Got to fire a full auto years ago. It is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:43 AM
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Got to fire a full auto years ago. It is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane ranks up there too
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:28 PM
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Nice. Always been a fan, though they're a bit heavy. I wonder how the alloy versions balance and handle.

My favorite such guns (submachine guns) are the Colt 9mm SMG's. I made a modern clone-ish SBR out of an RRA upper.
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Old 10-14-2019, 02:16 PM
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Congrats on a fantastic acquisition!!!!!!! Even in the modern, semi-auto version, it's still a masterpiece. I highly recommend the extended charging handle. It's a good investment. I use mine in Steel Challenge, and she never misses a beat - 80-year-old mags and all!!

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Old 10-14-2019, 05:30 PM
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Congrats on a fantastic acquisition!!!!!!! Even in the modern, semi-auto version, it's still a masterpiece. I highly recommend the extended charging handle. It's a good investment. I use mine in Steel Challenge, and she never misses a beat - 80-year-old mags and all!!

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Old 10-14-2019, 06:46 PM
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Even after substantial numbers of rounds fired, there's not much 'loosening up' to be had. Those springs push that bolt with a vengeance. There are 'lighter' springs available, but, for me, I don't think they're needed..... and they are pricey!
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:38 PM
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Jealous!!!!! Have always wanted one of those! Nice!!!

On aside. Ltd several years back there was a guy that listed a LNIB Thompson in 22 LR fired 50 rounds through it then put it back in the box where it sat for a lond time. Only one I have ever seen for sale,needles to say it was gone immediately.
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:54 PM
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Jealous!!!!! Have always wanted one of those! Nice!!!

On aside. Ltd several years back there was a guy that listed a LNIB Thompson in 22 LR fired 50 rounds through it then put it back in the box where it sat for a lond time. Only one I have ever seen for sale,needles to say it was gone immediately.
One of those Auto-Ordnances is coming up in Rock Island's Premier Auction in December..... Start saving your shekels!!!

Oh, and it's in full-auto!!!!!!!
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:08 AM
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One of those Auto-Ordnances is coming up in Rock Island's Premier Auction in December..... Start saving your shekels!!!

Oh, and it's in full-auto!!!!!!!
Lol, well that auto go cheap!
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:06 PM
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If any gun looks business like that's it.
Congratulations, enjoy & thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-26-2019, 01:56 PM
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Rented one in Vegas at The Gun Store along with an MP40 and an M249. All were a blast (no pun intended) but the Thompson was the coolest. The M249 was pretty damn cool as well. It was the best money I spent in Vegas and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:56 PM
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I wanted a genuine M1 Thompson ever since I was a kid. Unfortunately my state doesn't allow machine guns, not that I'd be able to afford one anyway. But the semi-auto SBR version of the Thompson is definitely tempting. I just can't talk myself into doing the ATF paperwork and spending two grand on a range toy right now.
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:12 AM
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I wanted a genuine M1 Thompson ever since I was a kid. Unfortunately my state doesn't allow machine guns, not that I'd be able to afford one anyway. But the semi-auto SBR version of the Thompson is definitely tempting. I just can't talk myself into doing the ATF paperwork and spending two grand on a range toy right now.
Like you I always wanted a genuine M1 Thompson, but it simply won't happen so I got the next best thing and I am very pleased with it.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:05 PM
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There was a gun show here a while back.

A guy had an absolutely pristine full auto 1921 Thompson for sale. I did not even ask him how much he wanted for it. Apparently the Illinois State police had a bunch of them and recently decided to sell them off. It was immaculate. It had a metal star with the Illinois highway patrol emblem inlaid into the stock.
Cool as all get out. Some people with really deep pockets are no doubt enjoying them today.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:23 PM
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There's no doubt the Colts are quite cost-prohibitive, and getting worse every day. Who knows how many of those original 15k remain, though, and they do carry the Colt mystique, so you will pay dearly. The Savages are also gaining steam price-wise, because of the wartime connection, certainly. However, while still expensive, the West Hurleys remain at sub-$20k, at least for the time being. You do have to know where to look and you have to avoid the 'auction' houses. So, for the cost of five or six expensive 1911s, you could avail yourself of one of these masterpieces. Just throwing it out there since we're now in the holiday shopping season!!!!
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