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    Default Thompson .45 M1

    Hello all,a new wall hanger. This one is made by Savage has a matching upper and lower. A lot of American members here,anyone can date this gun month/year?
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    Nice looking Thompson. Yours has the early "L" rear sight like my rewat which is also a Savage, and mine was made in 1943. I believe yours was also made late in 1943. My under standing is they only made it with that rear sight for a year before putting the protective wings on the rear sight.
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    Hope this little bit of information will help you further date your M1.
    According to author Canfield and other books by Frank Iannamico the Savage Arms corp was the original
    Developer for the simplified version of the Thompson, the M1.
    production estimates from most books I see
    Is about 464,800. M1and M1A1 from Savage.
    AO produced about 249,555 M1 and M1A1.
    I think M1 production started around April of 1942.
    Officially from what I read Aberdeen approved in
    Late October 1942 the M1A1 was authorized for
    Production with the simplified bolt. Fixed firing pin eliminating the
    FP spring and hammer.
    January or so of 1943 AO placed the order with savage to
    Build the M1A1. Not sure when that production actually started.
    I know in 1944 some AO mfg M1A's were date stamped 44
    Not sure if this practice was done in 43.
    Also some M1's that were converted to A1 configuration were Hand Stamped A1.

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    Very nice! I've always loved that gun. How is it de-acted?
    "Wen Tausend einen Mann erschlagen, das ist nicht Ruhm, das ist nicht Ehre, denn beinsen wird's in späteren tagen gesiegt hat doch das Deutsch Heer. Podest nicht die Paten der Soldaten doner die da Sterben sollen, soll man geben was sie wollen, sahs sie Herzen, sahs sie Küssen, den sie wissen nicht wann sie sterben müssen"

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    Thank you all for the input,appreciated The gun is welded.

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    There might be a month-year stamp on the barrel. I know next to nothing on Thompson's other than some variants.

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    Default me in Viet Nam

    this is me with my M-1 Thompson that I carried in Viet Nam. It served me well when we were shot down.me 975 improved.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron13 View Post
    this is me with my M-1 Thompson that I carried in Viet Nam. It served me well when we were shot down.me 975 improved.jpg
    That's a great photo. What year(s)were you there? My father was attached to the 101st during his jungle warfare training in Panama in '67. He was rolled into the 173rd AB when he left for Vietnam.

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    very cool. These are one of my favorites, just awesome to hold
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    You'll see dated M1 & M1 carbine barrels, but this was not done with Thompsons.
    Wanted: K98 Dou-42 bolt 5235b, and Port. bayonet G19383

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