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  1. Winchester 1918 Browning B.A.R. "Machine Rifle" Winchester started manufacturing the Browning Automatic Rifle with serial number 64001. So, this example, serial number 101417, is one of the first forty thousand Browning Automatic Rifles made by Winchester under its WWI contract! Note in the photo that the receiver is marked “Browning Machine Rifle,” the early designation for John Browning’s invention, before this weapon became officially known as the “Browning Automatic Rifle.” This machinegun has an original Winchester barrel dated December, 1918, with excellent rifling. Also note, although this BAR has received some of the early 1918A2 parts, the receiver was never over-stamped “1918A2” and it does not have the later magazine guides, common to the A2 version. It has the early style rear sight and gas port regulator, and the earlier military wood buttstock with the cocking handle groove, in use before the plastic stock came into use. Although little is known about this BAR’s history, the bottom of the trigger guard is marked with a large script “S” and the number 144. See photo. This could indicate that this BAR was firearm number 144 in the armory of the US Army’s Supply unit, designated “Services of Supply”, that had been set up in France as a separate command withinthe American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) of Gen. John J. Pershing, to support military operations in WWI, and would have continued operations for a period of time after the November 11, 1918 Armistice. This BAR was manufactured in December, 1918, just after the Armistice, and may have been delivered to the AEF as its role in WWI wound down. The 1918A2 parts indicate the BAR may have provided service in WWII as well. The most important quality of this early Winchester BAR is its condition. As the photos show, this BAR has its ORIGINAL Blued finish! This is an exceptional example of an early Browning Automatic Rifle. It is a hybrid version, created from a 1918 model, before the upgraded 1918A2 had been put into production. Similar examples are shown on page 141 of the late James L. Ballou’s fine work on the BAR: Rock in a Hard Place – The Browning Automatic Rifle. This Browning has been test fired and functioned 100 percent perfect. A video demonstrating it in operation is available. Most machinegun sellers do not provide a video demonstrating their machine gun works – something a purchaser of a registered machinegun needs to know! It is a true joy to operate. $50,000 plus HIS. Fully Transferable, Curio & Relic and extremely hard to duplicate in this condition. For questions, please call (575) 405-0911. Quickly transfers tax-free to your dealer by eFile. I will be glad to discuss this gun with you. Please send your contact information to sales@fullautoclassics.com. Thank you.
  2. U.S. WWII 1928 A1 Thompson Submachine Gun This is an original, fully-transferable, Thompson submachine gun that appears to have been registered during the 1968 Amnesty. Note that there are no markings on the receiver other than the serial number assigned to this gun when it was registered, an IRS number, a common procedure when a machinegun did not have an original, factory-applied, identifiable, serial number. Note in the photo of the bottom of the receiver, “A.O.130125” has been engraved with an electric pencil. This was probably the original serial number, because “125” is barely visible on the left side of the receiver. However, as evidenced by the photos of the rust damage visible on the front grip support and inside the receiver, it is believed that this gun was probably obtained with surface rust and the exterior surfaces were polished to remove that blemish before it was registered. In addition, this receiver had been damaged on its right side, just above the trigger. As is visible in the photos, the damage was repaired by a machinist milling a narrow slot in the side of the receiver. A steel insert was machined to fit, brazed in place, (see picture of interior of receiver showing brazing), then the insert was finished to the receiver contour, polished and blued. This creates a visible blemish to the exterior. A beautiful Lyman rear sight was installed and all the other parts were replaced with military 1928A1 parts in excellent condition. This is a fine shooter and an original WWII military Thompson, but the receiver repair and its lack of original receiver markings takes it out of the typical, more expensive, collector class. The iconic Thompson is such an enjoyable machinegun to shoot, most every machinegun collector wants one. To save money, many buyers settle for 1980’s-made West Hurley Auto Ordnance reproduction Thompsons. This is an opportunity to obtain an original WWII military Thompson to shoot and to add to your collection, at the price of a West Hurley: $18,750 plus HIS. Comes with three WWII 30-round magazines in a canvas pouch and five WWII 20 round magazines in a US military WWII canvas pouch. (877) 437-0251 or sales@fullautoclassics.com for questions. Transfers to your dealer tax-free and quickly, using ATF eForms. Thank you.
  3. PRICE REDUCED TO $18,750 I believe there is a TAB that can be employed, saying "Price Reduced" - can someone tell me where it is? thank you.
  4. I have learned that "Service Companies" were attached to various units in World War I. Their unit badges had the letter "S" on it, just like the mark on the bottom of the trigger guard of this BAR. Maybe this BAR was rifle number 144 in a WWI Service Company. Does anyone have information on WWI Service Companies?
  5. Winchester 1918 Browning Machine Rifle Winchester started manufacturing the BAR with serial number 64001. So, this example, serial number 101417, is one of the first forty thousand Browning Automatic Rifles made by Winchester! Note in the photo that the receiver is marked “Browning Machine Rifle,” the early designation for John Browning’s invention before this weapon became officially known as the “Browning Automatic Rifle.” This machinegun has an original Winchester barrel, dated December, 1918. Also note, although this BAR has received some of the early 1918A2 parts, the receiver was never marked “1918A2.” Note the absence of magazine guides, common to the A2 version. It has the early style rear sight and gas port regulator, and the earlier military wood buttstock with the cocking handle groove, in use before the plastic stock came into production. Although little is known about this BAR’s history, the bottom of the trigger guard is marked with a large script “S” and the number 144. See photo. Someone in the firearms field knows what this early designation discloses. The most important quality of this early Winchester BAR is its condition. As the photos show, this BAR still has its ORIGINAL Blued finish! This is an exceptional example of an early Browning Automatic Rifle. It is a hybrid version, created from a straight 1918 model, before the 1918A2 had been put into production. Similar examples are shown on page 141 of the late James L. Ballou’s fine work on the BAR: Rock in a Hard Place – The Browning Automatic Rifle. This Browning has been test fired and functioned 100 percent perfect. It is a true joy to operate. $60,000 plus HIS. Fully Transferable, Curio & Relic and extremely hard to duplicate in this condition. For questions, please call (877) 437-0251 or email sales@fullautoclassics.com. Quickly transfers to your dealer by eFile.
  6. The price on this Thompson IS REDUCED TO $19,500 AS OF 6/2/2021. THANK YOU.
  7. The price on this fine BAR IS REDUCED TO $55,000 AS OF 6/2/2021. Owning this Browning will bring a lot of pleasure. It is a fine Winchester.
  8. British 55 Cal BOYS Anti-Tank Rifle Ammunition One hundred rounds of pristine British 55 Cal ammunition, in five-round stripper clips and original WWII bandeliers. This ammunition looks like it was issued yesterday. Check out the pictures. Many British and Canadian-made BOYS Anti-tank rifles were converted to 50 BMG. But if you are fortunate enough to own an original 55 BOYS, NFA registered as a Destructive Device, having 100 extra rounds would be a treasure for your collection. $5,000. Trades for registered DEWATS or inoperable registered machineguns considered. email: sales@fullautoclassics.com. Thank you
  9. One set of brass castings for the ten barrel Colt Gatling Gun. These castings were made some years ago in molds formed using original Colt positive patterns. They are ready to be machined into the final brass parts required to build a full-scale Gatling Gun. These parts weigh a total of 210 pounds. Shipping expenses are the responsibility of Purchaser. However, we will pack the parts and ship by the most economical way possible. If you have the vision and capability to build a real Gatling Gun, this set of castings is the most difficult part to obtain. A set of blueprints of the original Colt plans are also included – (copies of these plans are not for sale separate from this castings package). $5,000 plus shipping. Photographs of both sides of all parts are attached with this ad. For questions call or email 575-405-0911. sales@fullautoclassics.com Thank you.
  10. One set of brass castings for the ten barrel Colt Gatling Gun. These castings were made some years ago in molds formed using original Colt positive patterns. They are ready to be machined into the final brass parts required to build a full-scale Gatling Gun. These parts weigh a total of 210 pounds. Shipping expenses are the responsibility of Purchaser. However, we will pack the parts and ship by the most economical way possible. If you have the vision and capability to build a real Gatling Gun, this set of castings is the most difficult part to obtain. A set of blueprints of the original Colt plans are also included – (copies of these plans are not for sale separate from this castings package). $5,000 plus shipping. Photographs of both sides of all parts are attached with this ad. For questions call or email 575-405-0911. sales@fullautoclassics.com Thank you.
  11. To confirm its operational condition, seller will provide interested prospective purchasers with video of this BAR shooting, upon email to sales@fullautoclassics.com. Thank you for your interest.