Original U.S. WWII Thompson M1A1 Display Submachine Gun Serial 219699 with Sling & Magazine - Original WWII Parts
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a magnificent display gun built from excellent genuine WWII Thompson M1A1 parts and reassembled with a beautiful non-firing BATF approved original reassembled WWII issue Thompson receiver. Every part on this display gun is original WWII manufacture other than 2 inches of solid steel replaced in the receiver (as required by BATF) and the replicated cocking handle. This is most likely the first time that we have had an M1A1 with an original re-welded receiver.
Original WWII parts include:
- 80% original reassembled ATF approved Thompson M1 A1 marked non-firing receiver, complete with original maker and arsenal markings, including the Thompson "Bullet" logo. This receiver was cut through the serial number, so it is not completely legible. The "A1" was stamped later, so this began production as an M1, and was upgraded before issue.
- Walnut Butt Stock with reinforcement bolt and stamped and bent swivel base
- Complete Lower Frame Assembly with later style "pin through drum" selectors - serial number 320175
- Walnut Pistol Grip
- Adjustable Lyman Rear Sight
- Walnut Horizontal Fore Grip with stamped and bent sling swivel base and Fore Grip mounting bar
- Original Live Barrel with Attached Foresight attached to dummy receiver.
- 30 Round Magazine (where permitted)
- Original NOBUCKL marked Thompson Kerr Sling, the variant without the sliding loop.
This example is for the most part typical of later war production, when the M1A1 design was in full swing. It has the bent steel sling swivel mounts, and other later war type features. However, it interestingly has had an early ear Adjustable Lyman ladder sight fitted for greater accuracy. Definitely an interesting arsenal modification! This example has all blued metalwork, with a lovely red brown color the the stock wood.
A wonderful display piece, ready to go on the wall!
The Thompson was used in World War II in the hands of Allied troops as a weapon for scouts, non-commissioned officers (corporal, sergeant, and higher), and patrol leaders, as well as commissioned officers, tank crewmen, and soldiers performing raids on German positions. In the European theater, the gun was widely utilized in British and Canadian commando units, as well as in the U.S. Army paratrooper and Ranger battalions, where it was issued more frequently than in line infantry units because of its high rate of fire and its stopping power, which made it very effective in the kinds of close combat these special operations troops were expected to undertake. Military Police were fond of it, as were paratroopers, who "borrowed" Thompsons from members of mortar squads for use on patrols behind enemy lines. The gun was prized by those lucky enough to get one and proved itself in the close street fighting that was encountered frequently during the invasion of France. A Swedish variant of the M1928A1, the Kulsprutepistol m/40 (submachine gun, model 40), served in the Swedish Army between 1940 and 1951. Through Lend-Lease, the Soviet Union also received the Thompson, but due to a shortage of appropriate ammunition, its use was not widespread.
In the Malayan Campaign, the Burma Campaign and the Pacific Theater, Lend-Lease issue Thompsons were used by the British Army, Indian Army, Australian Army infantry and other Commonwealth forces. They used the Thompson extensively in jungle patrols and ambushes, where it was prized for its firepower, though it was criticized for its hefty weight and poor reliability. Difficulties in supply eventually led to its replacement in Australian Army units in 1943 by other submachine guns such as the Owen and Austen. The Thompsons were then given to the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy. New Zealand commando forces initially used Thompsons but switched them for the more reliable, lighter, and more accurate Owen during the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal campaigns. The U.S. Marines also used the Thompson as a limited-issue weapon, especially during their later island assaults. The Thompson was soon found to have limited effect in heavy jungle cover, where the low-velocity .45 bullet would not penetrate most small-diameter trees or protective armor vests. (In 1923, the Army had rejected the .45 Remington-Thompson, which had twice the energy of the .45 ACP). In the U.S. Army, many Pacific War jungle patrols were originally equipped with Thompsons in the early phases of the New Guinea and Guadalcanal campaigns, but soon began employing the BAR in its place as a point defense weapon.
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Due to State & Federal law we do not ship magazines that exceed the following capacities to the following locations, and a deactivated magazine will be sent:
California - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
Colorado - 15 round maximum for all magazines.
Connecticut - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
Hawaii - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
Illinois - 15 round maximum for Chicago and Aurora. 10 round maximum for Oak Park and Cook County.
Maryland - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
Massachusetts - 10 round maximum for all magazines
New Jersey - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
New York- 7 round maximum for all magazines.
Washington, D.C. - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
Washington (State) - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
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