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WGP Tommy Gun Sniper 1 Serial 71

I purchased this Sniper 1 back in 2006 off ebay.  That same year I found a square asa for it but since then it’s been sitting, Earlier this year Benji Silverstein showed me a neat CCM barrel he found somewhere and I thought it would make an excellent combo to restore this Tommy Gun Sniper 1.  

Left side full profile stock
Left side shot of Sniper 1, serial 71, with Thompson Stock and CCM barrel.

Last month when I was in Northern California I dug through some of my boxes of junk to find a Thompson stock (although partially unfinished) and the adapter. I had found both probably 5 or so years back but never had a chance to pair them with Sniper #71.

Right side of serial 71 Sniper 1.
Right side of serial 71 Sniper 1.

This classic combo looks and shoots great.  The stock needs the steel butt plate and the stock sling attached (I have them around) and could use a nice finish as well, but in the meantime it does shoot!

left side of sniper 1 71.
Left side of Sniper 1 serial 71.

Surprisingly, this Sniper 1 sealed up and chronographed perfectly after minimal IVG adjustment. The first two shots in the video are at 286 and 278 feet per second off a 12 gram and I got around 25 shots off the next cart.

Top view of Welded feedneck on sniper 1 71.
Welded feedneck on sniper 1 71.

 A nice shot showing the top side of the welded feedpot. Wear on the left side looks like Auto Trigger wear but I’m not sure where it originated.

serial of 71
Serial number of 71 would likely put this Sniper 1 as an early to mid 1988 WGP model.

In the video I state this Sniper 1 was likely produced around late 1987 to early 1988.  I think it would have actually been built in early to mid 1988.  Probably around the time Bud Orr had his first small shop set up in Santa Ana. 

front view of sniper 1 71 and square asa.
Front view of sniper 1 71 and square asa.

I also say that the Square asas are correct on Snipers up to 180-200.  I had originally through the square asas went with the welded feedneck bodies and would be correct on serials up to about 250-300. I forgot about this photo posted by Bad Boyz Toyz of Renick Miller’s Sniper 1s with the Thompson stock and square asa and a press fit feed neck.  Renick lists the serial as #312 for the sniper with the Square asa and 326 for the round asa sniper. Renick writes:
“They are actually strangely close sn#’s the square asa gun is 312 and the other is 326.”

Hole in front of pump handle on 71
Hole in front of pump handle on Sniper 71.

The hole drilled all the way through the pump handle shows it’s an early pump.  I do not know the purpose of the brass pin in the left side rear of the pump handle.

Underside view of Sniper 1 serial 71.
Underside view of sniper 1 71. Look at that ding on the bottom front of the square asa.

This sniper 1 does show some use, notice the ding at the front base of the square asa.

Front of CCM barrel
Front of the CCM Thompson barrel. Top hole is to rotate front sight, not a ding! Thanks Benji!

And big thanks to Benji for the awesome CCM barrel.  It’s possibly the only barrel that would work out as nice or better than a stock WGP Ribbed Thompson barrel on this Sniper 1.

And find classic Ammo Boxes (1 and 2) here:
http://www.baccipaintball.com/gear/hoppers/140-rds-and-smaller-loaders/wgp-ammo-boxes.html

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