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Lot 593: 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: $18,000 - $27,500

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: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1238
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 356
Class: Class III
Bore Condition: -
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, "FJA" and "GEG" inspection marks on the frame along with the address markings and model nomenclature, ribbed pistol grip and a fixed buttstock. 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. With a tan canvas sling.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally refinished, showing 95% of the dark blue finish, with some edge wear, handling marks, and covered up dings and pitting. The wood is also very fine, with a number of dents and scuffs overall, along with a crack in the front of the buttstock. 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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