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ArmedSuspect  [Team Member]
1/23/2009 9:54:22 AM EST
i'll start with: i know about the issues that Auto Ordnance 1911's have had. i'm not concerned about that.

a good friend of mine picked up a Thompson Auto Ordnance 1911 for almost nothing and wanted to know if i was interested in it. before i answer him i would like to get more information on it.

it's old and it shows but it's in good condition.

on the slide it has the Thompson "bullet" logo followed by AUTO-ORDNANCE CORP. and under that it has .45 CALIBER AUTOMATIC

on the frame it's marked AUTO-ORDNANCE CORP.
WEST HURLEY, N.Y.
AOC 000741

i found one on GB but there is no information about it. same on GA, no info. i can't find any information on the early AOC sn's. i can't find this pistol in either of my price guides.

so, when was this thing made?


edit: it's exactly like THIS pistol. same grips, same markings, etc...






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17Z  [Member]
1/23/2009 5:08:11 PM EST
Looks like a standard model of Auto Ordinance 1911 made before Kahr took over the operation.

Would appear to have aftermarket grips and extended slide stop. 1980's maybe, 1990's maybe, not sure anybody was ever interested in establishing a database for AO 1911's.

You might try going to Numerich Arms/GunParts Corp website. The parts website and try the forums there. Or possibly email or call Numerich.

The gunparts Corp parts sale site forums have employees that can help with ordering parts. Maybe they can do a serial search?
bobbyjack  [Team Member]
2/6/2009 8:14:51 PM EST
You sure that's a bullet and not an arrow head,and all the old Thompsons (even the sub machine guns )were
investment castings made in spain,then machined by Caspian arms and assembled in New Hurley.

Khar never made any pistols (unless Caspian arms machined them)better than the old AO guns!

Bob
1992mustang  [Member]
2/7/2009 9:42:40 AM EST
I have an Auto Ordnance just like that one. I bought mine new in 1991. I have heard that the West Hurley's (like mine) aren't the ones to have and that they are basically worthless. I have had to work on mine alot to get it reliable (biggest issue was caused by crappy factory magazine) and it is going off for a Metalife refinish in the next week or so. Supposedly the Kahr era guns are better, but I like the look of the West Hurley's( I like the wide spur hammer). It hasn't been worth the trouble I have had with it over the years; I wish I had sprung for a Springfield or Colt, but I was poor back then Get on m1911.org and there is an Auto Ordnance forum, believe it or not

p.s my serial # is AOC28XXX- I don't know if that helps or not.