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N.C. Sheriff Plans to Sell Vintage Tommy Guns to Buy Rifles

January 06, 2014  | 

Chief Deputy Brad Stanley of the Forsyth County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office presented a proposal to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners last Thursday to sell the agency’s two 1928 Thompson submachine guns and drum magazines and buy 88 new Bushmaster rifles.

The Tommy guns were reportedly a gift from the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and are reportedly valued at about $60,000.

"We're able to take two firearms that have no current applicable use to the sheriff's office and exchange those for 88 rifles that will be deployed to officers on the street who don’t have them today, at no cost to the county," Stanley told the Winston-Salem Journal.

The best scenario is that each officer is equipped with a long gun, a sidearm, and a TASER, Stanley said.

"We want to provide our officers with the best equipment and the means to protect themselves. Heaven forbid we have to use any of them," he said.

Comments (9)

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Jay @ 1/6/2014 12:41 PM

It's a valuable firearm, but it was a gift

Chuck Haggard @ 1/6/2014 3:47 PM

Too bad they aren't buying real ARs. The Bushampsters are one of the very worst choices one can make.

David Rawls @ 1/6/2014 4:03 PM

I have a Bushmaster M-4 and have not had the first problem with it. In fact, it is deadly accurate.

Lawrence Kiefer @ 1/6/2014 4:15 PM

My Bushmaster M-4 is great - accurate as heck and does the job.

Lawrence Kiefer @ 1/6/2014 4:16 PM

And if I had $60K, I'd snap one of of the Thompsons up in a New York minute! :)

Boston @ 1/6/2014 6:17 PM

I have a full-auto Colt M16 (clone XM177E2). Bushmaster parts are interchangeable with Colt parts which includes the upper assembly. Many Colt M16 owners remove all Colt internal parts and replace parts them with Bushmaster parts. They run thousands of rounds thru the weapon with no problems. When it comes time to sell the weapon they replace the parts with the original Colt parts. Machine guns, the best money making investment going. Find an M16A1 worth money. Prices continue to escalate on all full-auto weapons.

S.S. @ 1/7/2014 8:01 AM

I've also got the bushmaster m-4 and it's awesome, and very accurate. No problems with it. Good choice Sheriff Stanley.

IPDSgt @ 1/7/2014 9:53 AM

Only problem that Bushmaster has had mainly in the past was poorly staked gas key screws. Bushmaster was famous for not properly staking those screws. I don't own one, but help teach instructor patrol rifle course several times per year and we check the gas keys on all rifles. We still find Bushmasters yearly with weak stagings. Outside of that problem they work fine.

KS45glocklawman @ 1/7/2014 12:03 PM

1928 Thompsons, oldtime rock and roll. Yes they still have a viable place in the department's armory. What the department should do, arm their deputies with .45acp sidearms, and get new Auto Ordnance/Thompsons for their patrol weapons. Like the Thompson 1928 pistol variant. Make sure they have the 1928 rifled barrel. Or keep the original 1928s for SWAT/narco interdiction work, for suppressing fire situations. If they are ones with the Old FBI case,the"coffin" option, they have several 20rd mags, a "L" 50rd drum and a "C" 100rd mag. Cool!! They would bring a premium price at auction.

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