November 15 & 16, 2022 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2022
This extremely rare variation of the Thompson machine gun is referenced in “The Ultimate Thompson Book” by Tracie L. Hill. Many of the early Savage manufactured guns were fitted with existing Colt parts that had remained in the Auto-Ordnance inventory. A Savage commercial Thompson was built up anytime a police department or other accredited institution would order one. If a customer ordered a faster-firing Model of 1921, Auto-Ordnance would insert leftover Colt model 1921 parts into a Savage model 1928 receiver, then overstamp the “8” in the roll-stamped “Model of 1928” on the left side of the receiver with the number “1”. This gun is one of these rare variations and has the Auto Ordnance, Savage “S” prefix on both the matching numbered upper and lower assemblies. Other desirable features include the Lyman adjustable rear sight, vertical foregrip, and diamond logo Cutts compensator. Left-hand receiver markings are “THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN”, “CALIBRE .45 AUTOMATIC CARTRIDGE”. Right hand receiver markings are typical “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION” with Bridgeport address. Accessories include 1 original matching finish WWII era “Bridgeport” 50 round drum, 1 30 round “Seymour” magazine, and a spare 1921 Actuator. Electronic NFA registry indicates “AUTO ORDNANCE” as the manufacturer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is extremely fine dull matte gray blue finish thinning to a gray patina at the high edges. Typical loss of finish to gray patina as the stock attachment points. Buttplate finish also thinning to a gray patina. Wood exhibits typical light handling marks. Buttstock is fitted with a sling swivel and and has several dings with one deep ding on the right side. Drum retains nearly all of its original Du-Lite finish and stick magazine a lustrous finish. Bore is near excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt face extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp. This is a select fire machine gun. A particularly rare and unusual variation for the discerning and advanced Thompson collector. 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 2022-11-72
Spare Actuator, Stick magazine
Barrel Length
10 - 1/2"
.45 ACP
FFL Status
Auto Ordnance
1921 Thompson
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $16,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $36,000.00
Estimate: $32,000 - $40,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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