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 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, including the spring steel oiler, "S" marked Blish Lock and "S" marked bolt. One stick magazine with wax paper wrapping and cardboard sleeve is included.
Near mint as professionally refinished, with 99% plus matte blue, showing some minor dings and pits beneath the surface, concentrated on the buttplate, and minor handling marks overall. The wood is excellent, with a few light dings. Consignor states that most of the components used in the refinish were early Colt or Savage production. 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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