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Bigcountry02 12-09-2012 05:07 PM

Police return rare WWII weapon in gun buyback
A piece of history that made history.

The gun, developed in 1944, holds a 30-round magazine and can shoot 500 rounds per minute. Cavanna said every modern assault rifle produced today is based on this design.

GaryGlock 12-09-2012 05:18 PM

Why would you turn a Sturmgewer in?!?! Wow I hope they do something appropriate with that. I would NEVER give one of those up

Trez 12-09-2012 05:50 PM

Is it registered??? I thought by law anything that wasnt has to be destroyed per ATF?? I mean isnt that why there are so many destroyed and demilled guns? I see cut up thompson's and others all the time, Being "historic" doesnt save them... Why did this one get past that? :confused:

winds-of-change 12-09-2012 06:07 PM


Originally Posted by GaryGlock (Post 1045493)
Why would you turn a stiengyver in?!?! Wow I hope they do something appropriate with that. I would NEVER give one of those up

The woman didn't know what she had. I was afraid the officers would keep the gun since the woman turned it over. They did give the rifle back to her to allow her to sell it. If I were her, I would definitely keep that rifle in the family.

ScottA 12-09-2012 06:14 PM

Thank God there was an officer there who knew what he was looking at, and great to see the police do the right thing with it.

Donate it if you don't care about the money, or call Rock Island Auction.

alsaqr 12-09-2012 06:17 PM

i hope the cops saw the registration papers for that gun, otherwise they are idiots. That is an NFA weapon. Unless the lady has federal registration papers she could be in trouble. The only legal disposition for an unregistered NFA weapon is destruction.

No doubt the gun came to the US in the possession of someone related to the lady. i hope the lady has registration papers for that gun: If not a very valuable piece of history will be destroyed by the BATFE. :mad:


If there are unregistered NFA firearms in the estate, these firearms are contraband and cannot be registered by the estate. The executor of the estate should contact the local ATF office to arrange for the abandonment of the unregistered firearms.

JonM 12-09-2012 06:20 PM


"This is a gun that should actually be in a museum rather than in a shredder, Crabtree said.
crabtree is an idiot. no gun belongs in a shredder!! not even a jennings or lorcin!! all those guns should be returned to their rightful owners!!

GaryGlock 12-09-2012 06:25 PM

I didn't watch it all the way, that's cool they gave it back. That would be a family heirlume for sure. Wow what a find.

Chainfire 12-09-2012 06:26 PM

At work a few years ago, one of the carpenters on my job, approached me about buying a Thompson, that had been in his father in laws attic when he died. Gun, accessories and loaded magazines. The gun was an apparent WWII bringback. He wanted $500.00 for the thing. As much as it broke my heart, I wouldn't go within 100 feet of the gun. I contacted a friend of mine that is a major machine gun dealer, his advice to the guy was to strip the reciever for parts, and throw the receiver in the deepest hole in the ocean he could find, and to do it right now, not tomorrow.

JonM 12-09-2012 08:45 PM

if you do find a historic unregistered full auto you can donate it to a museum without getting in trouble. the batf does have a proccess to do that legally.

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