Thompson Rare Model M1 Display SMG: One Only: Grade 1

Item Description

Original Item: One Only! Thompson enthusiasts know that the functional difference between the M1 and the later M1A1 is in the design of the bolt, with the M1 having a separate firing pin, spring, and rotating hammer, while the M1A1 has replaced these parts with a firing pin machined into the face of the bolt.  There were other differences, however, that are often overlooked.  This example has ?paddle? levers like the M1928A1 for the safety and fire control levers, while the M1A1 had dowel pin levers.  The M1 magazine catch retained the thickened section designed to retain the drum magazine, although the gun could not accept drum magazines.  This thickened section was dropped on the M1A1.  Also, this dummy M1 is fitted with a stock that does not have the cross-bolt reinforcement. 


Comparison of M1 Thompson Features To M1A1 Features





Bolt with separate firing pin, firing pin spring, hammer, and hammer pin

Firing pin machined into face of bolt

Paddle levers on fire selector and safety

Dowel pin levers on fire selector and safety

No reinforcing bolt in butt stock

Cross bolt with washers in butt stock

M1928A1-style magazine catch

Simplified magazine catch



The M1 was manufactured in extremely small quantities compared to the M1928A1 and the M1A1, making this a very desirable display piece for the Thompson collector.  We are offering these original Thompson parts built onto one of our M1A1 non-firing display receivers.


Description:  Non-firing Display M1 Thompson Submachine Gun with correct paddle levers, L sight, magazine catch, and butt stock.  The original parts in this piece are in excellent condition. ONE ONLY

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