Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 586: U.S. World War II Auto-Ordnance M1 Thompson Submachine Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

U.S. World War II Auto-Ordnance M1 Thompson Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

U.S. World War II Auto-Ordnance M1 Thompson Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance Corp
Model: M1
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 10 1/2 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1941
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 349
Class: Class III
Description:

Developed in 1942, the U.S. M1 Thompson was a streamlined version of the classic Thompson SMG, intended to simplify the weapon and speed the manufacturing process. While frills were trimmed, the M1 was still a classic "heavy metal" SMG, constructed from machined steel with fine hardwood furniture. Blade front and fixed peep rear sights, with a straight forearm under the smooth barrel, "GHD" inspection marks on the frame along with the address markings and model nomenclature, "AOC" on the underside ahead of the magazine well, ribbed pistol grip and a fixed buttstock. The receiver is numbered "304535" and the trigger housing is numbered "16532", with a faint marking hand-scratched into the left side of the receiver. The bolt is the simplified M1 design, with the Blish lock eliminated and the cocking knob moved to the side, but still retaining the articulated firing pin. Includes two extra magazines in what appears to be original packaging. Provenance: The Allan Cors Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 85% of the arsenal refurbished parkerized finish, showing edge wear, areas of brown patina, and mild dings and dents overall. The stock is very fine, with mild scuffs and dents overall along with some minor chips. 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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