So nice. So rare. Going to be out of my price range without a doubt.
1928 Colt .45 Caliber Thompson Sub-Machine Gun
Actually issued to their SWAT guys in the 1980s because they didn't have enough M-16s. I gotta say that, shortcomings aside, that would be a pretty cool gun to have issued.
Get your bids in.
And on the Thompson front, mine has been shipped off again for repair, this time to John Andrewski, who, like his father, legendary machine gun expert Stan Andrewski, has likely forgotten more about these guns than most of us will ever learn. The first time I talked to him on the phone about mine, he described exactly what it was doing without me telling him, and then he explained why it did what did did...or in this case, didn't. So he got the gun and I'll be writing him a check while cursing the seller's (David Spiwak) "100% guarantee", which apparently meant "I'll take it back three or four times and have my guy do the bare minimum on it until it runs half-way decent and that's as good as these guns will ever work so stop sending it to me."
Can you guess that I'm not a fan of this guy any more? I don't want a gun that works 90% of the time, or 95%. I want one that goes "BANG!" every single time I pull the trigger...or in this case, I want one that goes "BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!..." And one that doesn't look like mis-matched shit would be nice too, but John's going to take care of that as well.
Anyway, great guns from the past, the Thompsons. Heavy and not the easiest gun to reload quickly in a fight, but .45ACP and too damned cool otherwise.