April 27-30, 2021 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/27/2021
Superb specimen of a Colt 1921/28 Navy Thompson with Cutts compensator and “U.S. Navy” marking above model marking on left side of receiver as well as “8” overstamp. “JHB” inspection mark not visible on right side of receiver. Additionally, this gun bears the added hand-inscribed marking “SRPD” (Santa Rosita Police Department) below the serial number on the left side of the receiver. Numbers match between upper and lower assemblies. Diamond logo Cutts compensator. Gun retains 1928 internal parts. Buttstock retains sling swivel and does not have any cartouche in evidence. Accessories include one 20 - 1/4” long brass cleaning rod, 1 50 round third model “L” drum with 1920 patent dates, and a contemporary 100 round drum serial number 1305 which has been professionally tuned to run by Merle Bitikofer of Dallas, OR. Also included is a reproduction black hard case, U.S. Combat bookshelf publication on Thompson Machine Guns, and Reprinted edition of Colt Automatic Machine Guns and Rifles. The Colt Thompson is the most iconic of all American machine guns. The first in the line of Thompson machine guns produced it is a recognized symbol of the 1920's Prohibition era as well as World War II. The Thompson spans a range across several collecting genres, with plenty of variations and accessories to appeal to a wide range of collector/investors. Even persons who are not normally gun enthusiasts have remarked to this cataloger, "If I was going to want to own one machine gun I would like a Thompson." The gun that started the line was the Colt model 1921, and of these, the ones with the Cutts compensator such are this one have the most recognized silhouette. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is extremely fine to near excellent with deep lustrous blue refinish. Some slight loss of finish to the high edges with original matte finish to 50 round drum, and lusterous finish on 100 round drum. There is some loss of finish at the stock attachment points. Wood is extremely fine and attractive as refinished. Bore is superb, excellent shiny and bright. Bolt face also exceptional. Mechanics are crisp. This is a select fire machine gun. An exceedingly handsome example of the most popular and sought after of the Thompson machine gun models with an exceptional condition bore and bolt as well as two drum magazines. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4 AS CURIO & RELIC ELIGIBLE. JWK 2021-04-012
Case, 100 and 50 round drum mags
Barrel Length
12 - 1/2"
.45 ACP
FFL Status
1921/1928 Thompson
Sear Serial Number
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $36,000.00
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Friday, April 30, 2021.
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