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Bonnie and Clyde guns bring $210,000 in Missouri auction

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Highspeedlane, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. GLWyandotte

    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Too bad there wasn't a BAR available from the posse that killed them. Gotta be one of the baddest firearms ever made.
     

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Two guns believed seized from gangsters Bonnie and Clyde in 1933 after a deadly Missouri shootout with police sold for a combined $210,000 at an auction on Saturday in Kansas City to an unnamed online bidder.

    The bidder paid $130,000 for a .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun, known as a "Tommy gun" in gangster slang. The same bidder paid $80,000 for an 1897 12-gauge Winchester shotgun.

    "We're happy," said auctioneer Robert Mayo, owner of Mayo Auction & Realty, which held the auction attended by more than 100 people. As for the bid prices, Mayo said, "Nothing ever surprises me."

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  3. *ASH*

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    i told them no publicity :upeyes:
     
  4. lawandorder

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    The guns were not listed on the published Missouri Highway Patrol inventory of guns taken from the apartment in Joplin. Also they do not show up in any of the photos left behind by the Barrow gang nor in news photos taken after the incident.:dunno:

    A lot to pay on simply oral history alone.
     
  5. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    That's what I thought last month when this got publicized. Conjecture got the guy about 190k too much. (I assume a vintage full auto Thompson is pretty valuable.)
     
  6. lawandorder

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    who was given the guns originaly was a long term, very well thought of, Peace Officer in Oklahoma who worked for several agencies, and dealt with a lot of the notorious criminals of the 20s & 30s. I imagine if someone gave them to him with the story attached he never gave much thought to the authenticity of it.
     
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    sombunya I like to watch and sometimes touch

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    I always thought the B.A.R. was Clyde's weapon of choice and that there were 5 or 6 in the back seat when they got snuffed.
     
  8. HarleyGuy

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    Very interesting.

    We have a county here in Michigan that has two Thompson's that were used in the St Valentines Day massacre.
     
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    Copy right violation.
     
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    The BAR was his favorite weapon, and a BAR was also used by the Sherrif that was hunting barrow down... They were killed about 45 minutes from my house, I used to drive past the spot on the two-lane road every weekend during deer season as I hunted 3-4 miles from there..

    I've seen the car in real life, and it was obvious that the law enforcement wasn't using light handgun fire, but rather they were hurling strong lead... Just seeing the car makes it quite apparent that the lawdogs had zero intention whatsoever of the occupents having any chance of survival...
     
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    The inventories I've read put it at 3 BARs, plus a bunch of other stuff.
     
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    You crack me up you ass. :tongueout::rofl:
     
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    Frank Hamer used a Remington .35 rifle with a 20 round magazine and a Colt .38super during the ambush.
     
  16. Highspeedlane

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    I have an old, moth eaten copy of Guns & Ammo's "Guns of the Gun Fighters" I purchased in the late 70's.

    The article written by H. Gordon Frost about Bonnie and Clyde mentions the following firearms confirmed used by the couple either through photographs showing possession or in the aftermath of the shootout:

    Remington M11 auto shotgun, 20 and 12 gauge
    .30-40 Krag rifle
    Winchester M87 10 gauge
    .30-06 BAR

    and a host of S&W and Colt revolvers and the Colt M1911. There is no mention of their use of a Thompson anywhere. It would appear Bonnie and Clyde either favored shotguns and handguns for close-in work or rifle cartridges for penetration against hard targets such as cars.

    Not saying his article is the authoritative last word on the subject, just as perspective.