When the latest press release from Auto Ordnance hit my box, I couldn’t help but hearing Burl Ives singing “Silver and Gold” from the 1964 television show “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Looking at the new guns, I imagine many readers will understand why.
The two new Thompson variants are semi-automatic carbines that are functionally similar to the existing 1927A-1 rifles. One has a polished chrome finish while the second has a titanium gold finish. The guns ship with a 20 round stick magazine and a 50 round drum magazine. Both magazines have a finish that matches the finish of the rifle they ship with.
Both guns ship in a hard case to protect the gun. However, should your prefer a more iconic violin case, those can also be had for an addition sum of $221. The suggested retail price of these guns – with a standard hard case – is $2,963 for either.
Other features are fairly standard such as the 16.5″ barrel (18″ with the attached compensator) that has a 1:16″ twist. This is different from the T1-14 released by the company a few months ago.
The company uses American walnut furniture and includes the immediately recognizable foregrip. Both guns weigh about 13 pounds.
While the gold model is not finished with real gold, Auto Ordnance previously showed a gold plated and engraved Thompson at the 2010 SHOT Show. I have no idea if the company ever sold the gun or if it is still part of its private collection.