Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3356: Auto-Ordnance M1 Thompson, Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

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: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 232
Class: Class III

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, "GEG" and "FJA" inspection marks on the frame along with the address markings and model nomenclature, "S" on the underside ahead of the magazine well, ribbed pistol grip and a fixed buttstock. The slots for the drum magazine have been eliminated, with the simplified drum and post style selector/safety switches on the "S" marked trigger housing. 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. Provenance: The Al Walker Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally restored, with 99% of the parkerized finish, showing a few areas of rust along with some light handling marks. The buttstock screws show some slot wear, otherwise the furniture is very fine. 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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