Be very careful shopping for a TM1. There are plenty out there to buy for as low as $1,600 on up. They are usually ragged out. Two years ago, I paid $3,000 for my TM1 Special. Maybe paid too much, but the gun was one of the later ones made and in excellent condition. I love it. You just have to be careful.
I have one of the old ( 1976) TM1 's with the silver bars. It has approx 300,000
rounds through it. In 1994, I had a new locking bolt and springs and Bruce
Bowen built a new release. I have been shooting it ever since with out
1 break down or release malfunction. I think it is one of the best guns
ever produced. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
IF interested, I have a TM1 Special I am selling. High serial number in the 86xxx range, gun is very tight mechanically, not shot out like many seen. I bought the gun a little over 2 years ago and immediately sent it down to Tom Wilkinson. I then started shooting another gun, so this one has seen very little use by me. I asked Tom to do the barrel, patterning it for 70/30, plus go over the gun & do whatever else was needed to make it 100%. He advised changing the main trigger spring, so I had that done. Wood is in good shape, typical random handling marks, nothing real noticeable. Comes in it's Perazzi case with original manual, tools, plus invoice from Wilkinson as documentation (barrel is also signed by Tom).
I don't know how to post pictures to this site, but if interested, let me know & I'll send some your way. I'm located about 20 miles west of Philadelphia.
I've shot a TM-1 Special for about 12 years now. Except for the usual things that can and will go wrong with any gun ie: 1 hammer and 1 firing pin, I've never had any troules with this gun. I highly recommend it. This firearm is quick to the target and a natural pointing gun. I've tried other guns, but, still prefer the way this one fits me, and it shoots where I'm looking. I've never touched the barrels and shoot everything with .0036 points of choke constriction. I'm not a fan of aftermarket chokes either. Try to find a TM-1 Special. They generally have a better grade of wood than the regualar TM-1 does and therefore, cost a little more.