Originally Posted by Benning Boy
Just curious, could it be converted to semi and then be kept?
Not without spending a TON. Apparently, there are some real difficult steps to get around with the stock FA thompson when trying to convert it. I looked into it already. Everyone says it's just cheaper to buy the current kahr semi-auto that convert a real tommy. And this is from the guys over at weaponeer.net, who can build guns from scratch (not from parts kits, but 100% custom from big blocks of metal), so they KNOW what they are talking about.
I guess you COULD cut up the receiver according the atf guidelines, carefully protecting the writing on it. Cut receivers with all the writing/logo intact can sell for $100 to $200, and parts kits sell for about $750 (more if it has a lyman sight). You could have a grand worth of parts, and more if the box/crate is an original to the gun...
By the way, the thompson isn't even a curio and relic, right? Not ALL old guns are on the list...