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big dilemma

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Shung, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Shung

    Shung Well-Known Member

    I don't know why I am even writing this here, since I am nearly 100% that you will all give me the same answer, but here is my dilemma.

    2 years ago, i was infected by a bad BRD, and bought 5 AR's, including one full auto Colt M4 on a m16A1 lower, in a row or so...

    it makes a nice collection of black rifles, and i am very happy about it. (2 M4 clones, one being select fire, so according to Swiss laws I cannot shoot the latest, a m16A4 clone, a Mk12mod clone, and a 22lr dedicated AR)

    Now, I have this friend who very kindly offers me to swap his Thompson M1A1, from Auto ordonnance, year 1942 vs my semi M4 SDI...

    that's the one (forget the garand, already sold)


    Even if SDI M4's are hard to get in Switzerland, still this Tommygun has a much greater value, both historically speaking or financially speaking, but I still feel painfull to amputate my black rifles collection, and need to convince myself (maybe with your help) that I must do this trade..

    What do you think about it... to make things even more tempting, he is giving me 7 mags + 2 USMC 1942 pouches..

    What is your opinion about it ??? Don't forget that Ar-15 aren't easy to get on this side of the pond (thank you ITAR....) ...

    To make things more understandable for you, let's say you would have to swap a genuine SEMI SiG550 vs this tommygun... Would you do it ? Would you amputate your Black rifles collection ?
  2. Roadwild17

    Roadwild17 Well-Known Member

    Is it a FA Tommy?

    I would say go for it. You already have a few black rifles but you dont list any "historical" or "just fun" guns.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Ask yourself which rifle is most easily replaced, should you go looking for it.

    Enjoy your new Thompson. :D
  4. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Let's see, keep multiples of the same thing, or sell one of the multiples to get a completely B.A. WWII firearm.........hmmmmm.....

    Why is this even a question, again?
  5. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    The Thompson is military issue and has the happy switch? I'd get it without a second thought. I might feel different if you were losing your only M4.
  6. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn Well-Known Member

    If you've ever fired a Thompson ... the answer would be self-evident. It's really really nice!
  7. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    So are you saying you cant shoot the F.A. M4? Would you be able to shoot the Tommy then?

    I would do it in a heart beat.
  8. Shung

    Shung Well-Known Member

    well how could I answer that..

    I know;

    Legally, I cannot shoot both..

    though, the M4, I can always use the M4 upper on any of my semi lowers, and shoot it perfectly legally.

    Cannot be done with the tommy..

    The tommy would be more of a collectible, and will only shoot it on rare occasions, with the needed shooting permit.
  9. Snake.Doctor

    Snake.Doctor Member

    You shouldn't hesitate, it's an incredible offer... Go for the trade !
  10. 61chalk

    61chalk Well-Known Member

    Grab that Tommy before that guy changes his mind....you sold your Garand...?
    Isn't full auto Tommy's going for around +20,000.00...? ...You sold your Garand...?!!!
    Please tell me you have more Garands.

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    THOMPSON, hands down!
  12. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    Switzerland, remember. May be different there. :)

    IMHO, snatch the Tommy up. Call it a collector's item for a while, get the permit to shoot it a couple times. Then, if you decide it's not worth it, flip it. You said yourself it's worth more; you can replace a semi AR easily with that, and have some left over to play with.

    Me, I'd keep it as an investment. At least in the States, guns with the happy switch are constantly climbing in price.

    $20k now, imagine when the kids are in college!
  13. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Well-Known Member

    I agree, go with the Thompson. I mean, the only AR you need is the one with that happy switch, right? lol.
  14. 1858rem

    1858rem Well-Known Member

    i think the garand was the guys who is selling the tommy.
  15. elktrout

    elktrout Well-Known Member

    Only one problem with the Thompson if you get it ---- you will be buying permits repeatedly to go shoot it. It is addictive.
  16. bad_company

    bad_company Member

    Yeah..go with the Thompson
  17. Shung

    Shung Well-Known Member

    It was his Garand, who now is owned by another friend of mine. I also own a Garand already, though not as nice at this Springfield-

    A tommygun isnt worth 20 000$ here, but surely cost more than my SDI M4.. but they are not easy to sell..
  18. jim147

    jim147 Well-Known Member

    Since no one has said it yet.................. Go with the Thompson.

  19. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Well-Known Member

  20. lykoris

    lykoris Well-Known Member

    I'm late to the party in replying to this but I'm shocked at the pricing.

    Prices here - looked one over a few weeks ago, definitely US made - forget the US markings exactly as had a quick look out of curiousity(not really my thing)

    M1A1 EUR660

    Thompson 1928 EUR 790

    So for me either

    1) I'm missing something bigtime (more likely in my opinion)

    2)it is this like the FAL issue where pre ban stuff is sold in the US at ridiculous prices whereas in Europe they are one of the cheapest milsurp rifles you can get.

    Interested to hear opinions on what I'm (clearly) missing from the big picture.

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