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 vintage Tommy Gun. One of the signature weapons of U.S. history, 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, dual 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 follow the 1928 pattern, minus the oiler assembly. Included with the lot are two 30-round stick magazines, two Type X 10-round drum magazines, and a brass cleaning rod.
Excellent, with 95% plus original blue finish, showing some oxidization in the compensator slots, scattered light scratches and handling marks, and some bright edge wear. The rear sight base and magazine catch show flaking black enamel finish, the latter also showing a bright beveled area on the outside edge. The wood is very fine, with some light dings and scuffs. 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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