New Chrome and Gold Versions of the Thompson 1927A-1

gold Thompson

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.

gold Thompson

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.

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  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Need to be encrusted in rubies and diamonds for me to bite.

  • ostiariusalpha

    If you can afford one of these, why would you not simply get the SBR version? There doesn’t seem much sense in getting all nickel’n’dime at that point.

  • ozzallos .

    Can’t wait for the leopard spot finish. Or the gold tiger stripe version.

  • Well… Alright then.

  • manBear

    Idk …the finger groves in the handles are a real deal breaker

  • Cal.Bar

    I think if they plate them in solid lead they MIGHT be able to make it a bit heavier

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    First customer

    • MeaCulpa

      I thought the exactly the same thing!

    • SP mclaughlin

      Weapon of Wallet Destruction

  • Cymond

    I think they’re conflating mobsters with gangstas.

  • Cymond

    Hey y’all, maybe you’ve talked about it and I missed it, but is someone working on the web errors? I’m really tired of clicking on stories and just seeing this.

    • Liv Sining

      Please! It has been going on for weeks.

      • DIR911911 .

        haven’t had any of these problems . . . have you heard of adblock?

    • iksnilol

      Also some ads are weird:

  • Green Hell

    The Silver Shroud approves!

    • DW

      It is not wise to stand between the Shroud and righteous justice.


    So, when is the diamond-encrusted M3 Grease Gun coming out?

    • UCSPanther

      I want a gold plated sten mark II and a platinum-plated PPS 43!

  • USMC03Vet

    Back in the day you’d have to kill 500 nazis in real life to get a gold tommy gun, but now you can just buy them. What noobs.


    • DW

      It’s just some microtransaction at work.

  • Major Tom

    But does it come in full auto?

  • janklow

    i refuse to believe anyone is buying any of these
    100% REFUSE