Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine In .45 ACP W/ Mags, Case

SOLD FOR: $1,252.00

WOA#: WY240502NA018

Make: Auto Ordnance Corporation

Model: Semi-Auto Carbine

Serial Number: KC4883

Year of Manufacture: Modern

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Blowback, Detachable Mag Fed.

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked, “THOMPSON SEMI-AUTOMATIC CARBINE / CALIBER 45M1 / NO.KC4833” The right side of receiver is marked, “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION / WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.” The lower is marked, “SAFE / FIRE”

Barrel Length: 16.5”

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a tall pinned post, the rear sight is a tall peephole with protective wings.

Stock Configuration & Condition: This rifle has a three piece walnut stock set with a finger grooved forend w/ sling loop, finger grooved pistol grip, and a dropped comb stock with a steel buttplate. There are pressure dents, scratches, and small chips by the buttplate. There are no cracks. The LOP from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate measures 17 ¼”. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: Four 20 round magazines in Fair condition.

Type of Finish: Blued.

Finish Originality:  Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are scratches, nicks, and handling marks throughout. There is light wear to the leading edges of the charging handle, receiver, magazine guide channel, and sight wings. The screw heads are sharp, the pins are unmarred. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Cotton sling, muzzle cover, full zip-up cover, 4 magazines, violin case.

Our Assessment: The Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine is a modern iteration of the iconic Thompson submachine gun, commonly known as the “Tommy Gun.” This firearm holds a significant place in American history, having been prominently used by law enforcement, military personnel, and infamous gangsters during the Prohibition era and World War II. Auto Ordnance, a company founded by General John T. Thompson, continues to produce this legendary firearm in a semi-automatic version, maintaining its classic look and feel while complying with contemporary firearm regulations. The Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine is chambered in .45 ACP, a cartridge known for its stopping power and reliability. The carbine features a robust design with a blowback operation system, which is simple and reliable. Unlike the fully automatic versions used in the past, this modern version is semi-automatic, meaning it fires one round per trigger pull. This modification makes it more suitable for civilian use and legal in many jurisdictions. The build quality of the Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine is impressive, with attention to detail that honors the original design. The receiver is machined from solid steel, providing durability and a sense of heft that many shooters appreciate. The carbine features a beautiful, high-quality American walnut stock, pistol grip, and military style forend, which add to its classic appearance and comfortable handling. Despite its vintage design, the Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine is designed to meet modern safety standards and performance expectations. It is a popular choice among collectors, historical firearm enthusiasts, and recreational shooters who appreciate its storied past and distinctive style. The carbine offers a unique shooting experience, combining the nostalgia of early 20th-century firearms with the practicality and reliability expected of modern firearms.

Overall, the Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine is a well-crafted, historically rich firearm that captures the essence of the original Thompson submachine gun. Its robust construction, classic design, and reliable performance make it a cherished addition to any firearm collection, offering both a connection to history and a pleasurable shooting experience. Whether used for target practice, historical displays, or simply for its iconic status, the Thompson Carbine remains a symbol of American firearm heritage. -R.E.

Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine In .45 ACP W/ Mags, Case
Auto Ordnance Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine In .45 ACP W/ Mags, Case