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I am the Jim Thompson who wrote the books, THE COMPLETE M1 GARAND and THE ...
I didn't even realize this hat-tipping forum was in here.
I am the Jim Thompson who wrote the books, THE COMPLETE M1 GARAND and THE CLASSIC M1 GARAND.
Left Arizona in 2003 to return to my home town in Wisconsin.
First shot the M1 in '57 or '58 (and a B.A.R. the same day!!), bought my first specimen in 1963, not long before I graduated from High School in 1964. By the time I left in late May of '64, I had two Garands.
Machine guns were my great passion, and my very first major book was for Paladin in 1989, MACHINE GUNS: A Practical, Tactical, and Pictorial History.
Wrote the books mainly as "self defense", since I had accumulated so much paper and notes and stuff, at the very least wanted to bind it all up someplace.
I don't do industrial histories, and have no interest in doing so. My research was with the hardware, shooters, a wide variety of soldiers, armorers, technical orders and blueprints, 'smiths, and especially, match competitors.
Don't shoot much now. Eyesight issues, COPD, arthritis, coffee, and cold weather!! But I DO shoot, especially M1's. Fired my first M14 about 1965. My first Thompson SMG about 1963. And so on.
Can't hit as much as I used to, but I try to teach my grandson what I can, and I like to build up rifles.
Lately--NO, this is not an advertisement!--have been dealing in parts, especially barrels, and especially M1 military configuration.
Am trying to assemble another "package" of Italian Garands, and may finally succumb and build up or buy a BM59.
Retired from working for wages, I still generate work for GUN DIGEST, GUN WORLD (not much in future, apparently), WORLD OF FIREPOWER, and perhaps elsewhere before I croak.
m1476251, days like today make me feel older than I am. Not fun shoveling snow, and just getting all my winter stuff on is awkward. But no, I do not miss the "golden west" at all. The "winter" weather maybe.
Every been in Arizona in July? August?
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