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Lot 1503: Auto-Ordnance 1928 Thompson, Class III/NFA Machine Gun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun, "A" Serial Range, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $35,000

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 ribbed round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 567
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 362
Class: Class III

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. Folding ladder peep rear sight, with the signature Thompson-marked 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. Internals are very close to the 1928 pattern, minus the spring steel oiler, with a removable baseplate on the recoil spring guide. A 30-round magazine is included.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 98% of the original blue finish, showing some scuffing on the receiver and compensator, along with some mild handling marks. The wood is very fine with some dents. The front sight is absent and there is notable play in the magazine catch, otherwise mechanically excellent; the consignor states that the item was acquired new, test fired once, and then put away. 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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