Last May, TFB reported that Thompson Auto-Ordnance released a commemorative D-Day series. This collection featured intricately-appointed special-edition versions of their 1911, M1 Carbine, and Thompson models. The artistic images emblazoned onto the bodies of each of these firearms paid homage to the valorous warriors who stormed the beaches of Normandy and Point du Hoc during “Operation Neptune” on that fateful June day in 1944. Now they are expanding on this idea by adding a new commemorative series, this time honoring the heroes of Iwo Jima. As with the previous D-Day series, the Iwo Jima collection will also include a 1911, an M1 Carbine, and a Thompson. These models will feature similarly elaborate artwork, this time in reverence to the Marines who encountered some of the fiercest fighting of WWII and overcame a tenacious enemy force in the Pacific theater.
From the official press release:
Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous “Tommy Gun” and other classic firearms throughout history, is proud to introduce the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Iwo Jima Series. After nearly four long years of fighting, members of the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard had accomplished many seemingly insurmountable tasks. Yet in February of 1945, a battle lay before them that would go down in our nation’s history as one of the most difficult victories ever achieved. On the desolate volcanic atoll known as Iwo Jima, a new chapter was written in the history of the United States military – and in particular of the Marines, who fought tooth and nail for every inch of land against a suicidal foe. Their victory will be forever remembered, immortalized in the famous photograph of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. On this, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Auto-Ordnance’s latest historical gun series honors all those who fought there. Each gun in the Iwo Jima tribute series is custom engraved with images commemorating the battle, and finished in durable Cerakote. These guns will be available in January 2020.
The Iwo Jima 1911 is based on Auto-Ordnance’s GI model 1911 in .45ACP, which is USA-made, all-steel, and features a 5-inch barrel. It carries an MSRP of $1,247. The .30 cal M1 Carbine is also USA-made, comes with an 18-inch barrel, and includes one 15-round magazine. Its MSRP is listed at $1,391. Rounding out the trio is the venerable Thompson, which (unsurprisingly) is also chambered in .45ACP, also USA-made, features a 16.5-inch barrel, and comes with one 30-round and one 20-round magazine. The Thompson is the priciest of the bunch, with an attached $1,886 MSRP. All of the artwork was designed by Thompson’s West Monroe, Louisiana-based custom partner, Outlaw Ordnance.
Thompson Auto-Ordnance’s commemorative Iwo Jima 1911.
For the WWII history buffs among us, or the proud Devil Dogs, or both, this decorative but functional set could be a great addition to the gun collection. If you opt to pick up one or all of these pieces, please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think of them! See you at the range.