Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3364: Auto-Ordnance 1928 "A" Range Thompson, Class III/NFA Machine Gun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

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

Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance Corp
Model: 1928
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 10 1/2 inch fluted
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 630
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 239
Class: Class III
Description:

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 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. Included with the lot are four stick magazines, an Auto-Ordnance Type "L" 50-round drum magazine, a brass catcher and an "FBI" style case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% plus original blue finish, showing some tool marks around the ejector and mild handling marks overall. The furniture is in equal condition, and the accessories show minor wear. 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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