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Another GBB Thompson? Or a WE in Palco clothing.


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#1 Brigg

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:18 PM

So though it seems coverage of SHOT Show 2017 is pretty awful this year, I did see someone cover something actually interesting.

http://www.popularairsoft.com/news/gun-gamers-shot-17-palco-thompson-gbb

It seems that Palco is showing a gbb, open bolt Thompson m1a1. As far as I know, no one but WE and KWA have made any mention of one. KWA is unlikely to want distribution from Palco so that only leaves WE as the probable OEM. Unless of course another company has had one under wraps. And I think it's unlikely King Arms resurrected their Thompson in the form of an m1a1 instead of the m1928a1.

What makes me 99% sure that it is WE and not some other OEM however is the paint. While the gun is a parkerized color, the magazine is shiny black, the same kind of paint WE has been using for everything in the past few years. The faux wood also looks exactly like that used for the WE Mauser m712.

It looks to me as if there might be a licensed, trademarked version being distributed by palco with a dark matte grey color, with a blank, tradeless version in WEs usual shiny black being likely made as well.

If this is the case and WE has been working on a licensing and distribution deal with Palco, then it makes sense that they wouldn't have released new information on the Thompson over the past year. As that would likely have been part of the deal for adding Palcos name to the product.

In either case, here's hoping that we get a Gbb Thompson this year.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:23 PM

Must be WE.  Would explain why the WE went quiet.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:53 PM

One thing worries me here. On the wall behind them, I spied the same 1911 Rail guns that are available in Europe through Cyber*beeep*.

Hoping Palco isn't associated with them.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:54 PM

One thing worries me here. On the wall behind them, I spied the same 1911 Rail guns that are available in Europe through Cyber*beeep*.

Hoping Palco isn't associated with them.

 

They are.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:58 PM

Palco is an American subsidiary of Cybergun.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:51 PM

Noes :(



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:21 AM

Even the bolt looks like WE. I know that they've been having some sort of settlement with Cybergun so maybe this is it? Exclusive release of their product under a different name for a given time?

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 10:29 AM

Cyberscum was heavily into the distribution of the AEG M1A1 too.  I seem to recall the one I got from HK had all mention of Cyberscum cut from the box.  Maybe something similar for the GBB.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 07:03 PM

G.Company also did GBB Thompson, but now it's gone from their web page. Hmm...


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:59 PM

I seem to recall the one I got from HK had all mention of Cyberscum cut from the box.

 

Exactly like the first five seconds of this, I imagine:

 


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 09:33 PM

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 09:44 PM

Could be a dodgy mic but that didn't sound too great.  Like a rattly AEG.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 10:25 PM

Could be a dodgy mic but that didn't sound too great.  Like a rattly AEG.

It seems it was recorded with a potato, so it's incredibly good, given the circumstances.


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 05:26 PM

So, according to my specially conspiracy-tuned senses, maybe we will have a "official" M1A1 from "that company that can't be named" and an "unofficial" version from some previously unheard of source.

That's nice, especially since the tommy from G. Company has the bolt handle on top, making it right for a M1928 conversion... :)



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:48 AM

What happened to the KWA M1A1 Thompson?

What about the KWA MP40? Did those get abandoned, or could they possibly show up again?

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:50 AM

More or less abandoned but when prodded about it they just keep saying "soon". That's been going on for over a couple years now.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 09:59 AM

King Arms also made GBB Thompson in both 1928 and M1-A1 variant but they seemed to stop production as quickly as they started 



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 06:25 PM

I don't think that counts as a release.  I certainly didn't see it in stock anywhere.  Are you saying it definitely hit the market at some point?


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:06 PM

KWA guy at Shot said something along the lines of "we don't see a big market for it right now, so we've put it on the back burner".  Which I can believe.

 

Edit - WRT the MP40


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 01:40 AM

This showed up at the Hooha trade show.
https://www.facebook.com/cruzywingsjacky.cheung/posts/10213014434422483
Even the surface finish is identical. The gun at Palco is most definitely a WE.




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