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Another GBB Thompson? Or a WE in Palco clothing.

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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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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.

Edited by tquilha

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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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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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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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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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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?

Edited by hitmanNo2

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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

Edited by CKinnerley

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The name of that trade show never fails to make me giggle :D 

 

So looks like the WE Thompson still might be happening? :o

 

Purrhaps just Palco in the US or something like that.

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Just seen a video on facebook a friend in Taiwan made on his phone from Hooha, shows him firing the WE Thompson in both semi and full. Looks very nice.

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So far there's been nothing but teasers and vapour. But I'm still hoping. :)

 

Check last post on previous page that my comment was in regard to... Video of it in action at Hooha :D

Oh, it was an FB link so might be why not everyone has seen it.

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The problem with FB and YT videos is just that it's really easy to make a prototype or one-off gun for video's sake.

I'll be happy when the Thompson goes on sale. :)

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