Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1656: Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Excellent 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

Excellent 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: 10 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 330
Class: Class III
Bore Condition: -

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 X" 10-round drum, two blued stick magazines, and shipping boxes for the Thompson and the drum.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 98% original blue finish, showing light wear and handling marks overall. The excellent grips show light dings and scratches, with the buttstock showing some chipping around the iron and buttplate as well as some larger scratches and scuffs. 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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