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Old 03-30-2008, 05:03 AM   #1
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Hello, I am a firearms enthusiasts and recently fired a few full autos back in Scottsdale, AZ. Since then I have been reading up about all things Class III. A friend of mine was telling me that he purchased a Thompson Sub from a guy in California for 1000.00 The story is that the gun was/is a prop gun from a movie set. Well, interestingly enough the lower receiver has a full auto/single switch. He was able to give me a few serial numbers also 583990 on the bottom of the receiver by the trigger guard.
ANYWAY, I told him what the gun could be worth if it was still functional (the lower receiver at least). Now, I am learning that if it is a bring back or in general a non registered subgun thats been floating around, it's basically impossible to register. Has anyone heard of a situation regarding a full auto prop gun. I haven't seen the firearm, I was going to try and research it without inspecting it because I don't want to take possession of it unless its legal.

Can anyone shed some light on the serial or perhaps provide me with something to look for so I can tell if this lower receiver is functional?

Any direction would be helpful. THANKS.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:09 PM   #2
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prop is just what it is..a non-firing prop, any alterations to make it full auto would make it illegal
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ok here you go
got to go to the store get some 45 ACP ammo go out and shoot it
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Hollyweird GENERALLY did a good job of keeping their movie guns legal. A full auto weapon owned by anyone (repeat- ANYONE) that was not papered by May 1986 deadline is now worth a large fine and much Federal prison time. It cannot be registered. As older folks are passing away, many WW II "bringbacks" are being discovered by estate executors- and if they were not papered, they must be surendered to the ATF.
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