November 15 & 16, 2022 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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Very low numbered Colt 1921AC Thompson fitted with “diamond logo” Cutts compensator and sling swivels on foregrip and buttstock. This gun retains its original 1921 internal parts, and is immediately recognizable as an early Thompson due to it having a squared off actuator slot and “AUTOMATIC” and “SEMI-AUTOMATIC” selector markings. Otherwise typical Colt and Auto Ordnance markings on receiver with visible serial numbers matching between upper and lower. “JHB” inspection mark clear and crisp on right side of receiver. 1 original 50 round, “NEW YORK, N.Y. U S.A.”, “PATENTED – JULY 20, 1920 DEC 7, 1920” marked drum is included with this lot as well as 2 20 round stick magazines, “PATENTED – AUG 24, 1920” marked. An original brown web carrying case and “US” marked brown 50 round drum carrying pouch with makers ink mark inside top flap are also included with this lot. According to Herigstad research, this gun was originally shipped to the Pennsylvania State Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as one of 32 guns ordered. “PENNA STATE POLICE PROPERTY TICKET NO. 016900” affixed to left side of buttstock. Ink stamp also on left side of stock, “P S P” over “A”. The vertical foregrip with sling swivel is documented in Herigstad's book. Subsequent owners were Kerry Trauger Collection, Pennsylvania; offered for sale on (8/04); Brian Gustafson Collection (8/04); Randy Serpico Collection (1/05). Electronic NFA registry indicates “THOMPSON” as the manufacturer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is extremely fine original lustrous blue finish thinning to an attractive gray patina at the high edges, particularly where the web on the hand rests at the top of the pistol grip. Typical light scratches and loss of finish to gray patina where the buttstock fits on the lower receiver. Buttplate finish is more of a gray patina. Wood furnishings are extremely fine, a rich brown color with some very light dings and handling marks. Bore is near excellent shiny and bright. Bolt face extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp. This is a select fire machine gun. 3rd model 50 round drum is extremely fine with no dings or dents and appears completely serviceable. Stick magazines also extremely fine to near excellent. Web carrying cover with 4 cells for 20 round magazines and 50 round drum pouch are extremely fine to near excellent condition. This is an extremely desirable ensemble with nice law enforcement provenance. Early Colt Thompsons with original sling swivels rarely surface and this is a very attractive specimen indeed. 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 2022-11-65
Canvas carrier, canvas drum carrier, 2 spare stick magazines
Barrel Length
10 - 1/2"
.45 ACP
FFL Status
1921 Thompson
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $20,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $55,200.00
Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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