Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Firearms & Armory Start Price:7,500.00 USD Estimated At:15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD
SN 8751. Cal. 45 ACP. 12" bbl. This Thompson includes one 30 rnd mag and five 20 rnd mags in an orig "Lift the Dot" web mag pouch. Also included is a WWII era web carrying case with slots for four 20 rnd magazines and another U.S. GI canvas zip up case. Receiver of gun is clearly marked "U.S. Navy" on left side of receiver. Overstamp of "8" over the "1" is discernible. Internals are 1928 parts with the heavier actuator and small diameter mainspring. This gun appears to be all matching. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Cutts compensator is plain with no logo. Mags fit properly in receiver. After WWI, the market for machine guns in the United States was almost nil. Frank Thompson tried to market this gun to the military without success, and also to the police as a riot control gun. It was not until 1928 that the Marine Corps bought a small number for their expeditionary force in Nicaragua, and the U.S. Cavalry followed suit by ordering 400 guns for armored vehicle crewman. PROVENANCE: Collection of Carl "Bill" Morrison. CONDITION: Overall condition appears as fine. 80% orig finish coverage, thinning where actuator rides, and especially along the high points. There is also pinprick oxidation along left side of receiver just below the "U.S. Navy" markings. There is also some pinprick oxidation on the buttstock retaining sear. Bore is shiny with frosting in the grooves. Bolt face is fine with a ring of oxidation along the outer edge. Otherwise bolt is shiny, bright and clean. There is oil combined with grime in recesses of receiver as well as buttstock grooves. Hand grip and forend are a beautiful deep brown color and in extremely fine condition with some slight handling marks. Buttstock shows more handling marks and the area of the toe for about 5" is of a lighter color than rest of stock. Action is extremely smooth. Mag pouch is grimy but still fully serviceable. A very desirable example of the Colt Thompson U.S. Navy. 4-48652 JWK9