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Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Lot 297: Guide Lamp - M3 A1

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Rare Fully Transferable World War II General Motors/Guide Lamp M3A1 Sub-Machine Gun
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000
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Serial #Guide Lamp  - M3 A1 ManufacturerGuide Lamp ModelM3 A1
TypeMachine Gun Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page76
Barrel8 Inch Round FinishParkerized Grip
Stocksteel ClassClass III RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an excellent all original WWII US Army contract M3A1 SMG as manufactured by the Guide Lamp Division. These were developed in the 1941-1942 time frame as a substitute for the M1 Thompson SMG which required a significant amount of manufacturing time and cost to produce. This is a late production model that was manufactured originally as a "M3A1" SMG. The left side of the magazine well is marked "SUB-MACH. GUN/ CAL. 45 M3A1/Guide/Crossed Cannons (Ordnance proof)/U S NO 627626". As noted this late production model has the combination ejection port cover/integral safety on the right side. It has a fixed front and rear sight and is fitted with a retractable wire stock complete with an original oiler stored inside the rear pistol grip and two 30 round stick magazines. There is a very small import mark of "INTER AMERICAN SAC.CA." on the left side behind the front sling loop.

ConditionExcellent with 90% of the original parkerized finish overall. The balance of the finish showing some minor spotting/brown patina on the underside of the magazine well trigger housing and rear pistol grip from use and handling in the field. This looks like an excellent original WWII, M3A1 SMG. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), Fully Automatic Weapon that is currently registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATF&E) that has been classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. Before bidding on this item, it is the sole responsibility and obligation of the bidder/Class 3 FFL holder to understand and comply with all the State and Federal transfer laws and restrictions that apply in their current place of residence.
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