Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1530: Guide Lamp M3 Submachine Gun with Magazines

Auction Date: June 6, 2020

Desirable World War II General Motors/Guide Lamp Division Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Registered M3 Submachine Gun with Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Desirable World War II General Motors/Guide Lamp Division Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Registered M3 Submachine Gun with Magazines

Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Model: M3
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: steel
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 366
Class: Class III
Description:

This is an very fine example of a WWII General Motors M3 SMG as manifested at the GM/Guide Lamp Division. These were developed circa 1941-1942 as a wartime substitute for the Thompson M1928 SMGs due to their lower cost and manufacturing time. The majority of these weapons were converted to the "A1" configuration after 1944; however, this example remains in its mostly all original configuration, with the cocking handle on the right side and original combination safety/dust cover. It has the fixed front and rear sights on top of the receiver. The left side of the magazine well is marked "SUB-MACH GUN/CAL. 45 M3" over the Guide Lamp marking and "Crossed Cannon/U.S. NO/185770"; some of these markings are covered by a protective bar mounted over the magazine catch. The underside of the trigger guard bow and the trigger housing cover both have Guide Lamp part markings of "BGR-GL/B6-301456 " and "G.L. C153432" respectively. It has a telescoping wire stock and comes with four original 30 round stick magazines.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 98% of an arsenal quality reparkerized light gray finish showing only minor edge and high spot wear. The markings are clear and sharp. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is 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.



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