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Lot 488: U.S. Auto-Ordnance Thompson 1928A1 Submachine

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

U.S. Inspected Auto-Ordnance Model 1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun, with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $35,000

U.S. Inspected Auto-Ordnance Model 1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun, with Accessories

Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance Corp
Model: Thompson 1928 A1
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 10 1/2 inch fluted
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2030
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 338
Class: Class III
Description:

Manufactured on contract for the United States Government, the Thompson 1928A1 is one of the signature American weapons of World War II, being deployed in every theater of the war, both in American hands and among numerous Allied units via equipment sharing and Lend-Lease supplies. The 1928A1 is still very close in overall configuration to the original Roaring 20's/Great Depression "Chicago Typewriter" of gang warfare fame, retaining a number of options that would be eliminated from later production to lower cost and speed production. A number are believed to have been released to civilian and law enforcement buyers, having been left over after the military transitioned to the simplified M1 pattern Thompson. A blade front sight is installed on the Cutts compensator, with a fixed peep rear sight on the receiver. The barrel retains the cooling fins, with a set of 1921 pattern furniture. In addition to the commercial-style markings, the left side of the receiver bears the U.S. nomenclature and "RLP" inspection mark. The trigger group is numbered "S-435316", with "FULL AUTO"/"SINGLE" selector lever and "FIRE"/"SAFE" safety lever, a grooved pistol grip, and a quick detach buttstock with trapdoor buttplate. The bolt assembly is blued, 1928 pattern with Blish lock, oiler, and articulated firing pin. Includes a modern made black leatherette FBI-style case, two extra stick magazines, and an Auto-Ordnance "L" type 50-round drum magazine.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 95% of the refinished dull blue over pitting, showing mild rust, and light handling marks. Heavy firing residue is present internally. The wood is good, with chipping of the rear grip, dents and scuffs. The accessories are in good order. Mechanically excellent. 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) 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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