Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3494: Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun, "A" Serial Range, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun, "A" Serial Range, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance Corp
Model: Thompson 1928
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 11 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2060
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 248
Class: Class III

Manufactured in the 1970s/1980s as part of the "A" suffix serial range, the Auto-Ordnance 1928 Thompson is virtually a perfect reproduction of the original vintage "Roaring Twenties" Tommy Gun. One of the signature weapons of the prohibition era, the Thompson was one of the great "heavy metal" submachine guns, operating semi or full automatic on an open bolt, fully machined with fine hardwood furniture; the later sheet metal guns may have had them beat for cost effectiveness but not for style. Blade front and folding ladder peep sights, with the signature Cutts Compensator and cooling fins on the barrel, a walnut grooved forearm and contoured pistol grip, and a quick-detach buttstock. The trigger group is fitted with a set of selector and safety switches, and the receiver has the Auto-Ordnance patent info on the right and the model markings on the left. The magazine slot is configured for drum magazines and stick magazines. Internally, the bolt is in the classic 1928 configuration, with sliding brass "Blish Lock" device and a mobile, hinged firing pin. The "U" shaped spring steel oiler has been removed. Includes seven extra magazines, an empty magazine body, a contoured forward pistol grip, and an extra finned barrel.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% plus of the original blue finish with some scattered moderate handling/cycling marks and some light edge wear. The wood is also excellent with some scattered light dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The accessories are all fine or better with some of the magazines showing some scattered light pitting. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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