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Lot 496: Auto-Ordnance "A" Range Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun, "A" Serial Range, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun with Case, Extra Barrel, and Extra Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $22,500

Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun, "A" Serial Range, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun with Case, Extra Barrel, and Extra Magazines

Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance Corp
Model: Thompson 1928
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 10 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1616
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 343
Class: Class III
Description:

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 set of contoured pistol grips, 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 configuration, with sliding brass "Blish Lock" device and a mobile, hinged firing pin. The "U" shaped spring steel oiler has been removed. Included with the Thompson are a "Type L" 50-round drum, four stick magazines, an extra M1928A1 barrel, a black leatherette "FBI" style case, cleaning rod, and sling.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% plus original blue finish, showing hints of a plum patina on the barrel and controls, light scratches on the receiver, and mild handling marks. The stock is very fine, with some dents and scratches on the wood, and black paint touch-up on the mounting iron. The accessories are in fine condition, with the exception of the drum having an area of deep pitting visible on the left side. The selector switch bears against the magazine catch, otherwise 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) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.



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