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Posted: 6/19/2003 5:07:24 PM EDT
I know someone who may be selling a Tommy Gun (semi-auto) & I'm trying to figure out a fair price for it. It is a Volunteer Enterprises Inc., Knoxville TN, Commando Mark III & is probably between 20 & 30 years old. Any clues ? I couldn't find anything on the "Guns America" or on "Gun Broker" websites. Also, is there a Thompson website similar to good old AR15.COM ? I did a search, but came up short. Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 5:13:19 PM EDT
usually see them for $600 to $750.
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 6:30:28 PM EDT
I 'm not positive but the Volunteer Enterprises Inc., Knoxville TN, Commando Mark III just looks like a Thompson but is not a Thompson. i don't even think it takes Thompson mags. If it is what I think it is, it should be about $250-$350.
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 6:51:49 PM EDT
The Commando takes M3 "greasegun" mags. They've got a decent Thompson look, but no parts interchange. I vote for the 250 - 350 price range previously mentioned. Don in Ohio
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 7:37:33 PM EDT
The look is all they have in common with the Thompson(Kahr) sub gun! Like posted about 350 or so! Bob [:D]
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 2:59:55 AM EDT
Mantis, save your money for the Kahr Arms gun. With the right ammo (230gr BALL) they shoot great. One website is auto-ordnance.com. Sorry don`t know how to hotlink.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 3:14:28 AM EDT
aluminum receiecer. go for an auto-ord, khar clone.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 3:19:33 AM EDT
What does a Kahr model go for ?
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 3:33:58 AM EDT
The Kahr will be twice as much but it will actually work. They use Thompson mags with a slight modification (Can't be making a gun that will use those nasty 30 rd. mags).
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 9:35:33 AM EDT
Volunteer isn't even in business anymore. I had a buddy who had one, I wasn't impressed. Book value is probably around $275-350, market value may be a bit higher due to the dumbasses out there. Like the others say, get the Kahr.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 9:42:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/20/2003 9:48:50 AM EDT by Belfry_Express]
[HJ Simpson] DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! [img]http://www.auto-ordnance.com/images/t1_cmd.gif[/img] [url]www.auto-ordnance.com[/url] 1927 A1 clone MSRP $977.00 I have seen them on gunbroker for $789.00 There is an auction ending this evening that has no bids for this exact model.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 10:19:50 AM EDT
I agree on the $250-300 price for the Volunteer... it's just a look-alike, and parts are NOT available for them anymore, from what I hear. I have an Auto Ordnance M1 Thompson, made probably a few years before Kahr bought them out. I got a good one, bought it new in box from a fellow ARFCOM member, and it runs GREAT! Had to modify the mag catch .1" so it will accept unmodified USGI mags (30 rounders sell for around $15). I've fired some 200gr flat point through it, and it only hiccuped twice (light reloads), but with ball, it chugs along fine! I even used it in a carbine match a couple months ago. The beast is heavy and a little strange feeling ergonomically, but it sure is a neat gun to own!
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 10:35:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/20/2003 10:36:36 AM EDT by dskeet]
I think I saw one of these Volunteer pieces at a gun shop last year. From a distance, it looked like an auto-ord gun. When we asked to take a look at it and saw it up close... it was obviously anything but an auto-ord gun. I think it cost $250-300. Looked like a piece of crap to me. If I ever feel the need for a Thompson I'll go for an auto-ord piece and SBR it.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 10:37:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q: I agree on the $250-300 price for the Volunteer... it's just a look-alike, and parts are NOT available for them anymore, from what I hear. I have an Auto Ordnance M1 Thompson, made probably a few years before Kahr bought them out. I got a good one, bought it new in box from a fellow ARFCOM member, and it runs GREAT! Had to modify the mag catch .1" so it will accept unmodified USGI mags (30 rounders sell for around $15). I've fired some 200gr flat point through it, and it only hiccuped twice (light reloads), but with ball, it chugs along fine! I even used it in a carbine match a couple months ago. The beast is heavy and a little strange feeling ergonomically, but it sure is a neat gun to own!
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How did you mod the catch? The current incarnation of A-O wants you to mod the mags themselves.
Link Posted: 6/20/2003 11:55:14 AM EDT
Go to: [url]http://www.nfatoys.com/tsmg/tcn/default.htm[/url] Select the 1998 index of the Thompson Collectors News. Vol. 90, April 15, 1998 article about 'Tweaking the West Hurleys' has info on the mag catch modification.
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