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.
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...
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?
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!