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Old April 23rd, 2012, 16:37   #1
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best m1a1 thompson?

So just broke my cyma Thompson this weekend no biggy just wondering what the best brand of Thompson there is. Looking for full metal...pot metal is why this one broke. I have king arms mags so anything that will work with those would be great.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 16:40   #2
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King Arms make a good one. The one readily available everywhere has a metal upper, but plastic lower. It's quite good quality all around.

KA also make a more expensive model that has metal upper and lower, as well as real wood. However, I'm not sure where that one is available. I haven't seen it in Canada.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 16:56   #3
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I've owned them All and by far the KA metal and wood is the best by far! The KA mags have worked for me in any Thompson that I've owned. Best looking and performs well.

Just curious, where did it break?
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:00   #4
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where the barrel meets the upper....just ahead of the 2 screws dumb me thought the wood grip was just loose so i waited till the end of the day to look closer at it >.>
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:03   #5
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and i was not using a sling =p
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:10   #6
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That barrel problem is a curse on Thompsons. Marui's, CYMA's etc will have the barrel issue. My TM broke clean off. I'm not sure about the wood/metal KA M1A1 though. They may have fixed the design flaw.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:11   #7
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Man, I just got a thompson and now i'm all 'oh shit.' Haha.

I guess I shouldn't be banging this thing around then.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:13   #8
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I'm just pissed cause i have no freaking idea how i did it lol. Mid game i just noticed my grip seem loose but i remembered taking it off so i figured i just needed to tighten it a bit.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:23   #9
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It was probably going to happen anyway. If you just want to fix it, you can use epoxy or whatever to reattach as a temporary fix... doesn't look as purdy though.

Other ways is to recreate the barrel/receiver part and then bolt it in extra hard into the barrel. Kinda like this:



There might be a cleaner way of doing that, but that's the rough idea.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:25   #10
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Man, I just got a thompson and now i'm all 'oh shit.' Haha.

I guess I shouldn't be banging this thing around then.
Ive fallen on my Cyma barrel first a few times over the years as well as many drops, and mine doesn't wobble, so don't worry about it too much. It seems that if you sling it barrel down it helps to prevent the problem.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 17:34   #11
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I have a Thompson and so I have been paying attention to Parts sites and this one seems good http://www.airsoftgunrepair.com/cata...81/8160365.htm So far it's been trouble free. ( touch wood)
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 19:51   #12
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ive got a brand new king arms metal upper and plastic lower for sale for 300$ shipped incase you are looking to pick one up.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 20:49   #13
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Aw yeah.

Goddamn, this gun is terribly accurate. Probably the best I own at this point. Just need to get some proper batteries into it!
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 23:33   #14
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Goddamn Strelok, that is a fine looking gun.
I just bought my first loadout like two and a half weeks ago - a G&G mp5a4 and a px4 for my sidearm. Aaaand I'm already planning a WWII loadout for next year lol.
Has anybody seen a good looking Garand?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 02:26   #15
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where the barrel meets the upper....just ahead of the 2 screws dumb me thought the wood grip was just loose so i waited till the end of the day to look closer at it >.>
That's what I thought. I've had three of my Thompsons do that. It's an easy fix and you may have to repeat it once in a while but once you get it it holds better then it was new. You'll need some cold weld and I used some PVC sheet that I have 10mm thick. It's difficult to explain without pictures.

Oh and you most likely didn't do anything to break it... it's just a very weak spot and will eventually break. My first one broke because I had it slung on my shoulder. Over the years I've learned to keep preasure off the barrel

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