Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 .45ACP Semi-Auto Thompson Tommy Gun

SOLD FOR: $1,525

WOA#: WY240202JT005

Make: Auto-Ordnance

Model: 1927-A1 Thompson “Tommy Gun”

Serial Number: 29697

Year of Manufacture: Modern

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Semi-Automatic Blowback with Detachable Magazine

Markings: The top of the receiver is marked with a bullet-shaped trademark stamp. The right side of the receiver is marked with the US Patents and “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION / WEST HURLEY. NEW YORK. U.S.A.”.  The left side of the receiver is marked with “MODEL OF 1927 A1 NO. 29697”, “THOMPSON SEMI-AUTOMATIC CARBINE / CALIBER .45 AUTOMATIC CARTRIDGE” “FIRE/SAFE”. The rear sight is marked with numbers”1-6”.

Barrel Length: 16”.  18” including the compensator

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the Cutts Compensator.  The rear sight is a notch sight that flips up into a ladder aperture sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The fixed buttstock, pistol grip, and forestock are walnut wood with smooth surfaces. The receivers are steel. The LOP is 16.75” from front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.  There are some compression marks on the foregrip, grip, and buttstock.   There are a few minor scuffs on the front edge of the pistol grip.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 99% of its original finish.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. There are a few hard to notice scuffs on the edges of the receiver and a small scratch/drag line on the right side over the patent dates.  Overall this rifle rates in about Excellent overall condition.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  None.

Our Assessment:  The Auto-Ordnance 1927 A1 is a captivating reproduction of the iconic Thompson submachine gun, colloquially known as the “Tommy Gun.” Originally designed during World War I by General John T. Thompson, the Thompson gained notoriety during the Prohibition era and saw extensive use in World War II. The 1927 A1 version, however, is a semi-automatic civilian variant chambered in .45 ACP, a cartridge well-known for its stopping power.

Built with meticulous attention to detail, the 1927 A1 features a blued steel receiver, a fixed buttstock made of high-quality wood, and adjustable iron sights. The top-mounted charging handle and the recognizable Cutts compensator at the muzzle add to its authentic appearance and functionality. Despite being a semi-automatic version of its fully automatic counterpart, the 1927 A1 maintains much of the original’s heft and feel, offering a satisfying shooting experience. The firearm operates on a simple blowback mechanism, which contributes to its ease of maintenance and reliability.

In summary, the Auto-Ordnance 1927 A1 is more than just a firearm; it’s a piece of American history and culture. With its roots extending back to some of the most pivotal periods in the 20th century, owning one is akin to possessing a tangible link to the past. Whether you’re an enthusiast of historical firearms, a collector, or a recreational shooter, the 1927 A1 offers a unique opportunity to experience the allure and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Its distinctive design, historical significance, and effective caliber make it a memorable and compelling piece for anyone interested in iconic firearms.  Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 .45ACP Semi-Auto Thompson Tommy Gun
Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 .45ACP Semi-Auto Thompson Tommy Gun