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    TSMG magazines

    While on the subject of the Colt Thompson 1921, both 50 and 100 rd drum magazines were manufactured. Big customers for the 100 rd drum were both the I.R.A. and the US Post Office Dept. Post Office purchased both the Colt Thompson and 100 & 50 rd drums to supply the US Marines who were used to guard the mail trains in NY. A few years later the USMC returned some of this equipment but continued to use the Colt Thompson and large drums during the small "Banana Wars" during the late 1 920's and 30's.

    Gangsters continue to favor the large 100 rd drum magazines during the 1930's

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    A few days ago I was watching a period Korean War film (sorry forgotten the name), made around the time of the Korean War. I noticed that one of the US soldiers had a Thompson SMG with 3 box mags taped together and when the centre mag was empty he flipped the mags round to change mags. I realise that it was only a film but I didn't realise that the idea of taping magazines together had been thought of as early as the Korean War period, i.e. the early 1950's.

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    Two TSMG or M3 smg taped together goes back to WW2 time period.

    Was the name of your movie "Steel Helmet"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Was the name of your movie "Steel Helmet"
    Sorry I can't remember the name of the film. It was 3 mags taped together though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Was the name of your movie "Steel Helmet"
    Thinking about it, I think that you are probably correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    "Steel Helmet"
    The Steel Helmet (1951)
    Regards, Jim

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