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    Great tut! That was really well documented. thanks!
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    thanks! it was short & to the point.

    LMAO just like the builder.

    this gun now has over 1k rounds thru it and is still clicking right along. but the next one will be an SBR.
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    but the next one will be an SBR.
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    Very good job

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    Simply amazing..... And I thought ak builds were complicated..... lol

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    i am really impressed with the build. Both the M1 and the 1928. I haven't been able to stop obsessing over them.
    I started the search for suitable parts kits. For several years i have been wishing there was a way to use M1 or 1928 kits for a semi build. The mere thought of cutting one up made me sick.
    I used to chop Harleys, but now I restore the ones I have. So i kind of feel the same about these weapons.


    The idea put me off until I realized that there are a lot of spares out there. I could just pick up a hand full of parts to get to the same place that way I won't be tearing up a set.
    I have found a source. Looks like $450 without Barrel,receiver and butt stock for the M1 kit and $450 for 1928 without Barrel.
    I have to get him the money and look at the quality, and will post.
    I really want to do these builds.
    I am anxiously awaiting the ATF's response to your builds and hope it goes well.
    I also wonder if the thread I read that the ATF has started to rule that a "kit" is a gun and requires FFL to ship could be an issue in the future.


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    I emailed Doug Richardson at his website Home Page
    He wasn't much help in understanding just what is required to put together a legal semi auto Thompson from a parts kit.
    In fact he stated that it is illegal to assemble using a SMG parts kit to build a semi auto using a Philadelphia Ordnance 80% receiver.
    Having looked at their website it appears that their receivers haven't been completed internally. I quote from their website: "You can assemble all of the original external parts and most of the internal parts to the receivers. Some internal areas are left un-machined so bolt mechanisms will not function." They further state: "All of our 80% machined receivers have been examined by the ATF and are classified as non-firearms and can be ordered direct." However Doug Richardson stated that they are SMG receivers and as such they can't be used for a semi auto build. The extensive mods to the trigger housing bolt and internal areas of the upper look good to me but of course I am not knowledgeable in the idiosyncrasies of the powers that be.
    I have a feeling that Mr. Richardson may have an interest in building a semi auto Thompson and wasn't to happy with your simple solution. I would really like to build this but not with the threat of the BATF. I hope that you can shed some light on this matter.


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    Very interesting! After glancing over the thread and seeing that the manufacture of a semi-auto M1A1 Thompson is possible from the full auto "kit".. I believe I am quite tempted to do one as an SBR.

    Some years ago my WWII, M1A1, Bridgeport, FA sub gun was ripped off... I have not had another M1 since then.

    Hmmmm.. I do like am M1A1 Thompson.

    A Philadelphia Ord "receiver" (as received) is simply a piece of steel. Or a "tent stake"...or a "paperweight." An "un-regulated" piece of steel... no more.

    It is what you do with it once you have it, IE manufacturing a working firearm...that is governed by Federal Law. A couple of times I have toyed with the idea of a PMDSS sub gun...but never followed through.

    A semi- auto SBR has some appeal though.
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    thanks for looking and liking.

    my last 4 have all been M1's.

    funny it was all about the 28a1's for me when i designed these, but over time ive actually became more attached to the M1's...

    they are EASIER to do. LOL

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