Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 Commando Carbine .45ACP T1-C Thompson Tommy Gun

SOLD FOR: $1,625

WOA#: WY240210TM031

Make: Auto-Ordnance

Model: Model of 1927 A1 T1-C

Serial Number: KB1658

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 WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.”. The left side of the receiver is marked with “MODEL OF 1927 A1 NO. KB1658” “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: Blade front and open rear adjustable fold up ladder aperture sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The buttstock, pistol grip, and handguard are black polymer with smooth lightly textured surfaces. The receivers are steel. The LOP is 17” from front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition  There are no chips or cracks.  There are some minor compression lines on the bottom buttstock.  There are two small nicks on the bottom of the handguard.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  Three 30rd Crosby Co. Magazines in Excellent condition.  One 50rd Type “L” Drum magazine in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There is some fouling in the grooves.  The compensator has some corrosion.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: The Rifle retains about 98% of its original finish. There are some light scratches on the sides of the receiver but mostly on the left side. There is minor operation wear.  The screw heads are sharp and serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall this rifle rates in about Fine overall condition.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This Thompson comes with its cardboard box, total of three stick magazines, one drum magazine, and a Violin Carry Case.

Our Assessment:  The Thompson submachine gun (also known as the “Tommy Gun”, “Chicago Typewriter”, “Chicago Piano”, or “Trench Broom”) is a blowback-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed selective-fire submachine gun, invented by the United States Army Brigadier general John T. Thompson in 1918. It was originally designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare of World War I, but was not finished until after the war ended. The Thompson first saw use by the United States Marine Corps during the Banana Wars, as well as having some initial use by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Irish Republican Army, the Republic of China, and the FBI (following the Kansas City Massacre). The firearm became notorious during the Prohibition era, used as a signature weapon of various organized crime syndicates in the United States in the 1920s. It was a common sight in the media at the time, and was used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. The firearm was widely adopted by the U.S. military during World War II, and was used extensively by the Allied troops during the war. It was designated as the M1928A1, M1 and M1A1 during this time. More than 1.5 million military Thompson submachine guns were produced during World War II. It is the first weapon to be labeled and marketed as a “submachine gun”.

Not to be confused with an original from the 30’s, this modern rendition is the closest thing most free Americans can own and appreciate.  Auto-Ordnance is the original and king of the Thompson firearms world and this pristine Tommy Gun is the Safe Queen every arsenal deserves.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 Commando Carbine .45ACP T1-C Thompson Tommy Gun
Auto-Ordnance 1927-A1 Commando Carbine .45ACP T1-C Thompson Tommy Gun